Des Moines Electrician Talks Electrical Problems

This Des Moines electrician is happy to address some of the most common electrical problems faced by home owners.

Your dependence on electricity is a huge reason why you should pay attention to any irregularities that you may have noticed in the past—or are experiencing now—and have ignored. They can be early signs of a potentially bigger problem.

Here are a few of the most common electrical issues as expressed to this Des Moines electrician by our customers.  Here’s what typically causes

  1.  Light bulbs burning out frequently. It could be more
    than just overuse—you may have a loose connection
    in the socket or circuit. And recessed lights that go
    out may do so because they’re too hot because of
    nearby insulation. If operating properly, recessed
    lights are designed to shut themselves off in those
    cases, so as not to create a fire hazard.
  2. Flickering and dimming lights. This could be a sign
    of a poor connection in your circuit and can lead to
    eventual arching!
  3. Dead outlets. A poor connection could be the culprit
    again, or it tripped to prevent an excessive heat
    buildup that could result in the outlet melting.
  4. Warm switches and fixtures. This is definitely a
    safety concern and should be addressed immediately.
  5. Tripping breakers. Usually a sign that a circuit is
    drawing too much electricity and you’re experiencing
    an overload. If this happens constantly, it is definitely
    a potential fire risk. You should add a circuit or even
    consider upgrading your electrical service.  Ask for help from a Des Moines electrician right away!

These are just a few of the many electrical issues that can be seen in a home. And it should also be pointed out that these may not be the exact reasons why these problems are occurring—there may be a host of others that we haven’t discussed.

Often, it’s not a large issue you’re dealing with, but it’s really not worth gambling with your health and safety. You don’t want to be one of the thousands of people who experience a home fire due to an ignored electrical problem.

That’s why it’s important to give your home a complete safety inspection at least once a year. Look in your panel for burning or corrosion, tighten the breakers, and test its load and voltage with a voltage meter. Also, evaluate your outlets with a ground-fault, circuit-interrupter device. Look over any exposed wiring in your attic, basement, and
crawl space, and examine your main disconnect box to see if it’s working properly.

If you’re not certain how to do these things, don’t have the right tools, or would just like a second opinion, give us a call at 515-689-8900. This Des Moines electrician is here to serve you!

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