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.
Thinking back to the Big Freeze in February might make you shiver. Many of Dallas’ residents were stuck indoors for days on end, unable to even get out of their driveways. But perhaps the worst parts of the early February freeze were the rolling blackouts that some residents suffered.
According to Oncor, the power delivery company in North Texas, 1.3 million residents were affected by these blackouts. Luminant, the biggest power provider in the state, lost 11 coal and natural gas generators on February 2. This trickled all the way down to North Texas residents, and even fire stations and police stations were stuck without power.
Losing power during a cold snap can be quite an an inconvenience. If you’re without power for an extended period of time, you might have to incur extra costs, or even face the danger of driving on icy roads by going out to eat, or even be driven out of your home to a hotel room to stay warm for the night. In the office, or even at home, a sudden power outage can cause you to lose precious data on your computer as well. So what can you do to prevent these things from affecting you in the future? Install an emergency power system.
An uninterruptable power supply (or UPS) provides emergency power to your home in the event of a power outage. Designed to provide instant backup power, a UPS uses batteries or diesel generators to keep you up and running. There are a variety of types of uninterruptable power supplies, and a Dallas Electrician can help find the one that will fit your home or office, and can install it safely for you.
So, before you’re left in the dark or cold again, talk to a local electrician in Dallas about the different emergency power systems available for you, and which one will best fit your needs. They will be able to assess your situation and make sure your power system is safely installed. Then, the next time North Texas suffers from rolling blackouts, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your family and home is safe from the heat or cold.
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!