6 Things to Check Before Calling an Electrician

6 Things to Check Before Calling an Electrician

SEPT. 28, 2020

Electrical issues should never be ignored. They could be signs that something is not right with your electrical system. However, this is not always the case. Some electrical issues can be solved with some basic troubleshooting you can do yourself. We've listed 6 things to check when experiencing electrical issues before calling a licensed electrician. 

6 Things to Check Before Calling an Electrician

1. Check that your device or appliance is plugged in. 
Is your device or appliance not powering on? Check that the power cord is properly plugged in to the outlet. Cords can come unplugged and this can go unnoticed in hard to reach places. 

2. Check that your outlet isn't controlled by a switch.
Check that your outlet isn't controlled by a switch. If it is, make sure the switch is flipped ON. 

3. Check for overloading. 
Check that the outlet and surrounding outlets are not overloaded. Look for overloaded circuit signs, such as flickering lights, burning odor and buzzing sounds coming from receptacles, and discolored plates. Check that you do not have many devices plugged in and turned on at one time. Power strips add additional outlets, but do not change the amount of power being received from an outlet. Unplug any devices that are not being used. 

4. Check and reset GFCI outlets. 
A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) is a device that is designed to protect people from electrical shock. They work as mini-breakers. They can trip when there are too many things plugged in to outlets that share the same wiring. To reset a GFCI outlet, first unplug cords from the outlet you are trying to use and from surrounding outlets. Then push the red button on the GFCI outlet itself to reset the GFCI.

5. Check your breaker panel. 
Take a look at your breaker panel. Make sure that all of the switches are flipped to the ON position. If you are still having issues with a certain circuit, try flipping it OFF then ON again. 

6. Check your device or appliance.
Check that your device or appliance is in good condition. Make sure cables are not damaged and nothing is broken. Sometimes the issue can be coming from the appliance rather than your electrical system. Try plugging a different device into the outlet you're trying to use to test it. 

Still Having Issues?
Are you still experiencing issues after checking these things? Your electrical system may need of professional electrical services. Contact us today to schedule service.