Recognizing you Need a Professional Electrician

by | Mar 19, 2013 | heating-cooling

The day will come when you need to have a professional electrician come to your home and do some work. If you have added on to your house, or wish to change some switches, knowing you need help will be easy. But when it comes to repair work, knowing when it’s time to contact a professional can be trickier.

If you haven’t added anything new to your life, but you’ve noticed your electrical bill has made a significant increase, it’s time to think about hiring an electrician. The spike in your power usage, could be a bookkeeping problem, or it could indicate you’ve developed a short. Don’t even think about ignoring the situation. Putting of calling the electrician could cost you a fortune in electricity, and could put your entire family at risk. A single short could trigger a house fire.

If you notice a smoking smell in an area of your home, but don’t see any signs of fire, the very first thing you need to do is call your electrician. Don’t even think about hesitating. The smoke could indicate that one of your wires has started to spark. As clearly and calmly as you can, you need to relay your situation to the professional. As soon as they have all the details they will drop everything to get to your house. In this situation, you’re free to overreact.

If you plug something, like a hair dryer, in and get zapped, you shouldn’t simply assume you’ve picked up some static electricity. The shock could indicate there’s a problem with your home’s electrical system, and that it needs to be repaired.

Do you have a rodent issue? Mice, and especially squirrels, tend to be especially hard on your homes wiring system. For some reason, the rodents like the feel of chewing through the rubber the wires have been coated with. Rodents leave all kinds of bare wires in their wake. When the wire touches a bit of paper, wet wood, or a nail, there can be a spark that can lead to a house fire. Don’t assume that since you haven’t seen any rodents inside your home that you don’t have to worry about the state of your electrical system. You should make arrangements to have an electrician examine things and make sure you’re not in danger.

The final indication you have an electrical problem is consistently tripped circuits. When this happens you should unplug any appliance that’s plugged into that circuit. If you’re still experiencing difficulty, the problem stems from your wiring. If unplugging the appliance seems to correct the problem, it’s time to think about replacing the appliance, or having a repair person take a look at it.

A1 United doesn’t take electrical problems lightly. As soon as you start experiencing trouble you can visit and make arrangements to have an electrician Council Bluffs come to your home.

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