An electrician should not just be the person we call at the last minute to repair something that is broken or to add a new socket in the kitchen. A good electrician can do many more things which can greatly improve your quality of life, will increase the safety of your electrical infrastructure but also help you save money.
Read our guide dedicated to electricians and you will find out all the useful services that a good professional can offer you but also how useful AtYourService can be when your projects involve such a wide range of services, necessary for everything around us.
At start, you should know a very important thing regarding electricians. Since this is a very difficult profession and since it demands too much knowledge and expertise, not anyone can do it. Yes, we all can change a lamp, but this how far our electrical tasks should go.
If you want a guaranteed job, done correctly and mainly with safety, do not try to do it yourself and also, before you assign such a job to a professional, it is good to know the following.
What should I have in mind when hiring an electrician?
An experienced electrician is not enough, especially nowadays that electrical systems are very technologically advanced and more complicated. Just think that most systems in our house or business are depending on his job, and you certainly don’t want to use something connected incorrectly or not working properly, every day.
And certainly, the last thing you want is to risk your family’s or employee’s safety. So, ask for an electrician with the appropriate studies and diploma and not someone who learned the job from his father.
In several projects, besides the electrician studies, additional certifications are required from the state that any professional to be assigned a big project should have.
For example, the electrical study of an industrial building can be done, submitted and signed by anyone; only by a certified electrician.
So, depending on your project, you should have in mind the level of certification and licenses required from the professional you are just about to hire.
Clearly, an electrician’s studies concern all areas and systems he is about to be involved in during his career, however, each one is specialized in specific areas. That is because this profession’s range has significantly grown and it is almost impossible for just one human to be excellent in everything or be aware of all the electrical systems in the market.
So, when you are looking for an electrician, it is advisable to mention the specific task you wish to be done because for instance, the one who will fix your broken outlet, is pretty rare to know how to install optic fibers to your living room, too. :)
Who does the job
In many cases, hiring a professional electrician with all the required knowledge and certifications does not mean that he will personally do all your work. Usually, in big firms or with very successful professionals, there is a whole crew or individual assistants who do a big part of the job.
Don’t feel bad, just ask exactly who will do your work and if he is as qualified as he should. Especially in the case of a contractor, you might never get to know the electricians he works with and you might not get a quality or safe result. So, it’s good to know who will do what, his studies and experience.
An electrician or an electronic? That is the question.
If you too, get confused about which of the two to call and what exactly does each professional do, let’s clear this once and for all, because it is true that there are clear limits to these two professions.
Electrical engineering is the general field of a professional while electronics is a specialization, having mostly to do with weak currents.
Some more fields of electrical engineering are telecommunications, energy, automatic control, etc. So, an electrician has theoretic studies of everything but if you are looking for someone to install/repair your electronic systems, then he should also have this specific specialization.
Of course, to be completely accurate, have in mind that nowadays most electricians due to the technology evolution are very familiar with electronics and in a while, with energy. So, even if you ask for an electrician, you will be fine. :)
So now that we cleared the specific knowledge, the safety matters and certifications for the project you are having, let’s take a look to the whole range of an electrician’s services:
What can an electrician do for me?
This is the most important job regarding responsibilities of a qualified electrician, since as mentioned above, he should discuss your needs, think of the best solution and find out how to install the infrastructure to your new or existing building and implement all this perfectly.
At this point, you shouldn’t try to save money nor the time required for such a demanding project because this involves too much knowledge, great experience, too much thought but also hard work to get exactly what you need with high safety standards, regardless of the type of project.
An electrician can design from scratch, before even a building is built, all the necessary infrastructure needed, depending on its use; from industrial buildings to domestic. Also, the installer will sign this design and so, he will take responsibility for its safety while he is also responsible for its implementation with everything such a task includes.
Such as materials, tools, supplies and labor. He will install cables in the wall during the construction of the building and as soon as it is finished he will add outlets, safety panels, connect it all with power supply and will deliver everything as ordered.
If for example, you wish for a telephone outlet in every room you should say so from the beginning, in order for him to include it to his plans and “pull” enough cables so that he won’t have to make holes to your walls.
Below, see a brief list of everything an electrician can install for you:
Safety Panels and safety relays, door phones and video door phones, satellite dishes, automation systems, photovoltaic systems, satellite internet, interior and exterior lighting and lighting designs, check – distribution tables of power systems, boilers, fire alarm and security systems, water heaters and solar devices, structured cabling (combination of all wiring in a single system).
And have in mind that these are only the general categories, each containing dozens of subcategories!
Repairs is the service almost all of us know well, since something always needs repair from the numerous appliances and systems in our homes.
From the alarm to internet, air conditioning and in general, for anything electrical or electronic you buy or gets installed by an electrician, you should know that at some point it makes sense to be worn, damaged or need replacing.
So, if you turn your head and look around right now you will get an idea of how much can an electrician do for you and how important his profession is to us.
Checks and rechecks
The most important part of all electronic systems, for security, economy and durability reasons, is prevention and checking of their proper functioning. So, depending on the system, we have to assign an electrician to perform a check so that to ensure everything works properly.
However, his job doesn’t finish there. Ideally, checks should be repeated as often as the electrician will advise, so that to prevent damage and reduced performance due to wear.
Especially for professional premises, the checks should be carried out at regular intervals to guarantee the perfect functioning of all systems, on which our income depends.
All kinds of cable and micro appliance that you will need for your building, can be provided by the electrician who will take the job. Usually, just because he buys supplies in bulk and wholesale, he will resell them to you at much lower prices than found in the market.
But the main thing is that you might be searching all over Cyprus for a specific cable for example, and not be able to find anywhere. But if you ask a electrician, he will know where to find it for you at the same day.
Signs that your house needs an electrician urgently!
Lights that flicker
If you do not believe in ghosts, then an electrician will solve your problem. Obviously, your cables are old and need replacing. If you want to keep believing in ghosts though, then do so but also ask for an electrician. :)
When using a device or an outlet you are smelling a strange burning smell, then immediately stop its operation and hire an electrician because there is a serious risk of fire.
In some cases along with the smell you may see a few sparks or you can only to hear the popping sound of the spark. Do not try to operate this device or system again, search for a specialist immediately!
If the devices you use, cause you small shocks or feeling of a slight tingling in your hands when you touch them, then you probably have grounding problem and an electrician is necessary.
If the plugs or fixtures on your ceiling are warm, then it is very important do something about it because there might be a problem with your wiring or the lighting.
You did the installation yourself and it is not working
DIY in the electrical works as said above, is not the safest thing you can do and it rarely is the most affordable solution. So, if you have tried to perform any installation and while you think you have done everything right, it does not work, then do not waste any more time.
A specialist is the only person to help you avoid from completely ruining the system you bought but also not to set your house on fire. :)
Also note that if you haven’t got a safety panel at home so as to block the power every time a device fails, ask the professional to install one for you. This is the best protection against fire or accidents!
Great, I need an electrician. What are the steps?
Don’t worry, AtYourService guides cover everything! So, let’s see the steps:
- Decide first on all the tasks you will need. For example, will it be a new safety panel and new wiring for your entire house or an outdoor lighting system?
- Publish your offer request in every detail @ AtYourService. It is important to mention if this has to do with a domestic or professional space, because electricians usually specialize only to one field or to specific systems, for example, alarms and automations or wiring.
- Ask the professional to visit you and take a look at your spaces so that to be certain that his offer is accurate regarding the size, the deadlines but also your budget.
That was it!
Of course, if AtYourService didn’t exist, you would need many more steps, such as to ask friends and everyone you know for a good electrician, make sure he is certified, experienced and specialized in this particular field and mainly, bargain the price a lot.
But, no need to repeat it all the time, you are fortunate to have us suggest you the elite of professionals in every field, while you save much, much wasted time!
And remember that you should always ask installers to perform frequent checks to the systems installed. However, for your house, you should hire an electrician specialized in domestic spaces to perform all the checks for your entire house, as often as he thinks necessary.
This way, you will always rest assured that everything works perfectly, that you won’t have any loses and you that you won’t wake up one morning having to pay loads of money just because you neglected the maintenance of a device or an installation.
As a conclusion, electrical tasks are not among the tasks that will cost you less if you DIY, because their range is so big that you need too much knowledge to achieve a perfect result.
Furthermore, you should seriously think about safety, the time required for the installation but also if it’s going to be more expensive to buy your supplies and systems yourself.
As it seems, hiring a specialist is one of the smartest and most affordable solution for any type of installation.