Power Loss? Bad Outlets? An Electrician Can Help!

Electrical work is something that many households leave for later. If a single outlet fails, a family may simply use another, resulting in awkward stretches of cables, kitchen appliances in strange places, and overall weak control over the kitchen. When the lights flicker a bit, the problem may be put off. What you may not realize is that these flickering, weakening problems are actually signs of problems to come, and if you handle them sooner, the whole job might be cheaper. Here are a few issues to keep an eye out for and why they're problems so that you will know what an electrical contractor can handle for a smaller electrical bill than would be involved with a complete disaster.

A Bad Outlet Happened for a Reason

Nothing in professional systems simply "go bad" for no reason, and even if they did, that isn't the end of the problem.

Consider an electrical outlet that doesn't work. It may have burn marks on the outside or no outer damage with absolutely no function to speak of. You could have multiple problems that an electrician could inspect and replace for a small fee or a medium investment—both of which are better than a full wall or home rewiring.

In some cases, the outlet could have been damaged by bad devices. This could have been a faulty device in an otherwise good brand, a poorly made product in general, or an industrial device with way too much electrical demand for your home. That outlet can be replaced without replacing all of your home's wiring.

If the problem wasn't something you plugged in, it could have been an electrical surge that damaged the connected device. This could damage the wall outlet as well, and while it can be replaced by a new outlet, it's best to inspect the rest of the home for any other damaged receptacles.

Wiring Problems Can Get Worse

If the problem isn't isolated to just an outlet, you may have frayed, brittle, or completely broken wires.

Wiring can still work with a complete break. Depending on how the wires were run through the building, they could be overlapping, and that is enough to transfer electricity. The problem is that slight contact doesn't send as much electricity as a complete wire, so breaks can result in lower voltages and outages with devices such as computers or lights.

The flickering of devices could be from low power supply or because of the wiring moving around due to temperature changes. Cold makes objects contract while heated objects expand, meaning an electrical wire in the winter (or any colder day) could go through drastic changes multiple times per day. Pests could also be nibbling at or moving the wires, though your electrician may see a few dead pests during inspection from biting into active wires.

Contact an electrician for wiring inspection, replacement, and more efficient wiring techniques to enhance your home's electrical layout.