Common household electrical issues

1) Repeatedly tripping circuit breaker

Circuit breakers are modern day avatars of the fuse boxes in older homes. As the name suggests, circuit breakers break the flow of electric current (thereby cutting off the supply) if it far exceeds safe limits. This helps protect other electrical equipment as a large voltage can damage them forever.

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A circuit breaker tripping every now and then is normal, especially in the absence of other problems. Flicking back the breaker switch is all you need to do. But if the breaker trips repeatedly, something else is wrong. For help, contact Southend Electricians at a site like SM Electrical, a leading Southend Electricians business.

2) Buzzing noise or discoloration of switches and sockets

Do you ever touch switches or sockets and recoil because they are hot? As common as they are, hot switches and sockets cannot be taken lightly. The same thing can be said of switches and sockets that show any scorch or discoloration or make a buzzing sound.

3) Sparking

Seeing sparks should not be taken lightly. If sparks come from the circuit breaker or fuse box, it’s time to call your electrician. But if it’s a tool that sparks, maybe that’s where the problem lies. Do not use the tool until you have it checked and repaired.

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4) Dimming or flickering lights

Sporadic dimming or flickering lights is one of the most common electrical problems at home. Errors in this case usually lie with overloaded circuits or faulty wiring. However, the light can also be a cause at times. But if some of the lights start flickering or dimming, the cable is most likely the cause.