Most homeowners know that electrical problems are common. This is especially true for older homes or poor electrical repairs. Do not assume that newer homes do not face similar problems. When you encounter these issues, how do you start troubleshooting? Some problems require you to replace the faulty connection. Other electrical issues need a professional electrician. Here are our top five tips to stay safe for electrical do it yourself projects:
DO NOT try to work on electrical issues that are unfamiliar
If you have never been successful fixing an electrical issue or the current problem is new to you, STOP. When you are dealing with electricity without training, it can lead to severe injury. Getting a professional electrician for electrical issues is smart. A licensed electrician will resolve all your problems. Ensure that your electrical repairs are completed right the first time. If you are determined to tackle the job, make sure that you take all the proper precautions.
Determine if the issue is internal or external
Sometimes a homeowner’s electrical problems will be caused by an external fault. These problems can only be fixed by the utility company. If you are sure that the issue is outside your home, call your utility provider. Never tamper with power lines.
Be sure to turn off the power
Before you try to fix an electrical issue, turn off the power at the main circuit panel. Once you turn it off, test to make sure you turned off the right breaker. This step will keep you safe during your repairs. When you are done with the repair, turn the breaker back on and test your repairs. If the issue has not been fixed, make sure to turn off the power again before restarting your repairs. If your electrical problem continues, call Redhawk Temecula Electric.
First Test Then Repair or Replace
Make sure you isolate the electrical problem before you try to repair it. In our work, we often find that a dead socket or a faulty light switch is caused by a bad breaker. Contact a local electrician whenever you are not comfortable repairing an electricity problem.
Don’t overlook recurring issues
If the same problem keeps re-emerging, call a professional electrician for a consult. At Redhawk Murrieta Electricians, we have tools and experience identifying underlying issues. Ignoring electrical issues can lead to electrical fires. You are also at risk of electrical shorts and fuses in your appliances. The compounding problems are far more expensive to address than calling us in early. A professional certified electrician will find the right solution. This will ensure that you and your home stay safe. Call today to get a FREE Quote from your 5-star electrical contractors.