Telltale Signs of an Electrical Wiring Problem

Spot Faulty Wiring at Home Before It Becomes a Problem

Having electricity at home to power daily lives is a technological marvel that has become so commonplace and matter-of-fact that it’s now taken for granted. But having it on-demand and safely available at home is nothing short of a miracle. Electricity allows the convenience of comfort, powers devices, and makes everything available with the touch of a button. 

However, this doesn’t mean the electrical infrastructure at home that makes this possible shouldn’t be taken care of, as well as everything else. Homeowners should be aware that faulty electrical wiring is one of the leading causes of house fires. For this scenario to be avoided, it’s vital homeowners are aware of the signs of faulty electrical wiring to resolve it immediately and keep it from happening again.

Watch Your Fuses and Circuit Breakers

It isn’t out of the ordinary to have a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker happen at home every once in a while. After all, fuses are meant to be blown, and circuits tripped because they are essentially safety devices meant for protection. Both devices are intended to interrupt the flow of the current when there is too much of it to prevent electrical hazards and damage. 

While fuses are meant to be used only once and then replaced, circuit breakers can be reset once they trip. However, if homeowners find themselves replacing fuses or resetting circuit breakers more often than usual, it could indicate a bigger problem, such as faulty wiring, and an electrician should be called immediately to inspect the electrical system and see if there is a problem with the wiring that needs to be resolved. 

Outlets Shouldn’t Be Hot to the Touch or Have Burn Marks

outletElectrical outlets are the receptacle through which household residents access electricity. However, it doesn’t mean they should be hot to the touch or bear any signs of electrical damage, such as burn or scorch marks. If someone’s hands or eyes sense evidence of these problems, this should be a red flag that faulty electrical wiring may be the culprit. 

Homeowners who experience an electrical outlet that is hot when touched or one that has burn marks on it must call an electrician immediately to fix this, as electrical issues like faulty wiring are extremely dangerous and could lead to an electrical fire if not repaired immediately.

A Buzz or Burning Smell 

smellWhen it comes to faulty electrical wiring, the sense of sight and touch aren’t the only ways to sense the existence of a problem. People can also turn to their sense of smell or hearing as a way to be alerted to faulty electrical wiring. Homeowners who notice a burning smell or a buzzing sound near electrical outlets should also call an electrician immediately. 

These are common signs of a problem with the electrical wiring, as outlets aren’t supposed to emit that electrical hum, nor are they supposed to smell like they’re burning. If the burning smell is akin to burning plastic, chances are, the wiring has gotten hot enough to melt the insulation coating, and it may be a sign of the beginning of an electrical fire behind the walls. 

About Mr. Air AC & Electrical

Mr. Air AC & Electrical has more than three decades of experience serving Pompano Beach and the surrounding areas. They offer straightforward pricing, same-day services, and financing. Call them today for wiring repair and replacement services in Pompano Beach, FL.  

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