Frequently Asked Questions

You will find answers to all of your most common Electrical Services related questions located here.

What is a GFI?

Also referred to as a GFCI or Shock Protector. It’s an abbreviation for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. These type of special devices protect you from electrical shock with its built-in circuit breaker. These devices should be installed in your kitchen, laundry room, utility room, exterior plugs, bathrooms, and any other area per NEC Code.

How do I reset a circuit breaker?

Completely turn the breaker in the off position, then switch to the on position.

Why does my breaker keep tripping?

If your breaker trips immediately after it is turned back each time, you have a serious electrical issue and should contact a licensed electrician to troubleshoot your issue.

If your breaker trips  from time to time, then you are overloading the circuit. What are you plugging in that consumes a lot of power? Unplug this device or appliance to prevent breaker from tripping again. You may need a brand new circuit installed to handle the amount of power you are using.

How do I reduce my power bill?

-Replace all lights with low wattage LED bulbs or fixtures

-Install programmable thermostats, saving run times & saving money

-Energy-efficient and rated appliances

-Install high efficient heating and cooling systems

-Routine maintenance on heating & cooling systems

-Electrical panel annual checkups, loose connections, wiring, or bad breakers can increase electric consumption

-Install ceiling fans

-Shut down computers and unplug idle electronics

-Change furnace filters regularly

-Empty dryer lint filter after every use

Should I Be Concerned About Old & Discontinued Panels?

Yes, especially Federal Pacific Electric, Zinsco, Fuses, and other unsafe discontinued electrical panels. The most dangerous part about these electrical panels is they can unexpectedly fail to trip and create fire hazards. The electrical panel and circuit breakers in your home are the last line of defense against electrical fires. If you have reason to believe that your electrical system is unsafe, please consult a licensed master electrician asap.

Is Aluminum Wiring Really Unsafe?

Yes. Do not ignore the dangers associated with aluminum wiring. Fire hazards are well known issues with aluminum wiring. Home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly 500 deaths, 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage. Consult with a licensed electrician asap for repair options. Never “pigtail” copper and aluminum wires together! This is not a safe remedy or an approved method for mitigation.

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