When to Call an Electrician

Electricity is an integral aspect of our everyday lives. So much so, we are surrounded at home and in our workplaces by various electrical systems. However, these systems can be particularly dangerous, making it essential to engage the services of a fully licensed and insured electrician to safeguard ourselves from the dangers of any electrical mishaps. The following are some of the most common situations where it’s necessary to call on the services of a qualified electrician.

  1. If the same fuses keep blowing or you have circuit breakers that frequently trip – and you’ve taken the basic steps of replacing and checking them, but still can’t resolve the problem – it might be might be time to call in an electrician. In fact, continually resetting circuit breakers and replacing fuses won’t effectively deal with the problem, as this will only cause your electrical system to continue attempting to draw more current than it can safely feed. In both these scenarios, it’s safe to assume that there is a potentially harmful problem within one or more of the circuits that can only be safely dealt with by a qualified electrician.
  2. If your home consists of crisscrossing and haphazardly dangling wires that trail across the room, this could be an indication that your electrical system is in urgent need of a minor or major overhaul – the severity of which can be determined by an electrical expert. Badly installed electrical systems pose a major risk and you should have your electrician install a new set of power outlets that are better placed.
  3. Another sign that your electrical system is outdated and needs to be upgraded is when you have too many of your modern devices and plugs that don’t fit into the power sockets in your home. In this case, it’s entirely possible that your electrical system is not properly or sufficiently grounded; therefore, you should get in touch with an experienced electrician in order to avoid any mishaps that could result from this.
  4. Any power outlet, switch, or other electrical surface that gives off heat and/or delivers mild to heavier doses of electric shock should be considered an indication of problems with the system. The best possible scenario is an excess demand of power on the circuit, but this can also mean something more sinister might be brewing in your electrical system. A qualified electrician can pinpoint where the problem is coming from and make the necessary repairs or replacements.
  5. If the lights in your home suddenly dim or flicker because you plugged in a specific appliance, said appliance might need its own dedicated circuit specially installed. A significant number of devices that run with motors (such as microwave ovens, refrigerators and fans) often draw large amounts of current, causing strain to your electrical system. A skilled electrician can help diagnose the problem and implement a viable solution.