Electrical tips

Some common household electrical problems do not require the assistance of an electrician. Here you will find some common electrical problems and suggested solutions for you to try before calling an electrician.

Problem: Receptacles do not work

Possible Solution

1. Check the circuit breaker. A Circuit Breaker circuit breaker can be tripped even if it doesn’t look appear that is has been tripped or is still in the “on” position. like it is in the tripped or off position. To reset the Circuit Breaker , circuit breaker flip it to the “off” position, and then flip it back to the “on” position.

If you can’t find one specific breaker that appears to be tripped, we suggest resetting all the breakers within the Circuit Breaker box. When resetting a breaker, it is a good idea to shut down any computers or other electronics in the household that are plugged in to an outlet..

2. A GFCI receptacle may be tripped. A GFCI receptacle is a receptacle with a “test” and “reset” button(button (picture). They are required by the national National electrical Electrical code Code to protect kitchen- counter receptacles
, bathroom receptacles, unfinished basement receptacles, outdoor receptacles, and any sceptically receptacle within 6 six ft feet of a sink. To reset a GFCI receptacle,them press the button labeled “reset”. Even if the receptacle is not a GFCI it can may be controlled by a GFCI receptacle located anywhere else in house.

Problem: Light does not work

Possible Solution

Possible solutions.

1. 1. The lightbulb is burnt out. There are many jokes that can be made about thisIt might sound obvious, but stating the obvious canoften times, this is the case with a light not working, and checking this first can sometimes save people someone a lot of aggravation! . Make sure the light switch is “off” before attempting to change the light bulb.

2. 2. Check the Circuit Breakercircuit breaker. A Circuit Breaker can be tripped even if it doesn’t appear that is has been tripped or is still in the “on” position. A circuit breaker can be tripped even if it doesn’t look like it is in the tripped or off position. To reset the Circuit Breaker , flip to the “off” position, and then flip it back to the “on” position. If you can’t find one specific breaker that appears to be tripped, we suggest resetting all the breakers within the Circuit Breaker box. When resetting a breaker, it is a good idea to shut down any computers or other electronics in the household that are plugged in to an outlet.

To reset the circuit breaker flip it to the off position and then to the on position. If you can’t find one that appears to be tripped we suggest resetting all the breakers. When resetting a breaker it is a good idea to shut down any computers that are plugged in.

Problem: Light flashing

Possible Solution

Possible solutions.

1. Putting a compact Compact fluorescent Fluorescent bulb bulb (CFL) or LED bulb on a dimmer or a timer that is not designed for CFL or LED bulbs can cause the bulbs to flash or flicker. Additionally, the bulbs have to be marked “dimmable” to use with dimmer.

The simplest solution usually is to replace the bulbs with incandescent bulbs.