4 Things to Check Before Calling Us


Check Breakers & Fuses

  • To avoid a possible electric shock hazard, make sure your hands and the floor are dry.
  • Go to your home's electric service panel - usually, a gray metal box on an interior wall of your basement or garage, near your outside electric meter.
  • Open the door of the service panel and see if a circuit breaker is tripped (or a fuse is blown). If so, reset the breaker (or replace the fuse).
  • To reset a tripped breaker, move the switch all the way to "OFF," then all the way back to "ON."
  • To replace a screw-type fuse, turn the fuse counterclockwise until it screws all the way out, like a light bulb. Replace it with a new fuse of the same ampere rating (such as 15A, 20A) as the old fuse. DO NOT use a new fuse with a higher rating - this could damage your home's wiring or cause a fire!
  • If a particular breaker keeps tripping (or fuse keeps blowing), there may be a problem on that circuit. For safety's sake, call us to check it out.

Reset Ground Fault Outlet

  • A ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is a safety feature required usually when an outlet is installed near water–bathrooms, kitchens, exterior fixtures. They are designed to trip when a current imbalance occurs. When this happens, it’s easy to reset the outlet.
  • Turn off any appliances plugged into the GFCI breaker. This ensures no appliance damage when re-engaging the circuit.
  • Locate the button next to the "Test" button that says "Reset" on it, and press it.
  • Turn the appliances back on to ensure the outlet works.
  • If your GFCI outlet continues to trip then you may have a short or a defective GFCI outlet. You may want to contact us to address the problem for you.

Make Sure Cords are in Working Order

  • Make sure all electrical cords are in good condition – not frayed or cracked. If they are frayed or damaged in any way, do not use them.
  • Take care of electrical cords so they do not become damaged. Place them where they will not be stepped on or subject to heat or water.
  • Do not pull on cords to disconnect them (pull from the plug) and do not twist or kink cords. Cords should never be nailed or stapled to the wall or the baseboards.
  • Check to see that cords are not overloaded. Extensions cords should only be used on a temporary basis; they are not intended as permanent household wiring.

Check the Light Bulbs

  • Sometimes it's the simplest things...make sure the bulbs are in working order.
  • Turn off lights when changing a bulb and to clean or service them.
  • Check the wattage of all bulbs in light fixtures to make sure they are the correct wattage for the size of the fixture.
  • Replace bulbs that have a higher wattage than recommended; if you don’t know the correct wattage, check with the manufacturer.
  • Make sure bulbs are screwed in securely-loose bulbs may overheat.
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