Few of us can imagine living without electricity. It’s not an exaggeration to say that it powers our lives, from our heating and cooling systems to our communications networks to our cooking appliances. But electricity can also be a dangerous friend. Many people call electricians when they have a faulty circuit breaker and their power goes out a lot, but there are more reasons to call that you may not have considered. Here’s a list of several reasons you may want to schedule a visit from your electrician today.
Noticing sparks when you plug in or unplug something is a good reason to have a professional electrician take a look.
Outlets are overcrowded these days, especially with the common use of power strips that allow for multiple electronics to be plugged in and operating at the same time. An outlet with two plug-in spots should probably only have two electronic devices plugged in at a single time. If you need more outlets installed, call your electrician today – they’d be happy to help!
If you notice your lights flicker often, even after changing the light bulb, that’s a good sign that you may have some electrical issues that need to be checked out by a licensed electrician.
Your Home is Over 25 Years or Older
Whether you’ve lived in your home for that long, or you just bought a home that old, it’s a good idea to get your electricity checked out for safety. An annual checkup – especially on an older home – is never a bad decision.
Along the same line as the previous point, an older home may have two-pronged outlets instead of the more common three-pronged outlets. It’s well-worth your time and money to get these switched out if your home has them.
Lights are flickering and/or making a buzzing noise
These symptoms may indicate an overloaded circuit or an electrical short in your home. Either way, it’s time to get a licensed professional in your home to diagnose and solve the problem.
Breakers are tripping frequently.
If your circuit breakers are tripping frequently, especially when you turn on an appliance, you may need to have an electrician create a separate electrical circuit for that energy-hogging appliance.
New Electrical Installations
If you’re building a new house, garage, or home addition, it’s important to start with proper wiring. A good residential electrician will safely wire your home according to local building codes and work with you to understand your needs and how you’ll be using the space—ensuring that the electrical system will address those needs.
If you’re adding a new laundry area to your new addition, for assistance, you’ll want special outlets installed for all of those appliances. Will you be installing wall sconces in your new house? Your electrician can help with that too.
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