5 Signs of Malfunctioning Wire You Should Watch Out For

Author: Passey Electric. |


Fuses are designed to protect circuits from damage by overload or short circuits. They are designed to protect against defects in the wiring, tools, or appliances.

If a problem is found, the homeowner should be educated about the importance of maintaining their electrical system, in addition to being able to have the issue fixed.

Here are some telltale signs that you might have a malfunctioning wire system.

1) Flickering Lights 

If any of the light bulbs in your home are flickering, check the fuse box to see if the fuse is blown. If it is blown, replace it with a new one of the same value.

If the light bulbs have blown, but the fuse is good, you have to determine which bulbs or lights are causing the problem.

If you have multiple light bulbs of the same type that have blown, you have to determine if there is a short circuit or overload present. This can be done by turning on one of the light bulbs. If the other light bulbs that are of the same type blow, then there is a short circuit.

2) Unpleasant Odours

If you are smelling an unpleasant odour in your home, check to see if it is coming from your fuse box. If it is, then there might be a problem with the electrical circuit of the fuse box.

If your fuse box is working fine, then you might want to check out the electrical cables that run from the fuse box by checking the wall sockets. If there are burnt sockets, it is likely that the cables are melting. This can cause the melting of the switches, outlet plates and the covers of the sockets themselves.

3) Outlets Heating Up

This can be a telltale sign of heating wires. If you notice that the outlet plates are getting hot, there might be the residue of a burnt wire on the outlet plate. This is a sign that the wiring is not properly insulated.

If the outlet plate is burned and the fuse box is fine, then the problem is with the wiring, and the homeowner should have it inspected.

4) Fuses Keep Blowing Up

If the fuse blows up again after you have replaced it, it is likely that there is a short circuit or a problem with the wiring. If there is a short circuit, the wiring will have to be replaced, and if there is a problem with the wiring, then it can be replaced.

Homeowners should get their fuse box checked if the fuses keep blowing up. Make sure to check the wiring for damages. If there is no short circuit and the wiring is in good condition, the homeowner should have their electrical system checked for other problems.

5) Buzzing Sounds

If you hear buzzing sounds in your home, check your fuse box to see if there is a problem with the wiring of the box. If there is one, the homeowner should have their wiring checked.

Buzzing sounds can also be caused by loose wires. If the wires are loose or damaged, you have to repair them or get them replaced.


If you find that your fuse box is not functioning properly, it is best to get a professional to inspect your electrical wiring. In case of an emergency situation, you can always call the electrical authority.

Passey Electric can help you fix any problems with your circuits and wiring. We offer commercial electrical services that will help you pinpoint the problem immediately. Get in touch with us today.