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Common Electrical Problems

Common electrical problems around the house

In older homes the electricians in Sydney from Electrician To The Rescue find that electrical problems are quite common, but even newer homes can be prone to electrical issues. Some problems are quite easy to fix like changing a light globe or replacing a light fixture, for the more complicated or dangerous jobs – leave it to a professional electrician from Electrician To The Rescue.

Today the team of electricians in Sydney from Electrician To The Rescue want to look at some of the common electrical issues a home owner may encounter.

  • Flickering lights. If you find your lights are cutting in and out it can be caused by several different issues including loose bulbs, loose wiring, and the wrong type of light bulb, broken or frayed wiring. Changing your light globe isn’t a problem and most lamps and light fixtures should have the recommended globe listed, if; however the problem is with your wiring you need to have it inspected as soon as possible. Frayed, loose or broken wires can lead to a fire risk; the team from Electrician To The Rescue can find and fix these issues making your home safe again.
  • Light switches that don’t work – if you try to turn your lights on and nothing happens – check and see if the light globe is burnt out and replace it. If the bulb is okay, check that you have power to the light switch by checking the fuse box – if that is okay, it’s time to contact the electricians in Sydney as it could be a potentially very serious problem. Don’t ignore an issue like this.
  • Burning smell – if you smell something burning turn your power off at the fuse box – this cuts the supply of power to lessen the risk of a potential fire spreading. Call an electrician immediately; it could be an issue with frayed wiring, a malfunctioning electrical device or a power overload.

What causes a short circuit?

At times the short circuit occurs in certain electrical appliances which have been plugged into wall sockets that are visible on the walls. However, it could occur in the wiring that’s concealed in walls to. Since these aren’t visible, they pose a much bigger issue. Here are the steps you would have to take to identify what exactly is causing that short circuit.

  • In case a short circuit occurs, the circuit breaker trips and that stops the electricity flow in that particular circuit. The very first thing you would have to do is find out where the primary electrical panel is, on your property. Once you have found where that is, open up the main cover, but avoid touching anything as you might get an electrical shock.
  • Find out which breaker has tripped; the one that has, will be in a “down” position.
  • The next thing to do is to identify which circuit it is connected to
  • After this, you unplug the appliances and electrical equipment that is in that room
  • Now reset the circuit breaker and then confirm whether the problem has been resolved
  • If you find that the breaker trips again, it will mean that the problem point is concealed in the walls. However, if it doesn’t trip, it indicates that the fault lies either with an appliance or piece of equipment.
  • The only way you’d be able to identify which appliance is fault, would be to plug in the appliances successively one by one, and then switch on the power, to eliminate which one is at fault.

Electricity is dangerous, never put yourself, your family or your home at risk, at the first sign of a problem call Electrician To The Rescue and be safe.

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