A large amount of the calls we go out on are for lighting fixture replacement/changes. A lot of the customers say “I usually do this myself,” but I don’t have time to take care of this right now. Another common quote we hear is “We have been working on this all weekend, and can’t get it to work.” Last but not least, a favorite quote of mine that I hear is “I am so tired of this outdated looking lighting that exists in my home. Can you please bring it up to date?” Usually this is where I chuckle and say “ElectricMan to the Rescue!” – Nick Schaeffer
If you’re planning to replace or make changes to your lighting fixtures the ElectricMan have some very helpful tips:
Understand the way your home was initially wired. Usually the wiring is signified by “hot” being the black and “neutral” being the white colored wires. In older homes, this coloring is not on the wires and a top electrician should take it from there. If you are still game, even though these wires are not properly colored, you can figure out which wire is the “hot” with a transient voltage tick tester. This type of tester will tell you which wire the power is on. The other wire would then be the “neutral”. Be careful when doing this testing with the power on, you may be subject to a “shocking experience”. When in doubt, call a top electrician!
If you are installing a chandelier replacement, the wiring that comes on the fixture from the manufacturer is what we call “zip cord” and is not colored white and black. The way they identify this type of wire is the “hot” is the smooth side and the “neutral” is the side with ridges. So if you feel this wire with your fingers, you will notice one side is smooth and one side has ridges. This will tell you how to hook these wires up independently. If this is not properly hooked up per side, you could potentially get a “nasty shock” when you change out a light bulb.
Pendant lighting seems to be all the rage right now. This type of lighting can be used to decoratively light up kitchen islands and kitchen bar-type counters. This is a creative way to separate your kitchen from your living room. Typically, homes are not pre-wired for these lights, and wiring will have to be added before they can be installed. I highly suggest when wiring for these lights, that a new switch leg be installed for independent control. As always, installing new wiring to your existing electrical should be done by a top electrician.
Recessed cans can clean up your ceiling and do away with unsightly light fixtures installed everywhere. When installing a recessed can, the type of trim is essential to maximizing the amount of light that you can get in an area. A baffled or recessed trim will turn a light into a spot, whereas a flush mount trim allows the light to start at the ceiling and move throughout the room. This gives a much more even look upon the finished product. Any electrician that has done a lot of installations should be able to guide you in the proper direction so that the style of lighting that you are looking for will be achieved. Be careful attempting these by yourself, drywall will need to be cut for installation, and you never know where a wire or plumbing pipe may be hiding.
Chandelier replacement, pendant lighting and recessed cans are cheap and affordable ways to completely change the look of your home. If you are attempting this on your own, and run into a problem, a good-hearted electrician will be happy to discuss with you where you went wrong and what it is going to take to fix it. Most electricians are happy to do free estimates, and help design a quality finished product. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether you have a scheduled lighting project or an emergency on your hands, there are plenty of situations when it’s appropriate to call in a local electrician. For your safety and sanity use a certified electrician that can provide quality work and can be counted on for years to come.
Installing Tamper-Resistant Outlets
For peace of mind and family safety, have tamper-resistant outlets installed. These have shutters over all openings that must be pressed at the same time to open, such as when inserting a plug. Having this type of devices installed where your children has access to them can prevent a shocking experience —without having to deal with annoying plastic inserts. To ensure correct installation, count on a local electrician for the job.
Learn what lighting projects around the house call for the skill and experience of a local electrician.
Repairing a Wire Damaged from Drilling a Hole in the Wall
Whether you’re hanging pictures, shelves or a TV mounting bracket—or any other reason you might be drilling into a wall—there’s always the possibility that you’ll hit and damage a wire. This is definitely a fix you want to leave in the capable hands of a certified electrician.
To prevent the problem from happening again, use a stud finder and aim for the center of the stud. Before drilling, use a small tipped screw driver to verify you are hitting the stud and not the side. Once you have verified, feel free to drill away.
Upgrading a Ceiling Fan
Many homeowners aren’t familiar with the specific requirements involved in hanging a ceiling fan. First you must have a ceiling fan rated brace and box. You need to also make sure the weighted blades are properly installed to the motor. The motor has specific wiring leads that must be connect to the proper power leads. If there is any question, it’s best to leave this project to a local electrician who has the experience from thousands of installs. The last thing you want, after spending hours on the project, is to have the fan wobble or come crashing to the floor, all electricians will agree, fans looks better on the ceiling.
Re-Doing the Kitchen Lights
Some popular kitchen light upgrades include adding recessed lighting and pendant lights controlled by dimmer switches. Under-cabinet lighting and above cabinet lighting is also an excellent way to indirectly light your kitchen. Your interior lighting project is guaranteed to go smoothly when you trust your home to a licensed local electrician. The upgraded lights add a whole new dimension to your kitchen for everyone to enjoy.
To work with a licensed qualified professional for your next electrical project, please contact a certified electrician at ElectricMan today. ElectricMan is a trusted, local electrician with 27 years of experience. For more information visit the ElectricMan website, and don’t forget to also ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.
Looking for a Plano TX electrician who is talented AND cost-effective can be a bit of a challenge. However, budget-conscious homeowners in North Texas run the risk of falling prey to phony electricians who take advantage of them by doing shoddy and dangerous work with the pretense of cheaper rates. Not only do these homeowners end up duped and with a mess on their hands, but they must call and pay another Plano TX electrician to come fix the work that the first company did, spending much more than they would have otherwise spent.
The Risks of Falling for Scams
Your home’s electrical work is too important to risk getting scammed by a bad electrician. Whether you’re looking for a Plano electrician to take care of an emergency job, or you’re simply looking for someone to inspect your current electrical setup, the cost of ending up with a bad contractor is worth the time spent looking for a good one.
The tips below can help you prevent scams and find an honest and qualified electrician in Plano, TX for your electrical repairs and installations.
Get three estimates. This is probably the most important thing you can do before hiring an electrician in Plano TX or anywhere for that matter. Getting three estimates will help you determine what the median price is for the work you need done, and it will help you spot and avoid electrician scams and phony electricians. For example, if one of the estimates is substantially lower than the other two, there is a good chance that there is something wrong with that contractor and you should stay away from hiring them.
Take your time finding the right person, even if the job is an emergency. Just because you have a rush job on your hands doesn’t mean you should hire someone in a rush. That is how mistakes happen and people fall into the phony electrician trap. Look around for a Plano TX electrician that you feel confident will do the job well. Otherwise, you risk the rush job turning into a long-term job.
Check the electrician’s license. Texas law requires that all electricians carry their state license with them and show it to a customer upon request. A good electrician will have no problem showing you their license upon arrival, so don’t be shy about asking to see it the moment they arrive at your home.
Watch the electrician at work. Don’t be afraid to look on as the electrician works. Also, don’t be afraid to ask him to show you specifically what he has done when the job is complete. It’s your right to ensure that you’re getting what you paid for. Too many times people have hired electricians and taken their word that the work was completed, only to find out that nothing was done and they were duped out of money.
Electric Man: Honest and Reliable Electricians Plano TX
Don’t allow yourself to fall victim to scams and phony electricians. Find a Plano electrician who will listen to your concerns, do the work that you asked for thoroughly, honestly and reliably, and who won’t take advantage of your needs. Electric Man has been providing Plano Tx electrician services to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area for over 27 years. Our services range from simple fixture installations and routine maintenance to major power emergencies. To learn more about Electric Man, call us today at 972-792-7270, visit us online or connect with our social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. If you have any other questions for Electric Man, leave in the comments section of our blog, and we’ll get right back to you!
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.
and Money by Troubleshooting Common Power Problems over the Phone
If you are looking for a Plano electrician, you undoubtedly want one who cares about saving you time and money. Many electricians, even good ones, are motivated by money, so it is rare to find one that will share with you this trade secret: not all problems require a visit from an electrician. Fortunately, right here in Plano, TX, there is an electrician willing to troubleshoot common problems over the phone. This is a great benefit to customers, who can handle some issues without waiting around for a service call or shelling out tons of cash. The electrician Plano homeowners can call for advice is Electric Man, and here are a few scenarios that have been resolved over the phone:
A non-functional air conditioner can be a big problem! Fortunately, it is also problem that can sometimes be solved over the phone. Because the air conditioning system is complex, it could be any number of things, but one of the most common issues is a circuit breaker that has been tripped by a power surge. A kindly electrician can help you solve this over the phone, or walk you through determining if it is a different problem.
The outside outlets have stopped working. This is an issue around the holidays, when people plug in their Christmas lights and discover that the outdoor power is out. By calling an electrician, Plano, Tx homeowners can save themselves time and money, because the problem is usually the GFCI. A GFCI is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, and external outlets are fitted with it for safety reasons. Anyone can reset the GFCI, and an electrician does not need to be there; he can talk you through it over the phone.
Ceiling fans can have issues. Especially if you installed it yourself, unclear directions may have confused you. Because most ceiling fans have four wires that hook into three leads in your ceiling, it can be tricky, figuring out which wire hooks up to which lead. An electrician can explain how to connect the wires, and in which order. Even if you did not install the ceiling fan yourself, you may have trouble with the lights flickering. This is not usually an electrical problem, but a problem with the light bulbs. Though compact fluorescents save energy, they are not usually a good fit with ceiling fans, which are typically installed on lighting dimmers. A good electrician can tell you when something as simple as a bulb change can solve your problem.
Electrical systems all fit certain specifications, but electricians are not all the same. For a Plano electrician who knows the ropes and cares about your needs, consider Electric Man, Inc. To learn more, connect with us on all our social sites, or call us (972)792-7270.
Local Dallas and Plano Electrician, ElectricMan Inc. Performs Their Landmark 10,000th Job For a Local Veteran and Retired School District Employee.
Dallas, TX based ElectricMan Inc., a licensed Dallas and Plano electrician with over 27 years of experience providing electrical repair and installation services, has reached a landmark in their service to the local community by performing their ten thousandth job for local homeowner, retired military veteran, and retired school district employee Mr. Frank Norwood.
As a thank you to Mr. Norwood for his loyal repeat business and a celebration of this huge milestone for the company, ElectricMan Inc. installed a new ceiling fan and ceiling fan rated brace kit in Mr. Norwood’s master bedroom at no charge. Master electrician and Owner of ElectricMan Inc., Nick Schaeffer, said “We are very excited to have passed this milestone as a company, and are honored and happy to provide this complimentary service to Mr. Norwood, a gentleman who has given so much for this country and the community.”
ElectricMan Inc. is committed to providing the absolute best customer service and reliability in serving the local community’s electrical repair and installation needs. In light of the current status of many businesses, for a local company to reach the landmark of 10,000 jobs certainly speaks to their character and the quality of service that they provide.
About ElectricMan Inc.
ElectricMan, Inc. has more than 27 years of experience in residential and commercial electrical work and is a family owned and operated business based in Dallas, TX 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. For more information, please visit our website at www.electricmaninc.com.
You may not have thought about the Advantages To Wind Energy lately, but every month when you get your electric bill in the mail, you may find yourself asking, “Isn’t there a better way?”, or “How can I have lower electric bills?” As energy costs rise, and the environmental impact of using fossil fuels to generate electricity comes into question, green energy production is becoming an increasingly valuable way to help your home or business do its part in helping the environment, and lowering those high energy costs that drain your funds each and every month. In an effort to find newer, more sustainable forms of energy, a great opportunity has arisen in harnessing the abundant power of the wind to create electricity yourself, and lower its overall cost.
While many people are familiar with the giant wind farms scattered throughout the plains across the state of Texas, most people aren’t aware that this isn’t the only way to use wind for electricity. Local Dallas and Plano Electrician, ElectricMan Inc. is now offering something that will definitely spark your interest!
The Advantages To Wind Energy can now be felt by homeowners and business owners through more efficient, highly cost effective, and easily installed wind power generators. Standing only five feet tall, with the capability of harnessing even a slight breeze coming from any direction, these new wind generators are a drastic improvement on the standard “Propeller Style” wind power generators that most people are familiar with. Now you don’t need an open field or even a very windy area in order to start declaring your independence from the high costs that electric companies place on the electricity that they provide to you.
Partnered with a system like the Indoor Generator, which allows you to program the system to use stored electricity when it is most efficient for you, you can do two major things. First, at times when you are creating more energy than you need, that energy can be funneled into a battery system and stored for your higher usage time, avoiding those peak usage premiums that power companies have put in place to raise profits and revenue. Secondly, once your stored supply of electricity is at full capacity, you can actually sell your surplus electricity back to the power company, offering you the possibility of income without any labor on your part!
Everyone is looking for a way to save money these days, so here is one more incredible Advantage To Wind Energy. If you install a renewable energy system for your home or business before the end of 2016, your entire system is eligible for a 30% federal tax credit!
To see this amazing product in action, visit www.breezewaypower.com, or to purchase this product locally and learn more about the Advantages To Wind Energy, call your local Dallas and Plano Electrician, ElectricMan Inc. at 972-792-7270 or visit our website at www.electricmaninc.com!
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.