Are you having an electrical problem in your home? If you’re struggling with a faulty outlet, your first instinct might be to call an electrician. Working with an electric service company is always advisable for big electrical repairs. However, taking a few easy steps before calling for professional assistance can save you a lot of time, frustration, and money. So the next time you’re having electrical issues in your home, try these home remedies before calling an electrician.
1. Ensure Your Appliance is Plugged In
Always check to see if your appliance is properly plugged in before calling an electrical contractor. Nothing is more embarrassing than having an electrician come out just to plug your television back in. You’d probably be surprised by how often a cord has simply come unplugged. This is especially difficult to notice in hard to see and reach places.
2. Reset Your GFCI Outlet
GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. GFCIs work like mini-breakers, tripping when too many things are plugged into outlets that share the same wiring. You should try unplugging everything from your outlet, as well as nearby outlets, and resetting the GFCI. Do this by pressing the red button on the GFCI outlet itself.
3. Check Your Circuit Breaker Box
When you’re having trouble with an outlet, the first thing an electrician will check is your circuit breaker box. It’s not uncommon for an overloaded outlet to trip the breaker in order to keep you and your home safe. Take a look at your breaker box to see if any switches have been tripped.
Still Need Help From a Professional Electrician?
Are you still having problems even after checking the plug, GFCI outlet, and breaker box? If so, it’s probably time to call a professional electrician for assistance. Neighborhood Electric Services of Snohomish and King is here to help with your residential and commercial electrical repairs, inspections, and upgrades. Find out more about our company by visiting our website or call us at (425) 689–7770 to set up an appointment with one of our technicians. Remember to ask about our free electrical panel current heat inspections!
Edited by Justin Vorhees