While there are plenty of home improvement projects that you can do yourself, you should always call in a certified electrician, such as A&H Electric to make repairs or replace your electrical system. Adding new outlets, including GFCIs, should also be handled by a professional to prevent problems. Here are three common electrical mistakes that you may be making and how to avoid them.
Most households have dozens of electronics drawing power. A problem presents itself when too many chargers or power cords are plugged into one outlet – by plugging multiple devices into a power or extension cord – at a time. Doing this can cause your home’s circuits to trip frequently, lights to flicker or dim, or mild shock. At worse, it can result in a residential fire. Prevent overloading your circuits by minimizing the number of devices plugged into an outlet. If you need more outlets, contact a certified electrician, like A&H Electric.
Failing to Use a Surge Protector
Unlike power strips, surge protectors protect your valuable electronics from damaging spikes in electricity. A device with 3,000 or more joules – the amount of energy it can safely absorb – will provide the best protection for most home theater and office equipment. You can find surge protectors online with anywhere from six to 14 outlets. Another idea to consider is a whole house surge protector. When professionally installed, these protectors will prevent power surges from damaging your gadgets and appliances.
Not Hiring a Certified Electrician
Considering that electrical problems are the second leading cause of home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association, issues must be be promptly diagnosed and repaired by a certified electrician. These professionals have the expertise and equipment required to do the job safely and effectively. Equally, you will need to call an electrician for pre- and post-remodel inspections, as required by your city or county. A professional will inspect any electrical work to ensure it is safe.
A&H Electric specializes in the installation, repair, and service of electrical wiring systems in both commercial and residential properties throughout Conroe and the surrounding communities of Texas. Contact us today at (936) 756-0442 for more information or to schedule an appointment.