When is Time to Call out an Electrician? August 31, 2018 Some electrical issues can be a quick fix- just watch a YouTube tutorial or apply a little common sense and you’re good to go. However, some problems require a trained electrician to resolve things, in order to get the job done safely and efficiently. This blog post is your go-to guide when it comes to knowing which jobs need to be left to the professionals...DIY Safe electrical projects…Faulty Dimmer SwitchesDimmer switches can easily malfunction for several simple reasons. To resolve this, take a look at the switch installation closely to find out what the problem is- usually poor installation or low grade materials. Bulb BlowoutsIf your bulbs tend to blow out way more than they should, this is simply because the bulb doesn’t have the right wattage for the fixture. Most of the time, a low wattage LED bulb will do the trick.SIMPLE Circuit OverloadsSimple circuit overloads come from too many appliances plugged into one outlet. An easy solution to this problem is to move some appliances to another outlet to reduce the power needed.The ‘Golden Rules’ of DIY Electrical Projects…Even the simplest of DIY jobs can become dangerous if this rule is not followed- it is always best to prepare for the worst, in order to keep yourself and those around you as safe as possible. Before you begin any project, follow these simple rules.Turn of the outlet/appliance’s breaker You can’t shock yourself if the electricity is switched off. To do this, flip the breaker switch to off with one hand, keeping the other hand by your side to further reduce the risk of electrocution. This instantly gets rid of the electricity in the circuit.Cover the breaker with tapeCovering the switch is just a simple reminder for you and all those around you to not touch the switch until you are finished. This prevents it from by accidentally switched on at any point.Tap the wires/appliance/outlet with a non contact electric testerThese testers are the best way to ensure safety. Simply touch the area in question with the tester and it will signal if electric is flowing. For under £20, they are a bargain and could save you from seriously hurting yourself.Recap wiresCaps lower the risk of any accidents happening, so it is the best idea to recap any wires when working.Don’t work in damp or moisture prone areasWater and electricity are not a good combination- leave it to the professionals.Jobs for the professionals…Flickering LightsThis signals a loose connection and could create a fire if resolved incorrectly. Regular Breaker TripsIf you have reduced the load and your breaker still trips, call our electricians to sort out your short circuit quickly and safely. Breakers Humming or BuzzingFlip the breaker to off ASAP and call out an electrician. This indicates a faulty breaker that is overloaded but cannot trip.Low Power SupplyModern homes rely on electricity more than ever and sometimes a60-amp service cannot keep up with this demand. This issue is resolved with a bigger, more practical wiring system built to meet your demand.Any issues in damp or moisture- prone areasEven the smallest problem can become dangerous if there is any excess moisture so it is always best to play it safe and rely on our expert electricians.Need an electrician in Worcester Park?Does your home have a serious electrical fault? If so, its time to take a step back and leave it to the professionals. Here at AEI Electricals, we offer all of the above services and any other electrical problems you may come across. We cover a range of areas including (but not limited to) Banstead, Croydon, Epsom, Kingston, Kingswood, Oxshott, Purley, Reigate, South Croydon, Surrey and South London. To get in touch, fill out our contact form, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 0203 6593 651 / 0791 4615 151. We hope to hear from you soon!