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Flickering Lights When Your HVAC Turns On

Do your lights flicker when you turn on your HVAC system? You may be wondering if that’s normal. Electrical systems can malfunction. Therefore, flickering lights may or may not be a cause for concern. Read on to learn more.

Flickering Lights

When it comes to your lights flickering, you should be able to discern what is normal and what is not. The amount of flickering experienced when your HVAC turns on is equivalent to a fragment of a second. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about. HVAC requires a lot of power to work. Fortunately, your home is regulated in such a way that it can handle large amounts of energy at any given moment. Your lights may flicker for a second simply to allow the power required to work this large appliance. Unfortunately, it’s an inevitable occurrence.

However, an abrupt, prolonged change in light intensity could indicate a problem. If your lights continue to flicker on and off when you start your HVAC system—or at any other time—it could indicate an issue with your wiring.

Also if the intensity of your lights drops unexpectedly, you could have something wrong with your outdoor compressor on your air conditioner. In addition, if a circuit breaker trips when you switch on your HVAC, you should investigate. Circuit breakers are a critical part of your home’s electrical system. When they trip and shut off power to a specific circuit, they protect you from an issue with that circuit. In this situation, it’s recommended that you contact an electrician to make sure there isn’t a more serious problem.

Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling

If you have continuous flickering lights, then it’s time to contact Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling. Our residential electrical services will take all of the stress out of powering your home. Let our experts work with you on any project and we guarantee that you’ll be satisfied with the process from start to finish! Looking for a Howard County electrician? Give us call. We provide services to the greater Baltimore area and Adams and York Counties in PA.

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