Anderson Electric Corp. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Clifton’

The Surge Protector vs. The Power Strip

Monday, February 25th, 2019

lightning-boltThe title of this post may make it sound like there’s a competition between a surge protector and a power strip. “It’s one or the other!” We want to be clear right at the start that we encourage homeowners to have both. But we also want homeowners to know what’s different about the two, because often power strip is talked about as if it were a synonym for a surge protector. But it’s not. We’ll explain what the differences are as well as give you pointers toward the type of electrical protections your home may need.

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A Knob-and-Tube Wiring Refresher: Why It Should Be Replaced

Monday, February 11th, 2019

knob-and-tube-wiringThere are many old homes in New Jersey, some built in the nineteenth century. A vintage home can still be a wonderful place to live if it’s had upgrades and repairs. But if you live in a home built before the 1940s, you may have a type of wiring in the walls and attics called knob-and-tube wiring. This is an extremely out-of-date wiring set-up, and we strongly recommend you call us to eliminate it and replace it. This is one of our specialties as local electricians, and we’ve helped many homes make the change to modern, safer wiring that is up to code.

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We Recommend Electrical Panel Upgrades

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

electricians-and-panelHow long have you lived in your house? Do you still have the same electrical panel or fuse box as you did when you moved in? You may need to have upgrades for the panel, or possibly a completely new panel installation. This is not only an issue of electrical efficiency; it can also be an issue of home safety!

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How to Avoid Nasty Generator Problems

Monday, September 24th, 2018

generator-maintenanceThere are some things in your home that, if they were to suddenly stop working, you’d be able to function without them. A lightbulb burns out? Not a big deal. No water coming out of your faucet? Inconvenient, but not an emergency. What certainly can be an emergency, though, is if your generator suddenly doesn’t work when you need it to. Generators are emergency systems, after all. They’re what you tend to rely on when everything else is going off the rails. The middle of a hurricane, for example, is a really bad time to discover that your generator isn’t functioning. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to ensure that your generator is as reliable as possible when you need it.

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When Electrical Rewiring is a Good Idea

Monday, August 13th, 2018

electrical-workA lot of people don’t spare much thought for the wiring in their walls. They want their wiring to be safe and efficient, of course, but as long as they don’t have an obvious short circuit or an actual fire hazard they tend to not think about their wires at all. Electrical wiring is not one of those things that you need to have replaced on a regular basis.

It doesn’t even necessarily need to be done every decade or so, the way HVAC systems should be. However, there are some times when it’s a very good idea to have part or all of your home rewired. Let’s go over when it’s a good idea to schedule electrical rewiring for your home below.

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How You can Benefit From Using Smart Home Appliances

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Smart-thermostatSmart home appliances and the “internet of things” have become more and more popular over the last decade or so. They’re only going to continue to grow in popularity and numbers as long as they continue to provide added convenience and quality of life improvements for those who use them.

Maybe you already have some smart home appliances in your home, or maybe you’re just now looking into getting your first one. Whether you’re a smart home veteran or a newcomer, though, we’ve assembled a list of beneficial applications below that could improve any household.

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If Your Generator Is Doing These Things, It Needs Repairs

Monday, May 21st, 2018

generator-maintenanceThere are some systems that you can probably afford to do without if they malfunction. Generators are not one of those things. Your generator is an emergency system. If it malfunctions when you need it, your situation could end up getting quite a bit worse than merely being inconvenient.

The best way to prevent your generator from completely breaking down on you when you need it the most is to schedule preventive maintenance for it at least once a year. This will give your technician the opportunity to make sure that any issues are dealt with before they can get worse. You should make sure to keep watch for any signs that your generator is developing problems between appointments, though. The faster you can recognize an issue and have it fixed, the better off your generator will be. Have a look at the following signs that your generator is in need of repairs.

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Tips on Keeping Your Electrical Panel in Good Condition

Monday, March 26th, 2018

electric-panelElectrical panels are often ignored in households until they cause trouble. Everyone reading this blog right now probably has a story of trudging over to the circuit breaker in the middle of the night to get the lights back on after some electrical issues.

While the electrical panel can last for many, many years without developing serious problems, it has been known to happen. In the interest of keeping you safe during the year, we’ve compiled some good tips on how to keep your electrical panel in good condition.

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How Important is it, Really, to Have Safety Outlets?

Monday, February 26th, 2018

GFCI-Electrical-OutletYou’re probably pretty used to people trying to sell you something that you don’t actually need. You know, that one sharpening tool that only works for a single knife, a combination bicycle pump and rice cooker, those strange “magic” beans that almost sound like they’re whispering to you…. Anyway, we don’t blame you for being skeptical at yet another blog post claiming you need something that you may not have ever heard of before. But, you may need this thing that you might not have ever heard of before. We’re talking about safety outlets, specifically GFCI and AFCI outlets. Have a look below at why it’s a very good idea to have these outlet types in key places around your home.

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How to Keep Your Electrical System in Good Condition

Monday, January 15th, 2018

panel-technicianThe electrical system is one of the most important parts of your home. After all, how are you going to look at cat pictures or argue with strangers if your computer won’t turn on? All joking aside, though, the electrical system is vital for the operation of practically all of the other appliances in your home. A malfunction in the electrical system has the potential to cause quite a bit of damage, both to your home and to you personally. Even if it doesn’t, it can certainly cause problems for the other appliances in your home. For these reasons, it’s a good idea to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that your electrical system stays in the best possible condition. Let’s take a look at some of those steps below.

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