Anderson Electric Corp. Blog: Archive for March, 2020

Ways to Avoid Overloading Your Home’s Circuits

Monday, March 30th, 2020

electrical-panel-technicianIt’s no fun to have the lights and power go off in part of your house because a circuit breaker tripped. These overloads that cause tripped breakers are more than an inconvenience, however. They can lead to electrical fires and cause damage to your appliances. You want to avoid them if at all possible.

Thankfully, there ways to prevent overloading circuits. You may have to do a bit of detective work in your house. You may also need the service of an electrician in Caldwell, NJ to upgrade part of the electrical system of your house. We’ll go through what you can do to prevent this problem.

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Are Three-Prong Adapters Safe?

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

outletSince 1969, all major appliances have been required to a have a three-pronged plug. Now, most appliances have three-pronged plugs, and most homes also have three-slot grounded outlets for them. But not all homes do. There are many older houses in our area built before the grounded outlet became the standard.

What can you do when you have a three-pronged plug you need to connect to power, but the outlet doesn’t have the third slot? This is where most people turn to a three-prong adapter, which fits into the outlet and allows the three-pronged plug to then fit into it. These adapted are sometimes called “cheaters.” They aren’t making the outlet grounded, they’re just rerouting the power to allow the plug to work in the older outlet.

Is this safe to do?

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