The guests are on their way, the food is cooked and suddenly the light over the dinner table goes out. No big deal, you can do a quick electrical repair. But, a new bulb doesn’t fix the problem, and neither does flipping the switch that controls the light circuit in the fuse box off and on. You know the same light has given you trouble before, and you might think you even know the difference between that green ground wire and the black hot wire. You remove the light switch from the wall and see some of the wires have apparently become disconnected. Time to just shut off the fuse and reconnect them, right?
Wrong. You need to call a local electrician. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, each year 67,800 fires result from home electrical problems just like this one. Twice as many of those are due to improper wiring as appliance failures.
It’s not that you don’t know what you’re doing or that you can’t read a how-to guide to do the electrical repair—the last residents may have done it improperly themselves. They may have reversed wires, replaced the wire with the wrong gauge or put too much strain on the fuse (called over-lamping). The only way to know you are correctly wiring is to use a special tool called a voltage meter to check for hot wires. The electrical repair could also just be beyond your knowledge and skill set. Electricity is not something to mess with, and you want to make sure it’s done safely and correctly to avoid sparking even bigger problems.
The only safe bet is to consult licensed local electricians to help with your electrical repair. Electricians not only have the tools you don’t, like lineman’s pliers and voltage meters, they have extensive internships (typically 3-7 years) under their belts. They intern for a reason—without proper training, you can seriously hurt yourself by mixing up cables or not taking the proper precautions.
For your own safety, and for the safety of the community, get in touch with a licensed electrician about your electrical problems, however small. Besides, your guests would rather eat by candlelight than not eat at all!
Next time you’re looking for a local electrician in Chico to help with your electrical repair, contact The Hignell Companies. We are experts in your home.
Get your FREE Guide to help keep you safe below: