Normal Electrical Behaviors

Normal Electrical Behaviors

There are some things that electrical equipment and systems actually do on a consistent basis, but can still sometimes concern us. Let’s point these out, so you can spot the “normal” stuff in the future:

  • Breaker trips are not always dangerous. When your breaker kicks off, what it’s doing is protecting your home from an electrical overuse that it has detected. Much of the time it is totally normal, and the odds are that you plugged too many things into a single circuit. If it starts happening all of the time, that’s when you need service.
  • Breaker keeps tripping and won’t reset. If this happens the first thing you should do before reseting any breaker is to unplug everything that is involved with this breaker.
  • Reset the breaker by pushing the handle completely into the “OFF” position (this will reset the breaker). Move the handle back into the “ON” position. If the breaker trips, don’t try again, this means it is in the wiring and at this point, give us a call. If it resets, then start plugging your fixtures back in one at a time. If it trips again while doing this then you now know what was causing it and keep it unplugged until you get it repaired.
  • Flickering lights can just happen. Light flickering happens as a result of a sudden large charge moving through the home. It can sometimes happen when you turn on heavy power tools, or even high wattage appliances like space heaters. Storms can also cause it.
  • Outlets can spark a bit sometimes. Now this one’s a bit harder to define, because it can go either way. If an outlet sparks unprovoked, or sparks a lot/for an extended period of time, it is an emergency. However, the charge that generates a spark actually always happen when something is kicked on or plugged in for the first time. When it happens in this way, it’s more of an indication that you need new outlets, since you shouldn’t really see the spark happening.

Disclaimer:  This is an informational blog only, always hire a licensed insured electrical contractor to work on your home or business.

Emergency Exit / Well Not Really Good Luck

Okay Lets Talk Commercial or Industrial this also applies to Residential this really makes cense for all buildings.

This is a perfect example to pay attention to safety.  You can see in the first photo a doorway that is an Emergency Exit but Wait check out the second photo theres a little problem here. You may have to push really hard

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to get out of this doorway. 

These doors and safe Work Areas are here for a reason if for some reason there is a failure then the Workers need a way out. the door has the proper panic bar to help them get out fast but wi the cabinet behind this just may cause someone there LIFE yes really it may.

Please keep all doorways and work areas clear this is for your safety as much as for others. Yes it is worth a few more moments to do it right.

 

Disclaimer:   These are just some examples, this was meant as a fun easy to read blog, but remember hiring a licensed, current on continuing ed, insured, qualified electrician and they will know the laws for your area and the codes, Handyman aren’t watched by the state so they don’t have to obey all the laws and codes and regulations.  Knowing, researching and learning the local codes and laws will help you also.

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Staying Safe on the Job

Did you know that . . . . . . to continue being licensed, in the State of Utah, Electricians have to take 8 hours continuing education every year – 16 every 2 years, and prove it to renew their licenses.  Handyman and unlicensed electricians, even ones that let their licenses lapse try to get away without doing the continuing education.  Who would you rather working on your electrical on your home or business.   NEC (National Electrical Code) Code Book, continually updates and changes electrical code, which is held to be the legal standard,  this is part of the 16 hours required every two years to renew their license.

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Did you know . . . . . . .safety equipment has to be checked and always pass inspection or it can not be used on a job site anymore.

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Did you know . . . . . . .Using outdated Electrical Equipment can cause danger to you or your house.

Did you know . . . . . . . working on live circuits can risk your life.  Coming into contact with live electricity can stop your heart and damage your lungs.

Did you know . . . . . . OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) also checks equipment and safety at big jobs.  Some of the things they want people to be aware of are:

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*Electrical hazards can cause burns, shocks and electrocution or death.

*Assume that all overhead wires are energized at deadly voltages. Never assume that a wire is safe to touch even if it is down or appears to be insulated.

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*Never touch a fallen overhead power line. Call the electric utility company to report fallen electrical lines immediately.
*Stay at least 10 feet away from overhead wires during cleanup and other activities. If working at heights or handling long objects, survey the area before starting work for the presence of overhead wires.
*If an overhead wire falls across your vehicle while you are driving, stay inside the vehicle and continue to drive away from the line. If the engine stalls, do not leave your vehicle. Warn people not to touch the vehicle or the wire. Call or ask someone to call the local electric utility company and emergency services.

*Never operate electrical equipment while you are standing in water.

*Never repair electrical cords or equipment unless qualified and authorized.

*Have a qualified electrician inspect electrical equipment that has gotten wet before energizing it.

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*If working in damp locations, inspect electric cords and equipment to ensure that they are in good condition and free of defects, and use a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).

*Always use caution when working near electricity.

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Qualified Licensed and insured Electricians are becoming fewer and fewer with people constantly trying to save a buck here and there.  Always make sure your electrician is up to date on his licensing.   It may cost more than a handyman to do the work, but a bunch of the service calls our guys go on are fixing what another electrician did that wasn’t up to code or safe, so they ended up paying a second time to get it fixed.

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Give Sabin Electric a call  801358-5170!  We serve proudly throughout Utah and Salt Lake Counties.

 

Space Heaters overloading Circuits

During the cold months lots of people use other resources to warm up; space heaters, electric blankets, etc.  But if they are putting too much load on your circuits this can cause problems. Sometimes it is better to layer up or just go ahead and turn the heater up a notch than to  overload the circuits.

UnknownFor example a common bedroom circuit is rated for 15 amps, a normal space heater (1500 Watts the same as 15 100 Watt lightbulbs) on High (low pulls about 750 Watts) will pull  about 12.5 amps, your lights are on, your radio is on, and bam, lights out–you tripped your breaker.  

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Now, some people like to use extension cords to make sure the heater is right by them, did you know that different extensions cords are rated for different amounts of Wattage? So yo can overload your extension cord and overload the circuit and cause all sorts of damage and fire danger!!!!!

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Make sure you call a qualified/licensed Electrician to work on your home!

We are fully licensed and insured Electrical Contractor. We do work all from Salt Lake City to Payson including Spanish Fork, American Fork, Orem, Lehi, and from Heber to Magna. We have the experience and expertise and do work in all of the electrical areas including residential, commercial, industrial and service work/electrical repair. Give us a call 8013585170.

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Disclaimer: We are not liable this is info only. You must verify with your local authorities on or about your local laws and ordinances.

 

GFCI vs AFCI; Do YOU know the Difference?

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Do you know what these mean and what they do in your home protecting you and your family? Do you know if you have these in your home?

Yes we can install them, If you don’t have them!

GFCI — Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

GFCI helps prevent burns, electric shocks and electrocution, it measures the current going out and coming in.Unknown

Okay so the simple explanation is you need these anywhere there is water, such as counter tops bathrooms, laundry, garage and anything outside, there are other rules this is just the basic info.

AFCI — Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters

AFCI helps prevent electric fires, by sensing leaks and shutting down  electricity before it overheats.  Electricity can leak out of bad wiring and start a fire in your walls.  

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Okay so for Arch fault breakers these protect your home from tiny little shorts inside the walls of you home they will shut down the circuit if any shorts are detected they are not a normal breaker the most common use is for bedroom circuits (they are prone to trip if you use a older or even a dirty vacuum this is normal.   Please service your vacuum then if you need plug it into a different circuit.

Make sure you call a qualified/licensed Electrician to work on your home!

We are fully licensed and insured Electrical Contractor.  We do work all around Salt Lake County and Utah County.  We have the experience and expertise and do work in all of the electrical areas including residential, commercial, industrial and service work/electrical repair.  Give us a call 8013585170.

24/7 emergency service available

Disclaimer:   We are not liable this is info only. You must verify with your local authorities on or about your local lays and ordinances.