How many of us take it for granted that electricity will always be there? When we face a power outage or one of our appliances breaks, that is when we seem to realize how much electricity plays a role in our daily life.
Unless you are an electrician, it is always better to hire an electrical technician whenever you are faced with any home electrical problems or upgrades, be it fixing an electrical appliance, troubleshooting a problem, or running new lines.
If you're a "do it yourself" personality, consider the old adage 'you don't know what you don't know'. A trained professional has had more time and experience on the job than the best weekend warrior. A trained professional also (usually) comes with all the safety equipment needed to make the job injury free, whereas most do it yourselfers don't. Below are a few tips that will help you have the safest experience possible.
1. Always call an expert, especially if you're not one. A good electrician has the required knowledge and experience to deal with electrical complications and therefore he is likely to be able to analyze the situation better and handle it accordingly.
2. Electricity may be simple to some people, but that doesn't make it any less dangerous. It takes less than one-tenth of an amp to stop your heart. Most outlets run in the neighborhood of 10-15 amps, occasionally more.
3. Electricians have insurance for accidental injuries on the job. Many insurances don't cover injury or death for hobbies and DIY projects.
4. Almost all electrical appliances lose their warranty if you're not trained and certified to fix them. An electrician helps you keep those warranties, and can usually get parts faster. And the repairs themselves should be covered under warranty from the electrician, giving you extra peace of mind.
5. A professional electrician can also answer any questions you may have, so that you can make a better informed decision on all your electrical needs. Having that knowledge base usually takes a lot more time than most of us have to aquire.
Hiring an electrician is no doubt the best thing to do when you're faced with any electrical issues, but also remember you need to choose a good, reliable electrician in order to make sure that the situation is taken care of in the most efficient way. A good electrician can be found by word of mouth, in yellow pages, or even on the internet.
Once you have decided to hire one, make sure that you ask for a written estimate and references. Do not just opt for one going by the rate quoted. Try to find out how good and reliable they are for major work, and if they're worth the price they charge. If you have gone about finding an electrician systematically, you can be assured that you will get safe, quality work done and you can rely on them for future jobs as well.
Remember, electricity only has to get you once.