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What Are The Signs Of An Electrical Issue In the Home?

Here is a short guide on one of the home most common problems – the electric. Having electric problems in the home is no fun, so how to overcome this with Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions.

Electrical issues are a pain in the neck, especially when nothing seems to be working. This short guide will discuss a few key appliances that everyone within the home should be mindful of. Many electrical issues do require a professional electrician to look at it; don’t be afraid to give us a call.

Circuit Breaker Issues

Circuit breakers are designed to trip when a circuit is overloaded and overheated. The circuit breaker also prevents wires from starting a fire in your home.

  • If your breaker has tripped, it might be a good idea to try plugging in appliances into a different circuit so the supply isn’t overloaded.
  • Have a breaker that is frequently tripping? It’s best to call LHPS immediately. Even if you shut off your main breaker, power still enters the panel, so if you’ve never worked inside an electrical panel, this is why we ask you to call an experienced professional electrician.

Flickering Lights

Flickering lights are a sign of a defective or loose bulb. If you replaced the bulb and the problem wasn’t solved, there could be two probable issues:

  • the fault may be in the light fixture
  • the connections to the fixture or the wiring in the circuit breaker box may be loose

Both of these issues should be consulted by our professional electrician.

Light Switches/Electrical Outlets Not Working

Light switches that don’t work like normal are another example that you have an electrical problem. Here’s how:

  • The wiring may be loose or be cracked internally.
  • If a plug is loose as in the plug partially falls out, a person could accidentally receive a shock when unplugging the cord

If you think you have faulty light switches or electrical outlets, our professional electrician will inspect your wiring to determine whether any loose connections exist, and replace defective ones.

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Three Signs You Need Professional Electrical Repairs

Professional electricians are knowledgeable about what goes on with your electrical system and they will make sure that the home is never without any electricity. Electricians will know when you need electrical repairs.

When it comes to repairing the electrical system within the home it’s a job that must always be left to professional electricians Bromely. This is due to an issue of safety, since poor work on the wiring or other parts of the electrical system can cause high voltage shocks or lead to the danger of electrical fires.

On the other hand you as a homeowner do have an important job when it comes to electrical repairs and that’s noticing when you need electrical repairs. It’s not always immediately clear, and some warnings signs are unfortunately easy to ignore or shrug off. Below are indicators that it’s time to contact our skilled electricians for repairs:

  • Flickering lights: It’s not something you should ignore just because it nearing Christmas time. A single flickering light usually means a problem with the bulb. But if the lights are doing this all around the house, it points toward an overload on the electrical system that needs to be investigated.
  • Sparking: When sparking starts to occur from outlets, light switches, or appliances, you need to call for repairs immediately. There’s a high possibility of an electrical fire starting if this continues.
  • Constantly tripping circuit breakers: The circuit breaker is an important defence mechanism to protect the electrical system from voltage spikes and fluctuations. You shouldn’t need to regularly reset tripped breakers. If you are, there may be a problem with the breaker panel itself or elsewhere in the electrical system.
  • Outlets and switches hot to the touch: When you notice warm outlets and switches, it often means there’s a short that needs repairs. You may also detect charring or discoloured marks on the outlet and switch covers.

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5 Electrical Safety Tips

Electricity is a great modern convenience, but it can also be dangerous if you don’t know how to keep yourself safe. These electrical safety tips should help you the next time you think an electrical problem might be threatening your home safety.

  • Beware of Flickering Lights
    If you haven’t had your home lighting updated in awhile, you might notice your lights starting to flicker. To combat this, you should replace the wire connectors with new professional grade types. If this problem continues, you should replace the fixture before any larger problems occur.
  • Investigate Faceplates That Are Warm to the Touch
    This could be related to old wiring insulation or an electrical load that is too large for the outlet. You can always try and fix it on your own by removing the plate and examining what lies behind. If you do decide to go down that route rather then have an electricians look at it. Then look for any melted connections, burned insulation or loose splice. If these all seem to check out, your problem is likely related to the amount of power you are asking that outlet to produce.
  • Beware of The Shock From Appliances
    With large, expensive appliances like the refrigerator, we tend to try and milk them to the very end. That is all well and good, but if you are continuously getting shocks from the fridge, that is not something you should ignore. The condensation in your fridge could have ruined the electrical insulation and you are essentially playing with fire every time you use the fridge. Unfortunately, the only solution here would be to upgrade to a newer, more efficient refrigerator.
  • Never Throw Water On an Electrical Fire
    If an electrical fire happens unexpectedly, do not think to throw water on it. Water actually conducts electricity, so pouring it on an electrical fire can actually make the problem worse. In the case of an electrical fire, you should always resort to your fire extinguisher.

Give us a Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions a call today to learn more about electrical safety tips. Schedule a time for one our professional electrician croydon to come out and take a look at our problem round the home.

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Housing and Planning Bill – Amendments Spark Electrical Safety

Commenting on proposed amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill, which will establish electrical safety requirements in the Private Rented Sector (PRS), Phil Buckle, Director General of Electrical Safety First, said:

“We welcome these proposed amendments, as we have lobbied long and hard to ensure regular electrical safety checks are a requirement in the PRS. Electricity causes around half of all domestic fires in Great Britain1, resulting in billions of pounds worth of damage each year2, while the personal cost can’t be evaluated. With the PRS continuing to expand at an unprecedented rate the need for such checks can only increase and the outlay for this essential safety precaution is a small price to pay for the protection of people and property.”

Poor electrical safety in the PRS can – and does – kill and injure. Last year, 16% of PRS tenants experienced electrical hazards and this figure increases to 20% for those with children3. One person each week in GB is killed in an electrical fire and more than a quarter of a million (350,000) each year, are injured as the result of an electric shock4, with research suggesting private tenants are more likely to be affected5. These are considerably higher figures than those fatalities and accidents caused by gas and carbon monoxide poisoning6, yet landlords have had to provide annual gas safety certificates for some years now and recent legislation has made CO2 alarms obligatory.

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