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Electrical Burning Smell in Fort Collins

Posted on: January 13, 2014

Electrical safety tip: if you detect a strong burning smell coming from an electrical outlet or light fixture in your home, whatever you do, DO NOT IGNORE IT.

The smell you’re noticing is probably due to blown or overheated electrical wires and devices somewhere in your home. Electrical wiring will often give off a distinct burning odor when they are in need of repairs or maintenance. Your first and most important step should be to get the fixture or outlet repaired by a Lighten Up electrician.

For standard light fixtures, burning smells may arise if you’re utilizing an over-sized bulb or a higher wattage than recommended. Make a habit of always confirming that the rating of the fixture and the wattage of the bulb match and never exceed the wattage recommended.

If the burning smell doesn’t vanish after a simple bulb swap, you could have a loose electrical connection. A loose connection can resist normal electrical flow, which can generate enough heat to emit that burning smell you’re noticing.

You might also have a loose electrical connection in the outlet itself. The bottom line is that if you notice any strong smells near outlets, electrical boxes, or light fixtures, it could be an indicator of a serious and unsafe electrical problem. Your first step should be to call a Lighten Up electrician to come evaluate your home and repair the problem for you. In the meantime, do not use electrical power in that area the home and you should be fine.

Burning smells are a dead giveaway that something is up with the electrical wiring in your home. On the off chance the smell is signaling an unsafe electrical situation, just be safe and don’t hesitate to call Lighten Up Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric!

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