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The Ins and Outs of Hiring a Residential Electrician

An electrician is a certified professional with the ability to tend to and install electrical wires, equipment and machines that use electricity. All you have; to do is look around and you’ll see that almost every room, machine, and gadget you use is powered and run by electricity. Electrical work can be very risky; one risks harming themselves or setting fire to their home or building. For this reason, it’s wise to hand over the important task of keeping your entire electrical system running safely and efficiently to a qualified electrician. Electricians are always in high demand and need to be called upon easily to come help during an emergency.

Some electricians specialize in commercial properties so they are hired by companies and business owners to maintain and provide emergency assistance to their properties. Other types of electricians are residential, they help provide electrical inspections and set up the proper wiring based on the needs of the home. Commercial electricians repair buildings and also fit and prepare them for electrical wiring, they install commercial electrical wiring and they may even complete electrical projects on board ships or planes as needed.

There are a vast array of electrical tasks that an electrician could become an expert in. For instance, some electricians become known for their expertise in installing or fixing the distinct type of electrical infrastructure involved in power lines as well as generators. It’s a good idea to check into the type of electrical experience an electrician has and hire one that has successfully completed plenty of jobs like the one you need. Electricians can also specialize in the areas of automobiles, airplanes, ships and more. Electricians represent a portion of the population that the world simply can’t live without; every day we seem to rely more and more heavily upon electricity to sustain our daily lives.

Commercial vs. Residential Electricians

It’s helpful to know that commercial and residential electricians are the two main types of electrical technicians. However, some electricians are actually trained and experienced in tending to both commercial and residential electrical needs.

Training and licensure is a must before one can become a residential electrician and operate independently, without supervision. A residential electrician will complete a variety of tasks from a simple outlet repair for someone’s home all the way to a major re-wiring project or emergency home electrical project. Electrical upgrading is another important part of the residential electrician’s day to day work and responsibilities. Upgrading is important for the safety and efficiency of a home’s lighting process; but it also may involve adjusting the electrical set up of the home to better meet the occupants needs. Sometimes new outlets are needed, but it can also be that the original wiring that was done is shoddy or faulty (perhaps done by an uncertified occupant or owner). Residential electricians can also help you set up the electrical foundation and system you need for your home theater system.

For some electricians, repair work comprises the majority or even entirety of their work, depending upon their experience and preference. However, every electrician worth their salt should know basic troubleshooting protocols and have the skills necessary to investigate and trouble shoot effectively. Residential electricians may be looking at poorly functioning outlets or electronic equipment and, of course, faulty wiring. Homeowners need electricians to respond and come to their assistance quickly and on schedule for their convenience and, more importantly, for safety reasons.

A good amount of recently licensed residential electricians elect to specialize in electrical installation for newer homes. An electrician must be capable of reading residential blue prints, as these installations can be very complex. Electrical installation in a new home will certainly involve all of the following: fuses, circuits, outlets, electrical equipment if needed, and of course the basic wiring infrastructure. In addition, a residential electrician working on a newer home especially must be expert in and comply by all federal and state regulations relating to electrical work. Not surprisingly, these laws tend to be less stringent when compared with the standards required of commercial electrical work.