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Electrical Ground Fault Symptoms

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Finding any electrical problem can be tricky, but it’s especially hard to know when you have a grounding issue. Today, Blain’s Farm & Fleet will show you some symptoms of an electrical ground fault.

The electrical system in your home is a complicated series of circuits connected by wires and regulated by circuit breakers. Because it’s so complicated, problems in your home electrical system can manifest themselves in a lot of different ways. It all depends on which circuit is faulty, and where the problem is in that circuit. The symptoms of an electrical problem depend on what type of problem it is, as well. You can have everything from a short to a parasitic draw. The most common home electrical problem is a ground fault. Blain’s Farm & Fleet will help you figure out if you have an electrical ground fault in your system.

Symptoms of An Electrical Ground Fault

Depending on where the ground problems are in your home, the symptoms may vary. From your electronics behaving strangely to you getting an unexpected shock when you touch something metal, an electrical ground fault can be a hard gremlin to identify.

However, a few common symptoms of electrical ground faults are:

  • Strobing lines on your TV or desktop computer monitor.
  • Humming or buzzing in your home stereo or TV audio system.
  • Unexpected shocks when you touch metal appliances, trim, or pipes. (This shock will be much stronger than a typical static shock; don’t confuse the two).
  • Your GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets trip frequently.

Strobing and other strange behaviors from electronics are minor grounding issues, but if you get a shock, the problem is serious.

How Do I Find Out What’s Causing The Electrical Ground Fault?

Follow our how-to article on checking and grounding electrical outlets to see if you have an easy-to-fix ground problem. You’ll need an outlet tester.

If this method doesn’t find and solve the problem, don’t go further by yourself unless you’re a licensed electrician. Locating an electrical ground fault is very dangerous. A mistake could be fatal. Call a professional electrician to find your grounding problems.

For more Home Electrical Tips and How-To Articles, check out our blog.


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