If the lights in your home flicker occasionally, it likely isn’t cause for concern. However, if you notice it frequently, it might be time to call an electrician. There are several reasons why you might notice this issue, but fortunately, many of them are easy enough to repair. Here are the top causes to consider so you can begin to make adjustments.
Why Are Your Lights Flickering?
1. Loose Connections & Bulbs
Tight electrical connections on wires, terminals, and circuit breakers minimize resistance, providing a consistent supply of power to your appliances and fixtures. When connections become loose, they’re more likely to overheat, which causes lights to flicker and may even result in electrical fires. An electrician can inspect the connections and safely tighten them. You might also notice blinking lights due to loose lightbulbs, which prevents them from receiving enough power to fully illuminate. Allow them to cool down first, then tighten them to see if it solves the issue.
2. Changes in Voltage
If your lights flicker when you run your large appliances, they may not be wired for the correct amount of voltage. In general, homes require a minimum of 200 amps to support the proper function of dishwashers, dryers, ranges, and ovens. It may be necessary to have an electrician rewire your appliances so they receive enough amperage without overloading your circuits.
3. Lightbulb Issues
Certain lightbulbs have built-in safety features that prevent too much current from flowing through them. In some cases, however, this design may disrupt the normal flow of power, causing your lights to flicker. This is especially common amongst fluorescent bulbs. Swap them out for energy-efficient LED products and enjoy clean and dependable lighting throughout your home.
If simple fixes don’t stop your lights from flickering, turn to the team at Service First Electrical and Plumbing. Since 1967, these electricians have kept homes throughout Texarkana, AR, and the surrounding area safely and efficiently powered. They also offer plumbing services, including drain cleaning and water heater installations. They know that electrical issues sometimes can’t wait, which is why they’re available 24/7 for emergency service. Call (870) 775-1035 to request a quote, or visit them online to learn about their current specials.