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It might be a cute idea to skip the contractor and repaint your kid’s room when the current work is crumbly- but ‘cute’ isn’t the first word that comes to mind with electrical work. Homeowners who attempt their own electrical work often end up with bigger problems than burnt fingers. Solution: know when to call an electrician.

Most inexperienced, amateur electricians who decide to have a go fixing an electrical problem can affect the whole mains circuit that an experienced electrician will then have to come and fix. Not to mention just how serious electrical accidents at home can be.

Sometimes your home is crying out for urgent electrician work – just don’t be tempted to unscrew that socket yourself.

Here are our five signs that tell you when to call a reliable electrician.

 1. Fuses Blowing… All. The. Time.

ElectricianPhoto by Team Massachusetts 4D Home on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

If a fuse blows once in a blue moon, it’s nothing to be concerned about. Sometimes there’s a power surge we mere mortals cannot understand.

It’s when fuses are blowing day in, and day out that you’ve got a problem.

This often indicates one of two things:

  • Your circuits are carrying a higher volume of electrical currents than they safely can
  • There is a dangerous fault on one or more circuits

It’s time to pick up the phone.

Read more: Electrical panel box (Can anyone replace it?)

2. Extension Cords are Everywhere

Children playing with electrical extension cordBaby photo created by bearfotos – www.freepik.com

If you’ve got two extension cables plugged into the one socket in the lounge, walking across the carpet can feel like you’re playing a dangerous game of dodge and swerve with all those cables under your feet.

Despite this, the lamp in the corner is still straining to reach to a power outlet.

This isn’t just an inconvenience. You almost certainly need more sockets added, and not just to improve your standard of living.

Too many plugs connected to one socket may mean you’re forcing the circuit to work overcapacity, which can put a strain on the whole system, and is a more expensive electrical job when it snaps.

3. A Switch Gives You a Shock

Sometimes a balloon gives you an electric shock; we all know a little shock won’t kill you. Although this might make a baby cry, we adults get accustomed to the odd shock and brush it off.

That’s all well and good, but a light switch isn’t a balloon, and if you’re getting a shock from a switch you’ve probably got a bigger problem than static.

If a switch in your home gives you a small shock, or if switches and electric outlets are warm to touch, your system is probably suffering. That could be all it is, but sometimes these symptoms are signs of quite a big problem. In which case, call an electrician Perth – Richtek Electrical to fix the job.

4. Rust

When metal’s greatest enemy, rust, has made an appearance in your home, you should be concerned. Rust near any electrical socket or outlet spells trouble because it shows water has been around.

And we all know how well water and electricity get along: like a house on fire.

Rust or any water marks near any electrical socket requires an electrician as soon as possible, so the problem can be correctly identified before it gets even bigger.

If there’s any rust near your home service panel, make that ASAP even faster, because any deterioration of the panel can badly affect the wiring systems that power your home.

5. The Lights Are Flickering

If your lights are flickering, and a problem with the mains in the neighborhood can’t explain it, it’s probably time to enlist some professional help.

Although your young son may hold hopes there’s some sort of ghoul in the house causing the problem, it’s most likely you’ve got a problem with your appliances drawing too many currents. For that, they need to be moved to a dedicated circuit.

And the person to do that? An electrician.

READ MORE: 12 SHOCKINGLY EFFECTIVE WAYS OF FINDING AND HIRING A GOOD ELECTRICIAN

5 Warning Signs Telling You When to Call an Electrician was last modified: October 5th, 2019 by Kukun staff
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Celes Stratheimer
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Celes Stratheimer

It was truly informative when you said that when the lights are flickering on and off, there’s a possibility that the appliances are drawing too much energy and that it needs to be seen by an electrician right away. I guess that was the whole reason why every light in the house are flickering and sometimes turning off then back on by themselves. I will call an electrician to see what can be done before it scares my siblings. Thank you!

Julius Amberfield
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Julius Amberfield

I do appreciate you saying that once the switch starts giving a little shock, it’s time to call an electrician because there is a big chance that the electrical system is already suffering. To be honest, it was not just the switch but the outside of the electrical socket as well. I knew that there’s something wrong with the electrical system then and there. I will talk to my parents about hiring an electrician to check things out ASAP. Thanks!

Hilton Electrical Perth
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Hilton Electrical Perth

I certainly find your post helpful and informative. It really has a sense and all of it are on point. You have really done a great job on posting such important topic and I really love your ideas!

Schiro Ackermann
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Schiro Ackermann

It was really helpful when you said that the electrical system is suffering if we ever experience getting shocked whenever we touch the switches. My coworker mentioned it to me once when he opened the light in the pantry. I thought the problem with the switch will resolve itself, but I guess it won’t. We’ll get in touch with an electrician right away. Thanks!

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Gerty Gift

I appreciate that you included needing to use extension cords everywhere. Our last home had a problem with this where plugs just weren’t convenient or there just weren’t enough. I never thought to hire an electrician to help. If this ever happens again, we’ll be sure to call someone.

Amy Winters
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Amy Winters

Thanks for pointing out that if you plug too many plugs into one socket, you’re putting strain on the system and creating a potentially more expensive problem. In my family room at home, there are only two outlets so each of them is way overloaded with extension cords. I didn’t realize that this was forcing the circuit to work over capacity, so thanks for pointing it out! I’ll definitely call an electrician to add more sockets to our home.

Gerty Gift
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Gerty Gift

Thank you for explaining how rust can be an issue. I never would have thought rust and electrician went hand in hand. It is definitely something that we’ll try to be more aware of in the future.

Stefan Bradley
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Stefan Bradley

It helped a lot when you explain how you should watch out for rust near an electrical socket because it means that water has been around it. I have noticed that there has been rust next to one of my outlets in the kitchen and I wasn’t sure how it could have gotten there. Now that I know that this could be an issue I will be sure to call an electrician to take care of it.

Ellie Davis
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Ellie Davis

My husband and received a call from our grandfather, about the fuses of his houses blowing. It happens a couple of weeks ago as well, and we are thinking that it may be a sign of an electrical problem. I will call an electrician to help my grandfather with his problem.