At Electric Medic, we specialize in electrical services for residential and commercial properties. Whether it’s an indoor lighting project, a wiring issue, a need for surge protection, or any type of electrical problem, you can count on our experienced electricians for quality solutions that last. Formerly named Undefining Heights, Electric Medic has been serving the greater Columbus area for 10 years. If you have questions about your electrical system, you’ve come to the right place for answers.
For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of electrical FAQs below. However, if you don’t find the answer to your specific question, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
What Should I Do When a Breaker Keeps Tripping?
One of the most evident signs of an electrical problem is a tripped breaker — especially if it keeps happening. The first thing to do is make sure that the circuit is not overloaded by too many appliances being plugged into it. If it’s just one appliance that’s causing your breaker to trip, it could be that the unit is drawing too much power, or you have a faulty receptacle. Try unplugging the appliance and plugging in another appliance to the same receptacle. If the breaker continues to trip, the problem is linked to the receptacle and should be examined by a professional electrician.
Your breakers could also be tripping due to a problem with your electrical panel. It could be that your panel is old, has bad wiring, or has another issue that’s triggering the breaker. Another possibility is that your electrical service is too small. In this case, you may need an electrical panel upgrade to increase your system’s ability to power all your home’s appliances and devices. Most three-bedroom homes require a 200-amp service. Larger homes, or homes that have large electric demands for hot tubs, saunas, and similar systems, may require a 300- or 400-amp service.
What’s the Benefit of Whole-Home Surge Protection?
Many homeowners attempt to protect their electrical equipment with surge protectors. The problem with this is only those devices that are plugged into the surge protector will be kept safe from a power surge. A whole-house surge protection system protects an entire house from power surges. This is especially beneficial for those who use a lot of electronics and appliances.
Are LED Lights Better than Incandescent?
LED light bulbs continue to grow in popularity among home and business owners. This is because LEDs offer several advantages over their incandescent counterparts. Although an LED light will cost more upfront, they last up to 50 times longer than a typical incandescent bulb. Used 12 hours a day, an LED can last more than 10 years. LEDs are also more efficient, meaning you’ll save money on your utility bills.
What Is a GFCI?
If you have an outlet in your home that has a “test” and “reset” button in the middle, you have a GFCI outlet. GFCI stands for “ground fault circuit interrupter.” A GFCI outlet will automatically shut off an electrical circuit when it detects improper current flow. This type of receptacle can reduce the risk of electrical shock in damp locations, such as bathrooms or pool areas.
When Do I Need to Rewire?
The wires running behind your walls and in your ceilings are not something you often — or ever — think about. However, the time will come when your home or business will need to be rewired. While there are no set guidelines as to when your property should be rewired, you will want to carry out regular checks around your property to see if you notice anything unusual. For example, buzzing or cracking, burn marks on plugs, or tripping breakers may indicate that it’s time for new wiring to be installed. Furthermore, you should have an inspection at least every 10 years to ensure that the wiring is still problem free.
Electric Medic is ready to handle all your residential and commercial electrical services. Call (614) 412-4080 to schedule an appointment with our licensed electricians.
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