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Common Light Switch Problems and Fixes

Light switches are an everyday essential that we often take for granted, until they start malfunctioning, that is. Common light switch problems include a tripped circuit breaker, flickering lights, a dimmer switch that stopped working, a dimmer switch that is hot or buzzing, and a light switch that is warm to the touch. These issues can be frustrating, but they don’t have to be a permanent inconvenience. By taking the time to identify the root of the problem and hiring a licensed electrician when necessary, you can restore your light switches back to proper working order in no time. Don’t let faulty switches put a damper on your day – get them fixed up fast!

Tripped circuit breakers

A circuit breaker is designed to protect your home from electrical fires. It does this by tripping, or shutting off, when it senses an overload of electricity. This can happen if there is a short circuit or if too many appliances are drawing power from the same circuit. When a circuit breaker trips, it interrupts the flow of electricity to any devices that are plugged into that circuit. As a result, a light switch will not work if the circuit breaker has been tripped. The best way to fix this problem is to locate the main electrical panel and reset the breaker. Once the breaker has been reset, the flow of electricity will be restored and the light switch should start working again. If the problem persists, you may need to give us a call.

Flickering Lights

Flickering lights is actually a pretty common issue, and there are a few possible explanations. First, it could be a loose bulb that needs to be tightened. If the bulb itself is not loose, then it could be the switch itself that became loose. Over time, the repeated motion of flipping the switch can cause it to work its way out of the electrical box. This usually happens with older switches that have not been properly maintained. Second, the connections between the switch and the wiring may be loose. This can be caused by a number of factors, including corrosion, bad wire nuts, or simply loose screws. The third cause, may be with the wiring itself. If the wires are frayed or damaged, they may not make a good connection, causing the lights to flicker. Thankfully, all of these problems are relatively easy to fix, however we do recommend calling in one of our electricians that way they can properly assess the issue and safely resolve it for you.

Dimmer switch stopped working

Many homeowners experience issues with their light dimmers from time to time. A common problem is that the dimmer does not seem to be working properly, either because it is not dimming the lights at all or because it is not smoothly adjusting the light level. There are a few possible causes for this issue. First, make sure that the light bulbs being used are compatible with the dimmer switch. Some bulbs, such as LED bulbs, are not compatible with all types of dimmers. Second, check to see if the dimmer switch is installed correctly and that there is nothing blocking the connection between the switch and the light fixture. Finally, if the problem persists and you have verified that the switch and bulbs are compatible, it may be necessary to replace the dimmer switch. 

Dimmer switch is hot or buzzing

Dimmer switches work by reducing the amount of electricity that flows to a light bulb. This reduced flow of electricity causes the light bulb to produce less light. If your dimmer switch is hot to the touch or buzzing, first make sure that the dimmer switch is rated for the type of bulbs you are using. If not, replace the bulbs with ones that are compatible with the dimmer switch. However, dimmer switches can sometimes become hot or start buzzing. This is usually due to the switch handling more of an electrical load than it was designed for. Verify that the switch is not being over worked by the circuit and bulb. However, if the problem persists, it is best to consult one of our electricians. Hot or buzzing dimmer switches are not only annoying, but they can also be dangerous. By taking some simple steps, you can help to ensure that your home is safe and free from electrical problems.

Light Switch Is Warm To The touch

Have you ever noticed that your light switch is warm to the touch? This might not seem like a major issue, but it could be a sign of a serious problem. Warm light switches generally indicate that there is a problem with the wiring behind the switch, which can lead to electrical fires and other hazards. That’s why it’s important to hire our team of expert electricians to inspect and fix any electrical issues you may have in your home. 

Light switch is warm to the touch

Why a Functioning Light Switch Is Important

The importance of a functioning light switch cannot be underestimated. It is one of the most basic components of any electrical system. However, if a light switch is not working properly, it can pose a serious safety hazard. A loose or damaged switch can cause sparks, which can in turn lead to fires. In addition, a malfunctioning switch can cause an electrical shock. Even if the shock is not powerful enough to seriously injure someone, it can still cause pain and discomfort. As a result, it is important to regularly check light switches for any signs of damage or wear and tear. If a problem is found, it should be fixed immediately by a qualified electrician. By taking these simple precautions, we can help to ensure that our homes are safe from the dangers of faulty electrical equipment.

Are You Experiencing Any Of These Issues In Your Home or Business?

Quality Electrical Repairs Throughout The Greater Philadelphia Area

If you’re having trouble with your light switches, it’s time to call in the professionals. McClain Bros is your trusted electrician in the area, and we’re here to help. We’ll come to your home or business and inspect your light switches to determine the cause of the problem. We’ll then provide a solution that will get your switches working properly again in no time. Don’t try to fix the problem yourself, let McClain Bros. take care of it for you. We’re here to help, so give us a call today or fill out the form below.

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