When Do You Need to Consult an Electrician?
- May 4, 2018
- Posted by: Builders Electric
- Category: News
Your electrical system and wiring are some of the most important things in your home. A quality system may last for a very long time, but they do wear down and need maintenance and unexpected problems. There are several reasons why it might be a good idea for you to hire an electrician rather than trying to fix your problem yourself.
Advanced Electrical Projects
The advanced, in-depth projects that involve serious work on your home’s electrical grid are the very last thing that any homeowner should consider trying to do. This is the kind of work where you should hire an electrician to do the work for you rather than trying to do it yourself.
Regardless of how good you think you are at DIY electrical projects, it is far better to leave it to the professionals rather than trying to play around with your electric grid and hoping that you don’t break something. Even the simplest changes to your grid can be disastrous if you get them wrong, so it is better to err on the side of caution. While minor jobs like changing out receptacles and switches can be done by most people with little risk, anything more advanced than that should probably be left to a professional.
If you have an older home, there is a chance that your outlet wiring boxes will contain pieces of black rubber, cloth instead of plastic and so on. If this is the case, then you need to contact an electrician ASAP because this is a sign that your electrical wiring is suffering from poorly insulated wires. This is a common thing in older homes where the wiring may be following older electrical standards and be insufficient for today’s insulation needs. This should be fixed immediately lest you risk an electric fire. At the same time, it is not something that the average person can safely fix and requires an electrician to fix safely.
Outlets do not accept three-pronged plugs
The outlets in many older homes do not have plugs that will accept plugs with three prongs and these plugs will need a 3 to 2 prong adapter to be able to use devices with this kind of plug. This is a far greater issue than merely having to jump through some extra hoops to plug in your 3 pronged devices. It may also indicate that your system’s wiring is not totally grounded and you may not be totally safe.
For more information about electrical projects that could benefit from the assistance of a professional electrician, contact us today.