4 Reasons You Should Never DIY Electrical Repairs
DIY home improvement is trendy these days. Pinterest, YouTube, and home improvement shows inspire us towards lofty projects that appear cost-effective and relatively simple to do ourselves. However, electrical repairs should always be done by a professional electrician. When it comes to fixing electrical problems, it is neither simple nor cost-effective to DIY. At Malek Service Company, we’ll encourage you to refinish that table or paint a bookshelf, but we’ll always encourage you to contact us if you have an electrical problem. If you’re still on the fence, below are four reasons you should never attempt DIY electrical repairs.
1. Increased Risk
The U.S. Fire Administration records electrical malfunction as one of the top causes of house fires. 51,000 house fires every year are linked to malfunctioning electrical systems and lead to serious injury and death. Fires often ignite as a result of faulty wiring. However, the faulty wiring can go undetected for years, giving you a false sense of security in your DIY repair.
Not only do you run the risk of property damage or injury as a result of a house fire, but you also put yourself at risk while completing the project. Electrocution and shock can occur while you work, especially if you’re repairing an item with a high voltage. To reduce the risk of injury and protect your home from a fire, it’s best to let a professional electrician take care of all repairs.
2. Safety Problems
Electricians are trained to reduce both long-term and immediate safety risks. 600 hours of instruction covering blueprint reading, electrical circuits, and safety are required for all electricians. Then, they must pass a licensing test and receive on-the-job training to perfect their craft and ensure they follow all safety protocols. While you may have watched multiple instruction videos, you certainly don’t have the background, practice, or confidence to attempt complicated electrical repairs like a licensed electrician.
3. Legal Issues
In many cases, a permit is required to do electrical work. If you do not have a permit or license to perform electrical repairs, you are subject to fines, or even jail time. Furthermore, you are held liable if you allow an unlicensed electrician to do electrical work on your property and they get hurt on the job. You may face prosecution if someone gets hurt as a result of improper electrical work. You can, however, perform minor allowable electrical repairs such as replacing switches, light fixtures, and fuse cartridges and wires.
Failure to receive an inspection is another legal issue you’ll face when you choose to DIY an electrical repair. Electrical work that required a permit must be inspected by a licensed electrical inspector to ensure that the work was completed safely and up to code.
4. Added Expenses
Not only are you subject to fines should you fail to receive an inspection, but when it comes time to sell your home, improper electrical repairs will certainly be discovered by the buyer’s home inspector. You’ll either be asked to have the work exposed and redone by a licensed electrician, or you’ll lose the sale of your home entirely. Both options will be costly.
Let’s say someone in your family gets injured or your home catches on fire as a result of a botched DIY electrical repair. Your insurance company has the right to deny the claim due to negligence. They could even deem you negligent if you were unaware of faulty electrical work. Hiring a licensed electrician to inspect your home prior to purchase and trusting the pros to do all of your electrical repairs is the best way to ensure you save money in the long run.
Malek Service Company hires the most qualified electricians to serve the residents of College Station and Central Texas. We offer 24/7 same-day service for major electrical repairs. If you have concerns about your electrical system, contact Malek Service Company today or schedule an appointment online.
April 22, 2020