5 Ways to detect SCARY electrical faults in your home

Your home (or workplace) can suffer from several faults and problems over time. Most are common little issues, while others rarely happen. Without electrical knowledge, we DO NOT advise you to tackle anything you’re unsure of.  These 5 problems are a “Keep your eye open and be safe” guide, NOT a “How to” tutorial. If you recognise any of the following, contact a professional straight away!

5 Ways to detect scary Electrical faults



What is that fishy smell?

Have you ever noticed a weird fishy smell in a room that you can’t place? Get up close to sockets and switches and take a wiff. The smell is caused by an arcing of an electrical device. If a connection to the circuit of an electrical device is damaged, the electricity JUMPS to complete the circuit, resulting to a FIRE when the electricity belts everything in its path. Electrical arcing may also indicate a SERIOUS DAMAGE to both the socket and electrical device. IMMEDIATELY UNPLUG AND CONTACT ELECTRICAL SERVICES



I’m not getting any power from this socket.

Quite a common problem when a circuit breaker has tripped or turned off, or when a fuse has blown.  Another  cause is a LOOSE WIRE  behind the wall socket. When this happens,(ONLY IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING) determine the cause of the problem and then test the suspect socket with a voltage meter or power tester. Absence or lack of power means that there is a loose wire behind the wall socket, which requires professional inspection.


This light switch feels warm.

This is usually only in dimmer switches. If they are running bulbs that have less than or equal to 600 Watts. If your switch is warm to the touch, achieve the wattage required to run the dimmer properly by adding the right amount of bulbs. However, if the wall socket is hot, ,(ONLY IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING) you need to use a voltage meter to look for a high decrease or increase in voltage.


Light house/Dark house

Another common electrical fault is a circuit breaker issue, resulting in half of the house with lighting and half without. This happens when a breaker is turned off or trips due to a power surge, or if a fuse blows. Other possibilities  could be a loose wire or a short circuit. If you’re suffering from half and half, check the circuit breaker. If things seem normal there, check your home for a short circuit. Until you find a loose or damaged breaker, call a professional or ,(ONLY IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING) check all your sockets and wiring all throughout the house.


The lights are flickering. Do we have a poltergeist?

No, you don’t have a poltergeist. Issues with lighting fixtures and/or light bulbs could be linked to a number of causes. Flickering lights, lights that do not turn on or off, and a scary buzzing sound when lights are on indicates incorrect wattage or a bad connection between the bulb and switch. These problems can often be fixed by simply replacing the bulb.


DO NOT attempt to fix electrical faults WITHOUT conducting research or undergoing TRAINING. Even though these problems are fairly common, you will still need PROFESSIONAL help of electricians for your safety and the safety of the people you live/work with. Rabtech offer a wide range of cost effective services to solve the most common and most complicated electrical issues.

If you recognise any of the above symptoms or just think it’s time for an inspection, get in touch now

Better to be safe, than sorry!

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