It can be difficult to determine if there's a problem somewhere in the electrical system within your home. Here, you'll find a few signs that there's a problem that needs to be addressed sooner, rather than later.
Monitor the Usage
On your electricity bill, you should see a usage chart. If you pay close attention to how much electricity your household is using each month and compare those numbers to the same time period last year, you'll be able to determine if the usage has gone up.
If you've made any big changes to the household, like adding a family member or a hot tub, the bill will increase as it should, but you shouldn't see any spikes from one month to the next. If you've noticed a sharp increase in usage, there's likely a problem somewhere that will not resolve itself. Chances are, there's either an electrical appliance within the home that's malfunctioning or there's a bad ground somewhere in the electrical system.
To determine if the appliances are the cause, you can pick up usage outlets. These outlets plug directly into the outlet in your wall, and then you plug the appliance into the usage outlet. As the appliance is used, the usage outlet takes a reading of how much electricity is being used and will show you on the display. You can take that information and compare it to what the appliance is supposed to use on a yearly basis.
If the appliances all check out to be OK, call your electrician to have the rest of the system inspected for leaks.
Watch the Lights
If you see lights flickering or dimming in a room, there's a problem somewhere. When the lights dim, they do so because they aren't recoiling an adequate amount of power. Continuing to run lights and appliances with an inefficient amount of electrical current will put those lights and appliances at risk—not to mention, you still don't know what's causing the loss of electricity in the space.
Feel the Zap
If you feel a zap whenever you touch your stove, a lamp, or any other electrical appliance, there's a problem that needs to be addressed. This small shock is the warning that a much larger shock could be experienced in the near future. These problems could be caused by a failing outlet or a broken or chewed electrical wire.
Talk with a residential electrician, such as those at Central Electric Inc, to learn more about what electrical problems may be going on around your home.Share