Who Turned Down The Lights?


Imagine living through a Philadelphia summer without air conditioning. Hard to think about, right? Although our homes are filled with hundreds of electronic devices, most of us would agree that the air conditioner is the most important to us during the summertime. But why do the lights dim every time it kicks on?


At any given time, there is a certain amount of electricity coming into and circulating through your home. When you turn on large, high-demand appliances such as the air conditioner it takes away from the rest of the available electricity in order to power the machine. It’s a very similar principle to why your water pressure weakens when your sprinklers are running.

For most of your properly functioning large appliances, you’ll only notice that the lights dim for a split second. But flickering lights aren’t always safe. Why? It could mean that your wiring is out-of-date and is unable to meet the demands of today’s technology. It could also mean that your air conditioner is pulling too much power from the circuit which can lead to overheating or worse, an electrical fire.

Whatever the case may be, it’s best to play it safe. Call on the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric today to check out your electrical system. We’ll let you know if it’s safe to continue operating your air conditioner or if your wiring needs some special attention. After all, electrical safety is among our top priorities!

About The Author

Bill earned a degree in Electrical Engineering and Architecture, then founded Generation 3 Electric in 2000. His father, an electrician, was his inspiration. These days, Bill actively manages his company and enjoys focusing on new technology and marketing.