When there is electrical trouble at home, the next reasonable thing to do is to call your local electricians and let them do the work.
But some homeowners prefer to do the repairs themselves because:
- They think it’s more affordable
- They want to get the job done ASAP
- They have enough know-how in electrical repairs
Some DIY electrical repairs for your home are doable, but some repairs are best left to professionals. Listed below are the repairs that you can do and the repairs you’ll need an electrician.
Electrical Repairs You Can DIY
Find an Electrical Short
If you turn on an appliance and it short circuits, turn it off first before you reset the breaker then turn it on again. If it continues to short circuit, the appliance itself has a problem. But if it happens when the appliance is unplugged, there is probably a short in the receptacle or wiring.
First, disconnect all appliances that are plug- and cord-connected. Then, turn the power on to the circuit to see if the circuit has been fixed. If all the devices have been disconnected and the short circuit sill occurs, check if the power is completely turned off by removing the fuse at the main electrical panel or switching the breaker off.
Next, use a pair of insulated pliers to remove the receptacle. Check the health of your wires by using the Ohm Meter’s “Ohm” setting. Connect one of the wires to the testing meter. If the meter reads “OL” or ZERO, there is a short within the circuit wiring. Repeat this process using the three wires until you’ve checked all of them against each other.
Fix a Loose Outlet
If your electrical outlet is loose (meaning: it moves around the box), it can create a safety hazard by loosening your electrical wires.
To address this, use a voltage tester to ensure the outlet has no power. But make sure to turn the power off first. When it’s safe, unscrew the outlet and its cover plate. If the outlet is too deeply recessed, add shims to the screws until the outlet is fully positioned in your wall. After that, put the outlet back into the box and use the cover plate.
Repair an Electric Stove
If one of your stove’s burners isn’t heating up, there are several potential culprits: a bad socket connection or a faulty switch. To determine the cause, switch out the burner with one that works. If that burner doesn’t work either, check the socket.
If the socket looks charred or corroded, unplug the stove and replace your socket. Unscrew the socket from the stove and connect the stove’s wires to a new socket.
Electrical Repairs You Can’t DIY
Repair an Electrical Panel
If your electrical panel’s circuit breaker is constantly experiencing issues, refrain from fixing it yourself. Panels contain plugs and wires that are dangerous to work with. Instead of tinkering by yourself, call a licensed electrician. They will carefully inspect the wiring before replacing the entire unit.
Rewire Your Home’s Electrical System
When renovating or remodeling your home, many tasks will require professional help. Unless you are a professional electrician, refrain from messing with your home’s electrical system. Depending on the age of your home, there’s a chance that your wiring is outdated and dangerous to handle.
While it’s a good idea to repair old wires, an electrician can do the job safely. A professional will not only know how to properly rewire your home but will also procure all the permits needed to do so.
Fix the Weatherhead
Also known as a periscope or a weather cap, a Weatherhead protects your electric cables from harsh weather conditions. It carries 200 amps of electricity. Attempting to repair the Weatherhead can lead to life-threatening injuries should you touch the wrong lines. Leave the Weatherhead repair to an electrician who knows the ins and outs of the electrical system.
When it comes to home projects and renovations, sometimes skipping DIY and calling a pro is better. Some electrical repairs you can do yourself but most of them you have to seek assistance from a professional. If you are doubting the situation or do not have enough skills to make electrical repairs, best to seek professional repairs instead.