As a homeowner, you’ve got a lot of responsibilities to take care of. One of those responsibilities is making sure that your home’s electrical components are functioning properly. But how do you know if your Maryland home may be in need of electrical service?
When to Call an Electrician for Electrical Repairs
Though Pinterest may make you think otherwise, most electrical repairs are not DIY projects! The best way to stay safe is to call a licensed electrician to resolve any electrical problems you may be facing.
The following are a few signs that you may need to schedule an electrical service appointment:
- Loose switches
- Socket repairs
- Whole-home surge protection
- Service panel upgrades
- Generator repairs
- Recurring issue with blown fuses/tripping circuit breakers
- Burning odor/rubbery smell coming from appliance
- Sparks coming from an outlet
- Lights flickering
- Repairing a short in wiring
- Power surge when AC or fridge kicks on
- All electrical work in pool/garden/other wet areas
- Any repairs in homes more than 10 years old
If you’re experiencing any of the signs mentioned above, or if you’re still unsure whether your home is in need of electrical repair service, contact us online or give us a call today at 240-224-3144. Our licensed electricians will help you figure out whether your home is in need of electrical service.
How to Know if Your Home Needs an Electrical Upgrade or Heavy Up
An electrical upgrade or “heavy up” is an increase in amperage of your main electrical service. Most commonly, heavy ups are required when your current electrical system can’t safely provide enough power to your home.
Newer electrical equipment can handle modern electronic appliances, but older electrical systems can’t handle such massive amounts of power. If your electrical system is older, you may be facing an electrical hazard in your home, which could even cause an electrical fire.
Some signs you may need to call an electrician to schedule an electrical upgrade include:
- Your electrical panel is more than 20 years old
- Your lights flicker constantly
- Your circuit breakers trip often
- You plan to expand your home (for instance, add a home office)
- You want to add or upgrade major appliances (such as your washer and dryer)
- You need more circuits to be added to your system
If you’re still not sure whether or not you should schedule a heavy up in your home, contact GAC Services online or call us today at 240-224-3144. Our team of licensed electricians will help you figure out what’s the right decision for your home.
Signs You Need an Electrical Code Correction in Your Maryland Home
According to the National Electrical Code, all electrical installations and upgrades must have an electrical inspection performed by a licensed electrician to ensure your new electrical equipment meets minimum electrical safety requirements set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
GAC Services offers electrical inspections and code corrections throughout Montgomery County, Howard County, and Frederick County, Maryland. Our electricians are industry certified and will ensure your home is safe and sound—minimizing risks of an electrical fire, electrical shock, personal injury, and property loss.
Our electricians can correct any NEC violations you may have, which could include:
- Loose wiring
- Faulty circuit panels
- Safety violations
- Damaged wiring and cables
- Improperly sized wiring
- Heavy ups and panel upgrades
- And more
Code violations can result in monetary fines, personal injury, and/or property loss. To avoid those issues and keep your home and family safe, contact GAC Services online or call us at 240-224-3144 to schedule an electrical inspection today.