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!

3 Important Steps When Maintaining Your Home's Electrical Systems


If you own a home, you probably take its electrical systems for granted. When they stop working correctly, though, you quickly understand just how important these systems are to your daily routines. Make an effort to avoid these stressful complications by executing these maintenance steps. 

Conduct Routine Tests

To make sure everything is working as it should, you need to conduct routine electrical tests every month or so. Start with the outlets. You won't need professional assistance with this step. Simply insert a plug into each outlet and see if it generates power. 

You can also purchase outlet testers from your local hardware store. They are relatively inexpensive and simple to use. All you have to do is connect them to wires that you want to test. If the device lights up and starts making a chirping sound, you've just found a live wire (one that is using electricity). In this instance, you know the outlet and wires behind it work.

Monitor Extension Cords

Extension cords are pretty incredible in that they provide numerous outlets and help you reach electronic devices that are far away. However, they can be dangerous if you don't properly maintain them over the years. This is particularly true with older, possibly outdated, extension cords.

To avoid any complications, you need to follow the correct protocol. First, make sure the extension cord is being used correctly and is in the right environment. You also need to make sure it doesn't have any exposed wires or visible signs of charring. Lastly, avoid placing these cords underneath rugs and blankets. This is the perfect recipe for creating fires. 

Hire Skilled Electricians 

There will be times when you can't solve your home's electrical problems by yourself. Instead, you'll need help from a licensed and skilled electrician. They have the proper knowledge and equipment to repair electrical components in a safe, efficient manner.

They start by running systematic tests, which identify quickly what's causing your electrical issues. It may be damaged outlets or faulty wires on the interior walls. Whatever is wrong, they'll provide a detailed report and costs associated with the necessary repairs. When repairs are made to your home, you can rest assured they are done according to code. 

Electrical issues are never fun to deal with if you own a home, as they impede your ability to do a lot of things. That's why you need to maintain these systems over the years and consult with electricians at the appropriate times. For more information, contact an electrical repair service.


8 February 2018