We’ve all had something go wrong in our home and had to call out an electrician, be that for a short-circuiting fuse board, rewiring, or installing new lights or appliances. Datel Electrical offer a wide range of domestic electrical repair, installation and replacement services.
In this article, we will talk about the five electrical jobs around the home which are best left to the qualified professionals, as they can be dangerous to attempt by yourself. Fire & security, should be of the utmost importance when undertaking any domestic electrical jobs so while it may be tempting to attempt to do certain electrical jobs yourself, some are better left to the professionals.
All jobs carried out by Datel Electrical commercial and domestic come with a six-year warranty – for peace of mind and assurance.
1) Replacing Or Repairing A Breaker Box
What is a breaker box? Found in every building across the country which houses and uses electricity, breaker boxes will take incoming electricity from your electricity provider and safely redistribute the electrical current across circuits and wires throughout your home.
The breaker box also includes additional safety features such as trip switches. If the breaker box is overloaded, redistributing electrical current (maybe you have the kettle, microwave and a hairdryer on, all at the same time), then the circuit breakers will turn off or ‘trip’ the power to your home.
This command panel breaker box is a highly complex and hazardous piece of electrical equipment in your home. A faulty or poorly functioning breaker box could lead to a house fire, electrical failure and electric shocks.
If your box requires repairing or replacing, you should never attempt to do this yourself, always call a professional electrician to inspect, repair or replace your breaker box.
2) Rewiring Your Home
You have multiple electrical wires connected to various appliances, electrical sockets and lights throughout your home. Having a constant stream of electrical current going through all of your wires can cause the copper conductors to sever, break or corrode. This can be a huge safety concern – deteriorating electrical wires can become fire hazards.
If your home does need rewiring, this is not a job you can learn about on YouTube and then complete yourself. You will have to book a trained electrician to do this for you. At Datel Electrical, all of our electrical engineers are registered with an approved electrician register and will rewire your home with little to no disruption to you, allowing you to make your next cup of tea in no time at all!
How Do You Know Your House Needs Rewiring?
It’s part of human nature to ignore things and become used to signs which could potentially be warning us about danger, including when your home needs to be rewired. There are a lot of telltale signs, which could be trying to tell you that something is wrong with your wiring.
Below are some of the signs to look out for::
- Flickering or dimming lights – when a light is too bright, it is receiving too much voltage, when it’s dimmer it’s receiving too little.
- Premature light bulb burns out – light bulbs burning out in their sockets can highlight that the light bulb was receiving too much power.
- Regular tripping – circuit breakers are designed to cope with a large amount of electricity coursing through them. If they are regularly tripping, this could be a sign that you may need some new wires or a replacement box.
- Sparking outlets – plug sockets or outlets may spark occasionally. However, if you’re noticing it regularly, this could highlight a serious problem. Sparking outlets could lead to electrical fires, so if this is happening in your home, please contact us.
Power fluctuations – similar to the flickering lights, power fluctuations can be caused by overloaded sockets or a small conductor.
- Choosing The Correct Cables & Wires
Unfortunately, when it comes to rewiring, it’s not as simple as heading down to your local hardware store and picking up a wire. Electrical wires come in various sizes, each one with a specific use. Grabbing the wrong size or not using the wire for its intended purpose can cause overheating, short-circuiting and even electrical fires.
Our team of electricians have the desired qualifications and can select the correct wire for your intended purposes quickly and efficiently.
4) Upgrading Electrical Outlets
All power sockets in England should provide a standard of 230V at a 50Hz frequency. While you can update your power sockets yourself in certain circumstances, it may be best to book a professional electrician to change your power outlets for you.
Not only will our team of professional and friendly electricians do the job quickly and effectively, but with Datel Electrical, you will receive a six-year guarantee on all completed works. So you know that your power sockets will continue to work for a long time to come.
5) Replacing A Blown Out Fuse
Fuses will often blow out when something draws too much power from the circuit. Inside the fuse, a metal ribbon is located, which all the electrical current passes through. The ribbon should be sized appropriately to match the amount of power going through your circuits. If too much current passes through the ribbon it can melt, this causes the fuse to blow and the circuit to go dead.
When replacing a blown-out fuse, it is important to know what size fuse you should purchase. Purchasing a fuse that is too small or too large can cause further issues down the line, such as additional blowouts, or short circuit. Our dedicated team of local electricians in Devon can help you safely replace your blown-out fuse and can also check your home’s wiring system to make sure everything is working properly.
Book Your Home Electrics Appointment With Datel Electrical Today
At Datel Electrical, we believe that no job is too small. We know that having secure and reliable electricity in your home is paramount to everyday living. This is why we are available Monday – Friday with 24/7 emergency call out.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation estimate or to enquire about our range of services on 01803 874074 or email us at email@example.com.