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7 Electrical Warning Signs You Shouldn't Ignore

As part of Electrical Safety month, Clover Electric has put together a list of some common residential electrical problems and their possible causes.

Electrical Safety Month

Circuit Breakers That Keep Tripping

This indicates that circuits are drawing more current than they can safely provide. It can also mean a dangerous electrical fault on one or more circuits.

Flickering or Dimming Lights

This can be caused by a number of things including damaged wiring. It can also happen if the electrical system in your house is outdated or strained by electrical appliances and lights. Running appliances like an air conditioner, microwave or hair dryer shouldn’t cause flickering or dimming of the lights. If they do, you have a problem that needs to be addressed right away.

Buzzing Switches or Outlets

If electrical outlets or switches make a slight buzzing noise, it could mean there’s loose wiring in the electrical box. Turn off the switch immediately to avoid a fire.

Hot Electrical Outlets or Switch Plate Covers

It's normal for some dimmer switches to feel warm to the touch, however if outlets and switches feel hot to the touch it indicates there’s an electrical wiring problem that should be checked by a licensed electrician as soon as possible.

Overloaded Outlets 

If power-strips and plug-in add-ons are tangling up your outlets, your electrical system is likely working beyond its intended capacity. Adding circuits can restore neatness and safety.

Get Grounded!

Many older homes have outlets without three-prong grounded plugs. This could indicate that your electrical wiring system is not fully grounded and could be a safety problem.

Water Hazards

Wet locations such as kitchens, baths and laundry rooms require outlets protected by Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters GFCIs. Adding GFCIs will make your home code-compliant and safer. If you already have GFCIs be sure to test them regularly using the reset buttons.

If you experience any of these conditions, it’s critical that you call a qualified Clover Electric electrician to have it taken care of immediately.
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