Reasons Why You Should Never DIY Electrical Repairs

Reasons Why You Should Never DIY Electrical Repairs

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Though it can be very tempting to take care of all your home’s DIY projects, especially electrical repairs, this is not always the best option. It can be perilous to attempt to make these adjustments yourself when it comes to electricity-related problems, it can be.

There are numerous things that could go wrong when working with electricity. We want to ensure your safety, so here are a few of the reasons that you should, at the bare minimum, consult a qualified electrician before and after making any changes to your electrical systems at home.

Electrical Shocks

Electricians are trained to handle all aspects of electricity properly, including electrical shocks. These shocks can cause cardiac arrest and even death.

Luckily, professionals know what safety gear is needed to prevent fires and injuries. They wear rubber-soled shoes, cotton clothes, rubber gloves, and insulated tools. They also know what steps to take in case of an emergency, like coming into contact with an electrical current.

Fire Hazards

You may know that electricity conducts heat and travels through conductors like copper wire and even water pipes.

But did you know that replacing even a tiny section of electrical wire while not touching any other area by yourself is dangerous? The new wire will not be adequately insulated or protected from potentially damaging electrical circuits. The wire can get hot enough to start a fire when the current travels through it.

If you were to simply hire or converse with a professional, you will significantly reduce the risk of an electrical fire.

Live Electrical Current

We have already discussed electrical shocks and fires, but have you heard of a live electrical current? A live wire has higher voltage levels because they supply the voltage.

Electricians have been trained to know how far they can reach into a junction box before they risk their safety. They also can safely shut off the power from coming through that circuit before attempting to work on it because they have the knowledge and tools needed.

Additional Damage and Fines From Electrical Repairs

Not only could you cause an electrical shock or electrical fire, but you could cause more damage by a power surge or to your home’s structure.

If you must DIY electrical repairs, ensure that you do not cut any corners with junctions and wires because this “shortcut” could lead to frying a sensitive piece of equipment.

Additionally, a qualified electrician will know where each electrical cable and junction box is located throughout the home or building. While you may have to tear apart walls and floors to trace down the circuit breakers and potentially damage wiring, electricians will not.

Homeowner’s insurance companies work hard to keep the peace, so attempting to fix electrical problems yourself without any experience or knowledge of the topic can cause fines and penalties.

You could put yourself and others in danger, including those living around you, so you need to be sure that your actions are safe.

It is also possible that you will need a specific permit to perform the repairs necessary, which are not accessible to non-licensed electricians. It is best to hire an electrician who is aware of the HOA rules and policies.

Hiring a qualified electrician will save time, money, and damage to your home.

Can Teague Electric Do My Electrical Repairs?

If you live in the Kansas City metro area and need to make renovations to your electrical system(s), our qualified electricians at Teague Electric would love to assist with your electric needs.

It can be dangerous to attempt to DIY your electrical repairs for various reasons. We want to ensure your safety, your family’s safety, and your home’s safety by assisting you in your repairs.

Let us do the hard work for you so you can spend more time with your family and enjoy your time. Working with electricity can be fatal, especially when you do not know the ins and outs of it as we do. We want to ensure everyone’s safety and security from electrical shocks, fire hazards, and live electrical currents.

If you are still determining whether you have electrical wiring problems, or are ready to begin your electrical repairs, contact Teague Electric today!

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