Let a Los Angeles electrician fix flickering lights

Let a Los Angeles electrician fix flickering lights

Flickering lights have the potential to cause serious damage and potential injury if not properly addressed. Until the problem can be addressed by a Los Angeles electrician, keep a log of what lights flicker and take note of anything that happens immediately before or after the flickering, such as other appliances being turned on or off.

When the lights in Theodore Gluck’s house began to flicker, he called the experts at highly rated Fairway Electric in Agoura Hills, Calif., who informed him the breaker on his panel box was “obsolete.”

“Although the installation was a bit challenging given the age of some components, [Fairway] won the battle and did an expert job,” he says.

If lights are flickering in your house, it could mean your system:

Needs more energy: It could be that the distribution grid or transformer is just not able to keep up with demand. The fastest way to see if this problem may exist is to talk with your neighbors and see if they are experiencing flickering lights and inconsistent supply. If the situation is affecting more than one household, then the utility company should be contacted to look into the problem on their end.

Has loose connections. Electricity needs a tight and steady connection to keep the energy moving safely and in the proper direction. If the flickering is only happening in your house, you want to call a Los Angeles electrician. A professional can check the main breaker to determine if the problem is loose connections. This situation should be addressed immediately to prevent the entire panel from falling out with catastrophic results.

Has a compromised neutral connection. If the problem is actually that some lights dim while other lights grow brighter, it could be a compromised neutral connection somewhere between your main panel and the transformer. This is a serious problem with the potential to damage appliances or electronics and even start a fire. If this is occurring you should contact the utility company immediately.

Is taking issue with the number of lights. How many lights are flickering is an important aspect of this problem. If one light flickers, the problem is usually with the bulb or the wires in that particular light. If lights throughout the house are flickering, the problem is more serious. Another potential cause is arcing. If wire connections are not actually touching, but are close, then the power can jump from one line to another. The problem with arcing is that it definitely has the potential to start a fire.

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