How do I reset my breaker when it has tripped?
The first step would be to disconnect any additional devices that may have caused the breaker to overload and trip. You must turn the breaker all the way off before you can turn it back on. It may take several attempts. If the breaker fails to reset there may be a more serious problem. That would be the time to give us a call.
Why are my bathroom or kitchen outlets not working?
The most common cause would be the GFCI outlet on the circuit has tripped. To solve this issue, locate the GFCI outlet that controls the circuit and press the reset button. GFCI outlets are located in the kitchen, bathroom, garage, and sometimes the basement. Also check the breaker at the service panel to make sure it is not tripped. If that doesn't correct the issue, please give us a call.
Why does my smoke detector keep chirping?
An intermittent chirp is probably an indication of a defective smoke detector. A consistent chirp is usually an indication of a low battery. Replace your battery and press the button to reset your smoke detector. Even though your smoke detector is hard wired, it will still have a battery back-up.
What is the difference between a GFCI(ground fault circuit interrupter) and a AFCI(arc fault circuit interrupter)?
GFCI receptacles and breakers turn themselves off in the event of a ground fault. When it senses the slightest increase of resistance, for example the use of an electrical device in or near water, it trips to protect you from being shocked.
AFCI devices sense an undesirable arc in the circuit and interrupt the flow of electricity. The AFCI breaker provides a higher level of protection than a standard circuit breaker by detecting and removing hazardous arcing conditions before they become a fire hazard. They are also required by code in certain applications.
I have extra slots in my circuit breaker box, can I add more circuits?
First you need to see how many amps your breaker box is rated for, then look at the existing circuits to see how many total amps are being used. If you have not reached the maximum it may be possible to add more, but it is best to have a professional do the work inside the panel for you.
I replaced the bulb in my recessed light and now it blinks on and off. What's wrong with it?
Most recessed lights contain a thermal cut-off device that de-energizes the lamp if the temperatures exceed the rating on the housing. If the bulb is replaced with a higher wattage, as the excess heat builds up, the thermal device will shut the can off until it cools. This is a safety device to protect your home against fire.
If ever you have a concern, feel free to give us a call.