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Solving the Most Common Home Electrical Problems

May 2012

Electrial problems around the home can have many causes. Here are some of the most common problems you may encounter.

Lights That Blink Or Turn Off On Their Own

If 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 Working

A 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.

Circuit Breaker Problems

A circuit breaker will often trips when a high wattage device like a microwave or hair dryer is used. If these "overloads" can't be avoided by limiting the use of other devices on the circuit, a new circuit may be required.

Hot Switches

It is normal for wall switches (particularaly dimmer switches) to get slightly warm when running hundreds of watts of bulbs. If a recepticle feels warm, you should have an electrician inspect the outlet.

Cleveland Electrical Services

Clover Electric is known for professionalism, performance and integrity. Make your home a safer and more pleasant place to live with electrical systems you can rely upon. Some of our services include:

  • Commercial Tenant Improvements
  • Code Compliance
  • Inspection Report Corrections

In And Around The Home

  • Electrical Service and Repair
  • Add New Outlets/Switches
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Bath Fan/Heat Light Combination
  • Heated Towel Bar
  • Recessed Lighting
  • Fixture Hanging
  • New Dryer Hook-Ups
  • New Spa/Pool Hook-Ups and Lighting
  • Data/Communications Setup
  • Cable Hook-Ups
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controllers
  • Programmable Lighting
  • Motion Sensor Lighting
  • Dimmer Switches
  • Exhaust Fans
  • G.F.C.I. Outlet Installations
  • Re-wiring
  • Service Upgrades
  • Old Panel Replacements
  • New Circuits
  • Dedicated Computer Circuits
  • House Grounding
  • Whole House Surge Protection
  • Transformers
  • 220V-240V Upgrades
  • Whole House Back Up Generators
  • Breakers & Fuses
  • Meter Boxes
  • Panel Repairs and Upgrades
  • Equipment Installations
  • Security Lighting
  • Dawn to Dusk Lighting
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Heat Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Surge Protectors
  • Low Voltage Lighting Systems
  • Motorized Shades
  • Under Cabinet Lighting
  • Yard Lighting
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