Common Electrical Problems you may find in your Home

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Electrical faults are common in many homes. While finding the cause can sometimes be rather simple, it is quite often an enigma. There is never usually a good time for the electrics to cut out, but it often happens when you need it the least. What’s more, it can be quite dangerous. If you are ever concerned about any electrical faults, we always recommend you get in touch with a certified electrician. However, to give you a little peace of mind, we will break down some common electrical problems that you may find in your home.

Common Electrical Problems: Light Bulbs Blowing

Do you often find that the light bulbs in your home seem to blow on a regular basis? If so, it could be due to the quality of the ones you are buying. It may seem cost-effective in theory, but cheaper bulbs tend to have a much shorter life-span than a well-known brand. This is certainly the case when it comes to LED lamps. By investing a little bit more on your light bulbs, you will spend far less in the long-term. If you’re not sure on the best light bulbs for your home, we are more than happy to help.

Of course, the source of the issue may not be cheap bulbs. If you are using high-quality bulbs already, but they are still blowing, it could be a loose connection. This could be found in either the lamp holder or another area in the circuit which is causing a surge.

Flickering Lights

Flickering lights can be extremely irritating. However, finding the cause of the issue could be much easier than you may first assume. Here are a few reasons for flickering lights:

  • A dimmer switch that is not compatible.
  • A loose connection somewhere within the circuit
  • A cable that is damaged and perhaps trapped under a floorboard, causing it to lose connection whenever someone treads on it
  • A broken light switch

A Fishy Smell

This may sound bizarre, but if you ever notice a ‘fishy’ smell coming from your electrical equipment, you’re not going crazy. In fact, this is fairly common in many households. Here are a few things that could be causing this peculiar smell:

  • An ageing fluorescent light fitting that could have developed a fault over time
  • A loose connection in a plug, or perhaps a socket that has been overloaded with a strong appliance such as a shower or tumble dryer.

Keep your Home Electricals Safe and Up to Date with ABM Electrical

It’s important that you keep these in mind so that if you ever come across an electrical “symptom”, you will have a good idea on what you can do to fix the problem. If you need to invest in replacement equipment, then ABM Electrical are here to help. Get in touch to speak to a member of our team.

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