If you need some work done around the house, you might want to do it yourself. And why not? There are plenty of things you can do around your house that are relatively easy and safe, and DIY projects are a great way to save money. There are instances, however, where it’s not a good idea to do things on your own; for example, electrical projects are best left to the professionals. Here are a few reasons why you should call an electrical contractor in Orlando the next time you need help with an electrical project.
Electrical work isn’t like most things you can do at home. Whereas you might bump your head when working on your plumbing or damage your pipes, when working with electricity, you could cause serious injury if you’re not careful. The typical power outlet is 120 volts, which is enough to cause some serious pain. That’s bad enough, but some appliances—ovens, for instance—can reach a lethal 240 volts. Electricians have years of training, so they know how to mitigate these risks. Better to let them handle your electrical needs so you don’t have to put yourself in a dangerous position for no reason.
Faulty wiring can result in house fires. The way wires interact can be very confusing to a novice, increasing the risk of putting a wire in the wrong spot and triggering a fire. Compounding the risk is the fact that electrical fire hazards aren’t necessarily obvious right away. They can lay dormant for weeks or months with the DIY technician being completely unaware of the threat until the wiring shorts out, starting a fire.
A home’s electrical components must pass inspection before they can be legally used. When you hire a professional electrician, not only do they have the expertise to successfully fix the problem, they can be sure that your home is able to pass inspection. Acting on your own, you may complete a project to your personal satisfaction, yet fail to meet the necessary criteria to pass inspection. Not only is this unsafe, but it means you’ll still need to have your electrical system repaired by a professional before you can sell your home.
A GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) is a kind of component that carries a sensor within it that protects the user from being shocked in the event of an unsafe connection. These are usually implemented in the parts of the home where water might be an issue, such as the bathroom, and in outdoor outlets. Since this is a part of electrical work that few DIY enthusiasts understand, they’ll likely fail to put them in when necessary, putting themselves and their homes at risk.
If you need electrical work at home, don’t do it yourself. Call In Phaze Electric, Inc., at (407) 599-7777. We’re the premier electrical service company in Orlando, FL, and we specialize in helping homeowners just like you. Give us a call today!