You don't need to call an electrician every time you want to install a ceiling fan or other such device, but this doesn't mean that every residential electrical installation can be done by the homeowner. This is true even if you have a good owner's manual and can find instructional videos online that walk you through the process. There are often reasons to consider having a professional handle residential electrical installation of various projects; note the following so you know when to call a professional versus trying to handle certain jobs on your own.
1. Solar panels
Solar panels are often more complicated to install than you might realize. For one thing, they need to be aimed toward the direction that gets the most sunlight to your home throughout the day. In the northern hemisphere, this would mean pointing them south, but in the southern hemisphere, this means pointing them north. This can limit your choices for the size of solar panels, depending on the size of your roof and if it has eaves and gables to work around.
Solar power also needs to be wired into your home's main circuit box; they don't simply get plugged into a wall and then provide power to your home. You'll need to choose the best size solar panels for your home's size and for your electrical needs, and then have them installed properly. All these details are usually best left to a professional residential electrical installer.
2. New outlets in the kitchen and bathroom
Outlets in the kitchen and bathroom are usually required to have an additional ground fault circuit interrupter, since they are going to be exposed to water and moisture. You want to have an electrician who is familiar with the requirements for such outlets in your area and who can ensure that these outlets are properly installed do this work for you. This will ensure your safety when using electrical devices and appliances in either of these rooms. Do the same for laundry rooms, unfinished basements, or any room where there may be water and moisture near the outlets.
3. Recessed lighting
Recessed lighting is usually installed in a type of canister that is heat-resistant and which protects the building materials and the electrical wiring from heat and damage. It's best to leave this installation work to a professional so you know that the wiring is done properly and so that the right materials are used to protect your home and the wires themselves.Share
16 November 2015
Hi, if you want to have a healthy and safe home or business, your electrics have to be in good order. That is why it helps to do a lot of research before hiring an electrician, and it is also a good idea to know a bit about the basics of electricity, home installation and related topics. Hi, my name is Tim. I am not an electrician, but I have worked closely with electricians in my job as a general contractor. I wanted to explore a bit more about what they do, and I also wanted to create a space full of tips and ideas for home and business owners. Please, explore this space and enjoy reading.