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  • Writer's pictureKent McDonald

To DYI or not! Why You Should Hire a Professional Electrician.

The photo above is of an uncover DIY wiring splice that Columbia Electrical found behind a wall during a renovation project. At some point in time a splice was made to the existing wire to feed a new plug. The splice although not acceptable practise, was not even made inside a junction box! Below are the 5 main reasons you need to hire a professional electrician.

If you’re not an expert about things like electrical panels, wires, outlets, and all the other things electrical, you should not attempt to make electrical repairs. While there are some home repairs that you can attempt yourself, such as fixing a leaky faucet, electrical repairs are not included in that list. You should hire a professional electrician for all electrical repairs!

Many homeowners are tempted to try handling electrical repairs on their own to save money. For all home repairs, going the DIY route risks turning what would have been a small problem into a very costly one. The same is true for electrical repairs. Except that in addition to risking costly damage, you risk your own safety by tampering with your home electrical system.

If you’re considering taking the DIY approach to an electrical repair, please review these reasons why you should hire a professional electrician.

5 Reasons You Should Hire a Professional Electrician

1. Safety

First and foremost, the main reason why you should hire a professional electrician is for your own safety, your family’s safety, and the safety of your house. Working with electricity can be extremely dangerous if you do not approach it with the right expertise, safety training, and equipment.

Not only are you risking your safety while working on the repair, but if the repair is performed incorrectly you might inadvertently create long-term safety hazards in the form of electrical shocks and fire.

2. Cost

Most homeowners who try to DIY an electrical repair end up calling a professional electrician after their repair fails to do the trick. And oftentimes, they’ve only made the problem more complicated to fix than it would have been if they’d called an electrician in the first place.

You should hire a professional electrician to save time and money by getting the job done right the first time.

3. Troubleshooting

We can’t tell you how often we get calls reporting one problem with a home electrical system only to get out to the job site and discover that the issue is just one symptom of a much larger problem.

Only a professional electrician can perform the troubleshooting and problem solving necessary to diagnose what’s wrong with your electrical system and identify the appropriate solution.

4. Education and Certification

Professional electricians complete many hours of education, on-the-job training, and certification before earning their license. The certification process guarantees that professional electricians can deliver a certain standard of work that you just can’t achieve without those hours of training and experience.

When you’re looking for an electrician, check whether they’re an apprentice, journeyman, or master electrician, and verify that their business (or the company that employs them) is bonded, licensed, and insured.

5. Long-Term Peace of Mind

You should hire a professional electrician to provide you peace of mind. Having an expert service your electrical system will help extend its lifetime and prevent future problems. Electrical work performed by a professional electrician is also usually guaranteed, meaning that if the problem persists or recurs, they’ll come back to make it good free of charge.


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