House Call Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Electrical Services’

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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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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Have You Considered Outdoor Lighting for Your Home? How About 3 Reasons Why You Should?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

When you go outside at night, are there poorly lit locations in your front yard that does not give you the feeling of protection? Can you walk safely through a well-lit walkway? Are you able to enjoy a view of the flowers and landscaping features outside of your home? If the answer to any of these questions is no, it may be time for a change. Consider a new outdoor lighting installation from the skilled and licensed electricians at House Call Company. We can discuss your outdoor lighting plans for your home in the Chesapeake, VA area. You deserve the ideal configuration to bring life to your landscaping, and make your guests feel safe and welcome. Take a look at a few of your options below.

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How to Improve Your Home’s Electrical System

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

The electricity running throughout your home is a modern amenity it would be difficult now to do without. It would be hard to go back to pre-electrified life, and there’s no reason to do so. In fact, there is every reason to consider upgrading your home’s electrical system not only to make it more energy efficient, but also to ensure that you and your family are using electricity safely and appropriately. Considering just how much you use electricity to power appliances, to charge portable electronic devices, to be able to see in the dark, and to alert you in the event of fire or carbon monoxide, it behooves you to consider improving the system.

To do so, you need a professional electrician. This really should be your first step towards addressing any electrical upgrades or improvements. Let’s take a look at some common options that homeowners often go for.

  • Ceiling and attic fans. If you want to make sure that your home is highly energy efficient year-round, then you should consider a ceiling or attic fan. One or more ceiling fans in the right locations can lead to outstanding airflow, which can reduce the cost of heating and cooling. There are plenty of options for various budgets and aesthetic preferences out there. An attic fan ventilates your attic during the hottest part of the year, thus cutting down on air conditioning costs.
  • Replace your smoke and CO detectors. Remember that your smoke and CO detectors do not last indefinitely. They have expiration dates, and it’s important that they be up to date so that they work well should the need arise. While they may never go off, it’s important that they be perfectly integrated into your electrical system with battery back-ups. You may also wish to have them periodically inspected.
  • Backup generator. If there is one way to substantially improve your electrical system, it’s with a whole house generator. If you don’t already have a backup power solution, it’s critical that you consider getting something. The loss of power can lead to all sorts of inconveniences and uncomfortable situations.

Let our electricians know what you need. We provide a number of different electrical solutions and we can make sure that your home is outfitted with a safe and effective electrical system. Call today.

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