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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.”
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.
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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.
If you want to be festive this holiday season while avoiding a stress fest, it’s time you learned tips from a certified electrician about holiday lighting. Here are the top six ways to make holiday lighting a smooth, safe experience.
- Know decoration wattage: Before you purchase items for your house or yard, know how many watts the decorations require. Compare that with the wattage you have available in your home; a certified electrician can help you determine what that is. Keep in mind that low-wattage items consume less electricity and cost less to operate.
- Install a circuit: If you plug all your holiday lights into a single circuit and then use your appliances like normal, you might end up blowing a circuit. The best way to handle a whole bunch of Christmas lights is to have a Dallas electrician install a dedicated circuit.
- Use a timer on the dedicated circuit: This makes it so you don’t have to turn the circuit on and off manually. A timer adds security and makes sure the lights turn off in the middle of the night.
- Check the lights: Inspect the strings before putting them up to make sure no bulbs are broken or missing, no wires are bare or frayed, and no connections are loose. Certified electricians also recommend inspecting the area where you plan to install the lights; ensure the gutters are clear and tree branches are stable.
- Take care of extension cords: If you position any extension cords outside, wrap them up in a plastic enclosure, such as a grocery sack, to protect them from water damage. Never put more than three strings of lights together. If you need too, start a new string of lights using a different plug.
- Be safe: Keep children and pets away from cords. Use LED lights that emit much less heat than old light strands to ensure combustibles don’t catch on fire. Speak with a certified electrician for safety tips regarding outdoor lighting if you have any concerns.
For more information about holiday lighting, please contact a certified electrician at ElectricMan today. ElectricMan is your trusted, local Dallas electrician with 27 years of experience. Visit the Electricman website, and don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Choosing a great electrician doesn't have to be difficult!
Solving electrical problems and doing electrical repairs can be risky things to do if you don’t know exactly what you are doing. Sometimes it is absolutely necessary to hire a certified electrician to do these things for you so that you don’t put yourself or your property at risk. Here are some key things you should keep in mind when choosing an electrician.
Certifications: You should always feel free to ask an electrician about their certifications; if they aren’t willing to answer your questions about it, they probably aren’t the right electrician for you. There are different levels of training that an electrician must go through before earning certifications. Typically, they start out as an electrician apprentice working under the direct supervision of a journeyman and the general supervision of a master electrician. A master electrician has the highest level of certification and more experience than an apprentice or a journeyman.
References: A good electrician should always be able to give you references if you ask for them. Any hesitation in this area is not a good sign. It is a good idea to check with the references that the electrician gives you before hiring them.
Insurance: It is very important to hire an electrician that carries the proper insurance. Without proper insurance, you could be responsible for any damages they happen to cause, such as an electrical fire or other accidents. Did you know that electricians are only required to have $300,000 worth of coverage? Be sure to confirm that you are hiring an insured electrician.
Communication: It is also important for the electrician you hire to have great communication skills. They should be friendly, courteous, interested in your problem, and listen to your concerns. They should also be upfront about costs and give you an estimate of how long the project should take.
Keep all of these things in mind as you seek out someone for electrical consulting. For Dallas electrical repairs, www.ElectricManInc.com offers 27 years of industry experience, and they are open 24 hours a day. They have a master electrician on staff, they are properly insured, and they offer free estimates.
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