Security and emergency lighting comply with the local codes, but sometimes, you might forget about everyday lighting. Electrical safety inspections are usually an afterthought when your lighting shows warning signs. These signs should lead to an electrical inspection, which can help you understand your entire electric system.
1. Multiple Flickering Lights
A flickering light in your home is annoying, but it may mean a bulb is loose. When multiple lights flicker throughout your home, it could be a more serious issue. A spreading lighting problem can indicate an electrical issue that could manifest in other ways, or your light fixtures might be aging.
2. Frequent Circuit Breaker Trips
Frequent circuit breaker trips could mean the electricity demand of that section is too high. Moving appliances or lights could fix the problem, but the issue may have another source. Our electricians can determine if you need a circuit breaker update with a lighting inspection.
3. Warm Switches or Outlets
An area may use too much energy if you notice that switches and outlets feel warm. Other reasons for warm outlets include damaged wiring or an undersized circuit breaker. Our electricians can find the exact cause with an electrical safety inspection and discuss your options with you.
4. Surges While Using Appliances
Large appliances such as air conditioners, washing machines, dryers, freezers and refrigerators are usually safe to use. You probably use many of these large appliances daily, consuming a lot of electricity. Our electricians can check if areas of your home are at risk of electrical surges and fires.
5. Burning Smells
A burning smell may mean a lighting problem, and you need to track down the source. Wires aren’t visible and could be the source of the burning odor, which may cause a fire over time. Call our electricians, and stop using switches and outlets near the burning smell.
6. Buzzing Outlets
You can’t see most of your electrical system, and you shouldn’t hear it, either. Unplug everything in the area when you hear a buzzing sound from your outlets. An electrician can check for the cause of the buzzing, which could be faulty wiring or loose connections.
As you can see, there are multiple warning signs of failing lights or wiring issues in a building. And keep in mind that even if your lighting works perfectly, an inspection every few years is a good way to check for corrosion, frayed wires and other developing hazards. To resolve any lighting problems within your electrical system in Ann Arbor, MI — and prevent unnoticed ones from causing trouble later — call us at Current Electrical Systems for an appointment today.