Electrical Wiring in the Home/electrical odor in home


QUESTION: We are experiencing an electrical odor in our home...in the laundry room, kitchen and great room (one end of the house). Does this pose a danger?  What can we do to correct it?

ANSWER: The only order electric makes is arcing. That is normally a fire hazard. I would call electrician to look at this.

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QUESTION: After 3 days of noticing the odor, we've noticed it no more.  Does that still bear checking out by an electrician?

My answer has to be yes. I would hate to hear you had a fire if I told you no. This is more of a question about what you can live with? Was the  three days of electrical arching smell enough to make you want to call in a pro? One day would of been enough for me. I know how much people can loose when that spark turn into a fire.  Most arch turn out to no big deal but I don't think the risk is worth the loss.  Being homeless with only the shit on you back is what you are risking. Is it worth calling an electrician who may not even find the problem for some peace if mind?
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