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Owning your home is a great accomplishment. However, there’s a tiny downside. There’s no landlord to call if you have a problem. Guess what? You’re the landlord now and it is up to you to fix (and pay for) any problems.
But you’re not alone. To help out our fellow Red Deer homeowners, here are five common electrical problems you could encounter in your home.
Does your stomach sink every time you open your electric bill? Is your bill increasing? If yes, here are some tips to lower your bill:
Are your lights flickering? Light bulbs burning out quickly? Basically, does your house seem possessed?
Do you have to keep walking to your breaker box to flip a switch? Here’s some good news, if a circuit breaker trips, it’s doing its job. A breaker is a safety feature designed to trip (stop the flow of electricity) when it is overloaded. This stops the circuit from overheating and/or causing damage.
When you trip a breaker, unplug the item you were using and reset the breaker (located in the breaker box). If you were using more than one electrical appliance when it tripped, next time use just one. If you were only using one appliance, use the appliance on a lower setting after resetting the breaker. For example, use your hair dryer on the low setting. It may take you longer to dry your hair, but you will save yourself time walking to the breaker box to reset the breaker.
Is your outlet not working? Do plugs fall out of the outlet or don’t fit? Is your house littered with power strips and extension cords?
If you get an electrical shock when you use an item, stop using it immediately. Also, stop using it if you smell burning. You may have to replace the item or there are problems with the wiring.
As your own landlord you need to decide if you can fix the issue yourself or hire an electrician. You may be able to safely fix some of the smaller problems yourself (replacing a lightbulb or outlet). But if you are not comfortable tackling the problem or for the bigger jobs (wiring, installing more outlets etc.), for your safety and the safety of your family, please contact a licensed electrician.