Most electrical issues are too complex—or too hazardous—for home and business owners to try to fix on their own. However, that doesn’t mean that every electrical problem requires a service call. At Rawhide Electric Services, our professional electricians can assist you with troubleshooting common residential and commercial electrical problems over the phone. In many cases, we are able to help you resolve the problem without the hassle of an in-person service. Even in instances where a service call is still necessary, over-the-phone troubleshooting can allow us to get a better idea of the issue at hand and arrive prepared to make the necessary repairs.
Need electrical troubleshooting in Longview, Kelso, or throughout Southwest Washington? Call Rawhide Electric Services at (360) 382-1180 to find out how we can help!
Some electrical problems can be fixed with a few simple adjustments. Check out our troubleshooting guide for common residential and commercial electrical issues to learn more!
Problem: Your Circuit Breaker Trips Frequently
A circuit breaker that trips frequently is a sign that you’re using more electricity than the breaker can handle. Determine what caused the circuit breaker to trip. Were you using a hair dryer? Try switching it to the “low” setting. Do you have too many high-wattage devices plugged into a single circuit? Try unplugging any devices and/or appliances that are not in use.
A tripped circuit breaker is doing its job to protect your property and your valuable appliances, but a circuit breaker that trips all the time is a hassle. If your circuit breaker trips all the time, you may need to upgrade your electrical panel. Contact Rawhide Electric Services to learn more.
Problem: Your Lightbulbs Burn Out Very Quickly
Depending on the type of lightbulbs you’re using, they should last anywhere from 1,000 to 50,000 hours. Traditional incandescent bulbs will burn out much more quickly than their LED counterparts. Switching from incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs could help you solve this problem. If this doesn’t help, however, and you’re still experiencing lightbulbs that burn out very quickly, you may have a larger issue.
Some reasons your lightbulbs may be burning out too quickly:
- The wattage is too high
- The circuit or the mains have bad wiring
- The bulb is too close to insulation
- There is too much total wattage on a single dimmer switch
Problem: Your Recessed Lighting Keeps Going Out, Then Coming Back On
Troubleshooting your recessed lighting is easier than you may think. If your recessed or overhead lighting frequently goes out and then comes back on, you most likely are using bulbs with too high wattage. It’s also possible that the insulation in your ceiling is too close to the lights. Recessed lighting typically has a safety feature that automatically cuts power when bulbs get too hot. Check the wattage on the bulbs or place your hand near (not on) the bulbs to see if they are too hot. Switching to a lower wattage bulb could fix this issue.
Problem: Your Electric Bill Has Increased
Unexplained increases in your electric bill can be attributed to a wide range of issues, some easier to fix than others.
Some causes for unusual electric bill increases include:
- Devices and appliances causing undetected power surges
- Electrical devices that are always plugged in, even when not in use
- Damaged circuits and/or wiring
- Lights and electronics that are constantly left on
Some steps you can take include unplugging all electronics, devices, and appliances when they are not being used; having damaged circuits and wiring repaired by a professional electrician; determining which, if any, of your devices are causing power surges; turning off lights and shutting down electronics when not in use; and switching to a different provider who is more cost-effective.
For more help with electrical troubleshooting in Longview or the surrounding areas, get in touch with our knowledgeable and experienced team. We can help you determine the source of the problem and will promptly get to work addressing the issue.
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