Your home’s electrical wiring is a key part of its infrastructure. To make sure it is in top condition, it is important that you have a professional electrical evaluation performed. If you aren’t sure if your home needs an evaluation, here are four warning signs you can look for to help you determine when you should call HedgeHog Electric for your next evaluation.
YOUR HOME HAS NEVER HAD AN ELECTRICAL EVALUATION
A home inspection and an electrical evaluation are not the same things, but most homeowners rely on their initial inspection to confirm that their home is safe. However, not all inspectors have the training to see the potential electrical issues some houses present, from outdated two-prong outlets to upside-down light switches.
While these issues may appear to be quirks of an older home, they can actually represent serious issues. For example, a two-prong outlet indicated older wiring which may not be up to code. As for an upside-down light switch, that can indicate that someone decided to DIY their electrical wiring, which can lead to problems in the future. So, if you have never had a specific electrical evaluation of your home, then it is time to set up an appointment for one.
ELECTRICAL PANEL TENDS TO MAKE NOISES
There is no such thing as a “normal” electrical sound. If you can hear humming or crackling sounds from your electrical circuits, you need to have your home’s electrical work evaluated as soon as possible.
These sounds often are triggered by overloaded wiring, whether due to the age of the wiring or if there is a fault somewhere. So, if you plug in an appliance and start hearing crackling or humming, unplug it immediately and have your home evaluated.
YOU COMMONLY HAVE ELECTRICAL ISSUES
Some people brush off electrical issues like they are a common problem. Issues such as lights flickering or bulbs constantly burning out quickly, appliances working at a lowered power level or breakers tripping regularly are all signs that your home needs an electrical evaluation.
With the help of an electrical evaluation, our electricians can pinpoint areas where your electrical work can be improved, so you aren’t constantly struggling with these issues.
THERE IS A STRANGE, BURNING SMELL WHEN USING APPLIANCES
A brand-new appliance like an oven may let off some burning smells as it is used for the first few times. However, these kinds of smells should not be a constant presence in your home. If you are smelling unidentified burning smells, it is time to have an electrical evaluation.
If any of these signs apply to your home, then it’s time to contact HedgeHog Electric. Our professional teams of licensed and insured electricians can check your home over for any issues and make necessary recommendations, protecting your home for years to come.