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Dangers of DIY Electrical Projects

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Doing your own work around the house can be rewarding while leaving you with the feeling of contributing something useful to your home and saving you money in the long run. However, there are a few types of projects you should try to stay away from when working on DIY projects.

Electrical work is one area of your home that you should always leave to professionals. Whether you’re changing out an outlet or you’re replacing an entire breaker box or electrical panel, electrical updates can be incredibly dangerous. If something goes wrong, you could be left to face electrocution or an electrical fire in your home.


One of the more obvious dangers of working with electricity is the possibility of electrocution. Electricians go through extensive training to learn how to deal with electric currents properly, and even then they still make mistakes and end up with injuries. However, if someone with no formal education or training tries to work with electricity, the consequences could be fatal.

Residential Fire

Another possible side effect of working with electricity without formal training is a residential fire. In fact, electrical problems start more than 50,000 fires every year, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation.

Impossible to Sell

So we’ve covered the physical dangers of DIY electrical work but what else could go wrong? Because incorrect wiring and electrical work could cause disastrous consequences, in the long run, poor electrical work could make it impossible to sell your home.

Every home buyer, before officially purchasing a home, will get an inspection. In this inspection, they will look at the home’s foundation and structural integrity as well as wiring, HVAC, and more. If the inspector notices something wrong, he might advise the buyer not to purchase the house.

Rather than having to deal with all of the struggles and mishaps of DIY electrical projects call an expert that you know you can trust! At A-TEMP Heating, Cooling, & Electrical we know just how complicated it can be to work with electricity, so we make sure that all of our technicians are well trained so that we don’t jeopardize your home or safety.

Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you and your electrical problems!