The Home Repair Guide
Excess demand on electrical system,
which shows up as blown fuses, tripped circuit breakers,
dim or flickering lights, or appliances that...
Circuit breakers and fuses act as the
first line of defence when an electrical failure occurs.
When a fuse blows or a circuit...
Home Wiring Short
If a fuse is blown, the fuse window
will appear discolored and the metal strip running across
the inside of the window will be...
Power to a circuit is cut off because
of either temporary overloads or constant over loads...
Plug sparks when used, does not carry
power to lamp or appliance, or causes short circuits...
Plug or Cord Defective
The detachable plug, which inserts
into an appliance such as a roaster or waffle iron,
becomes defective or a small appliance cord becomes...
Outlet won’t work, sparks, does not
receive prongs on plug, or does not grip plugs...
Switch does not work, works
occasionally, or must be repeatedly switched off and on to
make light come on...
Lamp Socket Defective
The bulb flickers or will not work in
a lamp, even though other lamps work using the same
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Device Defective
When the test button is pushed, the
device does not trip to indicate that it is working...
The doorbell doesn’t ring at all,
works only occasionally, or rings continuously...
Toilet Is Plugged Up
Excess material may plug up a toilet,
but often nondegradable items, including children’s
plastic tub toys, combs, and other items that fall...
Mechanisms inside toilet tank allow
water to continue to run after toilet is flushed...