Residential Electrical Issues: How to Decide When to Call Smith Electric

No matter how handy you may be, there comes a point in any home, whether it be a remodel or expansion, where you should call in a professional. This is even truer in regard to safety-critical systems, such as the electrical system. You should not gamble with the safety of those who reside in the home, or future renters/owners, so contact Smith Electric and Associates if you experience any of the issues below.

Damaged Wires

If you can tell the wiring of your home is visibly aged or damaged, it is time for you to call Smith Electric and Associates! We can bring things up to code before it gets worse.

Buzzing, Sparking, Flickering, or Hot Outlets

If you experience buzzing, sparking, or flickering in your lights, outlets, or wiring, you will need professional help as soon as possible. All of these issues are signs of damage to the electrical system, if this goes unchecked it could cause a fire or electrocute someone. This warning also applies to switch plates that are hot to the touch.

Burning Smell

If you smell burning plastic following turning on your lights or after you plug something into an outlet, you need to contact Smith Electric immediately. This could be an indicator of highly damaged wires in the wall. If you are able to, turn the power off in the area where the smell is at and monitor for a fire.

Tripping Circuit Breakers

If your circuit breakers are tripping on and off frequently when you are using lights or other household appliances, this can be a sign that your electrical system isn’t able to handle the demands of modern appliances. When a breaker trips, it is a safety mechanism that occurs to prevent overheating of wires that could lead to a house fire.

If any of the above is occurring in your home, you are experiencing a safety issue. It is critical to contact a professional inspector to evaluate your home and electrical system. Always put the safety of those who live in the home first, whether it be your family or renters.

If you are still not sure whether you need an electrician or not, then contact us at Smith Electric & Associates! Smith Electric & Associates is in Mobile, Alabama. We are licensed to operate in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Georgia and have been proudly serving the Gulf Coast since 1992. Call us for 24-hour emergency service at 251-471-4723! Visit us online at and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!