Why is my breaker flipping? Why are my fuses blowing out?
When a circuit breaker flips or a fuse blows, it means that one of three things is happening: (1) you have too many things plugged into the same circuit, (2) your wiring has a short, or (3) your breaker or fuse is faulty. Breakers and fuses are designed to protect your home or business from the fire hazards of overloaded or overheated circuits. Ask us to check your electrical system for safety concerns. You may also want to consider adding circuits to support your electrical needs.
Which is better--a circuit breaker or a fuse panel?
Fuse panels are mostly seen in older homes, which means they may not have the right amperage to handle today’s electrical appliances and equipment or they may have the wrong size fuses installed. Both situations create a higher risk of fire. Most modern homes have circuit breakers because they’re easier to reset and maintain and they’re usually more capable of handling today’s electrical needs. If you need more amps, ask us about a breaker box upgrade.
What is a GFCI outlet and do I need one?
A GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) is an outlet with a test button and a reset button. It can detect if an electrical current is escaping the wiring in an appliance or power tool and taking a shortcut to the ground. If a human is in the path of the wayward current, electric shock or even electrocution can occur. GFCI outlets shut off when these ground faults occur. Electrical codes require GFCI outlets to be installed wherever water can create a hazard–like kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and outdoor locations. If this is not the case in your home or business, get us to install GFCI outlets.
How can I find out if my GFCI outlet is working?
GFCI outlets should be tested occasionally since they do wear out. You can test them yourself by plugging a household lamp or electrical device into the outlet, then pressing the test button. If the electrical device shuts off, it means that your GFCI outlet is working. You can then press the reset button to turn it back on. If nothing happens, ask an electrician to inspect it.
What should I do if my home has two-prong outlets?
Never ever attempt to use a three-prong device in a two-prong outlet. Additionally, don’t try to solve the problem by replacing the two-prong outlets with three-prong ones. This creates a very hazardous situation. Two-prong outlets need to be properly rewired. Ask us about upgrading some or all of your outlets.nt.
Can I use extension cords on a long-term basis?
Extension cords can be fire hazards if used on a long-term basis. They are designed for short-term use only. If you’re running out of outlets, ask us about adding outlets or circuits in your home or business.
Can I use extension cords outside?
Extension cords are rated for indoor or outdoor use. Indoor extension cords should never be used outside. Use only outdoor extension cords, which are designed to be weatherproof and to extend for long distances. If you need power for the same device on a regular basis, consider looking for a more permanent solution.