Frequently Asked Questions
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When is it Time to Call an Electrician?
It is generally every time you encounter an electrical problem or you will need to repair some wirings in your house or office. Examples of the instances that you will be needing to call an electrician are the following:
- When your light blinks or flickers too often.
- When the lights inside your house dim upon turning on the air conditioner.
- When you smell the burning scent of electricity
- When multi-plug strips overburden your receptacle outlets
- When a dozen of your electronic devices go into just one outlet
- When you require a two-pronged adapter for a three-pronged plug
- When you are changing fuses and resetting circuit breakers too often
- When you use extension cords to plug in your electrical devices
When having trouble with these electrical scenarios, do not hesitate to call us and let our professional electricians handle the rest.
Does an electrician need to have a license?
Yes, we do. To become a licensed electrician takes years of study and practice. The reason why we can do what we do is that we have been tested by a regulating body that has deemed that we have the necessary skills and knowledge needed to handle an electrical problem.
Are your electricians qualified to do the work that I require?
In our particular field of work, there are a lot of specialties an electrician can go into. It could be for residential, commercial, industrial, etc. You shouldn’t worry though, because our electricians at Tallahassee Electrician Co. are some of the most highly skilled professionals in their specific fields.
What is the ideal service capacity for my home?
The total available capacity of the main electrical service delivered to your home by the electrical utility company is measured in amps, or amperes. The average home has an electrical service that ranges from 100 to 200 amps.
How many power boards should I put inside a room?
There’s a good reason for this. According to Section 210.52 of the US National Electrical Code, there should be an electrical outlet in every kitchen, bedroom, living room, family room, and any other room with dedicated living space. They must be placed at least every six feet along the floor line. These do not include dedicated electrical outlets for items such as your stove, or receptacles located more than 5.5 feet off the floor or controlled by a light switch.
What is an electrical receptacle?
Electrical receptacles are types of sockets or outlets that provide a location in a system for a wire to be inserted to provide electrical current. The most common type is the electrical outlet, which can be found in most homes, businesses, and other types of structures. The electrical receptacle, also known as wall plugs or electrical outlets, is most useful for providing power to electrical devices.
What is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Receptacle?
A GFCI is a special type of outlet that prevents electrical shocks from happening in areas of the home that are prone to water damage, weather, and flooding. It is a fast-acting circuit breaker that can cut off power in the event of a ground fault in as little as 1/40 of a second. It compares the amount of current flowing to and returning from equipment along the circuit conductors.
Where do you put GFCIs?
The National Electric Code (NEC) requires GFCIs in all kitchens, bathrooms, crawl spaces, unfinished basements, garages, and outdoor receptacle locations. Outdoor outlets necessitate the use of special boxes and covers. Outdoor receptacles must have a weatherproof cover that is approved for both damp and wet locations.
What is a circuit breaker?
Circuit breakers are probably one of the most well known electrical components by any homeowner no matter how little knowledge he/ she has about an electrical system.
Circuit breakers are essentially resettable fuses that are automatically operated electrical switches that cut off the circuit if the current exceeds a safe level, preventing overheating, melting, and potential fires.
Is a fuse or circuit breaker better?
Both have advantages and disadvantages. Because it does not have any moving parts, a fuse is generally more cost-effective and considered more reliable. A circuit breaker, on the other hand, does not need to be replaced after each overload and is safer to use. While this is extremely unlikely, there have been reports of it jamming and failing to cut the circuit.
What are the signs of an electrical fire?
- Outdated wiring
- Discolored outlets
- Constant circuit breaker tripping
- Odors coming from anything hooked up to electricity
Can I perform my electrical repair and/or installation?
No, you should not.
There is a reason why it takes a lot of time and effort in studying electricity to become an electrician. Wiring and electrical work is no hobby and it should be taken seriously.
A lot of examples can be seen in the news and on the internet of people getting electrocuted because of their haphazardly doing electrical work. Doing these things on your means that you are also gambling. Even the smallest job can mean a ton of danger to you or your family.
You can do the wiring work of your home by yourself.
Yes, you could save some money by doing that but you will never know much risk you are exposing your house to in exchange for saving a few bucks. When a fire breaks out as a result of your own “electrical work”, the home insurance company will not pay you. They will only pay you if it is certified that a licensed electrician did the work.
The most dangerous thing to do is to assume that electrical work is easy.
Please do not endanger yourself and your family. Get a professional to do the job. Call us and let Tallahassee Electricians do the work for you.
What is an arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) breaker?
An AFCI is a kind of breaker that automatically shuts off a circuit if an arcing occurs. And the AFCI does this in a fraction of a second.
AFCI breakers reduce the likelihood of fires that are caused by electrical arcing faults.
Examples of this minor damages caused by these arcing faults are a worn-out or cut piece of cord, a loose connection in a junction box, or receptacle arcing and burnt without tripping the regular breaker. These instances are some of the major causes of fire due to electrical arcing faults.
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter protection distinguishes between regular and excessive arcing. All of its circuits should be regularly tested for regular proper operation. AFCIs are presently required
If you have any more questions regarding any electrical concern, please do not hesitate to call us.
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