Serious Signs of Electrical Wiring Problems

The last thing you want in your home or office is faulty wiring. Not only is it a safety hazard, but it is one of the top five most common causes of electrical fires. If you know what you’re looking for, preventative measures can save you from the dangers of faulty wiring.
Faulty wiring has some noticeable signs such as:
  1. Lights that flicker or become dimmer are some basic, yet potentially dangerous signs of faulty wiring. 
  2. Frequent blown breakers or fuses are also indications that faulty wiring is to blame. 
  3. Additionally, darkened or charred outlets and switches could be a serious sign of faulty wiring. 
  4. Other signs of faulty electrical wiring are light switches that emit frequent shocks and ceiling fixtures that are hot to the touch. Seek immediate help if you smell anything burning, as this indicates a more serious electrical issue. 
If you’re unsure whether your home has faulty wiring, have a licensed electrician inspect your wiring. The experts at Caner Air Conditioning and Electrical are highly skilled and know exactly what to look for when identifying potential dangers and wiring issues. Many times, homeowners do not know what to look for, but proper electricians are knowledgable in detecting small, seemingly insignificant wiring issues that could become major problems and safety hazards over time.
Thankfully, there are measures that Caner Air Conditioning and Electrical recommends homeowners take to prevent some electrical issues from happening. Sometimes people don’t know that they are the cause of certain wiring issues in their own home. Did you know that using multiple extension cords connected together or overloading electrical outlets can cause wiring issues? 
  • Some potential issues include:
    • Relying on multiple extension cords and power strips when there are not enough outlets.
    • No ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) particularly in areas like the bathroom or kitchen.
    • Frayed wiring.
    • Ungrounded receptacles.
    • Uncovered junction boxes.
    • Bent or damaged electrical plugs.
Now that you know some of the concerns in your home, there are ways to address and remedy them. For instance, decreasing the load on individual receptacles and repairing or replacing frayed wiring help avoid safety hazards. Covering receptacles and junction boxes, as well as installing GFCIs where applicable, can also help.
Being aware of safe electrical practices and following them help ensure that you and your home are safe. Don’t forget to teach your family members about the dangers of risky behaviors when it comes to electrical wiring so you can avoid dangerous hazards. Finally, homeowners should never attempt to replace wiring on their own. Trust a qualified electrician at Caner Air Conditioning and Electrical and give us a call to inspect your home if you suspect faulty wiring: