Solving the Most Common Home Electrical Problems
Lights That Blink Or Turn Off On Their OwnIf recessed lighting goes off than works again a short time later it is probably activating its built-in safety "cutout"that is designed to keeping the fixture from overheating. Check the style or wattage of the bulb and ensure that the ceiling-space insulation isn't too closely spaed around the light.
Another cause of flickering lights is a poor connection along the circuit. If the flickering occurs throughout much of the home, a bad main wire connection could be the cause.
If some lights get extra bright while others run dim, with bulbs even popping, or electronic appliances have died recently, It is usually from a bad main neutral connection.
If light bulbs are burning out at a higher than normal the bulbs you buying may not be ideal for your situation. Check the recommendations found on the lighting fixture to ensure it is within the recommended style and wattage. Some enclosed spaces require specially shaped bulbs with smaller wattage.
Electrical Outlets Not WorkingA tripped Ground Fault Interrupter (GFCI) is the most common cause of an outlet going dead. Most outlets have a built in reset switch to restore power to the out.
If a set of outlets or lights simply goes dead and you have reset any breakers or GFCI units, you probably have a poor connection along a circuit. Your electrician can find and fix the "open" circuit.
Also, remember that some outlets have half their inputs energized by a wall switch.