When to Fix-It-Yourself and When to Call an Electrician

Messing with electrical appliances and components is serious business. Hello, my name is George Tanner. I’m a retired electrician. I can’t even begin to tell you how many horror stories I heard over the years of working as an electrician. People who thought they could quickly fix something in their homes but never should have even tried. Some got hurt and others were lucky. My goal here is to provide you with some guidelines as to what electrical malfunctions are easily fixable by nearly any adult, and what you should never attempt on your own. One thing you are going to hear me stress more than once is that electrical components are not to be taken lightly. We protect our children from them; we also have to protect ourselves. I hope you find this blog to be helpful!

The Importance Of Hiring A Professional Electrician For A Service Panel Replacement


Does your current home service panel need to be replaced? If so, then you might want to consider having a professional electrician do it for you. Sure, you might enjoy doing a lot of repairs and improvements around the house on your own, but electrical work might not be the thing to tackle on your own. To help you see the importance of hiring a professional, you will want to review the following key points.

They Can Determine How Much Power Your Home Needs

There are many different sizes, or amps, to consider when it comes to purchasing a new service panel for your home. If you already have a 100 amp panel and simply need something a little more powerful, your electrician might suggest a 125 amp panel. However, if you're making major upgrades to your home, many of which will require more electrical power, you might be advised to go with the heavier gauge 200 amp service panel. In most cases, the higher amp panel will leave you with plenty of room for future electrical additions to your home. Either way, you will explain your current and possible future electrical needs to the professional electrician and he will make a panel size recommendation based on the information you gave him.

They Can Schedule The Inspections For You

Most towns, boroughs, and cities require that you have an electrical inspection completed before you are allowed to turn the power back on to your home. This way, it can be determined whether the newly installed service panel is safe and will not cause a house fire. Unless you want to go several days without any power in your home, you will need to make sure that the inspection appointment lines up nicely with when the electrician will be done with his work. The best person to figure that out would be the electrician himself, so he can call to schedule the inspection. This way, he is still present should the inspector determine that anything else needs done. Once the inspection is complete and you have been given the go-ahead, you can have your electrician turn the electric back on to the home. Then, all of the breakers in the new service panel can be flipped into the on position.

With just those two key points in mind, it should be easy to see why you should hire a skilled professional electrician like Beckstoffer-Welsh Inc for the job.


20 October 2015