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Know When to Call an Emergency Electrician this Summer

by Number 1 | June 25, 2024

Some electrical problems can wait a few days, while others should be handled immediately. As the summer heats up, certain electrical issues become more prevalent and potentially dangerous. Here are the signs you should call an emergency electrician this summer. Your home should be your sanctuary, a place of refuge, and, most importantly, safety. Yet an alarming number of accidents happen when we are at home—many of which are preventable.

One obvious area of potential danger that we should all pay attention to is electrical faults. Electrical faults were the third leading cause of fires in homes between 2012-2016, many of which led to fatal consequences.

There is a way, however, to stay ahead of the danger, and that is by being aware of the signs and calling in an emergency electrician.

So, what are the major signs to look out for this summer? Keep on reading to find out.

Summer-Specific Electrical Emergencies

1. Overloaded Circuits

With the increased use of air conditioners, fans, and other cooling appliances, circuits can become overloaded, causing breakers to trip frequently. This not only disrupts your comfort but can also indicate underlying electrical issues that need immediate attention.

2. Air Conditioner Malfunctions

Air conditioners are heavily used during the summer, and if they are not properly maintained, they can overheat, short-circuit, or fail entirely. A malfunctioning air conditioner can lead to electrical fires or cause significant disruptions in your home’s power supply.

3. Electrical Storm Damage

Summer storms, including lightning, can cause power surges, outages, and damage to electrical systems. Lightning strikes can damage electrical panels, wiring, and appliances, necessitating immediate professional repairs.

4. Pool and Outdoor Lighting Issues

Increased use of outdoor lighting, pool pumps, and other electrical equipment around pools can lead to electrical hazards if not properly installed or maintained. Faulty wiring or damaged equipment near water can pose serious risks of electric shock or fire.

5. Power Outages

High energy demand during summer can strain the power grid, leading to outages. While not always preventable, prolonged outages can require emergency electrician services to ensure your home’s electrical system is safe and to help restore power.

6. Overheating Electrical Systems

High temperatures can cause electrical systems to overheat, especially if they are not adequately ventilated. Overheating can lead to damaged wiring, circuit breakers, and electrical panels, which can pose significant fire risks.

7. Generator Malfunctions

Many homeowners use generators during summer storms or power outages. If not properly installed or maintained, generators can malfunction, leading to power back-feed, electrical fires, or carbon monoxide poisoning.

8. Outdoor Electrical Equipment Failures

Increased outdoor activities often involve the use of electric grills, lawn equipment, and other appliances. Faulty or damaged equipment can lead to electrical shocks, short circuits, or fires.

Other Year-Round Signs to Watch For

9. Circuit Breakers Keep Tripping

Your circuit breakers are the first line of defense when it comes to major power problems in your electrical circuit. If you notice constant tripping, it could be due to overloaded circuits or more serious electrical issues that need immediate attention.

10. Warm or Hot Power Outlets

If you feel warmth or heatcoming from the sockets or switches, this is a red flag for the need for an emergency electrician. This could indicate a high demand in a circuit or wiring problems and is a major precursor to a potential fire.

11. Flickering Lights

Light flickering can happen when there is an overload on a circuit, faulty wiring, or more. If it happens regularly or when you plug in a certain appliance, it’s time to call inan emergency electrician.

12. Sparks When Plugging in Appliances

Seeing sparks when plugging in an appliance can be alarming. If you see big sparks that last longer than a split second and are white or yellow, this could indicate overloads or improper installation, which can easily turn into a fire hazard.

13. Burning Smells or Smoke

A burning or smoking smell, if not easily identifiable, should lead you to call emergency services and switch off your mains. Once the fire department has checked for imminent fires, your next call should be to an electrician to identify and fix the issue.

14. Water Damage

After experiencing a flood or major leak, it is crucial to have a professional assess the electrical system before switching on any electricity. Damaged cables sitting in water, ora damp environment can lead to short circuits and long-term damage to your property.

15. Buzzing Sounds

Buzzing sounds are not normal and could indicate loose screws at a termination point or a more serious wiring problem. Regardless, it isn’t something that should be resolved by someone who isn’t a professional.

Conclusion

Don't Hesitate to call an emergency electrician. In a perfect world, we shouldn't notice the electricity in our homes. Anytime that we do is a cause for concern. No matter what the problem is, if you have a lingering doubt in your mind, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Pick up the phone and contact Number One Plumbing, AC, Solar & Electric.

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