Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects can be a lot of fun. They tap into your inner curiosity and desire to create. Also, it helps you save money from hiring a professional. However, not all DIY projects are fun and cost-effective. Some repairs are not meant for DIY. Sometimes, you need to call in a professional.
When it comes to tackling electrical jobs, there is a very thin line between being foolish and fearless. Of course, you do not want to cross that line and become foolish. Electrical repair jobs require specialized skills and tools. Also, strict codes govern electrical works. Violating these codes can lead to fires, shocks, or damage to your home’s electrical system.
Below are some examples of electrical jobs you should leave to a commercial electrician:
Installation of new power points and light switches
If you see your light switches or power points flicker, spark, or frequently lose power, they probably need replacement. Replacing them by yourself is dangerous, and it is better to have an electrician examine it. Also, there might be electrical parts or modules that need a busbar punching machine. Only licensed electricians can assess what needs to be replaced. Modern building codes encourage commercial and residential areas to use three-pronged power points (TR or GCFI outlets). These can help protect you from injuries such as electrical shock.
Installing exhaust or ceiling fans
Installing a new ceiling or exhaust fan sounds like a fun DIY project, but it is best left to a professional. You have to consider your home’s electrical wirings and load. Also, these electrical appliances must be installed in strategic places around your house to help lower energy bills while passively cooling your home during the summer months.
Ceiling fans, for example, vary in design and model. A pro can give you advice on what type to install. Homes with lower ceilings, around 2.5 meters or less, should opt for flush-mounted fan styles. High ceilings, which are usually 3 meters or higher, would benefit more from fans with longer stems.
Exhaust fans, on the other hand, need a lot of work. Aside from installing the necessary electrical wiring, the ductwork itself will require drywall repair and reinstallation. Without the help of a professional repair person, this can lead to expensive repairs.
Repair and installation of appliances
Repairing and installing devices on your own can often save you more money. However, it is recommended that you hire a professional, and here is why:
- Peace of mind – you will get a good night’s sleep if you let a professional handle it. No “extra parts” or the scent of burning wire after repairing it. With a pro, you do not need to worry at all.
- Avoid injuries – the risk of electrical and physical injury is high when dealing with appliances. Rather than getting shocked by an electrical current, let a pro handle it safely.
- Saves you time and money – unless you are a certified technician, it can take hours or even days before you can figure out what is wrong with an appliance. Even if you have a manual on hand, an experienced technician can identify problems immediately. In the end, this will save you time and money.
Many appliances require a specific set of knowledge and tools to repair them. Tampering with electrical appliances could lead to injury or even death. The cost can never outweigh the experience.
Repair and replacement of light fixtures
Replacing or repairing light fixtures is not as easy as changing a light bulb. The wiring behind these fixtures is complex. In some cases, older houses still use aluminum wires, which can cause more problems. Replacing these outdated wires require an electrician’s expertise. Outdoor security and recessed lights also need professional installation.
Extreme caution must be exercised when electricity is involved. Professionals should handle simple or complex electrical work. It will save you time, money, and prevent electrical-related hazards.