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

Editor’s Note: This article has been edited and updated from its original content with permission from National News Today. To view the original article please visit www.nationalnewstoday.com

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

Editor’s Note: This article has been edited and updated from its original content with permission from National News Today. To view the original article please visit www.nationalnewstoday.com.

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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ElectricMan to the Rescue | When You Might Need a 24-Hour Electrician

Sometimes, an electrical emergency can’t wait; sometimes, you need a 24-hour electrician to stop in as soon as possible. Here’s a look at some electrical emergencies that require immediate attention.

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Learn what common emergencies need to be fixed immediately by a 24-hour electrician.

Air Conditioning/Heating Stops Working
On sweltering Dallas summer afternoons or chilly winter nights, you just can’t wait for regular service hours to have your malfunctioning HVAC system examined. If the air conditioning or heating stops working, it could be an electrical problem, not an A/C or furnace problem.

Before you call a certified electrician, check to see if the breaker is tripped. If the breaker is tripped, go to the thermostat and turn off the heating and cooling unit. After you have turned off the thermostat, go back to the breaker and turn the breaker all the way off before resetting it to the ‘on’ position. If the breaker trips again, call a 24-hour electrician. If it doesn’t trip, turn the thermostat back on. If the breaker trips once the AC is on, you will need to contact an AC repairman.

Power Outage
If the power goes out in your home, the problem could be on your side or with the power provider. A good 24-hour electrician can discuss with you which one is the case. If your entire block loses power, it’s undoubtedly a problem with the provider. If power goes out only in your home, there’s a greater possibility that the problem is on your end. This is where a certified electrician can discuss which specific parts of your home are out and determine if you need an electrician or if you need to call your power provider.

Sparks and Flames
No matter the fire’s cause, your first call should be to the fire department. If an electrical malfunction caused the fire, your second call should be to a 24-hour electrician.

ElectricMan to the Rescue
You know you can count on ElectricMan as your certified electrician of choice. We’re always on call 24/7 to help solve electrical problems. For example, a few years back, during Super bowl week in Dallas, the American Red Cross’ power to their refrigeration system where they store their emergency blood supply went out. ElectricMan tackled the snow and ice storm and were able to fix the issue within 40 minutes of being on site; crisis diverted!

The Red Cross retweeted their appreciation to ElectricMan calling them their ‘heroes.’

If you’re experiencing an electrical emergency, please contact ElectricMan today. ElectricMan is a trusted, local 24-hour electrician with almost three decades of experience. For more information visit the ElectricMan website, and don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also find us on YouTube and Pinterest.

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Dallas Electrician Explains What Your Home Inspection Should Cover

A home inspection covers a number of areas, not the least of which is the electrical system. ElectricMan, a trusted Dallas electrician, wants you to know how to spot a quality home inspection report. After all, while the façade may be beautiful, what’s behind the walls is what truly matters. Save yourself a heap of trouble by knowing what to look for on the electrical portion of a home inspection, according to this certified electrician.

An electrical system inspection includes looking for any aspects that make the home unsafe. A good report features the following most common items:

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A Dallas electrician explains what to look for on a good home inspection report before you decide to buy.

  • Overcurrent protections present
  • Grounded receptacles present
  • Electrical box location and condition
  • Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) present
  • Fuses and breakers sized correctly
  • Proper main grounding installed per code
  • Smoke detectors functional and placed correctly
  • Enough outlets in each room
  • Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) present at outdoor, garage, kitchen and bathroom areas
  • All wiring installed properly
  • No wires resting on ductwork or pipes
  • Wiring insulation in good condition
  • Ceiling fans stable when operating
  • Exhaust fans operable
  • All outlet covers and switch plates securely attached
  • No broken light fixtures
  • Proper electrical connections for all appliances

With all of these points checked off the list, you know you have run across a home with a sound electrical system. It’s a great feeling knowing you’re moving into a home that won’t present trouble around every corner. That’s why it’s so important to have an inspection conducted by a qualified professional before you buy.

If you have any questions about the electrical system aspects of a potential new home’s inspection report, please contact a certified electrician at ElectricMan today. ElectricMan is a trusted, local Dallas electrician with 27 years of experience; we have the knowhow required to answer your important questions. For more information visit the ElectricMan website, and don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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A Certified Electrician Simplifies Your Home Inspection

Have you recently had a home inspection completed or are you getting ready to purchase a home and don’t understand the inspection report? A certified electrician at ElectricMan can help you figure out exactly what the inspector found and what it all means. Having your home inspection deciphered by ElectricMan can save you time, money and a lot of stress.

Here are some examples of the most common home wiring problems that a certified electrician can remedy:

  • Outdated meter base and riser Certified-Electrician
  • Outdated/Unsafe electrical breaker box
  • Oversized fuses or breakers
  • Double-tapped circuits
  • Improper outdoor wiring
  • Improperly spliced wires
  • Incorrectly wired receptacles
  • No ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) around all outdoor, garage, kitchen and bathroom areas
  • Inoperable or missing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Wires resting on ductwork or pipes
  • Frayed, brittle, melted or chewed wiring insulation that is a safety hazards
  • Any ungrounded old style wiring from the 1920s or earlier

These problems may be eyesores, or perhaps you don’t notice them at all, but almost all of them can be hazardous and require immediate attention by a certified electrician. Before you start worrying about your latest home inspection and get knee-deep in all the repairs at once, ElectricMan can help you decode each project and give you a quote on needed repairs. Remember, it’s about your family’s safety, so it’s always best you pick your electrician based on the quality of work and his reputation rather than letting the seller pick the repairman.

If you suspect your home is subject to some of these problems, or for help interpreting your home inspection contact a certified electrician at ElectricMan today. ElectricMan is a trusted, local Dallas electrician with 27 years of experience. For more information visit the ElectricMan website and don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

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Home Electric Repair: DFW Area Electrician Discusses The Value Of A Guarantee

Home-Electric-RepairAs a DFW area electrician, providing electrical services throughout Plano, Garland, Richardson, and many other areas around Dallas and Ft. Worth, ElectricMan’s reputation has been built around professionalism, customer service, and reliable Home Electric Repair.  When you come across an electrical problem in your home, of course your first thought is “I need an electrician”, but which Dallas Electrician should you choose? With so many “fly by night” businesses around these days, how can you be sure that the one you choose will be the right company for the job?

The value of a guarantee is highly important, and to prove his commitment to his guarantee of excellent customer service, owner of ElectricMan Inc. and Master Electrician, Nick Schaeffer, provides the following promise:

“As the owner of ElectricMan Inc., I am so confident in our ability to satisfy our customers’ needs that I am including my personal mobile phone number here to ensure that our high level of customer service is never jeopardized.  If you ever have any concerns regarding the level of service, or the quality of the work that you receive from ElectricMan Inc. please do not hesitate to reach out to me personally. You can reach me, Nick Schaeffer, Master Electrician and Owner of ElectricMan Inc., at 972-898-8098. I will always be happy to do everything that I can to make your experience with my company an enjoyable one.”

The guarantee that ElectricMan Inc. provides is about not only quality in Home Electric Repair, but also in the quality of the technicians that they send to your home or business, and the assurance that your electrical repair will be performed using the correct techniques following all current electrical guidelines and safety codes. The key factor in choosing an electrician is finding one with the experience, track record, and personal accountability to provide the service that you, as a customer, deserve.

How many times have you needed to reach out to a company regarding an issue, only to find yourself sitting on the phone waiting for a representative in a call center to type your concern into a computer system, and provide no real solution to the problem at hand? This is one of the things that can cause customers to lose faith in a business very quickly, and is a situation that you will never encounter when doing business with ElectricMan Inc.

Dallas Electrician, ElectricMan Inc. has more than 27 years of experience in residential and commercial electrical service and is a family owned and operated business that puts family first. ElectricMan’s motto is “Quality Electrical Services”. We achieve this through our employees. Our professional, licensed, experienced technicians are here to serve your electrical service and repair needs. If you are looking for a Dallas Electrician that you can trust to live up to their guarantee, don’t hesitate to contact us through our website at www.electricmaninc.com or contact us by phone at 972-792-7270 for your next electrical repair or improvement project!

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Carbon Monoxide Monitor: Protect Your Family Today

Making sure your home’s carbon monoxide monitors and smoke detectors are up to date can be the best life saving tool you can have to protect your family.

ElectricMan Inc. is a high quality Dallas Electrician that only delivers the highest quality to their customers. They are insured and guarantee all of their installations, including Carbon Monoxide Monitors and Smoke Detectors.

About ElectricMan Inc.

ElectricMan Inc. is one of Dallas’ most trusted electricians. Nick Schaeffer, Mr. ElectricMan himself, has quite the resume for a master electrician. He started the company by himself in 2004 and hasn’t looked back since! For more information about Electricman’s list of electrical repair services, please visit www.ElectricManInc.com

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Heating Tips: Warm up This Winter

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Even in Texas, it can get chilly.  Having a properly heated home can mean the difference between a happy family and a cold one.  Thankfully, there are a few quick, inexpensive things you can do to make this winter more bearable.  Here are a few heating tips from local Dallas Electrician that can help you stay cozy this winter.

  • Program the thermostat: This may seem counter-productive, but for every degree you reduce your thermostat in the winter, you can reduce heating bills by 5%.  Use a programmable thermostat to make the most of your heating system and prevent unnecessary running of your furnace when you’re not home.
  • Insulate: A properly insulated home will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  Even little things like adding foam pads behind electrical outlets and switches can make a big difference.  If you’re unsure about how to perform this electrical repair, talk to a Texas electrician first.
  • Close the shades: A lot of your energy loss can happen through your windows.  In addition to making sure your windows are properly sealed, close your drapes and shades to better insulate your home.
  • Baseboard heaters: Baseboard heaters are a safe and efficient way to increase the temperature of individual rooms.  Consult a Dallas Electrician before trying to install this yourself.
  • Heat pumps: If it’s time for you to overhaul your heating system, consider installing an electric heat pump instead of a traditional gas furnace.  These ecofriendly appliances will reduce your carbon footprint while reducing your heating bill.
  • Use a Power Conditioner: Using a power conditioner can decrease the power bill by 25% for homes that have electric heaters.

These are just a few of the ways you can warm up this winter and make the most of your home’s energy.  If you’re interested in learning more about ways to efficiently heat your house, or if you have other questions about general electric repair, give us a call and we’ll help you design the electrical plan that’s right for you.

Have heating tips you’d like to share with us? Post a comment or post on our Facebook page.

About ElectricMan Inc.

ElectricMan Inc. is one of Dallas’ most trusted electricians. Nick Schaeffer, Mr. ElectricMan himself, has quite the resume for a master electrician. He started the company by himself in 2004 and hasn’t looked back since! For more information about Electricman’s list of electrical repair services, please visit www.ElectricManInc.com

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When it comes to Electric repairs, who do you want in your home?

You wouldn’t just let any old person in your home, would you? Of course not! That same philosophy should apply when choosing an electrician.Our Texas electricians go through background checks, exams, and multiple interviews before joining the ElectricMan team.

We are a family owned electrical repair company in North Texas and we are available 24 hours a day to serve you!

When you have that next electrical emergency, it’s ElectricMan to the rescue!

About ElectricMan Inc.

ElectricMan Inc. is one of Dallas’ most trusted electricians. Nick Schaeffer, Mr. ElectricMan himself, has quite the resume for a master electrician. He started the company by himself in 2004 and hasn’t looked back since! For more information about Electricman’s list of electrical repair services, please visit www.ElectricManInc.com

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