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Common Electrical Problems Homeowners Face


Believe it or not, one of the most common household blunders that many homeowners often run into is electrical-related. Whether it’s a malfunctioning light switch or bulbs that burn too quickly, the list seems endless. However, if you’ve run into one of these scenarios (or are preparing for the day that you do), here’s what you need to know:

Common Residential Electrical Problems

Malfunctioning Lightswitch

One of the most universal devices found in every home is a light switch. Whether it’s a rocker switch or dimmable light switch, there is a variety to choose from that will help make flicking on the lights as easy as 1-2-3! However, there is a chance that your switch may fail when you least expect it.

When this happens, it may be rather difficult to turn your lights on. Luckily, this is somewhat of a simple fix — an electrician will have to turn off the breaker and remove the light switch. Next, they’ll seek out the problem; sometimes, it’s a fault with the outlet’s wiring. If they think it would be safer to install a brand new switch, they’ll make the “switch.”

Bulbs Have a Short Lifespan

Do you find yourself replacing light bulbs around your home a little too often? Thankfully, it might not be the fixtures but the bulbs themselves. As it turns out, there’s a chance that the wattage might be too high for the fixture you’ve installed them in. Now, if it’s not the bulb itself, another reason might be that the circuit could have poor wiring.

Circuit Breaker Trips Often

Does your circuit breaker trip more than it should? If so, it could be based on your electrical usage habits. For instance, if you’re using a high-powered appliance (such as a microwave) while you use a portable heater, chances are they’re too powerful and could be causing the circuit breaker to trip.

The best way to prevent this from happening is to be more mindful of what you’re using and how many high-powered items you’re using simultaneously. This can help stop the circuit from tripping. However, if you have been more mindful and notice that you’re still encountering a problem, call an electrician to get to the root of the issue!

Trusted Electricians in Metairie, LA

To learn more about our electrical services or to schedule your appointment with our team of pros, give Stuart Services a call at 504-321-2079 or fill out a form on our website!

We look forward to helping you and your family!