When it comes to electrical layouts in a home, most people have very basic knowledge of how to identify issues, as well as repair a problem. So, true to form, many people buy into myths that surround electrical repairs, which, on the face of it, can seem harmless, but long-term, can lead to severe issues. 

5 Truths About Electrical Repairs

The Top 5 Myths to electrical repairs

What are some of the myths about the wiring in your home that you need to stop believing?

Myth 1 – I Can Repair The Electrical Issues Myself

If you are looking to change a lightbulb, or even change the fuse in a plug, then yes, this can be done by most homeowners. However, if you are looking to install something more complicated, like a light fixture, then these electric repairs or installations will need to be completed by a trained electrician. 

Myth 2 – Ignoring Minor Electrical Issues Is OK

If your bathroom light flickers when you turn it on, or you notice frequent issues with your circuit breakers, these may seem like minor electrical problems that don’t warrant the attention of a professional. The truth is these are often symptoms of a more serious underlying problem, such as faulty wiring, bad connections, water damage, or even a rodent infestation.

So, if you’ve noticed that the lights in your home have recently started to flicker, or that plug in your kitchen is no longer working, then please call an electrician to assess the issue.

Myth 3 – All Electrical Repairs Are The Same

In some cases, an electrician will be able to come into your home and fix an issue with circuit breakers, but in more serious cases, you and your family may need to move out of the property temporarily while your home is brought up to code.

So, if you suspect that you need to have electrical repairs or refurbishments done, then please, do not attempt to do it yourself and call in a professional.

Myth 4 – Long-Term Use Of Extension Cords Is Safe

Long-term use of an extension cord can be problematic. This is because the outlet that the extension cord is attached to may not be able to cope with the high energy demand that is being placed onto it which can lead to overheating and potentially fires. 

Myth 5 – If I’m Replacing A Faulty Light Fitting, Turning Off The Light Is Safe

Of course, if you are replacing a faulty light fitting, then yes, you will need to turn the light off at the switch. However, when any electrical work is going to involve you touching wires, you need to switch off all of the circuit breakers for your safety.

If you have a very elaborate light fixture installed, it may be best to hire an electrician to do this for you. That way, you can rest assured that it has been wired correctly and that it will not cause a fire!

In conclusion, debunking the myths surrounding electrical repairs is essential for the safety and well-being of every homeowner. While some simple tasks like changing lightbulbs or fuses can be handled by most homeowners, more complex electrical repairs and installations should always be entrusted to trained electricians. Ignoring seemingly minor electrical issues can lead to more severe problems, such as faulty wiring or potential hazards like rodent infestations. Recognizing that not all electrical repairs are the same is crucial, as some cases may require temporary relocation while professionals work to bring a home up to code. Additionally, relying on extension cords for extended periods can pose significant risks of overheating and fires. Lastly, when dealing with any electrical work that involves touching wires, it is vital to switch off all circuit breakers to ensure personal safety. By understanding these truths about electrical repairs, homeowners can safeguard their properties and loved ones from potential dangers and ensure a safe and efficient electrical layout in their homes. Remember, it’s always better to seek professional help when in doubt.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.