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Written by Walt Meyer

Three Symptoms of Needing a Home Electrical Inspection

Electrical problems require the expert assistance of a licensed and professional electrician with years of experience, equipment, and knowledge of electrical and building codes. Using their expertise will result in a replacement or repair job that will be performed properly the first time, saving money and ensuring safety.

Knowing when a home’s wiring and electrical equipment needs inspection can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are three symptoms for needing a home electrical inspection that are relatively simple to spot. Remember to hire a reputable, licensed, and experienced electrician for safety and to get the best results for your electrical projects.

Buzzing & Crackling Noises

An electrical panel is in charge of the regulation of the flow of electrical power throughout a home, and that is why there is a normal low humming sound that is always present. If an electrical panel somehow becomes faulty, it may generate loud buzzing or crackling noises, which can indicate that the circuit breakers are operating improperly.

Dimming & Flickering Lights

On top of creating an eerie environment, dimming and flickering lights can be a symptom of faulty wiring. This may occur when a larger electrical appliance like a vacuum cleaner is plugged in and turned on. The lights dim and flicker due to one or more of these causes: eroded contact points, damaged or defective receptacles, or loose wires. All need immediate repair or replacement.

Warm Outlets, Switches, and Walls

It is normal for electrical current to produce a small amount of heat as it flows through wires, and this is one of the reasons why electrical wire has insulation. However, when insulation loses its integrity and is compromised, wiring can arc. Typically resulting from accidental damage caused by nails or screws, arcing can generate sparks reaching 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which may cause a fire. Should you discover switches, outlets, and walls that are warm to the touch, immediately cease using the nearby outlet or receptacle and call a licensed electrician to perform an inspection for arc faults.

Electrical Services You Can Trust

Founded in 1991 and serving Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., where they are licensed and insured, Meyer Electrical Services provides home and commercial electrical services you can trust, including:

  • Standby Generator Installation
  • Panel Upgrades (Heavy-Ups)
  • Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations
  • Structured Cabling
  • Circuit Breaker Replacement

Based in Bethesda, their team proudly serves all of Montgomery County. Receive a free consultation for custom electrical work today by calling (866) 403-4752.

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