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Signs of Bad Electrical Wiring in Your Charlotte Home

burnt-electrical-outlet-hanging-out-of-wallBad electrical wiring in your home can lead to devastating damage to your house and family. Electrical fires can spread quickly, and if you’re not consistently checking your home for potential issues, you could be leaving your entire family at risk. Thousands of electrical fires occur in the United States every year. Even small steps can make a major impact on your home’s safety.

Let’s take a look at how you can check for bad electrical wiring in your Charlotte home and when you should contact an experienced electrician.

Signs to Look For

There are some obvious signs of bad electrical wiring that you can see in a simple walk-through inspection, and there are some signs that aren’t quite as obvious. Knowing what to look for and what these common signs may mean will empower you to make the right decision when it comes to your home’s electrical system.

Circuit Breaker Trips

One of the most common signs that you have bad electrical wiring is when your home’s circuit breakers consistently trip. While it may not be a sign of a serious problem, it can definitely indicate that your wiring was done incorrectly, which can lead to issues in the future.

Your large appliances need a dedicated circuit on your panel. If you notice that your breaker trips when you use an appliance and something else in the house that uses electricity, it may mean that your appliance is sharing a breaker incorrectly.

Sounds and Smells

If you hear any sounds coming from your appliances, outlets, or electrical panel that you haven’t heard before, it may be a sign of something serious. Crackling or buzzing sounds can indicate a bare wire that’s come into contact with another wire or other material behind the wall, which can lead to dangerous electrical fires.


When it comes to your home’s electrical system, smoke is a sign that something is seriously wrong and needs immediate attention. Smoke means that a fire has already started or is about to start. If you notice smoke coming from an outlet or an appliance, call emergency services immediately and contact the emergency electrician team at Livewire Electrical.

electrical-worker-carrying-wiresWhen to Hire a Professional

If you hear strange sounds such as buzzing or crackling, notice new smells, or see smoke coming from any part of your home’s electrical system, call the professionals at LiveWire Electrical immediately.

Never leave an electrical emergency up to chance. It’s always best to call our team, even if you’re in doubt. Contacting us to come to your home just to find out it isn’t an emergency is a much better situation than not calling us when there’s an actual emergency. If you’re ever unsure of what’s going on with your electrical system, give us a call.

If you have an electrical emergency or want more tips for inspecting your home for faulty wiring, contact the team at Livewire Electrical today.

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