Ground Fault Circuit Interruption is an electrical safety feature required by the NEC (National Electric
Code) in certain areas in and around your home to prevent protentional shock hazards. GFCI protection
is required near areas of water and unfinished areas of your home like kitchens, bathrooms, basements,
and your home's exterior. GFCI protection devices measure an imbalance between your power and
neutral (return path) wires. If it senses an imbalance, the device will trip to prevent the potential of an
individual being shocked.
What is AFCI protection and where do I need it?Chuck Beyers2022-09-15T15:51:41+00:00
Arc Fault Circuit Interruption is an electrical safety device meant to protect the circuit and
components from potential fires by sensing arcs of electricity in your wiring or defective devices. These
arcs can come from loose connections or damaged wiring and components that you may not realize are
compromised. AFCI protection is required on all new circuitry in your home’s dwelling area. A few
examples are bedrooms, living rooms, lighting circuits, etc.
I have a light fixture but want a ceiling fan. Can you just replace it for me?Chuck Beyers2022-09-15T15:52:04+00:00
Ceiling fans and even heavy light fixtures require special ceiling boxes. If your existing ceiling box is
not listed, we will replace it when installing your new ceiling fan. Often times it can be accomplished
without damage to the ceiling.
I have the old 2 prong outlets. Can you just install 3 prong ones?Chuck Beyers2022-09-15T15:52:23+00:00
It really depends on your home’s electrical wiring. The majority of 2 prong receptacles are fed by
older ungrounded wiring. The simplest solution is to install GFCI protection at the beginning of the
circuit which allows the installation of 3 prong receptacles downstream. While this doesn’t necessarily
turn your electrical system into a grounded circuit, it is a code compliant method.
My lights flicker. What’s the cause?Chuck Beyers2022-09-15T15:52:40+00:00
Knob and Tube wiring was the original method of wiring homes built up to around 1930. Although it was a sufficient means to wire a home, that doesn’t mean that 100 years later it is still in proper working condition. The rubber insulation can turn brittle and break leaving exposed wiring in your walls, basement, or attic space. Covering K&T wiring with insulation can cause the wires to overheat and possibly melt as well. Homes originally wired in K&T lacked the electrical demand that we need to run a typical home today. If you live in a home with K&T wiring, please call for an electrical assessment.
Why do my cords fall out of my sockets?Chuck Beyers2022-09-15T15:53:59+00:00
Over years, your receptacles can lose their ability to retain devices plugged into them. It simply means that it is time to have them replaced. A bad connection can cause an arcing situation that potentially could become a fire hazard if not corrected in a timely manner.