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Lights Flickering in the House

What to Do When Your Lights Keep Flickering

When you’re trying to relax at home or get ready for the day, lights flickering are probably the last thing you want to deal with. The causes can range from small to major, either way, it’s something that you’ll want to fix. Learn how to know when it’s a DIY job and when it’s something you should leave for a professional electrician.

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Reasons for Lights Flickering In Your House

What Causes House Lights to Flicker?

There are a lot of potential causes for flickering lights, which means you’ll have to troubleshoot the problem a little to find the cause. Here are common reasons why your lights might be flickering.

Poor Wiring: If the wiring in your home is old and/or hasn’t been properly maintained, it could be causing your lights to flicker. A common reason why wiring may be causing your lights to flicker is if the wiring isn’t grounded properly. If the wiring in your home isn’t properly grounded, it can cause excessive current flow in the wiring to occur, which can cause flickering lights.

Wiring Issues: Aside from wiring issues caused by poor wiring, wiring issues that are inherent to the wiring in your home can also cause flickering lights. Electrical wiring issues most commonly occur with age, but they can also happen as a result of high usage.

Light Fixture Issues: Your light fixtures may be causing your lights to flicker, especially if you have an older home. Light fixtures that are older can sometimes cause flickering lights due to the wiring inside them being worn out due to use.

When the Lightbulb isn’t the Problem, Check the Wiring

If replacing the light bulb doesn’t correct the problem, you may want to replace the wiring inside the light fixture. If it’s an antique, then it may be worth taking the time to have the wiring replaced.

Have a professional electrician evaluate your home

If you’ve tried troubleshooting the problem and you’re still dealing with a light that flickers, you may want to have a professional electrician come out and take a look at your home’s wiring. Dean’s licensed electricians are experienced with troubleshooting electrical issues in the Twin Cities

Electrical issues are often easy to spot, but they can be very dangerous. Because of this, it’s best to leave electrical issues to the professionals.

A professional electrician can look at your wiring and let you know if there are any issues with it. A professional electrician can also let you know if there are things you can do to reduce the likelihood of dealing with flickering lights in the future.

Having the lights in your home flicker is a real annoyance and when you’re able to tell the difference between a minor and major problem, you can save yourself from a major disaster.

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