Changing a light bulb is hardly a complex DIY task but when the electrical jobs become more complex there will come a point when you have to consider employing the services of a qualified professional.
It is not just a matter of competency when it comes to doing your own electrical work as there is also the issue of meeting building codes and regulations, so here is a look at how to tell when it’s time hire an electrician.
It is never worth gambling with your safety
The bottom line when it comes to electrical work is that there is a tipping point where you simply can’t afford to take risks and put the safety of the occupants and the property itself at risk.
There are several key electrical issues that are best left to a professional and if any of the following scenarios are what you are facing, think carefully about whether you want to risk attempting a DIY job.
Wiring not up to standard
If you are having problems with the wiring in your home and your inspection reveals that sections of wiring have become damaged or showing signs of age, you will probably have to call an electrician rather than try to replace parts of the wiring yourself.
The fundamental reason for this is not just a lack of professional knowledge that you might have, but more to the point, the fact that building codes will require you to get the wiring work signed off as meeting current standards.
You could mix and match with your approach and acquire the electrical items you need when you check these out, before getting a professional in to carry out the installation work on your behalf.
Signs of severe damage
Even more serious than an aged wiring problem is the sound and smells associated with a dangerous electrical problem.
Any noticeable buzzing, sparking or smell of burning is cause for alarm and if these are left unchecked for even a short period of time you are putting yourself at risk of electrocution or even a fire.
These particular issues need to be addressed urgently and repairs carried out by a professional.
When your circuit breaker is telling you something
The circuit breakers in your home are designed as a safety mechanism to protect you when your electrical system becomes overloaded for some reason, so if the system is tripping on a regular basis that could be a sign of an underlying problem.
If your electrical system is not able to cope with the demands placed on it and the breaker keeps tripping you need to arrange to find out why that is happening.
The best course of action would be to call in an electrician so that you can get a professional evaluation of the condition of your wiring system and what needs to be done to make it safer and stop the circuit breaker from being called into action so often.
There are plenty of general DIY tasks you can happily tackle without calling in outside help but when it comes to a number of electrical issues, it’s best to know your limits and call in a professional.