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Written by John Mullen

When Should You Call an Electrician?

Have you noticed changes in your home? Do your lights flicker when you turn on the dishwasher or plug in a hair dryer? Do you find yourself using more and more extension cords? Are switches and outlets becoming overheated? While it could be easy to overlook seemingly minor problems, they might actually indicate that it’s time to call an expert. Here are some things you should know.

A frequently ignored problem occurs when the floors and walls of your home are covered in a tangle of extension cords. Unfortunately, the excessive use of extension cords is a common cause of dangerous fire hazards. A much safer alternative is having an electrician install more power outlets. You may also notice that your outlets are becoming excessively warm. It is vital to avoid overlooking this concern, as it could be pointing to a much larger issue. Too much demand may be placed on one circuit, and you shouldn’t delay in calling your electrician to take a look at the problem.

Another common dilemma is when your home’s electrical system is overloaded. How do you know if you have this condition? If the lights in your home frequently flicker or dim due to the use of appliances, it could be caused by an interruption. In some cases, this may mean nothing more than an outdated appliance, but in others, it may mean that it’s time for some electrical updates. This issue can be identified and resolved by installing designated circuits, which is definitely a job for your electrician.   

Finally, electrical system investigations are crucial to keeping your home running smoothly. This is especially true of homes that have run for numerous years without investigation. Checking in with an electrician is a great safety precaution, as it protects you and your home against potential hazards, and it’s an important way of preventing larger problems from surfacing in the future. If you have questions or concerns about your home, please contact the experts at J.M. Mullen Electrical Services at 410-266-6316 or www.JMMullenElectric.com.