When the lights start to flicker or an outlet won’t work, it can be tempting to forgo calling an electrician in favor of tackling the issue alone. But before you break out the toolbox, think twice. Few home improvement jobs are as fraught with danger as “Do-It-Yourself” electrical repair, and the results can be dangerous or even deadly. Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t DIY with electrical work—ever.
You Could Get Electrocuted
Electrical shock can be deadly at nearly any voltage level, and this is especially true when you are working with higher voltages. In most residential homes, the average voltage for lighting and power outlets is around 110 volts, enough to give you a painful jolt. The voltage levels for certain appliances, such as ovens and dryers, can reach 240 volts – a deadly amount of current. Sure, you can always turn off the power at the breaker box, but all too often DIY-ers either forget this step entirely, or switch off the incorrect breaker. Professional electricians undergo years of training to learn how to safely work around electricity—so call us instead!
You Could Cause an Electrical Fire
Electrical fires are, in their own way, much more dangerous than electric shocks. Although a shock is certainly more instantaneous, and the consequences can be more severe, DIY-ers are more aware of the risk and more likely to prepare for them. But an electrical fire is a “sleeping danger” that usually takes homeowners by surprise. If you place even a single wire in the wrong place, you might not be able tell that something is wrong. Then the hazard will remain dormant for months, leading you into a false sense of security before ultimately causing a fire.
In order to avoid this situation, you should always hire an experienced electrician when there are problems with the electrical system.
Your Home Might not Pass an Electrical Inspection
When it’s time to sell your house, you might be surprised to learn that you have not installed the right outlets and circuit breakers, or that you have installed them in the wrong places. Then you will have to pay for new outlet installation or other repairs all over again. You might even be fined, as well. A professional electrician will install everything correctly the first time, so you only have to pay for it all once. Knowing what is required to bring a house up to code is part of our job, and we are more likely to make repairs that meet the criteria to pass inspection. As an added bonus, you and your family will be in less danger—those codes exist for a reason!
Need an electrician in Apex, Garner, or Holly Springs?
DIY electrical repairs might save you a few bucks in the short term, but that’s small change compared to the hospital bills if you get shocked, repair bills if you perform it incorrectly, or the cost of a new home if yours burns down! Get better peace of mind and ensure your safety with Alternate Current Solutions. If you need electrical services in Apex, Garner, or Holly Springs, schedule an appointment with us today!