House Call Company Blog: Archive for the ‘Electrical’ Category

Electrical Safety 101

Monday, October 21st, 2019

As electricians, some of the most important information we can give to homeowners are electrical safety tips. Not everyone knows about the dangers and safety concerns with inspecting and handling electrical systems. Some simple electrical fixes can be done by homeowners without the help of an electrician (like replacing batteries, lightbulbs, some switches, and fuses) but without the right proper safety precautions being taken, these can situations can be quite dangerous.

So, today we’re going to be listing some handy tips to remain safe when handling anything electrical. While ideally, we’d like you to contact one of the many electricians in Portsmouth, VA for every electrical problem you encounter, we know that all homeowners will call an electrician until the last possible second. That’s why we’d rather make sure when you are replacing a lightbulb or are inspecting your fuses, to follow the right procedures to ensure your safety.

So, pay attention class, this information could come in handy!

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Do You Need a Carbon Monoxide Detector?

Monday, October 7th, 2019
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The carbon monoxide detector is one of the most underrated electrical appliances in our industry. So many homes in our area use gas furnaces because they’re the most reliable and affordable heater in America, that it goes without saying a carbon monoxide detector should be in every home with a furnace.

The truth of the matter is, however, not nearly enough carbon monoxide detectors are in homes that use natural gas. Unfortunately, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention states that 430 people die in the US each year from carbon monoxide poisoning, and a more staggering 50,000 people visit the emergency room due to the same symptoms. Since our industry sees many gas-powered heating devices, it’s not surprising that most electricians in Chesapeake, VA will tell you just how important these devices can be.

So, if you didn’t think you needed a carbon monoxide detector before, we hope you reconsider and keep reading.

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4 Things to Keep in Mind When Hiring an Electrician

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

To homeowners outside of the business, an amateur and professional electrician can look fairly identical. However, there are some absolutely crucial differences that can completely change your perspective on electrical maintenance for your home. For instance, professional electricians can have a multitude of online reviews that can make it easier to see their handiwork in the past. From insurance, to proper licensing and training, to even disclosing warranty information, professional technicians will always give you quality service.

Amateur handymen don’t give you the same experience that proper service professionals do, that’s just a fact. Do you want your electrical system to be in jeopardy because of some information that your amateur electrician forgot to tell you about? Of course not! When it comes to choosing from electricians in Chesapeake, VA, we should discuss four major concerns that can help differentiate the professionals from the amateurs.

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Why Do I Keep Tripping Circuit Breakers?

Monday, January 28th, 2019
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There are a lot of opinions that are arguable out there. If you’ve ever stumbled into the comments section on a popular website, this is probably obvious to you. That being said, there are certain opinions that no one can or would really argue against. The fact that electricity is an incredible resource in our homes, for instance. Unless you’re entirely off the grid, which relatively few people are, you depend upon the electric utility in your area for access to the electricity that you use.

Unfortunately, while your utility may be quite reliable, there are still plenty of ways in which you may run into trouble when using electricity in your house. Because electricity can be dangerous when it is not being used correctly, any such problems really do demand your immediate attention—and that of a professional electrician in Norfolk, VA. Today, we’ll look at the common problem of tripped circuits. Resetting a tripped breaker isn’t hard, but it’s not something you should be doing regularly.

What Causes Tripped Breakers?

Your breaker box is there in place of an old fashioned fuse box in order to make resetting circuits easier and more convenient. You should expect to have to reset circuit breakers occasionally. Any number of issues may lead to tripped breakers, including the following:

  • Circuit Overloads
  • Short Circuits
  • Ground Faults

A circuit overload occurs when you are trying to draw more current from a circuit than it is meant to carry. A lot of homeowners wind up doing this because they buy strip outlets and load them up with a lot of different electronics or appliances. If this is the case, cut back on your draw, relocate some items to different outlets, and see if that helps. Any major appliances should also be running on their own circuits.

A short circuit occurs when your hot wire touches another hot wire or a neutral wire in an outlet. That causes a surge in current flow, overloading the circuit. You may hear a pop or even see sparks if this happens. Faulty wiring, including wiring that was incorrectly completed, is a serious fire risk. Do not ignore such problems. 

You may also be running into a ground fault, meaning that a hot wire is touching either a ground wire or the surface of a metal box. This is of particular concern in areas where moisture is present. Installing GFCI outlets in such areas is advisable.

Schedule Your Electrical Services with Our Team

When you need electrical services of any kind, you need licensed, experienced electricians to do the job. That means working with our team. We’ll make sure that your wiring is in great shape, that the wires themselves are not compromised, and that your electrical system is set up to meet your demands.

You need to be able to use electricity reliably in your home, but safety is always the number one priority. Do not make any compromises with your electrical system or its breaker box.

House Call Company is here for your electrical service needs. Contact us and see how we can make you smile.

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3 Electrical Problems That You Cannot Ignore

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

electricalIt is safe to say that most homeowners today would balk at the idea of living without electricity in their homes. Electricity is one of the greatest resources that we have available to us, charging our phones, powering our lights, and running our home comfort systems. In a perfect world, you’d never have to worry about problems of any kind developing with your electrical system. In the real world, however, these problems are a matter of when, not if.

The good news is that you are reading this, which means that you already know where to turn when you’re ready to work with outstanding electricians in Chesapeake, VA. When we design and install your electrical system, you can count on that system to function as reliably and safely as possible. Eventually, though, you are going to run into problems of some kind. When you do, your best bet is to schedule prompt services with the electricians on our team.

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Signs of Bad Wiring

Monday, October 8th, 2018

wiringWe often remind homeowners of this, and we swear we are not just trying to scare you into scheduling services with us, but—electricity can be dangerous! This should come as no surprise. You know that you don’t want to be shocked by electricity. You do not go swimming in lightning storms. But, for some reason, many homeowners still fail to act swiftly when there are electrical problems in their homes. Don’t be one of them! Prompt action must be taken.

In order to do so, however, you need to know the warning signs of trouble to begin with. A lot of homeowners simply do not realize that there are problems with their electrical systems, particularly so long as the electricity is on in their homes. Today, we’ll look at some signs of bad wiring, one of the most common problems that homeowners may face with their electrical systems. If you see such problems in your home, reach out to us, your trusted electricians, right away.

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Ask an Electrician: Why Are My Lights Flickering?

Monday, April 9th, 2018

CFL-bulbIf you use old oil lamps in order to illuminate your home, hey—to each his or her own, we say. Considering the fact that you are reading this on the internet, however, we’re guessing that your lifestyle is a bit more modern. One of the greatest modern luxuries that we have in our homes is our indoor lighting systems. These days there are more options than ever before in terms of bulbs and fixtures available.

What there isn’t, unfortunately, is any guarantee your indoor lighting system is going to function properly at all times. One of the most common issues that homeowners reach out to our electricians in Chesapeake, VA about is flickering lights. If your lights are flickering, you may need a professional electrician to fix the problem. Before scheduling service, however, you should read the following post, as this is not always the case.

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Run Your Ceiling Fans All Year

Monday, February 12th, 2018

ceiling-fanAre you looking for ways to boost energy efficiency without sacrificing comfort in your home? Would you like to do so without needing to replace your HVAC systems with new and expensive high-efficiency models? Well, scheduling routine maintenance is definitely the best way to keep your heating and air conditioning systems in peak operating condition. But there is one cost-cutting technique that can help to cut down on energy use that you may be overlooking. That is running your ceiling fans.

If you think of your ceiling fans as being purely decorative, or if you only think to run them in the summertime, then you are doing yourself a disservice. Keeping those fans running throughout the entire year can help you to live more comfortably, even as you see your energy bills drop. Read on to learn more about how your ceiling fans can benefit you over the course of the year, and be sure to schedule your ceiling fan services with a professional electrician in Chesapeake, VA.

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What Does Generator Maintenance Entail?

Monday, January 1st, 2018

generatorThere are certain systems, such as your heater and your air conditioner, that you’ll be using pretty regularly on your property. Not only will they see some regular use for at least part of the year, but you’ll also be able to plan their servicing around the expected period of use. It’s not like you’ll be caught off-guard that you need your heater in the winter or your air conditioner in the summer, after all. Not every system is so consistent in its schedule, though.

This is certainly true of your whole-house generator. The whole point of having a generator that can keep your home up and running during an extended power outage is to be prepared for the unexpected. You don’t know when you are going to actually need your generator—but you know that you’ll need it to spring into action when the need does arise. This is why routine generator maintenance in Portsmouth, VA is so important. 

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Why Is Generator Maintenance Necessary?

Monday, November 6th, 2017

installing-whole-house-generatorTemperatures are dropping, slowly but surely: particularly at night. It is not going to be long before the coldest time of the year is upon us. While we may not get the heaviest snowfalls in the country, the combination of the cold and the issues that winter storms can create makes the prospect of going without electricity for any amount of time during the winter deeply unsettling. It is for precisely this reason that you should consider the installation of a whole-house generator in Portsmouth, VA.

A whole-house generator allows for a level of protection and convenience that smaller, portable generators simply cannot match. Now, don’t get us wrong. Some level of coverage is better than none in the event of a power outage. But why not go the whole hog? Work with a member of our team to find the right generator for your needs. We’ll install it properly from the first step to last. We also offer the generator maintenance service that your system needs to excel in its operation. 

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