Why do the lights keep flickering? Well, it can only be one thing and we’re sorry to tell you this. It’s ghosts!
All jokes aside, there are many reasons your home may be experiencing partial or full-on blackouts. Put down the proton pack and keep reading to learn more about why the lights in your house may be flickering.
Why Do My Lights Keep Flickering?
If you notice flickering lights, do not ignore it. It could be a sign of a larger problem. In fact, 51,000 house fires occur yearly due to issues with the electrical system. It is the 3rd leading cause of house fires in the United States.
Flickering lights can be as simple as a loose light bulb or as complex as faulty connections in the circuitry. The first step: isolate where the problem is happening.
Are the lights flickering everywhere in the house?
Are the lights flickering in a certain area or room of the house?
Potential Causes of Flickering Lights
If all the lights are flickering this may indicate you have a problem with the central breaker system. This is a serious fire hazard and you should seek help from an electrician as soon as you can.
If specific lights are flickering, check to see if the bulbs are screwed in completely, and makes certain the light switches or dimmers are not stuck halfway between on and off. If both of these are fine, the problem may be the light fixture, the switch
You may experience “brown-outs”. Brown-outs are dips in power that cause flickering or dimming in lights but are not a complete blackout. These may be caused by excessive use of large appliances, such as air conditioners, wiring issues, or atmospheric phenomena.
Your Electrical System Is Outdated
Copper is the most commonly used conductive metal used in electrical wiring today. If your home was built in the 1960s or before, it may have an outdated system. However, no matter the type of wires, over time they all degrade due to natural deterioration, rodent damage, or failure to maintain the electrical system in your home.
A sign you home may have faulty wires or an outdated electric system is flickering lights, discoloration around outlets, heat radiating from light switches, or areas behind the wall.
The System Is Overloaded
Circuits and outlets can put out a certain amount of energy. When you try to get more power from a circuit than it can handle, it may trip the circuit breaker and shut the power off.
Before that, you may notice your lighters flickers or dimming. Other appliances, like the refrigerator, stove, microwave, may suffer as well.
Who’re You Going To Call?
Electrical issues are not something you should tackle on your own. If your lights keep flickering, contact us via phone or email for a consultation.
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