3 Common Electrical DIY Projects And When You Need To Call In An Electrician

Are you a first-time homeowner? Do you know what to do if you should encounter an issue with your home's electrical system? In some instances, you may be able to fix the issue yourself. However, in most instances, it's going to be much safer and easier if you call in a professional to take care of the issue. Some popular DIY electrical projects and whether you should actually even attempt a DIY solution are as follows:

Damaged electrical outlets: This is going to depend heavily on exactly what kind of damage is meant to be repaired. If one of your family members inadvertently hit the wall hard enough to crack the faceplate and/or the receptacle itself, this is something that you may be able to handle on your own so long as you take care to shut off all electricity to the receptacle while you do attempt this. But since wiring a receptacle in backward or otherwise incorrectly can cause serious problems, this may be something that you want to leave to a professional electrician. The same is true if the receptacle has darkened or otherwise has a burned appearance. These can be signs that there is something wrong with the wiring itself and not just the receptacle in question.

Breaker box issues: It happens to almost everyone at some time or another. You plug in a newer, more powerful vacuum or television, turn it on, and all the lights in your home go out. In many instances, fixing the issue is as simple as unplugging a few power-hungry devices and flipping the circuit breaker back to the on position. So long as your breaker only trips sporadically, there's likely nothing that you need to worry about. It's when your breaker starts tripping on a semi-regular basis that you'll need to call an electrician in to find out what the problem is. It could be something as simple as needing to replace the breaker, or it could be a short within the system. That's something that he or she will need to find out by inspecting your wiring.

Insufficient outlets: Older homes were not designed with the modern lifestyle in mind. Up until at least the 80s and 90s, it would have been uncommon to need to plug in much more than your lights, household appliances, and perhaps a TV or radio. This only required a couple of outlets in any one room, sometimes far apart from each other. Now, it's not uncommon to need to plug in multiple mobile devices, a computer, and other items into the same area. Many people solve this issue by running extension cords from other outlets and by using power strips to be able to plug in enough devices. Unfortunately, this can cause your wiring, whether internal or external to the wall, to overheat and result in a fire. If your home lacks sufficient electrical outlets for your needs, you'll need to hire an electrician to rewire your house and add more receptacles.

Contact a company like Palmer Electric Inc. to learn more.