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When To Call An Electrician About Electrical Problems

December 8th 2020

Okanagan Valley Electrical, home grown and operated in West Kelowna — with reach extending to Kelowna and the Okanagan region — provides residential, commercial and solar power electrical services to a wide range of clients.

Having deep roots in the Okanagan region, we are proud to provide our services to our friends and neighbours. As such, with our extensive knowledge as fully licensed, bonded and insured electricians, we know everything there is to know about electricity, potential problems and when you might need to call an electrician.

On a day-to-day basis, electrical problems may not be at the forefront of your mind, but being aware of potential issues could help prevent dangerous situations from happening and save you time and money along the way.

Here are a few warning signs of electrical problems that could be dangerous if they’re not addressed.

Flickering Lights

Flickering lights might often be harmless and may not develop into bigger problems, but certain flickering or dimming lights can be a sign of a much bigger electrical issue at hand. If certain lights flicker when you turn an appliance on or off, it could mean there’s an electrical hazard or wiring problem that needs to be addressed.

When this happens, it means that your appliances are putting stress on your electrical system that it can’t handle, which means the wiring may need to be updated.

Buzzing Sounds

Electrical outlets and switches shouldn’t make any noise — even when they’re being used — so if there’s any kind of buzzing or crackling noise when you turn on a switch or plug something in, this is a sign of a hidden problem that should be addressed by an electrician.

Circuit Breaker Problems

If you’re constantly resetting your circuit breaker, or it switches off regularly, there might be a problem with the wiring. Your system might need an upgrade due to overloading.

Regardless of the issue, whenever recurring circuit breaker problems occur an electrician should be consulted in order to find the root cause of the problem.

Sparking Outlets and Switches

If there are sparks that come out of an outlet when something is plugged in, it is generally a small problem that’s easily fixed, but if left for too long it can cause electrical shocks or even fires.

If you notice sparks on a regular basis,  stop using the outlet and contact us at OKV Electrical, where we will determine the cause and offer a solution.

Loose Outlets

A loose outlet doesn’t necessarily mean there is loose wiring, but it can lead to many other problems and hazards like loose wiring, elecrical shock, and short circuits. You should call an electrician if you’ve have loose outlets.

Contact OKV Electrical

From custom and spec homes to renovations and simple service calls, OKV Electric is fast becoming the Okanagan's choice electrical contractor.

If you notice any of the problems from earlier, OKV Electrical will be happy to help you out. Give us a call! Our team is here to diagnose and fix electrical problems so that you can be sure you’re safe in your home.

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6098 Bella Vista Rd.
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