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Best Dallas Electrician Free Money Saving Tips | Save Energy And Lower Your Home Electric Bill

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In the 30 years I’ve been an electrician, I’ve had a lot of time to think about what qualities make the best Dallas Electrician the best.  Obviously, there are a whole lot of factors that go into something like that:  quality of service, friendliness, willingness to help.  But let’s face it; at the end of the day, the best electrician is the one who can save you money.  So, I’d like to share some money saving tips with you.  And I‘m going to start with the biggest, most effective tip of all.  Ready?  Here it comes.best-dallas-electrician-save-energy-tips

Turn your stuff off

That’s it!  Turning your electrical devices off when you’re not using them is the best way to lower your home electric bill now, I know what you’re thinking:  “That’s not a very fun answer.”  Well, you’re right:  there are certainly more interesting ways to save money on your electric bill (and I’m going to share a few of them with you right now), but it’s important to start with the basics.  So, what can you do to save money without turning things off?

  1. Schedule routine electrical system maintenance.  Some business and home owners go decades without having their electrical system checked.  These checks help make sure that your fixtures are properly installed, and that all your connections on your electrical panel (and everywhere else) are correctly installed and tight. Something as simple as a loose screw can cause sparks and surges.  Even if these surges don’t cause fires or other damages, they waste electricity. You should have routine maintenance performed every year or two to ensure the best results.
  1. Install a power conditioner. The dishwasher.  The refrigerator and freezer.  Your pool equipment.  The air conditioner.  Your washer and dryer.  The garage door opener.  What do they all have in common?  Well, they all make up a good chunk of your electricity usage, but they also all have motors.  These motors draw a lot of power as they start up, which can put a lot of strain on your electricity usage.  Having power conditioners installed helps balance out those big surges and saves you money in two ways;
    1. It means your total consumption goes down since you’re not drawing a ton of power at once for that motor,
    2. It reduces the wear on the motor, which means they need to be replaced less.  As anyone who had an air conditioner motor break down this summer can tell you, this can add up to a lot of savings in the long run.
  1. Install solar panels and/or wind turbines. We’re living in a great time for alternative energy sources; the technology behind solar and wind power have made them more efficient and useful than at any point in history.  Alternative energy isn’t just for power plants, though.  You can actually install these energy generating devices, with help from a licensed electrician, in your home and business to help generate your own electricity, which is less power you have to pay for.  Even better, you can use solar panels and turbines to help power another generator.
  1. Buy an indoor generator. People talk a lot about living “off the grid”.  There’s no way I can think of to make yourself less dependant on the grid than to start generating your own electricity, especially if you can do it without pollution.  A good indoor generator can make you money, by sending the electricity it generates that you don’t use back to the grid.  Wouldn’t it be great to not only lower your home electric bill, but turn it into a payment from the electric company?  What better money saving tips could there be than giving you a way to get paid what you were once paying out?

If you’re interested in purchasing an indoor generator, or for the best Dallas electrician to save you money you can trust ElectricMan to help and get the job done right. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.

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Top Dallas Electricians Tips Ӏ How to Save Money, Energy and Your Life on Air Conditioning

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It’s always easy to tell when summer rolls around.  The temperature outside soars, and so does your electricity bill.  Wouldn’t it be great if a top Dallas electrician could save you money on your electric bill?

Everyone knows why your bills get so expensive; you’re running your AC almost all the time.  In fact, the condenser for your air conditioning unit uses more electricity during the summer months than any other appliance in your home, even notorious energy hogs like your refrigerator. There are things an electrician can do to save you money, and electric safety tips you need to know to protect your home, business, and loved ones from disaster.

These days most people call an AC service company the minute an air conditioning problem comes up.   That isn’t always the correct move, though.  In my experience, about half of all the problems that arise with air conditioning systems are electrical problems.  Some of my best customers began using my service because I could help them figure out whether they should be calling an electrician or an HVAC technician to solve their problem.  Obviously, if the problem is the AC unit or condenser, an AC repairman is the way to go, but he doesn’t necessarily understand the details of your home or business electrical system.  There are a few things you should know about your air conditioner from the electrician’s point of view.Dallas-Electrician-air-conditioning-tips

  1.  Your AC puts a very heavy load on your electrical system, especially when the unit powers itself on.  This alone can lead to burnouts, which can directly damage the compressor in the AC unit.  Because AC units require so much power, they are often wired directly from the breaker panel, the main location in an electrical system where connections come loose.  Loose connections on a breaker panel can cause arc faults and high power electrical discharges that can literally melt your panel and circuit breakers in seconds.  This often can cause catastrophic melt downs.  These loose connections can also cause burnouts on your panel, leaving you without air conditioning, power and causing you to pay for new electrical equipment.  The best way to save you money and protect your home and AC unit is to make sure an electrician regularly inspects your breaker panel, performing maintenance as needed to keep everything working correctly.
  2. The seed of many electrical problems is planted when you make changes to your air conditioning system.  Perhaps you’re upgrading to a higher-efficiency unit to help save money, or a recent addition to your home or office means you need a larger high-efficiency unit to handle your cooling needs.  Either way, failing to think through the electricity needs of your AC unit can cause major headaches.  Many homeowners (and even AC service technicians on occasion) are perfectly happy to simply swap the new larger AC unit with the old one without upgrading the wiring that connects it to your home. Trying to run a large AC unit on wiring intended for a smaller unit is a very good way to burn the lines, which leaves your AC out of commission until new wiring can be installed. Even worse things can happen when an AC unit is relocated.  Sometimes, people looking to save money and time, make the decision to simply splice the AC unit wires into your existing system rather than running a new line.  DON’T EVER DO THIS.  It is extremely dangerous. You should always contact an electrician when you upgrade or make major alterations to your air conditioning system.
  3. Many AC system problems aren’t caused by the outside unit at all, but by the Forced Air Unit (FAU) inside your house.  Usually located somewhere in a closet, attic, or hallway space, the FAU moves the cold air through your house when the AC is running, and is the part of the AC system that heats your home in the winter.  The blower motor in the FAU also draws a lot of electricity, and is prone to blowouts or creating additional electrical issues.  In fact, the FAU is responsible for at least half of all electrical problems your AC system may have.  You should always have your FAU looked at regularly during routine electrical maintenance.  Remember:  just because it’s out of sight doesn’t mean it isn’t important.

These electrical safety tips should help keep you cool and safe. You can trust ElectricMan to help and get the job done right. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.

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Plano Electrical Service Tip | What You Need to Know About LED and Fluorescent CFL Lights and Saving Money

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Everyone wants to save money.  With the economy, still slow and unemployment high, family and business budgets are tight.  Thus, we’re all looking for ways to lower our bills, and there aren’t many bills more devastating to budgets than the electric bill.  Not to mention those bills during a brutal Texas summer.

At the same time, people are finally beginning to understand that the damage we do to our environment is harmful in the long run, and are trying to find a way to reduce our impact on the planet.  A lot of the time it seems like we must choose between saving money and helping the earth.  That is simply not the case when we’re talking about options for lighting your home or business.  The employees of my Plano electrical service tell you that you can acElectrican-LED-and-Flourescent-lights-Saving-Moneytually do both at the same time, and that it‘s as simple as changing a light bulb!

Light bulb shopping has changed a lot in the last ten years.  Our choices are no longer limited to the incandescent (and sometimes halogen) bulbs we all grew up with.  Today fluorescent CFL lights are available in almost every store, and LED lights are starting to become more widely available as well. These bulbs use far less energy to create the same amount of light, which ultimately means less energy you have to pay for.  The savings can be seen with a single bulb.

For example, if you replace just one 60-watt incandescent bulb you use four hours each day with a 12-watt LED equivalent, you’ll wind up saving almost $10 a year on average! These bulbs can save you money and hassle in ways you might not think of at first.  For instance, LED and CFL bulbs produce very little heat when compared to an incandescent bulb which means that they don’t attract insects, and that your air conditioner doesn’t have another heat source in your house to cool down.

There are electrical benefits to having cooler bulbs too: less heat being generated by light bulbs means that there’s less heat stress being placed on the sockets and fixtures they’re attached to.  Less stress on the fixtures means that they have a much longer life, and that you’re saving money you’d otherwise have to spend on repairing or replacing them.

All these choices beg the question of which type of bulb is better.  From an electrician’s view, they’re both superior to the old kind of bulbs.  Personally, I think LED lights are superior to fluorescent CFL lights right now.  The technology that makes CFL bulbs work is still primitive.  Think of what cell phones looked like in the 1980‘s compared to today; right now, the CFL bulbs you can buy are the fluorescent bulb version of those old brick phones. LED lights have very distinct advantages:

  1. LED lights don’t need time to warm up like CFL bulbs do.
  2. Dimmer switches don’t work with CFL lights, but LEDs dim just like an incandescent bulb.
  3. Probably the biggest issue I have with CFL bulbs right now is their impact on the environment. They’re full of toxic mercury and lead compounds which can be very hazardous to the water supply, which means you can’t just throw them away.
  4. Fluorescents can’t be changed while warm, either.  They’ll break off at the base, and cleaning up a broken CFL bulb can be a nightmare, with the potential threat of mercury poisoning of you and your loved ones if you’re not careful.

These reasons are why I generally recommend LED bulbs; they’re more earth-friendly, easy to dispose of, use less energy than even CFL bulbs, and last a very long time.  They can be more expensive than other bulbs, but you’ll save enough money on your power bills in the long run to come out well ahead!

For Plano, electrical service or questions about what type of lights are best for your needs you can trust ElectricMan to help and get the job done right. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.

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Electrical System Protection Tips | Avoid Lightning Strike and Power Surge Damage By Top Dallas Electrician

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Every summer, more and more homes experience outages in their electric systems. As a top Dallas Electrician, my electricians and I see the effects of these outages every day. They can be devastating, and cause a lot of damage.  In fact, the insurance industry pays out over $1 billion in damages annually in claims caused by outages and power surge damage. Most outages are caused by the weather, but there are different kinds of weather can cause an outage. This even includes weather that doesn’t produce lighting damage like the massive ice storms we saw during Super Bowl week this year that left hundreds of thousands without power (and, more importantly, without heat!) during one of the worst winter storms in years. Summer storms can produce devastating tornadoes that can knock out power for miles around the area they touch down in, and many hurricanes begin to build in the summer and early fall, causing catastrophic results even outside of the disaster zone. Hurricane Ike left over two million people without power when it hit southeast Texas in 2008, and not all of them were in the impact zone.

Not every outage comes from something as dramatic as a hurricane or tornado.  A lightning strike, even as far as half a mile away, can potentially cause damage to your delicate electrical equipment and appliances. Often, large-scale outages can occur when lightning strikes a transformer.

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Learn how to protect your home and appliances from lightning strike and power surge damage.

Outages don’t just occur because of bad weather:  many outages are caused by power equipment switching to accommodate the heavy load people put on the power grid.  Our power grid is already having trouble with its current load, and the problem only grows as more and more people use more and more electricity.  Summer in Dallas and Fort Worth is the perfect examples.  It’s when people are running their air conditioners constantly. This puts an incredible load on local and state power grids.  This leads to government agencies putting out warnings almost every summer about potential power outages, threatening brownouts and blackouts unless people conserve energy.

These outages aren’t damaging in themselves, but they leave open the possibility for electrical power surge damage.  You’ve probably noticed that when the power comes back on after an outage, it often flickers on and off quickly as the power grid attempts to get the electricity flowing back into your lines.  This stop-and-start action creates surges that can easily damage unprotected electronics or appliances.  Having a nice TV damaged like this is a very expensive hassle, and you can imagine how much more expensive and uncomfortable it could be if the surge takes out your air conditioner and refrigerator!

So, what can you do to keep power outages and power surges from affecting you?

  1. It’s extremely important that you use surge protectors on outlets with electrical equipment to help protect from the effects of outages and lightning damage.
  2. It’s also important that your electrical panel is wired correctly with a built-in surge protector at the panel, and that your wiring is up to code. Top Dallas Electricians can make sure your home or business is prepared for the effects of these outages, and that your valuables are protected.
  3. Even better, there are generator options that can allow your home and business to keep their power on even when the grid fails, avoiding the problem of outages and surges entirely!

Some of these options can even help you save money on your electric bill without the hassle of gas, fumes, or noise pollution.

For more information about a generator solution for your home or business, check out ElectricMan’s blog post on indoor generators.  When needing to know how to prevent power surge damage or electrical assistance with power you can trust ElectricMan to get the job done right. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.

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Choosing an Eco-Friendly and Affordable Back-Up Electricity Generator | By Dallas Electrician

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With all the bad weather we have been hammered with this winter, our electric power stations have been maxed out trying to keep up with the demand for electricity.  With the cold, another problem has been water pipes freezing at the electric generating stations causing them to have to shut down for repairs.  Long story short, over 55 million people in America this year have dealt with power shortages.  Either being rolling blackouts, or simply no power for days.  I have received multiple inquiries from customers wanting to know if there is an alternative means to keeping the electricity on in their home without using a gas-powered generator.  Their reasons for not being able to use a gas powered generator ranged from “I live in a HOA where generators are not allowed on the outside of our home and I can’t put it on the inside due to noise and fumes,” to “I don’t have any place outside to put the generator that guarantees it won’t be tampered with or stolen.”  Some of my customers that live in condos or town homes only have a balcony which really “limits them on space.”Affordable back up generator

Having these problems and questions brought to me, I started to look for a solution to help people in their time of need.  What I found was the IndoorGenerator.  This product was Eco-Friendly and addresses the needs of a growing population using an old electricity infrastructure.  As a Dallas Electrician, I found the IndoorGenerator to be an affordable, gas-free, rechargeable, silent power supply unit that you can use indoors when you lose power.  This is 24/7 protection for your computers, refrigerator, TV, lights, and much more.  This protects you for at least 2 hours and up to 7 days, not just minutes like traditional UPS’s.  It is simple with “plug and play” installation and usage.  The more units you put in series gives you the possibility of endless power supply!

These units come packaged in either dark wood cabinets, or light wood cabinets.  They also come in DuraRock or metal enclosures.  These different enclosures make it possible to set these units either inside, where they will still look good, or outside on a patio.

To charge these units, you just plug them into your existing power supply and they start charging immediately.  As soon as the power goes out, they automatically transfer over to stored energy without any interruption.  Another neat feature is that there is a solar accessory that can be used to recharge these power supplies.  These solar screens are collapsible and easy to store when not in use.  So if the power goes off, and you use your stored power, it can be replaced with simple sunlight.

When considering  an affordable back-up electricity generator, by an eco-friendly Dallas Electrician or just a top Dallas electrician for your home wiring installation or Troubleshooting Electrical Repair needs you can trust ElectricMan to get the job done right. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.

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Top Dallas Electrician Tips Ӏ Home Wiring Installation and Troubleshooting Installation Repair

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I was over at a customer’s home troubleshooting electrical repair on a fire that started in the ceiling above their living room.  When the customer asked me if I could see why the fire started, I told them “Yes!”  It was quite obvious a previous home wiring installation had gone bad.  I asked her if she remembered who performed the installation, and she said “It was a long time ago, I can’t remember.”  If she would’ve had one of my employees who are top Dallas Electricians, this would’ve never happened.  – Nick Schaeffer

Aging homes have increased electrical danger.  In the U.S. almost 69 million housing units are more than 20 years old.  In DFW, almost 1 million housing units are more than 20 years old.  These homes frequently have overloaded outlets and circuits.  Some of these homes even have faulty electrical systems.  Understanding how things are done and the proper way to do them is key to longevity and happiness inside of your home.

Here are some top Dallas Electrician tips to help with home wiring installation and troubleshooting electrical repair:

  1. When painting a room, don’t paint the outlet.  This could cause the receptacle to overheat.  If the oNick-Schaeffer-dallas-electrician-troubleshootingutlet is already painted, the paint flakes could get pushed inside when you plug something in causing a bad connection.
  2. When installing your own dimmer for lighting, make sure you size the dimmer wattage with the amount of light bulb wattage so you don’t overheat or melt your dimmer.
  3. Extension cords are not suitable for permanently installed appliances such as garage door openers, dishwashers, freezers, microwaves.
  4. It is never safe to tap on to an existing wire in the attic to add a new electrical location without proper junction boxes or other approved enclosures.
  5. Overloading electrical circuits occurs when too many appliances are plugged into a single electrical circuit or outlet resulting in a tripped circuit breaker and overheating.

There is no substitute for a licensed, insured professional electrician.  Having a handy man or a friend of the family perform the work could not only endanger your family in your home, but also cost you more money in the long run.  When considering a top Dallas electrician for your home wiring installation or Troubleshooting Electrical Repair needs you can trust ElectricMan to get the job done right. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.

 

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How to Protect Home From Lighting Strikes By Using 24/7 Emergency Local Dallas Electrician

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30% of all surges/outages are caused by lightning strikes

The strike doesn’t even have to be a direct hit on your home but can occur within half a mile.  As a matter of fact, the majority of surges that most people take are from problems at someone else’s home or somewhere further down on the power company lines.  A surge doesn’t have to be lightning; it can come from an automobile accident that hits a power pole or even frLighting-Dallas-Power-Outageom a routine maintenance on the main power lines when they turn the power back on.  This off and on of the power with the main electrical lines can send surges into your home or business that I have seen destroy lots of electronic equipment and appliances.

Almost every home has multiple computers, and expensive home entertainment systems.  Even our appliances are high-tech with monitors built into the doors of refrigerators and laundry appliances with electronic controls.  These items are especially vulnerable to spikes in your home’s electrical current that may cause melted circuit boards and overheated wires.  Repairs to these expensive gadgets are much more costly than replacing a blown out light bulb or electrical outlet.

There is no substitute for surge protectors plugged into your wall outlet that allows you to plug in all of your equipment for protection.  This is the equivalent to using a seat belt that only goes across your waist and not your chest.  By installing a whole house surge protector in your electrical panel, you’re adding protection.  Let’s say you take a surge (or get in an accident).  Would you want just a lap belt, or a full body protector?

No matter what you’re protecting, whether it is your family, your business, or your possessions, you should always be prepared and proactive instead of reactive.  With simple surge protection, you could be saving yourself a lot of time and headache.  This is as close to the “easy” button as you can get.

When you have a general repair or an electrical emergency, you can trust ElectricMan to get the job done right. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.

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Why You Should Have Your Federal Pacific Electric Panel Replaced ASAP!

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The electrical panel inside of your home or office is where the breakers (or sometimes called switches) are located.  This is the “heart” of your electrical system.  Just like the heart inside of your body, if this major organ does not work properly, your blood circulation and limbs don’t stand a chance.  You could look at your electrical wiring as being your blood vessels and your appliances as being your limbs.  If your electrical panel, “aka” heart, is healthy and strong, your electrical wiring will operate properly, allowing all of your appliances to last longer.  Beware of old electrical panels; these could become a hazardto your home or business.

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Find out why you should have a Dallas electrician replace your electrical panel now rather than later.

There have been a lot of questions about Federal Pacific electric panels.  The Dallas Morning News ran an article on the potential of fire that these panels possess.  With 27 years of experience as an electrical contractor, I can tell you first hand that these panels are unpredictable and unsafe.  We had a customer who was renting a house outside of Dallas and was having air conditioning problems.  Her air conditioning contractor was attempting to replace a compressor that had completely melted and failed.  When he attempted to change the motor, he discovered that  the power was still on and got a really nasty shock.  The electrical breaker should have tripped when this motor failed.  It didn’t, soshe called Electricman Inc. to find out why.  When we went out to her home and checked it out, we found she had a Federal Pacific Electric Panel and the air conditioning breaker was melted inside of the panel and still working.  We told her she needed to change this panel.  The owner of the house she was renting was on vacation and came back two weeks later.  He told her “Yes, have them change that electrical panel out!”  This was on a Sunday night at about 10:30 pm.  She called and asked us to come out the next day.  We said “Sure, we will be there at 9 am!”  She asked if we could make it 9:30 because she had to take her kids to school.  We were happy to oblige.  When our technician showed up at 9:30, along with the customer from dropping her kids off, they both found the fire department at the house putting out the fire in her garage!  In the time it took her to get the kids to school, this electrical panel failed catastrophically.

Another customer of ours was home when he smelled smoke.  He looked out in the backyard to see where it was coming from and noticed sparks shooting out of his pool equipment and flames climbing up the wall to his house.  He ran into the garage where his Federal Pacific Electric Panel was and turned off the breaker for his melted pool equipment.  When the equipment went bad, this electrical breaker should have shut off way before the sparks and fire.  Lucky for him, he caught it just as it started.  Catastrophe avoided.

Failure of these panels is not an “if,” but “when”.  A quick evaluation by a knowledgeable and licensed electrician can make a big difference.  Don’t gamble on your security, call and get a free evaluation and estimate today.  You could be saving more than just material things.  Whether you have a general repair or an electrical emergency, you can trust ElectricMan to get the job done right. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.

 

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4 Need to Know Lighting Installation Tips

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A large amount of the calls we go out on are for lighting fixture replacement/changes.  A lot of the customers say “I usually do this myself,” but I don’t have time to take care of this right now.  Another common quote we hear is “We have been working on this all weekend, and can’t get it to work.”  Last but not least, a favorite quote of mine that I hear is “I am so tired of this outdated looking lighting that exists in my home.  Can you please bring it up to date?”  Usually this is where I chuckle and say “ElectricMan to the Rescue!” – Nick Schaeffer

If you’re planning to replace or make changes to your lighting fixtures the ElectricMan have some very helpful tips:

  1. Understand the way your home was initially wired. Usually the wiring is signified by “hot” being the black and “neutral” being the white colored wires. In older homes, this coloring is not on the wires and a top electrician should take it from there. If you are still game, even though these wires are not properly colored, you can figure out which wire is the “hot” with a transient voltage tick tester. This type of tester will tell you which wire the power is on. The other wire would then be the “neutral”. Be careful when doing this testing with the power on, you may be subject to a “shocking experience”. When in doubt, call a top elNick-Schaeffer-2ectrician!
  2. If you are installing a chandelier replacement, the wiring that comes on the fixture from the manufacturer is what we call “zip cord” and is not colored white and black.  The way they identify this type of wire is the “hot” is the smooth side and the “neutral” is the side with ridges.  So if you feel this wire with your fingers, you will notice one side is smooth and one side has ridges.  This will tell you how to hook these wires up independently.  If this is not properly hooked up per side, you could potentially get a “nasty shock” when you change out a light bulb.
  3. Pendant lighting seems to be all the rage right now.  This type of lighting can be used to decoratively light up kitchen islands and kitchen bar-type counters.  This is a creative way to separate your kitchen from your living room.  Typically, homes are not pre-wired for these lights, and wiring will have to be added before they can be installed.  I highly suggest when wiring for these lights, that a new switch leg be installed for independent control.  As always, installing new wiring to your existing electrical should be done by a top electrician.
  4. Recessed cans can clean up your ceiling and do away with unsightly light fixtures installed everywhere.  When installing a recessed can, the type of trim is essential to maximizing the amount of light that you can get in an area.  A baffled or recessed trim will turn a light into a spot, whereas a flush mount trim allows the light to start at the ceiling and move throughout the room.  This gives a much more even look upon the finished product.  Any electrician that has done a lot of installations should be able to guide you in the proper direction so that the style of lighting that you are looking for will be achieved.  Be careful attempting these by yourself, drywall will need to be cut for installation, and you never know where a wire or plumbing pipe may be hiding.

Chandelier replacement, pendant lighting and recessed cans are  cheap and affordable ways to completely change the look of your home.  If you are attempting this on your own, and run into a problem, a good-hearted electrician will be happy to discuss with you where you went wrong and what it is going to take to fix it.  Most electricians are happy to do free estimates, and help design a quality finished product.  Whether you have a general repair or an electrical emergency, you can trust ElectricMan to get the job done right. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions Ӏ Finding a Dallas Electrician

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In my 27 years, I have heard these questions a lot: “Why is it so hard to find the top electrician for my electrical repairs? There are so many choices and my problem seems so easy, any electrician should be able to do it. Does it matter who I call? Aren’t all electricians the same? How do I find an expert electric man?” – Nick Shaeffer

The answer is no – not all Dallas electrician technicians are the same! Many electricians like to think they can do everything electrically because they wired a store, or a big industrial complex. Truth be told, a tested, top electrician has done that – and multiple other things, making him well-rounded. To be well-rounded takes time and opportunity. Sufficient home and business electricians have to develop knowledge that can only be obtained with hands-on experience. Every home or business built through the decades has been wired differently. Along the way, they have been altered or added to, using multiple techniques of wiring. This can be confusing to an inexperienced, common electrician trying to investigate a home electrical repair.

A well-rounded electrician is “the key” to customer satisfaction. But how do you find one? Here at ElectricMan, Inc., we’ve developed and written a 2 page pre-employment competency test to ensure the employment of only expert technicians. This must be completed before we even review their application. This test tells us exactly what an electrician has done and seen. It cannot be passed correctly with just knowledge out of a book. If the electrician has been doing all levels and types of work, this test will show it. After passing this test, an extensive local, state, and nationwide criminal and sex offender search is done. Once we know what kind of electrical talent and type of person we have, a 90-day probationary period starts. All of this “due diligence” is done for the safety and security of a customer who has no idea who they are relying on. Not all companies go through these necessary steps! The referral from “a friend of a brother’s neighbor” definitely doesn’t provide the peace of mind you need when a stranger is in your home.

Another important area that a consumer should investigate when considering an electrician, is insurance! “Does my electrician have the “state minimum,” or are they capable of covering everything – inside and out?” This is very important! The State of Texas only requires $300,000 to be licensed. Add up the value of your home or business; is the Texas requirement really enough to cover your losses if a home electrical repair mistake is made and your home is damaged?

So, it is easy to see that if a couple of critical points are not verified, there is no telling what type of electrician might ring your doorbell! Avoid the possibility of getting an under-qualified electrician and instead get the expert electrician in Dallas when the safety and security of your home, business, and family is counting on you.  Whether you have a general repair or an electrical emergency, you can trust ElectricMan to get the job done right. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.

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