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Circuit Breaker Troubleshooting

Circuit Breaker Troubleshooting

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 An electrical circuit breaker is designed to trip off when it detects too much power running through the wire it’s protecting. There are three main reasons circuit breakers trip off: 

Refrigerator Power

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Refrigerator Power

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 If the power goes out to your refrigerator or freezer, you need to fix it fast! Here are two tips to help you quickly restore power: 

Dimmers

Smoke Detectors

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Dimmer can be warm when you touch it, which is normal. However, if a dimmer is REALLY warm or hot to the touch, this indicates a safety problem.

GFI

Smoke Detectors

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According to the National Electrical Code, GFI protected receptacles are required in all kitchens, bathrooms, garages, within 6 ft. of a sink and outdoor areas to prevent electrical shock. When they trip or aren't working this is what you do.


Smoke Detectors

Smoke Detectors

Smoke Detectors

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Smoke detectors are great safety devices, but occasionally a smoke detector will start “chirping” or worse, sound a non-stop alarm for no reason. Here's what you can do if this happens to you: 

Circuit Breaker Reset

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A circuit breaker can have tripped off even when it looks like it’s in the “ON” position. This is what to do when you have a loss of power that you suspect may be caused by a tripped circuit breaker.

Whole House Surge Protection

Whole House Surge Protection

Whole House Surge Protection

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An electrical surge is a sudden increase in power that flows through the wires of your home or business. Surges can cause damage to expensive electronics, appliances and heating and cooling equipment. Here is how to protect your home or business. 

Lighting Problems

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Lighting Problems

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If you are having a lighting problem here is some of the most common problems that could be the cause of the lighting problems.

Power Problems

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 If you are having a power problem here is some of the most common problems that could be the cause of the power problems. 

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Power Strips and Extension Cords are the source of many Electrical Fires. Here is what you can do to protect yourself.


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Garbage disposals are great when they are working but when they stop working that is a problem. Here is what you can do if your garbage disposal stops working. 

Electrical Inspection

 

Do you realize that one of the biggest fire dangers for your home could be right inside your walls? Many homes are consumed by needless electrical fires. One key factor to avoiding fire danger is a properly functioning electrical system.


As part of our commitment to the safety and satisfaction of our customers, we offer Electrical Safety Inspections for only $99. We’ll inspect your electrical system for the most common causes of electrical fires and check for any risks that may be inherent in your home or office building.

Electrical fire danger is posed by the following:

  • Outdated Wiring – Most homes constructed before 1950 were generally wired with cloth-insulated wires. As the insulation degrades and falls away from the wire, it allows the exposed wire to arc and start an electrical fire. If you live in an old home, an electrical home safety inspection is necessary to assess the state of your wiring. 
  • Aluminum Wiring – During the 60’s and 70’s, a trend of using inexpensive, low quality aluminum wiring increased the fire danger for many residences. Aluminum wiring is highly prone arc faults and starting a fire that could quickly consume your home. 
  • Frequently Tripped Circuit Breakers – Tripped breakers are a positive sign that your electrical system’s safety features are working. It is also a clear sign that you’re placing undue strain on the system. A home safety inspection will determine if newly added circuits can alleviate the problem. 
  • Overloaded Outlets – If extension cords are just part of your everyday electrical routine, then you are due for an electrical upgrade. When your current system isn’t delivering to your specifications and repeated use of extension cords are used, this is a recipe for a potential electrical fire. 


Many homeowners view an electrical home safety inspection as an all-day event, but inspections from Team Electric are usually completed within a very reasonable amount of time and will save you money and unwanted problems down the road.


The Electricians at Team Electric in Tampa Bay provide electrical home safety inspections on a regular basis, and can be provided with every service call or electrical job we do. If your home is overdue for a complete electrical inspection, give us a call today to schedule one. It could be the best investment that you make in your home for the future and safety of you and your family. 


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Circuit Breaker Troubleshooting

An electrical circuit breaker is designed to trip off when it detects too much power running through the wire it’s protecting. There are three main reasons circuit breakers trip off:

  1. There is a short circuit
  2. There is an overloaded circuit.
  3. The circuit breaker is broken.


Electrical Short Circuits

Short circuits occur when two electrical wires accidentally touch each other. A short circuit will immediately cause one of your circuit breakers to trip off or one of your fuses to blow.

To fix a short circuit, ask yourself this question: “What was happening right before the short circuit?” If you had just plugged something into a receptacle, turned on a light or an appliance, then this gives you a clue as to what caused the short. If you just plugged in an iron, for instance, you can simply un-plug the iron and then reset the circuit breaker or replace the fuse. If everything is now OK, then your electrical system is fine – and it’s time to get a new iron! If, however, you can’t find anything plugged in which is causing the problem, then it’s time to call a good electrician to locate and repair your short circuit.


Overloaded Circuit Breaker

Overloaded circuits occur when too much power is running through an electrical wire. To protect the wire, the circuit breaker does its job by detecting the overload and tripping off. The solution to this problem is to remove some of the appliances that are connected to the overloaded wires. You may wish to add a new set of wires so that you can supply power to all your appliances. For this, you’ll need a good electrician.


Electrical Circuit Breaker Troubleshooting

Sometimes circuit breakers just wear out and need to be replaced. A knowledgeable homeowner with electrical skills can do the job. Call Team Electric if you need help with electrical circuit breaker troubleshooting. Talk to Dave who is our Master Electrician at 813-695-3737, he can walk you through finding out the problem. 


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Refridgerator Power

If the power goes out to your refrigerator or freezer, you need to fix it fast! Here are two tips to help you quickly restore power:

1. If your refrigerator is plugged into a GFI receptacle (a receptacle is an outlet), you can re-set the GFI and see if you now have power. If this works, that’s great! Now that it’s working again you should make arrangements to replace the GFI with a regular receptacle as soon as possible.

Refrigerators should never be plugged into a GFI receptacle because GFIs are very sensitive, and you don’t want to be on vacation and lose power to your refrigerator just because the GFI accidentally shut off. So if your refrigerator is plugged into a GFI receptacle, you should replace the GFI with a regular receptacle.

2. If you can’t restore power to the receptacle that your refrigerator is plugged into, you should call an electrician who is good at troubleshooting to locate and fix the problem. But while you’re waiting for the electrician to arrive, you can plug the refrigerator into a heavy-duty extension cord and plug it in to a receptacle that has power. This will keep your food cold and safe until your electrician arrives. 


When you are still experiencing a refrigerator problem, Call Team Electric Today at 813-695-3737 because we can fix it Fast and Fair which saves you Time and Money.  


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Dimmers

 

Dimmers:

You might notice that sometimes a dimmer seems warm when you touch it. The good news is, THIS IS NORMAL. Dimmers naturally get warm when they are in use, especially if there is more than one dimmer in the same location. However, if a dimmer is REALLY warm or hot to the touch, this indicates a safety problem, and you should call a Tampa Electrician who is knowledgeable about lighting issues like those at Team Electric.

 

Dimmer Warning – Three things to be careful about with dimmers:

 

  1. Never connect a regular dimmer to low-voltage lights, paddle fans, or any kind or motor. These devices require special dimmers.
  2. Never exceed the recommended wattage of the dimmer. Regular dimmers are rated for a maximum of 600 Watts. This is equal to 10 sixty Watt light bulbs, or 6 one hundred Watt bulbs.
  3. LED lighting requires a special dimmer that is rated for LED bulbs. 


NOTE: You can also buy higher-wattage dimmers for connecting more than 600 Watts to one dimmer.


When you are still experiencing a Dimmer problem, Call Team Electric Today at 813-695-3737 because we can fix it Fast and Fair which saves you Time and Money.  


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GFI

 

About GFI’s


According to the National Electrical Code, in all kitchens, bathrooms, garages, or any area in which water may be present, instead of regular receptacles (outlets), GFI receptacles should be used. These are for your safety. The idea of a GFI receptacle is that if there is the slightest electrical problem, the GFI immediately shuts off the power. This is an important safety feature.


When you lose power to a receptacle in a kitchen, bathroom, garage, or outdoor area, check to see if it's a GFI receptacle. If it is, press the “TEST” button, then press the “RESET” button. If the GFI shuts off power repeatedly, plug in a different appliance to test whether the problem is the first appliance or the GFI itself. If the GFI is defective, call a good electrician.


Hint: You may have a receptacle that has lost power in a kitchen, bathroom, garage, or outdoor area but it's not a GFI. It may be “protected” by a GFI that has tripped off somewhere else. You can check for this situation by making sure that all the GFIs in your kitchen, bathroom, garage, and outdoor areas are working properly.


More About GFIs


A GFI receptacle (also called a GFCI receptacle) can measure differences in power as small as 5ma (which is a very small amount). When it detects more power coming in from the "hot" side than going out from the neutral side, it will shut off. This is a good thing because that extra electricity has to go somewhere, and it's important to protect you and your family from it. All GFI receptacles should be tested monthly. This is done by pressing the "TEST" button. If pressing the "TEST" button does not make the button labeled "RESET" pop out, then call an electrician like those at The Electric Connection. If the "RESET" button does pop out, the outlet is OK. Press the "RESET" button back in to reset the outlet. 


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Smoke Detectors

 

Smoke detectors are great safety devices. But occasionally a smoke detector will start “chirping” or worse, sound a non-stop alarm for no reason. Here's what you can do if this happens to you:


If it's a battery-powered smoke detector, take out the battery and replace it with a new one. If there's still a problem, replace the entire smoke detector. 


If it's a 120 Volt powered smoke detector (hard-wired), turn off your circuit breakers one by one until the noise stops. Then turn on all the circuit breakers again except the one controlling the smoke detector. Replace the faulty smoke detector and turn its circuit breaker back on again. You will then need to replace the 120 Volt smoke detector or if it is a battery powered smoke detector, replace the battery.  


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Garbage Disposal

 

If your garbage disposal stops working you should:

  1. First, make sure the power is turned off to the garbage disposal unit by ALWAYS making sure the switch to the garbage disposal is turned to the OFF position.
  2. Clear out anything inside the garbage disposal which might be jamming up the motor and stopping it from working.
  3. Briefly flip on the switch to the garbage disposal. Do you hear a humming noise? If you do, then there is power going to the disposal and the problem is that the disposal is broken or there is something stuck in it.
  4. If you turn on the switch to the garbage disposal and you do not hear any humming noise, locate the small button that is somewhere on the disposal and press it to “re-set” the disposal. Then try turning on the disposal again.
  5. Finally, try re-setting all the circuit breakers in your electrical panel to see if you can get power back.


To learn how to do this click here to see How To Reset Circuit Breakers.


If your disposal still isn't working, it’s time to call a good electrician like those at Team Electric at 813-695-3737.  


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Surge Protection

 

About Surge Protection


An electrical surge is a sudden increase in power that flows through the wires of your home or business. Surges can cause damage to computers, phones, entertainment systems, microwaves, stoves, fridges, washers – any device that has electronic components such as sensors and timers. Today, that’s most appliances. A Whole House Surge Protector can save your appliances and electronic devices and save you thousands of dollars in damage. Damage due to surges is not new. It’s always been the case that if the electric utility accidentally sent a surge of electricity through your wires, it could wipe out phones or appliances. However, today’s appliances with their electronic components are more sensitive. Smaller, more routine surges, can damage them. This is the reason that many people protect their computers with power strip surge protectors.


Surge Protection FAQs


When Do Surges Occur?

When power resumes after an outage or anytime the power from the electric utility company fluctuates, a surge can flow through your wiring. Surges can also occur when appliances in your home turn on and off.


How Can I Protect My Family’s or Business’s Electronics?

It’s routine to provide computers with surge protectors (also called “surge suppressors“). Do these work? It depends. If your electrical system is grounded, if both the surge protector and computer are plugged in with three-pronged plugs, and if the surge protector is high quality, it can offer protection.

However, power strip surge protectors vary dramatically in quality. Some are effective while others offer little or no protection. Surge protectors work only if your electrical system is grounded, so it’s also important to have an electrician check your electrical system for grounding. It is required to determine that your entire electrical system is grounded properly for surge protection to work effectively.  You canprotect your home or office and possibly save thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in damage by installing a Whole House Surge Protector which only starts at  $199.


If you would like a free consultation regarding a Whole House Surge Protector, please call our electrician at Team Electric at 813-695-3737.  


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Resetting Circuit Breakers

 

 

Resetting Circuit Breakers


The first thing to understand is that a circuit breaker can have tripped off even when it looks like it’s in the “ON” position. This is because a circuit breaker will sometimes trip off internally, without the "ON/OFF" handle flipping to the “OFF” position. This is what to do when you have a loss of power that you suspect may be caused by a tripped circuit breaker.

1. Shut down any computer equipment that may be affected by a loss of power.

2. Go to your circuit breaker panel and firmly flip the first breaker OFF and then back ON again.

3. Do the same thing with each circuit breaker until you have flipped all of the circuit breakers OFF and then back ON again.

4. Now check and see whether the device that didn’t have power is now back on again.

5. If your power has been restored… you’re done! If your power is still out, it’s time to call an electrician.


Note: About 25% of all electrical power problems can be solved using the above technique. 


More About Circuit Breakers


Inside most circuit breakers there are two types of protection: One is thermal. The other is magnetic. The thermal strip measures heat build-up caused by overloading. When it reaches a certain temperature, it will shut off the breaker. The magnetic coil measures sudden increases in current (such as a short). At a predetermined limit it will shut the breaker off. Older breakers sometimes have only one of these features. For maximum protection, a breaker with both types of protection is recommended.


There are usually three spots on the outside of a breaker that show wear. If the "ON/OFF" switch (located at the top) has broken off or is loose, we recommend the breaker be replaced. Next is the load lug. If it is burnt or abnormally loose, we recommend the breaker be replaced. Last, and most common, is the stab. The breaker stab is what makes contact with the bussing in the panel (the bussing carries the power throughout the panel). The stab connects to the bussing through friction and spring tension. The spring tension, over time, may break down. If so, arcing or burning may result. If the stab has become burnt, discolored, or is abnormally loose, we recommend that the breaker be replaced and that the bussing in the panel be checked.


NOTE: It is possible for a breaker to appear OK in regard to it's outward appearance and its capacity to carry continuity, but still be questionable, bad, or intermittent. The opposite may be true as well. A breaker with a poor outward appearance may be perfectly safe and structurally sound. Therefore a decision to replace a breaker should not be based solely on appearance, continuity, age, etc. A good electrician can recommend the proper course of action based on taking into account all the relevant factors like those at Team Electric. Call Team Electric Today at 813-695-3737. 


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Power Problems

  

Receptacles Controlled By Switches

In some homes and offices, a receptacle (outlet) on the wall is controlled by a light switch near the entrance to the room. This allows you to plug a lamp into the receptacle and turn it on and off with the switch. If an appliance that is plugged into a receptacle has no power, first turn on all the light switches in the room. Sometimes the device will come on, which means that it's controlled by a switch.

Hint: A receptacle usually has spaces for two plugs. Sometimes one is permanently energized and the other is controlled by a switch. This is known as a “half-hot” receptacle.


GFI Receptacles

In any location where there may be moisture (like kitchens, bathrooms, garages, and outdoors) special receptacles (outlets) are used for safety. These are called GFIs. The idea of a GFI receptacle is that with the slightest electrical problem, the GFI immediately shuts off the power. This is an important safety feature. When you lose power to a receptacle in a kitchen, bathroom, garage, or outdoor area, check to see if it's a GFI receptacle. There's one pictured on this page. Click here for more information about GFI's. If it's a GFI, you can restore power by pressing the "TEST" button and then pressing the "RESET" button. If the GFI shuts off power repeatedly, plug in a different appliance to test whether the problem is the first appliance or the GFI itself. If the GFI is defective, call a good electrician.

Hint: Sometimes, you may have a receptacle that has lost power in a kitchen, bathroom, garage, or outdoor area but it's not a GFI. It may be “protected” by a GFI that has tripped off somewhere else. You can check for this situation by making sure that all the GFIs in your kitchen, bathroom, garage, and outdoor areas are working properly.


More Technical Stuff About GFIs

A GFI receptacle (also called a GFCI receptacle) can measure differences in power as small as 3ma (a very small amount). When the GFI detects more power coming in from the “hot” side than going out from the neutral side, it will shut off. This is a good thing because that extra electricity has to go somewhere, and it's important to protect you and your family from it. All GFI receptacles should be tested monthly. This is done by pressing the "TEST" button. If pressing the "TEST" button does not make the button labeled “RESET” pop out, then call an electrician. If the “RESET” button does pop out, the GFI is OK. Press in the “RESET” button to reset the GFI.


Circuit Breaker Tripped Off

The first thing to understand is that a circuit breaker can have tripped off even when it looks like it's in the “ON” position. This is because a circuit breaker will sometimes trip off internally, without the "ON/OFF" handle flipping to the “OFF” position. This is what to do when you have a loss of power that you suspect may be caused by a tripped circuit breaker.

  1. Shut down any computer equipment that may be affected by a loss of power.
  2. Go to your circuit breaker panel and firmly flip the first breaker OFF and then back ON again.
  3. Do the same thing with each circuit breaker until you have flipped all of the circuit breakers OFF and then back ON again.
  4. Now check and see whether the device that didn't have power is now back on.
  5. If your power has been restored… you're done! If your power is still out, it's time to call an electrician.
  6. Note: About 25% of all electrical power problems can be solved using the above technique. Good Luck!


More About Circuit Breakers

Inside most circuit breakers there are two types of protection: One is thermal. The other is magnetic. The thermal strip measures heat build-up caused by overloading. When it reaches a certain temperature, it will shut off the breaker. The magnetic coil measures sudden increases in current (such as a short). At a predetermined limit it will shut the breaker off. Older breakers sometimes have only one of these features. For maximum protection, a breaker with both types of protection is recommended.


There are usually three spots on the outside of a breaker that show wear. If the "ON/OFF" switch (located at the top) has broken off or is loose, we recommend the breaker be replaced. Next is the load lug. If it is burnt or abnormally loose, we recommend the breaker be replaced. Last, and most common, is the stab. The breaker stab is what makes contact with the bussing in the panel (the bussing carries the power throughout the panel). The stab connects to the bussing through friction and spring tension. The spring tension, over time, may break down. If so, arcing or burning may result. If the stab has become burnt, discolored, or is abnormally loose, we recommend that the breaker be replaced and that the bussing in the panel be checked.


NOTE: It is possible for a breaker to appear OK in regard to it's outward appearance and its capacity to carry continuity, but still be questionable, bad, or intermittent. The opposite may be true as well. A breaker with a poor outward appearance may be perfectly safe and structurally sound. Therefore a decision to replace a breaker should not be based solely on appearance, continuity, age, etc. A good electrician can recommend the proper course of action based on taking into account all the relevant factors.


Short Circuits

Short Circuits occur when two electrical wires accidentally touch each other. A short circuit will immediately cause one of your circuit breakers to trip off or one of your fuses to blow.

To fix a short circuit, ask yourself this question: “What was happening right before the short circuit?” If you had just plugged something into a receptacle (outlet) or turned on a light or an appliance, then this gives you a clue.

If you just plugged in an iron, for instance, you can simply un-plug the iron and then re-set the circuit breaker or replace the fuse. If everything is now OK, then your electrical system is fine and it's time to get a new iron!

If, however, you can't find an appliance which is causing the problem, then it's time to call a good electrician to locate and repair your short circuit.


No Power At All

When nothing works in the entire building this means:

A. The electrical power from the utility company is not getting to your electrical panel. Call the utility company.

B. The electrical power from the utility company is not getting to ANYBODY'S electrical panel. Wait for the utility company to restore power.

C. Your main circuit breaker is broken or turned off. Try to re-set the circuit breaker.

D. All your circuit breakers are flipped off. Re-set all breakers.

E. Something else. Time to call an electrician like those at Team Electric.


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Lighting Problems

 

Lights Not Turning On

Lights don't turn on for six basic reasons:

  1. The bulb is bad. This is more common than one might think. Try replacing a questionable light bulb with a new one. If that doesn't work, before giving up, try using a bulb from another light fixture that you KNOW is working.
  2. The switch to the light is bad. The switch will need to be replaced.
  3. The light fixture is broken. Usually it is easiest and least expensive to simply replace the fixture. However, many light fixtures can be repaired if it is desired.
  4. The time clock for the light is not set for the correct time or is broken. Re-set the time or replace the broken time clock.
  5. If the light fixture is activated by a photo-cell, the photo-cell is out of adjustment or broken. Adjust or replace the photo-cell.
  6. Fluorescent, Mercury-Vapor, or High-Pressure-Sodium Lights. These kinds of light fixtures all use an electrical ballast to energize their special light bulbs. If the light is humming loudly or has an “electrical odor,” or if the light just doesn't turn on, the ballast may need to be replaced.


Lights Not Turning Off

  1. The switch to the light fixture is broken. Replace the switch.
  2. The time clock for the light is broken or out of adjustment. Set the time clock to the right time. If it won't stay adjusted, replace the
    time clock.
  3. If the light fixture is activated by a photo-cell, the photo-cell is either out of adjustment or broken. Adjust or replace the photo-cell.


Lights Blinking On And Off

There are two main reasons for lights blinking on and off:

  1. A photo-cell is out of adjustment. Adjust the photo-cell.
  2. Some light fixtures that are recessed into the ceiling have a built-in thermal protector that automatically shuts off the light when the fixture gets too hot. Use a lower wattage bulb for a lower temperature.


Flickering Fluorescent Lights

There are three reasons fluorescent lights flicker:

  1. For a few moments when they first turn on, the bulbs will flicker until they warm up. You will notice this more on colder days. Just wait a few moments for the bulbs to warm up.
  2. The fluorescent bulbs are old. Replace them.
  3. The fluorescent ballast is old. Replace it.


Bulbs Burning Out Too Quickly

Here are the three reasons bulbs can burn out quickly:

  1. The wattage of the bulb is too high. This is very common. Most light fixtures with glass covers have a maximum rating of 60 watts per bulb. It is very common for people to put in 75 watt or even 100 watt bulbs. The result is bulbs burning out much too quickly. Use the correct wattage bulbs in all your light fixtures.
  2. Poor-quality lights bulbs. Use only major-brand light bulbs.
  3. Mysterious light fixture problems. It's mysterious because the light fixture LOOKS perfectly fine, and even electricians can't find
    anything wrong with it. Nevertheless, after checking #1 and #2 above, if the bulbs keep burning out…replace the light fixture.


Humming Lights

Humming lights can be caused by:

  1. A bad ballast or bad transformer. Replace the ballast or transformer.
  2. A conflict between a low-voltage dimmer and the low-voltage light fixture it controls. This is a tough one, but sometimes experimenting with different dimmers will lead you to one that doesn't make the low-voltage light transformer hum.


Lights Dimming

Lights will sometimes dim for a few seconds and then come back to complete brightness again. This can happen when a light is connected to the same wires that provide power to an appliance that takes a lot of power, like a refrigerator, a microwave oven, or an air conditioner. The reason the light dims for a few seconds is that the appliance is using a lot of power when it first starts up. After the appliance is running for a few seconds, it will use less power, and the light will return to normal again. If you have central air-conditioning, the lights may dim each time the air conditioning comes on.

You will usually notice this dimming more at night (for obvious reasons!), but you might also notice it in the daytime. If this dimming bothers you, you can handle the problem by having an electrician add another circuit specifically for the appliance that is causing the dimming problem.


NOTE: If you haven't changed anything electrical in your home or office, and you suddenly start to have dimming problems or power fluctuations, then you probably have a loose wire somewhere. You should contact an electrician skilled in troubleshooting to find and correct this problem like those at Team Electric. Give us a Call Today at 813-695-3737. 


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Power Strip & Extension Cord Hazzards

 

If your home or business depends on the use of extension cords for more than a temporary fix, you might want to consider adding a new outlet to your electrical system instead. Extension cords and Power Strips are the cause on many electrical fires..


Why Extension Cords Are Hazardous?

One trouble with extension cords is that they’re often in the way. People can trip over them. Or possibly even worse, walk on them. Walking on a cord can damage it. This isn’t the only way the cord can be damaged. If used outside, it can deteriorate due to exposure to the sun. If the cord is damaged, it can create a short circuit, which can result in overloading and overheating of the wires inside and possibly a fire. The hazard can be heightened if an indoor cord has been tucked under a rug to prevent tripping. Under the rug, the cord can be damaged by being trod on, but the damage is hidden. And the rug only adds to the fire hazard. Extension cords that provide more than one outlet and allow more than one appliance to be plugged in create another hazard. They can allow overloading of the wires in the cord and overheating.


Why Power Strips Are Hazardous?

A power strip is a safety improvement over an extension cord. The Power Strip has a cord that runs from a couple of feet up to 12 feet. If you use a power strip, make sure that it is equipped with a circuit breaker. If damage to the cord results in a short circuit or if too many appliances are plugged in, the resulting power overloading will shut off power to the cord. This eliminates the problem of overheating and fire hazard. Of course, with the power cord, there is still the tripping issue, and over time, the circuit breaker can deteriorate without giving any sign and create a hazzard. Also, many older power strips are not designed with the additional safety features found in new power strips. Additionaly,  a power strip should never be used for anything other than electronics. Power Strips are not designed for appliances such as space heaters, refridgerators, freezers, microwaves, toasters, coffee pots just to name a few.   Click Here to go back to Electrical Tips. 


A safe solutuion is to add a new receptacle to your electrical system. Call Team Electric Today at 813-695-3737 and we will be happy to give you a Free Estimate. 

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