Flickering lights might be a fun aesthetic during the holidays, but they’re plain annoying when they aren’t flickering intentionally. There are several reasons why your lights may be flickering – from simple fixes to major electrical issues. Let’s troubleshoot your flickering lights together.
This one sounds like a no-brainer, but a reminder can only ever help you. Before searching for electrical problems, make sure the lightbulb is tightly screwed into the socket so the two are making proper contact with each other. If the flickering stops, you’ve just fixed your problem with no hassle at all!
Old Light Switches
The wall switch is the next probable cause of flickering lights, as loose wiring and outdated switches are a common problem. Many homeowners find that the cause of their lights flickering is due to using LEDs with a dimmer made for incandescent bulbs, and upgrading to a compatible switch solves the problem. Old, loose wiring behind the switch can also cause flickering, so keep an eye out for both.
When there are too many things drawing electricity from the current, a circuit becomes overloaded. This could be caused by improper wiring or an inadequate circuit breaker, and it should be addressed by a professional immediately. Overloaded circuits can cause several problems, including:
• Flickering lights (especially when appliances turn on)
• Damage to appliances
• Frequently tripped breakers
• Scorched outlets and plugs
If you suspect your flickering lights are a sign of electrical overload, contact Champion Electric for electrical services.
Wiring is Loose
Loose wiring throughout the home’s electrical system is one of the leading causes of house fires and should be taken very seriously. If your home is old or has improper wiring, it may cause the lights to flicker. If you suspect wiring issues, have an electrician check your home’s wiring. This is an especially good precaution to take for those moving into an old home.
Champion AC offers more than HVAC services. We also provide electrical services, from minor electrical repairs to electrical panel upgrades. If you suspect electrical issues in your home, contact the professionals at Champion Electric today.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.