Anderson Electric Corp. Blog: Archive for December, 2019

A Circuit Breaker Won’t Reset—What It Means

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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