When to Call the Electrician

Written on: November 27, 2023

Some common electrical problems are DIY fixes — but not all of them.

electric service Fairfield County, ct We live in a world where you can get tips online for just about any problem. How many times have you typed three or four words into Google, and the search function auto-filled the exact question you had?

With all this information at your fingertips, you might be inclined to think that you could handle any home fix or upgrade yourself with only a “how-to” video on YouTube to help.

This isn’t the case when it comes to electrical problems. While you can do many relatively straightforward electrical issues yourself, many others require special tools and training. Attempting a do-it-yourself fix could result in injury and damage to your home. Homeowners in Oxford, Southbury, New Haven and other western Connecticut communities turn to the electrical service experts at Seymour Energy Services.

Let’s examine some common electrical concerns and whether they require a professional.

New fixtures and appliances

One of the most common electrical needs for Connecticut homeowners is installing new lights, smart thermostats, dishwashers and other products that connect directly to your home’s wiring. If you’re simply swapping out a light fixture and have experience, a DIY solution may be in order. Bringing in a pro can save you time and labor, though. This is especially true if the new fixture is in a high or out-of-the-way place or if you need to run new wiring.

Updating outlets

Older electrical outlets can be incompatible with three-prong plugs and are more likely to short out. In the worst cases, they can even create a fire hazard. Additionally, bathrooms, garages, crawl spaces, basements, laundry rooms and areas with water service all require GFCI outlets.

Bringing in an electrician for these upgrades is generally inexpensive and can improve your quality of life and home safety.

Electric panel and wiring upgrades

Older homes often lack the proper capacity to accommodate modern electric systems. You might need to update your wiring, electrical panel or both. This significant, labor-intensive job requires trained electricians with experience in the region’s historic homes.

Special wiring for home offices and entertainment centers

We don’t need to tell you that the last few years have seen a seismic shift in how people work. This has required many homeowners to upgrade their wiring to accommodate more advanced computing systems. The same is true for today’s technology-heavy gaming and entertainment setups. We can help you transform your space for modern home office and recreation needs.

HVAC equipment

You should never attempt to do your own home heating and cooling installation. Furnaces, boilers, central air conditioning and mini-splits require extensive labor and specialized training for proper installation. Additionally, heating systems often require you to access oil and gas lines. There are countless risks to your family’s comfort and safety in attempting to install this equipment yourself.

Trust Seymour Energy Services with your electrical needs.

Whether you need an outlet changed, a new breaker box, lighting for your pool or any other electrical assistance, Seymour’s team is here to help. Our licensed electricians have expertise in serving Connecticut homes.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to arrange service for your household.