Electricity powers our homes, enhancing our lives with convenience and comfort. However, unexpected electrical problems can arise, causing inconvenience, safety hazards, and property damage. Understanding these issues and knowing how to address them can save you time, money, and ensure your household’s safety.

Circuit Overloads

Circuit overloads are a common issue in homes, occurring when too many devices are plugged into a single circuit, drawing more current than the circuit can handle.

Solution: Redistribute the load by unplugging some devices or appliances. Consider using power strips with built-in circuit breakers. Consult an electrician to install additional circuits or upgrade your electrical panel if needed.

Faulty Outlets

Non-working or intermittent outlets can be caused by loose wiring, worn-out outlets, or tripped circuit breakers.

Solution: Check the circuit breaker and inspect the outlet for damage or loose connections. Turn off the power before attempting repairs. Tighten connections or replace the outlet if necessary. If unsure, call a professional electrician.

Flickering Lights

Flickering lights can result from loose bulbs, poor connections, or voltage fluctuations.

Solution: Tighten or replace loose bulbs. Check connections in the light fixture and electrical panel. If unsure, consult a qualified electrician.

Tripped Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers trip when they detect an overload or short circuit, cutting off power to prevent damage.

Solution: Identify the tripped circuit, unplug devices, and reset the breaker. If it trips frequently, consult a professional electrician.

Electrical Shocks

Experiencing electrical shocks when touching appliances, switches, or outlets is a serious safety concern.

Solution: Stop using the affected appliance or outlet. Ensure hands are dry and avoid contact with the source of the shock. Contact a licensed electrician for inspection and repairs.

Addressing electrical problems promptly is crucial for safety and preventing damage. While some issues can be resolved with simple steps, others require professional attention. Prioritize electrical safety and seek professional help when needed to ensure the reliability and safety of your home’s electrical system.

AWP Home Inspections offers professional home inspection services in West Central and Central Indiana. Our team is dedicated to providing information so you can feel confident about your property’s condition. Contact us to request an appointment.