6 Things Electricians do

Electricity is a very important part of our lives. High bills, lighting problems and tripping circuit breakers may seem like small electrical inconveniences, but can lead to much bigger problems if proper help isn’t enlisted. As the demand for power grows, electrical systems can be hard pressed to keep up.

Although it can be tempting to try and fix some electrical issues around the home yourself, it can be more dangerous than you think, and may be a bigger problem than it first seemed. With the exception of homes built very recently, older homes, like many found here on the Sunshine Coast, may benefit from some electrical checks and upgrades.

Here are 6 signs you need to call an electrician

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1. Circuit breaker keeps tripping

High wattage appliances can trip circuit breakers, especially when other items consuming power are on the same source. Try to pinpoint what you are using when it trips. This could be a sign that a circuit is drawing more current than it can safely handle and you need to upgrade your electrical system. This could be potentially dangerous and requires an electrician’s attention as soon as possible.

2. Rising Electricity Bill

If you notice an unusual rise in your electrical bills, it could be due a few things. It may be as simple as switching to a more cost effective provider. Unplugging appliances when not in use (which is also a safety precaution) and turning lights and air-conditioning units off when not needed may also make a difference. Although, in some cases, electrical devices causing power surges, or damaged wiring and circuits may be the culprit. If you notice a steady rise in your electricity bill, it may be time to call an electrician to inspect your electrical system to see if there are any faults.

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3. Light switches not working properly

If your home is old or you have recently moved in, dimmer switches that don’t adjust light properly or don’t do anything at all can be caused by wiring issues or sub-standard products. An electrician will be able to diagnose the issue and do the needed repairs.

4. Circuit overload

One of the biggest causes of circuit breaker tripping (as mentioned above) is the overloading of power boards. Most homes don’t have enough power points to cater to the high demand of electrical products. An electrician will be able to install more power outlets and upgrade your system to safely cater for your electricity needs.

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5.Electrical shocks

An electrical shock is not a pleasant experience. If you experience electrical shocks when you turn a device on or off, it could be a sign of something more dangerous. The issue could be with the appliance, or it could be with the wiring. In any case, it is best to speak with an electrician to see what could be causing this problem.

6. Lights too bright/dim or burning out quickly

If your lights are too bright or dim, it could be due to a bad main neutral connection. In this case it needs to be fixed by a professional. If your light bulbs are burning out quickly, it could be due to a number of reasons. The wattage of the light bulb may be too high or too much for one switch, or there is bad wiring on the circuit. Isolating the issue can be tricky, so if you’re going through light bulbs like there’s no tomorrow, calling an electrician to identify and fix the problem may be the answer.

These issues seem familiar?

Safety around your home is extremely important, so don’t leave anything to chance. A professional electrician can help diagnose your electrical problems and put your mind at ease, knowing that you are safe. Are you experiencing some of these issues or just aren’t sure about some electrical problems? Call us today for an inquiry or appointment.

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