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Common Electrical Repairs You May Need


The electrical system in a house is something most of us take for granted. Flip a switch, the lights come on. Plug in the toaster and it works. Put your phone in a recharging station and its battery powers up.

But nothing as complex and important as a residential system can ever be dismissed. At some point, the electrical system may malfunction and need repairs. Only certified electricians can perform the repairs since amateur work can create safety risks. For professional electricians, like ours, customer safety is always the top priority.

A Rundown on Common Electrical Repairs

We could create a long list of the types of repairs we do during each year. But for this post, we’re going to limit ourselves to the ones that occur the most often. These are the problems you’re most likely to need to call us to fix.

  • Flickering lights: This is a ghostly phenomenon, but the explanation is more mundane: the house is experiencing short power surges or there are frayed wires. Both need to have fast attention from an electrician. Shut off the affected lights and don’t use them until the electrician gives you an all-clear.
  • Replacing old circuits: The circuit breaker panel for your house routes the incoming electrical power into different circuits. Breakers on the circuits trip if a voltage spike passes through the circuit, and this cuts off power to avoid damage to the electrical system. An occasionally tripped breaker is normal. If it’s happening regularly, you may have aging circuits that need to be replaced.
  • Replacing the electrical panel: In some cases, the circuit breaker panel itself is the trouble. Along with constantly tripping circuit breakers, watch for scorch marks on the panel and acrid electrical smells from it. If the panel is more than ten years old, arrange to have a new one put in. If you have a fuse box rather than a circuit breaker panel, you definitely need an upgrade.
  • Outlet replacements: When an outlet fails, don’t keep trying to use it to see if it will start to work. A short or even electrical fire may have caused it to fail, and the entire outlet must be replaced. We recommend asking our electricians to upgrade the outlet to a GFCI or AFCI model to improve safety if you had an older type of outlet.
  • Rewiring: When bad wiring affects a home, it can lead to electrical fire hazards. Loss of insulation, exposed copper wiring, or wiring with a gauge too low to handle voltage demands are all reasons to have at least partial rewiring done. For older homes with outdated wiring, a whole-house rewire may be the best route.

Call Western New York’s Favorite Electrician

Whatever electrical repair in Buffalo, NY your house needs, you can reach our electricians 24/7. No machine, you’ll always get to talk to a real person. We have more than 20 years of experience and back up our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy, you don’t pay.

Trust to Western New York’s Favorite Electrician! Scherer Electric offers electricity done with honesty and a guarantee.

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