Anderson Electric Corp. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Montclair’

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

Monday, 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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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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Major Home Electrical Hazards to Watch For

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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A Short Talk About Holiday Lighting Safety

Monday, December 17th, 2018

outdoor-light-stringThe winter holidays are made brighter and more festive thanks to the lighting adorning the inside and outside of homes throughout the season. Many homeowners make their external lighting decorations a neighborhood feature, but almost everyone does some amount of decorative lighting.

Unfortunately, these holiday lights have been known to overwhelm the electrical systems of homes—and can even lead to dangerous electrical fires. We’d like to address these concerns in this post. We work with both indoor and outdoor lighting in Montclair, NJ and the surrounding areas, so we have plenty of experience when it comes to festive holiday lighting and how to keep safe through the season.

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Do I Need a New Circuit Breaker?

Monday, August 27th, 2018

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A circuit breaker is a key part of an electrical system. The breaker is the part of your system that gives a barrier between your home and an electrical disaster. It’s important to know when you need a new circuit breaker so you can replace any faulty parts and avoid electrical issues. If you need an amazing electrician in Montclair, NJ to upgrade or replace your circuit breaker, our team here at Anderson Electric Corp. is the right fit for you.

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How to Limit Risk Factors That Contribute to Electrical Problems

Monday, September 25th, 2017

electrical-upgradesElectrical issues are among the most dangerous that a home can deal with, posing risk to both the life of the homeowner and the wellbeing of the home itself. This is why it’s vital that you take all necessary steps to ensure that your electrical system is in the best possible condition at all times. You can’t totally remove the chance of some sort of electrical system occurring, but you can make sure that your system is as safe as humanly possible. There are a couple of different ways that you can ensure that your electrical systems are safe. Let’s go over those ways now.

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Why It’s a Good Idea to Upgrade to a 200 Amp Service Panel

Monday, July 17th, 2017

electric-panelQuick question: Have you ever taken a look at your electric meter? I mean, have you ever really looked at it, rather than just a cursory glance as you were taking the trash out or doing yard work? Do you know what your service panel is rated for? If the answer to those questions is “no,” then read on for some information that could help you out!

The kind of meter panel that your home uses can actually have a pretty big impact on the efficiency of your various systems, especially if most of them are electrical. If you’re using a 100 amp electrical panel right now, you might want to consider upgrading to a 200 amp panel. Let’s have a look at some of the advantages you can garner from upgrading your panel.

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Choosing the Right Exterior Lighting Solution for Your Home

Monday, May 8th, 2017

electrician-outdoor-lightingProper lighting has been an integral part of home life for, well, as long as homes have existed. Nobody likes stumbling around in the dark as soon as the sun has set, after all. While plenty of people take great care to ensure that they have enough light inside the home, however, not nearly as many ensure that they have proper exterior lighting. Just as with interior lighting, exterior lights can serve a wide variety of needs. If you’re looking for a new exterior lighting solution, consider some of the options we’ve outlined below.

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The Many Reasons You Need to Replace Knob and Tube Wiring

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Do you live in a home that’s many decades old? If so, you probably have things you both like and dislike about it. A home with a long history behind it can be fascinating, especially if it has been in the family for many generations. However, keeping an old home functioning properly can certainly take quite a bit of effort. If you have a list somewhere of upgrades and renovations you need to make to your old home, you should add “replacing knob and tube wiring” to the top of the list.

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