There are certain electrical problems in the home that you can probably deal with yourself, such as changing a plug or even fitting a new light. However, electrical work is not the same as many other DIY projects; it can be dangerous, or even lethal, if you make mistakes.
If you are unsure of how to deal with a seemingly simple electrical problem in the home, or the task seems complicated, do not be afraid to ask a local electrician for help. They have expertise that they can put to use making sure that the work is completed safely and efficiently.
DIY Electrical Problems In The Home
There are some electrical problems in the home that you can attempt to fix yourself. Remember that you should switch off the main circuit breaker, and check for a live current with a voltmeter, before you unscrew any plugs, switches or fittings.
So what electrical problems are considered DIY friendly?
- Fixing an outlet plug that is loose. Once there is no current, all you have to do is remove the cover plate and put outlet shims in place until the plug is a flush fit against the wall.
- Fitting a new light switch. You should never leave a broken light switch in place. Once you have ensured there is no current, you can simply unscrew, disassemble and reassemble the light switch.
- Resetting the circuit breaker. A tripped circuit is not necessarily anything to worry about. Common home electrical appliances can trip the circuit on occasion. However, if this keeps happening, and the same appliance is to blame, there is a fault with the appliance.
Complex Electrical Problems
Some electrical faults are more complex. This means that you should not attempt to remedy the issue yourself. There are certain signs to look out for which suggest that there is an electrical problem in the home.
- Lights that regularly flicker or dim could be a sign that there is a loose connection which could eventually lead to overheating. This could cause a spark which could lead to a serious fire in your home.
- Light bulbs that do not last. Energy efficient light bulbs are made to last. If this is not the case with lights in your home, there could be a loose socket or circuit which requires immediate professional attention.
- Outlets or switches which are warm to touch. Power outlets and switches should not get hot. If you find that this is the case, you should call an electrician as soon as possible. If you do not do this, you are running the risk of experiencing a fire in your home.
- If the circuit breaker keeps going out and there is NOT an appliance plugged in, you could have a water leak that is causing the circuit to trip. Not only are water leaks a dangerous mix with electricity but they can create toxic mold. The same applies to a GFI switch that keeps tripping.
Electricity is something that we all take for granted and, although we know it can be dangerous, we do not give it the respect that it deserves. The simple jobs that we have looked at above can be done as a DIY project. However, many more complicated tasks, like the ones we have mentioned, should be left to the professionals to deal with. Trying to work with electricity, when you do not know what you are doing, is dangerous. I used to be married to an electrician and cannot stress enough that most electrical problems should be left to the pros.