Got a ceiling light that will not light? Did it go on and off before, sometimes without warning? Before you call a paranormal investigator, you should call an electrician who provides residential electrical services. He or she will do one or more of the following to find out why your ceiling light is behaving that way before fixing it.
Checking the Breaker/ Fuse Box
Even if you have already checked the breaker and fuse box for a breaker that has switched itself off, the electrician will check it too. He or she will switch it on and off, and for added measure, open the fuse box to check the wiring. If there is nothing out of the ordinary in the fuse box (and there could be, since some insects, like cockroaches and ants, may nibble wiring or dislodge it) and the light still does not work, the next step is to dismantle the ceiling fixture.
Dismantling the Ceiling Fixture
Next, your electrician will take the ceiling fixture down from the ceiling and investigate the wiring. It is possible that you light has one of the following issues:
- Short in the wires
- Bad connection between the ceiling fixture and the ends of the wires
- Rodents gnawed through the wires (if you hear mice in the walls or some kind of critter in your attic, this could happen)
- Wetness and dampness around the ceiling light causes it to switch off for safety
If the problem with your light is any of the above, the electrician has found the source of the problem and can fix it. If not, then the next step is to dismantle the switch and see if there is some sort of electrical problem behind the switchplate.
Looking Behind the Switchplate
Finally, your electrician, such as from Action Electric, will remove the switchplate from around your light switch. If the light used to light but does not turn on now or turns on randomly, the source of the problem may be behind the light switch. Sometimes the previous homeowners attempt to convert a dial switch to a flip switch, but because they do not know enough about these switches, it creates problems for the next owners. Your electrician can remove the plate and the switch itself and make a closer inspection of the wiring to determine if something similar to this has occurred in your light switch. Then he or she can either do a bit of rewiring to make the transition to a flip switch successful or reinstall a dial switch so that your light will finally function properly.