Did your family purchase a brand new electrical appliance like a new oven or refrigerator? Investments like these deserve to care for right from the start. And the first step in ensuring that your new appliance is installed correctly. Here are five reasons to hire a professional.
Discovery and Troubleshooting
More often than you might think, electrical technicians in the field discover secondary issues at the job site. If there’s one problem in your home’s electrical system, it can migrate to all areas of your property, posing complications and even danger for you and your family. When you do something like try to install an electrical appliance yourself, you’re missing an excellent opportunity to have a trained professional catch subtle issues that could cause significant problems later on. Also, if something goes wrong with the electrical appliance installation, you don’t have the training, skills, tools or experience to troubleshoot the issue logically. You could spend hours or even days trying to figure out the puzzle of why the appliance won’t turn on, while an electrician could efficiently troubleshoot the issue in a short time. Chances are you have a job and family to take care of. Do you have the extra time to try and learn electrical wiring so that you can get the new oven working?
Speaking of time, what cost will you incur by trying to do it yourself? Time is the one commodity that you can’t get more of. When calculating the cost of doing it yourself, you have to consider how much you make at your regular job, of course. But you also have to consider the personal cost to yourself and your family. Is it worth missing family time to try to install an electrical appliance yourself? Most people would say no. Hiring a certified technician to install electrical appliances in your home is worth every cent. Electrical technicians aren’t necessarily expensive to hire anyway. You’ll save more money—and valuable time—by hiring a certified technician to do all of your electrical and also HVAC work than you would if you try to do it yourself. Even a Brisbane plumbing contractor can tell you that the average homeowner won’t be able to save any money or time if they try to DIY electrical or plumbing jobs. This is especially the case if you’re trying to install an appliance that requires an electrician and a plumber, such as a refrigerator with water in the door.
Working with electricity is dangerous. Certified electricians train for many months or even years to work safely with electricity because there’s so much to know. With electrical work, there’s no room for error. One small mistake could lead to shorts, unexpected power surges, burnt out appliances or even a house fire. Worse, if you try to do electrical work yourself, you might not even realise you made a mistake until something terrible happens. By then it could be too late to fix it. Safety concerns affect you as well as your family members. When working with electricity at high voltages, there’s always the risk of electrocution. Even if you think you completed an electrical appliance installation yourself, one of your family members could be injured later on when they try to use the appliance. The only safe way to install an electrical appliance in your home is to have a certified professional do it for you. The risk to you, your family and the safety of your home is too great to do otherwise.
New electrical appliances almost always carry some warranty. But there are also almost always contingencies on those warranties. One of the most common contingencies is that the electrical appliance is installed by a trained, certified and qualified technician. There’s a reason for this. The make of the electrical appliance wants to ensure that their consumers are safe. Manufacturers also want to protect their reputation. For example, let’s say a consumer installs an electrical appliance incorrectly and a sudden surge of electricity breaks the appliance. Now the customer might post a review online saying that they got a defective unit, or that it wasn’t safe to buy. That kind of situation can significantly harm a company’s reputation. Another reason why manufacturers write in contingencies on their warranties is to minimise the risk of being sued. They don’t want zealous DIY consumers installing products wrongly and then suing the maker for faulty appliances. Finally, when it comes time to sell your home, it will need to pass a home inspection. If the home inspector discovers non-standard electrical work—which will be obvious if you try to DIY it—your entire home sale process will be jeopardised.
Let’s face it. Lifting heavy appliances, getting your hands dirty and trying to bend and see clearly in tight spaces isn’t a walk in the park. Most people don’t enjoy that kind of work. Even if you work in heavy construction for your day job, it’s unlikely you’d want to come home and have to face more strenuous work. If you don’t know exactly what you’re doing and how to do it, electrical work is extremely stressful. There is heavy lifting, tiny circuitry to figure out, small wires to connect and of course the stress of knowing that one tiny mistake could blow the circuits in your entire house or even land you in the hospital. Who wants that kind of stress when they come home from work? Worse the stress that you’d have to deal with trying to install electrical appliances yourself could cause you to take it out on your loved ones. It’s much easier to pick up the phone, call a certified electrical contractor and have them come out and install your electrical appliance for you.
These are five great reasons to hire professional when installing electrical appliances in your home. The next time you get a new appliance, don’t risk the warranty, or your peace of mind. Call a certified technician to get the job done right.