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Four Reasons Why You Should Nix DIY Electrical Work

If you consider yourself handy and you enjoy putting hard work into a challenge, when it comes to work around the house, you might be a do-it-yourselfer. From painting to installing shelving, DIY is a great way to save money and to gain a real sense of pride in a job well done. While there are plenty of projects that you can take on yourself and successfully complete, when it comes to electrical work, you should put down your tool belt and call a professional residential electrician.  

While there are tons of reasons you should call a professional electrician instead of doing the work yourself, here's a look at the biggest reasons to call one:

Safety First

According to Electrical Safety Foundation International, approximately 400 electrocutions per year in the United States and 15 percent of those electrocutions are the result of consumer products. Add to those statistics the fact that electrical failure was the cause of 89 percent of electrical fires in residential buildings and it's pretty clear that doing electrical work yourself isn't necessarily the safest thing to do. Unless you are a professional electrician yourself, you and your family will be far better off if you don't mix DIY and electrical work.

Protect Your Appliances

Are you installing electrical components for a new washing machine, oven or refrigerator? If so, you'll want to have a professional electrician do the work for you. If the electrical work is not properly installed, it could deliver the wrong amount of voltage to an appliance. If too much voltage is delivered to an appliance, for example, that appliance could become severely damaged. A professional electrician will know how to properly installed electrical work and thus ensure your appliances receive the proper amount of electricity.


Doing projects yourself can certainly save you a lot of money. In fact, that's one of the biggest perks of DIY. However, when it comes to electricity, you could actually end up spending more if you take on the job yourself instead of calling a pro. Yes, you will have to pay the professional, but you'll pay a whole lot more to make repairs if you make mistakes, which could really break your budget.

Meet Regulations

There are regulations that pertain to certain DIY repairs and home improvement projects, which includes electrical work. Depending on where you live, it could be completely against your city or state's regulations to do electrical work yourself. If it is, you could be facing big fines.

Undertaking a home improvement project or a repair yourself can certainly be rewarding, but leave the electrical work to the professionals. You'll be much better off in the end.  To learn more, contact a residential electrician for help.