If you wonder why the lights blink when certain appliances turn on, you are not the only one. The good news is that you do not need to get your eyes checked. It is most likely not even your lights or appliances causing the problem. So, why do the lights dim when you turn on an appliance? It may be one of several electrical issues.
Most importantly, there could be a more serious problem lurking behind the blink that would potentially cause a fire. So, it is essential to keep reading to determine the source of the issue.
There could be any number of reasons your lights dim when you turn on an appliance. But getting to the bottom of the issue is essential. As you probably know, electrical problems can cause fires. No one wants that.
Now, (true story) if your daughter is getting ready for prom with her six closest friends in your home and the lights flicker… there is another issue altogether. She just may have gone out to dad’s extension cord drawer and gotten extension cords to make six flat irons work off one outlet. Now that’s funny.
So, Gulf Coast Appliance Repair has put together a list of reasons it may be happening. If all your appliances are in tip-top shape and working well, it may be merely electrical. Here is what we have found.
Inside your home’s electrical system, there are separate and shared circuits. If you notice the blink, try looking at the circuit breaker. Your major appliances should be on their own dedicated circuit, avoiding the problem altogether. It may even be that too many small devices are on one. That is an easy fix.
Often homeowners will update their older homes and not update behind the walls. You see, old wires, corroded wires, and loose wires cannot handle the new additional demand of a home renovation and today’s technology. You may want to have an electrician come out to check behind the scenes if you have added on or acquired an older home to love.
Did you know your home is on a shared power grid with your neighbors? When new homes join the street and demand increases, an update of the grid may be necessary. Your local power company can address that for you and your neighbors. So, if it has been happening since the two new homes were added on your street, check with the neighbors to see if the same is happening in their house, and then call the electric company.
When light bulbs are reaching their demise, the power may decrease and even flicker. That would just mean you need a new bulb. That would be an easy repair, right?
If you are at a loss as to why they are dimming when appliances go on, you may want to call out an electrician or perhaps have your appliances serviced. It is a good idea to have them maintained ever so often, and this may just be the perfect time to get a service agreement set up.
When you enroll in a service agreement with the Gulf Coast Appliance Repair’s professionals, we will have you covered. When your significant appliances are cleaned and serviced annually or bi-annually, they will run smoothly for the duration of their years. And, if there is n electrical problem behind an appliance, the technician can alter you to the issue before it gets any worse.
The takeaway is, have your appliances regularly serviced so you know they are not the issue. And when in doubt, call for help.