Electrician Services FAQs
You may hire a handyman to do almost any electrical work that you believe they are capable of. Maybe they don’t have the time or the proper equipment to replace a light switch or dimmer. Unfortunately, most handymen lack specialized knowledge in electrical work. Although most people have basic electrical abilities, they may not be sufficient to assure safety and precision, increasing the danger of electrocution or an electrical fire. To guarantee that the task is done correctly the first time, it is important to use a professional and trained electrician.
Above all, we place a premium on safety and client pleasure. Our qualified and expert electricians are always ready to attend to electrical problems quickly, day or night. We begin by analyzing the degree of the issue, followed by a summary of how we will remedy it, how long it will take, and how much it will cost. We are open and honest about our prices, so there are no unpleasant surprises. If you have any questions or issues, please let us know.
Regular inspections, troubleshooting, and periodic maintenance, in general, may assist to prevent the need for substantial electrical repair. Unexpected difficulties sometimes occur, in which case you can call Trusted Home Experts for emergency repair services. Some of the reasons you should contact us are as follows:
- Lights that are constantly flashing
- Lighting is of poor quality.
- Expensive energy expenses
- Equipment or appliance installation, repair, or maintenance
- Surges in power and frequent tripping of circuit breakers
- Significant home/property remodeling
We understand that you have a lot on your plate. So, after we’ve assessed the issue together, you won’t need to be present while we work. We will protect your expensive belongings and property while we work to guarantee that everything is in order when we are through.
At some time, all electrical equipment and appliances need tuning, maintenance, or replacement. Our skilled electricians can help with any residential, retail, or commercial electrical job, from wiring and equipment installation to lighting retrofits and service upgrades, as well as repair and routine maintenance to ensure optimal performance and reduce the risk of sudden shutdown or electrical accidents caused by normal wear and tear.
Frequent breaker tripping might indicate that a circuit somewhere on the property is overburdened. A cable, socket, or appliance might be overheating, resulting in a fire.
A light bulb that burns out early in a certain lamp or socket indicates a faulty electrical connection that is creating heat build-up in the lamp. Identifying and correcting the faulty connection should cure the problem.
Yes. A faulty plug in an outlet causes excessive electrical resistance. Overheating is caused by electrical resistance, which often ends in a fire. An overheated outlet may potentially cause harm to the equipment or appliance to which it is attached. Replacing an electrical outlet is a comparatively low-cost project.
A breaker may be faulty, or a hot breaker may be enabling electricity to travel between hot and neutral. A trained electrician should check any problem right away.
The National Electric Code (NEC) specifies that all 220V appliances include a second neutral. You may replace the four-prong cable with a three-prong cord, but upgrading the electrical supply to your 220V appliances is a safer alternative.
Some counties and localities enable do-it-yourself wiring, but you must get a permit and have your installation evaluated by an electrical inspector from the city or county. Installing electrical wiring in certain situations necessitates the use of a professional contractor. For particular legislation in your location, contact your local government. In any case, hiring a professional electrician is a smart option.
Greater voltage at the same cycles per second (cps), implying more power for the appliance. 220V is often used for big equipment, whereas 110V is typically used for small appliances. Using a 110V appliance in a 220V outlet will cause the item to burn out. When you use a 220V appliance in a 110V outlet, it will operate slowly or not at all.
A surge protector is an electrical device that guards against voltage spikes. A surge protector is intended to control the voltage flow to an electric equipment by obstructing any voltages that exceed a safe threshold.
Determine the required amperage. Determine the total square footage of habitable space, excluding unfinished basements, attics, garages, and crawl spaces. Inventory your electrical demands, including the heating and air conditioning systems, as well as any electrical equipment (dryer, stove, dishwasher, hot tubs, pools), and then call an electrician with this information.
We believe in giving the greatest electrical service possible to our clients, which is why we will not charge you a service fee or extra costs! Our upfront, set pricing strategy ensures that you will not spend a penny more than the agreed-upon fee. Before any work is done, we will always sign a contract describing the scope of work required and the precise cost!
When it comes to saving money on your monthly energy bill, little efforts (such as merely turning on a few lights in the room you’re in) may go a long way toward reduced utility expenses. Also, while not in use, switch off any TVs or electrical equipment. Additionally, your HVAC system and water heater account for the bulk of your electrical expenditures. As a result, ensuring that your furnace, central air conditioning unit, and water heater are in excellent functioning order may have a substantial influence on minimizing your energy expenditures. Try raising your thermostat (in the summer) and lowering it (in the winter) or taking shorter showers.
Have you noticed that some or all of your lights are flickering? It might be a malfunctioning light bulb in most circumstances, but it could also be something more serious—and even hazardous. Continue reading to discover about the causes of flickering lights from Trusted Home Experts’ skilled electricians.
It’s not unusual for homeowners to notice an electrical problem right away. Any competent handyman would tell you that they can repair it themselves. Unfortunately, there is an issue. Electrical work is not something that handymen are trained to do. To earn a license, an electrician must go through years of intense training and certification requirements. A license may seem to be nothing more than a piece of paper, yet that document has the potential to save your life.
You have a problem when you go for your light switch to turn it off only to discover that it is hot to the touch. This is not a regular occurrence, and it suggests that there are major problems lurking beyond your walls. If you do not seek immediate assistance, you may face a major electrical fire in your house.
A short circuit (also known as a “short”) occurs when the wire carrying the electrical current (the “hot wire,” which is usually black in color) comes into contact with the grounded conductor (the “neutral,” which is usually white in color) or the equipment ground (the “bare copper,” which is usually green).
When a short occurs, it creates an excessive amount of heat. If left uncontrolled, it might cause sparks, which can lead to an electrical fire. In the case of a short, the power to the circuit will be switched off by your electrical panel.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter is an abbreviation for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. These outlets are somewhat different from ordinary outlets in that they contain two little buttons on the face (“Test” and “Reset”) while conventional outlets do not. If your home was constructed in 1981 or later, you may discover them on/in it, and you will generally find them in kitchens, bathrooms, garages, and on the exterior of the house — all spots where water may be present.
The objective of a GFCI outlet is to protect you against electrical shock caused by dampness. When the circuit shorts out, the “Reset” button should appear. If the outlet does not reset after pressing the button, there may be a problem, and you should contact an expert, such as Trusted Home Experts.
They serve the same purpose, but in different ways. To avert a problem, both fuses and breakers cut off the flow of power. When circuit breakers trip, they may be reset, but fuses must be replaced. Circuit breakers are more often utilized for this purpose, however fuse boxes may still be found in many old Cleveland houses.
If you live in an older house (1981 or before), chances are you have two circuits for your kitchen that power your appliances. If one hasn’t stumbled, the other has almost certainly. However, if you’ve tested both of them, you may have a wiring problem and should call your electrician.
If your house was constructed after 1981, one of the GFCI outlets is likely to have tripped. Examine your outlets for any “Reset” buttons that are no longer pushed. If you don’t hear a click after pressing it back into place and there’s still no power, there might be a problem with the circuit that only an experienced electrician can diagnose.
If this is occurring, your microwave is most likely installed under your cabinets, above your stove. These use between 1100 and 1800 watts, depending on the type and features, and are installed after the house has been finished. During the construction process, the only object added there that needs a reduced draw of energy is a range hood, thus a circuit with a lower watt capacity is selected for that location (usually a 15 amp circuit which has a maximum allowable load of 1480 watts). That implies the breaker will trip when the power exceeds 1800 watts.
If you have a microwave that is installed, you are already nearing the end of the circuit. When you have the room lights on, you are on the verge of tripping the circuit breaker, which is why your lights are fading.
To resolve this problem, install a new 20 amp, 120-volt circuit dedicated to your microwave. This will fulfill current safety regulations and provide enough power to your microwave without tripping the breaker.
Both yes and no. You might be experiencing a “brown out.” These often occur during the summer as a result of air conditioners that are always operating to make our homes and offices pleasant. All of the increased energy demand puts strain on the power networks, resulting in less electricity available for your home. As a result, your lights fade for no apparent cause.
It might possibly be a loose neutral connection to the main power line or your electrical panel (see the first question). You should initially contact your electricity provider; if they don’t notice a problem, you should contact your electrician.
Your problem might be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Are all of the prongs aligned? Each end of a fluorescent bulb has two prongs. If one of them does not line up perfectly, the bulb will not illuminate properly.
Are you certain that you changed all of the bulbs? If you merely replace one light, certain fixtures will not turn on or may flicker.
Is your ballast on its final legs? That’s the black box within the fixture, which is essentially a transformer that transforms the 120-volt power source to whatever voltage the fluorescent lights need. If it has burnt out, it might be the cause of your insufficient illumination.
There might be a switch that has to be flipped. Some higher-quality portable generators contain a switch that allows you to convert between 120-volt and 240-volt settings. It’s likely that you have it set to 120 volts rather than 240 volts.
In general, yes. A dimmer is just a small-scale transformer that changes the voltage applied to the lights. As the voltage is reduced, heat is created, which might cause the dimmer plate to get heated. There’s no need to be concerned until you start smelling burned plastic, hear buzzing, or see the lights flickering.
Is it a receptacle controlled by a switch? This may sound apparent, but if you’ve just relocated, something as simple as a wall switch may easily be ignored. Try plugging in anything, such as a floor light, and begin toggling the room’s wall switches. If this does not provide a remedy, try to see if additional outlets are also down. This might indicate that you have a tripped circuit and that the breaker just needs to be reset. If resetting the breaker does not solve the problem, call a trained, certified electrician to inspect the outlet.
If your electrical panel is out of date, it is most likely not fulfilling the demands of your house. We want more from our panel as we add more devices and appliances, and older ones are not up to the job. If your panel is over 25 years old, or if you’re experiencing frequent shorts or fading lights, it’s time to replace it.
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