6 Reasons to Call an Electrician
Whether you're the designated handyperson for your home or you just don't want to spend the money on calling an electrician, it's important to know that some electrical repairs need to be handled by a licensed professional. Read on for the top 6 reasons to call an electrician.
- Breaker panel issues: If you experience frequently tripping breakers, a burning smell, buzzing from the panel or flickering lights, have a professional electrician inspect it. You might need to replace individual breakers or the entire panel before circuit overheating occurs.
- Surge protection: Spikes in voltage across your home's electrical system can cause damage to expensive electronics. These surges can be caused by external factors, such as lightning strikes or irregularities across the power grid, or by large appliances turning on and off. A licensed electrician can install a whole-home surge protector to guard your entire electrical system.
- Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs): GFCIs are outlets that prevent electrocution by shutting off power to the circuit if it detects that a current is flowing in an unintended path, such as through water or a person. You should have GFCIs in every indoor/outdoor space where water and electricity can interact.
- Inspect and install smoke/CO detectors: Though smoke detectors are required in new homes, every home needs to have the appropriate number of them. Each detector should be tested monthly, have batteries changed every six months and be replaced each 7 to 10 years. Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are also vital to protect your family from the deadly colorless, odorless gas that is generated from equipment such as engines, heaters, fireplaces, furnaces and generators. Call in the pros to inspect your detectors to make sure they are working properly or install new ones.
- Ceiling fan installation/replacement: Having ceiling fans throughout your home is an effective way of regulating its temperature and airflow in every season. There's no need so suffer stale air in any room in your home; a skilled professional can easily install a fan even where no ceiling light exists or replace an older model.
- Indoor or outdoor lighting: A licensed electrician can install new lighting for your home, replace fixtures that aren't working or create a lighting plan for every room. Outdoors, he or she can install motion-sensitive floodlights to improve security and create a landscaped system of lighting to highlight garden features and trees.
As tempting as it may be to go DIY when it comes to home electrical repairs, how-to YouTube videos are no substitute for the expertise and peace of mind the work of a licensed electrician can bring to your home. Call Ragsdale to schedule a visit today!