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What Kind Of Work Do Electricians Do?

Electrical work includes managing the complex world of wiring, installation, and maintenance, and it’s up to the property owner (whether residential or commercial) to find an electrician that can handle the job safely. Electricity is deadly when it isn’t handled properly, and only a qualified, licensed and experienced electrician can guarantee that.

Electricians often specialize in an area, such as wiring new construction or performing maintenance in commercial buildings. Established contractors, though, will have a list of electricians they trust, so a single contractor can often cover all the bases. But what, exactly, can an electrician do for a property owner? Here’s just a small sampling of what the profession demands:

  • Reading blueprints to determine where outlets, panel boards and circuits are placed in the building.
  • Installing, replacing and maintaining wiring, fuses and circuit breakers.
  • Planning where wiring and electrical components will go, and laying everything out for the entire building.
  • Checking how electricity flows to the circuit breakers and transformers.
  • Inspecting buildings for deteriorating and faulty wiring, which will remove safety hazards before they have a chance to cause harm.
  • Going over work that other electricians have already performed, verifying that that work meets all standards listed in the National Electrical Code.

That’s the basics that all electricians are expected to know. Specifically, here are some examples of what that knowledge looks like in action:

  • Replacing or installing a new ceiling fan, light switch or outlet.
  • Installing or replacing an array of lighting technologies, including LED lighting, under-counter lighting, track lighting, chandeliers, security lighting, motion sensors or dimmers.
  • Providing insight for the property owner as to which lighting fixtures and electrical components are safe and economical.
  • Installing surge protection, for a single room or for the entire building.
  • Setting up exterior outlets, connections and lighting, all of which are weather-tight.
  • Providing comprehensive maintenance, including fixing lighting (blinking, dimming or flickering), dead outlets or switches, hot breakers, wiring cable and conduit.

There is a lot that an electrician must be prepared to do when providing service. And with so much responsibility, it is critical that a property owner knows who they are hiring.

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