Some lights getting brighter while others are dimmer? Appliances and
electronics acting funny? Probably not a poltergeist, just a bad
connection somewhere. In this case it was on the utility side causing 1
leg to have 190v to neutral instead of 120v and the other having only
50v to neutral. Give us a call 24/7 we’ll exorcise your electrical
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According to @NFPA, space heaters cause of 79% of all fatal home heating fires. DO NOT plug a space heater into a power strip or extension cord. They are not designed to handle the high current flow of a space heater and can overheat and catch fire.
A pipe leak above this panel caused all of this corrosion in a fairly new panel.
Your Electrical Service Panel is the heart of your electrical system it distributes power from your service provider to every electrical device in your home or business. If this fails or is out of date major problems can occur, loss of power, damage to electrical appliances, and at worst an electrical fire.
Contact an Apex commercial electrician at Arc Electric, and schedule a panel change for your residence or commercial building!
Just as regular wellness checkups are critical for maintaining your health, routine safety checkups are critical for the safety of your home. Use ESFI's handy Electrical Safety Checkup list to ensure that you can identify and correct potential electrical hazards around your home before an electrical fire or incident can result.
Regularly check the vitals of your home, and encourage your friends and loved ones to do the same!
Visit the National Electrical Safety Month section of the website for additional resources and suggestions for facilitating a local electrical safety awareness campaign.
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According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,700 home fires in the U.S. are caused by electrical failures or malfunctions each year. These fires result in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage. Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. Help lower your risk of electrical fires by not overloading your electrical system.
Overloaded circuit warning signs:
Flickering, blinking, or dimming lights
Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses
Warm or discolored wall plates
Cracking, sizzling, or buzzing from receptacles
Burning order coming from receptacles or wall switches
Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles, or switches
How to prevent electrical overloads:
Never use extension cords or multi-outlet converters for appliances
All major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Only plug one heat producing appliance into a receptacle outlet at a time
A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have a qualified electrician inspect your home and add new outlets
Power strips only add additional outlets; they do not change the amount of power being received from the outlet
The CPSC estimates more than 50% of electrical fires that occur every year can be prevented by Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)
Only use the appropriate watt bulb for any lighting fixture, Using a larger watt light bulb may cause a fire
Curiosity leads to many things, not all of them safe. Protect children by installing Tamper Resistant Receptacles in your home. This permanent, cost-effective solution prevents injuries and deaths caused by the insertion of foreign objects into outlets.
Avoid using dried flowers, corn stalks or hay in your festive decorations. These items are highly flammable and could even be ignited by heat from a nearby lightbulb.
Outdoor electrical decorations are increasingly popular. To reduce your risk of shocks, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) should be used wherever water may come into contact with electrical products. Replace traditional receptacles with GFCIs or use a portable one.
Inspect all electrical decorations and extension cords before use. Discard any that are have cracked, frayed, or exposed wiring.
Use only electrical decorations and products that have been tested and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as UL, Intertek, or CSA.
not let a potential emergency electrical issues wait! Some problems
can be fixed inexpensively and can prevent bigger monetary loss and/or injury.
If you suspect your home has electrical issues, have seen smoke, sparks, or heat coming from any electrical device in your house please call an electrician right away to troubleshoot and fix your electrical problem.
24/7 emergency electrical troubleshooting in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and all of Wake and surrounding counties.
Whatever, whenever you have a problem, call us immediately at (919) 888-3500. We respond to ALL emergencies, no matter what time of day or day of the week.
With LED bulbs now hitting affordable prices it might be time to run out and replace all the bulbs in your home.
Cree inc. has released a new 60w equivalent LED bulb that doesn't look all that different from the regular incandescent light bulb with amazing upsides. The new bulb retails for $12.97 and can be found at your nearest Home Depot or online here. Now you might think $12.97 is still a lot for a regular light bulb, you can buy a 60watt incandescent bulb for around $0.50 or even a quality CFL equivalent for $2.00. so, why should i pay more, you ask? Here's a few reasons:
Energy Savings - Cree's new LED uses 9.5watts to give out the same amount of light it takes 60watts for the incandescent and 13watts for the CFL,
Life - LED bulbs can last 50,000 hrs! This is compared to only 5,000-8,000 for CFL's and a 750 for incandescent. This bulb could last you 50 yrs!
Green - CFL's contain a small amount of mercury which reeks havoc to our environment when not disposed of properly.
Instant on and Dimming - Unlike CFL's these LED's can dim utilizing your existing dimmer as well as turn on to full brightness immediately upon flipping the switch!
When factoring in these points, converting to LED's will pay itself back in a matter of years and you'll still have over a decade of lamp life to enjoy at a fraction of the cost.
For more information contact your friendly electricians at Arc Electric Inc. (919) 888-3500
Your home has a 120/240 volt system and, depending on the size of your home, 100 to 400 amps. Every home has a main breaker than can shut off power to the entire house. The main breaker is typically outside next to your electrical meter. Removing panel covers to access the wiring should only be done by a licensed electrician. If not handled correctly, an electrical shock and an ARC flash may cause severe burns and possibly death.
It is useful to familiarize yourself with the whereabouts of all electrical panels inside and outside of your home. The electrical panel will have multiple breakers and each of these should be labeled as to what that particular circuit powers. A circuit can either power a series of lights or outlets or something specific such as a garbage disposal or dishwasher. Breakers protect the system by tripping the power if there are too many things drawing power on the same circuit. A short in the system will also trip the breaker. Tripping a breaker causes the breaker to move into the center tripped position. Reset the breaker by first going to the OFF position and then back to the ON position. If the breaker trips again after resetting it once DO NOT keep trying to reset the breaker as this indicates there is a problem on that circuit and attempting to reset could cause damage or a fire. Some outlets in your home will not allow things to be plugged in that are not aligned with the outlets proper orientation. Do not ever force something into an outlet, it could be the improper orientation or a different voltage and forcing it into the wrong type of outlet can cause damage to the device and/or the outlet.
Conserving energy by replacing all of your appliances to Energy Star appliances or changing out your A/C system can be very expensive. There are many small things you can do to save lots of energy at little to no cost.
We have been brightening our homes with the typical incandescent light bulb since it was perfected (not invented) by Thomas Edison in 1879. Recently, with new technology, we have seen more energy efficient alternatives on the market. For example, the Compaq Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting diodes (LEDs) are exponentially more efficient by losing less energy to heat loss while giving off more usable light. Buying a CFL bulb can be confusing but they can save you a lot of money and energy. There are several things to look for when buying a CFL bulb but the number one thing is wattage (W) or the amount of energy the bulb uses; as far as light output is concerned (measured in Lumens) a 13 watt CFL bulb is approximately equal to a standard 60 watt bulb. Light color is a factor with CFLs , measured in Kelvin(K), because of the many different choices ranging from 2500K-6500K. The standard incandescent light bulb has a light color of approximately 3000K. There are a few things that should be noted about CFL bulbs: CFL bulbs cannot be dimmed, they take some time to reach full brightness so we do not recommend them in areas where the light is not on for an extended period of time, and they contain small amounts of mercury which is harmful to the environment and need to be disposed of properly. LED bulbs are the newest on the scene and can be a little pricey, but if you are willing to pay a little more they will save you more energy and they last a lot longer (some up to 20 years!). Most LEDs can be dimmed with the appropriate dimmer and they contain no mercury. Another way to save energy is by installing motion sensor switches in some areas of your home. Areas that benefit most from motions sensors are closets, bathrooms, pantries, hallways, or anywhere else where lights do not need to be left on when not in use.
Laptops, Cell Phones, and TV s Oh My!
Most people don’t realize it but your laptop and cell phone chargers pull electricity just by being plugged into an outlet even when they are not connected to your laptop or cell phone. Picture a small drip from your faucet, over a week it could fill up the sink and more…leaving a charger plugged in pulls power 24/7 slowly but surely costing you money! So unplug your chargers when not in use or plug them all into a power strip that has an on/off button and turn them all off at once. Disconnecting your TV set could also save you money depending on the unit. Some units cannot be disconnected because doing so will cause them to reset each time. LCD and Plasma TVs are all the rage and as amazing and space-saving as they are they pull more energy than previous TV models. We’re not saying throw away that new television (if you are though please send to the address at the top of this guide), but we are saying to simply turn off the television when no one is watching and think about turning on your radio for background noise instead of that TV – your wallet and the environment will thank you.
A/C system and you
Ensuring your air conditioning system and/or heat pump are working properly can save you lots of energy. In North Carolina most homes use a heat pump style system which heats in the winter and cools in the summer from the same system. While these are efficient, they often use back-up electrical heat strips which turn on when the temperature outside drops really low and the heat pump cannot heat effectively. Unfortunately, if your system is not working properly it is difficult to tell because the heat strips pick up the slack and this increases the amount of energy needed to heat your home. Regular maintenance should be done twice a year to ensure everything is working properly. Problems? What to do if something is not working properly? First and foremost, if you are not comfortable or do not have the training please do not attempt to fix problems with your electrical system, this can cause you to get hurt and/or damage your home. We will be glad to come out and repair any problem no matter how big or small.
GFCI Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter
(GFCI) protects circuits that could potentially be exposed to water or moisture. Typically they protect bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and exterior outlets. There are two types of GFCI s, a GFCI breaker and an outlet GFCI. Outlet GFCI s are the outlets you see that have 2 buttons in the center one says TEST and the other RESET. An outlet GFCI can protect as many as 10 other outlets and are more sensitive than breakers to protect you from electrical shock, thus, trip a lot more often. Hair dryers are notorious for tripping these quite often. If one of these trips all you have to do is unplug everything in that outlet and push in the RESET button. If this button immediately trips again there is a larger problem that might require an electrician. What if I can’t find my GFCI? A common problem with homes is that outlets will be protected by a GFCI that is in a different room, outside, or even in the crawl space then when there is no power to an outlet is can be a game of hide and seek throughout your home trying to find the culprit GFCI outlet. A great way to solve this is to identify all the GFCI outlets before furniture might be in the way. Here is a quick flow chart of where to check first that could possibly save you time.
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