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Why Are The Lights Flickering?

It might be the ghosts of Christmas Past saying hello, but more likely, there's an issue with your electrical system!

Before you panic, do a quick inventory of the issues. Is there flickering when several large appliances are running at once? Does it seem to be tied to one room, outlet, or fixture? Is it always at the same time of day?

Homeowners tend to ignore small occasional flickers, but even those small ones can indicate a larger issue. By the time you notice consistent issues, it might be a bigger and more expensive repair.

Here are some common causes of flickering lights:

Loose or Old Connections

Dated fixtures and homes often have damaged wiring or loose connections. Double check cords, plugs, and switches first. And, make sure the bulbs and your fixtures are compatible. If that doesn't solve it, call us!

Check your Neighbors

The electricity supply is usually shared in neighborhoods. If you or a neighbor is having work done, it might pull extra power, temporarily leaving less for the rest of the homes.

Circuit Overloads

Circuit overloads typically result in flickering when a specific circuit is taxed. So, if your power flickers when the microwave and dishwasher are both running, you may be experiencing an overloaded circuit in the kitchen. A licensed electrician in Houston can easily inspect and diagnose this issue.

Voltage Fluctuations

If you know how to accurately test your voltage, try it! Typical residential voltage shouldn't exceed 125V. Too much voltage is a safety hazard.

Main Connection Issues

If there's not an obvious pattern or consistent affected item or area, immediately call us. Issues with the primary electrical connections are especially dangerous since they can involve high voltages.

The moral of the story? Flickering lights can be a sign of something serious. Don't hesitate to call your local Houston electrician to rule out - and repair - safety hazards.

Unity Services provides a broad range of Residential electrical services in Cypress to meet the needs of our client base, from small to large jobs requiring an electrical contractor. We service the Greater Houston and surrounding areas.

Unity Services has a solution, and we know how to get the job done in a timely, professional, and cost-effective manner.

Contact Unity Services at (713) 999-1890 for all your electrical needs.


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