Common Household Electrical Problems

by Leona Russell 03/07/2021

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There are many important maintenance responsibilities that come with owning a home. One comes in the form of household electricity. While many people take the electricity in their homes for granted, there are a number of common problems that could arise. When homeowners are prepared for these common household electrical problems, they will know how to approach them when they arise.

Electrical Surges are Common

One of the more common issues with household electricity is the development of power surges. There are a few reasons surges might take place. Sometimes, there are faulty power lines or weather-related events such as electrical storms or lightning strikes. Alternately, there could be issues related to the internal wiring of the home. Surges might only last for a millisecond but they can lead to serious damage throughout the electrical components of the home. While you can't control a storm, you can troubleshoot from inside. When electrical surges occur, the problem could be related to a device or appliance that is plugged into the power grid. In some cases, unplugging problematic devices can help stop the surges from happening.

Problems with the Light Switches

Another common electrical issue is light switches don’t work reliably or as expected. Those who have dimmer switches might be frustrated with how responsive the switches are. This could simply be a wiring issue that was introduced during installation or the problem with the hardware itself. You could try replacing the switch yourself, always turn the electricity off and following installation steps or better yet, work with an experienced electrician who can help to identify and resolve the problem's source.

The Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

Some homeowners may find that the circuit breaker keeps tripping. A circuit breaker is meant to protect the home from being overpowered. Microwaves, hairdryers and heaters often cause circuit breakers to trip so consider what was drawing power when the issue last occurred. You may need to use the device at a lower setting or consult with an electrician about increasing the capacity of the outlet in question. Additionally, avoid using multiple power strips or extension cords as this can overload and destroy circuits. Unplug devices that are not being used. For example, phone chargers still draw on the electrical system even when they aren’t being used to recharge a device. Finally, plug devices or appliances into different locations to avoid placing all of the stress on a single circuit.

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Leona Russell

In addition to helping my clients achieve their real estate goals, I help them to understand the tax advantages, financing alternatives, and investment aspects of home ownership and why now is an incredible time to buy. As a licensed Realtor, I'm focused on helping my clients to achieve their real estate goals. Everyone deserves a home. And my goal is to help individuals and families achieve the American dream of homeownership. In addition to providing guidance and managing the transaction, I begin the relationship by getting to know my clients and providing education about the process. I have found that when people understand what is going on and what is expected of them, they are less stressed and enjoy the experience more. Specialties: Teaching/Training, Market Analysis, Loss Mitigation, Negotiation(Certified Distressed Property Expert), Excellent Customer Service, Staging, Relocations, Investments (Residential Finance Consultant)