General Electrician FAQ

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We all depend on electricity but there is great deal of misinformation and misconceptions out there that only make matters more complicated when you’re experiencing an electrical issue at your home or business. Now, there is no such thing as a substitute for one of EM2 Electrical Services LLC’s licensed electricians coming to take a closer look at the situation, but we have answered a few frequently asked questions to help streamline the whole process.

When Is it Time to Call an Electrician?

No one wants to call in professional help when they’re not needed. There are a lot of home and business owners who think that their electrical issue is no big deal and that they can get by if they ignore the problem, hoping it will eventually sort itself out, or they decide to take matters into their own hands.

Under no circumstances should you ever attempt to conduct your own electrical work. Even if it’s just a small problem, unqualified repairs won’t meet safety standards and could sow the seeds of more serious problems down the line.

So, when should you call an electrician? Whenever you have an electrical problem! It’s of no inconvenience to us to provide the reassurance you need. Besides, more often than not more frequently tripping circuit breakers, flickering lights, faulty wiring, etc., warrant our immediate attention.

Can I Do Electrical Work on My Own?

Under no circumstances should you ever attempt to do your own commercial or residential electrical work. It is guaranteed to be a recipe for disaster. You wouldn’t do your own dental work, would you? Our electricians are highly trained professionals who can guarantee a safe solution.

Furthermore, if you do your own electrical work and it causes a fire or another type of injury, you will be liable for the damages. It’s not worth the risk when EM2 Electrical Services LLC’s excellent electricians are only a phone call away.

How Do I Know What Size Electrical Service System I Need for My Property?

Figuring out the electrical loads of homes and businesses is essential. And to determine the size of electrical panel involves an audit of your appliances and a little bit of math as well. Your circuits should only be loaded up to 80% of the total circuit capabilities. So, if you have a 15-amp circuit, the safe operating amperage would be no greater than 12 amps.

Confused yet? If so, give EM2 Electrical Services LLC a call and we’ll be happy to assist you in your energy load audit.

What Should I Do if My Breaker Panel Is Hot?

If you can safely turn the power off, do so and give us a call immediately. You might need an upgrade or some maintenance. Either way, this is a job for the professionals.

Is investing in solar energy worth the money?

Are you considering switching from electrical energy and investing in solar energy for your home or business? More importantly what are the benefits and, is investing in solar energy worth the money? Solar power is energy from the sun that is converted into thermal or electrical energy…in short, instead of using electricity you utilize the sun. When considering investing in solar energy, perhaps you should consider its recompenses. If your electric bill is high ranging from $150-$200, going solar can at least save up to 20% on your electric bill. Thinking of selling your home? On average for a mid-sized home you can add as much as $15,000 increase to your property value or more depending on the state in which you live. In addition, there is evidence that homes with solar power actually sell faster. Perhaps your apprehensions involve damages, or repair maintenance. Did you know that most rooftop solar energy systems are covered by standard homeowner’s policies which doesn’t change your insurance plan? On average solar energy systems last up to 25 years and it the average range across America is 6-8 years for them to pay for themselves. Have you already made the decision to go solar and need someone to install them or installing them yourself to cut cost? Sure, a skilled enough handyman should be able to size, design, and install a residential solar system, however connecting a solar system to the electrical grid can be dangerous. Only a certified electrician or installer is legally allowed to perform such task. The risk involved can lead serious injuries or even death. Other advantages of solar power are that it’s pollution free and is a renewable clean power available every day despite the weather rain or shine!

What is the difference between a Handyman and an Electrician?

Trusting someone with your home or businesses electrical service needs can be one of the most important decisions you make. However, before you decide on calling a handyman, there are some important facts you need to know. A handyman is not a professional electrician, and there can be serious risk involved in letting just anyone provide you with electrical services. So, what exactly is a handyman? The short answer is any, and everybody can be a handyman. In fact, handymen are not just men they are women also. If you yourself have ever performed any repair work in a home or business, you would also qualify as a handy man.

Handymen are exactly what the name itself entails; it is any individual who is “handy” at any task. These tasks may include but are not limited to painting, building a ramp, removing large trash items, hanging exterior lights, and moving furniture amongst other home or business improvements. On the other hand, there are two major factors as to why an electrician is more reliable than a handyman.

Education: An electrician has years of education and hands-on training under a master electricians’ supervision. They must undergo extensive hours of working in electrical systems and over 100 hours of course work. Electricians also must pass state-licensing test to ensure that they are qualified to work on electrical systems.

Licensed and Insured: A professional electrician is licensed and insured to perform wiring and other task, rather its hanging ceiling fans or light fixtures or adding electrical outlets to a room. It is always safer to allow a certified electrician to cover what your homeowner’s insurance may not. When getting work done on your home or for your business the last thing you want to hear is “Oops”… following a problem that may cost you more than anticipated! Allow an electrician who is approved by your state to do the work that a general handyman is not permitted or authorized to do.

What Is a Surge Protector, and Do I Need One?

A surge protector is a piece of equipment that suppresses the excess voltage in your system to prevent it from causing harm to your appliances and devices. You should get some to protect your appliances and devices from power surges.

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