A flickering light in your home may be annoying, but the constant flickering is not something to ignore. While dismissing the lights as bulb problems or spirits in the house may be the norm, taking a good look at the root cause can have positive impacts in the long run.
A flickering light issue may occur for several reasons. Understanding the various reasons and causes helps you find an electrician to suit your needs and provide you with solutions to not only stop the flickers but also protect your home from future damage.
1. Arcing Issues
Arcing creates one of the more serious issues associated with flickering lights. When wired connections sit too close to each other, the electrical current may jump between the wires. The transfer of electrical power causes lights to flicker at random moments.
You may notice the lights flicker more when the switch turns on. The initial current of electrical power may jump through the wires. Not only do the lights flicker, but the expansion of heat also creates a potential fire hazard. The more heat gets transferred, the greater the chance a fire may start.
An electrical inspection can pinpoint areas where arcing occurs. Wires may be moved from each other or rewired completely. Not only does the light flickering stop with the repair, but your home is also protected from some potentially dangerous situations.
2. Circuit Issues
The light flickers in your home may occur at precise moments. Think of times when you start a dishwasher, turn on the microwave or set the dryer to tumble. Each time the heavy appliances start up, you may notice the lights dim or flicker. While the effect may look cool, the flickering lights are not a part of a proper electrical set-up.
The main cause of the flickering lights when using large appliances are circuit issues. Bigger appliances should be on their own circuit, so the lights and wiring around them are not impacted. Along with flickers, the power surges may cause circuits to jump and shut off electricity in the home.
An electrician will separate circuits and create separations of power, so everything runs smoothly in the home. Circuits may be upgraded or new ones completely installed. With labels and details, you will see the which circuits belong to which rooms and appliances easily, so problems are found in the future.
3. Transformer Issues
In some cases, the flickering lights in your home may not be a problem directly associated with your home at all. As you experience light flickers at random times, the root cause of the issue may be associated with a transformer in your neighborhood.
A transformer acts as a main power hub for multiple homes in a specific area. If another home, or multiple homes, or using huge power loads, everyone else connected to the transformer may be impacted. The transformer issue may result in power surges and issues causing lights to flicker.
By completing a full inspection of your home, an electrician can determine if the transformer is the root cause. From there, a power company completes repairs and ensure the flickering light issue stops.
4. Loose Sockets
Sometimes the light issues may be directly associated with the actual light socket. If you've tried multiple bulbs and the flickers continue, the socket itself may be damaged. An electrician can examine the socket, complete repairs, or replace the whole socket altogether.
As lights get replaced, you may want to consider more energy-efficient upgrades to your home. You will save money on your electric bill and reduce the power consumption your home has. By reducing the power consumption, you will prevent problems in the future.
Contact us at Richardson Ready Electric Incorporated for all your electrical needs. We can help with flickering lights and all other types of electrical problems in the home.