If you're like most modern homeowners, you probably already know that your household wiring may need attention if you keep tripping circuit breakers. However, there are less well-known indications that your household wiring may be on the verge of malfunctioning, and because faulty wiring is a leading cause of house fires, you should become aware of the signs of wiring gone wrong. Following are six of them.
The Lights Flicker When it's Windy
When lights flicker when other lights or appliances are turned on, that's usually due to a temporary interruption of the flow of electricity due to the additional usage. If the lights flicker when it's windy outside, however, this can be an indication that the source of the problem is directly outside your home where the power line connects to your home. This situation is potentially extremely hazardous because it could mean that the exterior wiring is about to come loose. You should call your electrical contractor if this occurs and ask for the next available appointment, especially if you live in an area where high winds are common occurrences.
Lights Flicker for No Reason
A single light fixture or lamp that flickers for no reason could simply mean that the object itself is malfunctioning, probably because of a missed connection or short in its interior wiring. However, when several of these items flicker for no reason, that means that the household wiring is not operating as it should. It could be that the home has simply outgrown the original wiring and needs an upgrade, but it could also mean loose interior wires and cables. Whatever the reason, this situation needs the expertise of a professional electrician.
Hot Spots in the Walls
If any of the walls in your home ever feel warm or hot to the touch, that means that the interior wiring is malfunctioning. This is another situation that requires immediate attention. You should turn off any lights and appliances powered by the affected wiring until the problem has been fixed.
Charred Areas Around Outlets and Switches
Another telltale sign of dysfunctional wiring is char marks around electrical outlets. They will be appear dark brown or gray in color. Light switches are another area where you should be vigilant about inspecting for signs of possible charring. Also, these surfaces should never be hot to the touch. These issues indicate a problem in the wiring of the switches or outlets themselves rather than a problem with the household wiring as a whole. For instance, wiring that is inadequate for the electrical demands of a home normally won't create this particular problem.
Buzzing Sounds in Fixtures or Appliances
Buzzing noises are a possible sign that wiring is improperly grounded, and it can also mean that individual wires are overloaded. However, if you only hear it when you turn on a dimmer switch, it usually only means that the fixture is slightly vibrating. This happens because dimmer switches work by turning the light off and on at such a rapid rate that your eyes can't detect it, and this causes the vibrations.
Unusual Burning Odors That Can't Be Sourced
Strange burning odors are another indication that household wiring may be experiencing problems. If you can't track down the source of the odor, it's likely that your electrical wiring is the culprit, and an immediate call to your electrical contractor is warranted. You should consider yourself fortunate, however, if you encounter this situation, because most electrical fires provide homeowners with absolutely no warning.
Keep in mind that it's always better to err on the side of caution when dealing with potential wiring problems. If you suspect any with your home wiring, contact a local company electrician from a company like All American Air & Electric, Inc. as soon as possible.Share
17 June 2015
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