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.
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Over time, things can go wrong with any electrical system. It’s part of the nature of wiring: wires deteriorate and connections can break down. But what if the problem that develops is because of something that happened when the electrical system was installed, something you didn’t have any control over?
There’s nothing so treacherous to the safety of your home as faulty wiring. Mistakes in the initial wiring of your home can lead to serious safety hazards and property damage.
So what can you do about faulty wiring? A licensed Dallas electrician can help you find the problem areas in your wiring and repair them, but we generally don’t get called in until the faulty wiring causes a serious problem. Nobody really has the time or money to deal with these problems, so it’s better to not have to suffer through them in the first place. The best way to do that is to be aware of the electrical warning signs that your wiring might be faulty.
If your wiring doesn’t work, it’s probably faulty. Since it’s the most obvious sign, it’s also usually caught in new homes before it has a chance to become more serious, but that’s not always the case if you live in a house with previous owners, especially if only part of the wiring is faulty. If that outlet in the living room has never worked, it’s probably the result of poor wiring.
Your lights flicker. This happens because the connections between the wires are poor or in the process of breaking down. The flickering comes from voltage spikes as the current tries to overcome the poor connection; if you’ve read some of my previous articles, you won’t be surprised when I tell you that this can lead to arc faults and is a potential fire hazard.
Your wiring is stapled on the outside of the wall. Even if there doesn’t appear to be any damage to the wire, this still qualifies as faulty wiring. Why? Because wiring should NEVER be exposed on the outside of a wall; it’s subject to damage when installed like this. If, for some reason, wiring must be outside of a wall, it MUST be placed inside a metal conduit to protect it.
You smell something that smells like burning or melting plastic. Wires that are carrying too much current or have poor connections tend to heat up. This melts the plastic shielding all wires are coated in. This plastic emits a toxic gas when it melts, which has a very distinct scent. If you smell this in your home and can’t identify a source, you should call a licensed Dallas electrician IMMEDIATELY. If discovered and dealt with quickly, this can prevent your next call from being to the fire department.
Your outlets and switches feel hot to the touch. A switch or outlet properly rated to handle the current going through it should not heat up. If they do, it’s a sign that they may be improperly wired, or that the outlet or switch itself is faulty, and should be replaced as soon as possible.
If you suspect faulty wiring, don’t ignore these electrical warning signs! 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.
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.”
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.
Learn what to look for when choosing an Electrician.
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.
Each season comes with its set of reasons to call an emergency electrician. While you hopefully won’t be affected by all of these problems this year, there’s always the possibility that you’ll need to phone a 24-hour electrician to take a look at one or two emergencies on this list.
Air conditioner stops working: Check to see if the breaker is tripped. If the breaker is tripped, go to the thermostat and turn off the 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 an emergency 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.
Window AC unit trips circuit breakers: Air conditioning and refrigeration consumes a hefty amount of electricity. Running a hair dryer or vacuum on the same circuit as the window AC unit may be enough to trip the circuit breaker. To prevent overloading the circuit, use the labels in the breaker box to connect high electricity-consuming devices to outlets on a circuit other than the one the window AC unit is on.
Trees fall on the electric meter boxes and risers: The weather is unpredictable in the spring and fall, which can lead to a downed tree on your property. Even if it barely scrapes your home, this could be enough to rip the electric meter base and riser off of the outer wall of your house. An emergency electrician is the person you trust to get things sorted out and fixed in order to get the power turned back on to your home.
Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) replacement: The spring and fall are as good a time as any to test GFCIs. If you have old outlets in your bathrooms or kitchen, replace them with GFCI receptacles as soon as possible to prevent potential shock. Don’t wait until it’s an emergency; call an electrician for this task.
Learn what common seasonal electrical emergencies call for an emergency electrician to come take a look.
Portable electric heaters trip circuit breakers: Portable heaters consume quite a bit of electricity. If they are plugged into an outlet on a nearly maxed-out circuit, perhaps one poweringChristmas lights, they could overload it and trip the circuit breaker. Circuits trip to prevent damage to the wiring of the electrical system, but knowledge of which outlets are on a circuit can prevent this from happening.
Wet electrical connections could cause your GFCI to short out: Electricity and water don’t mix. If any electrical device in or outside your home gets wet it could cause part of your home to short out. Knowing where your GFCIs are located and which outlets they control, can remedy this problem. If not, an emergency electrician is your best bet for pinpointing and correcting the problem.
If you’re experiencing an electrical emergency, please contact ElectricMan today. ElectricMan is a trusted, local emergency 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
With over 1 million homes in the Dallas area over 20 years old, older home electrical safety is a major concern that should be assessed by a licensed Dallas electrician. Many homes in the 70’s and 80’s were built with electrical wiring and breaker panels that have been known to be a fire and electrical shock hazards. If you live in one of these older homes, and it has not been updated, it is very important that you have a licensed Dallas electrician come out and take a look at the electrical system in your home, to ensure your family’s safety.
Many backup power systems rely simply on a single source of energy for emergency power. Whether it’s a backup power generator, a backup battery system, or solar backup power, the system is usually flawed because all of your emergency power is resting on a single source. If we’ve learned anything from Murphy’s Law, it is that a single backup plan has the potential to easily fail in your time of need.
In order to have a truly reliable backup power system, it must have several options for recharging in the event that one or more of your power sources fail. Here are some of the recharging options available to easily integrate into your Indoor GeneratorTM backup power system:
Solar – This power source for recharging backup power systems is free once you make the investment in solar panels, and won’t cause harm to the environment. With portable solar backup power in the form of solar panel racks on wheels, you will benefit from an easy-to-use system that can be effortlessly used, moved, and stored. You do not require a permit to use a portable solar panel, and it comes fully assembled for your convenience. Additionally, installing a solar energy system in your home can make you eligible to receive a 30 percent tax credit for systems placed in service before December 31, 2016.
City power – In the event that the power is restored, you can simply recharge your backup power system with electricity from the wall outlets of your home or business. This is especially helpful during rolling or intermittent outages when you can store power in preparation for the next outage.
Generator – Gas-powered generators can be used as another failsafe to recharge your Indoor Generator unit. Keeping this as a second or third option enables you to reduce the likelihood that you will pollute the environment through exhaust and noise, or alleviate the dangers of having to handle volatile fuels.
Battery replacement – Additional batteries can be kept on hand and swapped out as your initial charge is depleted.
Mechanical means – If all else fails, you can use an external source such as your vehicle or a manual external alternator system.
Clearly, having recharging options at your disposal for backup power systems will be essential to their success. Among these options, solar backup power is perhaps the most reliable, convenient, and clean. However, the other options are certainly viable as well to ensure your backup power system is able to maintain power indefinitely.
If you have yet to install a backup solar panel to recharge the backup power system in your home or business, contact a reputable Dallas electrician to take care of the job correctly.
An Indoor Generator™ is a backup power system that is delivered to you fully charged. The charge is held in the unit’s batteries, which will be available for immediate use the moment you need it. Everything that requires power from wall outlets will lose its power in the case of an outage. You can either be left without power or you can implement your home back up power system to stay up and running without worry.
A unit like this is important for people who live in areas where outages and power surges are common. Even if these occurrences are rare, maintaining power through an outage will provide safety and value in the event that you do lose power. Also, if you live in a condo or high-rise where gas generators are not allowed, you can still use a battery-powered unit like the Indoor Generator. Finally, if you have valuable computer or medical equipment, a power outage or surge could destroy them. Thankfully, an Indoor Generator can prevent this.
Here are the reasons to hire a Dallas electrician for your backup power system installation:
Keep your family safe: There is no need to stumble around in the dark for flashlights or candles when the lights are powered by a generator during a power outage. Plus, there is no need to worry about how long a radio’s batteries will last. This is important for keeping track of weather and disaster-related news.
Stay comfortable with air conditioning and heating during hot or cold weather. Power outages will not only turn out your lights, but it will also turn off your heating and air conditioning. For prolonged outages, you can remain in comfort thanks to your backup power system.
Avoid throwing out ruined food by keeping your refrigerator running. This is something that not many homeowners remember about until they go to make a sandwich, hours after the power has gone out. Anything in your freezer or refrigerator will be spoiled if the temperature rises for an extended period of time.
Protect your computer: Not only will the hardware be spared from power surges and harmful power outages, the data on your computer can be preserved with a computer backup power system as well.
In order to get the most out of your investment, you will want only the most reputable Dallas and Plano Electrician on the job. Click on the link to find out about one near you.