If you are searching for “Common Home Electrical Problems” this article should help! Here we have a list of common electrical issues that happen within the wiring system of your home. After each electrical issue, there is an explanation, resource from this site, or a resource from another site.
Issues from light fixtures and light bulbs
The light bulbs are blowing quite often. There could be a lot of reasons for this, but it depends on how widespread the issue is and if the bulbs are best for your situation.
The lights are blinking or flickering. This often means that there is poor connection inside of the circuit. If the blinking is happening in most areas of the home, then there could be an issue with main wire connection.
The recessed light keeps going off and it will work later again. This is most likely a built-in safety feature to keep the light from overheating. It is letting you know that the bulb is either the wrong watt, wrong bulb style, or that the insulation is causing the light to heat up.
Some of the lights are running dim while others are extra bright. Light bulbs could be popping and some appliances may have quit recently. This will steadily cause damage to your home equipment. It is a bad neutral connection connected to 2 circuits or on its own circuit.
Dead Outlet Problems
Lights or outlets have went dead. If you have reset the GFCIs or breakers, if you know how, then you are most likely left with a poor connection within the circuit. Find the location of this open circuit.
Half of the outlet is working, but the other half doesn’t. After years in your home, you may not know that only part may be energized by the wall switch. The other cause is use has loosened the hold on the part that cords plug into.
The outlets have gone dead outdoors, garage, bathrooms or kitchen. The outlets in these areas have been required since the 1970s to go dead by a GFI or ground fault interrupter, when it senses an issue. One of these devices have been tripped and that is why it has went dead.
Circuit breaker or outlet has been tripped and it won’t reset. Do not be tempted to blame the GFI or breaker. It is most likely responding to a condition somewhere else to be protected. To find what it could be, look at the diagnostic tree.
The circuit breaker is tripped whenever the hair dryer or microwave is used. If isn’t tripped right away, these items may be too much for the circuit. These overloads can be avoided by limiting the use of other items on the circuit. Having a new circuit for these items will be the only solution. Most hair dryers will have a setting for low wattage that could help.
Electrical issues from switches that are common
Wall switches gets hot. Sometimes a dimming switch will do this and it is normal when you are running less than 600 watts of bulbs. Heat at the receptacle is different. This means that the connection needs to be improved right away.
The 2 switches that control a set of lights don’t always work correctly. Sometimes the switch goes bad. Most often this comes from replacing the switch incorrectly.
The switch doesn’t control anything. If you aren’t the first owner of the home, or you recently replaced receptacles, the switched receptacles may have been disabled by how they were replaced. This often applies to living rooms and bedrooms.
Other Home Electrical Problems
The dryer isn’t heating up, just like the old one. There may be a poor connection at the dryer’s circuit breaker or receptacle. If you have a fusebox, then one of the two fuses for the dryer may be blown.
Our electric bill is much higher than normal. One big issue that causes this is a leak from the hot water pipe. Even just one drip, assuming that the water heater is electric, is costing you money. But there are a lot of possibilities.