When the lights are flickering, panic sets in. People begin to sort through different scenarios they could be facing. Is it an earthquake? Is there an electrical panel problem? How much is it going to cost to get this problem fixed? Mister Sparky understands your concerns about flickering lights, and we’re going to address them on the blog to put you at ease. We’ll talk about different causes of flickering lights before educating you about different situations that would require our emergency electrician services.
A few causes of flickering lights include bad light bulbs, bad electrical connections between bulbs and sockets, large power-sucking appliances, loose conductors in the electrical panel, or problems with your electric company. We realize that’s a lot to worry about, but again, that’s why we’re writing this blog for you.
First, it’s inevitable that light bulbs will eventually burn out. If a single light bulb is flickering, try replacing it with a new one. If the newly installed light bulb is still flickering, you may have a circuit breaker problem. In this case, call Mister Sparky to come out for a complete circuit diagnosis. A faulty circuit with loose hot or neutral conductors is nothing to leave alone, as it can be dangerous. Please make sure and call to get us out to your home. After the diagnosis, our licensed electricians will find the problem and fix it only if you want the work done.
Appliances that use lots of electricity also lead to flickering lights. Many homes’ electrical panels only carry up to 200 amps so when appliances that draw 100+ amps are first started, of course lights will flicker. To fix this problem, call Mister Sparky to rewire your outdoor A/C unit for max capacity while also checking for problems with wire size or fusing. Lastly, there are problems that arise due to unforeseen circumstance with your electric company.
For example, when your neighbors are telling you they are experiencing flickering lights while you are too, it’s almost always an electric company problem. It could be a downed power line or that something was fried by an electric strike. However, it could also be an issue with wildlife messing with electrical equipment or tree limbs resting on power lines. In situations like these, call your electric company and let them resolve the problem.
There you have it! Now when you encounter a flickering light problem in your home, you’ll know how to address it. Just remember not to panic if you have an emergency electrical problem or electrical power outage.
Mister Sparky, America’s On-Time Electrician serves the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of certified electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.