A disruption of power running through the bulb can cause it to flicker. Replacing your fluorescent bulb with an incandescent or LED light may fix the problem. Flickering lights can be caused by minor issues or serious electrical problems.
Can I Do My Own Electrical Repairs?
As a member of the public, the law allows you to carry out some of your own electrical work. But never do any electrical work unless you are sure you have the skills and knowledge to do the job safely and legally. You’re never allowed to wire someone else’s home or yours unless you own it. Also, get the proper permits from your local building department before starting.
Why Is My Light Switch Hot?
When you turn your light switch off, only to find that it is hot to the touch, you have a problem. This is not a normal phenomenon, and it indicates that there are serious issues hiding behind your walls. If you don’t get help right away, you could end up facing a serious electrical fire in your home.
Is There A Difference Between A Fuse And Circuit Breaker?
They both perform the same function, disrupting the flow of electricity when a fault is sensed. A fuse will have to be replaced once it has tripped, whereas a circuit breaker won’t need replacement. It is for this reason that circuit breakers are more commonly used.
What Does The Term “Short Circuit” Mean?
When a wire carrying an electrical current comes into contact with the grounded conductor wire or the equipment ground wire, excessive heat is created. If you see sparks in your electrical panel, you’ve likely witnessed a short circuit and you should have it checked by an electrician. Thankfully, the circuit breakers in your electrical panel will cut power to the circuit in the event of a short circuit.
What Is A GFCI Outlet?
This type of electrical outlet is designed to protect you from electrical shock if moisture is present. They are commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, outdoor outlets and garages. They feature test/reset buttons. If your house was built in or after 1981, there is a good chance that your kitchen, bathrooms, garage, and outdoor outlets are protected by GFCI outlets.
Why Do My Light Bulbs Blow Out Frequently?
There are several reasons this could be occurring. However, one particular reason that should be ruled out, for the sake of fire safety, is overheating. A light fixture with poor airflow design will result in excessive heat build-up around the bulb. Have your light fixtures inspected by an electrician if you notice that bulbs are constantly blowing out.
Is My Electrical Panel Unsafe?
An outdated electrical panel, often found in older homes, isn’t designed to meet the electricity demands of modern living. Today’s families love their appliances and electronics. If your home’s electrical panel is less than 200 amps, it’s time to enter the modern age with an upgrade.
The refrigerator in my kitchen does not work and the circuit breaker is not tripped. What is wrong?
Many older houses are wired so that there are two “general purpose” kitchen circuits. These circuits feed the outlets on the kitchen countertops, the refrigerator, and the microwave. If your house was built after 1981, there is a good chance that there is a GFCI outlet in your kitchen that has tripped. Locate a GFCI outlet in your kitchen, check and reset. If there are no GFCI outlets in your kitchen, there may be a problem with the wiring. Consult a licensed electrician who is qualified to evaluate the problem.
I have a motion sensing light in my back yard. Some nights it stays on all night or just blinks on and off. What is going on here?
Most people install motion sensing lights to thwart a potential burglary. If you are experiencing too many “false alarms”, the motion sensing dial may be set too high for the amount of regular motion in the back yard. Try turning the dial down to decrease the sensitivity of the motion sensor.
My electric oven, cook top, air conditioner, and water heater do not work. To make things even worse, some of the lights in my house do work and some don’t! What on earth is happening?
You may have lost a phase. If one of the phases becomes broken either at the power line, underground, or in your electrical panel, your 240volt appliances and any lights or outlets on the broken phase will not operate. If you experience this problem, first alert the power company. If they cannot determine a problem, call a licensed electrician to handle the problem.