Concerns About Replacing A Worn Out Light Switch
Our home is about 3 years old. New construction. New parts. The primary lights within the kitchen are a 4-way circuit (3 switches, + lights). Since we primarily come into the room from one side, one switch sees many of the use. All in all, it’s probably the most well-liked switch in the house.
As a recent development, sometimes flipping that switch doesn’t activate the lights. Yes, the switch flips, properly and completely. If we wiggle it, the lights will come on, and up to now stay on. Sometimes there will likely be brief bits of arcing sound come from inside the switch, either once we flip it, or when we’re wiggling it to get the lights to work.
So I’m thinking I have to replace the switch. If nothing else, the arcing seems very NOT SAFE. And this is where I run into some concerns…
First, I have been around numerous light switches in my life. I’ve never seen a switch fail. Certainly not in 3 years. So I wish to know why this happened, and the way to stop it. Is it an affordable switch (seems unlikely, considering the attitude and work quality of the electricians)? Is it a random fault, and just something I need to shrug off? Is the circuit overloaded slightly (10 bulbs), or is there another situational thing I should check?
Next, is that this more likely to happen to other switches? This seems more likely if the concept of “cheap switches” is valid somehow, but should I anticipate spending the following 10 years replacing all our switches within the order of frequency of use? And more particularly, should I replace the opposite switches for this fixture now?
Finally, is there something I needs to be looking for (or avoiding) when searching for a replacement switch? Honestly, I didn’t think “light switch” was something that came in significant quality grades. It feels a bit like asking for models of hammers appropriate for hitting things. But, now I worry. I do not like arcing in my walls, and wish my switches to last. So, how do I avoid doing this again in 3 years?