Common Questions we get from Homeowners, Answered

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June 23rd, 2023
Owning a home can be stressful, and it’s impossible to be prepared for everything that will come up. To help you prepare, at least from an electrical perspective, we have shared the most common questions we get from home owners below with the answers we provide our clients.

How can I improve electrical safety in my home?

How often should I have my electrical system inspected?

It is recommended to have a professional electrician inspect your electrical system every 3-5 years, or when you notice any signs of electrical problems.

What are common signs of electrical issues in my home?

How do I determine if my electrical panel is outdated or needs an upgrade?

If your electrical panel is old, has fuses instead of circuit breakers, or lacks sufficient capacity for your electrical needs, it may be a good idea to consult with an electrician to determine if an upgrade is necessary.

Can I add more outlets or electrical circuits to my home?

It is typically possible to add more outlets or circuits to your home, but it should be done by a licensed electrician to ensure proper installation and adherence to electrical codes and safety standards.

How can I reduce my energy consumption and save on electricity bills?

What precautions should I take with electrical appliances during storms or power outages?

Can I perform simple electrical repairs or installations myself, or should I hire a professional?

It is always recommended to hire a licensed electrician for any electrical repairs or installations to ensure safety and compliance with electrical codes. Not only is improper electrical dangerous, it’s illegal. Every upgrade done to a home requires a permit. Only simple tasks like changing light bulbs or resetting tripped breakers can be done by homeowners.

See what homeowners can do on their own in our other blog post, 3 Things You Can Check Before Calling an Electrician

How do I choose the right light fixtures or bulbs for my home?

Consider the desired lighting effect, energy efficiency (look for lumens and wattage), and the appropriate bulb type (LED, CFL, incandescent) for the fixture.

What should I do if I experience an electrical shock or see sparks from an outlet?

It's important to note that while these are common questions, each home and situation is unique. It's always recommended to consult with a qualified electrician for specific electrical concerns or issues to ensure accurate advice and appropriate action. Should you have any questions that have come up for you recently in your home, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, we’re here to help!
Read answers to other commonly asked questions on the Electrical Safety Authority website here.
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