Here at Maguire Electric, we want to help you take the best possible care of your home or business, and that means helping you keep your electrical system in good working order. In our experience, many people don’t realize that something is amiss with their system until it malfunctions in a major way. Unfortunately, by that point, the damage to the wiring is already serious and will require extensive repairs. To help you avoid this situation, here are three early warning signs that you need electrical repair:
- Shocking Switches – One warning sign that you need electrical repair is switches that shock you when you flip them. Not only is this physically unpleasant, but it is also an indicator that something is short circuiting, whether it’s the switch itself, a device connected to it, or a wire with damaged insulation.
- Dimming Lights – Another sign that you need electrical repair is dimming lights. If one or more lights on the property get dimmer when you turn on another appliance, it means that the circuit is overloaded. This often happens in older buildings, as the wiring was not designed to meet the demands of modern appliances or power usage.
- Discolored Outlets or Switch Plates – A third sign to watch for is discoloration on your outlets or switch plates. This happens when a problem with the wiring causes arcing in the circuit, creating a tiny fire that discolors the switch or outlet with its high heat. If you notice that a switch or outlet has become noticeably darker, we encourage you to give us a call to get a professional inspection.