Ten Important Things Your Electrician Wants You to Know

Ten Important Things Your Electrician Wants You to Know

Ten Important Things Your Electrician Wants You to Know

Licensed electricians are well-trained experts who are always ready to enhance the comfort, safety, and functionality of your house.

Whether you’re looking to install a ceiling fan or make a major home improvement, here are ten important things that your electrician wants you to know.

  1. Take warning signs seriously. Awareness of electrical issues is key in the prevention of home fires. Never ignore warning signs that indicate problems in your electrical system. Whether it’s an outlet that feels extremely hot or a breaker won’t reset, when you have an electrical issue, it’s important that you have it assessed by a professional. Most electrical issues can be resolved relatively quickly by a qualified electrician, as long as they aren’t allowed to fester and become a worsening hazard.
  2. Know the limits of your electrical skills. Many homeowners make the mistake of watching a few videos on the Internet and then opting to take a DIY approach to resolving their electrical issues. Others are tempted to do electrical work themselves in order to save money, or they may not fully realize the level of electrical skill that’s required. Maybe you can install a light fixture yourself, but most jobs require the expertise of a licensed electrician. Electricity is complicated and dangerous. One mistake could cause an electrocution or start a fire, so rely on trained professionals instead.
  3. Save time and money with advance preparation. Take a few minutes to clear the work space and move any furniture before the electrician arrives. This will allow him or her to get the job completed faster, so you’ll get charged less for the time involved.
  4. They’re highly-trained professionals. Licensed electricians have years of education and training behind them. They must complete four years of classroom training and 2,000 hours of on-the-job apprenticeship training in order to begin in an entry-level position as a journeyman electrician. Master electricians possess at least seven years of experience and many hold a degree in electrical engineering.
  5. Electricians aren’t appliance repairmen. Is your refrigerator on the blink? Has your dryer stopped working? Your first call should be to the store where you purchased the machine or to an appliance repair shop, not your electrician. In the event that there’s an issue with the outlet that the appliance is plugged into, then it’s time to call an electrical professional.
  6. Use extra caution with space heaters. You may be surprised to learn that space headers are a leading cause of home fires in the U.S. If you leave the heater unattended, the connection could get loose and burn up the plug, which could start a fire. Give your space heater plenty of unobstructed room to operate and always to turn it off when not in use.
  1. Never overload your outlets. Although you may have the space in an outlet, power strip or on an extension cord to plug in yet another device, that doesn’t always mean you should use it. Electrical circuits are equipped for a finite amount of support, and excess burden can cause them to blow or start a fire.
  2. Get an electrical inspection before you purchase a home. While all new homebuyers get a general home inspection, a home inspector doesn’t examine the electrical components as carefully as an electrician would. Hire a certified electrician to give the residence a thorough electrical inspection, especially if it’s older. They can tell you if the house is up to code and flag any potential problems that should be fixed prior to finalizing the sale.
  3. There are vampires in your house. Electrical devices that use remote controls or have a “standby” mode need to maintain a steady stream of power. Phone and laptop chargers draw power even when not plugged into their devices. These energy “vampires” are often the culprits behind soaring high utility bills. You can't unplug everything, but pulling the plug on a few items, such as the coffeemaker, chargers and the VCR, can help reduce your energy consumption.
  4. All electricians are not created equal. Like a good doctor, a good electrician is an invaluable asset. A smart way to find a qualified electrician is by asking your friends or neighbors for referrals and by checking his or her online reviews. Your electrician should also be fully up to date on current code requirements and have a list of references available. There are hundreds of licensed electricians out there, so it’s worth taking the time to ensure that you’re making a good choice.

M.R. Electricians specializes in residential and commercial installation, repair, and maintenance of electrical work in Rockville, MD, Washington, DC and the surrounding area. If you’re ready to increase the safety and security of your home or business, please contact our highly skilled team for a free consultation.

About M.R. Electricians: Since 1996, M.R. Electricians has been serving the electrical needs of homeowners and businesses throughout Montgomery County, Washington, DC, Baltimore, and surrounding areas. The company also specializes in commercial fire protection, contract needs from small tenant fit outs to whole building installations, and motor controls for industrial spaces. From major renovations to the smallest of electrical jobs, the family-owned company is committed to providing high quality products, superior results, and unmatched customer service. Regarded as a leader in the electrical industry, M.R. Electricians has set the standard for excellence in the region. For more information, please visit the website at https://www.mrelectricians.us or call 301.871.0477.

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