Every home has a number of light switches and these are required to switch on and off lights, appliances and various equipment. These installations also see a considerable amount of wear and tear as they are used on a regular basis. While most good brand switches are made to last for a long time, they can deteriorate, get damaged or just stop working over a period of time.
Common Light Switch Problems
We at Quick Connect Electrical have seen that when homeowners notice there is some problem with the light switch, they don’t call in an electrician right away. This can be a big mistake, because it’s never a good idea to defer getting a light switch replacement done on time. There are a number of common light switch problems that can arise, such as:
- The switch stops working- This is something which happens with older switches and you find that the switch is stuck either in the on or off position. In this case, replacement is the only option you are left with. It’s never a good idea to try to get the mechanism to work, by forcing it, as that will only lead to problems. It’s best to call us without delay and get the switch replaced on time.
- Fuse burnout or circuit breaker problems- There are times when a light switch doesn’t work, but the root cause of the problem lies elsewhere. It’s crucial that the problem be diagnosed before you try to carry out any repairs. When you call us, our electrician will visit your property and thoroughly inspect the actual light switch and the connected wires, the circuit breakers and other connected systems, to determine what the root cause of the problem is; once they have identified it, they will go ahead and fix the underlying issue.
- Flickering lights- This typically occurs when the bulb fitting is loose and hasn’t been connected to the socket property. If the lights still flicker after you have tightened the bulb into the socket, the problem may lie with the switch. We will conduct a check and replace the light switch if that is the cause of the problem.
- Switches hot to the touch- If you find that any of the light switches in your home are hot to the touch or there is a humming, crackling or buzzing sound coming from them, it’s best to get them replaced without delay. This is called an arcing fault and if it isn’t rectified on time can cause problems such as electrocution or fire.
All light switch replacements and any other electrical work should always be handled only by a licensed and insured electrician. Quick Connect Electrical has been in this business for a number of years and knows what it takes to provide customers with cost-effective electrical services. To check if we serve your area, just enter your pin code in the box on the right of the page. See what our customers are saying about our company & services. For an emergency electrician in Sydney, any time of the day or night, call us at this number- 1300 725 894.
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