With so many do it yourself blogs on how to go about fixing electricity faults you may feel encouraged and informed enough to try fixing electricity problems in your home. This will not only save on costs of hiring a professional electrician but also ensure quality appliances are used. However, some electrical maintenance requires the presence of an experienced electrician. These tasks are highly sensitive, and any mistake would lead to a fire hazard or an electrocution. It is advised you seek the services of qualified personnel for such tasks. Below is a list of electricity problems that you should never attempt on your own.
1. Breaker box replacement
The breaker box is a complex and hazardous unit that is the center of electricity at your house. The voltage in this unit is very high and can cause serious damage if mishandled. As such it should never be replaced by an inexperienced person. Complex wires running through this panel are enough to halt any thoughts you had of attempting to replace it on your own. It is designed to tap electricity from the main line and distribute it around your home. A mistake would result in a serious fire risk, or you could end up getting a nasty electricity shock. It is packed with explosive voltage hence it is highly recommended you call an experienced electrician should you suspect any malfunction.
Blown out fuses, frequent tripping of circuit breakers, burning smell around electricity switches or charred switches are a cause of concern. You may be tempted to grab your tools and check for the problem and possibly attempt the repair. This is highly discouraged. Call a qualified electrician because you probably need to rewire your house. This work requires advanced electrical know how that only a professional can perform. If improperly wired, serious damage to electrical appliances, electricity shock or the risk of fire can occur. This is one task you are highly advised to seek the services of a professional electrician.
3. Choice of wire and cables
Electrical wires come in different sizes as they perform different uses. Getting the wrong size would result in overheating or short circuiting. A wire for the boiler is larger than that one for your lights. One of the basic skills a qualified electrician is equipped with is the knowledge on how to match electrical wires with the correct device. As such never attempt choosing electrical wires without the assistance of a trained electrician.
4. Outlet upgrades
AC power plugs and sockets supply electrical energy to your appliances. These appliances face the risk of damage should some fault occur. Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) reduce the chance of damage to appliances and electricity shock. GFCIs have built in circuit breakers designed for this. It is highly recommended that you install ground fault circuit interrupters in bathrooms, kitchens, near sinks and places near water to reduce the possibility of short-circuiting. Local laws require that you install GFCIs. If your house doesn’t have them, seek the services of a professional electrician and have them installed.
5. Blown out fuses
It is easy to assume that replacing a blown out fuse is a walk in the park. However, you may end up replacing them with larger or wrong ones. These will end up blowing out too. Blown out fuses most likely result from faulty circuit wiring. This calls for an experienced electrician. Save yourself the trouble of making erroneous judgments by having a qualified electrician take a look into the cause behind blown out fuses.
Do not be tempted by the money you will save while performing electrical repairs by yourself. You will most likely end up messing things more resulting into higher expenses. Save yourself the trouble by hiring professional electricians to fix electricity problems for you.