Five Reasons You Still Need a Licensed Electrician in the DIY Age

21 October, 2019
Five Reasons You Still Need a Licensed Electrician in the DIY Age

Electrical wiring and controls are essential to the modern home in Toronto. From day-to-day appliances to lighting and circuit controls, stable electrical connections enable you to complete tasks like cooking and cleaning. In addition, it allows you to recharge and enjoy peace and quiet with a home entertainment unit and HVAC system.

But systems are often far from perfect and, from time to time, break down. When this happens, you’ll need to get in touch with a licensed electrician right away and get upgrades and repairs completed quickly. With Google on hand and countless Wiki-how’s for DIY projects, it’s easy to think that you can take on a simple wiring issue or control system installation. However, with a lifelong investment on the line, would you risk another electrical issue? Find out why it’s better to trust a licensed electrician in Toronto.

1. Safety

The biggest concern in any electrical work is always safety. We know that electricity can be very dangerous—a quick mishap can easily lead to painful electrocution, or worse, a devastating house fire. Without the right tools and proper training, your entire electrical system can break down and short-circuit. If it happens at the hands of someone in the family, or when everyone is home, it can even injure the people you love, or worse, lead to their untimely death.

But it doesn’t have to be all that scary. With a licensed electrician, you can trust that they have the right equipment and training to get the job done right the first time. Their license works like an insurance policy, guaranteeing proper training and familiarity with safety protocols and advanced repair or installation techniques. This way, if any damage needs to be covered by insurance, you can count on a successful claim to help you handle the damages. Their certification proves that the repair was completed by a licensed contractor. Therefore, any resulting damage or malfunction was not caused by an ill-fated DIY project.

2. Building code and insurance compliance

The building code in Toronto determines how a structure can be built, the allowable modifications, and even the electrical configurations for powering it—and yes, it covers houses, too. Any electrical work, such as repairs and installations, must be done in compliance with the local building code. Depending on the size and nature of the work, it may need to be inspected and certified by a professional electrician.

You might wonder why the city goes through so much trouble for a simple wiring fix; after all, it is your private property and not a public space. That’s because aside from you and your neighbours’ safety, your home insurance can also be impacted by electrical damage, even resulting in void claims for house fires. To ensure continued protection and coverage in the event of any damage, you will want to trust only a licensed electrician to get the job done up to code.

3. Professional quality

While anyone can do a Google search for quick electrical fixes, not everyone is a licensed electrician who has the proper training. Professional electricians always have up-to-date certifications to perform complex repairs and property-wide installations. Trusting a licensed electrician to do the job provides unparalleled peace of mind knowing that the work is not only done up to code, but future problems can also be avoided. It only takes one quick phone call to book a licensed electrician and save your loved ones and property from damage caused by DIY projects gone wrong.

4. Service guarantee

A licensed electrician’s certifications work as a guarantee of professional service. Unlicensed contractors may not be held liable for damages they cause while attempting to conduct an electrical repair. This is the same for installing a new appliance or a wiring configuration. This is because there are no formal standards that hold them accountable for quality service. Licensed electricians, on the other hand, come with a service guarantee to ensure satisfaction, accuracy, and safety in every job, and as a result, can be held accountable according to municipal regulations in Toronto and province-wide in Ontario.

5. Generous long-term savings

The cost of hiring a professional contractor for home improvement in Toronto can sound more expensive upfront. It’s why DIY projects through YouTube tutorials have skyrocketed in popularity over the recent years. But going down the DIY route can cause you more trouble—and a whole lot more money—in the long run.

The good news is that there’s no shortage of licensed electricians in Toronto. The next time you blow a fuse or want to install a fancy electrical automation system, all you need to do is pick up the phone or leave a message with a certified electrician. It may cost more upfront than pulling up a YouTube tutorial. However, the benefits and savings from potential damages will pay for the job in no time, as you can easily avoid recurring electrical problems, or worse, a house fire. With a licensed electrician, there’s no need for a lengthy trial and error process to get the job done, as they can accomplish it the first time. At the end of the day, working with a licensed electrician is an investment in your family’s safety, and you can’t put a price on that.

Did you blow a fuse or are you thinking of upgrading your home’s electrical wiring? Don’t leave the safety of your loved ones and property in the hands of an inexperienced, unregulated contractor or, worse, a DIY YouTube tutorial. Trust a licensed electrician in Toronto to get the job done quickly and safely. Call Hi-Lite Electric at (416) 800-5536 or contact us here to book an appointment.

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