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Five of the Most Common Electrical Problems

Updated: Oct 5, 2021

Nobody likes problems, especially electrical problems. They are both hazardous and frustrating. Before we go there, we understand that when it comes to minor issues that pose no threats, you will probably prefer to do it on your own. However, electricity is hazardous and should not be meddled with if you have no experience or knowledge of it. In that case, it is always safe to consult experts before you do anything.


Transients, which are commonly known as surges, are the lighting-fast striking of light. These are caused by high-voltage disruptions in the flow of electricity. They occur for a split second. Transients can damage any electronic devices that are connected at the moment.

If the transients continue happening, it is probably time to get your electrical connections checked. Otherwise, these transients are nothing to worry about if they have stopped.

Solution: Check if there is anything wrong with your wires and consult with an electrician if the transients keep going on.

Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your circuit breaker keeps on tripping, chances are they have detected some issues in the current circuit. That is where they get the name ‘circuit breakers’ because they break up circuits when they sense that there is something wrong with the flow of current.

Solution: What you need to do is find the main electrical panel in your home (because that’s where all the main control switches are). You will see a switch panel that has its switch turned off (for old switches) and partly off (for modern switches). You only need to flip the switch back on and voila!

Frequent Bulb Burnouts

Are you tired of changing your bulb every now and then? It seems like the bulbs you’ve been buying are not as good as they were. But don’t blame the bulb. There are a lot of reasons why bulb lights burn out much frequently. It can be due to high voltage, tightly fixed bulb, improper air circulation, and so on.

Solution: What you can do is check if the holder is either loose or it’s depleted. But if everything is fine and one bulb after another keeps going to waste, we suggest you consult with an electrician right now to save more bulbs from burning out!

Backstabbed Outlets/Wires

Backstabbed outlets/wires are simply wires that have cuts or holes on them, hence, exposing live wires which makes electrocution possible when in direct contact with them.

Solution: What you can do is turn off your power supply and tightly tape the impaled part of the wire. Although this provides safety from electrocution, it is not ensured that the plaster will last. Moreover, the safety that the tape can provide is temporary and when it starts peeling off, the situation becomes hazardous again. We recommend you get a new wire fixed and you won’t have to worry again.

Ungrounded Outlets

Ungrounded connections are ones which do not have a grounding system as an added failsafe. What grounding does is provide a pathway to excess electricity in the event of a problem with the wiring, such as a short circuit. In the event a grounding pathway is unavailable, the excess current may flow through other materials such as wood, metal or other materials. Additionally, many electric appliances also use have a grounding pin on their plugs, to prevent users from shock or electrocution in the event of a malfunction in the appliance. Not having a ground connection poses a risk to your appliances as well as someone using them.

Solution: The workaround to such hazards is having a grounding connection and wiring installed by professionals across your home so that every outlet you use, comes with the added safety of a grounded connection ensuring all-round safety for your home, your appliances, and your loved ones.

What to do if Problems Persist

If electrical problems are ongoing around your home, you should consider contacting a electrician. Safety around the home is paramount, so don’t leave anything to change. Get in touch with a professional to help diagnose the problems with your home electricals for peace of mind and safety assurance.

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