Staying Safe Around Electricity At Home

3 Jobs Best Left To An Electrician

by Victoria Leclercq

If you consider yourself a handy person, you might be tempted to take on a few electrical projects around the house and do them yourself. However, depending on the age and state of your wiring, as well as the complexity of the project, it is best that you hire electrical services to do the following electrical projects for you.

Circuit Breaker Upgrade

Circuit breaker upgrades should be done if you are adding new appliances to your home that take up more power, notice that your electricity is constantly failing, or know that your home doesn't supply enough power. Upgrading the circuit breaker is extremely complicated and often involves taking out whole swathes of wiring and replacing it with different wiring. This job is best left to a professional so that you don't accidentally upgrade to the wrong wiring, replace the wrong wiring, or end up inadvertently destroying the wiring that exists. 

Flickering Light Repair

If you find that the lights in one, or many, of your rooms constantly flicker, it may be due to faulty wiring in your home or due to a problem with the light fixture itself. You will need an electrician to help you determine if the problem is with your wiring or with the fixture itself. If the problem is with the wiring, it may be that the wiring is frayed or degrading from age and will have to be replaced. Replacing it on your own can be dangerous, you can install the wire incorrectly which will lead to problems in the future, such as power outages and electrical arcs. You will want someone who knows how to wire properly to do the job for you. If the problem is with the fixture, you will want the electrician to install a new fixture for you, as doing it yourself could cause you to wire it incorrectly. 

Installing New Outlets

Although you might be able to switch out old outlets for new outlets on your own, if you want to install brand new outlets in your home, you will need the help of a professional electrician. Installing new outlets is recommended if you notice you are using a large amount of power bars and extension cords. Using a large amount of power bars and extension cords without installing new outlets and upgrading your circuit box can cause the system to overload and fail.

If you want to have new outlets installed, the electrician will need to cut into your walls and wire the space for an outlet. He will also need to properly ground the outlet. If the outlet is not properly grounded and then used, it can cause fires in your home or a total loss of power. 

As tempting as it may be to try and do these electrical projects on your own, contact an electrician. Using a licensed electrician will ensure that you don't inadvertently damage your wiring, miswire, as well as cause potential damage to your home via electrical fires. On top of that, using an electrician will ensure that you don't end up electrocuting yourself! 

For an electrician, contact a company such as ATT Electric Ltd.