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Frequently Asked Questions

Can Federal Pacific electrical panels cause fires ?

Yes, Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) panels have been associated with an increased risk of electrical fires. FPE panels were manufactured by the Federal Pacific Electric Company from the 1950s to the 1980s and were commonly installed in homes and buildings during that time. However, there have been numerous reports and studies indicating that FPE panels may have design flaws and manufacturing defects that can lead to various safety hazards, including electrical fires.

The primary concern with FPE panels is their tendency to fail to trip properly in the event of overload or short circuit conditions, which can result in overheating of electrical components and potentially lead to fires. Additionally, there have been reports of issues such as arcing, sparking, and circuit breakers failing to operate as intended in FPE panels, further increasing the risk of fire.

As a result of these safety concerns, many electrical experts and organizations, including the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), have recommended the replacement of FPE panels with newer, safer electrical panels manufactured by reputable companies. If you have an FPE panel in your home or building, it is advisable to have it inspected by a qualified electrician and consider replacing it to mitigate the risk of fire and ensure the safety of occupants.

Will household rubber gloves or rubber-soled shoes prevent electrocution?

Household rubber gloves and rubber-soled shoes can offer some level of protection against electric shock, but they are not foolproof and should not be relied upon for complete protection against electrocution, especially under all conditions. Here’s a detailed look at both:

  1. Household Rubber Gloves:
    • Ordinary household rubber gloves, like those used for cleaning, are not designed to withstand electrical currents and therefore offer minimal protection. They are usually thin and can easily be compromised by wear, moisture, and even the slightest puncture.
    • For electrical work, specific gloves made from high-grade rubber and designed to meet safety standards for electrical resistance (such as those specified by the American Society for Testing and Materials) are necessary. These gloves are tested to withstand certain voltages and are rated accordingly.
  2. Rubber-Soled Shoes:
    • Rubber-soled shoes can provide a degree of insulation from electrical currents, particularly in dry conditions. However, the level of protection depends significantly on the thickness and composition of the rubber, as well as the environment (e.g., wet surfaces can reduce their effectiveness).
    • Like household gloves, standard rubber-soled shoes are not designed for electrical protection. Shoes specifically made for electrical safety are constructed with materials and designs that provide better insulation and are rated for certain types of electrical work.

General Precautions:

  • Proper Equipment: Always use equipment that is specifically designed and rated for electrical safety when working with or near sources of electricity.
  • Avoid Assumptions: Don’t assume that non-specialized rubber gloves or shoes will protect you in an electrical situation. The conditions under which you might encounter an electrical hazard can vary greatly and impact the effectiveness of improvised protective gear.
  • Dry and Intact: Even with the right equipment, ensure that the insulating material is dry and intact without any tears, holes, or excessive wear.
  • Training and Procedures: Follow proper safety training and procedures when working with electricity. This includes using other protective measures and ensuring that all equipment and tools are suitable for the tasks at hand.

If you are involved in or planning work that involves exposure to electrical hazards, it’s essential to use properly rated personal protective equipment (PPE) and follow stringent safety protocols.

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What would cause a receptacle to quit working?

Several issues can cause a receptacle (electrical outlet) to stop working:

Tripped Circuit Breaker: The most common cause is a tripped circuit breaker. Overloading a circuit with too many devices can trip the breaker, cutting power to the receptacle.
Faulty Wiring: Loose or deteriorated wiring can also lead to a non-functioning receptacle. This can happen over time due to wear and tear or poor initial installation.
Bad Receptacle: The receptacle itself may be faulty. Electrical outlets can wear out from repeated use, particularly if plugs are frequently inserted and removed.
GFCI Outlet: If the receptacle is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet and it has tripped, it will cut off power. Resetting the GFCI may solve the problem.
Switched Outlets: Some outlets are controlled by a wall switch. Ensure that this switch is turned on if applicable.

Half of the power in my house is out?

When half of the power in your house is out, it typically indicates a more serious issue:

Tripped Main Breaker: One of the two main breakers in your electrical panel may have tripped. Check your circuit breaker panel to see if any of the main breakers are off or in a tripped position.
Faulty Main Breaker: A faulty main breaker can also cause half of your house to lose power. It might not trip but still fail to deliver power.
Service Drop Issue: Problems in the service drop (the power lines running from the utility pole to your house) or with the utility company’s equipment can result in partial power loss. This could be due to damaged lines or issues with the utility’s transformer.
Neutral Wire Issue: A loose or broken neutral wire can lead to significant power distribution problems in the home, affecting roughly half of your circuits.

What is the cause of Flickering lights?

Flickering lights in a home or building can be caused by several issues, ranging from simple to complex. Here are some of the most common reasons:

  1. Bulb Issues:
    • Loose Bulbs: A light bulb that is not screwed in tightly can cause flickering. Simply tightening the bulb can resolve this issue.
    • Incompatible Bulbs: Using bulbs that are not compatible with a lighting fixture or dimmer switch can also cause flickering. This is often the case with certain types of LED bulbs used with non-LED compatible dimmers.
  2. Voltage Fluctuations:
    • If the flickering occurs in multiple lights throughout the house, it could be due to fluctuations in the overall voltage supplied to your home. This might happen when large appliances (like air conditioners or refrigerators) turn on and off, pulling a large amount of current and momentarily reducing the voltage available to other devices.
  3. Faulty or Loose Wiring:
    • Loose or outdated wiring can also lead to flickering. This can be a serious issue, as faulty wiring is a common cause of electrical fires. If you suspect this is the case, it’s important to have a qualified electrician inspect your wiring.
  4. Faulty Switches or Connections:
    • Faulty light switches or connections can also cause flickering. This includes issues with the fixture’s wiring, connections in the light switch, or connections in the circuit panel.
  5. Defective Light Fixtures:
    • A faulty fixture, such as a defective ballast in a fluorescent light or a malfunctioning transformer in low-voltage lights, can cause flickering.
  6. Overloaded Circuits:
    • Overloading your home’s electrical circuits can also cause lights to flicker. This happens when too many appliances or fixtures are running simultaneously on the same circuit.
  7. Utility Service Issues:
    • Problems with the utility service, including issues with the grid or local transformers, can lead to flickering lights not just in your home but also in neighboring homes. If you notice widespread flickering, it might be worth checking with neighbors or contacting your utility company.

If the flickering is minimal and infrequent, it may not indicate a serious issue. However, if the flickering is persistent, affects multiple lights, or is accompanied by other issues like tripping breakers, it’s advisable to investigate further. For any situation that involves wiring or electrical circuits, it’s safest to consult with a professional electrician.

How can I tell if my Main panel box (Service panel) is safe?

To determine if your main panel box (service panel) is safe, start by inspecting it for any physical damage such as rust, corrosion, burn marks, or discoloration, which can all indicate serious issues like moisture intrusion or overheating. Frequent tripping of circuit breakers can also signal overloading or failing components, requiring further investigation to ensure safety. Additionally, listen for any unusual sounds like buzzing or hissing from the panel, as these noises are not normal and generally suggest loose connections that could lead to dangerous arcing.

It’s important to feel the panel for excessive heat, as some warmth is normal but excessive heat is not and indicates potential overloading or faulty breakers. Make sure all wires are neatly organized, securely connected, and free from visible damage such as fraying. Check that circuit breakers operate smoothly and do not stick; problematic breakers may need replacement. Older panels, especially those over 25 years, might not comply with current electrical codes and could require an upgrade for safety and efficiency. Modern safety features like GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) and AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter) breakers are essential for preventing electrical fires and shocks and should be present in newer installations.

If the panel’s capacity does not seem to meet your current electrical demands or if you’re unsure about any aspects of its condition, it’s wise to hire a professional electrician for a thorough inspection. They can identify issues that might not be apparent to the untrained eye and can recommend whether a replacement or upgrade is necessary. Regular professional inspections and maintenance are crucial to ensure the ongoing safety and functionality of your service panel.

How do I request a quote for my project?

Securing a quote for your project is straightforward and convenient. Simply fill out our digital inquiry form, and a skilled electrician from our team will get in touch within 24 hours (during business hours) to provide you with an estimate.

What payment methods are accepted by your company?

We welcome all principal credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, and American Express, in addition to payments made by cash or cheque.

Is there a fee for project estimates?

We provide complimentary, obligation-free quotes and estimates for your projects.

Will I be updated regularly about my project’s progress?

Absolutely, maintaining open lines of communication is paramount to us. Rest assured, our electricians will keep you informed at every stage of your project.

In case of an urgent electrical issue, how quickly can you respond?

We strive to address your electrical needs promptly. For the fastest response, please call us during our working hours. We’re open Monday to Thursday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and Friday from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM. If we’re nearby on another job, we might be able to assist you sooner. For emergencies posing immediate danger, contact your local emergency services right away.

How can I book a service appointment?

Feel free to reach out to us to schedule your appointment at a time that suits you best.

Is your company licensed and insured?

Indeed, we possess a comprehensive Ohio Electrical Contractor License, ensuring full bonding and insurance for your peace of mind.

I’ve found a less expensive quote elsewhere. Why should I choose your services?

Our commitment to your safety and design aspirations sets us apart. We never compromise on the quality of our work, aiming to deliver the highest standards at competitive prices.

Do your services include a warranty?

Yes, we stand behind our work with a one-year warranty on all materials we provide.

Where do you offer your electrical services?

Our team offers both residential and commercial electrical services in and around Cortland, Ohio, including Youngstown, Warren, and Niles. If you’re located beyond these areas, we encourage you to contact us as we may still be able to meet your electrical needs.

What residential electrical services do you offer?

Our residential expertise spans new installations, renovations, and electrical maintenance. We collaborate with builders, homeowners, and designers to enhance your home’s aesthetics, efficiency, and functionality, covering everything from comprehensive new home wiring to multimedia upgrades and security lighting solutions.

What commercial electrical services do you specialize in?

Our commercial capabilities include performing fit-outs and installing new retail environments. Our portfolio features collaborations with leading contractors, designers, property managers, and business owners in Ohio. Whether as your main contractor or a subcontractor, we’re equipped to deliver your project on time and within budget.

Additional FAQ: Commercial Electrical Services

What should I consider when choosing a commercial electrical contractor?

Opt for a contractor with a strong track record in commercial projects, comprehensive licensing, and insurance coverage. It’s crucial they understand commercial codes and standards, demonstrating the ability to deliver projects efficiently and safely.

Can you handle high-voltage installations for commercial facilities?

Yes, our team is equipped with the expertise to manage high-voltage installations essential for commercial operations, ensuring safety and regulatory compliance.

Do you offer energy-efficient electrical solutions for businesses?

Absolutely, we specialize in providing energy-efficient electrical solutions that can help reduce operational costs and support sustainability goals for businesses of all sizes.