Home electricity is probably one part of your house you rely on daily but pay little attention to. Electricity is everywhere and a large part of our existence revolves around items that use electricity. Most people don’t think about calling a professional electrician unless something is broken and they can’t fix it. Electricity however, can be dangerous and calling a professional is as much about your family’s safety as it is about fixing a problem. Here are a few reasons to call a licensed electrician.
Not Enough Outlets
You may be using too many extension cords or have power strips at every outlet. Using extension cords isn’t always safe. This is a good indication; you could use a few more outlets. It also may mean you are overloading some of the circuits in your home. A professional electrician can determine if your house needs an electrical upgrade or just a few more outlets.
Your Lights Dim
If you notice diming lights when you turn on certain appliances or too many appliances, you may have an overloaded circuit breaker. It may trip often too. An electrician can help alleviate the problem and balance the load.
No 3-prong Outlets
Most electrical items today require a 3-prong outlet. If your home electrical system only has 2-prong outlets, you could have a problem with your electricity being grounded. Using adaptors is not the safest solution, calling an electrician to change out the outlets is.
Do You Need A Licensed Electrician To Install New Appliances?
When it comes to installing new electrical appliances, it is always a good idea to provide dedicated circuits to your appliance. This can help balance the load before you start having problems. Electricity needs to work efficiently to save you money on your power bill and to ensure your appliances don’t wear out more frequently.
No GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) Outlets in Your Kitchen or Bath
Since the late 1980’s, homes are required to have GFI outlets near any water. This is a safety precaution to prevent electric shock. A GFI will detect any deviation in the current that might result from water coming into contact with electricity. Within 1/30th of a second, the electricity can be interrupted and this saves lives. If you notice you don’t have any outlets like this, an electrician can install them for you.
Your Home is Older
Homes that are older may not have an efficient electrical system. Recent changes to building codes, safety codes and new technology may mean your system isn’t running as well as it could be. Your electrician can make sure your system is up to date and working efficiently.
If you have recently purchased your home, you may find that although your home has passed inspection, you are having problems because the way your family uses electricity is unique to you. Your electrician can provide you with an electrical inspection or energy audit that revolves around how you are using your home electricity and what changes are needed for your safety and to cut your costs for electricity. If you have any questions or need service, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.