There are many electrical problems around the household that the average do-it-yourselfer likes to try and tackle, but it should always be kept in mind that electricity can be dangerous to both property and person and that safety precautions must be properly observed.
With this in mind, troubleshooting household electrical problems can be undertaken and in some cases resolved, while others will call for the assistance of a professional. Some of the most common problems and their resolutions are listed below.
Sudden loss of power
If this occurs in an isolated area of the home, it may be due to a circuit breaker having been tripped. This may have been a temporary condition or it might be indicative of a serious problem in your home’s wiring. Find the circuit breaker box and look for a switch in the “off” position. If it stays on when you flip the switch things may be fine, but if the switch flips off you should contact a professional.
If the area around an outlet appears blackened, you shouldn’t take any chances – contact a professional. If an outlet goes dead, check its circuit breaker. Sparks around an outlet may be normal, but monitor it for signs of worsening.
Quick burnout of light bulbs
Changing the bulb will work, but that won’t solve the problem. The problem in such cases may be that the bulbs you’re using are rated at a higher wattage than the fixture can handle – try a lower wattage bulb.
On and off light fixtures
Fixtures usually contain a safety feature to prevent overheating, so when they do become hot, they shut themselves off to avoid further damage. Often the root cause of this is a mismatch between the fixture and the wattage of the bulbs you’re using.
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