Seven cheap electrical solutions that could be expensive
Posted on 29th August 2018
1. Outdoor lighting fixtures
Insultation can melt in poorly installed outdoor electrical fittings, leading to a short circuit. You might then have to change your entire distribution board.
2. Circuit breakers for outdoor sockets
Because of the risk of exposure to water, outdoor sockets should have a circuit breaker. Without this you are risking electric shocks and fire.
3. Bathrooms and kitchens
Sockets, light switches and other electric installations in wet environments can be risky. If you are planning a bathroom or kitchen renovation, make sure a qualified electrician inspects the wiring.
4. Temporary fixes to wiring
Taping up loose or exposed wiring could just cover up a serious risk. A qualified electrician should make repairs and check safety.
5. Connecting your boiler
An electric heating boiler can be an efficient solution for a smaller property, but it shouldn’t be connected to an existing socket. To operate properly and safely it should have a dedicated connection with a circuit-breaker or switch.
6. Light bulbs burning out too often
If your light bulbs frequently need replacing it could be a sign of a wiring problem. This is a signal that you should contact a professional to check.
7. Installing ceiling fans
In hot weather a ceiling fan might seem like a good solution. While it might look like a simple electrical task, if it isn’t installed properly it might not work or cause electrical sparks.
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