Flickering Lights? It May Be a Sign of Something Serious

Posted Nov 5th, 2019

Flickering Lights? It May Be a Sign of Something Serious

In the movies, when the lights begin to flicker, you know an evil spirit is about to come over from the other side or someone in the neighborhood is exorcising a demon.

Thankfully, we don’t live in the movies and flickering lights are much less ominous, but that doesn’t mean they’re not dangerous.

When lights flicker it could be something minor and annoying or a potential electrical or fire hazard. We’ll examine the various reasons why your lights flicker and when it’s time to call a professional electrician.

Power Load Could Trigger Light Flickering

There are certain appliances in your home that use a large amount of electricity. If the circuit already has a load on it, then when the appliance, such as an air conditioner, kicks on it draws power and may cause lights connected to the circuit to flicker.

It’s important to not ignore a power draw problem. As the appliances get older, they may draw more electricity and cause the circuit breaker to trigger. Over time, the draw can lead to overheating breakers and wiring and cause a house fire.

There are kits that can be installed that cause these appliances to draw less energy on startup. You can also update the circuit box to handle the higher load. In cases of a power load flicker, a licensed electrician should be hired.

When Flickering Lights Surround a Single Light

If you have a single light source flickering, then the problem is likely connected to the light and its wiring. The first thing to check would be the bulb. It could be the bulb needs tightening or replaced. If a new bulb doesn’t solve the problem, then it’s likely an issue with the wiring near the unit or between the unit and the light switch.

This is when you need to hire a professional electrician. If the problem is with the wiring, then it’s a potential electrical and fire hazard. Also, the wiring is behind the walls and ceiling, so there’s no easy way to get to it.

You don’t want to demolish half the room to find out it’s something that could have been fixed at the source.

What to Do When Multiple Lights Flicker?

When multiple lights flicker throughout your house and it’s not the cause of a power load, you have a potentially serious problem. It could be a problem with the main power box and loose service connectors. It could be old wiring that’s breaking down.

It could be copper wires mixing with aluminum wires. It could be many things and unless it’s something obvious like frayed wiring, you won’t know what it is even if you see it.

Once again, you need to call a professional electrician. They can find the problem quickly and fix it correctly. It’s important that all electrical work is done correctly as problems can lead to fire, injury or death.

Take Care of Lights Flickering Quickly

While it may not be a demon trying to raise the underworld through your house, flickering lights still need addressing. It could eventually lead to a fire in the home or someone getting electrocuted.

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