Electricity can be your best friend or a potential danger depending on how you use it. You’re not likely to have any problems if you keep up with regular maintenance but unfortunately, things can still happen that cause your electric system to experience faults. Some of these faults could be the starting point of a major electrical emergency and you need to know how to spot stuff like that early. Try not to worry, we’ve put together a list of the most common signs that it’s time to call an emergency electrician.
When do you need an emergency electrician?
1. Lights that flicker or dim
Faulty electrical systems have a way of showing that they aren’t working as they should. Just like how your injured colleague may walk into work with a bit of a limp, the system also has a bit of a glitch that shows that it’s out of shape. One of the signs is the frequent appearance of flickering, dimming, or waning when you turn on multiple outlets. This is a sign that you need an emergency electrical servicing to deal with the fault straight away. It may simply be down to some wiring that has deteriorated over time. If you’re home to some friendly home pests, they could be damaging your wiring. Maybe it’s just a matter of getting your home’s old electrical system updated. A switchboard upgrade might be in order, you’ll never know until you hire a local electric servicing company to check it out.
2. Burning smells
Electrical outlets, like any kinetic system, are prone to overheating if regular fault finding isn’t done by a professional to stop it in its tracks. Outlets that are overheating are obvious to spot because there’ll be a burning smell. Find your nearest emergency electrician as soon as you do! Burning smells can become fires if they’re left unchecked. Sometimes they look burnt to, as the outlet will have strange brown marks or discoloration. If you notice any of these signs, switch off the outlet, unplug all the appliances, and call in a domestic or commercial emergency electrician to avoid a fire.
3. Buzzing sounds
The next sign requires that you have an excellent hearing because it isn’t very obvious. If you hear any buzzing or humming sounds coming from your breaker box every time you walk past it, it’s a sign that something very wrong is happening. The breaker box isn’t supposed to show signs of faults because it is the main thing protecting your property from power surges and damage.
4. Flying sparks
If you notice small sparks when you use a particular outlet, this isn’t something you should ignore. Sparks come from an outlet that is overloaded and outlets respond abnormally by letting some electricity escape. Some are very big and easily noticeable as they leap out of the plug. Sparks of any kind are really nothing to scoff at because they can easily escalate to bigger issues. Everytime a spark appears, all it takes is a flammable substance nearby and if could turn into a fire or just cause a major electrical breakdown.
5. Light bulbs that burn out
Faulty electrical systems also tend to overload certain elements in an electrical system. One of the most obvious signs that this is the case, is when you have one light bulb that burns out quicker than the others. Do you have one light bulb that you always have to change a lot more often than any other? If so, the light probably has some loose wiring behind it.
6. Dead or Loose outlets
Loose, hanging or completely dead outlets are also a sign of something more serious. A dead outlet often means overheating that has caused a breaker to trip. If this is the case, then we have a few tips for finding the best professional to quickly do the job of avoiding further damage.
Powertrip Electrical has qualified electricians for all Gold Coast locals. It doesn’t matter if you’re a homeowner or run a commercial business, picking up on the warning signs of electrical faults can save lives, money and valuable property. If you are experiencing any of these faults in your home or business, call us on 0410 607 785 and we’ll get an emergency electrician to come and assess the problem today. We service all of the following areas for emergency call outs: Gold Coast, Helensvale, Broadbeach, Bundall, Mermaid Beach, Palm Beach, Nerang and Burleigh Heads.