Electrical systems are far more complex and intricate than most people realize. And, it should go without saying that electricity can cause serious injury or death if you don’t know what you’re doing, or are unaware of proper safety guidelines.
This is why you should have plenty of good reasoning for hiring a professional electrician when you need electrical repairs or upgrades in your home. Even if you’re the DIY type, or if you’re somewhat of a handyman, knowledge of electrical systems is critical for proper repair and for keeping safe.
Whether you’re needing to patch up or replace faulty wiring or you’re trying to upgrade your existing electrical systems, the following provides several reasons why you should seek out a professional, licensed electrician.
Just a mere 42 volts can kill a human being. But you have to remember, it’s not the voltage that actually kills a human being, it’s the current. That being said, most electrical outlets within a modern home are rated to 110 or 120-volt output. This makes staying safe around electrical outlets critical.
In actuality, the human body has a rather high resistance to an electric current. What this means is that without sufficient voltage, a small electric current is generally unable to flow through the body and cause death. However, most of our common electrical outlets are twice the sufficient voltage needed to cause death.
The bottom line is, stay safe and hire a licensed, professional electrician for any intricate electrical repairs you might have.
The tools you’ll need to perform intricate electrical repairs will probably cost you more than actually hiring an electrician to do the job. In addition to this, licensed electricians know how to properly use and handle these tools in a safe and professional manner.
You should also note that the parts and supplies you’ll need to purchase in order to make the repairs or upgrades are an additional cost that you’ll have to bear along with buying proper tools.
Most electricians will come out and give you a free assessment of your electrical repair needs. Instead of trying to figure out the solution on your own, which will take some time if you’re unfamiliar with electrical work, simply calling an electrician to come and give you an estimate will save time, and not cost you a dime.
All in all, if you want to get the best value for your money, and not worry yourself with learning how to perform intricate repairs or buy costly tools, hiring a professional electrician is the best option. However, if you are indeed interested in learning more about electrical work, you’ll need the proper materials to get licensed and perform the work on your own… until then, hire a professional.
Aiming for Efficiency
As previously stated, professional electricians know what they’re doing. In today’s world, with Google at everyone’s fingertips, many people have an internet addiction and think that if they simply look up something online, that they’ll have instant, properly vetted answers.
Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. As much as we’d like to think that the internet has all of the answers, many times these answers are given at a subpar level of expertise.
Electricians are highly skilled, highly trained individuals and they don’t need to “Google” how to use a voltage meter, which you probably would. Instead of pointing and clicking on a random “How-to” article, it’s best to use your internet search time to find a licensed electrician in your area.
Along with having the general know-how, an electrician will also know how to fix your problems efficiently. This will reduce the amount of time (and money) you’ll spend when you try to fix the problem yourself, and then have to go back and redo all of your work.
Bottom line, if you’re looking for quality answers, the faster and wiser option would be to ask an electrician directly and avoid “Professor Internet” altogether. Unless, you plan on getting licensed in plumbing yourself, of course, but until you’re properly trained and licensed, you’ll have to leave electrical work to the pros.