Troubleshooting circuit issues: When it’s time to call an electrician in Newark, Ohio?
There are some home repair projects that are perfect for intrepid do-it-yourself individuals. However, most electric troubleshooting problems should be handled by professionals. Keep yourself and your family safe by following these tips when determining which project, you can do on your own and which projects require expert attention.
Do-It-Yourself Projects That Are Generally Safe
Simple Circuit Overloads
These usually happen because you have too many items connected to the same circuit or outlet. The fix usually involves relocating appliances to different outlets or circuits.
Light Bulbs Frequently Blowout
Frequent lightbulb blowouts are often resolved by purchasing bulbs that are the correct wattage for the fixture housing. Lower wattage LED lights will not only save you money and will last longer also.
Finicky Recessed Lights
There are specific bulbs used for recessed lighting. These bulbs can dissipate heat in a more effective way than traditional bulbs. If you find your recessed lighting turning off and on, it could be that safety mechanisms designed to keep things from overheating. Make sure you have the right bulb for your lights.
Test before You Touch
Even though the breaker is off, use a non-contact electrical tester.
Mind Your Environment
When you’re finished working with wires, put a cap on them. Avoid working around moisture. Be cognizant of your work environment.
Know When to Call a Professional
The following repairs should only be performed by licensed electricians:
Flickering or Dimming Lights
There’s likely a loose or faulty connection that will require professional troubleshooting to prevent damage or fire.
These could indicate an old wiring system or outdated outlets that need an update and repair.
A Breaker That Constantly Trips, Hums, or Buzzes
This may indicate a short circuit caused by damaged wires. Or it could indicate a faulty breaker that’s overloaded and cannot trip. These represent potential fire hazards and should be addressed by professionals.
If you are in doubt as to whether a professional should do the job or if you should do it yourself, it’s better to leave the project in the hands a professional. Weekley Electric, LLC is here to help you with any electrical need you have in Licking County and surrounding counties in Ohio.