Most of us are too busy or lack the necessary skills to do much more than the bare minimum around the home. A homeowner understands the need of hiring a professional for potentially hazardous repairs. When it comes to fixing, rewiring, or repairing your home’s electrical requirements, you should be aware of when you need the services of an electrician.
When you have a little issue, why do you need an electrician?
Electrical wiring is complex and hazardous, and it may be difficult to recognise when you need an electrician. Poor wire connections, overloaded circuits, and improper grounding may all be the result of a shoddy electrical work. You, your family, and your property are at risk in these circumstances. While it may be tempting to attempt to save money by doing it yourself or enlisting the assistance of a spouse or friend, you are better off investing the money to have the work done properly.
Consider the following scenario: your fuses or circuit breakers continually blowing or tripping. You may keep changing the fuses, but how do you know whether they’re the correct kind? It’s tempting to replace a 15-amp fuse with a 20- or 30-amp fuse—no electricians required, right?—but you’ve now created a fire danger by overloading your wiring. The better approach is to hire a licenced electrician to install a new circuit.
Circuit breakers, like fuses, are designed to prevent circuit overload and the danger of fire, but we consume much more power than our parents or grandparents did. To properly provide your house with electricity, you may need to update your circuit breaker panels as you upgrade and add appliances and devices. Hire professional electrician, not your brother-in-law, who claims to have done similar work in the navy. The job is very difficult and should not be undertaken by an inexperienced person.
There are five indicators that you need the services of an electrician:
Electrical failures cause more than 50,000 home fires each year. Because the vast majority may be avoided, it’s important to be on the lookout for warning signals.
Overuse of extension cords. Electric cables must be buried inside walls for a variety of reasons, including aesthetics. Wire systems that have not been disturbed may last longer, while wiring systems that have been disrupted may cause problems.
Sockets that are hot. Even when appliances generate heat, hot outlets should never be present. Although electric current may cause a plate to get somewhat warm, if the outlet becomes hot, unplug whatever is connected in. Also, get advice from an electrician!
Sparking. This should raise a red signal right away. Whether an appliance fixture is broken or the breaker panel itself is sparking, hiring an electrician is considerably less expensive than attempting to repair it yourself.
Lights that flicker. If you see fading or flickering lights, it’s more than likely due to an issue that goes beyond the fixtures. Consider rewiring lighting or adding dedicated lines for big appliances — with the help of an expert, of course.
Strange smells. No, we’re not talking about last night’s meal. Turn off and disconnect anything connected to an outlet if you notice an unusual odour emanating from it. It’s best not to use it again until you’ve had a trained electrician diagnose the problem.
Problems with electricity? Experienced professionals are required for older houses.
If you’ve ever moved into a previously owned house or apartment, you’ve probably noticed that at least one light switch isn’t working. This may be due to the builder preparing it for future developments that never materialised. It’s possible that this is because many earlier homes did not have overhead lighting, therefore electrical regulations required that a light switch be put near the front entrance to power a floor lamp. It’s possible that the previous owner disconnected some wires. Call a professional electrician to sort things out instead of conducting tests, climbing into your attic to search for wiring, or making holes in your walls or ceilings.
Education and training are important
Licensed electricians must complete rigorous training and be current with current electrical regulations. They understand how to calculate the circuit’s amperage and the new fixture’s wattage. They’ll be able to tell you whether you’ll need an extra wire run from your circuit breaker. Many older houses lack the high-temperature insulation needed for many ceiling lights and fans, which they will identify and correct.
If your outdoor lighting isn’t functioning or you’d want to add some to your home, we can help. This is a situation when expert electricians are required. They’ll make sure the wiring is correctly grounded for the outside and assist you in selecting outdoor-rated lights.
Bottom line: you’ll know the frequent indications you need an electrician the next time you ask yourself, “Do I need a professional?” And the answer is almost certainly yes.
Elite Group’s experienced electricians are always a call away for any of your electrical needs. Contact us today if you have any concerns.