Electrical F.A.Q.

What is a good time to call a electrician?

When you are resetting circuit breakers or changing fuses too often. When you turn on your air conditioner and the lights dim in the room. When your lights flicker or go on and off. When you can smell electricity burning. When you have six electronic devises going into one outlet in back of your electronics center. When you have receptacle outlets overburdened by multi-plug strips. When a three-prong plug needs a two-prong adapter. If you have to run extension cords to plug in electrical devices.

What size service do I install in my home?

Most states call for 100 amps minimum, but with all the new electronic devices, air conditioning and electric heat, I would suggest 200 amps especially in new homes. This also gives you some space for future additions. This is not a job for an unlicensed person to attempt. In most cases it involves replacing everything from the service loop (this is the wire that extends from the top of your meter to the utility tie in ) up to and including the main panel.

How many convenience outlets should be in each room?

In every kitchen, family room, dining room, living room, parlor, library, den, bedroom, or similar room or area of dwelling units, receptacle outlets shall be installed so that no point along the floor line in any wall space there is more than six feet, from an outlet in that space. This is to prevent the use of extension cords. Outlets are usually placed about 18 inches above floor level. Switches usually go about 48 inches from floor level. For convenience outlets each single receptacle in a single branch circuit is usually figured for 1.5 amps, duplex outlets for 3 amps in estimating total amperage for that circuit. Air conditioners should be on a single dedicated circuit.

How should outlets be installed in a kitchen?

All 15 and 20 receptacles installed within 6 feet of a kitchen sink or wet bar shall have G.F.C.I. protection. Receptacles in a kitchen used to serve counter tops should be supplied with at least two 20 amp branch circuits, for small appliances. Each fixed appliance (refrigerator, stove, dish washer) shall have its own dedicated circuit. On counter tops 12 inches or wider a receptacle shall be installed so that there is no more than 24 inches between outlets. Receptacles outlets installed to serve island counter tops shall be installed above, or within 12 inches below the counter top. There shall be no more than 24 inches from center line of counter top. No receptacle shall be installed face up on a sink counter top.




Why Should You Hire An Electrician


Life without electricity is unimaginable in today's world. Almost everything we do involves the use of electricity. Be it lighting, heating or cooling, everything revolves around electrical gadgets and appliances. Have you ever experienced an electrical power cut It is an extremely paralyzing situation that is very frustrating. We usually take it for granted that electricity will always be there but when we face a power cut, it's only then that we seem to realize how important electricity is in our lives.

As the title suggests, this article will focus on the reasons why you should hire an electrician. Unless you are an electrician yourself, it is always advisable to hire a technician whenever you are faced with any electrical problem, be it fixing an electrical appliance or restoring your electricity supply at the time of power failures.

In case you are one of those who try to handle electrical issues by themselves, then let me warn you that it can prove to be really dangerous and even fatal in a worst-case scenario. Below are a few points that will help you realize that how important it is to hire an electrician for your own and the safety of those around you.

1. Electrical issues can be complicated and you may not have enough knowledge and expertise to handle the situation. A good electrician has the required knowledge and experience to deal with electrical complications and therefore he is likely to be able to analyze the situation better and handle it accordingly.

2. Dealing with electrical issues inappropriately may endanger your and others' life at the same time. Hence, assigning an electrician for electrical jobs is always a safer option.

3. Allowing an electrician to take care of any electrical problem that you may be faced with will also help you ensure the safety of your house and business.

4. Fixing an electrical appliance yourself may result in damage to your equipment; an electrician is more likely to handle it better than you would.

Hiring an electrician is no doubt a very important thing to do whenever you are faced with any electrical issues, but also remember you need to choose a good electrician in order to make sure that the situation is taken care of in the most efficient way. A good electrician can be found by word of mouth. You can search for them in classified sections of your local newspaper, in yellow pages, or even on the internet. Once you have decided to hire one, make sure that you ask for a written estimate and references. Do not just opt for one going by the rate quoted. Try to find out how good and reliable he is for major work. If you have gone about finding him systematically, you can be rest assured that you will get good and quality work done and you can rely on him for future jobs as well.

Electricity can be dangerous and hence it is always a good option to hire a professional rather than doing it yourself. A good electrician can do the work in much lesser time and you can be sure of quality work. It is essential for you to leave the serious stuff to the professionals. Although electrical repairing can be expensive, make sure not to compromise on quality. Ask around and go for recommended electricians to guarantee good quality service. Play it safe and hire an electrician.