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3 Residential Electrical Emergencies to Address Right Now
November 2, 2022 at 3:30 PM
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No matter how cautious you are, emergency electrical services will be part of your homeowning experience eventually. Unfortunately, minor issues like buzzing sounds and flickering lights can lead to fires, short circuits, and other hazards. Worse yet, many people overlook these issues or put off repairs until the problems become unmanageable and extremely expensive.

If you’re experiencing these or other home electrical problems, the best idea is to contact a reliable service provider like Cogburn Electric.

But even though many electrical issues are inevitable, today we’ll discuss three of the most common ones. That way, you’ll be prepared and know what to look for so you can stay up and running!

Faulty Lighting
Lighting is one of the most basic elements of a safe, comfortable home, but it’s also one of the most overlooked. Whether flickering, dim, or buzzing, defective lighting is more than an annoyance—it’s a legitimate health concern.

Though often simple fixes, bad lighting can lead to various health problems. Common issues include eye strain, muscle soreness, fatigue, headaches, and migraines. More serious mishaps include falls and slips while handling heavy and dangerous items around the house.

Improper lighting has even been linked to depression in some people.

Don’t worry, though! At Cogburn, we can address your internal lighting concerns so you can enjoy your home as much as possible.

Tripping Circuit Breakers
Stored in your home’s electrical panel, circuit breakers are switches that protect electrical circuits from damage caused by electrical overload or short circuits. Their core job is stopping electrical flow after the system detects faults.

Most circuit breakers need substantial repairs or even replacement after roughly 15-20 years. At this point, a few common red flags can signal trouble:

  • Circuit breaker doesn’t trip with excessive energy flow; fails to trip when excessive electricity flows through it.
  • Frequent tripping; this could mean an internal malfunction or loose connections.
  • Home appliances or switches spark or smell like smoke; this includes blinking lights.

It’s important to note that these issues can easily result in electrocution or fires. They require immediate attention from a qualified repair person.

Reliable Generators
If you’ve spent any amount of time in Ohio, you know how unpredictable the weather can be. Whether snow storms or heat waves, Mother Nature can quickly turn an enjoyable day into a hassle for your home’s electrical system.

To put it into perspective, severe weather limited or interrupted power for over 200,000 people in Ohio In July and August 2021 alone.

Sadly, a reliable home generator could have easily helped in these situations. What’s more is that power outages don’t just entail uncomfortable indoor temperature changes. They can interrupt access to essential medical equipment and other appliances.

There’s no better way to protect your peace of mind during bad weather than a reliable home generator. The good news is that we install the latest generators so you can stay comfortable when storms come!

Get in Touch
We’ve served the Marion and Delaware, OH communities with compassion, integrity, and professionalism for nearly 50 years. Since 1975, we’ve gone the extra mile for our clients and strived for the best environment for both our customers and team members.

We tackle the emergency electrical services above and more. Some of our other residential services include efficiency upgrades, LED upgrades and retrofits, lighting controls and automation, IR thermography, and smart home accessories. We also upgrade and service panels made by Zinsco, Pushmatic, and Federal Pacific Electric.

So, are you ready to stay safe and out of the dark? With exceptional knowledge and 24-hour service, we’re here to help. Call 740-223-8052 and get started today!