When To Call An Electrical Contractor

Posted on: 29 August 2016

Electrical repairs are not good candidates for DIY projects. Licensed electricians spend years learning the skills and know-how to ply their trade. For those without such training, the potential for electrocution and serious damage to your home far outweighs the few dollars you might save by doing the work yourself. When should you call an electical contractor? The short answer is whenever you're dealing with wiring or circuits.

1. For any work on your electrical circuit board. The circuit board is where the power enters your home and is divided among the different circuits in your home. Overload a circuit and you could create a fire hazard.

2. To move or add an electrical receptable. If you have an older home with fewer electrical receptacles than you need for modern life, you may want to add a few extra places to plug in electronics and other appliances. You may also need a 220 outlet for a new major appliance like a clothes dryer or stove. All of these tasks are best left to an electrician.

3. To rewire your home or to wire a new room or addition. It should go without saying that an electrician is necessary when you want to wire or re-wire a portion of your home. 

4. To evaluate the wiring of a new home or potential home. If you've recently purchased a new home or are considering such a purchase, an electrical contractor can help you know if your home is safely wired and/or if you need to invest in rewiring the structure.

5. To replace your thermostat. New programmable thermostats can help you save energy and energy dollars, but they can be somewhat tricky to install. This is another good reason to call an electrical contractor.

6. To wire a new hot tub. If you've just invested in a new hot tub, you'll need a good electrical contractor to make sure that the unit is wired correctly, especially since you're dealing with water near electricity. In most cases, you'll need to add a dedicated circuit to handle the hot tub's electrical demands.

7. To add a new electrical box for light fixtures or ceiling fans. While replacing an existing light fixture can be tackled by a savvy homeowner, adding a new wiring box to accommodate a new fixture or ceiling fan is best left to the professionals.

While simple projects like hanging a light fixture can be done carefully as DIY projects, the majority of electrical projects, such as adding a new circuit or rewiring a room, need the skill and training of an electrical contractor.