Because of the sheer number of ways we use electricity in our home, the number of electrical problems that can crop up is high. While homeowners should almost always consult a licensed electrician for electrical problems, it doesn't hurt to have the know-how to diagnose electrical issues yourself.
Here, Bemrich Electric and Telephone, based in Fort Dodge, IA, highlights tips for identifying a few common electrical problems in the home:
- Overlamping: If you notice issues with your light fixtures, including scorched or melting sockets, it could be a sign of something called "overlamping." Overlamping occurs when a light bulb is screwed into a fixture that is not built to withstand the bulb's wattage. This is a pretty dangerous situation, primarily because burnt sockets can result in arcing, a major cause of electrical fires.
- Worn Receptacles: If your plugs start slipping out of its wall socket, it's often a sign that the receptacle is getting old, and no longer provides the grip necessary to fully hold the plug. Look for sockets that seem loose and have trouble holding plugs.
- Weatherhead Wiring: If lights in your home start to flicker when it's windy outside, it could be a sign of bad wiring in your home's weatherhead, the metal pole and cap where cables enter the house. The poor wiring inside the weatherhead is causing electricity inside your home to short whenever the cables shift in the wind. Before reaching out to an electrical contractor, contact your electrical company, who will address this issue for no charge.
Bemrich Electric and Telephone has been Fort Dodge's premier electrical contractor since 1984. The experienced team provides a variety of residential and commercial services, including electrical work, fiber optic design and installation, and even computer repair. Each of Bemrich's state-licensed electricians goes through a rigorous five-year apprenticeship, which means they're prepared for all kinds of electrical and communication challenges. Visit the electrician team's website to learn more about their work, or call them directly at (515) 955-3257.