It is true that most of the electrical problems you have in your home will need to be taken care of by a licensed electrician. However, there are various smaller problems that you can easily and safely troubleshoot. Here are just a few:

Flickering Lights

This can be quite bothersome and yet pretty easy to troubleshoot. Begin by checking that the bulb has been screwed in correctly. It needs to be in all the way. If that is in order, check to see that the wattage is correct for the fixture in which it has been fixed. If the wattage is not right, that can be causing overheating and it can even lead to a fire. In the event that the wattage is correct, just replace the old bulb with a new one. If the light is still flickering, then it is possible that the electrical outlet or the cord has a problem.

Cord Inspection

One problem that is often overlooked is a damaged or frayed electrical cord. Check if there are any exposed electrical wires from breaks or frayed cords. If there are, it means your safety electrical material is not working. You also want to check for brown spots or melting which means that there is a short. If you notice a short, do not use that particular item anymore and have a licensed electrician repair it for you.

Electrical Outlets

If you notice that one outlet is not working, check to see if the others around it are working. If not, it is possible that your circuit breaker has tripped or you have no power. Check the circuit breaker to ensure that all the breakers are where they should be. If one has switched off, simply turn it on again. If this does not work, it is time to call a licensed electrician.

Tripped Circuit Breaker

Usually, if your lights go off or your electrical outlet is not working, you will find that the circuit breaker has tripped and switched itself off. If you turn it on again, you should be able to go back to normal activities. However, if it turns itself off again, it means that there is an overload. Overloaded circuit breakers are a fire hazard because they can overheat. Start by switching off some of your electrical appliances and check to see if this solves the problem. It is important not to plug in many appliances to a single outlet and always advisable to turn off the appliances you are not using. If after all this your circuit breaker is still tripping, it is possible that you have a short circuit. This problem is dangerous and should not be taken lightly. Call in a licensed electrician to look into the problem and fix it at the earliest.

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