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.
Here are some examples of the most common home wiring problems that a certified electrician can remedy:
- Outdated meter base and riser
- Outdated/Unsafe electrical breaker box
- Oversized fuses or breakers
- Double-tapped circuits
- Improper outdoor wiring
- Improperly spliced wires
- Incorrectly wired receptacles
- 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.
If you’ve ever seen “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” you’ll know that Clark Griswold’s perception of Christmas decorating is a bit extreme. Although that movie is comical, in reality electrical safety is no laughing matter, and an electrical fire can ruin your holidays instantly. Here are a few holiday decorating safety tips.
- Check your smoke detector. The holidays are a great time to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detector is working properly. Studies have shown that when houses have working smoke detectors, the chance of death from fire is cut in half. Having all of your loved ones in your home can be a great reminder of the importance of fire safety.
- Buy the right equipment. Make sure that any decorations you purchase are UL-listed. UL is an independent organization that tests products to make sure they’re safe for use. If you don’t see the little UL symbol on the decoration, don’t buy it. Also, be sure to purchase at least one surge protector and some power conditioners for your lights.
- Don’t overdo it. As tempting as it is to plaster the outside of your house with holiday lights, it’s important to decorate responsibly. Typically, no more than three strands of lights should be connected end-to-end to prevent overheating. Also, be cautious of older houses, as the old wiring could be too weak to handle the amount of lights you want to plug in. Keep in mind that there are over 2 million houses in the DFW area that are more than 20 years old. The last thing you want to do is blow a circuit and have to call an electrician during the holidays.
- Keep your tree watered. According to the US Fire Administration, Christmas trees cause 250 fires each year, resulting in 14 deaths, 26 injuries, and over $13.8 million in damage. If your tree isn’t watered enough, an electrical short in your lights or an open flame can turn your tree into a giant fireball. Making sure your tree is properly watered is a great form of fire prevention.
The holidays are meant to be enjoyed with friends and loved ones, and by following these few safety tips, you can help to make sure you’re not a victim of a “Clark Griswold” Christmas. If you want to learn more about your home’s current electrical state, contact the best electrician Plano has to offer.
Did you know that proper surge protection could help avoid short circuits and fire hazards? In fact, using up-to-date surge protectors (suppressors) for your appliances, or even your entire house, could save you thousands of dollars in property damage. These are just a few reasons why surge protection should be of the utmost importance for you and your home this holiday season.
What are power surges?
First, before diving deeper into the different advantages of protecting your home against power surges, it’s important to understand what electrical surges are, and why they’re such a concern. An electrical surge, also known as a “voltage surge”, is an electrical disturbance that can be caused by a variety of spikes in voltage. More specifically, these surges are usually caused by lightning strikes, power outages, short circuits, or tripped circuit breakers. Problems occur when these short spikes in electrical power overload circuits in home appliances and other electronics.
Why is it so important to protect your home against power surges?
For starters, power surges can be very dangerous for you, your family, and your house. Surges are one of the most common causes of house fires, usually resulting from a combination of faulty wiring and irresponsible electronics hook-up by homeowners. This is especially apparent around the holidays.
According to the Cheltenham Fire Department, “when putting up holiday lighting, surge protectors should be used instead of relying on extension cords.” Now, more than ever, people should be cautious about electrical disturbances and the possible danger they pose to their electronics—and even more importantly—their lives.
Even if a power surge doesn’t turn out to be dangerous, it can still be very costly. As a matter of fact, power surges can pack enough of a punch to short the power supply in a desktop computer, television set, or even a microwave. Basically, anything with internal electronic circuits can be affected by a voltage surge. That’s why it’s imperative that everyone use surge protectors for each and every appliance in their home. At the very minimum, one should consider whole-house surge protection, or even just safeguarding higher-priced appliances such as LCD Televisions, microwaves, and desktop computers.
The Benefits of Power Conditioning and how controlled voltage delivery could save you money
Aside from protecting your home from voltage surges, you should also consider the amount of energy that is wasted from many of your appliances. And remember that with wasted energy comes wasted money.
One money-saving solution may be installing power conditioners in your home. Simply put, a power conditioner is a device that delivers clean (steady) power to your devices. It is designed to distribute a stabilized and continuous voltage level which eliminates dips and line static—important for all of you who own surround sound systems in your home theater.
As a consumer, it’s important to be informed about devices and services that can save you money, improve the longevity of your investments (e.g., Flat-panel television, etc.), and even protect your home.
If you have any more questions about power surging, or if you decide that you would like to look into protecting your home against electrical surges, contact our helpful team at ElectricMan Inc. We are here 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to serve you.
There’s been a lot of questions about Federal Pacific Electric Panels. The Dallas Morning News ran an article on the potential of fire that these panels possess. As an Electrical Contractor with 27 years experience, I can tell you first hand that these electrical panels are unpredictable and unsafe. We had a customer who was renting a house and was having an electrical problem. We told her it was due to her electrical panel. This Federal Pacific Panel was overheating and beginning to melt. We informed her that she needed to change it. She got back in touch with us Sunday night to schedule for Monday morning to have the panel replaced. We told her we would be there at 9am and she said she had to drop her kids off at school and would prefer a 9:30am appointment. When we showed up at 9:30, she showed up at the same time and we were both greeted by the Fire Department trying to put out the fire in her home due to the electrical panel.
Failure of these panels is not an “if,” but “when.” A quick evaluation by a licensed and knowledgeable electrician can make a big difference. Don’t gamble on your security, call and get the free evaluation today!
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The heat is at it’s peak and so is your air conditioner! As a licensed Plano electrician, ElectricMan is experiencing high call volume due to over heating of the A/C Breaker. This is caused by 2 things: 1, is of course the air conditioner running full time to keep up with the demand for cold air, and 2, loose wiring at the air conditioning breaker at your electrical panel. With a simple maintenance checkup on your electrical panel, you could save yourself LOTS of MONEY! Many electrical panel replacements and air conditioning unit replacements could be avoided with this simple routine maintenance. Our licensed and experienced technicians do this maintenance in less than a half an hour and that could keep you from going without power and parting with that hard earned money. Summers are meant to be enjoyed, live life to its fullest!