DIY vs Pro Electric: Leave These Projects To The Pros

With the weather starting to get cooler, you may be looking around the house to see what kind of projects you’d like to knock out before winter arrives. If any of those projects involve electrical work, chances are it would be a good idea to call a professional. But are there electric jobs you could try on your own? In this post, we’ll discuss a handful of home electrical repairs you should definitely NOT try to DIY.


Don’t mess with the wiring. Updating the electrical wiring of your home, whether it’s old or new, is a job for licensed electricians only. Novice mistakes could easily lead to smoke or fire damage. It’s even possible that a home inspector could catch the mistake and dock your inspection. It’s just a safer bet to hire a pro.

Any changes to your electric panel definitely require a professional electrician. Older homes especially may need an upgrade to their electric panel or circuit breaker. This may be necessary to handle the electric overload as more and more electronics power our lives. But this is not a job for beginners! Even a mild mistake could lead to overheating and the potential for a fire.

Another common upgrade is adding or installing outlets around your home. You’ll need an electrician not only for the installation process but also to ensure that the circuits are providing the proper amount of power. Too much could fry your equipment, but not enough will leave you wishing for more power!

It may seem simple enough, but installing a fan is highly discouraged as a DIY job. This includes both ceiling fans and exhaust fans. Not only does this require manipulation of electrical wiring, but other issues can also arise. It’s important that fans are properly installed from an election, construction, and cosmetic perspective. Failure to do so could lead to a variety of hazards, including fans falling, fires, and even mold growth.


There are some electrical projects that are acceptable as DIY. But anything remotely complicated is best left to the pros. A little money spent now could save you major cash – and headaches – in the future. The Bosworth Company has a full team of certified electricians to respond to your electrical needs! Make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.