Our team at Whiddon Construction Company has extensive experience in the construction and repair industries, and one of the many things we can help you with is electrical repair. In this article, we will go over some warning signs that indicate your electrical system is on the fritz in order to help you know when to call our team.
- Burning Smells- One clear sign that you need electrical repair is a burning odor coming from your system. This odor is caused by one or more electrical elements overheating and burning through their housing, and you should have your system inspected as soon as possible if you notice this smell. Overheating wires can cause fires, so you should get this issue addressed right away to keep your home safe.
- Sparking- Another sign that your system isn’t working properly is sparking, also called arcing. These terms refer to a phenomenon where an electrical current will jump between an outlet and a plug, even before the plug is fully inserted, forming an electrical arc. Sparking is usually an indication that the wires connecting to the outlet are exposed, and it creates another fire risk, so you should arrange for electrical repair as soon as possible.
- Dim or Flickering Lights- A third way to tell if you need electrical repair is to look at your lighting—when your lights are on, they should shine consistently, without dimming or flickering. If your lights start to flicker or dim, then it’s likely that your system can’t keep up with the power demand of all the appliances that are plugged into it, and that means you will need a more intense overhaul of your wiring.