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The electrical system in your home is intricate, and it is very important. Without electricity, most household tasks cannot be performed. These days, you need electricity to do just about everything. If you are experiencing any electrical issues, it is best to leave the job to a licensed electrician. There are some electrical issues that aren’t too serious, and you can wait until an electrician has time in their schedule to make the repair. There are other issues that would require emergency electrical service. It is essential that you are able to recognize an emergency situation.
#1 Dimming Or Flickering Lights
If your lights dim or flicker when you are using more than one outlet, you should call for emergency electrical service. If this is happening, you should not hesitate to call an electrician. There are a couple of reasons why this could be happening. If the wiring is old and damaged, the lights can flicker. The same is true if pests got to the wiring. Finally, if you are overloading your circuit breaker, the lights will flicker when you are using too much electricity. When you call for emergency service, the electrician will inspect your electrical system to find the source of the problem. When the cause has been determined, they can make the necessary repair.
#2 Frequently Tripping Circuit Breakers
Your electrical box is the heart of your home’s electrical system. Its job is to detect when there is a power overload, and then shut off the circuit before any damage can be done. It is not uncommon for circuits in your breaker box to trip from time to time. If you are using too much voltage on one circuit, it will trip as a safety feature. If your circuits are tripping over and over again, there is a problem with your circuit breaker box, which would require emergency service. You could need a larger breaker box that is capable of handling the amount of electricity that you use in your home daily. If your box is the adequate size, there could be a short in the breaker box. It would take a licensed electrician to figure out what is causing the problem and then repair it.
#3 A Burning Smell Coming From the Outlets
If you notice a burning smell coming from your outlets, you should call immediately for emergency electrical service. The same is true if your outlets are burned or discolored. If this is happening in your Wilmington, NC home, you should unplug anything plugged into the outlet immediately. Next, call for emergency service. If you hesitate, you could end up losing your entire home to an electrical fire. This is one of the most serious electrical issues, and the problem should only be handled by a licensed electrician.
#4 Humming Or Buzzing In the Electrical Box
If your electrical box is functioning correctly, it should not create any noise. If you notice a buzzing or humming sound coming from the electrical box, you should call for emergency electrical service immediately. These sounds indicate that there is something wrong with the electrical box. Your electrical box is designed to protect your Wilmington, SC home from any electrical surges. If it is not working correctly, a surge can damage all of your expensive electronics and appliances. Even if the humming and buzzing are soft, you should take it seriously. Until the problem is resolved, your home and everything inside is vulnerable. The sooner you call for emergency electrical service, the better.
#5 Sparking From the Outlets
When you plug an appliance into an outlet, it is not uncommon to see a small spark. However, if the outlet is sparking spontaneously, you should call for emergency service. Also, there are certain sparks that are considered very dangerous. These include:
- Large, noticeable sparks that appear to be jumping from the plug
- Sparks that last for longer than a second before fizzling out
- Sparks that are white or yellow, rather than the harmless blue
#6 Your Light Bulbs Are Burning Out Faster Than They Should
If you recently changed your light bulb and it already burned out, you should call for emergency electrical service. The problem could be something simple like you are using a light bulb with a wattage that is too high. Also, the insulation could be too close to the light source. The problem can also be something more serious and dangerous such as faulty wiring. You could also have too much wattage on the dimmer switch. Since you won’t know exactly what is causing the problems, it is best to play it safe and call for emergency electrical services immediately. If it is the worst-case scenario, you shouldn’t wait to have the problem fixed. Waiting could be disastrous.
#7 Electrical Shocks
If you are getting minor electrical shocks when plugging in the appliances in your Wilmington, NC home, you should call for emergency service. This could be happening because the wiring in the house is old, or the wiring isn’t grounded. If it isn’t the wiring causing the issue, it could be the appliance. Either way, this would require an emergency service. Anyone who has ever been shocked knows how unpleasant it can be. The first time you get an electric shock, you should call for emergency electrical service.
Electrical issues can be very serious and should never be a do-it-yourself project. If you are experiencing any electrical problems at all, you should contact Mister Sparky of Wilmington. All of our electricians are highly skilled, licensed, and insured. Also, we understand that electrical issues can arise at any time. This is why we offer emergency electrical service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When you call us for an emergency service, you can be sure that the technician will arrive at your house on time, and they will be professional. Best of all, they will be able to make the necessary repairs so that your home and family are safe. To schedule an appointment for an emergency service, give us a call today.