Why do lights in your home flicker but not go all of the way out?


Some of the most common causes lights flicker include:

  • Loose wiring. If a wire connection is loose, it can cause the current to flow erratically, which can cause the lights to flicker.
    Overloaded circuits. If too many appliances or electronics are plugged into one circuit, it can overload the circuit and cause the lights to flicker.
  • Circuit breaker going bad. If a circuit breaker has loose connections, the arcing can cause bulbs to flicker.
  • Problems with the light switch. A faulty light switch can also cause the lights to flicker.
  • Problems with the light bulb. A loose or defective light bulb can also cause the lights to flicker.
  • Problems with the electrical service or incoming power. If there is a problem with the electrical service to your home, it can cause the lights to flicker.
  • Air Conditioners sometime draw a lot of power during start up causing lights to dim. If you notice the problem occurs when your air conditioner starts, Air & Electrical Services can remedy this for you.

What to let us know to help identify and repair the problem quickly:

  • Which lights are flickering – just one, or all of the lights in the house.
  • Does it happen when the Air Conditioner starts up?
  • Have you already tried a new bulb? If not, you should try a new bulb before calling us.
  • Are there other electrical issues that you notice in your home? Ceiling fans changing speed randomly?
  • Do you neighbors have the same issues? Could it be power company related?

It is important to note that flickering lights can be a sign of a serious electrical problem. If you are experiencing flickering lights in your home, it is important to have the problem diagnosed and fixed as soon as possible.