Common Household Repairs That Require a Professional Residential Electrician

Knowing when to hire a professional electrician can sometimes be a balance of pride and safety. RC Electric is here to let you know when you should hire a licensed residential electrician with experience before you grab your tool belt.

Exposed Wires

It’s just a fact of life these days that wiring can slowly get out of control. Whether it be a nest of wires for your router or exposed wiring from the old light in the garage, it is important to know that broken exposed wiring is a major safety concern. A simple untangling is one thing, but old fringed wiring can result in not only fires, but also electrocution. If you noticed live wiring that seems to be fringed, make sure to contact us right away.

Warm Outlets and Appliances

If you’re experiencing appliances that are unusually warm to the touch, or hot electrical outlets, this can be a sign of fringed older wiring. If this is the case, unchecked it could be a significant fire hazard. Older split wiring in the walls of your home can be the perfect scenario for fire and should not be considered a DIY project.


This may seem obvious to some, but if an outlet, appliance, or even an electrical panel is arcing to create sparks you can see, you should consult a professional. Sparking from appliances or outlets can be a sign of malfunctioning hardware to your electrical system and can cause fire, a shock, or even in more severe cases, death

A Burning Smell

Have a lingering strange smell coming from an outlet or electric panel? This can be a sign of heat created by a faulty system. If from an outlet, unplug any appliances and avoid until a licensed professional can investigate. If from an electrical panel, be sure to contact a professional residential electrician immediately.

At RC Electric, our 20+ years of experience in the Tallahassee area have shown us it can be difficult to admit you may need professional help, even if a repair seems small. However electrical work can be dangerous, and it is important to weigh your options appropriately. If any of these apply to you, or if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation.