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    Electrical FAQ

    Electric Today is here for you 24 hours a day and 7 days per week. If you do not see an answer to your problem below, feel free to call us!

    My smoke detector keeps chirping. What does this mean?

    This could mean a couple of things.

    1. A sporadic chirping noise could indicate a defective model.

    2. A consistent chirping noise could indicate a low battery.

    3. Smoke (and CO) alarms should be replaced after 8 years. All models include the year of production, so check them and replace if they have gone past that window.

    Why do the bulbs in my exterior fixture burn out so often?

    This is usually caused by several factors.

    1. Generic light bulbs (without a brand name) are often made with inferior parts.

    2. Larger wattage bulbs, which cause excessive heat build-up shorting the life of the bulb.

    3. Power Surges.

    Who do I contact when I have problems with TV or telephone wiring in my home?

    Cable and telephone companies are no longer responsible for wiring or equipment after deregulation in most areas of the U.S. This means that the responsibility has fallen upon the shoulders of the consumer (and a licensed electrical contractor). Most TV and telephone utilities still provide service, but often at a high price. When a problem occurs, it’s best to call the professionals at Electric Today.

    I have a 110 volt outlet on the exterior of my home. Can I plug holiday lights into It?

    Yes, however be mindful of the total load of the strands when used together. If the quantity of lights creates a load greater than the circuit breaker’s capacity, it will trip. If this happens, you might consider adding additional circuits to handle holiday lights.

    Do I need point-of-use surge plugins if I already have surge/lightning protection installed on my main service?

    Yes. Main line surge installation is no guarantee that your electronics and appliances will be safe. Additional surge protection for your system will add a greater level of protection.

    I have surge/lightning protection on my home. Am I safe from lightning strikes?

    No. Surge/lightning protection is effective in offering additional levels of defense, but there is no guarantee of complete security against the elements – especially in the Tampa Bay area.

    Can I plug any 110-volt device into regular 110-volt outlets throughout the house?

    Yes. But remember, if your device exceeds the capacity of the circuit it will trip the breaker.

    Can I hang a ceiling fan where a light is?

    Yes. But you should first contact an electrician to ensure the electrical box is properly braced and rated for the weight and torque of the ceiling fan model.

    What does it mean when my fluorescent lights are flickering or cycling on and off?

    Flickering may indicate impending bulb failure, minor power fluctuation, and/or improperly installed bulbs. Cycling on and off is usually a clear indication of ballast and/or bulb failure. It is recommended when replacing a ballast to replace bulbs as well.

    How do I reset my breaker after it has tripped?

    First, disconnect any additional devices that may have caused the breaker to overload and trip. Breakers are mechanical devices and must be turned all the way off before turning back on. Remember this is a mechanical device, so this may require several attempts. If this fails to reset the breaker, there may be a more severe problem. Call Electric Today at 813-653-4221.

    Why do I blow fuses or why does my circuit breaker trip?

    Except in the case of ground fault interrupters, which are susceptible to moisture and/or weather conditions, fuses and circuit breakers should not trip. Check to see if some type of plugged in appliance is causing the problem.

    What causes the lights in my house to flicker?

    Use of your HVAC system can cause a noticeable flickering/dimming upon start up. This can also happen when you turn on certain appliances or motor driven equipment. Check with your utility company for possible defects in supply source, which could be a factor. If this does not resolve the problem, call the professionals at Electric Today.

    I have aluminum wiring in my home? Should I have my electrical system rewired?

    Aluminum wiring itself is safe. The underlying issue is with the connections. Aluminum is a soft metal, and with the expansion and contraction due to electrical energy, it can become loose in the various connection points. These loose connections will cause heat buildup and eventually bring about electrical failures. It is recommended to have your system evaluated by a professional. You have the option of a whole house rewire or Alumicon Conversions at each device.

    Got more questions? Give Electric Today a call at 813-653-4221! We are always happy to help with any service question you have.