FAQ. When Should I Call an Electrician?
This is perhaps the most common. Many people think that you only need an
electrician when you are constructing a new home, but this is simply not the
case. If you have anything in your home that has to do with electricity needing
repairs, it is far better to call in an electrician than to attempt to repair it
yourself. DIY mistakes can be costly and in some cases dangerous. With DIY
projects, not only is there a risk of electrocution, but there is also a risk that an
improper repair may create a fire hazard.
Situations That Require an Electrician Include:
Fuses keep blowing or circuit breakers keep tripping
Lights dim when appliances are turned on
Electrical switches or outlets feel warm or tingly or do not function properly
A need to add more outlets, switches or light fixtures in a room.
How Do I Choose The Right Electrician?
Choosing the right electrician to do work on your home can be frightening.
Many people live with frustrating and sometimes dangerous problems because
they are afraid of choosing a bad electrician.
Even though many people will do poor electrical work by using cheap materials,
overcharging, or not showing up on time, you will be happy to know that there
are just as many people working in the electrical service industry who take pride
in their work while being honest, hard-working and punctual.
QUESTIONS TO ASK A POTENTIAL CONTRACTOR
1. Do You Have References?
Most people who have a pleasant interaction with a contractor will happily
testify on behalf of their experience. If the person you are hiring can’t provide a
list of references upon request, that’s not a good sign. Always ask other
customers if they were satisfied with the work, and make sure the contractor did
come back promptly to address any problems.
2. Will You Provide an Estimate?
Evaluate the person during the estimating process by asking LOTS of questions.
Before you sign up a contractor for any work, evaluate them on how they
performed BEFORE the work is done.
3. Other Questions
Did they show up on time for their appointment?
Did they answer all of your questions?
Did they tell you exactly how much all the work will cost or is just an
“estimate” with the final cost to be determined after the work is completed?
Did they explain in detail all the work that they are going to do?
1. WHAT ARE SOME COMMON ELECTRICAL TERMS FOR MY
RCD ( Residual Current Device )
It is a device installed within an electrical system unit to protect the wiring,
fixed appliances and persons using the installation. Protection is achieved by
constantly monitoring the electric current flowing through one or more circuits
that an RCD is used to protect. If it detects electricity flowing down an
unintentional path, such as via a person or faulty appliance down to earth, then
the RCD will switch off the circuit very quickly, reducing the risk of death,
injury or fire.