7 Silent Signs Your House Has a Major Electrical Problem

Hot Outlets

Electrical appliances may generate heat, but if the outlet itself gets hot, unplug cords immediately and troubleshoot the issue before use.

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Flickering Lights

Flickering lights may indicate a loose electrical connection. Fixing a single light fixture is usually straightforward, but multiple lights or whole-house flickering may require professional help.

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Aluminum Wiring

Wiring from the late '60s and early '70s that used aluminum instead of copper can pose fire risks due to rapid oxidation.

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Burning Smell

The smell of burning indicates a severe risk of fire. Identify and resolve the source of the issue, either at a fixture or the breaker box. Seek professional help if needed.

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Improperly Grounded Gas Lines

Ensure that corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) supplying gas is properly grounded to prevent potential gas leaks or explosions in the event of an electrical surge.

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Ungrounded Shocks

Experiencing shocks when touching metal objects connected to your home's mechanical system suggests improper grounding of the electrical system. Address this issue to avoid electrical shocks.

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Loose Outlets

If the insides of an outlet move around when plugging in a cord, address it promptly. A loose outlet can lead to shorts, sparks, and fire hazards, but it's a relatively easy fix.

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