Every time you delay the need to repair electrical problems, you are inviting bigger expense and trouble. Electrical repairs are affordable if done properly and at the right time.
Checking your electrical installations and wiring regularly not only saves you money for repairs but also keeps you, your family and home safe from accidents caused by faulty electrical lines. It also relieves you of stress and gives you peace of mind when you know everything has been properly maintained.
When it comes to complicated repairs, don’t employ do-it-yourself techniques. You are inviting trouble if you do.
It would be wise to trust an electrical contractor near you who is trained and licensed to do these jobs for you.
Common Electrical Repairs
- The most common problems encountered at home are outlets and switches that do not work. These are the most used items at home so they are the ones that often need attention and replacement. Ignoring the problem would not make them go away. It is also very inconvenient to not be able to use them when you need them.
- Tripping breakers indicate an electrical problem that needs to be traced. Switching the breaker back on may not be the right solution every time because if it trips again, it only means you are facing a far bigger problem that needs to be fixed right away.
- Flickering lights are not only annoying. They may mean an exposed wire which is a fire hazard. This is not a difficult issue to solve for any electrical contractor and it would be in your best interest to get it fixed at the soonest possible time.
- High-wattage appliances that trip your circuit breakers need to be checked for issues. You may need to move your appliance to a different circuit or have an electrical contractor install a new circuit. He would know how to install separate circuits to prevent further problems.
Now that you know these common problems, here are seven (7) tips to remember to save money on electrical repairs:
- Maintain a list of electrical problems to save time and money on electrical work, and bundle these projects together. It is cost effective to call an electrical contractor to do small jobs at one time rather than calling one from time to time.
Maintaining a list also keeps you posted on regular maintenance jobs that need to be done. The saying, “Prevention is better than cure” applies to electrical jobs as well. Preventive maintenance also prolongs the life of your electrical system.
- Be mindful of how you use electrical cords and power outlets. You may not know it, but you can overload your cords and outlets if you plug in too many appliances or equipment. Learn to distribute them around the house to avoid short circuits or melted receptacles.
- Prepare the area where electrical work needs to be done. This may take only a few minutes and would save you a lot of money especially if the electrical contractor charges by the hour. Remove delicate items and make paths accessible for easy and fast movement.
- Ask for flat rates or packages. If a contractor charges a low rate per hour, chances are, a dishonest contractor could work slower to earn more.
Note that some repairs also cost less when they are done during the off-season. For example, furnace maintenance is in-demand during fall so you may want to have them done during summer to get the cheapest rate.
- Hire a contractor who can do the job quickly and efficiently. A contractor who knows his job well can do the job in an hour, say for $100. One who is still learning the trade may charge a lower rate of $50 per hour, but if it takes him three hours to do the same job, it would cost $50 more.
- Choose a local electrical contractor. If you want to hire someone from a location outside your area, you may need to pay more even if they charge a lower rate. They may charge extra for fuel and travel time as compared to someone near you.
- Buy needed electrical parts before the electrician arrives. To find out what items you need to buy, give the company a detailed description of the electrical work that needs to be done, or about items that need to be replaced or fixed. Doing this would save both you and the contractor a lot of time and money.