Articles tagged with: Mr. Electric
Since about 1975 GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) type safety devices have been required in residences. They are every bit as important to your safety as a working smoke detector! GFCI safety outlets and circuit breakers have saved countless lives, and prevented many electrical shocks. These safety devices come in two types, circuit breaker and outlet. Originally only the circuit breaker type was available, but today the outlet type is more common primarily because they are less expensive and more readily available.
GFCI’s are basically required in any area where …
Portable generators are wonderful things to have for that ocasional power outage, but be careful how you connect it to your home. The simple way to use it safely is to simply connect an extension cord to the generator and then connect the freezer or refigerator to the cord. Obviously this has a lot of limitations and will not work for your furnace or other permanently connected electrical appliances. To run these larger appliances you need to have a transfer switch installed. This is usually not a good thing for …
Provided by Jim Simmons, Mr. Electric
New appliances can make for exciting and valuable addition to your home; however, they use a lot of electricity and can ultimately take a toll on your electrical system. As an electrician, I have seen it time and again—homeowners buy new appliances that use a significant amount of electricity, even when they have an “Energy Star” label. These homeowners are unaware that the new appliances can use more power than their old possibly causing damage to the wiring.
A lot of people seem to have the …
By: Jim Simmons, Owner, Mr. Electric
Portable generators are very useful in the event of a power outage. They can keep your freezer and refrigerator on and run a portable heater to help keep you warm, but using them improperly can burn your home down, or even cause death. Please follow the guidelines below for safe use.
Don’t connect the generator directly to your home’s wiring. Have a qualified electrician connect the generator with a transfer switch so that it is not connected directly to your home wiring. If not installed properly, …
By: Jim Simmons, Mr. Electric
Portable heaters (any heater that plugs into an outlet) are wonderful things. They can keep us warm and increase our comfort, but they can also be dangerous.
More than 25,000 residential fires and 300 deaths are associated with the use of portable space heaters every year. (Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission). As an electrical contractor, one of our jobs is to repair wiring in homes and businesses that have been damaged.
In many instances in the winter months we find wiring that has been damaged by overloading …