Is your electrical system feeling neglected during the month of love? Is it time to schedule a date with a professional electrician? Sure, you can do some electrical troubleshooting on your own, but sometimes a faulty electrical system (like a broken heart) is difficult to diagnose.
Most outdoor and landscape lighting problems need diagnosis and repair from certified electricians. If, however, you are ever working around electricity, be extra careful and make sure power is shut off at the breaker box before proceeding.
When to Call a Professional Electrician
Here some signs it’s time to call a professional electrician:
Electrical Panel Problems and Frequent Overloads
There are three main reasons why your circuit breaker might trip or fuse blow:
- Too much electrical demand overloading the circuit
- Short circuits
- Old wiring
If you trip the breaker, conduct a load calculation and try moving one of your larger energy consumers to a different circuit. If your circuits continue to trip, contact a licensed electrician about adding power.
Never attempt working on your electrical panel besides flipping a tripped breaker or replacing a blown fuse. Even when the main breaker is turned off, there is still electricity flowing into the panel.
If you have a Zinsco or Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) panel, contact a professional electrician right away. These outdated panels are not considered safe to use. Find out more on ismypanelsafe.com.
One clear sign of a serious electrical problem is if anyone feels a mild shock or tingling sensation near plugs, outlets, appliances, and other electrical equipment.
While static shocks shouldn’t cause too much concern (check your humidity levels), electrical shocks are not something you want to ignore.
Electrical wiring warning signs include:
- Burnt and discolored outlets
- Odd smells, such as fish, burning plastic, or rotten eggs
- Outlets or switches that are warm or hot to the touch
- Dimming and flickering lights
Contact a professional electrician if you are experiencing any of these electrical warning signs.
Hot Light Fixtures
Occasionally, feel around your light fixtures for excessive warmth. If you feel a lot of heat, make sure the bulb is not exceeding the maximum recommend wattage. Exceeding the maximum wattage can weaken wiring insulation and pose a dangerous fire hazard.
Consider making the switch to LED bulbs which emit a lot less heat than traditional incandescents.
Outlets and Switches
Outlets and switches should be in good physical condition. If there are any signs of discoloration, contact an electrician immediately. Replace any outlets and switches that are cracked, broken, scorched, painted over, or cannot hold a plug securely. We also recommend replacing any older outlets that don’t accept three-prong grounded plugs.
Test all of your GFCI and AFCI outlets and breakers every month. If any are not working properly, contact an electrician. They protect you from electrical shocks and electrocutions.
Sometimes, a light switch or outlet will just quit working on you. This could be due to loose connections or defective devices. If you need an outlet or switch replacement, hire a professional electrician.
If you notice a strange odor (burning plastic, rotten eggs, fish, etc.) coming from any outlets or switches, turn off power to that circuit from the electrical panel immediately. After the power has been shut off, contact a licensed electrician right away. The smell signals a dangerous wiring situation that is already burning some plastic components.
Older homes don’t have the necessary power requirements for all of our modern electrical equipment. If your circuits keep overloading or you are using too many multi-receptacle add-ons, contact a professional electrician to add the additional outlets and/or circuits that you need.
Remember, extension cords are for temporary use only and cords should never be run under rugs or in high-traffic areas. Contact an electrician to restore safety, convenience, and peace of mind.
Lighting can make or break the party whether it’s a barbecue with friends and family or a large-scale wedding.
Here are some special occasions to invest in high-quality light design:
- Weddings and Wedding Receptions
- Birthday Parties
- Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
- Holiday Parties
- Retirement Parties
- Pool Parties
- Corporate Events & Benefits
- Grand Openings
Show off your home in its best light with dramatic landscape LED lighting. Some of the benefits of landscape lighting include: safety, security, increased use of outdoor areas, and curb appeal. Regardless of your reasons, improving your landscape lighting is a smart choice.
Schedule semi-annual dates with a lighting professional from The Perfect Light to keep your landscape lighting in top shape all year. During these scheduled landscape lighting maintenance inspections, our service professionals will clean and realign lights, ensure all components are working properly, replace any necessary bulbs, and more.
Contact The Perfect Light to schedule your free lighting consultation.
Happy Valentine’s Day!