When should I call an electrician?

Friday, August 5, 2022

We use electricity everyday and in everything we do, so it is easy to forget how dangerous electricity can be.  If we get hit by a bolt of lightning or stick our fingers in a socket, we’re going to be seriously injured. Electricity is too dangerous to take lightly.

When is it okay to do my own electrical work?

The simple answer to this question is: “Never.” If your project requires any form of electrical work, you need to call a licensed electrician. The reasons for this are fairly simple:

• Electricity can and does cause injury and death.

• Electrical wiring and systems are complex. Simple mistakes can lead to serious consequences.

• There is a risk of an electrical fire.

To protect your family, your health and safety in your home, you should not do your own electrical work.  It is potentially too dangerous. One of our electrical managers says: “No touching!”

What kinds of work require an electrician?

When a project involves electricity, you need to call an electrician. This includes lighting upgrades, fixture replacements, outlet problems, remodeling and so much more!

Here are several projects that require an electrician:

• Upgrading or replacing smoke detectors

• Electrical panel upgrades

• Replacing or repairing plugs and outlets

• Adding fixtures like ceiling fans or recess can lighting

• Adding exhaust fans and oven hoods

• Adding lighting to your shop and garage

• Garage door opener power problems

• Home addition and remodel projects

• Installing attic fans

• Installing whole-house surge protection

• Installing pool lighting and equipment

• Installing or upgrading wells and sump pumps

• Installing welding outlets

• Installing electric car chargers and RV plugs

Never try to handle an electrical emergency on your own!

How to tell if you need emergency electrical help

• The breaker doesn’t reset after tripping

• Outlets are not working

• The breaker, outlets, light switches or electronics are hot to the touch

Marines Electrical Services offer electrical inspections by our licensed electricians.  We ensure everything is working properly and safely.

Homes built before the 80’s have aluminum wiring so these homes need to be inspected annually for loose connections that can cause fires.  This will help keep you and your family safe and give you peace of mind.

The bottom line is that electricity is not something to take lightly or to meddle with.  Even though it is part of our daily lives, we cannot forget how dangerous it can be.   Call an one of our licensed electricians to take care of your electrical needs and don’t risk your house or your safety.