8 Reasons to Call an Electrician [SPONSORED]
Did you know that an electrician can keep your floors from being cluttered with power strips? Or that an electrician can help you protect your pricey electronics?
You may not have considered it before, but there are actually quite a few things going on in your home right now that you should call an electrician about.
We recommend you give our Townsquare Local Expert, Mister Sparky a call. Not only is Mister Sparky our Electricians Local Expert, but they've even given us this list of 8 reasons why you should call an electrician:
1. Your Fuses Blow Easily
Do the lights go off every time you plug in your blow dryer while the coffee maker is on? If so, this is an indication that your circuits are drawing more of a current than they are able to provide. This may be a sign that there could be a dangerous problem with one or more circuit.
2. You Have Power Strips Everywhere
If there are power strips filled with laptop and cell phone chargers and cords to other appliances all around your home, you should call an electrician. While power strips may be convenient, having too many devices plugged into them can cause your electrical system to be overworked. Consider asking an expert to add additional circuits.
3. There Are Multiple Wires Running Under Your Carpet
This is especially important to note: Not only could people trip on hidden wires, but constantly stepping on them is never a good idea. Consider installing more outlets so wires don't have to run under your carpet to reach the closest outlet.
4. You Feel Warm or Get a Shock When Touching a Light Switch
If there are any light switches in your home that give you a tiny shock when you touch them, or if any power points are warm to the touch, you should know that this is not normal. This could simply mean that these circuits are being overworked, or it could be a sign of something more dangerous.
5. You Have Aluminum Wiring
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been numerous hazardous incidents and fires throughout the U.S. that involve aluminum branch circuit wiring. In fact, according to a survey, homes built before 1972 that have aluminum wiring are 55 times more likely to have wire connections at outlets that reach "fire hazard conditions" than those that have copper wiring.
6. Your Lights Flicker
If your lights seem to flicker or dim whenever you use your air conditioner or another motor-driven appliance? If so, you may want to call an electrician to see if he or she can do something about it.
7. You Own a Number of Expensive Electronics
You may already have surge protectors to take care of your expensive desktop computer or stereo system, did you know that an electrician can install a whole-house surge protection unit to make sure that all of your electronics are safe? Consider calling an expert and feel safe and sound at home.
8. You've Never Upgraded
If it's been 25 years or more since you upgraded the your home's electrical system, then you may be living with a sub-par one. Call an electrician so he or she can help move you into the modern era with a new system that will be more accommodating to the needs of today's world.
This post was produced in collaboration with our advertising partner Mister Sparky.