ELECTRICAL SERVICE FAQ'S
Below are some of our highly asked questions. If you have any other questions, please feel free to give us a call at (850) 661-0194.
WHEN IS IT TIME TO CALL AN ELECTRICIAN?
When you are resetting circuit breakers or changing fuses too often. When you turn on your air conditioner and the lights dim in the room. When your lights flicker or go on and off. When you can smell electricity burning. When you have six electronic devices going into one outlet in back of your electronics center. When you have receptacle outlets overburdened by multi-plug strips. When a three-prong plug needs a two-prong adapter. If you have to run extension cords to plug in electrical devices.
WHAT SIZE SERVICE DO I INSTALL IN MY HOME?
Most states call for 100 amps minimum, but with all the new electronic devices, air conditioning and electric heat, I would suggest 200 amps especially in new homes. This also gives you some space for future additions. This is not a job for an unlicensed person to attempt. In most cases it involves replacing everything from the service loop (this is the wire that extends from the top of your meter to the utility tie in ) up to and including the main panel.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I ATTEMPT ON MY OWN?
At this time, most states allow you to do whatever you want in your own home. But doing electrical work yourself is a gamble. How much are you willing to risk to
save money. There is a reason why it takes so much training to become an electrician. Do not make a mistake by taking electricity lightly, even the smallest job could be a safety hazard. Why take
a chance. Get a professional to do this work.
In some states, the homeowner can even pull his own electrical permit for work in his single family home. However, what he does not know, is that in case of damage
or fire caused by his work, his homeowners insurance will not pay - they will only pay if the work is done by a licensed Electrical Contractor. You should check with your homeowners
The most dangerous time is when you tell yourself, "This is easy. I can do it myself. Why should i get an electrician?" Then when you don't remember where all those wires went, or your hair is standing straight up, you say to yourself, "Well maybe we better call someone to straighten up this mess." Now it will cost you double what you thought you were going to save in the beginning.
HOW MANY OUTLETS SHOULD BE IN EACH ROOM?
In every kitchen, family room, dining room, living room, parlor, library, den, bedroom, or similar room or area of dwelling units, receptacle outlets shall be installed so that no point along the floor line in any wall space there is more than six feet, from an outlet in that space. This is to prevent the use of extension cords. Outlets are usually placed about 18 inches above floor level. Switches usually go about 48 inches from floor level. For convenience outlets each single receptacle in a single branch circuit is usually figured for 1.5 amps, duplex outlets for 3 amps in estimating total amperage for that circuit. Air conditioners should be on a single dedicated circuit.