Ah, electricity. Thanks to one of the greatest inventors of all time, Thomas Alva Edison, life has been simplified and new and amazing inventions have been created. However, while there is no denying that electricity is incredibly helpful, it can also be extremely dangerous – and the signs that trouble is brewing aren't always so obvious.
Your senses can help you detect if there is a problem with the electrical system in your home. Here's a look at how your sense of hearing, smelling, sight and touch can help you spot electrical troubles.
When you turn on a light, do you hear a whirring sound? How about when you plug in an appliance; do you hear a buzzing sound? If you hear any strange sounds, like cracking, sizzling or even hissing when using electricity in your home, turn off the light or unplug the appliance. Those sounds are a pretty good indication that something isn't right with your electrical system.
A safe electrical system should, in no way, have any type of odor. When you flip a switch or plug something in and you smell burning or the unmistakable scent of ozone, there is definitely a problem.
Electricity itself doesn't have an odor, but if the electricity is burning insulation around
If the lights flicker when you turn them on, something isn't right. If just one light is flashing, check the bulb to see if it's screwed in properly. If that's not the problem, or if all of the lights in your house are flickering, then the cause could very well be arcing. Since arcing can generate heat, which can potentially cause a fire, if you see your lights flashing, you need to take swift action.
Outlets and plugs should never, ever be hot. If you ever feel
If you notice any of these issues, call a licensed and experienced electrical contractor immediately. Electricity is powerful and has the ability to create dangerous situations if it is not functioning properly.