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Tips for Dealing with Common Household Electrical Issues

Freddie Kuhn

Buying your first home can leave you facing all sorts of smaller issues that you may not be familiar with. Of the issues you may encounter, electrical problems are probably the most serious, and the most confusing. Here are a few things that you should watch for, and tips for dealing with them if it should happen.

Surging Power

Your home can experience electrical surges from many different sources. Not only can lightning and electrical storms cause power surges, so can faulty wiring, damaged appliances, and unpredictable power supply.

Power surges will gradually damage all of your electronics, shortening their lifespan and potentially destroying electrical motherboards and circuitry. The best thing you can do to prevent problems from electrical surges of any kind is to install surge protectors in your home. Surge protectors will help to regulate the electrical current so that it stays consistent.

Inconsistent Current

Another common problem with household electrical current is inconsistency. If the current slows or dips, you may notice that your lights dim or certain circuts cut out. This can be problematic if you have things plugged in that demand consistent power.

Sometimes dips in current are caused by changes from the outside supply. There's little you can do about this other than potentially installing a current regulator. However, dips inside your home are typically the result of something that's drawing an abnormal amount of power when it cycles. Your electrician can tell you what the problem is with some circuit testing.


Whether it's a light switch or an appliance, experiencing any kind of electrical shock can be a worrisome experience. While most household shocks are minor because the current is minimal, they are a sign of potentially serious electrical problems. Whether it's a problem in the wiring of the home or a problem with the appliance in question, it puts you at risk of a potential electrical fire.

Have your electrician come in and test all of your outlets and your appliances to determine the source of the short. The more you know and the further you test, the easier it will be to fix the problem, whether it means electrical repair or appliance replacement.

Talk with companies like RDS Electric to find out what your home's electrical wiring situation is. Your electrician will test the circuits and inspect your wiring to help you identify any potential problems before they become serious issues.