Nothing can bring everything in your home to a grinding halt quite like the sudden loss of electricity. You may not always be sure when you should try to troubleshoot the problem yourself and when you should call an emergency electrician. It is very important to handle an electrical emergency correctly because electricity can create serious hazards and put your household in real danger.
Electrical Problems that Require an Emergency Electrician
If you have an electrical emergency it is important that you call in a professional to handle the situation correctly so that no one gets hurt and the risk of starting a fire can be averted. If you have one of the following problems, you need to call an emergency electrician immediately.
Frequent Circuit Breaker Problems
It is not unheard of for a circuit breaker to trip, but if it happens more than once, you likely have a problem. In fact, the problem may even go beyond the breaker itself and may be in the wiring in your walls or in an outlet.
If you have ever smelled an electrical fire, you know the smell is unmistakable. If you think you smell something burning but you don’t see anything at first, you should carefully investigate the situation.
First, find and shut off the main breaker for your home. If you know the smell is coming from a specific appliance or outlet, unplug the appliance immediately. If the problem is a faulty appliance, you will need to have it repaired or replaced before plugging it in again. Or, if the problem is the outlet you will need to call an electrician.
If you are unable to locate the problem or are unsure what to do, call an emergency electrician right away.
Smoke or Sparks
Like above, you will want to shut off the flow of electricity immediately. If the smoke or sparks continue, call 911 or your local emergency services. If you are sure there is no active fire, call an emergency electrician. You should not switch the breaker back on until repairs have been made or you may risk starting a fire.
Sudden Power Outage
First check to see if there is a power outage in your area. If your power has stopped suddenly and it is not due to localized outage, there is reason for concern. Not only is this a major inconvenience, but it can create emergencies if there are medical appliances in your home or if it disrupts your ability to prepare food properly or have necessary communications.
Beyond this, a sudden power outage is a cause for concern on its own. There are several reasons that this could have happened. To be safe and avoid the risk of fire, damage and injury, you should call an emergency electrician right away for help. They are specially trained to diagnose and fix these kinds of problems. A licensed technician from Mullin Electric can have your electricity restored quickly and safely.
When Should You Call a Professional Electrician?
You should never put off electrical repairs. If you hear noises, like crackling or humming coming from one of your appliances or outlets, or even worse your breaker box, ignoring it could put your home and you at serious risk. If you are unsure if you should call an electrician, because electricity is such a serious matter, you should err on the side of caution and go ahead and schedule an appointment.