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Common Electrical Issues & Solutions for Your Home

Common electrical issues and problems looking at your home circuit breaker in colorado

As a homeowner in Colorado, encountering electrical issues can be a common source of frustration and concern. However, understanding these issues and knowing the correct steps to address them can ensure your home remains safe and fully functional. In this article we explore some common home electrical problems that you may come across, and provide practical solutions and ways to diagnose if you need to call a professional for assistance.

Some of the most common electrical problems you may come across are:

Tripped Circuit Breakers

A circuit breaker tripped is a frequent occurrence, particularly in homes where multiple electrical devices are used simultaneously. This usually happens when too many appliances overload a single circuit (too many things plugged in at once). To address a tripped circuit breaker, first unplug a few easy to reach devices and then reset the breaker by switching it off and back on. If you find the tripped circuit breaker won’t reset, this could be an indication of a more serious problem that may need to be addressed. In such cases, professional residential electrical services should be consulted to conduct a thorough inspection of the circuit and your home. 

In addition, Colorado homes outfitted with Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Stab-Lok panels can be a cause for major concern. These panels have a notorious history of failing; sometimes the electrical wires get so hot they can start a fire. Despite warnings from many electricians and home inspectors about these panels - even with their risky reputation - FPE Stab-Lok panels have never been officially recalled. So, it’s a good idea for Coloradans to check their homes and ensure their families and properties stay safe and sound. If you are not sure if your home is equipped with this type of electrical service panel, consult a professional.

Faulty Electrical Outlets

Dealing with an electrical outlet not working can halt the functionality of your home appliances. You can test this by plugging a different device into the same outlet that seems to have lost power. If you discover the electrical outlet is now working but the breaker isn’t tripped and other devices still don’t work, it's advisable to stop using the outlet and seek professional help. Licensed electricians are well-equipped to diagnose and rectify such issues, ensuring your outlets are safe and operational for use.

Flickering Lights

Experiencing flickering lights in your house can be both irritating and indicative of potential electrical issues. Initially, ensure that the light bulbs are securely tightened in their sockets. If the flickering light persists, this could suggest a deeper wiring problem internally. Consulting with an electrician to examine your connections is often the safest approach.

Electrical Surges

Electrical surges in your house, often triggered by severe storms and bad weather that we experience here in Colorado, pose a risk to electronic appliances. Employing properly rated surge protectors is one practical way to shield your devices. However, if you notice electrical surges occurring regularly, it's crucial to contact an electrician for a professional assessment. Frequent surges may signal underlying flaws in your home’s electrical wiring that require immediate attention and that may pose a larger safety risk than you may originally realize.

When to Call a Professional Electrician

Some electrical problems can be resolved with straightforward troubleshooting as mentioned above; however, more complex issues usually necessitate professional expertise and diagnosis. If you are uncertain of the issue, or if the problem does not resolve after initial troubleshooting, it’s wise to engage the experts. Professional handling of electrical repairs is essential to avoid potential hazards and further complications to your home and electrical service.

Addressing these electrical issues promptly not only helps keep your home and family safe, but also prevents future costly repairs. Don’t wait until the next storm or issue to get the help you need for any electrical issues you may be experiencing.

If you have any concerns about your home's electrical systems, or to ensure they are maintained in optimal condition, do not hesitate to get in touch with us at Colorado Home Services. Our team is committed to providing you with reliable, efficient solutions that ensure your home operates smoothly. With over 20 years of experience serving the electrical needs of Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, and the entire Front Range of Colorado, we know how to help.

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