There are many simple electrical fixes that a layperson with basic skills can handle. Replacing a receptacle or hanging a ceiling light is one of them. But with other household problems you may need to a call an emergency electrician. Here are some of them:

Bad Wiring

Lights that keep flickering on and off even if you change the bulbs are a sign of a bad connection or a fixture that needs replacing. Both of these problems need to be fixed by a professional electrician. Make sure to tell them if the lights flicker when it’s windy because this can be a sign that the outside wiring is frayed.

Electrical Bills are Too High

If you get an electrical bill that is shockingly higher than the one from last month and you have no idea why, it’s time to call a professional. It’s their job to find the problem and repair it. Be sure to ask if there are government programs or rebates that can pay for at least some of the repair costs.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters That Don’t Reset

Ground fault circuit interrupters are installed in places where dampness is expected such as the bathroom, laundry room or kitchen. They have a safety feature that compares the amount of the current that flows through the black and white wires. If there’s even a tiny difference, the GFCI is supposed to break the circuit. However, if it doesn’t reset, you’ll need to call in an electrician.

Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

If you have a circuit breaker that keeps tripping and you just can’t figure out why, call a professional. Sometimes it’s because you live in an old home whose wiring is just not equipped to handle all the newfangled gadgets found in new homes. Call in the electrician for an upgrade.

Exposed Wires

Every year, electrical fires cost $1.4 billion in damage. A lot of electrical fires can be traced back to exposed wiring. Even if they weren’t fire hazards, exposed wires are unsightly, and if they’re near the floor, a member of your family can trip over them. It’s a professional’s job to cover them up and make them safe.

Plugs Keep Falling Out

When outlets start to deteriorate they can no longer grip the prongs of a plug, and the plug keeps falling out. Though this is one of the jobs that a DIYer can do if they’re careful, it’s still a good idea to call in a professional electrician. If the job isn’t done properly, there’s the risk of an arc, and an arc can lead to a fire behind the wall.

Receptacle Warms Up

The receptacle should not warm up when something is plugged into it. This is a sign that something’s wrong with the receptacle or that something’s wrong with the wiring. An electrician needs to be called in to fix it. It’s also a good idea to check other receptacles to see if they heat up when they’re plugged in or look like they’ve been burnt.

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