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There’s something exciting about making a large purchase: the rush of buying, the nagging fear that you can’t afford it, the anticipation of it making your life better or easier. This feeling is especially true when it comes to a new appliance; it’s an investment in saving you time and effort. What if the investment you just made turns out to be a dud because of overlooking the impact it would have on your electrical system?
A lot of the work of an appliance happens within the machine, we tend to not think about the fact that an appliance is really a very complicated electrical machine. In addition, we ignore that they require a lot of electricity to operate. They can really strain your electrical system. This is especially true of modern appliances; it seems like they’ve found a way to computerize everything, and that only makes the power needs of an appliance grow even when they are “Energy Star” rated. Installation of these complex modern appliances seem as easy; some almost seem like they only need to be plugged in and forgotten. This approach neglects the fact that there are important things to keep in mind with regards to appliance installations that can cause serious problems for you down the line.
Obviously, you don’t always need to call an electrician whenever you install an appliance. With that being said, there’s nothing wrong with doing so if you’re not sure what you’re doing. The Best Dallas Electrician you can hire can help you avoid a lot of potential hazards and costs down the line. If you’re still planning on installing your new appliance yourself, keep in mind the following electrical safety do’s and don’ts:
- Don’t assume your installation was done with safety in mind. This is especially true in older homes, where the wiring may not be up to modern specifications.
- Do turn the power off whenever you change out an appliance. It may seem a bit excessive, but it can save you from a nasty shock or from shorting something out.
- Do be careful when removing older, hardwired appliances. Back in the old days, most large appliances were just wired directly into the electrical system, without any sort of protection other than the breakers in your electrical panel. Just pulling these kinds of appliances out can short out the appliance or other parts of your wiring, to say nothing of other potential damage. When removing an older appliance, you should either be extremely careful not to damage the wiring or hire a professional electrician to help you remove them. That electrician can also help you with the next step: replacing that wire with a properly rated outlet and cord so that you can simply plug or unplug the appliance in future.
- Don’t put a large appliance where you can’t move it or clean behind it! I see this way more than I should, especially in new home construction. People have lovely custom cabinets built around their ovens, making it impossible to replace the oven or access the outlets behind it without tearing out all the cabinets around it! There’s a safety issue in play here, too: flammable dust and lint build up behind appliances over time. You should always install a new appliance in such a manner that you can remove it to clean behind it, at the very least when you’ve pulled it away from the outlet to replace it with a new one.
- Do check the electrical requirements of your new appliance. This is especially true if you’re upgrading to a new appliance. Like I said before, many of these are now partially computerized, and draw a lot more power than a similarly sized older appliance as a result. If your new appliance draws more power than your wiring and circuit breakers are rated to handle, you can easily overload the circuit without realizing what you’ve done. If you find that this is the case, you should call an electrician before you try to plug the appliance in; often the problem can be solved just by rewiring the outlet or modifying your electrical system to handle the increased load.
For more information and other tips Electric Man to the rescue. 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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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:
- When painting a room, don’t paint the outlet. This could cause the receptacle to overheat. If the outlet is already painted, the paint flakes could get pushed inside when you plug something in causing a bad connection.
- 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.
- Extension cords are not suitable for permanently installed appliances such as garage door openers, dishwashers, freezers, microwaves.
- 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.
- 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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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.
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.
Appliances can make for exciting and valuable additions to your home; however, they use a lot of electricity and can ultimately take a toll on your electrical system. As a Plano TX electrician, I have seen it time and again—homeowners buy new appliances that, even when they have an “Energy Star” label, use a significant amount of electricity. These homeowners are unaware, however, that the more important problem lies in the installation of these devices, taking for granted the safety precautions that were addressed (or not) during the installation process.
The old “set it and forget it” mentality that a lot of people seem to have when it comes to their new appliances is that, whether or not a Plano TX electrician is called to help install the appliance, the importance of appliance installation safety is ignored and the awareness of potential dangers and mistakes in installation is minimized. As a result, things that at the time of installation seemed trivial in the long run can cause significant problems.
Ideally, with the help of a Plano electrician, you should have no problems installing your new electrical equipment. Here are some tips that might help you prevent safety concerns with the installation of your brand new appliances:
- Check the electrical requirements of any new appliances, especially if they will be replacing older equipment. It’s important to ensure that the installation was done properly and that the transition from the old appliance to the new one is smooth.
- Call your electrician in Plano TX to help you remove old, hardwired appliances. This is extremely important! In many older homes, appliances were hardwired to the electrical system. Removing them incorrectly can result in serious damage to the wiring.
- Turn the power off before installing new appliances. Some think that this goes without saying, but you’d be surprised how many people forget about this very simple rule. Not turning off the power can result in damage to the appliance, as well as shock and possible injury to you.
- Be sure to place the new appliances where they can be easily moved for cleaning. Flammable lint and dust often collect in the back of appliances, causing a fire hazard if they can’t be moved to be cleaned routinely.
- Hire a Plano electrician to check that the new appliance installation was done safely and correctly, especially if it was done in an older home.
Chances are, you don’t need to call your Plano TX electrician to help you with every new appliance installation. However, if you have any doubts or questions about how to install your appliance safely, don’t hesitate to call us at Electric Man so we can make sure that your installation goes off without a hitch.
Give us a call today at 972-792-7270 and connect with us through our website, www.electricmaninc.com. Also, feel free to ask your questions in the comments section of our blog and we will get back to you soon.
Top 5 Things you should know about Smoke Detectors
Smoke Detectors are essential to have installed in your home in order to alert you and your family to a fire. More than 90% of homes have at least one. ElectricMan electricians professionally install smoke detectors in peoples’ homes, and we want you to know how to properly maintain them. Your chances of dying in a fire are cut in half if you have a working smoke detector.
- Location – Smoke alarms should be on every level of your house and near the bedrooms. They should be installed on the ceiling or on the wall 6-12 inches below the ceiling. Don’t put them too close to fireplaces or kitchen appliances.
- Batteries – Batteries should be changed annually or when a chirping noise indicates the power is low. It’s easy to remember if you schedule it yearly around the time change in the spring or the fall. You should test your alarms monthly. Some alarms (mandated in newly build homes) are hardwired into the electrical system and interconnected so that if one goes off, the rest do also.
- Replacement – The National Fire Prevention Association recommends you replace your alarms every ten years, even if the monthly tests indicate it’s still working. Smoke alarms do lose sensitivity and eventually fail. It’s a small price to pay compared to your life. Two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or older, non-working, smoke alarms.
- Cleaning – Dust, cobwebs and insects can reduce a smoke alarm’s sensitivity. Vacuum them occasionally or follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to clean them.
- Types – There are two types of alarms: ionization and photoelectric. Both are adequate protection for your home, but one senses flames quicker and the other smoke quicker. To be extra safe, you can buy a combination unit or both kinds.
All the electricians at ElectricMan are highly trained, licensed, insured, background checked and drug-tested for your best interests and safety. Being family owned and operated, this is important to us in our mission to provide quality service. Call us today for the very best Dallas electricians!
Did you know that proper surge protection could help avoid short circuits and fire hazards? In fact, using up-to-date surge protectors (suppressors) for your appliances, or even your entire house, could save you thousands of dollars in property damage. These are just a few reasons why surge protection should be of the utmost importance for you and your home this holiday season.
What are power surges?
First, before diving deeper into the different advantages of protecting your home against power surges, it’s important to understand what electrical surges are, and why they’re such a concern. An electrical surge, also known as a “voltage surge”, is an electrical disturbance that can be caused by a variety of spikes in voltage. More specifically, these surges are usually caused by lightning strikes, power outages, short circuits, or tripped circuit breakers. Problems occur when these short spikes in electrical power overload circuits in home appliances and other electronics.
Why is it so important to protect your home against power surges?
For starters, power surges can be very dangerous for you, your family, and your house. Surges are one of the most common causes of house fires, usually resulting from a combination of faulty wiring and irresponsible electronics hook-up by homeowners. This is especially apparent around the holidays.
According to the Cheltenham Fire Department, “when putting up holiday lighting, surge protectors should be used instead of relying on extension cords.” Now, more than ever, people should be cautious about electrical disturbances and the possible danger they pose to their electronics—and even more importantly—their lives.
Even if a power surge doesn’t turn out to be dangerous, it can still be very costly. As a matter of fact, power surges can pack enough of a punch to short the power supply in a desktop computer, television set, or even a microwave. Basically, anything with internal electronic circuits can be affected by a voltage surge. That’s why it’s imperative that everyone use surge protectors for each and every appliance in their home. At the very minimum, one should consider whole-house surge protection, or even just safeguarding higher-priced appliances such as LCD Televisions, microwaves, and desktop computers.
The Benefits of Power Conditioning and how controlled voltage delivery could save you money
Aside from protecting your home from voltage surges, you should also consider the amount of energy that is wasted from many of your appliances. And remember that with wasted energy comes wasted money.
One money-saving solution may be installing power conditioners in your home. Simply put, a power conditioner is a device that delivers clean (steady) power to your devices. It is designed to distribute a stabilized and continuous voltage level which eliminates dips and line static—important for all of you who own surround sound systems in your home theater.
As a consumer, it’s important to be informed about devices and services that can save you money, improve the longevity of your investments (e.g., Flat-panel television, etc.), and even protect your home.
If you have any more questions about power surging, or if you decide that you would like to look into protecting your home against electrical surges, contact our helpful team at ElectricMan Inc. We are here 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to serve you.