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January 28,2019

Repairing 3-Way Switch Issues

Does your 3-way switch often leave you in the dark at the worst times? These types of switches were designed to make life more convenient, but when there’s an issue, it tends to have the opposite effect. While 3-way switches can be very difficult to design and install, troubleshooting and repairing the problem doesn’t have to be. At Mr. Electric of Fort Worth, we enjoy helping our North Texas customers get the most from their electrical system. That’s why we offer high quality residential and commercial electrical services including lighting system installation and switch repair or replacement. Need some guidance on what your 3-way switch issue might be? Keep reading to find out how you can fix the troublesome switch for good.

How Does a 3 Way Switch Work? 

On a normal switch, the electrical current is interrupted when in the off position, and restored when flipped on. However, a 3-way switch provides multiple places to turn your lights or outlets off and on. They can frequently be found in large rooms, in long hallways or at the top and bottom of a stairwell. This variety of switch is capable of performing such a function thanks to traveler terminals which connect the two separate switches with the power source and the single light or plug. 

Repairing or Replacing Your 3-Way Switch

There are several reasons why a 3-way switch might stop working correctly. In many cases, someone without electrical experience may have tried to repair or replace the switch in the past, but didn’t connect the wires properly. Sometimes, homeowners will mix up the common terminal wires with the traveler wire. Switching the wires to their proper places should fix the problem instantly. Or, the screw which holds the wire may not have been tightened properly. There are also times when the internal mechanisms of the switch are no longer working. Perhaps the contacts have become burned out, or the switch is simply old and worn out. In this case, the switch just needs to be replaced. However, be careful when replacing a 3-way switch, because you could run into problems in the future if you accidentally connect the wires improperly. 

Why It’s Important Not to Ignore the Problem

This simple inconvenience may be easily put on the backburner by homeowners. However, a dysfunctional switch could be a warning sign that a bigger issue is present. If you suspect that the wires are connected wrong, or that the wires or outlet have suffered damage, then it’s important to have the problem investigated. If you’re inexperienced handling electrical issues, it’s important to get help from a professional who can diagnose the source of your trouble. They will have all the tools needed to repair or replace your switch so you can safely use your light or outlet without hassle. 

Need Help with Your 3-Way Switch? Call Mr. Electric of Fort Worth Today

Are you tired of having a 3-way switch that doesn’t work? Then call the team at Mr. Electric of Fort Worth. Our friendly, licensed electricians will be happy to provide a solution that fits your unique needs and budget. If you live in Fort Worth, Arlington, Burleson, Benbrook, White Settlement, Aledo, Weatherford or other nearby North Texas community, call today for more information or to schedule your next appointment.