Electrical inspections aren’t just for selling your home. If you have light switches that don’t work, or lights that flicker in the kitchen or bedrooms, it’s time to call a professional electrician.

David Burtner of Burtner Electric, Inc., says it is always a good idea to do preventative maintenance, and have electrical inspections done before electrical problems get worse.


“You really need a licensed electrician to come to your home and make sure everything in your electrical system is working correctly,” Burtner says. “Older homes can have aging technology that can cause big problems in an electrical system, and they can also have outdated electrical panels. They may not be able to adequately handle voltage loads or won’t trip beakers when a problem occurs.”

Loose electrical connections can also lead to heat, and heat can lead to fire. Burtner Electric will inspect every aspect of a home’s electrical system, including all outlets.

Hot outlets and hot breakers should also be checked right away. If a breaker is too hot, it can mean the voltage load is too high, according to Burtner. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) can also be a problem. GFCI outlets are vital, especially when an outlet shuts off electrical flow when coming in contact with water.

“If it’s been more than 10 years since your last inspection, or your circuit breaker is tripping regularly, it’s also time to call an electrician,” Burtner stated. “If you also have recently had a major electrical repair, there might be a bigger problem.”

Burtner noted that having a complete electrical safety inspection will also evaluate how much load is being placed on your circuit breaker and will examine the physical conditions of the wiring in your home.

“Professional electricians keep up with changes in the electrical code, which can range from additional outlets in a room, to increased safety requirements, such as upgrading from aluminum wiring or installing GFCI outlets in bathrooms and kitchens,” Burtner said.

To get a thorough electrical inspection, contact Burtner Electric at 317-773-7663 or visit BurtnerElectric.com.