Your home’s electrical wiring is essential in powering the various devices and appliances you use every day. Unfortunately, this wiring can become damaged over time. This issue not only hinders your house’s functionality but also increases the risk of a fire. Protect your home by keeping an eye out for these five signs you need electrical wiring repair.
5 Signs Your Electrical Wiring Needs Repairs
If sparking occurs when you plug in an appliance, the issue could be with the object itself. Other times, though, sparking signals a problem with the electrical wiring in your interior walls. An electrician can determine where the issue is stemming from and work to solve the problem from there.
Your electrical system should be silent. If you hear any buzzing, you may be dealing with problems such as frayed wires or loose prongs. These issues can make the electrical current jump, which causes a buzzing noise. A professional may need to rewire your entire home or simply replace an outdated outlet.
3. Frequent Extension Cord Use
While extension cords are convenient, they can cause serious trouble if you use too many at once. Because they’re so long, extension cords are prone to kinks, pinches, and shortages.
These issues can damage your outlets or even lead to a fire. If you use extension cords frequently, have your electrical wiring inspected for damage. To keep your home safe, start using the cords less, or install more outlets.
4. Hot Outlets
An outlet should never feel hot, even if it’s powering an appliance that creates heat. A hot outlet often indicates faulty wiring or an unbalanced circuit. A professional will need to either repair the wires or rework them to rebalance the circuit.
5. Flickering Lights
If your lights are flickering, one or more of your major appliances may be consuming too much electricity, putting your electrical system out of balance. Professionals can usually solve this problem by either giving major appliances their own lines or moving your lights to different circuits.
If you notice any of the issues above, turn to Steve Hester & Sons, LLC. Based in Ward, AR, these experienced contractors have been serving the greater Little Rock metro area for over 20 years. They provide comprehensive electrical wiring repair as well as HVAC services. Learn more about the company online, and call (501) 941-5119 to schedule an appointment.