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Archives for March 2017

ELECTRICAL REPAIRS: TO CALL OR NOT TO CALL

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We field questions day after day regarding what types of electrical repairs would be smart, safe, or just okay, for a customer to complete on their own. Today’s world is full of DIY experts, or those trying to become such, or just trying to save money here or there.  While there are many small electrical fixes a homeowner can tackle on their own, the majority would not be safe, wise, or realistic for anyone other than an experienced, licensed electrician to take on. 

I asked our service electricians (those who handle homes and smaller-scale commercial jobs), our Master Electrician, Estimator/General Manager, and our Assistant General Manager what repairs they would absolutely recommend calling an electrician (hopefully us!) to handle, and their answers were quite in unison.

So, without further ado, here is the short list for your reading pleasure (and information bank):

–If your main breaker trips, you should never, under any circumstance, trip it back on without first having it checked by a licensed electrician. The main breaker is designed to trip if a problem exists; if you turn it back on without diagnosing the problem, it could damage the wiring, or worse, blow up.

–If you find a receptacle (plug) that is discolored or hot to the touch, call a licensed electrician to replace it. Changing a receptacle may seem easy, but you may not be able to determine why it is discolored or hot, and simply changing it will not repair the overall problem. 

–Adding or relocating wires is a job only a licensed electrician should take on. If you do not know what you are doing you can potentially affect and/or overload the entire circuit, causing a fire hazard.

–Do not go in to your attic (or any attic for that matter!) and check on the electrical connections. There are often many damaged wires caused by pests that present a shock hazard.  In a dark or insulated attic the problems are often not visible.

If you have any questions about other existing or potential electrical problems, call or email us, and we can get you answers and on our schedule if need be. We are here to help and to keep all of you safe, happy, and comfortable in your home!

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SPRING CLEANING SAFETY TIPS

Spring is finally here (although we sure have felt it off and on since December)!  We all know that Spring hits and we get the itch to clean out closets, spruce up your landscaping, tackle new DIY projects; the list goes on and on.  What you may not always think of is small electrical repairs, changes, and tests you can make to ensure the safety and functionality of your home.  The list can be daunting, so we have compiled a few quick and easy suggestions to get you started.

  • Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
  • Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
  • In homes with small children, make sure your home has tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles.
  • Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
  • If outlets or switches feel warm, frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuits, or flickering or dimming lights, call a qualified electrician.
  • Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp’s recommended wattage.
  • Make sure your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in the kitchen bathroom(s), laundry, basement, and outdoor areas.
  • Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) should be installed in your home to protect electrical outlets

Beyond these, we would definitely recommend calling our office to schedule an electrician to visit your home or place of business to help you locate, test, repair, or replace any current dangers and/or problems. 

If you are concerned that there are more problems within your house, especially those that could present a fire hazard, call our office and ask about the CurrentSAFE Electrical Hazard Detection (EHD) Test that we are licensed to perform. 

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