Why Do My Lights Flicker?

Posted on: February 13, 2015

Man and Woman Looking at Electrical Panel | Electrician Clearwater Sometimes you know with absolute certainty that you need electrical repairs—like when your outlets are scorched or do not work; however some reasons may be a little more subtle—like when the lights in your Largo home start to flicker. Could it just be a faulty bulb, or do you need to call an electrical service company for repairs?

If you’ve established that the bulbs are not to blame, there are a few steps you can take to start to understand why your lights are dimming.

  • First, you need to determine if the flickering is random or if it always happens at a certain time, for instance when the refrigerator or AC starts to run.
  • Next, try and figure out if it all of the lights in your Largo home are dimming, or just a specific set.
  • Finally, make sure you know how often it occurs.

This information will be very helpful for your electrical repair company in being able to find the problem and fix it quickly.

Why Does It Happen?

Depending on which lights are flickering and where, it could be happening for a number of reasons. If just a few bulbs are flickering, all in the same area, then it is likely you have a loose connection somewhere. This could be a loose wire, switch, bulb, or even the main electrical panel. These loose connections are very dangerous since they can cause electrical fires. If this is the case, call for repairs as soon as possible.

If the lights dim when a large appliance begins to run, your electrical repair company can explain to you that large fixtures like air conditioners take a lot of energy when they kick on, and they can take the energy from elsewhere in the house, like your lights. Have an electrician check that the wiring is all correct, and then have an HVAC company inspect the unit to see if they can install something that will lessen the energy required. If neither of these help, then the problem is likely in the transformer. Your Largo electrical repair company will be able to correctly diagnose and fix this issue.

Lastly, if the flickering is not connected to large appliances and is throughout the entire house, call an electrician to inspect your main panel or circuit breaker. If not repaired in a timely manner, this problem will cause conductors to burn up and can start a fire.

Midway Services

No matter your problem, Midway Services of Largo can help. Not only are we an electrical repair company, but we are a home services company as well. This means we will be able to fix any issue your home may be experiencing. Call us today for more information!


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