Signs That It Is Time To Call In A Professional Electrician

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Signs That It Is Time To Call In A Professional Electrician

As a homeowner, it is important to make sure that you are always well aware of the signs that indicate the need for a professional electrician to be called in. This way, you are less at risk of having your home catch on fire. To help you with this, you might want to take a few moments and review the following signs of electrical trouble that will require a professional. The Sparking Outlet You should never see an outlet give off a spark whether you are plugging something in or unplugging it. If you do, then you need to stop using that particular outlet until the issue is resolved. In many cases, the problem is nothing more than a faulty outlet that can be quickly swapped out by an electrician. However, it could end up being a problem with the wires themselves, especially if a rodent had chewed at them a little bit. Either way, this is not a problem that you want to wait to fix. The Warm Electrical Breaker Box The electrical box is metal and should be cool to the touch. Even if you open the front door of the box and gently touch your hand against the metal that surrounds all of the different breakers, it could not be warm. Therefore, should you feel a warmth to the metal, you will want to call in an electrician. This could very well be a sign that there are electrical wires behind the metal that are starting to overheat or spark. This could quickly lead to a house fire, which could happen at any time of the day or night. The Lights Keep Flickering There will be times when the lights in the house flicker due to work that is being done outside on the electrical lines or due to a really bad storm. However, if you are noticing that the lights in your home flicker on a more consistent basis, it might be time to get the problem checked out. There could be a bad connection with the main power supply that comes into your home and into the electrical panel box. Then again, it could be that many of your breakers in that box are starting to go bad due to excessive moisture causing them to develop rust. Either way, flicking lights in a sign that you need to get an electrician over to your home to inspect and repair the problem. With the previously mentioned signs of electrical problems, you will now know when it is time to call in a professional like Genesis Electrical Service...

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Here’s How To Make Life More Cozy And Convenient Next Winter

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Here’s How To Make Life More Cozy And Convenient Next Winter

Preparing your property for winter is important to help keep unwanted cold air and moisture from entering your home. Luckily, it isn’t typically necessary to hire a contractor for major repairs or insulation replacement. Having your HVAC system inspected and cleaned by a professional is a good start, but there are a few other things you can do to make sure that life is cozy and convenient no matter what the winter months bring your way – try one or more of these tips and tricks: Insulate Your Windows A great way to ensure that your home is protected from moisture, mold, and unwanted cold air circulation is to use spray foam insulation or caulking to seal up the window sills in your home. Sealing the windows will help you maintain a comfortable temperature indoors without having to make your HVAC system work overtime, which can save you some money on your monthly energy bills. You’ll also find that sealed windows help to keep allergens, such as pollen, outdoors where they belong. Don’t forget to seal the windows in your basement, garage, and attic spaces. Plant Some Trees in the Yard If there are not already trees growing in your yard near windows that get direct sunlight during the day, consider heading to your local nursery and picking out a few deciduous trees to plant. While deciduous trees are full of leaves during the summer to keep your home naturally cool, they tend to lose their leaves in the winter months so your home can soak up the sun’s heat for easy temperature management indoors. Trees can even increase your property’s value by up to 20 percent, and they will surely improve your home’s curb appeal overall.   Have Your Generator Serviced You never know what the winter months will bring, so it’s essential to have a source of backup power in case the power grid goes down due to a storm. If you don’t have a generator, consider investing in a model that will at least keep your lights and fridge running in case of a power outage. You should have your generator serviced once a year sometime during the weeks leading up to winter to ensure that it will perform properly if it’s needed during an emergency. Your service provider will check the coils, oil chamber, and power source so repairs or replacements can be made before any serious problems arise. The filters will also be cleaned, and the starter primed to ensure that the generator starts up on the first try when it’s pulled out for use in cold weather. These ideas work well in combination with one another and they won’t cost you an arm and a leg or a lot of extra time to put into place.  For more information, contact companies like Powell’s Electric Service,...

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How To Become A Journeyman Electrician

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Become A Journeyman Electrician

Every state has slightly different requirements for becoming a master electrician. There are also many different ways to go about achieving your license. Every electrician might end up taking a slightly different path to a career as a licensed electrician. In some states you are required to attend vocational or trade schools, while other states only require a certain amount of work experience as an apprentice or trainee. In some states you will even need to do a combination of both. This article will explain why trade schools should not be overlooked. Becoming a Journeyman The path to becoming a licensed or master (these terms mean the same thing, but the terminology does change from region to region) electrician is long and takes some planning. This is why it is a good idea to set a personal goal to becoming a journeyman electrician. This is the last big step before becoming a master electrician. Here are a few different approaches to becoming a journeyman electrician. Get A Formal Education In many states you can get a contractor (like Independent Electrical Contractors of Greater Cincinnati) to vouch for your experience. This a common way to bypass trade schools and become earn a journeyman license based on informal work experience. However, this is not an advisable path if you want to go on to become a master electrician. At a trade school you will learn valuable information, especially in relationship to electric building codes, that will be invaluable when it comes to taking the journeyman test. Trade schools also introduce you to all of the different disciplines and possible paths you can take within the field. Of course, some electricians have very specific areas of expertise. You might find some disciplines more interesting than others. For instance, you might not be interested in residential electric work, but you might find commercial work more interesting. It is important you just a discipline that intrigues you because you will need to repeatedly take tests throughout the years to maintain your license and stay up to date with current technologies. As a master electrician, you stand the chance of earning the best pay. However, this path will take some patience and hard work. Many electricians are satisfied and make enough money as journeyman electricians. As a master electrician though, you are able to set yourself up to be a project manager. This a great position for your later years when you have an advanced knowledge of the discipline but are unable to handle the physical work on a daily...

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2 Common Signs Of Electrical Wiring Problems

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Common Signs Of Electrical Wiring Problems

Home electrical systems are usually installed according to strict building codes in order to ensure safety. Unfortunately, problems with wiring emerge with time as outlets become ungrounded, wires fray or connections get loose. This can lead to a host of problems, including short circuits, fires or damaged appliances. To protect your family from such electrical problems, it is important that you learn the signs of faulty wiring so you can have the problem fixed early on. Here are two common indicators of faulty wiring that need immediate repairs. Breakers that constantly trip If your circuit breakers are constantly tripping, this could be a sign that your system is overloaded, mostly due to the use of too many high amp appliances. If the total amps in your electrical circuit are more than your circuit breaker rating, there are bound to be frequent problems that can only be solved by having the breaker replaced with a new one that has a higher rating. However, this should be done by a certified home electrician, as installing a new breaker without upgrading the wiring could cause overheating and make your home prone to electrical fires. The electrician could also check for short circuits that could be causing the breakers to trip. By testing the amount of amp load on your circuit, the electrician can determine whether your current appliances should be overloading the breakers. If not, this would indicate a short in the circuit that could be caused by loose connections or frayed wiring. Sparking or shocking outlets and switches Faulty wiring or loose connections within switches and outlets could cause them to produce sparks when turned on or when appliances are plugged in. This could cause the outlet to get charred, discolored or even produce a burning smell. Any such occurrences are signs of potential danger and should be looked into by an electrician immediately. Replacing the faulty outlet or switch is part of the solution, but the permanent fix would be to have any faulty wiring that is causing the short replaced. Another indicator that something is wrong is slight shocking on an outlet. This could mean that an appliance plugged in is causing a short, or that a frayed wire is shorting out to the conduit enclosing the wires. If the shocking continues after unplugging all items from the receptacle, turn off your breaker and call in an electrician to examine the wiring near or inside the outlet for...

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6 Signs You May Need A New Furnace

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Signs You May Need A New Furnace

The last thing you want to do in the middle of winter is to have your furnace quit suddenly. Losing your furnace during the cold season is a disaster that carries serious ramifications. Once you lose the source of heating in your home, your water pipes are in danger of freezing, even as fast as overnight. To help figure out if you should start thinking about replacing your furnace before your old one gives out, follow these six simple steps. 1. Determine how old your furnace is. A furnace can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. After that, it’s living on borrowed time. One way to figure out the age of your furnace is to find the manufacturer’s name and model number on the unit itself. Try calling the company, and they might be able to tell you when that particular model was made. Your HVAC maintenance person may also be able to tell you just by looking at it. 2. Consider your heating bills. Have they been rising even higher than standard rate increases? The reason may be because your furnace is getting sluggish. Older furnaces tend to lose efficiency as they get older. Moreover, they started out with much lower efficiency than most new furnaces. Their lack of efficiency translates to higher fuel bills for you. Furnaces today are built to be more energy efficient than their predecessors. With a new high-efficiency furnace, the energy savings you’ll realize in your bills will offset the purchase price over time. 3. Pay attention to how much your furnace cycles on and off. This is another good indication that the furnace may be struggling to keep up with your home’s heating needs. The fact that it keeps going on and off itself can cause excess wear and tear that will shorten your furnace’s lifespan. 4. Is your furnace “talking” to you? Specifically, is it groaning, moaning, creaking, whining, rattling or humming? A furnace that is operating efficiently doesn’t do this. If your furnace is constantly complaining, it’s probably time to talk to an HVAC technician about possibly getting a new furnace. 5. Examine the areas around your furnace. If there’s evidence of fuel oil leakage, soot, black dust, dirt, rust particles or any other debris, you may need a furnace replacement. If you spot wet oil, call an HVAC person immediately, because there could be a fire hazard as well. 6. Finally, if you’ve recently built an addition to your home, this puts extra strain on your furnace. Even if you converted an existing garage or storage area into a living area, your furnace may struggle to heat the extra square footage. Remember that furnaces are chosen to fit the original size of the house. If you’ve added to the furnace’s workload, it will feel the strain. The best time to find out if you might need a furnace replacement in the near future is before you have a furnace emergency. Consider these tips today to find out if you should start shopping tomorrow, or call companies like Allied Mechanical & Electrical,...

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4 Ways To Prepare Your Home’s Electrical System For Winter

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Prepare Your Home’s Electrical System For Winter

When you live in an area that has severe winter weather, you will have some unique home care techniques to perform to ensure that your home continues to be warm, comfortable, and livable through this season. The extra care you may need to do can include plumbing care, fire protection care, and even electrical care. The electrical system in your home is prone to damages, since the severe weather conditions can cause overheating from running the heater throughout the day and night and it can cause a power outage as well. Here are four ways to ensure that you won’t be experiencing these issues this winter: Check Power Lines: The power lines that connect to your home should be clear of trees. During the winter, a heavy storm can cause trees to fall and collapse. If these trees land on your power line, then your whole home can lose power in an instant. If you notice trees that could be an issue, contact the city if the trees are not on your property. The city will inspect these trees and potentially remove them if they have the same concerns that you do.  Check for Leaks: Winter weather means wet conditions. If you notice any leaks, no matter how small, near electrical sources in your home, you must be sure that you have the leaks repaired right away. The wet conditions can cause any leak to become severely worse.  Check Cords: All cords used for electronics in your home should be checked for any fraying or other damage. If you notice anything, it is best to hire a professional electrician, like Attaboy Electric Service LLC, to take a look at these damages and replace any cords or make repairs on the cords for you. If these damages aren’t repaired, electrocution becomes a huge concern, especially in wet conditions that the winter weather brings. Check for Overload: Be sure that you are aware of all electrical sources that are being used in your home daily. Consider unplugging certain things that you don’t use often and always unplug something once you are done using it. Since you will likely be running your heater throughout the day and night during the winter, if you aren’t checking and unplugging things that aren’t being used, a circuit overload is likely.   By knowing how you can prepare the electrical system in your home for winter, not only will you protect yourself from potential power outages, but also from huge safety hazards, such as...

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3 Signs That Your Restaurant Could Be At Risk Of An Electrical Fire

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Signs That Your Restaurant Could Be At Risk Of An Electrical Fire

You probably have a lot of thing to worry about as a restaurant owner, but one thing that you might not want to think about is the idea of a fire starting in your commercial kitchen. This is always a possibility, including the risk of an electrical fire, so it’s important to be careful. These are a few signs that your restaurant could be at risk of one of these fires: 1. You’re Using Worn-Out Commercial Kitchen Appliances Using older commercial kitchen appliances can save you and your business money, but you won’t be saving anything if your equipment causes an electrical fire. Carefully inspect the cords for all of your equipment, and replace any cords that are frayed or otherwise worn out. Also, have equipment inspected or replaced if it sparks or has strange burn patterns anywhere on it, such as near the burners or near the back of the unit, near the cord. 2. You Use Overly Wet Mopping and Cleaning Routines Keeping your commercial kitchen clean is obviously a top priority. However, if overly wet mopping and cleaning routines are in use, this water could come in contact with electrical cords or other electrical components and could cause an electrical fire. As you probably already know, water and electricity do not mix, so it’s important to exercise caution when cleaning your commercial kitchen. Make sure that all cords are out of the way when you or your employees are mopping or cleaning with water, and make sure that the water does not get into any electrical outlets. Consider going back through and drying everything off to help prevent electrical fires. 3. Your Wiring Hasn’t Been Inspected If you are operating your restaurant out of an older building and have never had your electrical wiring inspected, there could be problems that you don’t know about. Also, if you have been operating your restaurant for several years and have not hired an electrician, you could have something to worry about. It’s a good idea to hire an electrician to come out every few years to ensure that your outlets, wiring and other components of your electrical system are in safe, good condition. An electrical fire should obviously be avoided in your commercial kitchen at all costs. If any of these three things apply to your restaurant, now is the time to start making changes. Otherwise, you could be putting yourself, your employees, your property and your customers at serious risk. If you need help, contact commercial electricians for more...

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Four Advantages Of Standby Generators For Home Use

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Advantages Of Standby Generators For Home Use

When the heavy storm season sets in, it often brings disruption in the way of power outages. If you want to limit the interruption in your daily routines despite the power failures of the season, one of the best ways to address it is to invest in a standby generator that you can rely on for backup power. This is especially important if you live in an area where intense storms are common and power failures can last for days. Here are some of the reasons you should consider a standby generator instead of a portable unit. Provides Stability One of the biggest advantages to standby generators is the fact that they are a permanent installation on the property. Standby generators connect directly to your home’s power grid and serve as your alternative power source. Additionally, standby generators are directly connected to the fuel source that they use, so you don’t have to refill them repeatedly as you would with a portable unit. Eliminates Guesswork At the time of installation, you work with the electrician to determine exactly what the generator will power. This way, you can isolate just those items and avoid supplying power to things you don’t need to use in emergencies. Since you identify those items, you’ll always know which appliances and utilities will work during a power failure. Improves Safety Portable generators that function on gasoline power often emit carbon monoxide fumes in the house, which can be hazardous to your family’s health. If you opt for a standby generator instead, there’s no carbon monoxide emissions to worry about inside the house. Activates Automatically Portable generators require that you start them manually, which may mean having to venture out into the storm to try to engage the generator when the power goes out. Standby generators, on the other hand, operate on an interrupt switch. If the power feed to your home is interrupted, a standby generator engages automatically. Additionally, when the power is restored, your generator will automatically shut down, preserving your generator when it is no longer needed. Before you invest in a generator of any kind for your home, it’s in your best interest to explore standby generators. A residential electrician can help you assess your home and your power needs to determine if this type of generator is going to be a fit for you. If you decide to invest in one, your electrician will also help you with the installation and maintenance of the generator. For more information, contact Kevin’s Electrical Service LLC or a similar...

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Before You Hire An Electrician, Be Sure To Ask These Questions

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Before You Hire An Electrician, Be Sure To Ask These Questions

Whether you’re looking to hire an electrician for work in your business or home, having the right person do the job is paramount. Although many people rely on knowledgeable friends or family members to tackle wiring projects, there’s no substitute for a licensed and insured commercial electrician. Don’t just call the first electrician you see listed online; instead, talk to at least three and ask a series of questions. By evaluating how each person answers, you’ll be able to pick the right person for the job. Here are some questions to ask. Are You Licensed and Insured? At the very least, you need to ask each electrician whether he’s licensed and insured. This one’s a no-brainer; steer clear of anyone who’s not. Electricians who are licensed have extensive training and qualifications to help them complete their work correctly and safely, while having insurance provides a safety net for you as a consumer, your property and anyone working on the job site. These questions should be the first that you ask any electrician. Could You Supply Some References? Just as references are important when you’re applying for a new job or considering a new babysitter for your children, references can tell you a lot about an electrician. Consider the nature of the work you need — commercial or residential — and then ask for references from a similar project. For example, if you’re having a small business wired, look for references from owners of other small businesses. Providing references is commonplace in the trades, and your prospective electrician should have no trouble supplying them. Do You Offer a Warranty? If So, What Is It? What happens in the event that you notice an issue with the electrician’s work a week after the job is completed? What about a year later? Talk to the electrician about his warranty policies and be sure to get everything in writing. Many electricians offer warranties on their work, but be sure to specify what is covered. For example, ask if both the labor and the parts are covered. What Exactly Will the Project Entail? Regardless of the size of your project, it’s ideal to ask the electrician to briefly explain exactly what work needs to be done. For example, if you’re looking to hire someone to work at running wires into your garage loft to turn it into a home office, find out what needs to be done and how long the work will take. Even though you’re not an expert, listen carefully to ensure the electrician can provide a clear, helpful description of how the project will unfold....

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Avoid The Common Pitfalls And Improve Your Kitchen With Recessed Lighting

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Avoid The Common Pitfalls And Improve Your Kitchen With Recessed Lighting

Whether you need a bit more light when reading your cookbook, or just want to avoid the harsh overhead lights for a quick kitchen chore, task lighting is one of the more useful lighting choices for your kitchen. Avoid some common lighting pitfalls to ensure your kitchen lights work for you, not against you. Pitfall #1: Poor Under-Cabinet Placement Under-cabinet lights are some of the most helpful lighting sources in the kitchen, but they can also be the most bothersome. Avoid the temptation to place a simple strip fixture beneath your cabinets in every dark area. This results in an overly bright light that either blinds you, or creates a harsh glare on the work surface. Instead, install adjustable recessed lights beneath the cabinet. Place them to the rear of the work surface, not in the center or front, to prevent glare. If you’re right handed, place the light on the left hand side. You can also install a light on either side of the work surface if you will need to work from both the left and right side of the space. Pitfall #2: Not Enough Diffused Lighting Sources Although recessed lighting and task lighting are useful, they can create pockets of harsh lighting interspersed with dimly lit areas. This can cause eye strain and the lighting is generally unpleasant to work in. Combine recessed lights over task areas with diffuse lighting sources, such as wall sconces or standard ceiling fixtures. You can also place the task lights on a dimmer switch, so you can lower the brightness so it doesn’t interfere with the diffuse lighting sources. Pitfall #3: Rigid Lighting Patterns Overhead recess lighting is especially useful over island work areas. These fixtures aim light directly onto your work surface where you need it most. Much light under-cabinet lights, a rigid pattern or over-use of the recessed lighting can result in glare or poorly aimed light. Skip the rigid rows of lights and instead opt for only one or two well-placed recesses lights. Just like under-cabinet options, set them so the shine at an angle from the rear of the work surface and from the opposite side of the surface from where you normally work. If you have multiple recessed overhead lights, place them on separate switches so you can control the direction and the intensity of the light. Pitfall #4: Fixed Light Sources One of the greatest challenges with the standard “can” style of recessed lights is that they shine light in only one direction – straight down. It’s well worth the expense to upgrade to an adjustable light fixture that allows you to manually or remotely change the direction of the bulb within the recessed fixture. Adjustable fixtures allow you to tweak the light orientation until it’s just right for both your height and your personal preferences. Putting in a bunch of specialty task lights in your kitchen improves the work area. If the ongoing costs is a concern, choosing fixtures that accept low-energy LED or fluorescent bulbs allows you to upgrade without any worries about increased power consumption. Contact companies like JF Electrical Contractors, Inc for more...

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