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Why Your Lights Are Flickering


Have you noticed that some of the lights in your home are flickering when they are on? Or maybe they seem to get bright but then tend to get dimmer over time. As you can probably guess, this isn’t normal. And no, it isn’t the effect of the crazy heat simply wearing down your electrical system. (If you are having trouble with frequent circuit trips from using your AC though, we’d suggest giving us a call for some help about that too.)

Make no mistake though, flickering lights are a sign of trouble within your electrical system—it just isn’t due to the summer heat. It may be due to wires in your home that are improperly done and are arcing and melting through. Or it could be due to a different issue within your system. We’ll detail some of the causes of flickering lights so you know why it is vital for you to reach out to a professional electrician in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

3 Main Causes of Flickering Lights

There is more than one problem that might be creating problems for your home’s lighting. Here are three of the bigger issues that you should turn to an electrician for:

  • Power surges: Fluctuations in the electrical voltage that feeds your lights may cause bulbs to flare brightly and then dim again. Whether it is caused by a surge from the electrical company or from the flutuations created by a large appliance turning on and off, a surge isn’t good. These may be caused by power surges which can be addressed with the addition of a surge protector.
  • Wiring issues: Loose, old, outdated, or improperly done wiring is another large cause of flickering lights. When a wire is loose or frayed it can cause electrical arcing which can lead to flickering or even burnt-out lights. This isn’t good for your system and can be a safety issue if it isn’t addressed by a professional.
  • Electrical panel trouble: Your electrical panel is responsible for funnelling electricity to the different parts of your home. If your panel is on the older side or has suffered damaged, it may be causing trouble for your lights. Panel repairs or even an upgrade may be a great solution to solve the issue.

Why Choose a Professional Electrician?

When you need someone to help with electrical issues in your house like flickering lights, it is best to reach out to a professional electrician like ours for service. The electricians on our team are able to assess the root cause of the issue and address it using the appropriate tools, training, and expertise.

Each member of our team is trained and certified to provide top-quality electrical work while keeping your home safe and keeping your electrical system working right. You can come to us with any and all of your electrical needs.

ACI Northwest is here to help with your home comfort needs or concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us for helpful advice. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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