What Are Your Flickering Lights Trying to Tell You?

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Lights can flicker fairly often and not mean anything. Sometimes it just means that there has been a power surge and the lights just flickered for a second. No big deal. However, if the problem is consistent, it might be a sign of more serious issues with your electrical system. If you start to notice that’s the case, then it’s time for you to address the issue instead of just ignoring it. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you immediately need to contact an electrician, for this could be an easily solvable problem. However, there are other cases in which it’s imperative that you call a professional. 

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You Can Probably Fix It Yourself

Flickering lights could just mean that there is a problem with the light bulbs, which you can probably address yourself. Perhaps the bulb is not screwed in tight enough, or you are using the wrong bulb type for a dimmer switch. In cases of plug-in lights flickering, then there’s a possibility that the plug itself is not plugged-in correctly If none of this is the apparent cause of the flickering lights, try different bulbs in, for sometimes it’s the bulb itself that’s defective. If the problem persists throughout, then the issue might go deeper and involve the fixture, the switch, or the wiring itself, which is not usually a problem you can take care of yourself. Not only might you not have the right tools to do so, but it could be potentially dangerous to try to do without the right experience. In such cases, we recommend reaching out to an electrician.

You Should Reach Out to an Electrician

The issues behind flickering lights could be many and at varying degrees of complexity. For example, there could be voltage fluctuations. If your lights consistently start flickering whenever you turn on an appliance, dim unexpectedly, or frequently burn out, your home might be suffering from voltage fluctuations. You can measure your home’s voltage by using a voltmeter. Ideally, the voltage should range between 115 and 125 volts. If it reads above 125 volts, then you’ve found the problem and should contact an electrician to fix the issue.

Your lights could also be flickering because of outdated or loose wiring connections. If you haven’t made any changes to your home’s electrical system yet you find yourself experiencing frequent issues with flickering lights, then this could potentially be the issue. Do you suspect loose wiring connections? Contact an electrician as soon as possible. Not only are these issues annoying, but they are one of the leading causes of electrical house fires. Your home might be at risk if you’ve tried everything and this problem still persists.

Getting Your Flickering Lights Fixed

While a lot of self-proclaimed handymen like to tackle electrical problems themselves, these should usually be taken care of by an electrician. These problems could e3asily become dangerous if treated by non-expert hands. Regardless of the reason behind persistent flickering lights, an electrician should be able to address the problem shortly. After all, that’s their job. They understand electrical systems and wiring, so an issue such as this is no big deal. At USA Electrical Repairs, Inc. we surely think so. We can take a look at your flickering lights and take care of it in no time. Just call us at (800) 708-2190 and we will promptly fix the problem.

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