How to Tell If You Need a Professional Electrician

Home energy efficiency

If you are like most homeowners, you like to take care of as much as you can on your own. There are a lot of repairs that homeowners can manage on their own. There are times when you really need to bring in a professional to help with your repairs. Sometimes you can do more damage to your home when you try to do your electrical repairs yourself. Electrical work is one area where you may need to bring in a contractor. United States fire departments responded to about 47,700 home structure fires that involved some kind of electrical failure or malfunction that caused the fires in 2011. Still many homeowners are not sure when to call a professional electrician.

  1. You need to have your electrical system updated. If you have a house that is 40 years old or more, you absolutely need to bring in a qualified electrician to update the electrical system in the home. When the wiring is old and possibly outdated, you can cause more damage by trying to do the work yourself. In older homes, the electrical wiring is covered in cloth rather than plastic so it is flammable. There may be rust, as the cloth does not protect from any moisture that gets into the system. If you are thinking about when to call a professional electrician, this is when. You can cause electrical shortages that can be dangerous.
  2. You are adding new appliances to a home that is not new. Homes that are over ten years old may not have the right voltage or wiring to handle the new appliances. Before you plug in your new items, you should talk to a professional electrician. They can make sure you do not have problems when you use your new appliances.
  3. There is an electrical emergency. If you are noticing any of the following; blackouts, brownouts, sparks or lights that flicker, you need the help of a qualified electrician. These are all signs that you have an electrical emergency. This is exactly when to call a professional electrician. Try to repair the problems, you can end up injured. This is when to call a professional electrician.
  4. Your fuses keep blowing or your circuits keep tripping. While everyone has this happen from time to time, if you are starting to notice it is happening a lot, you need to call in a qualified electrician. When this kind of thing starts happening on a regular basis, you may be dealing with a much bigger issue. An electrical contractor can come in and do an audit of your system and find any problems that may be causing your issue. They can also talk to you about the best way to deal with it. The longer you delay having them come in, the larger the problem may be.
  5. There is a sale or remodel involved. If you are buying a home or if you are selling a home, you should have a professional electrician come in and check the place out. They can alert you to any problems that may be hard to see. The same holds true if you are going to embark on a home remodeling project.
  6. You have problems with your outlets. Your outlets should never be burned, warm or discolored. These are sure signs that there is a problem. When to call an electrician? Now.
  7. You need more outlets. Can anyone have too many outlets? No. In newer houses, outlet are everywhere. The same cannot be said of older homes. If your need for power has outgrown your home’s capacity, rather than put in a hundred surge protectors, you are much better off calling in a qualified electrician. They can put in new outlets. When you use too many power strips and extension cords, it can cause a fire hazard.
  8. You are working in areas with water. If you are working on projects in the bathroom, kitchen, basement or other areas of your home, before you start, you should bring in a qualified electrician. If there are leaks that you are not aware of, you can be injured. Water and electricity do not play well together. This is when to call a professional election.
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