Article on When to Call an Electrician

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By: Jonathan Chatfield


Wondering if you should call an electrician? Read on and find out.

Has this ever happened to you?

There you are, resting comfortably on the couch after a long day at the office. You’re flipping through the channels, trying to decide what to watch. The news? Nah, it’s all bad news anyway. A re-run of Seinfeld? Pass. You’ve seen every episode. Heck, you could probably recite the script to half the episodes, verbatim. You finally settle on a trashy reality show. That should serve as a distraction. But, somethings missing. A SNACK! So, you gather the gumption required, and head to the kitchen.

Banana? Nope, too healthy. Cookies? You decide against them after remembering you had to unbutton your pants to get comfy on the couch. Popcorn! Ding, ding, ding,  we have a winner! So you peel off the plastic over-wrap and toss it into the microwave to cook, listening for when it slows to two or three seconds between pops because NO ONE likes burnt popcorn. Then it happens. Bzzzt BZZZZZZT POP! The entire house goes dark.

You reach around frantically, flipping the light switches on and off, testing other appliances. Nothing. You open the refrigerator, and the light is out. Finally, after heading to the breaker panel, you realize one of the circuits has tripped. You flip it back on and head back to your popcorn. The second you turn the microwave on, Bzzzzzzt…POP, and this time accompanied by the acrid smell of burning electrical wires! Uh-Oh, maybe it’s time to call an electrician.

In the scenario above, the culprit is likely an issue with your breaker panel. If you continue to have these problems or notice rust or moisture around the panel, get it checked out.

Here are a few other indications it might be time to call an electrician.

Faulty Outlets

We all have one or two electrical outlets in our house that are a bit flaky. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. Some plugs fit snugly; some fall out over and over. But, here are some signs that you may be looking at a more serious issue and need an electrician. Does the outlet spark when you plug in something? Is it warm when you touch it? Also, if the outlet is showing any signs of strange discoloration or has broken or brittle plastic around the holes, you may want to get that outlet replaced by a qualified electrician.

The Lights Are Flickering

If walking through your house reminds you of one of those paranormal thrillers you love, you might need an electrician. If you’ve changed the suspect light bulbs, and still have a disco strobe in your bedroom, you may have a wiring issue. I know…a disco light might be fun, but because it could also mean danger tt’s always best to get help from a qualified individual. They can determine if the issue is serious or something minor. You want to make sure you are Stayin’ Alive. See what I did there? Disco, Stayin’Alive…nevermind.

What IS that smell?

If you’ve ever noticed a subtle burning smell, but have no idea where it is coming from, you may have an electrical issue. If you have ever smelled an electrical fire, you know it has a pretty distinct odor. Even if the smell isn’t instantly recognizable, it might be a good idea to have it checked out. It’s always wise to call an electrician as soon as possible in this situation, as it could be an indicator of dangerous electrical hazards.

Buying Property

If you are in the market for a new home or condominium, or even if you are considering commercial property, it is always the best course of action to get an electrical inspection. You’ll want to know, before investing your hard-earned money, if the property is electrically sound or in need of repairs. Sometimes, if the issues are minor, you may go ahead and make the purchase anyway. But it is always a good idea to know what you are getting into. You don’t want to get stuck with a money pit. It’s cheaper to pay for the inspection than a ton of unexpected repairs later on down the road.

Stay One Step Ahead

In addition to common repairs or emergency situations, an electrician can help you with an annual electrical inspection. It is an excellent way to stay ahead of any issues and keep your home or business safe. Many Electrical Contractors also offer service plans that provide discounts on regular services. If you went ahead and bought that house with the minor issues, or foresee the need for repairs in the future, reach out to a qualified electrician and get information now. It’s always best to be prepared.

Your friends at Electric Company are available 24/7 for all of your electrical service needs!

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