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5 Preventable Electrical Issues

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Electrical issues will happen in a home, it’s as simple as that. Fortunately, once these issues are determined it is easy to fix the problems to ensure that they stop happening. Let Rose Brothers and Sons of Walton, Kentucky show you five common and preventable electrical issues that can easily be resolved.

Tripped Breaker

Probably one of the most annoying and frequently occurring electrical problems in a home is the tripping of breakers. Breakers are tripped by too much wattage being exerted from outlets, like a hair dryer being used in two rooms, a space heater on an extension cord, or appliances being overloaded in the kitchen. While tripped breakers are not a huge issue and can be easily fixed with the flip of a breaker switch, sometimes the problem is persistent or can cause the breaker to not reset when flipped. If this is the case, a separate breaker may be needed for these specific outlets that are frequently used with high-wattage appliances.

Light Bulbs Burning Out

If you notice that you are having to change the lightbulbs in your home far too frequently, it probably isn’t a problem with the brand of lightbulb that you purchased. While this can be caused by a range of problems, usually there will be a loose circuit or socket that will lead to this. To avoid spending large amounts of money on lightbulbs, fix the issue in the circuit or socket.

Dead Outlet

Dead outlets are, unfortunately, quite common in the home. This may result from a tripped breaker or it could be from a larger connection issue but, whatever the case, it is obnoxious. If resetting your breaker doesn’t work, an expert will need to be called to determine the cause of the malfunction. Once they have assessed the situation and repaired the damage they can also assure that the connection is stable and that the outlet is not overheating, which would cause a dead outlet.

Warm Switches and Fixtures

Have you noticed your appliances or outlets feeling warm to the touch after use? If so, there could be a wiring issue. If you have dimming switches in your home, this is completely normal. But, if you do not have this feature in your home and your outlets are still running warm, it is important that you determine the cause of the issues quickly to prevent a potential electrical fire or damage to your electrical lines.

Flickering Lights

Thankfully, flickering lights are caused by poor wiring connections in your wall and not from something more unsettling, like ghosts. If you notice a single flickering light, a single connection may be weak. If you become aware of flickering lights throughout your entire home, there is an issue with the main wiring. If you notice some lights getting brighter while others look dim, the main neutral connection in your home may need to be evaluated. While flickering and uneven lighting may not be an issue that effects your day to day tasks, this is a sign of a bigger problem that needs to be addressed.

Whatever your lighting issues may be, if you need a professional to fix the issue, Rose Brothers & Sons of Northern Kentucky is here to help. Serving Florence Kentucky, Ft. Mitchell Kentucky, Villa Hills Kentucky, Union Kentucky, Ft. Wright, Hebron Kentucky, Burlington, Covington Kentucky, Erlanger, Independence KY, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glenco, and Williamstown, you can trust that Rose Brothers & Sons will help with all your electrical problems. As an Angie’s List member with an A+ rating from the BBB, we can guarantee that our services will meet your needs. Contact Rose Brothers & Sons today with any questions.

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How to Tell if Your Water Heater is Going Bad

When your water heater starts acting up and the problems don’t seem to go away, it could be time to find a replacement. If you are concerned that your water heater is on the fritz, Rose Brothers & Sons, your trusted electrician in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas, wants you to know a few warning signs that will help you determine if your water heater is going bad.

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Age

If your hot water heater is old, it may very well be going bad. If you are unaware of how old your water heater is, it’s simple to find out. Look for the serial number towards the top of your water heater. Your serial number will contain the manufacturing date of the heater in what may look like a strange code of numbers and letters. However, this code actually contains some valuable information about your water heater. The first letter in the number correlates to the month the heater was manufactured (A=January, B=February, C=March, etc.). The next two numbers in the sequence are the last two digits of the year the heater was made. Any hot water heater that is between ten and fifteen years old could need to be replaced.

Discolored Water

If you turn on your hot water one day and the water is tinged brown or orange, it may be a sign that your water heater needs to be replaced. This discoloration is either a sign of rust in your water heater or increased sediment in the water tank, both of which are bad news. To get a closer look at the water in your water heater, attach a hose to the drainage bib on the tank, turn the unit off, and then drain the water to examine the contents.

Strange Noises

Pay attention to the noise your water heater makes if you are concerned about it going bad. While water heaters naturally make some sounds, loud cracks, pops, and rumbling are not common and usually mean that the heating mechanisms are causing mineral deposit within your tank. The mineral deposit will harden at the bottom of your tank which will lead to less efficiency, which costs you money, and more damage, which can lead to cracks and holes in the tank.

Water Accumulation

If you see water leaking from or accumulating around your water tank, get rid of your water heater immediately, it has gone bad. Before removing the water tank, disconnect all electricity to the water heater or turn off the gas that runs to it. Let the heater cool down and then drain the water from the tank before you remove it.

If you are worried that your hot water heater may have reached or is close to reaching the end of its days or if you see any warning signs that are listed above, contact the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. for immediate hot water heater repair and replacement. As an Angie’s List member with an A+ rating from the BBB, we can guarantee that our services will meet your needs. Contact Rose Brothers & Sons today with any questions and let our team help you with all your water heater troubles.

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