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Solving Common Electrical Problems

When it comes to household necessities, electricity is at the top of the list. From keeping your refrigerator running and food cold to providing adequate lighting and entertainment capabilities, it's near impossible to perform daily routines without access to a sufficient and steady flow of power. So, it is imperative to know the signs that indicate you are headed towards electrical malfunctions.

Here’s are the most common electrical problems and how to solve them!

Your Light Fixtures Aren’t Working Right

Faulty lighting is easy to spot. You flick a light switch and your light simply won’t turn on. Or, your light is brighter or dimmer than normal. This is one of the easier electrical problems people often experience; however, it poses a potential danger to your home and your wallet. For example, if your light is too bright, that could mean too high of current is being pulled, which can inflate your electric bill while simultaneously overheating, leading to an electrical fire.

On the other hand, if your lights are too dim, that could mean your electrical voltage is too low. It could also indicate that the neutral connection, which is something that affects the entire house, isn't working properly. Unless you're an experienced electrician, you should call for help. It's never a good idea to DIY electrical issues in the home, as you could electrocute yourself or harm others.

You Experience More Than a Few Power Surges

Although infrequent, power surges do happen. And, if the surge is strong enough, it can fry your appliances and electronics, and destroy any device plugged in at the time of the surge. Since power surges can happen for a variety of reasons, including during severe storms or due to power lines going down, installing surge protection will protect you from any of these uncertainties.

Additionally, you should replace any kind of poorly manufactured electronic to see if it puts a stop to surges, that is if the surge is sourced by the electronic and not the current from your outlets. If this does not resolve your surge problem, then reach out to an electrician for assistance. Your electrical system may have aged out and might need replacing!

The Electric Bill is Too High

Unless you knowingly use a lot of power, unexplainably high electric bills are a sign of an electrical issue.

Here are a few electrical practices that can cause your monthly utility bill to spike:

- Your home’s fans are left on throughout the day.

- Your lights are turned on for most of the daytime and nighttime.

- You have devices using inordinate amounts of power.

- You have old appliances that are not energy efficient.

If you fall subject to any of the above, it is time to change your electrical habits! Turn lights off when you leave rooms and make sure to only use fans in your home when you are in the room.

If you have not increased your electrical usage and you notice increases in your monthly bills, you should have your home inspected by a professional electrician. There are a lot of reasons why your electric bill can be too high, so it's always best to leave the inspection and repair to a professional.

As a homeowner, it's not uncommon to experience a few electrical problems here and there. What matters, however, is being able to fix them safely. If you’re unable to solve the problem yourself, contact a professional to get the job done properly.

For your home electrical repairs and replacements, contact Beacon Home Services at (703) 343-9884! We are here to ensure your home is powered properly to protect your home and your family from unexpected hazards.