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The electrical system in your home is essential to your daily life. If your power goes out due to a malfunction, your daily life will come to a halt. You cannot get much done in the house without electricity.
If you are having an electrical issue, you should call an emergency electrician. Electrical repairs can be very dangerous if you are inexperienced. It is easy to get electrocuted, which can be deadly. An emergency electrician has the knowledge and experience to get the job done safely,
If you are experiencing any of the issues below, you should call an electrician right away. Every year, over 50,000 house fires occur by electrical malfunctions. Many of these fires could have been prevented had the homeowners known what to look for.
#1 Tripping Circuits Frequently
The breaker box in your Wilmington, NC home is the electrical system’s brain, and it is responsible for bringing electricity in from the street to the box and then to each circuit in your home. If circuits are frequently tripping, you could have too many things plugged into a particular circuit. If you try to unplug a few appliances and the problem is solved, great. If there is nothing you can unplug, it is a problem. You will need to have an electrician rewire or upgrade the breaker box.
If you did unplug a few appliances and the circuits are still tripping, you should call an emergency electrician. There is likely an issue in the breaker box that needs to be repaired before an electrical fire starts.
You should never see sparks when you turn on an appliance or plug something in. You should also never see sparks in the breaker box. If you see sparks anywhere, you should call an emergency electrician immediately.
Sparks are a sign that there is something seriously wrong, and it is very easy for a spark to turn into a full-blown house fire. To keep this from happening, you should avoid using the appliance or outlet until the electrician can get to your home.
#3 Dimming or Flickering Lights
If the lights in your Wilmington, NC home flicker or dim when you turn on a light or an appliance, you should call an emergency electrician immediately. The flickering or dimming lights is a sign that either the circuit is overloaded or the wiring in your home is old and needs to be replaced.
If you allow the problem to persist, you are putting your home at risk for an electrical fire. Any type of overload or wiring issue is a major fire hazard and needs to be repaired right away.
#4 You Have An Outlet That Is Warm To the Touch
The outlets in your home should never be any hotter than the rest of the walls. If you notice that a wall outlet is hot, you should immediately unplug the appliance and call an emergency electrician. The heat is likely caused by sparks behind the wall that can quickly start a fire behind the wall. Allowing the problem to persist for even a day is a bad idea. The sooner you call an electrician, the safer your home and family will be.
#5 Rust Or Water Damage Around the Outlets or Switch Plates
Everyone knows that water and electricity don’t mix. When the two come together, electrocution occurs. If you notice rust around your outlets or switch plates or any water damage at all, you should call an emergency electrician right away. While you are waiting for them to arrive, don’t use any appliances that are plugged into that outlet.
If there is water damage, there is water getting to the electrical system somehow. It could be a burst pipe behind the wall or severe weather. Either way, the issue needs to be checked out by an electrician immediately. They will do what it takes to protect your home from a potential fire while preventing electrocution. After the danger has been prevented, they can try to determine where the water is coming in from so that you can make the necessary changes to keep the water out.
#6 Buzzing From Behind the Wall
If you hear a buzzing sound coming from behind the wall, it is highly unlikely that there are bees behind your walls. The buzzing sound is likely due to an electrical issue that would require the assistance of an emergency electrician. The issue is likely due to the wiring, which would need to be replaced as quickly as possible to prevent an electrical fire in your home.
#7 You’re Getting Shocked
If you touch a light switch and get shocked, it could be something simple like static electricity. If you are getting shocked every time you touch a particular light, you should call an emergency electrician right away. There is likely faulty wiring attached to the light switch. If you don’t have it repaired by a licensed professional immediately, you risk electrocution or an electrical fire behind the wall. It is best to call an electrician as soon as you discover the problem.
Electrical repairs should never be a DIY project. You can handle simple things like changing a light bulb or replacing a switch plate; however, anything more complicated by these jobs should be handled by the professionals at Mister Sparky Of Wilmington.
Our owner, Tony Zack, has been working in the electrical industry since 2004. In 2010, he opened Mister Sparky of Wilmington, and since then, the company has gained an excellent reputation within the community. We have made such a good impression on our residential and business customers that we were awarded Angie’s List Super Service Award in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
We understand that your time is valuable; therefore, if we are late, you won’t charge you for the service call. There aren’t many companies out there that make this promise. We also understand that electrical emergencies are very serious and can arise at any time. Because of this, we offer emergency electrical service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To schedule an appointment for any type of electrical work, give us at Mister Sparky of Wilmington a call today.