When it comes to work around the house, a lot of homeowners think they can take care of everything on their own. This is true in a lot of cases. If you’re pretty handy, there are plenty of repairs you can make using readily available skills and following instructions in videos you find on the web. In some instances, however, you might want to avoid a DIY project. This is especially true when it comes to your home’s electrical system. Here are a few times you may be better off calling a professional for help with a home project.
Upgrading Your Circuit Breaker
If your home is older and has never had its service panel upgraded, it might be time to call a professional electrician. As you fill your home with newer and more advanced appliances, old electrical panels have a hard time keeping up with the demand. If left unaddressed, the old breaker boxes can cause the lights in your home to flicker and will be more susceptible to blown fuses. Because the job of upgrading the circuit breaker is complex and potentially dangerous, you’re better off calling for a professional handyman than trying to do it on your own.
If you’re starting to rely on dozens of extension cords to power appliances all over the house, it’s probably time for new outlets. Installing new outlets isn’t something you should attempt, but it’s easy for an electrician. It may also be necessary to upgrade some outlets as well. Electrical codes often require GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets where water is present such as kitchens and bathrooms. If your home doesn’t yet have these, then you’ll need to call an expert for installation.
Install Lights Outdoors
Outdoor lighting is important for safety, but it can also serve an aesthetic purpose. Because it’s unlikely that your outdoor space has the wiring and outlets you require for new outdoor lighting, you should call a professional to take care of it. Not only will they be able to install lights that are attractive and that provide sufficient illumination, but they’ll know how to ensure that the wiring is safely grounded as well.
New Light Fixtures
Many kinds of light fixtures can be installed on your own. There are times, however, when you’ll need a handyman to install lights. If a fixture’s amperage isn’t adequate to handle the wattage of a new light, for instance, an electrician will need to run additional wire from the circuit breaker.
If you need to upgrade your home’s electrical system to install lights or additional appliances, you don’t want to do anything that could put your safety at risk. If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to call a professionals at Handyman Connection of Colorado Springs, CO to take care of all your home’s electrical needs.