Did you know that wiring problems cause the majority of structure fires? It’s true! Here’s what you should look for so you can get these problems fixed before they cause a major catastrophe.
Outlets and Switches are Hot to Touch
Appliances and even outlets may get warm under some circumstances, but they should never be uncomfortable to the touch. If you notice this, or you see scorch marks around a plug, unplug everything immediately or turn the switch off. Get a professional electrician to look at it before you use it again.
Your Breaker Keeps Tripping
Breakers trip now and then! It’s how they were made to work, after all. But when your breaker or breakers start tipping regularly, you likely have an overloaded circuit somewhere. See if you can identify a pattern, like your breaker always trips when you turn your dryer on. Whether you can or can’t do this, though, it’s time to bring in a licensed Fort Worth electrician.
Lights Flicker Regularly
Do your lights flicker regularly or do they dim when you turn on major appliances, then brighten when you turn them off? You may have wiring or circuit problems. If it’s the wiring, you need electrical repair ASAP. If it’s a circuit, you may need to have your circuits changed or to install a new electrical panel to fix the problem. Learn more about what to do about flickering lights by reading one of our previous blog posts!
You Hear Buzzing Regularly
Sometimes, older electronics buzz when they are working hard or near the end of their lifespan. If you hear newer electronics buzzing or buzzing sounds coming from your outlets, though, you likely have a bigger problem. Stop using the electronics or the outlet until you get the help from a professional Fort Worth electrician.
Something Smells Like Burning Plastic
If you smell burning plastic or another burning chemical smell and you don’t know where it’s coming from, start smelling around your outlets and switches. If they are the source of the smell, you have a wiring problem somewhere. Similarly, if you sometimes smell burning plastic and can’t identify the source of the smell, get your wiring checked out via an electrical safety inspection.
Fort Worth Electrical Wiring Pros
At Hop2It Electrical, we can help you identify and repair faulty wiring in your home. Give us a call today and we’ll have an electrician on your doorstep soon. We won’t rest until we find the source of your wiring woes and get your electrical system working well again soon!