How To Diagnose a Wiring Problem

Our Team of Electricians Can Help!

When it comes to electrical problems, there can be many factors playing a role. From a light bulb burning out to the circuit breaker tripping, there could be a number of different reasons why something isn’t working properly. Our team at Remedy Electric offers electrical troubleshooting services to help you when you need it most. While some issues may be as simple as a burnt out light bulb, others may be wiring problems. Here are a few ways to determine if your electrical issue is a wiring problem.

Light switch with different switches

Check The Switch and Plug

This may seem obvious, but before assuming that your electrical wiring needs to be looked at, be sure to check the switch and plug. Check that both the wall switch and the switch on whatever electrical device you are trying to use are turned on. Be sure to also check that the plug is firmly plugged into the wall. You may want to try plugging the device into a different outlet to ensure that it isn’t an issue with a specific outlet in your home.

Person changing a light bulb in a hanging light.

Check The Light Bulb

If you are trying to turn on a light and it isn’t working, also be sure to check that the bulb isn’t burnt out. Swap out the bulb for a new one or one that you know is working to test it out. If the bulb still doesn’t work, then you know that you have a different issue.

Circuit breaker in the glow of a flashlight.

Check The Circuit Breaker

The next step would be to check the circuit breaker. If the breaker tripped, it could cut power to a portion of your home. Make sure that all of the breakers are in the “on” position. If any are in the “off” position or between the “on” and “off,” it means that your breaker has been tripped. If the breaker is positioned in the middle, move it to the “off” position before returning it to the on. If it is positioned in the “off” position, flip it on, then off, and then on again. This should provide a full reset. If your electrical device is still not working, you may have a bigger issue.

Outlet with GFCI protection.

Check The GFCI

The GFCI, or ground fault circuit interrupter, is a specialized outlet with a breaker built into it. This device is usually found in outlets in the bathroom, kitchen, and anywhere else where electricity is used near water. They are designed to prevent shock in the event of an electrical device coming in contact with water. If you are trying to get a device to work that is plugged into a GFCI, be sure to make sure it did not trip and needs to be reset.
If you have performed all of these tests and still are having an electrical problem, it may be a wiring issue. Our team at Remedy Electric in Cedar Park can provide you with electrical troubleshooting services. We can help diagnose the problem and provide you with reliable repairs. Get in touch with our team to learn more.

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