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Electrical troubleshooting: common electrical problems

1 November 2016

From time to time, we all experience common electrical problems around the house. These pesky problems seem to appear without warning and it doesn’t seem to matter how well we prepare around the house; it’s just inevitable.

Having a basic knowledge of how electricity works in and around your home will help when it comes to electrical troubleshooting.

At GKT, we want to help every local household understand electricity a little better, so that common electrical problems don’t cause a headache when there are more important things to worry about.

Here are our tips for common electrical troubleshooting. So jot down some notes, email this article to a friend, share it on Facebook, stick it to the fridge – whatever will help your household remember out tips for troubleshooting common electrical problems:


Blinking or flickering lights throughout your home

Unless you are particularly fond of the strobe effect in your living room, blinking lights are annoying. The following guide will help to determine where you should start to get things fixed.

  • If the flickering is occurring in just one isolated fixture, it’s probably a problem with the bulb itself, or the connection to the light fixture. Turn the light switch off at the wall and inspect the connection or replace if necessary.
  • If blinking lights are happening throughout the entire house, there is most likely a poor connection associated with the electrical service to your home. If this occurs, contact an electrician to ensure there are no immediate hazards.
  • If your neighbours are experiencing the same issues in their home over the same period, then you can probably assume that the issue is with the energy supply company powering your area. Usually technicians will have to determine the issue at the supply end to restore a steady power supply.


A powerpoint has stopped working

First off, test the rest of the powerpoints in your home using a portable appliance or a mobile phone charger to make sure you have identified all the powerpoints that aren’t working, and mark the non-responsive ones with some electrical tape.

Also, before you get too concerned, test the actual appliance that stopped working in another outlet. You don’t want to be blaming the powerpoint when it’s actually the appliance that requires attention!

Check the circuit breaker to see if the non-responsive power points have been tripped or overloaded. Fixing this is as simple as a flick of switch. If this doesn’t do the trick, it’s likely you will need a professional electrician to check for connection faults.


An electrical fuse has blown

This is a very common problem in households everywhere and is usually a simple fix. Usually a power surge or faulty wiring are the reason for a blown fuse.

You can follow these simple steps to replace a blown fuse, but remember if you are unsure about anything or don’t feel comfortable replacing fuses yourself, contact a qualified electrician.

  • If appliances in a certain area of your home are no longer on, turn off all power points and unplug them.
  • Locate your fuse box and turn the master switch to “Off” (usually a blown fuse will automatically trip the circuit to off).
  • Inspect the individual fuses for damage, such as melted or corroded wire.
  • To ensure you replace the fuse correctly, take the blown fuse with you when purchasing a replacement.
  • You may also be able to re-wire the damaged fuse . Talk to your local hardware store assistant to make sure the replacement wire amperage is suitable before doing this

As all of our homes rely on large amounts of electricity to power our daily lives, it’s inevitable that you will face one or more of the common electrical problems in the home, so now you can be prepared and informed next time something happens.


If you would like to speak to the GKT team about any electrical problems in Newcastle or the Hunter, call us on 1300 766 324.


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