3 Signs That Your Building Is Having Electrical Issues

Whether at home or at work, no one wants to be in a building that’s having electrical issues. Not only can this be annoying to have to deal with, but electrical issues can also be very dangerous. Even if your transformer doesn’t fail, the smallest of electrical issues can result in major damage. 

So to help you know if you should have someone come and look at the electrical in your home or commercial building, here are three signs that your building is having electrical issues. 

Your Outlets Feel Hot

If you ever go to plug something in or unplug something from an outlet and you notice that that outlet feels hot to the touch, this is a sign that there might be an electrical problem with that outlet. 

While it’s common for outlets and appliances to get warm when they’re plugged in and running, they should never feel hot at the outlet or when you touch the plug or cords. Keep in mind, however, that lights with a dimmer switch can tend to get hotter while still being within a safe range. But if you notice that an outlet cover or the wall next to the outlet gets hotter than you think is safe, you should stop using that outlet until you have a professional come take a look at what’s going on. 

Your LIghts Flicker Or Dim

Another sign that something may not be right with the electrical of your building is if the lights will frequently flicker or go dimmer and brighter all on their own. 

If this isn’t something that happens regularly, there could be an innocuous reason for these things, like the lightbulb burning out. However, if this happens regularly, this could mean that your wiring is faulty and has a greater chance of causing major issues for you. This could especially be the case if it happens during a time when you’re using a lot of energy from other appliances. This could mean that the circuits are overloading and need to be addressed. 

Your Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping

While circuit breakers can get tripped for reasons that don’t mean that you’re dealing with big electrical issues, if it happens a lot, this could be something to look into.

In some cases, circuit breaker tripping could mean that you’re overloading the circuit and it has to cut the power to keep the building and electrical components safe. In other cases, the breakers could just be outdated and need to be replaced. And unless you know what you’re doing, it’s usually best to leave working with the insides of a circuit breaker to professionals. 

If you experience anything mentioned above and think that your electrical could be the problem, consider calling an electrician to take care of these problems for you. 

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