We get it; you’ve seen every DIY show on HGTV, so you’re basically a pro, but when it comes to electrical work, “basically” just isn’t good enough. If you’ve been considering tackling an electrical project on your own, stop. Here are 5 reasons you should hire a professional electrician instead.
1. Electrical work is dangerous.
In other areas of home improvement or repair, a wrong move might cost you a new part or another coat of paint. With electrical work, a wrong move could cost you your life. Electrical repairs are highly complex and require a wealth of knowledge and expertise that cannot be learned through a ten-minute YouTube video. Even if you feel confident in your ability, there are a variety of external factors that can cause a repair job to be dangerous. Electrical contractors are trained to recognize trouble spots and repair issues while maintaining a high level of safety. Utilizing a professional electrician could save your life.
2. Improper electrical work puts your home in danger.
Let’s say you decide to do your electrical work yourself. You complete the repair, pack everything up, and call it a day. Everything seems to be working fine, but the reality ends up being quite opposite. There’s an old saying that “what you don’t know can’t hurt you,” but in this case, what you don’t know absolutely can hurt you. An improper or incomplete repair can lead to future electrical fires, shock, or death.
3. Electrical work requires knowledge and experience.
Electrical work is incredibly intricate and diverse. For that reason, electricians must undergo rigorous schooling and training to become licensed professionals.
4. Trial and error is hazardous with electrical work.
If a hinge on your door needs to be fixed, you can likely look at the problem, assess what needs to be done, and do it. Why? Because you can see exactly what’s happening when you open and close the door. If you try to fix the hinge and it doesn’t work the first time, you can reassess the situation and try again—this time with more information in your toolkit. With an electrical repair, you can’t simply “see what’s going on.” Electricity and electrical systems are highly complex, and the trial-and-error method can prove disastrous with electrical repairs, causing injury or home damage. Professional electricians are trained to identify the problem the first time around and apply exact solutions.
5. Electrical errors can be costly.
Whether it’s time, money, or your life, electrical errors will cost you. It may seem like fixing the problem yourself will save you money, but chances are, it won’t. Hiring a professional may cost you more upfront, but it will be less costly than hiring one to fix your mistakes—and much less costly than a hospital bill.
Do we have you convinced? Don’t leave your electrical work and your family’s safety to chance. Contact Pacific Sheet Metal for all of your electrical services. Pacific Sheet Metal and RFV Plumbing & Electrical have served Western Colorado’s electrical needs for decades. Give us a call today!