Residential fires cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries every year at the cost of more than a billion dollars. A significant number of residential fires involve electrical wiring. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a residential electrical company in Orlando, FL, check the wiring in your home. Here are some of the following warning signs that indicate you need to rewire your house.
Home light fixtures draw only a small amount of power. Light fixtures aren’t usually the cause of flickering or dimming lights. However, major appliances or space heaters wired to the same circuit can be a problem. If you notice flickering or dimming lights, have a residential electrical contractor in Orlando, FL, confirm the cause of the issue. You’ll probably need to install dedicated lines for the appliances in question and/or move the lights to different circuits.
An electric spark is an abrupt electrical discharge. When it comes to your home, this isn’t a good sign. If you see a spark coming from a breaker panel, a fuse box, an outlet, or an appliance, call a residential electrical company in Orlando ASAP.
As a safety precaution to prevent overloading, circuit breakers and fuses are designed to fail. If a hair dryer, vacuum cleaner, or other appliance trips a breaker no matter where you plug it in, chances are the problem is with the appliance. But if an outlet causes you to blow the same fuse repeatedly, the circuit is probably overloaded. If that’s the case, call residential electrical services to upgrade the circuit or add a new line.
An outlet should never become hot to the touch, so if you have an outlet that feels hot, it may be wired incorrectly. Turn off anything plugged into it, and flip the breaker or remove the fuse for that outlet, then call a residential electrical contractor to identify and fix any issues.
When everything is working properly, electricity flows silently between connections. A fraying wire or loose prongs can cause a current to produce a buzzing sound. If you hear a buzzing, call residential electrical contractors immediately.
If you detect an odd smell coming from an outlet, unplug anything connected to it, flip the breaker and remove the fuse. Don’t use the outlet again until a qualified electrician checks it out. If you notice an acrid odor emanating from the fuse box or breaker panel, call an electrician.
If you notice any of these warning signs, call a residential electrical company in Orlando, FL, right away. It may prevent a house fire in the future. For more information, call In Phaze Electric Inc. at 407-599-7777.