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These days, more and more Florence, SC homeowners are making home improvement projects, DIY projects. There are plenty of videos on YouTube that can teach you to make repairs. There are also plenty of home improvement shows on TV that make DIY projects look simple.
While DIY is fine for some projects, there are plenty of electrical homes that are very complex. Also, if you don’t have the necessary training and experience, electrical repairs can be very dangerous. If you make one simple mistake, you could get electrocuted or cause an electrical fire in your home.
The jobs listed below are jobs that should not be a DIY project and should only be handled by a professional.
#1 Wire Replacement or a Complete Home Rewire
The wiring in your home is very complex. You may not see it from inside the house because the wiring is behind the walls, and all you see is where it neatly comes together in the breaker box. Don’t let this fool you. Wiring replacement and re-wiring jobs are very complicated, and to do the job right, you would need the knowledge and experience of a licensed electrician. You cannot learn how to do these jobs on a video, and trying could end up doing more harm than good.
#2 Installing a Dedicated Circuit
Adding a dedicated circuit to your electrical panel will allow you to use more electricity without tripping fuses. When you install a dedicated circuit, you will also be able to run higher wattage appliances such as a hot tub.
If you need a dedicated circuit added to your electrical box, you will need to hire a licensed electrician. This can be a very complicated job, and if you make just one mistake, you could end up getting electrocuted or starting an electrical fire in your home.
Installing a dedicated circuit can prevent a dangerous overload in your electrical box, which would require a dedicated circuit. To ensure that the job is done safely and properly, you need to hire a licensed professional.
#3 Jobs That Must Meet Current Electrical Codes
Your electrical system must meet the current local codes. This will ensure that your electrical system is safe. If you live in an older home and need new wiring installed, you should not make it a DIY project. You need to hire an electrician who is familiar with the local electrical codes. These codes change often; therefore, you need a professional who is up-to-date with the codes, ensuring that your electrical system update will pass inspection. If an inspector wants to check out your electrical repairs and they don’t meet the current codes, your home could be deemed unlivable until you have the necessary changes made. It is best to hire a professional so you can be sure that the wiring will meet the current codes the first time.
#4 Installation of Lighting Fixtures
If you are planning to install a light fixture in your Florence, SC home or installing a new ceiling fan with a light, you should not make it a DIY project. On the outside, the job may seem relatively simple, especially if there is existing wiring. Unfortunately, these jobs aren’t as simple as they seem. If you don’t do the job correctly, you could get electrocuted. You could also end up blowing the light or causing an electrical fire in your home.
If you are planning to replace or install a new light fixture, you should leave the job to a licensed electrician. When you leave the job to a professional, you can be sure that the job will be done safely and correctly.
#5 Electrical Panel Work
The electrical panel in your home is your electrical system’s brain. It controls the amount of current that comes into your home from the pole outside, and it also controls where the currents go inside the home. Most homeowners know where their breaker box is and how to recognize a tripped circuit. Flipping a tripped circuit is the extent of the work that you should do on your electrical panel. If you start fiddling around with the breaker box, hoping to keep the circuits from tripping often, you could end up doing more harm than good. Trying to make the electrical panel work, a DIY project can result in power surges, damage to the wiring, electrocution, and electrical issues throughout the entire house. The worst-case scenario is a complete overload in the electrical panel, which can cause an electrical fire.
Unless you need to flip a tripped switch or cut the power to the entire house, you should call a licensed electrician who has the knowledge and experience to handle the problem safely.
#6 Appliance Installation
If you need to have any appliances installed, you should leave the job to a licensed electrician. There is more to installing an appliance than simply plugging it in. If you are installing a major appliance on a circuit that has already reached the maximum amount of power, you could end up with serious issues in the breaker box. Also, if you don’t install the appliance properly, you could end up causing damage to the appliance, or you could be electrocuted. Hiring a licensed electrician will ensure that your appliance will function properly.
If you need any electrical work done in your home, contact Mister Sparky of Florence. We have been providing electrical service to residential and business customers in the area for years.
We understand that your time is valuable; therefore, if we show up late, the cost of the service call is free
We understand that electrical technology changes all the time, which is why we require all of our electricians to take continuing education courses. We need to be sure that our professionals are always up-to-date on the most recent technology.
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