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My Electrical Bills Seem Way Too High—What’s Up?

Monday, February 11th, 2019

electrical-repairmanWe’ve had a longer cold spell here in Southern California than we often get. Of course, it’s nothing compared to the awful deep freeze that recently struck the Midwest. But it’s still cold to us, and if you use an electric-powered heating system like a heat pump or an electric furnace, you can expect to see an uptick on your electrical bills. That’s normal: just check electrical usage with previous bills to see that the rise in costs corresponds to more use.

This post is about dealing with abnormally and inexplicably high electric bills. What might be causing these spikes? We can help you investigate this, although for real repair work and other jobs, always call on a professional electrician in Burbank, CA.

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Holiday Lights and Your Home’s Electrical System

Monday, December 17th, 2018

outdoor-string-of-lightsWe don’t have snow for December in California, and we imagine most locals are a-okay with that. But homeowners still want some holiday cheer, and one of the best ways to pretend they’re in a winter wonderland while still only needing a windbreaker when outside is to put up a festive light show on the outside of the house. And a generous amount on the inside as well.

But there’s a potential downside to decorating with lights during the season. The amount of electrical demand a light display puts on the house can cause tripped circuit breakers. And it can even lead to house fires! We have some advice about electrical safety when it comes to lighting the street up and giving the living room a seasonal glow with your dazzling displays.

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I’ve Got Power Strips, Why Would I Need a Surge Protector?

Monday, September 24th, 2018

usb-outlet… or, to put it another way, “Aren’t power strips surge protectors?”

Yes, power strips offer some protection for precision appliances such as computers and HD televisions from damage in case of a voltage surge. We encourage people to use power strips rather than attempting to overload a circuit with an octopus plug, and any important electronic device should be plugged into a power strip.

But these power strips are not whole-house surge protection. They only serve as one layer against the expensive problems voltage surges can create. We recommend you arrange for whole-house surge protection installation with one of our licensed electricians.

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Cloth Wiring Hazards

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Cloth wiring is a common type of older electrical wire that was used in residential wiring.

If you have an older home, there may be an older version of wiring present which is much more dangerous than the new types of electrical wiring that are being used in homes today.

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What Does It Mean to Be “Up to Code” for a House?

Monday, August 13th, 2018

proper-electrical-panel-wiringIf you are shopping for a new home or are planning to sell your current one, you may have heard about how important it is for the house to be “up to code” or “code compliant.” What does this actually mean, and how do you find out if the house meets the code?

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Can I Do Any Electrical Wiring Work Myself?

Monday, July 16th, 2018

ceiling-fan-wiring-jobThis is a question homeowners often ask when they either have electrical wiring repairs that need to be done or when they’re contemplating a new installation, such as new lighting, a ceiling fan installation, or when wiring for an add-on room. It’s smart to look for places to save money in home improvement projects. But it’s much smarter to know when doing the work as a “do-it-yourself” project poses potential safety hazards.

There are a number of basic electrical jobs you can do on your own, such as changing a lightbulb and resetting tripped circuit breakers. But handling electrical wires? No, don’t try this on your own! And don’t allow anyone who isn’t licensed try it either, no matter what promises they make. When it comes to electrical wiring in a house, you want Brentwood, CA electricians who know the local electrical codes and are trained and experienced to do safe and effective wiring and wiring repair jobs.

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Let Us Wire Up Your Home Theater System

Monday, June 18th, 2018

living-room-flat-screen-tvOnce upon a time, not so very long ago, the idea of a “home theater system” meant a nice television set in a room without too much light to distract from the screen. Anything more “theatrical” needed to have an expensive projection system and screen installed. Then along came stereo sound equipment. Then big screen TVs. Then surround-sound audio systems. Then flat-screen TVs. Then digital sound. Then HD TVs. Then 4K TVs. And who knows what else may be around the corner?

Today’s home theater systems have the potential to create an experience that’s better than an actual theater. The parking’s easy and you won’t have to deal with people sitting in front of you who keep turning on their smartphones.

Since a completely wireless home theater system hasn’t come along yet, if you want to enjoy the best in a distraction-free, attractive, and save home theater experience, you’re going to need to have some complicated wiring work done. And this is where a professional electrician can help you out.

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Time to Upgrade Your Circuit Breaker Panel

Monday, May 21st, 2018

killowatt-wired-panelThe electrical panel of your home, a.k.a. the circuit breaker panel, is the hub of your electrical system. It’s where the incoming electricity is routed to the different circuits. The breakers are designed to shut off circuits in case of a voltage overload. If you have an old circuit breaker panel, you should make sure you aren’t overdue for having it upgraded.

Basic Questions About Replacing a Circuit Breaker Panel

When is it time to upgrade an older panel? Modern circuit breaker panels can usually last from 25 to 40 years. Answer some of the questions below to get a better idea of when you’re ready for a new panel.

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Considerations for Installing a Whole-House Generator

Monday, April 9th, 2018

natural-gas-generatorWith all the storms that have struck the East Coast and the Southeastern U.S. over the past few years, whole-house generators have become more vital than ever for keeping houses powered and families comfortable and safe.

In California, whole-house generators are less common—but that doesn’t mean there’s no use for them. Some of you may remember the rolling blackouts we experienced here in the mid-2000s. Those can happen again in the future, and most likely during intense heat waves when the stress from the operation of air conditioners can cause the electrical grid to fail. This jeopardizes comfort, which can be life-threatening for homes with elderly people or infants in them. Power failures also endanger residents of homes who rely on powered medical equipment.

Have you been thinking about installing a whole-house generator? If so, you probably aren’t sure where to start. The best place is to call us: we’re local experts in generator installation.

Here are a few considerations, things to think about, when you start out looking for a generator.

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Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?

Monday, March 12th, 2018

electrical-panel-repairsThe circuit breaker panel (a.k.a. the electrical panel) is the central “switching station” for electricity in your house. Its breakers are designed to trip and cut off electrical flow to individual circuits in situations where there is excessive voltage. This protects the electrical system from damage, and in turn helps keep your home safer.

An occasional tripped circuit breaker is a minor inconvenience. But when you find yourself making regular trips outside to reset tripped breakers, you have a more serious issue. In most cases, you’ll need to have a licensed, professional electrician in Brentwood, CA discover the source of the electrical trouble so it can be fixed correctly and safely.

So why is this happening? Here are the three most common reasons:

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