5 Times When it is Smart to Call an Electrician

It’s smart to call an electrician for a variety of work inside your home or business. A lot of work has to be done to code. If you take the DIY route, you run the risk of damaging the wires and even causing a fire.

Circuit Breakers Trip
It’s one thing if you plug in too many lights and a circuit breaker trips. It’s another thing if it happens all the time, no matter what you have going on. Rather than trying to fix the problem on your own (or ignoring the problem entirely), it’s best to call an electrician out to your home to see what’s going on.

Installing New Outlets
You bought a new appliance for your home but you want to place it somewhere where there’s no outlet. Instead of using an extension cord, it’s best to call an electrician. They can work with you to put an outlet right where you need it.

Upgrading the Type of Outlet
You may need to upgrade an outlet in various ways. If it’s a two-prong outlet and it needs to be three, it’s important to have an electrician run the wiring. If you want to convert an outlet so that it accepts a USB plug, this also involves some special wiring.

Installing a Ceiling Fan
A ceiling fan can be involved because you are connecting both fan and lighting wires. Each wire is likely going to connect to a different switch on the wall, too. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up fixing the problem over and over again until you get it right. Electricians know how to install a ceiling fan and can get it done right the first time.

You Have Old Wiring
Old wiring is common in older structures. Many people don’t realize that they have to upgrade wiring every 25 years or so. You may find that some of your outlets are not GFCI, which means that they are not grounded properly. This can pose serious problems as you focus on improving your electrical work. An electrician can diagnose problems and offer various solutions to get you up to current electrical codes.

When in doubt, call an electrician. You can rely on a professional to help you with repairs and installations. Otherwise, you run the risk of damaging your home or business by trying to do the work on your own.