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Moving to a new home is exciting, but dealing with problems in your home can be challenging. But you must be aware of the different aspects of maintaining the space.

Understandably, our day-to-day activities largely depend upon electricity, ensuring the smooth functioning of various appliances and critically maintaining electrical safety. However, it’s surprising that most people know very little about how electricity works in the household or the common electrical problems associated with it.

They tend to ignore the first signs of electrical issues and only get to know about them when it’s too late. These electrical problems can be dangerous for the home and be pretty expensive to fix once they go out of your hands.

We have highlighted some of the most frequently occurring electrical issues in Australian homes to put your mind at ease. Going through them will help you know if there’s a need to contact a professional electrician to fix the problem.

5 Common Residential Electrical Issues

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1. Frequent Electrical Surges

Power surges occur when a sudden increase in the amount of charge flows through the power lines. One of the most common culprits that cause electrical surges is lightning strikes. But, it can also occur from damaged power lines in your home.

The current in the power outlets increases drastically during a surge, which can always threaten the connected appliances, leading to damage. That’s why it’s often suggested to unplug devices during a storm.

It’s okay for your house to get electrical surges sometimes, but the problem starts when the surges occur too frequently because of defects in the electrical circuit. The only electrical solutions for handling frequent electrical surges is to call for professional electrical services, thanks to their expertise in detecting the issue. You can speak to them about installing a surge protector in your home to prevent the electrical appliances from getting damaged.

2. Overloaded Circuit

Has it ever happened that the electric supply of your home on the same circuit suddenly stopped after plugging in a device? If so, then it was most likely caused due to the overloading of the circuit breaker.

Overloads can be caused by several things, like plugging in too many appliances simultaneously. This may cause circuit breakers trips as a safety measure against electrical fires, occurring when an electrical system overheats.

Another common cause for circuit overloading includes the use of high-wattage bulbs paired with light switches and fixtures that can’t handle their power requirement. That’s why it’s recommended to get a use dimmer switches or a dimmer switch or a bulb of 60 watts (to be on the safer side) if you’re unable to find the wattage for a electrical fixtures like a lamp or light fixture.

After tripping circuit breakers, you must reset them to restore the power supply. Modern homes are built to accommodate the latest high-power gadgets, so you won’t usually need to worry about the tripping circuit breaker frequently. But, if it becomes a recurring problem, your house might need an upgraded electrical system, so call an electrician whose expertise is in emergency situations to fix the issue.

3. Electrical Shocks

There can be many electrical causes for this issue, from poor insulation work and faulty wiring to improper grounding. The problem might also lie with the appliance you’re trying to connect to a power outlet.

If you suspect an appliance or an outlet is giving out an electric shock, stop using it immediately and seek professional help.

Thankfully, the electrical shock issue has decreased quite a bit due to improved electricity systems. However, people who reside in houses or apartments older than 20 years should be careful about it and hire electricians for regular maintenance. This is especially crucial if you have kids at home, constantly plugging extension cords or various gadgets into power outlets.

4. Issues Related To Lights

Some of the most common electric issues have to do with lights. Often ignored, lights can help understand the health of the electrical system because if electrical problems like flickering lights and dim or fast-burning bulbs are common, we recommend getting help from an electrician.

Flickering or dimming of lights often occurs due to loose electrical connections like loose wires, particularly when limited to a single fixture. It’s best to stop using the light that’s having an issue and get it fixed to avoid electrical problems of overheating or electrical fire.

A typical issue also found in many households has to do with the light bulbs burning out quickly. This problem is common if you use bulbs with the wrong wattage. And people often end up using bulbs of 100 watts in a 60-watt socket in hopes of brighter illumination. However, if you’re using a bulb with the right wattage, the problem might be with the faulty electrical wiring of that socket.

Another standard issue people face is when a bulb gets too hot to touch. It’s known as overlamping, and once again, it stems from using a bulb of higher wattage with an incompatible socket.

When the bulb gets too hot, it can burn the insulation and even cause problems due to poor wiring in the outlet. Luckily, overlapping can be detected by soot build-up around the socket and the bulb, so remember to change it as soon as you notice soot to avoid a potential disaster.

We would like to point out that it’s best to hire a qualified electrician to thoroughly inspect any space before moving into a new house.

5. High Electricity Bill

Do you find the numbers to be off on your recent electricity bill? Even though it might just be because of using too many appliances, a hefty bill can definitely be a concern if it’s unusual for the household.

Rather than getting all worked up, you should keep track of the electricity consumption over the next few months before coming to any conclusion. If you are unsure about not using that much energy, the problem might be faulty wiring, electrical circuits, or defective appliances.

Apart from getting your home checked by an electrician, you can hopefully follow some of these steps to lower the cost.

  • Check if there’s a leak in the hot water system.
  • Apart from the essentials, remove all other appliances, electrical devices and chargers from power outlets.
  • Ensure you install electrical surge protectors accompanied by your ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) in the outlets.
  • Try getting energy-saving appliances.
  • Opting for a more cost-effective electricity provider.

If you’re still unable to find a proper reason for the high bill, try contacting your current electricity provider to get more details about the issue.

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Residential Electrical Systems

Above, we’ve detailed some common residential electrical issues you might encounter, including those associated with your fuse box. Now, you know how to detect whether there’s something wrong with your home’s entire electrical system.

Note that any issue present in your home’s electricity system is regarded as hazardous and calls for help from a licenced electrician. Along with fixing any persisting issues, a professional will advise you about the necessity of upgrading the electrical components of your home.

Don’t hesitate to contact Bright Force Electrical if you live in Sydney. We have a 24-hour team of expert electricians on call for any urgent residential electrical issue.

Make sure to follow the proper safety regulations for using electricity, and refrain from attempting to fix an electrical problem on your own. So, go ahead and check your home for any of the above-mentioned electrical issues to stay safe!

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