Commercial Electrical Issues: When to Repair

Many commercial electrical systems are somewhat complex and detailed, and as such it’s not unusual for the occasional glitch to take place. At what point, though, do repeated such glitches in a common area signal a potential need to replace a certain component, wire or other element in your commercial system rather than a basic repair need?

At Orange Electric, we’re here to help commercial building owners with a variety of needs, from basic commercial electrical repair services to several replacements, such as lighting installations and more. Our electricians are also happy to evaluate issues taking place in your building and determine the most cost-effective source of action. Is it repair or replacement in your case? In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over several specific situations you may encounter and which they signal is necessary – part one here is on situations that often can be handled with prudent repairs.

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Warm Spots

Warm spots you find on your walls or light switches in your building are potential signs of short-circuits in your wires, which can be dangerous due to fire risks posed. In many cases, this takes place due to older or worn-down wires fraying away their insulation, which exposes the actual wire and often allows a vented current to be run into a beam, drywall or another area connected to your structure.

Luckily, temporary warm spots can pretty easily be repaired by our commercial electricians. If you notice this issue taking place repeatedly in the same area, however, a different course of action may be needed.

Note: If you have dimmer switches in your home, these sometimes warm up a little as part of their normal operation. Do not be concerned here unless they are extremely warm or even hot.

Limited Breaker Issues

Another area that may experience occasional glitches in a large commercial setting is the building’s circuit breaker. If this happens once in a while to the same circuit, you should call our pros for repair. In part two, however, we’ll go over other breaker issues that might require a replacement.


Have you begun to notice a burning or acrid smell somewhere in your building? This may indicate an electrical fire touched off by some kind of minor issue like a blown fuse – the immediate attention here should be paid to any fire risks, which can spread quickly. Once these are addressed, however, a simple repair will usually stop this from happening again.

Temporary Flickering

If your lights are flickering, you should first attempt basic DIY fixes. Make sure the bulb is tightened and slotted in properly, for one, as you’d be surprised how often this is the cause of flickering lights. If you’ve confirmed this and the same light or group of lights continues to flicker, you could be dealing with other issues that require professional attention.

For more on repair versus replacement for commercial electrical needs, or to learn about any of our commercial electrical services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.