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Common Electrical Problems in Our House: Harmless or Hazardous?

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As we all know, every year thousands of accidents occur owing to the potential problems of our household electrical appliances. However, while firemen are trying their best to enhance our sense of electrical safety, a large amount people still take no account of it. Therefore, some accidents are waiting to happen. So, here come a few questions. How many do you know about common electrical problems? Are they harmful or just no effect? If they are harmful to us, what can we do to prevent them from taking a turn for the worse? If you still don't have a clue, the following article may give you some answers.




(1) Loose Outlet Plug

Turn off the breaker. Double check for voltage to the outlet. You can use a volt meter or plug something in. Unscrew the cover plate and add outlet shims until the outlet is flush with the wall. Make sure there is no risk of leakage of electricity.


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(2) Broken Light Switch

Turn off the circuit breaker. It is the same as the common wall switch. And light switch has many different kinds, such as smart light switch, wireless light switch and motion sensor light switch. Use a flathead screwdriver to remove the faceplate and a Phillips head to remove the light switch. Test the two wires connected to the screw for electricity. If it’s safe, disconnect and reassemble the light switch.


(3) Simple Short Circuit

Some electrical appliances, such as hairdryers, can frequently trip or short circuits. It's probably because some sockets, such as switch plug outlet, three gang socket, metal clad switches, stainless steel cooker switch and double switched wall socket are overused. A short in the wiring or receptacle needs to be addressed by a pro.


(4) Cut or Damaged Extension Cord

Unplug both ends. Cut off the old plug. Purchase extra ends and turn the damaged cord into two new ones.




(1) Flickering or Dimming Lights

This could be a sign of a poor connection and can lead to eventual arcing – loose connections making intermittent contact that could result in sparking, overheating, and fire.


(2) Light Bulbs Burn Out Frequently

If the bulb blowouts are frequent, it could be more serious than overuse. It is probably a loose connection in the socket or circuit.



(3) Dead Outlets

Dead outlets can result from a tripped poor connection, or a tripped breaker due to excessive heat buildup resulting in melted wires or outlets.


(4) Warm Outlets or Switches

Warm outlets are as a serious safety concern and should be addressed by a pro immediately, unless it is a dimmable light switch.


(5) Frequently Tripping Breakers

It is usually a sign that the circuit is overloaded. You should add a circuit or consider upgrading your electrical service.


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