9 common electrical problems you should know


Electricity is something most of us take for granted, it’s always there when we need it, keeps us cool in the summer and warm in the winter, powers our appliances, and is a necessary part of our everyday lives.

But electricity can also cause problems, sometimes dangerous problems that can range from aggravating to very serious, even massively destructive. 

Electrical problems can happen anywhere electricity is (usually hidden within the walls of your home), however, by recognizing the warning signs and you can greatly reduce the risks.

Here are 9 common household problems that would likely require an electrician: 

1. Electrical surges (Transients)

Electrical surges are split-second disruptions in the flow of electricity that can be caused by poor wiring in home, lightning strikes, or faulty appliances. These surges can even damage sensitive electronic equipment such as computers and small appliances. Check the devices connected and the wiring. If the problem continues, book and electrician.

2. Circuit breaker keeps tripping

If a circuit breaker trips, it’s a good thing — because it’s a warning you may have a loose connection or problem that could cause a fire. If you can’t reset it, the breaker might be bad and may even have black marks around it. If so, it needs replacing by an electrician who will also make sure the problem isn’t further along the line. An older home that can’t handle all of today’s modern appliances may also be a problem, so the whole electrical panel may have to be replaced.

3. Frequent bulb burnouts

Tired of changing your light bulbs? Using bulbs that have a higher wattage than recommended, or poor wiring, can cause bulbs to burn out frequently. other reasons can include tightly fixed bulbs, improper air circulation, insulation to close to the light, more wattage on a dimmer switch, and more.

4. Flickering light

Frayed wires can cause a light to flicker so cables will need to be replaced with new ones. Immediately call an electrician for help.

5. No RCCB (Residual Current Circuit Breaker)

RCCB (Residual Current Circuit Breaker) is also known as ELCB (Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker). It’s used to disconnect the load from main supply when the circuit has residual current. By using RCCB you can ensure protection against direct and indirect contact, fire, and protection of earthing against corrosion. 

6. Electric shocks

An electrical shock can be a nasty experience. Even though they are usually pretty mild, they remind us that electricity is dangerous when not probably utilised. They generally happen when you turn a device on or off. The issue could be with the appliance, or it could be in the wiring. In most cases, it’s a safer bet just to speak to or book an electrician for advice.

7. Plugs falling out of the outlet

A loose or worn electrical outlet can cause arcing which can also start a fire. If you can also smell an odour, that’s another sign that arcing has occurred. Replace the outlet with a new one.

8. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) not working

A GFCI is designed to monitor the electrical current going into the receptacle through one wire, versus the amount of power coming back out through the other wire. If less power is coming out than going in, it trips for protection. The small TEST button pops out and turns the circuit off. If it doesn’t trip when the TEST button is pressed to reset it, the GFCI needs replacing.

GFCIs are an important device and required by building codes for outlets anywhere within four feet of water such as in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms, plus exterior walls. Your electrician Expert will know where they are required.

9. High monthly electric bill

Reducing the cost of your electric bill could include:

  • Switching to a more cost effective provider
  • Identifying electrical devices that may be causing power surges
  • Patching leaks in the hot water system
  • Unplugging appliances and chargers when not in use
  • Repairing damaged wiring or circuits

Electrical problems are not to be taken lightly. Avoid all risk and book a HeyBryan Electrical Expert to brighten your day.

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  • Tap Book a Task and select Electrical
  • Confirm your address, select the date and time you want the Expert out, and describe your task (add photos if you can)
  • Select your Expert and confirm – that’s it!

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