How to Deal With Common Electrical Faults

Electricity in the home is one of the greatest benefits that modern technology has bestowed upon this generation. Without it, modern life would become a non bearable, an unimaginable boredom and a costly inconvenience. However, as good as it is, electricity also has its own short comings, and thus there is need for proper management to complement the enjoyment and the benefits that we derive from it.

In the home, there are many types of electrical faults that can occur. Some of them could arise from the wearing and tearing of the system and apparatus that convey it while others may arise from mismanagement of the system by the end users. Even though some or many of these faults can be dangerous and even fatal, they can still be diagnosed and fixed safely with the help and service of a qualified electrician. That is why this article seeks to unfold some of these common faults and how they can be fixed in a manner that is effective and safe.

Blinking lights

bulbWe are all familiar with this common electrical fault. However, none of us enjoys living in a room that has lights that are switching themselves on and off every now and then. But what causes this annoying and disruptive fault and how can it be resolved? The most common cause of flickering lights is poor connection in the circuit.

If the problem is spread throughout the whole house and home, then probably there is an issue with the main connection wire.But is it happens that some lights are getting extra light while others are dimming, and then there is a connection problem with the main neutral wire. Other common causes of flickering lights power grid problems and too many electric devices being used at the same time. It is also advisable to replace the bulbs because they are not the correct match for that connection. Additionally, if the problem persists, call an electrician to fix it.

Dead electrical outlets

This another common fault experienced in homes. It is caused by tripped ground fault interrupter. You can rest the GFCI unit and breakers to rectify the issue. However, if it does not work, there is a connection problem somewhere along the circuit and it needs an electrician to fix it.

Circuit breaker problems

Electricians examining a circuit breaker panel in an industrial setting.Circuit breaker tripping is a common fault in homes. One of the common causes behind it is a short circuit somewhere in the connection. Circuit breakers also trip when high voltage appliances are in use.

Such appliances overload the system and to correct the issue, you will need to buy a new circuit breaker.Additionally, you can deal with the overload problem by turning off all the electrical devices that are not in use. Additionally, you can avoid circuit breaker tripping by replacing split and frayed wires. 

 Hot switches

It is a common occurrence for switches to overheat and in particular when they are running many high wattage bulbs. If this problem continues, call an electrician to fix it.

Light bulbs burning out too fast

Light bulbs dying before their expected life span is over is another common problem in some households. Below are some of the common causes behind these premature “deaths”. The first cause behind this fault is excessive fixture vibration. This can be due to the positioning of the bulb, for instance, on a ceiling that has a fan with defective blade. When the blade rotates, its vibration jiggles the filament of the bulb thus shortening its life. You can sort his issue by fixing the fan.

The second cause of this fault is using the wrong bulb. If you use a bulb that has a higher wattage than its fixture, it causes the fixture to overheat. This means that you may have to change either the fixture or the bulb in order to fix the fault.

The third cause behind the premature death of light bulbs is the quality of the bulbs. If you sacrifice the quality of the light bulbs for lower prices then you are most likely going to end up with short-lived light bulbs. The solution to this problem is to invest in quality bulbs even if that may cost you more.