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Do You Really Need to Hire an Electrician?

Do You Really Need to Hire an Electrician?

There are some important, but risky household electrical jobs that you should definitely consider hiring an electrician for.

While replacing a faulty bulb isn’t very dangerous, changing a switchboard is. Therefore, the responsibility for major jobs like this should be left to a trained electrician. Below is a list of household tasks that you should leave to the professionals.

  • Installing or changing a light fixture  is a tricky task which requires you to meet local codes and additional safety requirements. While it can be done by non-professionals, you are probably better off leaving it to an electrician.
  • While small appliances like a microwave can just be plugged in, major electrical appliances like air conditioners, electric ovens, heating units, geysers, etc. should be installed by a professional.
  • There are a number of large appliances, like fridges, which you can plug in yourself. However, if you want to put these appliances in a part of the house where they were not previously, special circuits may need to be installed by an electrician.
  • Changing a faulty switch, or installing power outlets and sockets requires some advanced skills and knowledge of local codes.
  • There is no other way but to hire an electrician if you need to install residential safety features like a ground connection or a ground fault interrupter (GFI or GFCI)
  • Voice, data, and video (VDB) cables are low voltage cables that support internet connections, land phone, entertainment systems, etc. These can be installed by non-professionals, but it is usually done by an electrician.
  • Electricians with a specialty in security and surveillance are needed if you are planning to install CCTV, security alarms or fire alarm systems.
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