It’s true that if you do it yourself, you can save money; however, “DIY” Electrical work is dangerous and, in some cases, illegal.

You should never risk the health and safety of yourself, your loved ones, and your home. A YouTube video cannot teach you years of experience, nor will it cover the damages done if something goes horribly wrong. Always call an expert whenever you notice a problem. These problems may not even be problems for you, however here are ten reasons you should call an electrician:

1. Faulty Outlets. Do you have an outlet that trips all of the time? Or perhaps it just does not even work. If you have an outlet that delivers no electricity when an electrical appliance is plugged in, calling an electrician to fix this issue is a must. Did you know that most outlets are tied to different parts of your home? Meaning if something is done improperly you could lose power in different parts of your home all related to that one faulty outlet.

2. Circuit Breaker Issues. If your circuit breakers are constantly tripping, or you keep popping a fuse, that is a sign that you need an electrician to come out to take a look at your panel. Your panel is the mainframe of your entire home’s electrical system. Though the problem could be minor, it is always a safe call to hire a professional to take a look at it. Most electrical contractors will look at it and diagnose it for free!

3. Surge Protection. Yes, I am sure you have heard of this before and may not know what it is. Surge protection protects your home, your appliances, and the overall health of your electrical system from a surge. Homes experience surges all of the time, most go unnoticed. The last thing you want to do is replace an expensive appliance due to a surge, calling a professional to safeguard your home could save you money in the long run.

4. Moving Homes. Whether you want your new home’s electric to be upgraded or you need to fix some old electric problems before you sell. Electric can be both about functionality and connivance. As technology evolves so does our wants and needs for our home.

5. Your House is over 30 years old. It is safe to say that your wiring and home electric is outdated. Outdated electric can be dangerous, it is always safe to call up a professional and have them take a look at your old electrical system and do some upgrades to keep your home at optimal health.

6. Energy Efficiency. Incandescent light bulbs are outdated and honestly, costing you money. With the upgrades to LEDs, it is now affordable, efficient, and convent to switch. Think they’re too bright? Try upgrading to a LED compatible dimmer switch to tone them down.

7. Safety Switches.By Code bathrooms and kitchens need safety switches. Why? Well because they are close to water sources. GFCI’s are required by code. If you do not have safety switches installed in your kitchens or bathrooms, it is safe to say your home is not up to code.

8. Flickering Lights. This means that something is pulling down your electrical load. This could be a wiring issue or a panel issue. Either way, calling an electrician to look at your panel could prevent you from having to make a service call in the later future.

9. Too many wires. Yes, electricians do that as well. They organize, hide, and sometimes out-right take away wires so that you are not left with a jumbled mess. Specifically, entertainment areas.

10. Sparks. If you see sparks call an Electrician ASAP. This is no safe, it’s a fire hazard.

These are just some examples of why you should hire a professional. Stevens Electric does not charge to look at your concerned areas. It is always free for us to come out and take a look. Even in an emergency situation, there are no extra “Service Call” fees. So please, do not hesitate to reach out to a professional if you notice any problems.