How much will this cost?

I always provide upfront pricing before I start any work. If there are anticipated issues that might result in additional cost to you, I will make every effort to explain those issues in advance, prior to beginning work.

What is electrical troubleshooting?

Electrical troubleshooting involves investigating potential causes of electrical problems. You can help with this process by providing as much detail about an issue you are having as I diagnose the problem. Many times finding the cause of the electrical problem takes longer than actually fixing it.

Why do circuit breakers trip?

Often times a circuit breaker trips as too many things are plugged in and turned on in the circuit. This is referred to as overload. A tripped breaker can also be caused by a short circuit caused used by faulty wiring, appliances or fixtures.

Why are my light bulbs burning out so quickly?

Your light bulbs may be burning out quickly if the bulb exceeds the maximum lamp wattage of the lighting fixture. Attempt to locate a label within the fixture that provides the maximum wattage that should be used. As a general rule, most ceiling fixtures should not exceed 60 watts. Vibration can also deminish the life span of a bulb. Garage door openers, ceiling fans, and fixtures near slamming doors all suffer from vibration related issues. For these applications purchase a bulb specified for rough service.

Why are battery-operated smoke detectors not considered good enough?

The National Electrical Code, which sets the minimum safety standards for your home electrical system, requires that each smoke detector in your house be hard wired into your electrical system, be interconnected and have a battery backup. A smoke detector is required in every bedroom, within six feet of a bedroom door. If your home is lacking these life saving detectors, I can help!

My lighting dimmer switch is warm- is this bad?

Light dimmers always generate some heat as part of normal operation. The closer the dimmer is turned to its full output, the warmer the dimmer will feel. This is perfectly normal. Dimmers are designed to the strictest safety standards so they can handle their full rated wattage load without overheating.

What is a GFCI?

A GFCI, or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, is a special type of breaker or receptacle that provides protection from electrical shock. The GFCI can sense if small amounts of current are leaking out of a circuit to the ground. If this happens, the GFCI senses the leak and shuts the circuit down by making it temporarily not work. These are the types of receptacles that have the "test" and "reset" buttons found in many bathrooms or kitchens.

Have Additional Questions?

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