No matter how new or old, there will always be an opportunity for electrical repairs for Denver homes. Electrical repairs for residential buildings are a common occurrence, and eventually, there will be a need to call on and hire a professional electrician. Apart from installing a new light fixture or swapping out an outlet cover, working with electricity is a serious matter. Even the most common residential electrical service repairs that seem easy enough, in theory, are much more dangerous in practice. That is why contacting Obrien Electrical Contractors or any licensed professional electrician is the best solution. Nearly any electric service repair a home can need will be promptly handled in an efficient and affordable way. Here are six of the most common residential electrical repairs a licensed electrician can do.
Electric Service Panel Repairs
A new electrical service panel is a great upgrade for older homes in the Denver metro area. Dated and historic homes were constructed around a time when the demand for electricity wasn’t as high like modern times. The average American home can have up to 50 or more devices and appliances plugged into an outlet at any given time! A new electrical service panel can ensure that the proper amount of power is being distributed throughout the home. A licensed electrician will be able to identify and recommend the correct sizing for your electrical needs.
Bad Electrical Outlets
Aside from the tricky GFCI or tripped breaker, an electrical outlet that no longer works can be considered a ‘dead’ or bad electrical outlet. The only way to remedy these instances is to have an electrician come in a look at the connected wiring and replace the outlet with a new one. The electrical wiring inspection is an important part of this electrical service repair as the outlet might not be the only culprit and inspecting a home electrical system requires trained eyes and hands. If you suspect your home has a bad electrical outlet reach out to Obrien Electrical Contractors to schedule a hassle-free inspection.
Flickering lights are a telling sign that your home may have an over-burdened electrical system. The culprit for flickering or dimming lights can range from an electrical service panel not sufficiently meeting demand, bad wiring, bad outlets, or even a bad bulb. If you have troubleshot your lights and none of these issues stand out, you might need the help of a professional to get to the root of the cause. Fortunately, flickering lights are among the most common residential electrical repairs for any home and an electrician can easily repair them.
Electrical Wiring Issues
There are many indicators that your home may have been wired incorrectly. If you need to use too many extension cords, for instance, or if you hear a low buzzing sound when the lights are on. If an outlet appears to be radiating heat, you should be very cautious, and if an outlet sparks, call for professional electrical assistance right away. You may have faulty wiring within the interior walls, which could pose a serious fire hazard.
Overloaded Circuit Breaker
Your circuits are designed to carry a certain amount of power, and if that capacity is reached your circuit may trip. This will cause power to go out in some or all of your homes, but rest assured it happened to keep you safe. Still, you should address the need for additional outlets or a new electrical panel if this is a common occurrence.
Broken GFCI Outlets
GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets are the outlets with the red reset and test buttons, most commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms. These areas of the home pose the greatest risk of electrical shock. If the red reset button continually pops, you may have a dangerous circuit that needs attention.