While Do-It-Yourself (DIY) home improvements are highly popular, safety is a factor every homeowner should consider with each project. One of the fields homeowner’s are advised to leave to licensed electricians is electrical repair, upgrades, and installations. The hazards of improper electrical work are shock during the project and potential fires in the future. When you consider the number of injuries, and deaths each year due to electrical problems and shock, it is not any wonder that a growing number of homeowners’ insurance policies, local code and laws and neighborhood associations require electrical repairs and upgrades to be provided by a licensed electrician in Huntsville, AL.
There is an additional reason for hiring an electrician. When you sell your home and an inspector uncovers improper electrical work, you will have to hire an electrician to correct the issue with new components.
Outlets and Light Switches
Outlets and switches are jobs a number of homeowners consider a simple DIY fix. However, when not provided for correctly, fires and injury can result. Outlets and switches with loose connections are a frequent cause of fires and injury. When a light switch crackles or the lights flicker when you try to turn them on, contact an electrician in Huntsville, AL for diagnosis, and repair.
Furthermore, a sparking outlet or one that will not hold a plug snugly, loses power intermittently, or will not work at all needs to be replaced. In addition, if your home has any two-pronged outlets, they should be replaced with TR or GCFI outlets. Building codes require the safer 3-pronged outlets in all new constructions, and recommend replacement in older homes due to safety concerns.
Installing new light fixtures is also a common DIY job to leave to an electrician in Huntsville, AL. The wiring can be complex, and the wiring in the home may create a hazard. This is especially true in older homes where aluminum wiring or other worn, outdated wiring may present a problem. When the home’s wiring is outdated, installing a new light fixture can cause fire hazards. Older wiring poses a high likelihood of being inadequate for the new light fixtures need, causing overheating and potentially a fire. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL, we will assess your current wiring and provide a professional installation.
Ceiling Fan Installation
A ceiling fan installation can be complicated to wire into your home’s electrical system, and like a light fixture, has specific electrical requirements. In addition, a ceiling fan requires a specific type of electrical box and installation to ensure a safe installation.
Advanced technology causes heavier demand on electrical loads and creates the need for major upgrades. Older outdated breaker boxes may present a fire hazard, and overloaded circuits. Homes that have experienced damage from lightning or excessive power surges should have an electrical inspection to ensure its safety. Whole house surge protection can reduce or prevent future damage from surges or lightning.
Electrical panel upgrades, electrical sub panel installations, electrical service upgrades, outdated wiring replacement, and whole house surge protection are complicated jobs that require knowledge of current code requirements and require licensed electricians.
Carefully consider the potential long-term effects and your skill level if you are planning DIY electrical work. You can quickly be overwhelmed with unexpected issues, cause damage costly to repair, unintentionally create dangerous hazards, and be in violation of local or state electrical code and regulations.
Ensuring you hire a qualified licensed electrician is essential, because they work with critical home systems that can cause the loss of essential power, damage or even house fires if improper work is provided. Your safety is the greatest reason for entrusting electrical projects to a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL. You can rely on our quality services for your electrical needs. Mister Sparky serves the North Alabama region, and is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.