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The Consequences of an Improperly Installed Appliance

When you notice that an appliance in your home is not functioning as it should, you may assume that the trouble is confined to the appliance only. However, this isn’t necessarily the case.

Improperly installed appliances can send surges of electricity back to the electrical system in your home, apartment, store, restaurant, and other commercial properties. Additionally, improperly installed electrical wires can lead to an excess of current being drawn to the plugs, which can cause them to heat up and overload. Ultimately, what you believe to just be a malfunctioning appliance can result in a devastating electrical fire. Improperly installed appliances can also fall over causing injury.

Signs of an Improperly Installed Appliance

It is extremely important to diagnose an improperly installed appliance or electrical wires as soon as possible. At best, the problem may be caught and fixed with no further issues. At worst, it can become a fire or tipping hazard that can put your home and family’s safety at risk.

Here are a few signs to look out for when attempting to determine whether an appliance within your home is improperly installed:

  • Switches and wires that are charred or frayed
  • Melted wire insulation near a connection point
  • Loose wires in the connection box
  • Dulling of screws
  • Frequent circuit breaker trips
  • Flickering, buzzing, or dimming lights
  • Discoloration, scorching, or smoke near outlets
  • Burning smells and odd odors
  • Unstable or tipping

Fixing the Issue

On top of being a fire safety hazard or a danger of falling over, improperly installed appliances can cause large surges of electricity to burn entire electrical components, causing damage and potential injuries

A professional electrician should be contacted who can inspect the entire electrical system and determine what needs to be done to fix it.

If you or a loved one is injured due to an improperly installed appliance, you may have legal options. Call Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation at (866) 884-1717 to speak with our legal team for free today.