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Flickering Lights: What Can You Do About Them?

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You might expect power outages and flashing lights to occur during a major storm. But if your lights flicker off and on all the time, you may wonder what's really going on with your electricity. You shouldn't ignore the flashing lights in your home, as they can be symptoms of a much bigger issue, such as damaged wiring. Here's more information about your home's electrical problems and what you can do about them.

Why Do Your Lights Flicker?

Flashing, or flickering, lights can occur when light fixtures have poor connections or loose wiring. You may be able to solve these problems by tightening or reconnecting the wires. But some causes of flashing lights can be a bit more complicated. The real problem may lie in the electrical wiring traveling through your home's walls and ceiling.

When your home's electrical wiring is old or outdated, it can create power problems like flickering lights. The rest of your electrical parts can eventually succumb to old age. These issues may include power fluctuations, blown fuses, and discolored electrical and wall outlets. Even loose outlets can cause issues over time. 

If any of the problems above accompany your flashing lights, call an electrician for help.

How Do You Remedy Your Electrical Problems?

To keep your family and home safe, an electrician will generally perform a detailed inspection of your home. The inspection may include checking your circuit breaker to see if it has burned out fuses or needs a replacement. Some electrical problems like flickering lights can be remedied by installing a new circuit breaker.

If you don't need a new circuit breaker, an electrician will check your outlets and switches for loose connections and old wiring. A contractor may go ahead and upgrade the wiring and connections if they're too outdated to sustain your appliances and power cords. 

After an electrician repairs your electrical problems, keep your home safe by only using light bulbs that meet the wattage requirements for each fixture. Also, avoid plugging multiple appliances into the same wall sockets, which can overload the outlets. If you use high-powered appliances like air conditioners and ovens, ask an electrician about upgrading the power receptors for them. It may help prevent power fluctuations in your home when you use your appliances.

Finally, schedule routine inspections of your home's electrical system. If problems do show up again, the inspection will help you discover the issues before they become worse. For more information, contact local professionals like Central Heating & Cooling Inc.