How Can I Detect Electrical Problems, And How Much Will They Cost Me?

Have you noticed electrical problems in your home, such as lighting fixtures that cause bulbs to blow soon after installing them or random light flickering on and off? It may be from a problem with your home's electrical wiring that will need to be professionally repaired. Here is how to identify potential problems and what you can expect to pay to have them fixed by an electrical contractor.

Detecting Wiring Problems

A common issue that you may run into when turning on your light fixtures is hearing a popping noise. This popping noise could mean that your lighting fixture is on its last legs and needs to be replaced. Or, there could be a problem with the wiring going to the fixture. An easy test is to swap out the fixture with a new one and see if the problem still happens. If so, the problem is with your wiring. 

You may have issues with lights flickering throughout your home in various rooms, which would also indicate a wiring issue. A single bulb flickering is not much to worry about because it is probably the light bulb that needs to be replaced. Simultaneous flickering is also normal when a compressor kicks on for a refrigerator, air conditioner condenser, or freezer.

Other problems to look out for include covers on electrical outlets that have become discolored, a burning smell that emanates from your electrical outlets, outlets that are producing too high or low of voltage, and outlets that are constantly tripping your circuit breaker.

These kinds of problems will require an electrician to do some testing and repair work.

What It Will Cost To Repair

If your home needs to be completely rewired, you can expect to pay anywhere between $3,500 and $8,000. This price is for homes that are of moderate size with easy to access attics and crawl spaces.

For repairs that require replacing the electrical panel, it will cost as low as $1,500 for a new 100-amp panel. Outlet replacement will cost between $60 and $125. However, running a brand new outlet to a 120-volt electrical panel will cost between $150 and $250. That price will more than double if the new outlet installation is for a 240-volt panel.

Electrical problems should not be ignored, because you run the risk of your home catching on fire. You should contact a local electrician in your area for a quote on how much the electrical repairs will cost you.