Electrical Services FAQ
Why does my appliance continuously trip the breaker?
The first thing to check is that there are not too many appliances plugged into one circuit. Using two appliances at one time that are connected to the same circuit can overload the circuit and trip the breaker. If this is not the issue, the problem either lies in the circuit or the appliance. Try plugging the appliance into a different outlet. If it causes the same issue, there is probably a fault with the appliance. On the other hand, if it works, there is likely an issue with the circuit it was originally plugged into. An electrician can examine the circuit and advise on the appropriate path forward.
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How does whole home surge protection work?
Unlike plug strip surge protectors, whole house surge protection is hard-wired into a home’s electrical system, enabling it to provide surge protection for the entire home. When an electrical surge occurs, the whole home surge protector works to protect all appliances and electronics by blocking or grounding the surge. Because grounding is essential to the proper operation of the surge protection system, the electrician installing it should make sure the home’s grounding is sufficient.
When should I replace my electrical panel?
Typically, electrical panels last 25 to 40 years. Those living in an older home who have panels within or exceeding this range may be due for a replacement. Upgrading an outdated or damaged electrical panel is key to ensuring a home remains safe from electrical fire and other hazards.
There are several signs that it’s time to replace an electrical panel, including:
- The breakers need to be flipped constantly
- There are not enough circuits to handle the demand
- There are burning smells coming from the panel
- The panel is warm or hot to the touch
- Flickering or dimming lights when appliances turn on
How often should my outlets and switches be inspected by an electrician?
Electrical outlets and switches should be checked annually to ensure they're working properly. However, if any issues do arise, such as dimming or flickering lights or outlets that feel hot to the touch, it’s time to call an electrician for a checkup.
How can you know when a home needs new wiring?
Wiring is one of those things that you can’t usually look at to determine if it’s time to replace it. To tell if a home needs to be rewired, homeowners should be on the lookout for several signs, including flickering or dimming lights, regularly blown fuses or tripped breakers, sparking outlets, discolored outlets or switches, and fluctuations in power. An experienced electrician will be able to assess the condition of the wiring and advise on whether rewiring is necessary to resolve the issues and keep the property safe.