Why Homeowners Need a Residential Electrician
Maintaining building systems in your home is a constant task since each storm and season can create stress and changes to the exterior envelope, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems. It is good to have a trusted residential electrician in your phone book to help care for your home. Here are the top four reasons to call a Residential Electrician to your home.
Over the years, electrical technology has changed, and the new technology improves safety and increases efficiency. Sometimes, old technology has been determined to be a fire or shock hazard and needs to be removed and replaced. A Residential Electrician should be consulted to replace such wiring and outlets. Examples of old technologies that need to be replaced include:
Aluminum or fabric covered (often called “knob and tube wiring). Both types of wiring pose fire safety reasons and should be replaced.
Old outlets with only 2 prongs do not provide proper grounding and should be replaced. Yes, some adapters allow one to use a 3-prong plug in a 2-prong outlet, but adapters should be a temporary solution.
Non-GFCI outlets within 6 feet of water sources need to be replaced as soon as possible. GFCI outlets break a circuit much quicker in the case of a short circuit, protecting family members from electrical shock.
Of course, a Residential Electrician installed your original electrical system. Training and experience give qualified electricians a unique edge in providing these services. Examples of new construction include:
The electrical system in an existing structure can develop stress and weakness after years of service; restoring proper electrical function often requires the skilled hands of professional electricians. Some examples of such problems include:
Sparks or flames are emitted upon plugging an appliance into an outlet. That is NOT supposed to happen! You should not feel a shock, not even a small shock, while plugging or unplugging something or flipping a switch.
Several things can cause a fuse to blow or a breaker to trip once. However, if this happens frequently, say when a large appliance engages, it is time to call an electrician. Flickering lights are another indicator of electrical problems.
Outlets and switches should not buzz and should not feel hot to the touch; these are serious issues that can pose safety hazards. If the electrical needs of your home have increased, do not react with more extension cords or power strips. Overloading a circuit will cause outlets to get too warm.
Do not ignore switches or outlets that cease to operate properly. It is not just annoying; it can become dangerous.
Important aspects of your residential electrical system are the safety features. An electrician can help you install, maintain, and improve these safety features, which include:
Smoke detectors. At a minimum, a smoke detector should be on each floor and one in each bedroom. Often, these detectors are powered by batteries, which need to be changed at least annually.
Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are often installed in homes that use natural gas, propane, or wood for heating your home, and heating water or drying clothes. The presence of CO, an odorless/colorless gas may result from a leak in appliances’ combustion or heat exchange chambers.
The installation of a backup generator to power your home during a power outage.
With our four decades of experience as a Residential Electrician Contractor, AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to help answer your electrical repair questions.
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