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3 Common Electrical Problems in Homes and How to Fix Them

The dangers of leaving your electrical problems

We have all come home from work or a relaxing holiday to find that not everything seems right in our homes. Whether we notice a light flickering, a socket that is no longer working or the power out completely, electrical problems in the home are a common occurrence.

But when do these electrical problems stop being a nuisance and start to be a real concern – either for our safety or the electricity bill? It can be easy to put a flickering lightbulb to the backs of our minds, promising ourselves we will change the bulb at the weekend, but this doesn’t always solve the problem. Much of the concern may hide behind the scenes and only an experienced domestic electrician will be able to help resolve the issue and prevent it from happening in the future.

According to the ESF (2022), faulty electrical items in the home causes approximately 70 deaths and over 300,000 injuries in the UK every year. This reason alone should be enough to keep on top of the electrical problems in your home and seek the support of a qualified electrician like BEC Electrical if you are not able to resolve the issue independently.

Common Electrical Problems in your Home

Now that we understand the danger of leaving our electrical problems in the hope that they may fix themselves or simply forgetting about them, let’s have a look at some common problems we as local electricians find in the average home.

Flickering Lights and Dimming

Flickering lights and dimming can be quite frustrating, and they are often indicative of an electrical problem. In the UK, voltage fluctuations are relatively common due to the varying demand on the electrical grid. However, if your lights flicker or dim excessively, it’s essential to investigate further.

Common Causes:

  • Loose or faulty light bulbs
  • Poor electrical connections
  • Voltage fluctuations

DIY Fix: If the issue is related to loose bulbs, simply tighten or replace them. For poor connections, ensure switches and outlets are tightly connected. If voltage fluctuations are the problem, consult your utility provider for assistance.

Professional Help: If the problem persists or if it’s related to wiring issues, it’s crucial to contact a professional electrician in the UK. They can diagnose and repair the underlying electrical problem safely.

Tripped Circuit Breakers

Tripped circuit breakers are a common electrical issue in UK homes. When a circuit is overloaded, the breaker trips to prevent overheating and potential fire hazards.

Common Causes:

  • Overloaded circuits
  • Short circuits
  • Faulty appliances

DIY Fix: Locate the electrical panel (often in a utility room or basement) and look for the tripped breaker. Reset it by moving the switch from the “off” to the “on” position. To prevent overloads, redistribute electrical devices across different circuits.

Professional Help: If breakers continue to trip frequently or if you suspect a short circuit, it’s best to consult a professional electrician to ensure there are no underlying issues with your electrical system.

Dead Outlets

Dead outlets, also known as non-functioning electrical outlets, can be an inconvenience in any home.

Common Causes:

  • Tripped GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlet
  • Faulty wiring
  • Overloaded circuits

DIY Fix: Check if a nearby GFCI outlet has tripped. Press the “reset” button on the GFCI outlet to restore power to the dead outlet. If that doesn’t work, inspect for loose or disconnected wires, but exercise caution and turn off the power to that circuit before doing so. If the issue persists, it’s time to call a professional electrician.

Professional Help: If you cannot resolve the issue yourself, or if it’s due to a more complex wiring problem, seek professional help from a qualified electrician in the UK.

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BEC Electrical can support you with home electrical problems

When it comes to addressing common electrical problems in your UK home, it’s essential to know when to tackle them yourself and when to seek professional help. Safety should always be your top priority, and if you’re unsure about handling any electrical issue, it’s best to call in the experts.

At BEC Electrical, we understand the unique electrical needs of UK homeowners. Our team of experienced electricians is well-versed in handling a wide range of electrical issues, from minor repairs to complete rewiring projects. We prioritise safety and adhere to UK electrical codes and standards to ensure your peace of mind.

If you’re facing electrical problems that go beyond your DIY capabilities or if you simply want the assurance of a professional’s expertise, don’t hesitate to contact BEC Electrical. Our friendly team is ready to assist you in resolving your electrical issues and ensuring the safety and functionality of your home’s electrical system.

Remember, while DIY fixes can be helpful for minor issues, electrical work can be dangerous. For your safety and the safety of your home, it’s always best to consult with a professional electrician like BEC Electrical for any electrical problems you may encounter. Your satisfaction and safety are our top priorities. Contact us today for all your electrical needs in the UK.

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