Although you may not think that an electrical malfunction is liable to happen to you, studies have shown that the majority of all house fires result from some sort of electrical malfunction. Furthermore, many of the homeowners affected by these fires reported that something seemed somewhat wrong, but unimportant. As a result, the issue was ignored, leading to a catastrophic fire. Because of this, it is very important to address any electrical odors or other issues that could eventually lead to dangerous shock or fire. Never underestimate the power of your electrical system, and be familiar with the signs and symptoms below that could signal a dangerous electrical problem.
Frequently Tripped Circuit Breakers
If a circuit breaker in your home trips constantly, you should treat this as a potentially serious electrical issue. Whenever this happens, there are a variety of things that you can do. You should, however, start by calling an electrician in Burbank to discuss the problem. Your circuit breaker is designed to stop the flow of electricity into your home whenever dangerous or inconsistent levels of electricity are detected. This could happen because of an overloaded circuit, short circuit or ground fault. Check to see if your circuit is overloaded, and then call your electrician. This could be much more than a minor annoyance.
Outdated Electrical Systems (Fuse Boxes)
If your home is still equipped with an older fuse box, you should call your Burbank electrician to have them perform an electrical service upgrade. Because these systems were not designed to handle the electrical load that we require today, fuses blow frequently and can result in dangerous situations.
Other Warning Signs:
- Burning smell when operating an appliance
- Warm, discolored or sparking electrical outlets
- Being shocked by an appliance
- Constantly flickering or dim lights
You owe it to yourself to keep your electrical system as safe as possible. If you experience any of these signs and symptoms, or just feel like something might be wrong, call The Electric Connection today.