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4 Signs You Need To Call An Electrician

Whether you've just moved into a new house or have been in the same home for years, the fact remains that keeping your home's electrical system up-to-date is a must--not only to maintain your home's value, but to protect yourself and your loved ones. Electrical repairs should never be completed by anybody other than a licensed and experienced electrician, so it's important that you be aware of some of the most common signs that it's time to call an electrician for repairs in your home.

Your Lights Are Constantly Flickering

Do the lights in your home seem to flicker on and off for no reason, even when there aren't high winds in the area? Perhaps when you turn on certain electrical appliances (such as a hair dryer), you notice that your lights in that area of the home go dim. This could be a sign that your circuit or fuse for that particular area of the home is overloaded, which can be a safety hazard. An electrician can come in and upgrade your breakers to withstand a greater load.

You Don't Have Any Three-Pronged Outlets

Do you find yourself needing to purchase converters for your outlets when you want to plug in a three-pronged plug? If so, then your home's entire electrical system may be outdated. Three-pronged outlets should be readily available in most spaces throughout your home to meet the demands of today's electrical appliances, such as microwaves and even televisions.

Your Bathroom/Kitchen is Devoid of GFCIs

Any space in your home where plumbing is present should have what's known as a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) built into each outlet. This device serves as a means of preventing electrocution in the event that an electrical source comes into contact with water (such as a radio falling into a bath tub). If your bathroom and kitchen spaces don't have GFCIs, then it's time to call an electrician to have these installed immediately.

Circuit Breakers Are Constantly Tripping

Finally, if you find that you constantly need to reset circuit breaker switches (or that you have an old-school fuse box in your home instead), then it may be time to upgrade your entire electrical system to withstand a higher power demand. Plus, when you upgrade to a circuit breaker from a fuse box, you can avoid the hassle of having to physically replace a fuse each time one gets blown at your home.