When Do I Need a Licensed Electrician?

When Do I Need a Licensed Electrician?The primary role of an electrician is to keep electrical current flowing in a safe and reliable manner to outlets and electrical equipment. Minor electrical tasks such as changing light bulbs, putting in ceiling fans, wiring outlets, etc. are things that homeowners can do themselves. A licensed electrician should be contacted to do the major or dangerous projects listed below.

1. Planning For New Construction and Remodeling

The electrician then determines the proper way to run the wiring needed. Electricians working in new constructions typically work from blueprints and install conduits to hold, run, and connect the wiring. The blueprints tell the electrician where outlets, switches, circuit breakers, and lighting fixtures need to go. Electricians who are still serving their apprenticeships cannot fill these roles without direct supervision. Those who specialize in remodeling have mastered techniques for wiring existing homes and additions, such as snaking wires through finished walls, assessing the capacity of existing circuits and evaluating whether to install an additional service panel to handle increased power demands.

2. Inspecting Electrical Components

Circuits that are otherwise safe but poorly designed can damage appliance motors and electronic gear because they deliver the wrong amperage. Electricians rely on a variety of technical skills and personal attributes to excel in their positions. Understanding electrical standards, mathematical and scientific principles, good comprehension skills, and critical thinking are essential skills to the very basis of being a certified electrician.

Electricians often receive ongoing training throughout their careers. Constant learning helps them to stay on top of changes to the electrical code, new safety practices, and how to handle specific products. Along with first aid practices, they have all the skills to inspect and diagnose the electrical components of your home.

3. Repairing, Replacing, and Upgrading Faulty Fixtures

Faulty wiring or fixtures are a fire waiting to happen. Over time, wiring can become defective or obsolete, circuit breakers can become too outmoded to handle current demand or homeowners might need outlets placed in new locations. In older homes that are undergoing renovation, electricians might rewire the entire house. That’s reason enough to hire an experienced electrician. LIghts on even partially overloaded circuits can flicker when an appliance is in use, or the breaker may trip or the fuse might blow, shutting down the circuit entirely.

Depending on your jurisdiction, most areas require a permit to be pulled for most electrical work. No matter what, if you pulled a permit you’d need the work inspected by the jurisdiction’s electrical inspector. It’s the law that major electrical tasks need to have permits granted, be undertaken by a licensed contractor, and be inspected by either a licensed electrician or by an inspector for that city.

Ready for Your Home Energy Audit?

At Frontline Electrical Services we love helping our customers feel safe and secure in their homes. If you are in the Benicia or Fairfield, California area, contact us today at 800-945-0268 (here is a map to our location) to have your home’s wiring checked or to receive your free home energy consult where our techs analyze your electricity usage and give you the information you need to make sure your home is the most energy-efficient it can be!


Remember, If It’s Electrical, We Do It!



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