Electrical VS Electronics, do you know the difference??

We get lots of phone calls to fix electronics.  I have noticed sometimes even people who set up search engines put electronics and electrical in the same category.  The main difference between electricity and a circuit to power products and machines, Lets see if we can help with this!

Electronics:  using circuits or devices using transistors, microchips, and other components.   Examples of Electronics:    televisions, DVD players, laptops,  computers, mobile phones, iPods, iPads, cameras, fans, ovens, washing machines, game consoles, printers and radios.

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Electrical: operating by or producing electricity.     Examples of Electrical:  Things you need to plug in or wire in to make it work.  images-2

 

Now, a fan has electronics in that  tell it what to do (programming) but the electrical wiring hooking it up to the switch by your door is what gives it power to operate.   It can be tricky, but there is a large difference in them.

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Disclaimer:  Remember to check and make sure your electrician is licensed and insured before they work on your home!

 

 

Hiring the right Electrical Company/Electrician

We talk a lot about “make sure you hire a licensed and insured electrical company to do your work”   But do you know how or what to look for?

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Why should I pay more money to hire a licensed Electrician than an unlicensed Electrician?  All Electricians- Master and  Journeyman – Have a minimum of 4 years schooling and on the job training and then they have to qualify and test with the state before the board approves them to be a licensed journeyman then another 3 years minimum before they can test to be a Master Electrician.

 

They are all required 16 hours continuing Ed every two years (state law)  to renew their licenses.  Continuing Ed goes over the new laws and new requirements.  Electrical Contractors have to have an additional 8 hours to renew their licenses.    This is to keep the workers up to date on everything.  NEC (National Electrical Code) also puts out an expensive book every two years that electricians have to go by.  OSHA has requirements that Electricians have to abide by also.  So, if you have a licensed Electrician, vs an unlicensed electrician,  more than likely they are up to date on all the continuing laws and regulations.  Really, who would you rather have working on your home?  You can ask to see their licenses, it is required that they carry it on them. You can look on the state website DOPL to check if their licensing is current also. Its fast and easy to check.

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Why should I make sure my Electrician has insurance coverage?   Insurance coverage for contractors covers both the electrician and the homeowner.

How can I know my Electrician has the right experience:   Talk to your Electrician to see what work they have done in the past.  This will help you know if they are able to do the work you need.  Also talk to friends and neighbors about their experiences and check out reviews online.

Make sure your Electrician listens to what you need and want and what your concerns are:  Make sure they know what your problem is and they are addressing the right problem.

Remember, it might feel like you are saving money to do the work yourself, but we get lots of calls that start out with “I was just doing ** and now I have no electricity in my home.”   Electricians have to go to school to learn what they do professionally, you wouldn’t go to your next door neighbor and ask them to put your braces on, right?

 

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Disclaimer:  Remember what you just learned, always call a licensed and insured up to date Electrician to safely do work on your home. The way you want it done.

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Most Common Electrical Questions!

I decided to do a post on the most common electrical questions.  Lets see if we can help you with any of your questions.

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1.) I want to install a fan, but why do I have to change my light box to a fan rated box?

A fan rated box, although it may look like a light box, is rated to hold the weight and the movement of the fan.  You do not want the ceiling fan to break the box and fall out of the ceiling putting you and your family in danger.  Important to remember, it is required by the National Electrical Code.

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2.)   Why does my breaker keep tripping?

One reason is too many devices plugged into that circuit and you are overloading the breaker.  There can be many other simple or complex reasons also, please call a licensed insured electrician to check your wiring, it could be a mis-wired outlet or switch, A nail holding a picture up is sticking into the wire, an outlet could have a short, failure of a device. another reason is possibly rodents in the attic or walls this create a big  problem if the short is in theses it can spark and ark in the walls an its a possible fire hazard

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3.) Do I really need a surge protector for my whole house?

Yes, any extreme weather can short out your tv, fridge, computers, any electrical appliance.  A surge protector for your home costs only a small percentage to replacing all of your appliances, plus the peace of mind during a lightning storm! or if there is a transformer that gives out at any possible time.

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4.) Should I worry about outlets that don’t work?

Yes, because you don’t know if the problem is with that outlet or further down the wiring causing future problems for the rest of your wiring.

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5.)  Why should I pay an electrician when I can u-tube the problem and do what the video says?

The Main reason is they have the experience train and know how to find and repair in a timely and most of all a safe manor and Because qualified, licensed electricians have continuing education they have to complete every two years to keep their licenses.  They have worked and studied to help you with your electrical problems.  They are professionals and know what they are doing and a video can’t watch for other problems that could occur.

Most of all its dangerous after all it is Electricity your dealing with.

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6.) How many smoke detectors/carbon monoxide detectors do I need in my house?

You must have 1 smoke detector on every floor, 1 inside each bedroom in every hallway and at the highest peak of the interior. Code also requires at least one carbon monoxide detector on each level of the home.

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Disclaimer:   This is an informational article only,  Please always all your local licensed and insured electrical contractor to do your electrical work!