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Power off in multiple rooms.

By on Feb 19, 2017 in Tips | 0 comments

In older homes, it is often assumed that when all the lights go out that all of the power in the home is affected. This is not always the case. It is not uncommon to have a majority if not all of the lights on one circuit in older homes. A simple way to test this is to try and run your electric dryer and see if not only it turns on, but that it heats up. You can also see if the the oven gets warm if it’s all electric. If either of these items work, it is very likely that the electrical providence is isolated to one circuit in particular. If neither of these items work, it is suggested that you contact the power company to make sure there isn’t a fault in their end before hiring an electrical...

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Outdated Electrical Panels

By on Aug 5, 2014 in Tips | 0 comments

One of the most common misconceptions we come across concerns older electrical breaker/fuse panels. Typically panel manufacturers state a 50 year life expectancy with maintenance for their electrical panels. Some panels are no longer manufactured such as Federal Pacific, Stab-lok, Zinsco, Magnetrip, Bulldog, Pushmatic, and several others. The misconception is “I’ve never had a breaker trip”. Ironically, the statement that would seem like a positive could prove to be disastrous. Breakers are meant to trip during a fault. A breaker or fuses main function is to sense if a circuit is utilizing to much power which could lead to wire deterioration. How is this dangerous? Wires that lose their insulation due to heat from over utilized circuits can “arc” between conductors inside of the walls. This can be the source of ignition for a house fire. Replacement breakers are still available, but are extremely costly and are constructed using the similar techniques used multiple decades ago in order to fit into the obsolete panels. New breakers can be an inferior solution for a temporary fix but does not eliminate the potential dangerous use of outdated technology. Multiple reports have been cited where a breaker meant to trip at 15 amps was pulling in excess of 25 amps. Clearly the breaker was not doing it’s job which is to protect the internal wiring from becoming a fire hazard due to...

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