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Some Common Electrical Problems in Circuit to Look at

“Correctly stated problem is half problem solved” A. Einstein. With that kept in the mind, we go into electrical troubleshooting. 

Try to identify if the power went down in the part of your property, entire property, or in the entire neighborhood. Before you do your own fast electrical troubleshooting

What Causes Flickiring lights 

If your lights flicker when they are on but do not flicker when they are off. It is probably due to a loose ground fault interrupting a device in your home. GFI  requirements change time from time. It can easily be fixed by replacing the GFI with a new one. If there is no GFI then replace the outlet with a grounded receptacle.

Lights Flashing When Switch Is On

When you flip the switch on your wall socket, all the circuits that are connected to that circuit should turn on.

TrippedCircuit Breaker Problem

A tripped circuit breaker is caused by either a shorted load or a faulty component. If you have a shorted load, it is likely that your home has been damaged by fire or flood. If you have a faulty component, it is more likely that your home was hit by lightning.

Shorted Load in The Circuit

If you suspect that a short circuit is a culprit, check all appliances and lighting fixtures. Also, look at the wiring connections between them. You should also check the fuse panel if there is one.

You may also want to check the breaker panel for tripped breakers that could be causing the outage.

In most cases, the problem is either due to an overload, a short circuit, a loose wire, or bad insulation.

The most common cause of a power outage is a short circuit. Short circuits occur when two points of contact are joined together without insulation.

A short circuit may occur because of a damaged wire, a loose connection, or a bad component.

Wires that carry electricity must be insulated so they don’t conduct electricity. The goal is to contain electricity in an insulated conduit.

Look at the outlet where the light bulb burned out. Did the outlet look like this before the bulb went out? If so, there could be a short circuit somewhere else in the circuit.

Did the outlet look like this after the bulb burned out? If so, the outlet itself may be bad.

A short circuit occurs when two or more conductors come together without insulation. If a conductor touches another conductor, they form a direct connection.

If you notice any symptoms after turning off these appliances, such as flickering lights, buzzing noises, dimming lights, etc., then you know there’s something wrong with your home wiring.

The main panel is located near the breaker switch plate in the basement or somewhere in the house or sometimes outside. Don’t panic carefully disconnect the main switch when you think it safe to do. Before the master electrician comes to you to fix it.

Open the cover to expose the main panel. The main panel should be well-ventilated so there isn’t a buildup of moisture inside the panel.

Look at the fuses. Fuse boxes often have two fuses: A ground fault interrupter and a regular household outlet.

It may be best if you replace the power supply for your computer system then try to fix an overloaded circuit by turning off individual components. A loose wire might be the cause of the trouble if the light switch doesn’t turn off when you flip it down.

If you find no problems with the circuit, try another circuit. If that fails, look at the next section.


If none of these things work, it’s time to call a licensed electrician for more detailed electrical troubleshooting of your electrical circuit.

A professional electrician will be able to perform electrical troubleshooting effectively. Go over the process of elimination taking AC voltage measurement, current flow to identify the faulty component in the circuit. Whether it’s an electrical panel, circuit breaker, transfer switch on a standby backup generator, burden voltage,  loose wire makeup, broken wire, equipment, or appliance grounding. Other problems can be identified as circuit faults, hot wire or neutral wire loose or in content that impeds electrical power to flow, the electrical contractor did follow electrical code, the maximum voltage is over in respect to circuit current, power cables don’t have a firm connection in the panel. Our local electricians with free estimates can identify these and many other problems your property might have. Call us today to book the electrician who cares.



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