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March 19, 2018


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Our electrical systems are perhaps the most important components of our home: providing power for everything from lights to refrigerators or computer systems. Without it, modern life simply wouldn’t be possible. And yet most of us take our electrical systems for granted, and assume the wiring is in good shape right up until the moment there’s a serious problem.

When that happens, you need a trained professional to ascertain what the trouble is and how best to treat it. (Laymen should never attempt electrical repairs themselves; it requires proper training and licensing, lest it result in a short or even start a fire.) A good service can move quickly and take care of the problem properly, before it disrupts your daily life.

Troubleshoot First

In many cases, the signs of electrical problems are fairly obvious: the affected outlet simply won’t work. You can troubleshoot by checking your breaker box to see if the breaker has been triggered by a power surge or the like. If that doesn’t solve the problem—and it’s not caused by the appliance plugged into the electrical outlet in question—it’s time to call in a repair technician.

You might also check the affected outlet itself, especially if it’s in the kitchen or the bathroom. GFCI outlets, or ground fault circuit interrupter outlets, are special outlets that shut off to prevent shorts because of water damage. They usually have two little buttons in between the plugs, and if they don’t work, you can push them to reset the circuit. (If you don’t have such outlets in your kitchen or bathroom—anywhere water may be a factor—you should get them installed immediately.)

Look for Signs

An appliance that fails to turn on completely is a pretty obvious sign of a problem of some kind. Other symptoms may be more subtle, but it pays to keep an eye on them. If you spot any of them, you need to call in a professional. They can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Strange odors, especially smells of smoke, ozone, or burning.
  • Hot fixtures, or fixtures that show signs of smoke or electrical damage.
  • Noises such as humming or buzzing. They will usually start and stop with the turning on and off of the affected outlet.
  • Electric shocks. A problem with the electricity can result in a painful shock when you turn the switch or touch the outlet.
  • Flickering lights. Lights plugged into the affected outlet might flicker or dim when you turn them on. That’s almost always a sure sign that you need an electrician.
  • Multiple breaker issues. In some cases, you might turn on a flipped breaker again, only to have it flip multiple times. Unplug any appliances plugged into the affected outlet, then try it again. If the breaker keeps flipping, it’s time for a professional to give it a look.

For electrical problems of all varieties here in Overland Park, KS, call the friendly professionals at MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling today to schedule an appointment!

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