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Common Light Switch Problems

It’s important to remember that not all light switch problems will need the services of a licensed Sydney electrician. You will often find that the main reason your light switch isn’t working is simply because your light bulb has blown. 

Sometimes there can be an instance where it is a basic malfunction in the switch that can have terrible end results such as an electrical fire or house fire.

In this article we consider some of the most common issues that homeowners can encounter with their light switches and some of the solutions. 

One of the most common signs that you’re dealing with an electrical problem is when your light switch malfunctions. To keep your family and home safe from electrical shock or potential house fires, you must ensure that your light switches are working the right way.

4 Common reasons why your light switch is not working

1. Mechanism Broken or Damaged.  One of the biggest reasons your light switch isn’t working is generally the most common. The toggle inside the light switch can fail – this means that no matter how many times you try and switch it on or off, it simply won’t work. 

Remember how many times your parents told you not to play with the light switch? They weren’t wrong! 

When the mechanism or toggle inside the light switch has broken, you need to replace the entire light switch fixture. Obviously it’s not the best idea to be trying to replace a light switch yourself, and it is actually not permitted to do your own electrical work in Sydney. 

You will need to call an experienced electrician for a light switch installation or replacement.  We’ve even encountered homeowners who have nearly had an electrical shock or gotten burnt, as they attempted to replace the light switch themselves. Don’t risk it just call the experts at Arrow Power for the job.

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2. Loose Wire. Flickering lights are a common complaint of people who are dealing with light switch problems. The first thing to check is that the issue is not in fact the lightbulb itself. Once you’ve tightened the bulb and it is still flickering, it could in face be a loose wire that is the cause of the problem. 

A loose wire under the plate of the light switch is often the source of the issue.  

 

3. Fuse Burnout. A tripped circuit breaker or a fuse burnout can be a cause of your light switch malfunctioning as well. This means that the faulty fuse in your switchboard is actually causing the problem at the light switch. 

If you have replaced the burnt out fuse, or switched back on the circuit breaker and you are still having issues, then you have eliminated fuse burnout as a cause.

If you have gotten a fuse burnout or the circuit breaker keeps tripping, you need to consider upgrading your electrical circuits, as this situation may keep occurring due to an overloaded circuit in the first place.

 

4. Hot switch or buzzing switch. For the safety of you and your family, if you notice that your light switch is hot to touch, or has a buzzing or humming sound coming from it – call in a professional electrician. This is a massive sign of something more serious and there will be an underlying electrical issue.

Even if your light switch is still functioning, you can have a serious fire hazard on your hands.

Get the situation attended to as soon as possible (generally it’s an overloaded circuit breaker or loose wire) to avoid potential problems down the track. 

 

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