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My Lights Went Out. Do I Need to Call a Certified Electrician?

Electrical Safety Inspection

It’s inevitable, there will likely times when your lights go out for one reason or another. If this happens, don’t fret.  While there are instances when you will need to call a licensed electrician, there are steps you can take that may resolve the problem. Let’s take a look:

Determine if the Problem is Isolated

You first want to determine if the problem is with just one outlet or affecting your entire home.  Check to see if other electrical items are working (i.e. air conditioner, appliances, etc.).  If they are, then the problem is likely isolated and you can proceed with the steps below. If your entire home is out and there is not a power outage in your area, then consider calling a certified electrician.

Step One:  Check the Bulbs/Outlet

The first step is to check the light bulbs to make sure they are not loose or burned out.  You should also check the outlet to make sure all of the screws are tight. If all checks out, proceed to step two.

Step Two:  Check the GFCI

If the lights that went out are on a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), then check to see if the GFCI is tripped by pressing the “test” button. If you do this and it does not click, then the GFCI is tripped and needs to be reset by pressing the “reset” button until you hear it click.  If this does not work, then consider calling a licensed electrician.  Problems with existing GFCIs can often be identified during an electrical safety inspection.

Step Three:  Check the Circuit Breaker

You can also check the circuit breaker to see if a circuit has been tripped.  If it has, try flipping the breaker.  If this does not work or the problem continues again, then call a certified electrician to check the circuit breaker.  Consider having them conduct an electrical safety inspection while they are there.

Top Flight Electric is the preferred provider of certified electrician services throughout Polk County including Lakeland, Davenport, Winter Haven and Eagle Lake.  We are also one of the areas most trusted Generac dealers.  Whether you need a commercial electrician for your business or a licensed electrician to work on your home, we can help.  Our white glove service means we will send a commercial electrician or residential certified electrician to your home or business that has been background checked.  Our licensed electrician wears shoe covers, places mats on the floor to catch any debris and will leave your home as clean as when he arrived.  If you are considering Generac dealers, are in need of an electrical safety inspection, or are looking for a licensed electrician, give your friends at Top Flight Electric a call today!

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