Tube and Knob Wiring: Why You Should Contact an Emergency Electrician When You Notice Electrical Defects

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tube and Knob Wiring: Why You Should Contact an Emergency Electrician When You Notice Electrical Defects

Do you own an older home that has tube and knob wiring in it? Have you started noticing problems such as fuses that blow frequently? Read on and discover some of the cumulative problems that may be afflicting the electrical system of your house. Use this information to help you to know when you should call an emergency electrician so that he or she can fix the problem before it worsens. Improper Alterations Tube and knob wiring refers to a wiring system in which porcelain insulators are used to direct wires through spaces that have no obstructions, such as in the attic. Porcelain tubes help to protect the wires that move through joists and studs. Previous homeowners may have added connections to the wiring to the extent that the fuses cannot handle the combined load that is currently being transmitted through the wiring, hence the frequent blowouts. The increased load can present a serious safety risk because the wires will heat easily. Additionally, the previous homeowner may have replaced the original fuses with bigger ones to prevent the fuses from tripping frequently. This can overload the wires constantly, something that can cause an electrical fire at any time. The Cumulative Impact of Thermal Insulation Tube and knob wiring suspends wires so that heat can dissipate from those wires easily. The growth of energy conservation resulted in the use of thermal insulation in homes. This thermal insulation usually deters the wires from dissipating the heat that is generated as electricity flows through those wires. This is because the insulating material has now occupied the formerly unobstructed space. This obstruction may be the reason why you are beginning to notice seemingly unrelated faults in the electrical system. The accumulated heat can rapidly degrade the insulation on the wires, creating fertile conditions for potentially devastating short circuits and overheating. The Placement of Switches In contemporary wiring, all switches are placed on the live wire. Once the switch is flipped off, the flow of electricity is discontinued. This can limit the risks posed by a defective fixture. Tube and knob wiring was done differently. Switches were placed on the neutral wire. Once you turned the switch off, the circuit was broken but electricity remained being transmitted through the live wire. This risky situation is made worse by the absence of a ground wire in most houses with tube and knob wiring. As you can see from the discussion above, houses with tube and knob wiring need the services of an emergency electrician in case any electrical fault is detected. This is because any defect that you notice (such as being shocked when you touch a wet wall) may be caused by a combination of factors in the aging wiring. Prompt action by an emergency electrician is the only way by which an escalation of the problem can be...

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Electrical Problems? 3 Probable Causes Behind Your Home’s Flickering Lights

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Electrical Problems? 3 Probable Causes Behind Your Home’s Flickering Lights

While occasional flickering of lights is common, it can be worrisome when it happens more often than not. Flickering lights could indicate an underlying electrical fault that only a qualified electrician can diagnose. This guide is designed to help you identify probable causes behind your home’s flickering lights. If you recognise these issues, be sure to call an electrician immediately to diagnose and fix the problem. Too Many Outlets Connected To A Single Circuit If you have a home with older wiring, then you should know that it is probably not equipped to handle the enhanced electrical load of modern appliances like washers, dryers, microwaves, dishwashers and televisions, especially if they are all connected to a single circuit. Connecting a number of heavy-duty electrical appliances to a single circuit will cause it to overload –– leading your lights to flicker incessantly when the load is turned on. The easiest thing to do is to unplug some of the appliances from the circuit to see whether the problem is rectified. Alternatively, you can get a licensed electrician to replace your circuit breakers or wires to fix the problem. Loose Connection In Your Main Electrical Panel If your lights at home flicker relentless and it’s not because of an overloaded circuit or large home electrical appliance, then it could be because of a loose connection or faulty wiring in the main electrical panel. These loose connections or faulty wires may eventually cause sparks and a preventable electrical fire if left ignored, so you should ideally get this problem attended to as soon as possible by a qualified electrician. If the problem is a loose connection or frayed wiring, then you may want to turn off the main electrical panel until the electrician arrives to prevent a fire from occurring in the mean time. Faulty Light Socket Connection If your light bulb flickers when you turn it on, then it may be nothing else but a poor light bulb connection. When a light bulb is put into the socket, it needs to snugly fit into every component to turn on seamlessly. If there are any loose, rusted or faulty components inside the light socket, then your light bulb will flicker every time it is turned on. If you replace the light bulb and still notice this problem, then you will have to hire a qualified electrician to repair or replace the light socket, depending on the nature of the...

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Electrical Contractors | 4 Immediate Actions To Undertake When Someone Gets An Electrical Shock

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Electrical Contractors | 4 Immediate Actions To Undertake When Someone Gets An Electrical Shock

Most electric shocks occur because of the human body’s contact with a live electrical system, causing electric current to run through it. Electrical shocks are commonly caused thanks to exposed live wires, wet electrical units, faulty appliances and old wiring. Electrical shocks can be small enough to cause a little pain, but they can also be severe enough to render someone unconscious. If someone in your home gets an electrical shock, follow these immediate actions to protect them and get your electrical contractors to assess the faults in your home as soon as you can. Don’t Touch The Person But Switch Off The Electrical System Mains If you see someone in your family suffering from an electrical shock, don’t touch them because they may still be in direct contact with the electricity. If you touch them, you may end up getting an electrical shock. Switch off the main electrical system as quickly as possible to prevent the flow of electricity. Remove all the fuses, unplug all cords and turn off every single power point to block electrical flow. This quick action may end up saving the life of your family member, so be prompt when switching off the electrical mains. Separate The Person From The Electrical Source You should ideally use a material that is not a good electrical conductor to move your family member away from direct contact with the electrical source. This will prevent perilous electrical injuries. Household items made from plastic, glass, rubber, stone and wood are usually bad conductors of electricity, so you can use them to separate the person from the source of the electrical shock. Take extra precautions by wearing a pair of rubber boots and gloves if the person is in water because water carries electricity, which could be extremely dangerous for you too. Call An Ambulance Or Take The Person To The Emergency Unit If you can take the victim to the nearest emergency unit, then you’ll save a ton of time. If not, call for an ambulance immediately and let them know that the person has received an electrical shock. Call Your Electrical Contractors Immediately Once you’ve effectively handled your family member’s shock predicament, be sure to call your electrical contractor immediately to identify the source of the shock –– whether it is due to faulty or old a wiring problem or whether it is because of faulty appliances consuming too much power in your home. The electrical contractors will fix the problem, so that it doesn’t occur again in your home. If someone gets an electrical shock in your home, follow these immediate actions and make sure you get your electrical contractors to tackle the problem as soon as...

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Why You Need Professional Residential Electrical Services

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Need Professional Residential Electrical Services

In this day and age, when so many people seem to be talking very highly about the successes of their DIY projects, it is rather alluring to try and do all repairs in your home yourself. While a lot of problems in your home may require quick DIY fixes, some should be left for professionals to handle. Electrical issues are good examples of problems that often require expert  attention, unless the issue is very minor and does not pose any serious safety risk, e.g. changing light bulbs. With that said, how can the services of a professional electrician be of benefit to you and your home? Get the right solutions to help protect your electrical equipment. All electrical installations and appliances used in your home represent investment that cost you money. Thus, you put in place the most effective measures to ensure their longevity. A professional electrician can introduce you home safety devices that can prolong the life of your electrical system. These include shuttered sockets, shrouded plugs, isolating transformers, surge diverters and several more. Aside from making your home safer for everyone, these devices can reduce chances that electrical hazards will happen and destroy your property. Surge diverters, for example, will protect your house from high voltage flows such as those caused by a lightning strike. These safety devices will surge captures the high voltage that would else be conveyed into electrical equipment used inside the house. Avoid the costly consequences of failing to take the necessary actions. There are some electrical problems that many home owners often overlook without knowing that they may be in for real trouble. For example, flickering lights or buzzing sounds coming from electrical sockets may indicate that electrical wiring is faulty, but some home owners will continue to use these appliances provided they are still working.  The electrician can get to the root cause of the electrical issue by track the buzzing or humming sound to the exact place where it is originating from so as to identify and rectify the problem rightly the first time. By using special tools, they can determine faulty wiring, appliance shorts, and faulty fuses.  It could be that some wrongly grounded wires are carrying excessive voltage, and may cause the circuit breaker to become overloaded at any time. Call in a professional electrician every time you feel that your electrical system is behaving unusually to prevent encountering devastating consequences in your...

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Maintenance Tips for Your Heat Pump That Will Increase Efficiency

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Maintenance Tips for Your Heat Pump That Will Increase Efficiency

A heat pump is essential in your home. However, the energy costs can sometimes get out of hand if you do not make an effort to keep your Mitsubishi heat pump running efficiently. It is possible to drop energy costs associated with your heat pump by substantial amounts by simply making sure that it is maintained properly over time. Many of the maintenance can actually be done on your own if you follow a few helpful heat pump tips. Thermostat It is always recommended that you do not move your thermostat often when you are trying to maximise the efficiency of your heat pump. This means that you need to determine the ideal temperature to set your thermostat at and leave it at this temperate without moving it frequently. It is possible for the heat pump to run more efficiently if the temperature is regulated. Setting your system to auto is proffered, because it will ensure that it automatically turns off once the desired temperature is reached. If you do not have it set on auto, this might result in the fan running continuously, which will decrease the efficiency of your heat pump and add to energy costs. Filters It is also important that you remember to change the filters on your heat pump regularly. Not only will this make the heat pump run more efficiently, but it will also extend the lifespan of the pump. It is suggested that the filters are cleaned about once a month and then replaced about every three months. The coils should also be cleaned when you are changing the filter. This is only possible if the indoor coils are accessible on the model of heat pump that you own. Not all indoor coils are accessible and might need to be cleaned by a professional. Debris It is possible for the airflow of your heat pump system to be dramatically reduced if there is debris in the vicinity of your heat pump. This means that you need to make sure that the surrounding area is maintained. This involves keeping the grass trimmed and making sure that no grass clippings are laying around accumulating. All weeds or plants near the heat pump should be removed. These debris can keep the airflow from flowing freely over time. Before you begin clearing the area around your heat pump, it is best that you turn off your heat pump to ensure...

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4 Tips to Keep in Mind When Conducting DIY Electrical Wiring

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips to Keep in Mind When Conducting DIY Electrical Wiring

If you are planning on completing a DIY electrical project, there are some things to know first. By following these tips, the electrical installation or repairs will be safer and more effective. Make Sure the Power is Off You might assume that simply turning off the switches in the room you are working is enough when doing electrical work, but the power needs to be completely off. This means going to the fuse box or electrical box and disconnecting power to whichever rooms you are working in. This prevents people from accidentally turning on a switch while you are working and makes the repair work as safe as possible. This is especially important if you are replacing an outlet or light switch. Choose the Right Tools for the Job Another important aspect of DIY electrical work is using the right tools for the function you are performing. In some instances, using the wrong tool could cause damage to the wires or appliances, or put you at risk of electric shock. For example, if you are twisting wires together, you need to use lineman’s pliers. If you attempt to use cheap household pliers, they won’t be as tight as you want. Also remember to use a stripper for stripping wire instead of trying to use a knife or other sharp object. Verify That You Are Using the Correct Wire For DIY electrical installations and repairs, double-checking the wire sizes and types is essential. This is something a professional electrician already knows, but if you are new to this type of work, you need to be sure you are using the right wires. Make sure the right size is being used for the current application, as well as making the sure the correct colour wire is being connected. If you use an improper size, you might overload the circuit, which could put you at risk. Clamp Cables Together Keeping cables secure and together helps to keep them from moving around too much. If the cables are simply hanging freely, they could get tangled and lead to short circuits, among other reasons. Not only is it good for a more efficient electrical installation, but clamps also help keep the wiring neat and tidy. In addition to clamping the wires, be sure they are long enough so you can easily access them if you need to take further electrical repairs in the future. If you don’t feel comfortable with completing the electrical project at home, don’t hesitate to hire a professional electrician. Residential electrical installations can prevent you from risking yourself and family from injury, and ensures the job is done...

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Holiday Decorating: 4 Electrical Safety Tips to Follow

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Holiday Decorating: 4 Electrical Safety Tips to Follow

The holiday season is a time for joy and celebration, but it is also important to keep your home and family’s safety in mind. While decorating with twinkle lights can really add to the ambiance, it can be a fire hazard as well. Here are some important electrical safety tips to follow when decorating for the holidays. Inspect the Lights Before Hanging After you pull the strings of lights out of the storage boxes, take a few minutes to inspect them. This can help avoid serious problems after plugging them in. If it is a new set of lights, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for hanging them. Look at the string of lights to look for frayed edges or loose wires. Make sure all the lights are intact and not broken or damaged. If any bulbs need to be replaced, only use ones intended for these types of lights. Plug in transformers inside only, even if the lights can be used outdoors. Know How & Where to Hang Lights It is also crucial that you understand the safe way to hang lights so you can avoid causing an outage or other electrical problems. When holding the lights in place for indoor or outdoor use, don’t secure them with nails or screws. Try to find insulated hooks that don’t require piercing the cord or placing metal against the wires. If you have cords that are going across the ground for your outdoor light display, keep the plugs off the ground. This helps to prevent electrical issues caused by water or snow hitting the cords. Avoid Overloading Outlets Don’t try to stick power strips into other power strips and plug in multiple things to a single outlet. This is going to cause an outage and can be a potential fire hazard. Be careful when using these power strips and try not to use all outlets at one time. Space the outlets being used in different areas of your home. Only use lights that say UL on them, which stands for Underwriter’s Laboratories. They are safe and tested for use. Look for Signs of Electrical Issues Lastly, make sure you don’t ignore potential electrical problems. Having outlets that suddenly stop working, sparks or weird odors when plugging something is could be an electrical hazard. If you have more than one thing plugged into an outlet and those lights or electrical devices keep going out, there is a short and the outlet should not be used. If any of these issues occur, contact a company like A.J. Palmer Electrical right...

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When You May Need to Call a Specialist Electrician to Your Home

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When You May Need to Call a Specialist Electrician to Your Home

Most electricians can handle the vast majority of home repair and installation projects, from rewiring circuits for new appliances to installing new outlets and plugs where needed. However, there are times when you may want to call in a specialist electrician to handle certain jobs for your home. This would be an electrician who takes care of electrical jobs that are typically outside the scope of what most general electricians would handle; note when you may need to call such a specialist and how they can help you. 1. When getting a home inspection or selling If you’re having your home inspected before a move then you may want to call a specialist electrician first. He or she will be familiar with areas of the home that are examined by a home inspector and which need to be up to certain local building codes. They can ensure that your home passes inspection as far as the electrical systems are concerned by noting areas where you need to make repairs or upgrades. A specialist electrician may also be a good choice when you’re selling your home as he or she can note if you should upgrade wiring even though it’s up to code. Home buyers today may be looking for fiber optic cables that can handle large amounts of data from the internet and may also need upgraded wiring to handle the number of electronic devices they use in a home theater, for example. This can mean getting top dollar for your home as buyers will realize they won’t need to upgrade the wiring themselves. 2. When you’re installing electronics outside the norm As said, an electrician can probably rewire circuits for new kitchen appliances, but what about for an extensive home security system, a stereo system with speakers in the walls, or automation that works with your smart phone or tablet? These types of jobs may be outside the skill set of most electricians and should be handled by a specialist who is familiar with the wiring and accessories needed.  This can also be the case if you’re upgrading your automatic garage door opener, are installing security cameras, or are contemplating other such items for your home. A specialist electrician can ensure your home has the right wiring, voltage and amps, and other such necessities to support these new devices that your home currently may not be able to...

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4 Potential Causes Of An Electrical Fire In Your Home

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Potential Causes Of An Electrical Fire In Your Home

Life threatening electrical fires could occur for several different reasons, so you’ll naturally want to ensure that all powered appliances in your home are free from damage at all times. Taking preventative measures to avoid these hazardous fires may require you to employ professional electrical contractors from time to time to keep your home safe and protected. These potential electrical fire causes should be avoided through regular maintenance in your home. Faulty Wiring Faulty wiring is perhaps the largest cause behind household electrical wires because of loose sparks. With time, the number of appliances in your home will increase. This will wear out and weaken your existing wiring because it cannot take the load of the increased appliances. Weakened wiring will eventually lead to short circuits, blown-out fuses and electrical fires if ignored. Older wiring may also heat up quickly, which could lead to household fires. Pay attention to loosely hanging wires or sizzling sounds behind the walls. You will need to contact electrical contractors immediately to replace your wiring. Old Appliances Heating Up Appliances that are old and not maintained well are at risk of starting a fire, especially if they are not grounded well. These appliances can generate a tremendous amount of heat, which can lead to a fire. If your appliance gives you a shock, blows a fuse or trips a circuit breaker, then you may either need to get it repaired or replaced. Make sure that appliances like heaters are not kept close to any combustible materials or furniture because the increased heat can lead to household fires. Light Fixtures Going Beyond Permissible Wattage Installing light fixtures with higher wattage than permissible means that the electrical socket cannot handle the additional light load. This extra load may lead to an electrical fire. You’ll ideally want to check permissible light limits before installing any fixtures in your home. Keep in mind that decorative lights with plastic or cloth coverings are in danger of causing a fire if they overheat. Your electrical contractors will be able to recommend light fixtures ideal for the wattage in your home.   Overloaded Extension Cords Extension cords can get overloaded when connected to multiple devices like televisions, computers and refrigerators. This overload can eventually lead to electrical fires. Ideally, high-powered appliances should be plugged directly into outlets, rather than connecting them to extension cords. This is because the extension cord may not have the capacity to manage such heavy electrical loads simultaneously. Extension cords should also have safety closures to protect your children from shocks. You’ll ideally want your electrical contractors to check your home’s wiring every once in a while to prevent the possibility of unnecessary household electrical fires, but following the advice in the article should keep your home a little...

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Pressure Booster Pump: Four Situations Necessitating Installation

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pressure Booster Pump: Four Situations Necessitating Installation

The water pressure in your residential property will affect the functionality and expediency of the plumbing system in your home. In simple terms, low water pressure can be a detrimental problem in your home because the flow will be insufficient for common tasks such as cleaning and bathing. If you have this issue in your home, you should consider installing a pressure pump. This will increase the flow rate of the water in your building, ensuring that the volume produced per unit time is sufficient for your tasks. Here are the main situations in which you should consider installing a pressure booster system in your home. Poor Supply The low water pressure problems in your home can originate from the primary supply system. Basically, if the local municipal water channels or reservoirs have low incoming water pressure, the problem will be manifested in your home. In addition, if there is a significant leak in the supply channels, you will experience the same problem. You can resolve the low flow with a pressure pump if the low pressure is a long-term issue. However, it is prudent to discuss with the local municipal the possibility of supply channels damage. Additionally, you should consider installing a booster pump if you utilise a well or borehole, especially in local regions that are known to have fluctuating groundwater levels. Upper Residential Floors If you reside in the upper floors of an apartment building or condominium complex, you might experience water pressure problems. Basically, water flow is controlled through gravity, so the supply will lose pressure when forced to flow upwards. Most relatively high-end buildings will set up the pressure pump for the entire complex to prevent unnecessary modification of the units. On the other hand, if this is not available, you should consider a small-scale pressure booster for your space. It is also important to note that the low pressure problem might be experienced in homes built in high areas, such as hills or relatively steep slopes. The pressure loss can also be attributed to the pull of gravity. Installing a pressure pump will be easy if you reside in an independent house. Increased Requirements Residential plumbing refurbishment projects will improve the functionality and even aesthetics of your home. However, the work can also interfere with the water pressure in the property. In simple terms, if you install additional outlet fixtures, the water requirements will increase, lowering the water pressure in individual outlets. Therefore, consider installing a booster pump along with the new...

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