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Why Do My Lights Flicker?

an-incandescent-bulbWhen the lights flicker in your home, what do you think? That it adds a bit of spooky flair for the Halloween season? That it’s just a minor annoyance? That it’s time to buy a new lamp and leave the overheads alone? Too many homeowners fail to recognize flickering lights for what they really are—a sign that something potentially serious is wrong with your electrical system.

Is this always going to be the case? No, of course not. There are not any guarantees in life, positive or negative. Is it a chance you should be willing to take, though? Hoping for the best and ignoring the worst? Again, of course not. If you ignore this sign of trouble with your electrical system, you could be in for very costly repairs down the road—or even a dangerous situation. Contact our electricians in Lynnwood, WA, instead.

Rule Out Obvious and Simple Issues First

Not every problem causing lights to flicker is an emergency. In fact, some are nothing to worry about at all, beyond wanting to solve the problem for matters of functionality. This is sometimes the case when you have a single light that is flickering.

If you notice a sole flickering light in your home, then definitely go ahead and check on the bulb. It may actually just not be screwed in tightly enough. If so, the contact doesn’t have a solid connection to the contact in the fixture. It could also be a bum fixture, which would require professional repairs or a replacement, but still isn’t an extensive problem throughout the system.

Contact Us if There Is Not an Obvious Solution

Okay, so you know what to do if it’s just a single light giving you trouble and the bulb or its fit in the fixture are to blame. What do you do, however, when the problem runs throughout your entire home? Or if you check on the single flickering bulb in question but cannot solve the issue by tightening it or replacing the bulb with a new one?

Then you could be looking at a wiring issue. We really hope that this goes without saying, but let’s just say it in order to get everything out in the open:

Only professional electricians can touch your electrical wiring. Not you after viewing a few online tutorials, not the handyman with a beat-up truck around the corner, and not your cousin that lives in a house held together by duct tape. Electricity may be the single greatest resource that we have available to us as homeowners, but it also has the potential to be quite dangerous if we do not use it properly.

That is why you want to work with a trained electrician not matter what the problem may be. We’ll make sure that everything is up to code, dependable, and, most importantly, safe to use. Contact us as soon as you notice a problem.

Schedule your electrical services with the professionals here at G & S Heating Cooling & Electric.

 

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