DIY vs. Hiring an Electrician

by | Nov 7, 2016 | Uncategorized

Do it yourself projects may seem tempting with the potential to save on hiring fees, but the backlash can be not only costly, but dangerous. Do-it-yourself projects put you at risk for poor wire connections, overloaded circuits, and faulty grounding. Hiring a skilled professional is the only way to ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones and your home. Below are a list of jobs that are highly recommended to be done by a professional electrician.

  1. Installing new plugs or light switches
  2. Flickering light switches are one of the most common electrical problems. Light switches are also one of the most flammable units in a home. Outlets that spark or do not hold a charge also need to be replaced. They are strict building codes put in place for light switches and outlets. If this a problem that you face, you should consult an electrician immediately.

  3. Circuit breaker upgrades
  4. As you upgrade appliances you will need to upgrade your circuit breaker. The more up to date your service panel is the better it will be able to provide your house with electricity. Older houses in particular, are more susceptible to house fires.This job is one of the most complicated electrical installations and should always be done by a professional.

  5. Outdoor lighting
  6. Installing outdoor lighting is one of the most vital times to seek professional help. This is an extremely delicate process because it requires wires to placed where none have been before. Professionals can ensure that there is no damage to existing wires or pipes. They can also pick the proper features to best withstand the elements.

  7. Installing a ceiling fan

Installing a ceiling fan requires complicated wiring from the ceiling to wall circuits. Before a fan can be installed the ceiling has to be rated for a fan use safety. All of which if it goes ignored can be extremely detrimental to a home, especially an older home. This a project that requires particular attention to building codes.

If at any point in time you are unsure or uncomfortable with an electric project seek the help of a professional. The electricians at All Suburban Electric have your best interests in mind and are available around the clock to answer any questions you may have. Call today: (847) 754-4257