When you’re in trouble, a qualified electrician will always be around to help you out…but there are a few things they wish you knew. To make your life easier and safer, here’s our list of a few things every qualified electrician wants you to know.

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Gaming consoles and TVs are just two of the vampire devices you need to look out for. 

Beware of Vampire Devices

There might be some vampires lurkin’ in your home…and not the bat kind. If a device is turned off but still plugged in, it still draws an electrical current. This means it’s draining your home’s electricity and running up your bill! Common vampires include plasma TVs, coffee makers, gaming consoles, laptop chargers, and desktop computer in “sleep” mode.

Installing energy-efficient power strips can help you lower your consumption and save you money without having to unplug your devices every day.

Don’t Yank the Cord

Dontchu do it! Most folks don’t realize that when they yank their cords, it causes a lot of damage. A rough tug can damage the cord, appliance, and even cause problems in the electrical outlet. The easiest way to avoid any damage is to walk over and gently pull the cord out.

Understand GFCI

A ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) can help prevent electrocutions. If you start to receive a shock, the GFCI will sense this and cut off the power before any serious damage can be done.

GFCIs are usually installed where electrical circuits may accidentally come into contact with water, like the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room. As these can damage and wear out, make sure to check yours monthly. If something seems off, call an electrician to check it out.

Protective Gear is Not Made Equal

Most folks know that rubber is a great insulator, so some DIYers will slap on a pair of rubber gloves before tackling their electrical problem.

Here’s the thing, y’all: household rubber isn’t as pure as other types of rubber. So, if you’re a DIYer that thinks wearing some rubber boots and gloves will protect you from a shock, think again. Protective gear is only effective when it’s made of the proper materials and is worn correctly. Skip the kitchen gloves and get some actual safety gear to protect you from electrical injuries.

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Know your limits and contact a qualified electrician if you’re ever unsure!

Know When You Need Help

If you’re a DIY enthusiast, all the power to you. But if you have more enthusiasm than experience, make sure you know your limits.

Hittin’ up YouTube and listening to the professionals doesn’t make you one. The risk of damage is higher, and working with electrical systems without complete professional knowledge is a big health risk. It’s alright to ask for help, and a professional electrician will gladly provide solutions for you.

Don’t Ignore Warning Signs

Saved the most important for last! The thing every qualified electrician wants you to know is to never ignore warning signs. Warning signs include:

  • A breaker that won’t reset
  • A light switch that’s running hot
  • A popping noise from an outlet
  • An outlet getting dark around the edges
  • An electrical burning smell

If you notice any of these warning signs, call an electrician immediately before disaster strikes.

Speck Family Electric

If you run into trouble or need us to do a quick fix, Speck Family Electric is your solution for a residential and commercial electrician. No job is too big or small! We’re here to help our beloved Tennessee homeowners. We service those in Sparta, Chattanooga, Cookeville, Crossville, Gallatin, Lebanon, McMinnville, Mount Juliet, Murfreesboro, and Smithville.