Electrical problems are difficult to diagnose. Most homeowners don’t want to mess with electrical problems, since they are so difficult to figure out and can be dangerous to fix by yourself. Not sure where to start? You can narrow down the problems to a few common problems: A faulty wire within the house system A defective or short circuit An overloaded circuit A broken wall switch Broken or torn cords for your appliance or light fixture You can’t tell what the problem is until you check the electrical system. Problems with the entire system are the most difficult to repair, whereas outlet or cords can be easily replaced. You can check the electrical system by following this procedure: Turn off the main electrical panel to ensure you aren’t in danger of electrical shock. Try to turn on a light or appliance before doing any work. Using a circuit tester, touch the grounding conductor with the black probe. Touch the red probe to the other side of the conductor. If the tester lights up, that means that the electrical circuit is still working. If it does not, then you know the problem is in the internal wiring. Ask a professional for price quotes. Electrical wiring is very difficult to fix on your own, and should never be attempted unless you know the exact problem and procedure to repair it. It’s better to hire an electrician to diagnose and fix the problem. Call several local electricians for an estimate before you choose a company. Checking the electrical system is important when you move into a new home. You want to fix any problems before you fully move in. That way, you get any repairs out of the way and don’t have to stress about electrical problems later down the road. Looking for more home improvement tips? Ask the professionals at Naffco Flooring & Interiors for advice on how to test your electrical problems. We offer home improvement products, services, and many resources for your DIY projects. Contact us today!