5 Signs That You Need Emergency Electrical Services

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020
electrician working on electrical outlet

If you have ever had an electrical problem, you know how bothersome it can be. This is true whether one of your outlets stops working, your lights are flickering, or the power goes out because of the weather. But, how do you know if it is a simple issue or an electrical emergency? Here are some signs to look out for.

1. Flickering or dimming lights

If your lights have been flickering, dimming, or going out, it could be caused by old or faulty wiring. The wires could be eaten by pests as well. These issues can be a sign of an emergency, so even if it doesn’t seem unsafe, it is best to hire an electrician to do an inspection.

Sometimes you will just need to update the wiring, while at other times, you may need to replace or repair other components in your electrical system. A professional electrician will be able to diagnose every issue that is affecting your lighting.

2. The circuit breaker trips

This part of your electrical system is a safety device that triggers when it detects an overload in power. By shutting off the power, it prevents a surge that could damage the electrical equipment and appliances in your home or business.

The circuit breaker will trip when you have many appliances or a lot of equipment in use. If it does this more often than usual or when you aren’t using that much power, you will need to call an electrician as soon as possible.

3. Strange noises like buzzing or humming

If you hear these noises, especially near or at the breaker box, call an electrician immediately. This is an indication that something is wrong with your wiring. If the box is damaged, that means it may not be able to protect from power surges. Sparking and popping sounds are also signs that there is an emergency.

4. You smell or see burning at the outlets

When you smell something burning near an outlet or switch, this means that it is overheating. You might actually see brown or black burn marks as well. Turn off the electricity to any outlets or switches that show signs of overheating and call an electrician immediately if this happens on your property.

5. Sparking and shocks

If you experience sparking or small shocks when you plug something in (or turn on a switch) you may think it is simply static electricity. But, this is actually a sign of something serious. If the sparks are large, they shoot out of the outlet, they last a long time, or they are white or yellow, stay away and call your electrician.

Emergency electrical services in Amarillo, Texas

If you think you may need emergency Electrical Services, give Bolton Electric (a division of Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical) a call today! You can reach us at (806) 376-8345 to learn more about what we provide including repairs, replacement, and maintenance or to set up an appointment.