Electrical faults can be a serious hazard in the home, and keeping an eye out for faulty electrics as they emerge can also save a lot of time and money in the long run. By catching problems early, you can avoid the costs and dangers incurred by serious problems later. If you know what to look for, spotting electrical faults in the home isn’t too difficult.
Unusual Sounds, Sparks, and Lights
Electrical appliances shouldn’t suddenly start to make sounds or emit light that they haven’t previously. Keep an ear out for buzzing or crackling sounds, especially when you turn an appliance on at the socket, and flickering lights on appliances which may be due to a power surge. If an outlet is sparking, do not switch it on and call a professional electrician as soon as possible.
Odours and Smells
While it’s normal for brand new appliances to give off a slightly funny smell sometimes – this can simply be coming from the paint or finish of the appliance – it is definitely not normal for unusual odours to come from electrical outlets. If you smell anything odd coming from your power sockets, especially burning smells, switch them off and get a professional opinion.
Hot Fixtures and Sockets
It’s normal for plugs and batteries to emit a little heat when they’ve been running for some time, but they certainly shouldn’t be getting very hot. Likewise, if the area of your ceiling around fixtures like ceiling lights is heating up, it could indicate a lack of adequate insulation or overheating, which can be caused by using a bulb with the incorrect wattage. Check your bulbs to ensure you’re using the right wattage and try to use CFL or LED bulbs where possible.
If you suspect there might be an electrical fault in your home, don’t hesitate to contact us at B&D Electrical. We are reliable and trustworthy Liverpool electrical contractors and our expertise lies in both residential and commercial electrics. Call us on 0151 482 5534 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for an informal chat or to request a quote.