Frequently Asked Questions

DO I NEED TO UPGRADE MY CURRENT ELECTRICAL SYSTEM?

 

You may need to upgrade your electrical system is you are experiencing the following:

  • Lights continue to flicker

  • Main breaker keeps tripping

  • Panel contains fuses instead of breakers

  • Panel is less than 100 amps

  • Inside of panel is burned, burnt odor or visibly damaged

  • Recent addition to home

  • Added upgraded appliances to older home

WHY DO MY LIGHT BULBS CONTINUE TO FLICKER OR BURN OUT SO OFTEN?

 

If your lights are flickering intermittently, there can be several causes for this to happen. You could have faulty or loose connections. You may also have a power source underground or overhead that is breaking down and not making full contact. You may also have this happen when several larger appliances startup and pull to much power a one time.The type of light bulb can be a reason (non-name brand). Light bulbs that exceed the standard fixture rating can burn the bulbs sockets and cause the bulbs heat to build up and shorten the life of the bulb. Excessive power surges can also cause bulbs to burn out.

HOW DO I IDENTIFY A TRIPPED BREAKER?

 

If your breaker is in the middle position that means it could potentially have a short circuit or circuit overload. Please contact Richard’s and son electrical technician.

SMOKE DETECTORS

 

Make sure your smoke detector is functioning properly for the safety of your family and valuables. You should check your batteries (every six months) if your hear a intermittent chirping noise. In most cases that means the smoke detector is probably defective. If your smoke detector has a consistent chirp, then that’s an indication that the battery is running low.

WHAT TO DO IF THERE IS AN ELECTRICAL SPARK, SHORT, OR FIRE

 

When and electrical spark or short occurs it is extremely important to understand what to do to prevent damage and spreading.

1. Call 911 if there is an electrical fire or injury
2. Never throw water on an electrical fire, always use a fire extinguisher or baking soda
3. Do not touch someone who is being shocked

DIY NOT ALWAYS APPLICABLE IN ELECTRIC

 

It is understandable to want to save money on home repairs when possible, but when it comes to electrical installation and repair lack of training and experience can lead to unfortunate electrical accidents. Always have an experienced and certified electrician take care of those jobs for you.

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