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The Lights Went Out, But the Circuit Breaker Didn’t Trip—What’s Up?

February 3rd, 2020

incandescent-lightsIn a recent post, we addressed problems with tripping circuit breakers and what to do if your electrical panel has continually tripping breakers. Today’s post goes to an opposite problem—circuit breakers that don’t trip.

“Wait, how is that a problem?” you ask. It’s a problem if you have a sudden loss of power in the house—such as the lights going out—and the circuit breaker for those appliances and outlets hasn’t tripped. The most common solution for losing the lights is a tripped breaker, and in most cases resetting the breaker is all you need to do. (And if they keep tripping, see the post linked above.)

We’re going to look at what might cause your lights to go out (or start to flicker) that isn’t a tripped circuit breaker or a single burnt-out light bulb.

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A Circuit Breaker Won’t Reset—What It Means

December 30th, 2019

electrical-panelWinter is the time when the most stress is put on a household electrical system. Even once all the holiday lights are unplugged and stored for the season, a house still uses more power for lighting and the HVAC system then at any other time of the year. So don’t be too surprised if you encounter a tripped circuit breaker at some point in the winter.

The good news is you can reset the breaker, and that usually ends the trouble.

But not always. You might run into a problem with a circuit breaker that won’t stay in the closed position. We’re going to examine why this occurs in homes, since there are several sources for it. If you have any doubts about what’s happening, don’t hesitate to call for an electrician in Clifton, NJ. It’s dangerous to try to diagnose and repair an electrical problem on your own.

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How a Generator Is Sized for a Home

December 2nd, 2019

natural-gas-generatorYou’re thinking about installing a whole home generator in Montclair, NJ in case of a power outage. We think this is an excellent idea. Grid failures can create severe problems for homes, especially in the heights of winter and summer when a household relies on comfort from the HVAC system just to get by. For homes where residents rely on powered medical equipment, a back-up generator can be a literal life-saver.

But once you decide about installing a generator, what’s the next step? Generators come in different “sizes,” meaning how much voltage they supply to a home. You need a generator large enough to meet your needs, but not so large it causes damage or electrical shorts.

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Major Home Electrical Hazards to Watch For

October 28th, 2019

plug-in-outletThe job of an electrician is more than helping keep lights on in homes and the TV running. It’s more than putting in new light fixtures and setting up smart home systems. One of the critical jobs of the electrician is safety. Many of the electrical repairs in Montclair, NJ that our licensed team handles help to prevent electrical fires, high voltage shocks, and other dangers.

Below is a list of common electrical hazards in your house and how you can avoid them:

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Are Fuse Boxes Dangerous?

September 30th, 2019

electrical-panel-technicianAt the beginning of summer, we wrote a post about the differences between a fuse box and a breaker panel. It’s important for a homeowner to know what type of electrical panel they have, since outdated panels have trouble handling the electrical load in modern homes.

They can also be safety hazards.

If you know you have a fuse box in your house, you may have asked yourself if it’s creating a dangerous situation. We won’t be alarmist, but fuse boxes are certainly less safe than an updated electrical panel. We recommend all homes with fuse boxes arrange for electric panel services in Montclair, NJ to have updated breaker panels installed to replace the fuse boxes. It’s better for electrical power in the house—and safer as well.

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Does Your Home Need to Be Rewired?

September 2nd, 2019

wires-and-breakersThe leading cause of electrical fires in homes is from the insulation around electrical wires—particularly older wiring. Because of the increased demand placed on wires in due to the larger electrical load of newer appliances, older wires can become too hot and cause the insulation to catch fire. These fires can quickly spread to building materials.

You may need to call an electrician in Nutley, NJ to extensively rewire your house to improve its safety. Below we’ve listed some of the ways to tell that you may need rewiring. Pay close attention, since a proper rewiring reduces significantly the chance of a house fire.

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Watch for Signs of Broken Outlets

July 29th, 2019

GFCI-Electrical-OutletOutlets in a home are something we tend to take for granted. We don’t often think of outlets wearing out with time, but this is exactly what happens. No electrical device can last forever, and you probably put a large power demand on many of your home’s outlets. (For example, how long has that one light been plugged into the same outlet? Years?) Outlets can break, and when they do they have the potential to create hazards. When you have broken outlets, call Anderson for electrical repair in West Orange, NJ as soon as you can.

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How an Automatic Standby Generator Works

July 1st, 2019

generator-residentialThe technology of generators has advanced from the days when they were enormous industrial devices to today, when most homes can afford a backup generator that fits on a few square feet of outside property. Modern generators can provide more power and more reliability than ever before, allowing a home to get through an extended power outage with most major appliances and lights still working.

We recommend all homeowners consider having a generator installation—they can be literal lifesavers! And the type of generator we recommend the highest are automatic standby generators. These units take away almost all the work involved in running them and provide extra peace of mind. As soon as there’s a power loss to a home, an automatic standby generator turns itself on to supply the lost electrical voltage. There’s no need to go out in a storm or a freezing night to fumble with getting the generator started.

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Should I Be Worried About Flickering Lights?

June 17th, 2019

incandescent-lightsThe answer to the above question is: “Sometimes no and sometimes yes.” Lights in your house that start to flicker can indicate minor issues you can correct yourself or which an electrician can fix, but aren’t a source of major worry—except for losing light in a few bulbs.

On the other hand, flickering lights can warn that there are bigger electrical faults in the house, some potentially dangerous. These problems absolutely require a professional electrician to repair. Never attempt to do any wiring or panel repair on your own, since it can create larger fire hazards and a high danger of electrical shocks.

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The Difference Between a Fuse Box and a Breaker Panel

June 3rd, 2019

wires-and-breakersThere are homes of many different ages in Northern New Jersey, ranging from the newest in residential construction to vintage homes more than a hundred years old. This means there’s also a range of residential electrical systems. One of the major jobs we handle as electricians in Nutley, NJ is helping to upgrade antiquated electrical systems like knob-and-tube wiring to modern standards, as well as putting in the newest in safe outlets (GFCI and AFCI).

This brings us to the central hub of a home’s electrical system. The fuse box. Or the breaker panel. We see both in homes and we want to go into more detail about the differences—and why we recommend upgrading to a breaker panel if you have a fuse box.

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