Problems with electricity mean your office or household comes to a standstill. To save on money, you may seek the services of an unlicensed electrician or do the electrical repair yourself to get a sense of accomplishment from a successful repair. Unfortunately, electrical repairs do not count as one of the easy and safe home DIY repairs as electricity is dangerous as it can cause injury or damage to your property. Electric problems should only be taken care of by a licensed or professional electrician who can guarantee the task.
Examples of Electrical Projects and Situations That Require an Electrician:
- Light fixture replacement and repair: a DIY or poor fixture replacement can result in a damaged or non-functioning fixture. The wiring may cause shorts or electrical fires.
- Ceiling Fan Repair and Installation: Many unlicensed homeowners try to install fans on their own. It is dangerous and against the law.
- Electrical outlet replacement or installation: at best, an outlet wired correctly is safe, and at worst, one wired poorly won’t work: it can damage your appliances or cause a fire.
- A burning smell whose source you cannot pinpoint: it could be an electrical fire or wires burning in the wall. Switch off the power source, next call the fire department to confirm or rule out a fire, and finally call a licensed electrician.
- Electric shocks every time you plug things in the power outlets: broken cords, unstable electrical current, or damaged circuits in the appliances could be the cause. Only a professional can identify the problem.
- Buzzing sound in the walls: this could be from loose terminal screws or a wiring issue. Do not tear the walls down to solve the problem.
- Loose wires around the house: wrong wiring handling could result in fatal incidences.
Did you know that the annual cost of property damage due to electrical fires is roughly $1.5 billion a year? While the specific causes of these electrical fires vary from situation-to-situation, many of them could be prevented. Even more important is that lives could be saved.
For a guaranteed job, verify your electrician’s credentials, electrician education level, and area of specialization. To select a professional that best suits your needs, obtain references to confirm the quality of services offered.