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The electrical system in your home is very complex. If something isn’t functioning properly, it can put your home and family at great risk. These days, more and more homeowners are making home repairs and home improvements DIY projects. With all of the videos online today, you can find one to fix just about anything. If you are handy, DIY home repairs can help you save money. Regardless of how handy you are, you should never attempt to make electrical repairs yourself. If you don’t have the training and education necessary to safely make electrical repairs, you could end up getting electrocuted or causing an electrical fire in your home.
Some electrical jobs can wait until the electrician has time in their schedule to come to your home. However, there are other electrical jobs that would require the assistance of an emergency electrical service. If you are experiencing any of the issues below in your home, you should call for electrical service immediately.
#1 Buzzing Or Humming Sounds Coming From the Breaker Box
The electrical breaker box in your home is the heart of your electrical system. It is designed to cut the power to certain circuits if there is any type of overload that could damage your appliances or spark an electrical fire. If the breaker box is functioning properly, it should not make any noise. If you hear a faint buzzing or humming sound coming from the breaker box, you should call for emergency electrical service as soon as you hear the noise.
Any sound coming from the breaker box means that there is some type of overload, and the breaker box is trying to trip the circuit, but it can’t. This can put your home at great risk of being damaged due to an electrical fire. It can also cause a massive surge, damaging the appliances in your home.
The sooner you call an emergency electrician, the sooner your home and family will be safe.
#2 Scorch Marks or Smoke Coming From an Outlet
If you notice scorch marks on your outlets or switch plates, it is a major cause for concern. Marks like this mean that the temperature of the wires behind the walls has gotten so hot that it caused the outlet or the switch plate to burn. As soon as you discover the problem, you should call for emergency service. If you allow the problem to persist, the high temperature can cause an electrical fire capable of destroying your entire Wilmington, NC home.
If there is smoke coming from the outlet, you should cut the power to that room immediately. If you aren’t sure which breaker controls that area of the house, it is best to cut the power to your entire home. When there is smoke, there is fire; therefore, your first call should be to 911. Next, call for emergency electrical service so that the problem can be fixed once the fire department deems your home safe again.
#3 Dimming or Flickering Lights
If you turn on a large appliance and it causes your lights to flicker, you should call for emergency electrical service. When you have too much power going to one circuit, the large appliance will weaken the smaller ones, which is why the lights will flicker. If you allow the problem to persist, you could end up causing a circuit overload, which can cause an electrical fire. It is essential that you call an electrician as soon as you notice the problem.
#4 Frequently Tripping Circuits
If you find that the circuits in your breaker box are frequently tripping, there is likely an overload. You can unplug a few appliances, which can resolve the issue. If you try this and the circuits continue to trip, you should call for emergency electrical service.
The problem could lie within your breaker box itself, and if the problem isn’t repaired, it can spark a fire in the breaker box, which can quickly spread throughout the home. The best way to protect your home and your family is to call for electrical service right away.
#5 Getting Mild Shocks From Lights or Appliances
It is not uncommon to get a mild shock occasionally when you touch a light switch or an appliance. Static electricity is what usually causes this. If you find that you are getting shocked regularly by a specific light or appliance, you should call for emergency electrical services. There is likely a residual current being stored in the switch or appliance, and it is being transferred to you. This can cause injury to your damage to the appliance or switch and even an electrical fire. The sooner you call an emergency electrician, the sooner your home and family will be safe.
#6 Loss Of Power
If the power in your home goes out, the first thing you should do is check if your neighbors have power. If they do, you should make sure that your electric bill is up to date. If these things check out, you may need to call for emergency electrical service. If the power company had nothing to do with cutting your power, the problem is likely with your breaker box, which can put your entire electrical system at risk. Until you call for emergency electrical services, you won’t have power, and your home will be at great risk.
If you are experiencing any electrical issues in your Wilmington, NC home, contact Mr. Sparky of Wilmington. Our owner, Tony Zack, has been working as an electrician since 2004. In 2010, he opened Mr. Sparky of Wilmington, and since then, the company has earned an excellent reputation.
We understand that electrical emergencies can occur at any time of the day or night, which is why we offer emergency electrical services. We know that electrical emergencies can be dangerous, so we are here for you 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.
To schedule an appointment for electrical services, give us at Mister Sparky of Wilmington a call today.