Reliable Electrical Troubleshooting

The most important step to knowing the true problem!

Are you asking the question, “who is the best electrician near me”? In business for over 24 years and based in the Rockwall, Texas area, Rockwall Electric is the most trusted and reliable source for North Texas electrician services.  You can count on us for all of your electrician needs such as electrical troubleshooting, 220v repair, lighting installation, LED energy saving conversions, ceiling fans, hot tub wiring, outlet repair, switch replacement and more!

 

We also can help you plan out your next remodel project!  You can rest easy knowing our Master Electrician on staff will consult with you to make your home electrical safe, secure and reliable. In fact, if another company claims to provide a Master Electrician, ask to see their paperwork to verify they are truly qualified.  Rockwall Electric is owned and operated by a Master Electrician and has satisfied North Texas customers since 1994!

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Malfunctioning Light Switch

To troubleshoot:

  1. Turn off the circuit breaker. When you've found the correct one, the light will go out.

  2. Remove the light switch and faceplate with a flathead screwdriver and a Phillips head screwdriver.

  3. Check for electricity on the two wires connected to the screws. If it's OK, remove and replace the light switch.

Loosened Outlet Plug

To troubleshoot, shut off the breaker and double-check for voltage to the outlet using a voltage meter. If no voltage meter is available, plug something in. Remove the cover plate and add outlet shims until the outlet is level with the wall.

Short Circuit

Some appliances can trip a short circuit, such as toasters and hairdryers. When this happens, reset the breaker. If the circuit repeatedly trips when using the suspect appliance, it's likely to indicate the appliance is causing the issue, not the electrical system. If the circuit shorts when the appliance isn't in use, this is a sign that a small appliance is to blame for the outage.

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Inoperable Outlets

Unusable outlets can result from a poor connection, possible arcing, or a tripped breaker due to excessive heat buildup resulting in melted wires or burned-out outlets.

Dimming Or Flickering Lights

When lights dim or flicker, this could indicate a poor connection that eventually leads to arcing. Factors include loose or corroded connections making intermittent contact, resulting in sparks, overheating, and dangerous fires.

Warm To The Touch Switches And Outlets

Unless it is a dimming switch, outlets and switches should never be warm to the touch. The heat emanating from these components may indicate a bad connection, faulty wiring, or an overloaded circuit. Overloaded circuits can lead to a fire hazard.

GFCIs That Keep Tripping

A GFCI is a crucial safety device that protects people from electrical shock. When a GFCI trips, it's trying to protect you from an electrical shock.

Bulbs Blowing Out

If you're having a lot of bulb blowouts, you may have a loose connection in the socket or circuit. Do your recessed lights ever stop working? Overheating might be caused by insulation nearby, and as a safety precaution, they shut down to prevent fire.

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Are You In Over Your Head With Electrical Problems?

When you have an electrical problem that reaches beyond your abilities, it's time to call in a professional. The average homeowner should not attempt to fix some common electrical issues that are potentially hazardous, including:

  • Loose outlets or switches that are warm to the touch.

  • GFCIs that keeps tripping.

  • Flickering or dimming lights.

  • Outlets or controls that are inoperable.

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If you're experiencing any of these issues, it's best to call a licensed electrician to diagnose and correct the problem.