Frequently Asked Questions
We'll cover some of the most frequently asked questions about electric service to help you get an idea of what we can do for your home.
» Is it possible for a faulty outlet to cause other outlets to go offline?
- Yes, it is possible for faulty electric outlets to cause other outlets in the home to go offline. This is caused by a number of factors including the age and quality of the wire as well as how much electricity is being used from those outlets. Worn or corroded wiring can be a fire hazard as well as damaged appliances plugged into the affected outlets. This could cause a fire as well as damage to appliances plugged into the affected outlets as well as wiring within your wall. Water and electricity don't mix well, which could lead to major issues with wet outlets or wires. It's important to have faulty wiring replaced to avoid any accidents from occurring during this process.
» Which is the better choice: GFCI or AFCI?
- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) and Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) both serve the same function of protecting you from hazardous conditions when an electrical current comes in contact with water. The difference between the two is that AFCIs protect against arcs created by faulty appliances and wiring, while GFCIs protect against ground faults, which is when electricity leaves the intended path and begins to cause harm. AFCIs are generally installed in areas where there is a greater potential for an arc fault, such as the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room. GFCIs are more commonly used in areas where there is a higher risk of ground faults, such as the outdoors, garages, and basements.
» What size breaker is required for an electric vehicle charger?
- This will depend on the wattage of the electric vehicle charger. Most chargers fall between 6-16 amps, so a 20 amp breaker would be ideal. If you're not sure what size breaker you need, our team can help you find the right one for your needs.
» Is it possible for the power to go out in one part of my home while another is working?
- Yes, it's possible for this to happen if the wiring in your home isn't up to code. If you find that certain appliances are turning off while others are still running normally, this could be a result of faulty wiring. It's important to have these issues fixed as soon as possible to avoid any accidents from occurring.
» Why does my breaker box have a fishy odor?
- If you notice that your breaker box has an odd fishy odor, this is likely due to the insulation around your electrical wiring. As voltage passes through the wire, it can create gas which builds up inside of your walls and sometimes comes in contact with wires or appliances. This is commonly referred to as "arc fault", which could cause damage if not taken care of immediately. It's important to get this fixed by a professional electrician to avoid further damage and accidents from occurring.
» What is the difference between a surge protector and a surge suppressor?
- Surge protectors and suppressors serve the same function of protecting electrical components from power surges. A surge protector refers to your whole home, while a surge suppressor protects an individual appliance or component. Both of them use the same methods to achieve their objective.
» Is it time to replace my electrical panel?
- If you notice any of the following issues, it may be time for electrical panel replacement:
- Your circuit breaker keeps tripping or blows fuses
- Your electrical panel is covered in rust or other signs of water damage
- You can see evidence of arcing or sparks coming from your electrical panel
- The wiring inside your electrical panel is visibly frayed or damaged
» Why does my breaker keep tripping?
- There are a few reasons why a breaker might keep tripping. There may be a short circuit somewhere in your electrical system. This can happen if wires become frayed or damaged, or if you have any loose connections. Another possibility is that you're drawing too much power from the breaker panel. This can happen if too many appliances are drawing power at the same time, or if one of those devices is particularly large or power-hungry.
» How do you I know if a circuit breaker needs to be repaired or replaced?
- If the breaker is making excessive humming or vibrating noises, it probably needs repairs. If you have the breaker tested with a voltage meter and the meter doesn't show continuity, repair is likely needed. Frequent breaker trips and visible damage (like scorch marks or cracks) to the breaker itself, may indicate that the circuit breaker is worn out and needs to be replaced.
» How do you know if a circuit breaker needs to be repaired or replaced?
- Common signs of circuit breaker malfunction include strange and excessive humming or vibrating noises, and inconsistent voltage meter readings. It may be time to replace the circuit breaker if it frequently trips, the handle feels mushy when you press it, or there's visual damage (like scortchmarks or cracks) on the breaker.
» How often is an electrical inspection required?
- An electrical inspection is required every five years. It's important to have an electrical inspection to ensure that your home's wiring is safe and in good condition. An electrical inspector will check the wiring in your home to make sure it meets the requirements set by the National Electrical Code. They will also look for any potential hazards, such as frayed wires or bad connections, and they will make sure that all of your outlets and switches are properly grounded. If any problems are found, the inspector will recommend what repairs need to be made.
» What are the steps to take in an electrical emergency?
- In case of an electrical emergency, these are the steps you should take:
- Unplug all appliances and electronics from the outlet.
- If you can do it safely, turn off the main breaker to your home.
- Call a licensed electrician to come and fix the problem.
- Do NOT touch any wiring or attempt to fix the problem yourself.
» Can I install a breaker box by myself?
- Although it is possible to install a breaker box by yourself, it is generally not recommended. Breaker boxes contain high voltage electricity and working with them can be dangerous. It is best to leave the installation of a breaker box to a professional electrician.
» Why won't my GFCI reset?
- If the circuit breaker is off, the GFCI will not reset. Another possibility is that there is a ground fault in the circuit. This can be caused by a loose wire or a problem with the grounding system. If there is a ground fault, the GFCI will not reset until the problem is fixed. Finally, make sure that the GFCI receptacle is properly connected to an electrical outlet. If it is not properly connected, the GFCI will not reset.
These are some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from homeowners in the area. If you have any other questions, feel free to give us a call or contact us!