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.
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.
Plenty of DIYers can complete an electrical project on their own without the help of a certified electrician. Sure, it’s easy to fix minor annoyances with light fixtures or outlets, but not installations, renovations, and major repairs. That’s because what starts out looking pretty straightforward can quickly turn into a disaster. Here’s a look at four specific examples that ElectricMan Inc. can help sort out.
Installing a Ceiling Fan
A frustrated woman once called ElectricMan to her Dallas home. Her husband had taken eight hours of his day to replace a ceiling fan only to have it come crashing to the floor when he turned it on. The mistake was easily corrected when ElectricMan came to the rescue. A certified electrician corrected the mistake and installed the fan in less than ten minutes.
Upgrading Kitchen Lights
ElectricMan routinely receives calls from customers who try to replace fluorescent kitchen light bulbs. Not knowing how to get the light to work is the biggest problem. The lights won’t work when you turn them on if you twist the bulb a full half turn; only a quarter turn is necessary.
Hanging Pictures and Striking a Wire
You wouldn’t think hanging pictures or shelves on a wall would result in the need to call a certified electrician. However, if you hammer a nail through the wall and hit a wire, you will need ElectricMan to come to the rescue. Be careful where you hammer, and if you’re not sure where your home’s wiring is, contact this Dallas electrician in advance.
Repairing/Replacing a Light Fixture
You may feel fully capable of repairing or changing out a light fixture; however, if you have aluminum wiring—which is possible if your home was built before 1972—don’t even attempt it yourself. The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors states that homes wired with aluminum wires are 55 times more likely to have “fire hazard conditions” than homes wired with copper. Aluminum wire connections require special techniques and certification to work with them. That’s why a certified electrician is your best bet for repairing or replacing a light fixture in these circumstances.
Contact ElectricMan today to prevent a DIY disaster, or for any other electrical needs. ElectricMan is your trusted, local certified electrician with 27 years of experience. For more information, visit the ElectricMan website. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.