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When To Call an Electrician As a homeowner who loves to do stuff on your own, things like fixing a plumbing fixture, cleaning the AC system, and changing your locks are doable without any professional assistance. But then again, there’s also a fair share of things you can’t really do on your own. A notable example is a repair or installation job that involves handling electricity. Aside from the fact that doing it without any license, experience, or expertise could hurt you, it also can aggravate or worsen the problem. The truth is you really don’t have any other choice but to hire an electrician for any kind of electrical work. But some electrical work don’t need immediate attention, while there are also signs that tell you it’s time to call in a licensed and professional electrician. 1 – If there are flickering lights.
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Your initial and most common reaction would be that a flickering light is nothing but a bulb that needs replacing. Well, you probably tried to replace the light bulb by yourself and you end up seeing that the other lights started to flicker as well; then this is the time you need to call an electrician. The flickering of more than one light bulb means there potentially is a problem with the wiring in your home.
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2 – Blown fuses. Know that circuit breakers can trip and fuses will blow occasionally and you shouldn’t be panicking when they do. However, if those scenarios happen almost all the time, it’s a telltale sign that you probably are overloading your electrical system. If not, there might be another serious, underlying problem. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t be doing the troubleshooting yourself, unless of course you’re a licensed electrician yourself. 3 – If there’s minor electrical shock. If you plug in an appliance or turn a light switch on and you feel some little electrical shock, it’s a telltale sign that something is shorting out somewhere in your electrical system. The reason could be frayed wiring or the wiring insulation is bad. You definitely should address this problem the soonest time possible because if you ignore it, it could lead to a fire. 4 – You frequently hear a buzzing sound. If you observed as of late that there’s a buzzing sound coming from either the light switch or outlet, it is a clear sign that there’s a serious electrical problem in your home. The sound may be a result of a faulty wiring which happens to be close in proximity to the switch or outlet. Remember that just like minor shocks, you never can afford to ignore this problem because there have been countless cases of homes ravaged by fire caused by faulty electrical wiring. The electrician will be the one who will figure out where the problem is and fix it.