Have you ever had an electrical problem at your home and wondered how to fix it? Take a look around the room. You have lights, outlets, switches, dimmers – all of which are part of your house’s wiring system. With over 30 miles worth of copper wire in just one average-size house, there can be hundreds (maybe even thousands) more wires hidden behind plaster or drywall that need to stay connected for electricity flow – from both inside and outside sources.
How can you test with a multimeter if your house wiring is faulty or not?
Make sure to proceed with caution when checking your home wiring. Should you not have experience in this area, make sure to get the assistance of a professional because mains electricity is powerful (230v), and if you don’t know what you are doing, it could be putting yourself at risk- 230 volts can kill! To test the wiring in your house, set up your multimeter on AC voltage for a two-hundred-volt setting. Plug one probe into each end of the meter so that they go through both holes from one socket before testing them out by plugging them back into their appropriate sockets afterward.
The first step to ensure that your electricity is working properly is checking the voltage. From any outlet in your home, you will be able to get a reading of what the voltage is. Switch its power on and wait for about 5 seconds before getting an indication of 230 volts or higher – if you do not get a reading, then call an electrician right away.
Here are some signs that your home residential electrical system has malfunctioned:
1. Hot outlets
You can tell a lot about an outlet just by looking at it. If you notice heat coming from the outlet, stop using any electrical appliances plugged into that socket and get to work troubleshooting the issue before reconnecting anything. It doesn’t matter what type of switch is used for this particular area, as long as there’s no excess heating coming from them – even dimmer switches should never be so hot they’re uncomfortable to touch. That said, always check your wattage preferences on these devices beforehand (if possible).
2. Burning odor
As a homeowner, you’ve probably dealt with the smell of something burning in your home. When wiring is heating up enough to melt its plastic sheathing, imminent fire risk exists, and immediate action needs to be taken. Try identifying the source by looking at one fixture or breaker box first; if not successful, immediately try Google for troubleshooting guides like those found on Familyhandyman.com (a popular DIY website). If still unsuccessful, contact professional help ASAP before things get worse.
3. Flickering lights
Ghostly visitors in your house? No need to go on a full-scale ghost hunt. Loose electrical connections are more likely the culprit than spectral activity, and it is usually an easy fix with one or two light fixtures affected by flickering lights. Suppose there’s electricity flaring from multiple lamps or rooms throughout your home. In that case, you should contact a licensed electrician for help troubleshooting at this point because they will have experience dealing with more significant problems like these that might require replacing parts of the circuit breaker box outside of your property line.
4. Inappropriately grounded Gas lines
The CSST or “flex line” is a popular choice to supply gas throughout your home. But it’s vital that you properly ground the flex line to avoid disastrous blowouts, and this photo shows an improperly grounded CSST line. As explained in this story, there can be potentially catastrophic outcomes if electrical surges hit your property. They could rupture the corrugated tubing leading to a potential leak of natural gas into people’s homes or, even worse: an explosion. It’s also worth noting that grounding protects against lightning strikes on any sheathing-like materials such as water lines, defeating its purpose for protection.
When you hire a professional from Quick Spark to install your electrical system, they not only make sure it is up-to-code and safe, but also help protect the value of your home. Professionals from Quick Spark will be able to identify any non-compliant wiring in time for you to sell or rent out the property with peace of mind knowing that anyone who checks on electric safety at this point would have no problem seeing everything was done correctly by an experienced pro.