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Ask an Electrician: Why Are My Lights Flickering?

CFL-bulbIf you use old oil lamps in order to illuminate your home, hey—to each his or her own, we say. Considering the fact that you are reading this on the internet, however, we’re guessing that your lifestyle is a bit more modern. One of the greatest modern luxuries that we have in our homes is our indoor lighting systems. These days there are more options than ever before in terms of bulbs and fixtures available.

What there isn’t, unfortunately, is any guarantee your indoor lighting system is going to function properly at all times. One of the most common issues that homeowners reach out to our electricians in Chesapeake, VA about is flickering lights. If your lights are flickering, you may need a professional electrician to fix the problem. Before scheduling service, however, you should read the following post, as this is not always the case.

First Things First: Check the Bulb

This may sound obvious, but just in case, remember to check the bulb in the fixture if you have a flickering light in your home. It is possible that the bulb simply is not screwed in all of the way, or that there is an issue with the contact on that bulb. These are not problems that you are going to need to pay a professional electrician to resolve. In the event that there is no obvious solution to the problem, however, you are definitely going to want to reach out to us. Letting problems with your electrical system progress can have some serious consequences.

You May Have a Bad Fixture

In some cases, the problem still may not be with your electrical system at large, but may also be more complex than an issue with a bulb. This is the case when the fixture itself is to blame for the problem. The socket that the bulb is screwed into may be bad, and the solution to your problem may require that a professional electrician replaces that fixture entirely. If it’s not the bulb and the fixture seems fine, too, then the problem may be deeper within your electrical system.

Signs of Bad Wiring

Okay, so the simpler solutions have been ruled out. It seems like the problem may lie with your wiring. There are a lot of potential factors at play. It could be that rodents have chewed up your wiring, for instance. The circuit in question may be overloaded. You could even have a bad switch. Whatever the case, remember that electrical issues always have the potential for creating a dangerous situation.

Hiring a professional electrician to diagnose and resolve the problem entirely cannot be stressed enough. All of those electrical codes and regulations are in place for good reasons. Your electrical system is in no way an appropriate outlet—yeah, pun intended—for your DIY endeavors. If in doubt, give our team a call for a job well done.

Schedule your electrical services with House Call Company. Contact us and see how we can make you smile.

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