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Dangers of Nonworking Electrical Devices or Circuits

Do you have non-working electrical devices or circuits in your home or place of business? If so, it’s important that you get them checked out by a licensed electrician in your area. Switches, outlets, and light fixtures are all considered electrical devices that need the occasional repair or maintenance visit when not working properly.

Like all electrical repairs, it’s usually best if they get taken care of sooner rather than later. Below, you will find some of the reasons why it is best to contact your service electrician when confronted with an electrical issue.


When your light switches aren’t working properly, it can be annoying. Every day we count on the convenience of being able to light up a room at work or at home with the simple flip of a switch. 

However, when your light switch doesn’t work, this can hinder productivity due to limited visibility. Not all rooms have windows. When you can’t depend on natural light to see during the daytime, it becomes necessary to schedule an electrical repair as soon as possible.

Non-working outlets can be just as frustrating, especially if it is an electrical outlet you use frequently. For example, other outlets may be blocked by furniture or be otherwise inconveniently located for charging a smartphone or powering a desktop computer.

Safety Hazard

Until you know why your electrical devices or circuits aren’t working, they are safety hazards. Whenever you suspect something is wrong with your home or commercial building’s electrical work, it’s time to call a knowledgeable licensed electrical contractor to inspect the wiring.

 It’s important to contact a professional sooner rather than later. The sooner the situation is addressed, the less chance you or a loved one may be injured. Procrastinating on getting the non-working device and/or circuit looked at, the longer you allow the problem to potentially worsen.

Fire Hazard

Switches, outlets, and light fixtures can become a fire hazard if there is a loose connection or wire burnt off the back of the outlet. If this is the case, they should get serviced by an experienced residential electrician as soon as possible.

When a non-working electrical device or circuit doesn’t get the repair it needs, it could increase the possibility of an electrical fire. This can lead to the loss or damage of other personal belongings and in the worst-case scenario, your house. 

If you own a business, it’s important that you take all precautions to protect your employees and prevent irreparable fire damage to your commercial building. Taking care of potential fire hazards also helps protect your valuable business assets from potentially being destroyed.

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Flat River Electric is an electrical installation and repair company that has helped customers just like you create safer living and working spaces. We are proud to serve customers in Ada, Caledonia, Cascade, East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills, Grandville, Hudsonville, Lowell, Plainfield, Rockford, and other surrounding West Michigan areas.

If you are interested in our electric circuit testing service, please feel free to call our licensed electrical contractors at (616) 987-0596

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