Common Electrical Problems in the Home

No one wants to have to deal with an electrical problem in their home, but sometimes they occur. Because of the risks involved, it is vital to know what the common problems are so you can keep your home and family safe.

Below you will find the details of the most common electrical problems that you’ll face in the home. So read on to find out more about them and what the right solution to each of them is.

Hot Outlets

It’s obviously normal for bulbs and some appliances to get hot when they’re being used. It is not, however, normal for the actual outlet itself to get hot when it’s being used. The first thing to do if you notice that an outlet or switch is abnormally hot is to switch it off immediately. If the outlet doesn’t cool down even when it is no longer switched on, it might be a sign that the outlet is not wired correctly. You should plug whatever was plugged in into a different outlet and see if the same thing happens then. If it does, it might be a problem with the appliance rather than the outlet. If you think that the outlet is not wired properly, you will need to ask an electrician to have a look at it as quickly as possible.

Fire at the Outlet

This is the problem that everyone worries about when it comes to electrical issues in the home. It’s one of the most common causes of fire in the home, so it’s important for you to be aware of the risk. One of the most basic reasons for fires at an electrical outlet is an overuse of the outlet. Many people plug in multiple extenders, but you shouldn’t use more than one. You don’t want to overload the outlet and cause a fire. You should use extension devices sparingly. Only use them when you need to, and never go overboard with their use. You can ask a professional electrician to install more outlets if you really need more places to plug things into. This is the much safer option.


Noticing sparking is something that should always worry you. It’s never a good sign for your home’s electrics. Which next step you take should depend on where the sparks are coming from. If the sparks are coming from the appliance, it is probably the appliance that is faulty, not your electrics. But if the sparks are coming from anywhere else, it is best to simply call out a 24/7 emergency electrician as soon as possible. There is not much point trying to mess around with the problem because you might end up hurting yourself. When it comes to something as dangerous as this, it’s best to leave it to the people who know exactly what they are doing.

Dead Outlets

Sometimes, you will find that one half of an outlet socket goes dead while the other half still works. This seems completely strange and illogical, but it’s actually pretty common, so don’t worry about it. This is the kind of problem that tends to occur after the outlet has been in use for many years. It’s just one of those things that is a sign of wear and tear basically. It usually means that something has become loose behind the wall. If you know a bit about electricity outlets, you could unscrew it from the wall and have a look at what is going on behind there. If you can see the problem, you made be able to fix it. But if you do this, remember to switch off the mains electricity first of all.

Bulb Problems

There are many different types of electrical problems that can cause noticeable issues with your light bulbs. If your bulbs are burnt out at a high rate, this might be a sign that you are not fitting the bulbs in securely. If they aren’t screwed in properly, they will burn out fast. Or it might simply be the case that you are buying bulbs that are of a poor quality. You should stay away from the very cheap options. If the bulbs are flickering and blinking all the time, it is probably because there’s a poor connection in the circuit. If you’re still not sure what is causing your bulb problem, you should get in contact with an electrician who will be able to get to the bottom of the problem.

Exposed Wires After a Renovation

This is a common problem after renovation work has been done on the house. Many DIYers make the mistake of not tidying up the wires properly when they’ve done the work. And then they don’t know what to do. But this also happens as a result of professionals failing to do the work properly. But it needs to be sorted out quickly. Exposed wires present a real fire risk, so they can’t be ignored. Hanging wires can also cause practical safety hazards; pets or children can easily trip over them and hurt themselves. So, that’s why it’s so important to tidy away those wires as quickly as possible. They need to be correctly covered and then attached to the relevant framing with staples or strapping.

Bills that Are Too High

When we think about electrical problems, this is probably not something that comes to mind. But, let’s face it, none of us like paying huge bills. And most of us feel like we’re paying too much for the electricity we use. There are a number of very different ways in which you can bring down your bills though. First of all, think about how you use the electricity. If you’re leaving lights and appliances on when they’re not being used, you should stop doing this. It will instantly save you a bit of money. You could also switch to a renewable energy source. This means investing in solar panels or a wind turbine that can produce your energy for you in a clean and sustainable way.

Kalyan B Das

Kalyan is a web developer, a blogger and an online entrepreneur. He is the primary developer of this blog and takes care of all the technical happenings in this site

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