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Electrical problems ranging from minor to major can happen in any home. These are some of the most common electrical problems you might encounter as a homeowner.

Electrical surges can happen due to power line problems, lightning, and other reasons. Frequent surges can end up causing serious damage to appliances in your home, so it’s important to have an electrician determine the cause.

Overloaded Fixtures and Outlets
Using light bulbs with a higher wattage than a lighting fixture can handle or having too many items plugged into an outlet can create a fire hazard. Avoid overloading fixtures and outlets to reduce the risk of house fires.

Light Switches Not Working
Light switches might not work due to faulty wiring or other problems with your electrical system. Have an electrician check these switches and make repairs as needed.

Flickering Lights
Flickering lights can occur due to poor electrical connections on the circuit in one room or throughout your entire home. An electrician can find the cause and repair it to prevent this from occurring.

Tripped Circuit Breaker
Using certain appliances or devices in your home, such as a hair dryer or microwave, might trip your circuit breaker. This can happen when the circuit can’t handle the electrical load, such as when you dry your hair while also having lights or other appliances running.

Not Enough Outlets
Older homes might not have enough outlets to handle your electrical needs. Professional electricians can add outlets and circuits to your home as needed.

Bulbs Frequently Burn Out
Bulbs might burn out often if the wattage is too high for the fixture or if there’s a problem with the wiring or connection. You should have an electrician check fixtures that burn out often.

Outlets Not Working
Outlets that aren’t working could have a loose connection, faulty wiring, or other problems. Electricians can find out what’s causing this to happen and repair these outlets, so they’re safe to use.

Warm Wall Switch or Outlet
Only dimmer wall switches should generate some warmth while you have them on. If any other switches or outlets feel warm, avoid using them and have an electrician check them as soon as possible.

Lack of GFCI Outlets
GFCI outlets help prevent electric shocks from occurring in bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas. Professional electricians can install these outlets for you if your home doesn’t have them already. Protect Your Home from

Fire Hazards
If you’re concerned about potential fire hazards in your home, please contact Reed Electric, Heating and Air. We provide reliable electrical services for homeowners in Paducah, KY and Metropolis, IL, as well as the surrounding area.