Minor electrical repairs? Piece of cake, right? Wrong! In fact, DIY electrical work is dangerous, illegal and can be fatal. Only a licensed electrician can safely take care of all your electrical issues and prevent them to escalate any further. Find out what these minor electrical repairs involve in this week’s blog post.
Electrical work? ‘Don’t try this at home’!
In general, we are used to taking electricity for granted until something goes wrong. When lights start flickering, appliances and safety switches keep tripping, then you know it’s time to take action now. And of course, the first thing that comes to mind is to fix that ‘minor problem’ on your own. But in reality, it may be extremely dangerous for you and the people around you.
In Australia, DIY electrical work is against the law. You risk paying huge fines and above all, you risk your life, too. Therefore, except for changing a light bulb and plugging in an electrical appliance, all major or minor electrical repairs should be done by a qualified electrician.
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What do minor electrical repairs actually involve?
First and foremost, what does separate minor from major electrical issues? While there’s a fine line between them, one way to think of it is whether the problem presents any clear danger to you and anyone else in your house.
Here are some examples of situations when you should call your electrician for minor electrical repairs:
Fix faulty lights
From our experience, the most common small electrical repair we get called out for is dodgy lighting. Although it is annoying and frustrating at times, this does not represent an electrical hazard. But bear in mind that faulty lights can become dangerous over the course of time.
For instance, dimming or flickering lights may sometimes be caused by a short in your home’s wiring and in the event of a blackout or severe storm, that short could pose a fire risk. Therefore, it is wiser to call your local electrician to solve the problem in a timely manner.
Repair broken appliances
Another annoying problem many homeowners deal with frequently is a faulty appliance. In general, this happens when too many appliances are connected to the same circuit at the same time. Fridges, washing machines, clothes dryers and washing machines are known for drawing a lot of power and overloading power boards. While a system interruption is generally not a major concern, it could indicate a serious fault on a circuit if it happens too often. So, instead of going back and forth to your switchboard to reset your safety switch and/or circuit breaker, you can conveniently get your electrician to fix the root problem.
Repair or replace broken power points
Finally, broken power points also require minor electrical repairs if you report them in time. While there are many ways power points can physically break, it is important to investigate the problem thoroughly. So, if the power point is not damaged, but has stopped working, the question you must ask yourself is why. For instance, was it because of a rodent, a loose wire or simply time-worn?
Either way, for your safety, remember that if a power point is broken, it can only be replaced by a qualified person.
In conclusion, we recommend you try to get any issue fixed right away. Whether you need major or minor electrical repairs around your home, our team at Jaric Electrical is always here to help you.
Until next time, stay safe and don’t try electrical work at home!
Your friend and electrical expert,