High electricity bills, flickering lights, and hot-to-the-touch outlets often indicate an electrical problem. Electrical issues can damage your appliances and also become a safety hazard. In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that there are about 5,300 electrical fires every year.
Protect yourself and your family by getting electrical problems repaired as soon as possible. This article will look at some of Colorado’s most common electrical repairs. They include:
- Electrical panel repairs
- Electrical shocks
- Loose outlets
- GFCI outlet installations
- Flickering lights
- Outdated wiring
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Electrical Panel Repairs
Electrical system failures can happen at any moment, and one of the most common components affected is the electrical panels. If the electrical panels are outdated or cannot support your home’s growing power demands, they can fail prematurely and run into a wide range of problems.
If power is going off in a certain part of your home, it might be because the circuit breaker has tripped. If the circuit breaker trips because it has exceeded its maximum amperage, you’ll find the switch handle in the “off” position rather than the “on” position.
Although you can easily reset a tripped breaker, you must note how often this problem happens. If it happens too often, you may need electrical repair services.
Burnt Out Fuses
Another common problem with electrical panels is burnt fuses. This is when the piece of metal of the fuse has melted. The glass window at the top may also turn purple or brown.
There are two different types of power surges: internal and external. Internal power surges are often too minor to notice and can happen multiple times a day. External elements, like a lightning strike on the home, cause external surges.
If your electrical breaker is outdated, you can consider upgrading to a new one or adding another. Professionals should do both of these electrical repairs.
If you’re frequently experiencing electrical shocks in your home, it’s a sign that there’s something wrong with the electrical system. The connection is not stable, which may cause sparks to fly awry. While this may not seem like a huge problem, it exposes you to more risks.
Ungrounded wires can potentially become a huge problem. The ideal solution is establishing a continuous electrical path back to the panel.
Frayed or Improper Wiring
Frayed or improper wiring can also cause inefficiencies and other problems. The best solution is to replace the wiring with a new one. If the wiring is frayed, you might hear buzzing or crackling sounds from your appliances. In some severe cases, smoke might even come out from the outlets.
Loose outlets must be repaired immediately, as they could expose you to a direct voltage or sparks. An outlet is loose if the whole outlet face wobbles or the receptacles are loose to the point where the plugs fall out.
GFCI Outlet Installations
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets automatically shut off power when there’s an electrical fault. These are often installed in wet or damp areas, like the kitchen or the bathroom. If you want to install GFCI outlets, you’ll need to contact professionals.
Flickering lights can be a sign that there’s something wrong with your home’s electrical system. However, the reason behind the flickering is usually not nefarious. The types of light bulbs you have may contribute to the flickering, as fluorescent bulbs may flicker if the temperature is too cold and if the bulb is burning out while it’s still in the socket. LED bulbs may flicker if they are not compatible with the switches.
If the wiring is old and outdated, it should be replaced. Old wiring is more likely to run into a wide assortment of issues like:
- Flickering lights
- Frequent circuit breaker trips
- Burning odors in specific rooms or with specific outlets
The main problem is that old electrical wiring is more prone to becoming a fire hazard. It’s easier for the system to overheat and insulation to become worn out.
Have You Noticed Issues with Your Electric System?
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Luke Cooper is the General Manager of the Cooper Green team and son of Gary Cooper, owner and CEO of Cooper HVAC. After years in the field, Luke took his talents to management and has helped thousands of Colorado homeowners during hot summers and frigid winters. His decade of experience in the field and guiding the company makes him one of the most knowledgeable individuals in Colorado on HVAC, plumbing, electrical and other home services.