Most Common Electrical Problems And Their Solutions


It’s easy to blame someone else for any problem that we are facing. For instance, when we face any power cuts, or any other such electrical issues, we easily blame it on the power system of our country, without even looking at whether the problem is from our end or not. It could be possible that the wiring inside your home is of low quality, is outdated, or isn’t efficient in supplying electricity to your appliances. It could be that the circuit fitted isn’t designed to power different types of electronic equipment of today.

There could be a variety of such reasons that may be bringing forward the electrical issues you’re facing. This is why we would suggest you to always buy electrical items online in Bangalore from brands and suppliers that offer only the best and most up-to-date products to be installed in your home or office. One such place is Mathaji Hardware, where you get only branded products from leading names like Crompton, Polycab, Finolex, Anchor Roma, Philips, Wipro, Racold, IndoAsian, and Legrand. And, while you do so, we would also like to bring to your notice, through this blog, some of the most common electrical problems you may face around the year, and the possible reasons behind them, which will also help you know how to resolve the issues.

Problem 1 – Electrical surges

Electrical surges are the most common electrical problems you may encounter, with the possible reason behind this being poor wiring in the house, damaged power lines, faulty appliances, or lightning strikes. Rare surges can be ignored, but frequent surges cannot be overlooked, because even though these surges last for only a microsecond, but they may damage your appliances severely, while degrading their life expectancy.

Solution – Check the device that connects to the home grid or the wiring, and try disconnecting the poor quality powerboards or devices from the outlet. After doing this, if the surges are still on, you’ll need to call an electrician.

Problem 2 – Overload

This is another very basic problem that many households face. When your light or other fitting has a higher watt than can be handled, it can cause overload, which can be very risky. The high watts can melt the socket and insulation present in the wires, which can result in sparks or even electrical fire!

Solution – Never use a light or fitting that exceeds the wattage that can be handled. Check for the wattage marked on the fixture to know the level that you can use. If you can’t find the mark, you must stick to the standard 60 watt light or lower.

Problem 3 – Failed switch

Light switches not working are another common issue, which could be because of sub-standard products or bad workmanship. Another reason could be faulty wiring, circuit, or outlet.

Solution – It is best to call an electrician to solve the issue, rather than trying to resolve it on your own.

Problem 4 – Flickering light

This is not only a common, but also a very annoying electrical problem that we may face. It may seem to be a normal issue because we have faced it so many times, or have seen people facing it at home or office frequently. But, it may not be as simple or easy as you may think it to be. Do you know that a flickering light can be so risky so as to cause a fire!? Yes, it’s true.

Solution – You may try fixing the issue yourself by turning the light up and down until it starts working properly. Many Indian households do that. But, this isn’t the right solution. The light will only work for another few hours, until it starts flickering again. To get a safe and permanent solution, call on an electrician.

Problem 5 – Circuit trips

Experiencing trips is very common when you turn on multiple appliances together. For example, you already have an airconditioner running, and you switch on another one; and you experience a trip. Or, at times, even using a regular appliance like a microwave, geyser, or hair dryer may cause a trip.

Solution – Check what is causing the trip, and try using a low setting. If you can’t find or resolve the issue, call an electrician.

Problem 6 – Electric shock

How many times have you faced an electric shock? It can certainly be terrifying, and risky too. The issue could be either with the wiring or the appliance. So, you must first identify what it is, only then can you find a trusted solution.

Solution – Test the appliance in another socket, or the socket with another device. This will help you know whether the fault lies in the wiring or appliance. If it is with the appliance, take the appliance to have it repaired at a repairing store. And, if the problem is with the wiring, call an electrician.

These are only some of the most common electrical problems seen. There are so many more which you’ll definitely want to avoid. And, to do so, we repeat, you need to buy only the best quality products, and ensure that your circuitry is always in good condition by calling on a local electrician.