Homeownership can cost a lot of money. Between your mortgage, basic upkeep and repairs, gardening or other yard work, and other household needs, the dollar signs really add up. We understand why homeowners want to cut costs by performing their own home repairs, but there’s one situation in which you should never attempt to DIY unless you are a trained professional — electrical repairs. Even the slightest mistake in electrical work could lead to frayed wires or fires you can’t predict and won’t know about until you smell something burning or see smoke. Our electricians here at Corley have dealt with all kinds of electrical issues.
Here are just a few problems you might run into:
- When remodeling a room, installing new outlets, or adding a ceiling fan where one hasn’t previously been. Replacing an already existing ceiling fan can usually be done yourself if you’re the DIY sort, but if there hasn’t previously been a ceiling fan installed in that area, you need to call in an electrician. Never install new outlets yourself. Outlets that are self-installed may not be properly grounded and would therefore violate local building codes and be unsafe and put your safety at risk.
- Power surges or flickering lights when the air conditioner kicks on or the fridge kicks in. These sorts of issues are sometimes common in older homes, but if your home is younger than ten years or the problem is constant, this indicates a serious issue that needs looking into.
- Continued tripping of circuit breakers or breaking fuses. A tripped circuit breaker or broken fuse now and then isn’t too much to be worried about, but once it starts happening often, you need to make a call.
- Any electrical work in your pool or garden requires professional guidance. Because of the humidity and water involved in pool and yard work, it’s essential to ensure that your electrical work is done by a professional who knows how to protect any lines or wires that may need installed.
- A house that is more than 10 – 15 years old may require updating. Often, older homes have electrical wiring that simply isn’t up to code. For safety reasons, it’s worth calling in a professional electrician to take a look and let you know whether or not your home requires an update to be within modern building codes.
The truth is, there are very few situations where it makes sense to perform electrical repairs on your own. If you’re looking to have electrical work done or want someone to take a look at potential issues, give Corley a call! Our electricians are experienced professionals happy to come out and take a look and make sure your home is up to date and safe. You can reach us by phone at (864) 661-2811 or contact us online at any time to schedule service.