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Electrical Questions

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Below are a few electrical questions that we are asked on a frequent basis. If you do not find your answer below, please contact us here today »

How do you reset a circuit breaker?

Go to your main electrical panel (usually in a garage or carport area) on the opposite side of the wall from your electric meter. In an apartment, the panel is usually in a closet or storage room. Open up the panel to reveal the various circuit breakers. The “tripped” breaker will not be in either the on or off position, but rather in between. Sometimes a small red portion of the breaker will be exposed to show you the tripped breaker. To reset it, just push the switch to the off position and then back to the on position. You should hear a snapping sound and feel some resistance. If the circuit continues to trip, there may be an excessive load on the circuit. It may be time to call us for a visit.

What are some electric safety tips for over the holidays?

Frayed electrical cords running through your holiday lights are the primary cause of electrical fires during holidays and celebrations. Inspect them each year for fraying, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Also, do not overload electrical outlets. Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe. After you plug them in, periodically check the wires to make sure they’re not warm to the touch. And, do not leave holiday lights unattended.

What is a power surge?

A power surge is a sudden spike in voltage, typically for only a split second, which is very strong and very destructive – it’s like a lightning bolt hitting a power line. Half of all surges come from inside your home when large appliances turn on and off. Outside sources are weather related of course, with coastal South Carolina ranking high in the U.S. for lightning strikes. Let our team help you properly protect your home from power surges, which means going beyond a power strip.

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