Old electrical systems in your Bradenton home may not always be able to power modern gadgets. When it comes to home appliances, our company considers your safety a top priority. Protect yourself and your belongings by paying attention to these seven signs of a wire malfunction. 1. Overloaded Extension Cords Too many extension cords often are a precursor to electrical problems. Well-designed homes usually retain electrical lines in walls and ceilings. The lines are better protected when covered, and having several extension cords makes it easy to overload your circuits. Upon disruption or change, especially by unqualified parties, the potential for problems is high. Extending the wire exposes the lines to additional points where the wires can be bent, short, or pinched. This results in tripped circuit breakers, damaged outlets, or even a fire. Contact a professional any time this happens. 2. Faulty Wire Blackout Blackout or flickering is another vital sign. Usually, lighting does not consume much electricity, which means that the cause may not be the lighting device itself. If this happens, ask an expert to check if other appliances, such as washing machines or microwave ovens connected to the same circuit, are the cause. This problem can shorten your home’s electrical circuit. Our experts often recommend moving some appliances to another circuit in the event of frequent flashing. 3. A funny smell If you get an unfamiliar smell every time you connect a device, be careful. New tools smell paint or parts that are in contact with electricity. If the gadget is older, something is wrong. This is especially true if there is an odor such as burning, melting, or smoke. If this occurs, unplug any household appliances, then contact us to schedule a visit for one of our electricians. 4. Ignition of defective wires We take it very seriously when a call about a spark comes from the breaker board, fuse box or outlet. Contact an expert immediately if you see this. This may cause a malfunction or a fire. A certified electrician will provide you with more details about whether the problem is with the appliance or the electrical system. Devices sometimes encounter problems that arise from power outlets. If the system is not running silently, do not ignore it. Turn off the power, and find a reputable company or electrician to check. 5. Fault Bending Another sign of a wire malfunction comes from bending faults. These faults are major causes of electrical fires. They occur when electrical wires or terminals are loose, corroded, or damaged, and electricity travels through a gap from one side to the other. This gives the electricity another path from its intended path and is a common fire hazard. Fortunately, arc faults can be prevented by installing an arc cracking circuit breaker (AFCI). If you live in Bradenton, Florida, and homes that have had electrical charges for 40 years or more, AFCI installation is highly recommended. 6. Fake Electrical Gadgets It is a good idea to get night lights, power clips, or extension cords for a fraction of the retail price. However, striking a deal could leave you with counterfeits that do not meet industry standards. The reliable company guarantees that the product is Underwriters Laboratory (UL) approved. 7. Lack of insulation If you feel an unfamiliar warmth from the wall, switches, or outlets, the wires may not have sufficient insulation. Also, make sure your bulb is within the recommended wattage range. Excessive heat poses a fire risk. Also, if you see any rodent droppings near the wires, it could be a sign of imminent electrical damage. Sometimes these little animals chew the wires and leave them exposed. Watching for signs of faulty wiring problems can help you prevent dangers associated with electricity. Call Aqua Plumbing & Air Manatee, FL if you notice any of the signs above. We are known for the professionalism, experience and timely management of electrical problems. Contact Aqua Plumbing and Air for services ranging from inspection to complete home wiring.