Frequently Asked Questions
Do you wire mobile homes?
Will I need a service upgrade if I want to change from evaporative cooling to refrigerated air?
If it's an older home it is possible it will need to be upgraded.
What are some common electrical problems around the home and what can I do to prevent them?
You can load a circuit by plugging in too many appliances to the same circuit. This will trip a breaker. Try to distribute the load over several circuits or call us to add an extra circuit. Also, if power is lost on a kitchen or bathroom plug it may be as simple as a GFI breaker or receptacle having tripped. Try resetting the breaker or receptacle. Call us if that doesn't do the trick.
How can I save money on my electric bill?
A dedicated circuit will have to be run to the spa. This may include a service upgrade. We also run dedicated circuits for computers.
When is it time to call an electrician?
The most electricity in your home is used by Electric Heat, Air conditioners, Electric Hot Water and your Electric Dryer. You could help by getting an automatic thermostat. Those long showers are nice but there costing you extra money. Do you really need to run that dryer that often? One other thing that could cause a problem would be a bad breaker or loose connections at the breaker.
Depending on what part of the country you live in, heating and cooling are the largest contributors to most household energy bills and are the best places you can look to save money. After making sure your home is well insulated, make sure your heating and cooling systems are running efficiently and central systems are checked annually.
To keep equipment running efficiently, keep heating and cooling air ducts clean and outdoor equipment free from dirt and other debris.
A balanced load in your electrical panel. Also the homeowners habits of electrical use. What is on? At what times? Can save money on your electric bill.
Where should I install smoke detectors?
Some local codes may vary, so check those first.
Wall-mounted units should be mounted so that the top of the detector is 4 to 12 inches from the ceiling. A ceiling-mounted detector should be attached at least four inches from the nearest wall. In a room with a pitched ceiling, mount the detector at or near the ceiling's highest point. Place the detector near the bedrooms, within 15 feet of sleeping areas. The National Fire Alarm Code, developed by NFPA, requires a smoke detector in each sleeping room for new construction. it is a good idea to place one on each level of the house. Also additional detectors can be installed near the furnace and washer and dryer. Because smoke rises, mount detectors high on a wall or on the ceiling. Place them in an area away from air vents The basement ceiling near the steps to the first level is a good location. But don't install the detector at the top of the basement stairs where there is a closed door, dead air space near the door may prevent smoke from reaching the detector.
There is more to checking a smoke detector than just pushing the test button. Dust and even small insects can sometimes block a photoeye type or ionization type of smoke detector. They also should be cleaned periodically. Dont go to long before changing batteries. If they are hard wired make sure they have a battery back up. Smoke detectors should not be taken lightly. They could save your life.