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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a GFCI outlet? Why are they important? Where do I need them?

 

GFCI stands for Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter.  This type of outlet is also sometimes referred to as a GFI, and can be differentiated from regular convenience outlets by looking for the Test/Reset buttons built into the outlet.  As part of National Electric Code, they are required at 120-volt outlet locations where moisture may be present in the home (i.e. outdoors, garages, basements, within 6 feet of any sinks in kitchens & bathrooms).  

Handy tip: If you are experiencing power loss to some of your outlets, it is possible you have a tripped GFCI outlet. If the “reset” button will not restore power to the outlet(s), one of our experienced electricians can help diagnose & repair the issue.


March 30, 2022

– Amanda Wolf

Why are my lights flickering?

 

Sometimes lights can flicker when there is too much electrical load on a circuit. A licensed electrician can help you evaluate the electrical circuits in your home, and add additional circuits to spread out electrical loads in high volume areas (i.e. kitchen, living room, home office).

If you recently upgraded your lights to LED bulbs or an integrated LED light fixture, you may need to replace your dimmer or switch to a newer device that is capable of properly operating/dimming LED lighting technology.


March 28, 2022

– Amanda Wolf

What is a dedicated circuit?

 

A dedicated electrical circuit supplies power to special equipment & appliances throughout the home.  Modern electrical code requires dedicated circuits to power things such as refrigerators, stoves, washers/dryers, hot water heaters, and other special equipment. If electrical draw on a circuit is greater than the amperage supply of the circuit breaker, the circuit breaker at the panel location is designed to trip to prevent electrical issues, safety hazards & appliance damage.

 

If you just got new equipment, such as a treadmill, generator, Electric Vehicle (EV), or other special equipment, a licensed & insured electrician can evaluate your home’s electrical panel to determine if you have enough existing breaker space to add a dedicated circuit. 


March 21, 2022

– Amanda Wolf

Why do fuses / circuit breakers trip?

 

One common reason a circuit breaker might trip is due to overloading the power supply on the electrical circuit breaker.  Breakers are designed to trip & cut power to circuit(s) when the power draw is too great for the supplied amperage of the circuit breaker at the electrical panel source.  

 

In modern times, we utilize much more power at any given time, which can strain circuits spread across multiple rooms.  A licensed electrician would be able to install additional or dedicated circuits to break up power distribution.


March 20, 2022

– Amanda Wolf

What is an electrical short or short circuit?  What causes sparks?

 

A short happens when the hot electrical wire touches something conductive, allowing electrical current to flow through unintended low-resistance paths. Shorts can result in sparking; it can also can cause appliance/equipment damage, electrical shock, or even fire.  If your outlet or panel is showing signs of sparking or arcing, you should immediately contact a licensed electrician.


March 21, 2022

– Amanda Wolf
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