QUESTION: My dimmer switch gets very hot. Is this a fire hazard?
ANSWER: Yes, dimmers are rated by watts they are designed to handle. If a dimmer has to
operate at or close to it's full capacity, it will heat up. Some dimmers have metal fins on the front of
them to enable proper heat dissipation. You can either reduce the wattage connected to the dimmer
to alleviate the problem, or put in a larger-rated dimmer.
QUESTION: My recessed lights go on and off after a few minutes, why?
ANSWER: Recessed lights are supplied with a thermal overload. Because the
fixture is inside your ceiling, it is important that excessive heat from the bulbs
do not cause a fire. Because of this, the thermal overload acts as a thermometer
i.e. when the heat reaches a preset temperature, it will disconnect the electric.
When the fixture cools down, the electricity is reconnected. To avoid this
problem, lower wattage lamps will generate less heat, try changing them. The
recessed can should have a sticker on the inside of it listing the lamps which are compatible with it.
QUESTION: Why are some of my outlets in the bathroom/kitchen/garage/outside not working?
ANSWER: The major cause for non-working outlets is the GFCI on the circuit has been tripped. Typically,
if a outlet is GFCI protected, it will have a small sticker on it to indicate this. To correct the problem you
must first locate the GFCI outlet that controls the circuit and press the "Reset" button. These outlets do
not have a specific location and can be located in any of the rooms where they are required or by the
main panel, depending on the installer. In addition, make sure that you check the breaker in the service panel to
ensure it is not tripped. If the problem is still not corrected, please contact us @ 972-782-9212, and we will be happy to
QUESTION: What is an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter?
ANSWER: Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters or AFCIs are
electrical devices that are designed to protect against
fires caused by arcing faults in residential electrical wiring. The AFCI resembles a normal breaker that is placed in the
electrical panel but it contains a reset button in the event that a trip occurs and the arc problem is fixed.
QUESTION: We still have the round fuses instead of circuit breakers. Is this a safety issue?
ANSWER: No, it is not a safety issue unless the fuse box is damaged or deteriorating. Fuses are
actually more sensitive than circuit breakers; therefore they are safer than circuit breakers. The
problem with fuses are as follow:
- Arcing fault currents that are not high enough to melt the fuse element, or fuses that provide little protection
- Hazards associated with changing fuses i.e. electrocution/electric shock or damage to wire/fire hazard if
incorrect sized fuse is used
- The need for additional mechanical hardware and items that can wear out, including fuse holders, blown fuse
indicators, etc., which must be maintained or replaced and can become dislodged and cause arcing events
(more common in commercial applications)
- Higher energy costs caused by additional resistances in the fuse holder and connections
- Higher service-life costs the need to stock and replace fuses after overloads or short circuits.
The newest style circuit breakers called Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters, or AFCI for short, are safer. Please read more
|HELPFUL ANSWERS TO SOME OF
QUESTION: I have already reset the breaker but I still do not have
ANSWER: In order to reset a breaker on your electrical panel, you
must push the breaker firmly to the off position and then push it back
to the on position. Most people fail to push the breaker firmly past the
off position and assume it is reset. If the breaker will not stay on after
this please call Taylor Made Electric to correct the problem.
QUESTION: Will my electrical repair project require a permit?
ANSWER: Most household service work will not require a permit. Major projects such as room additions and home
remodels typically require a permit and inspection. Failure to follow building codes could require your work to be
completely redone at additional expense or you could have problems selling your home in the future. Most cities will
have a web page that will explain which work needs to be permitted.
QUESTION: Are AFCI's required by the National Electrical Code?
ANSWER: Yes. As of January 2008, combination arc fault circuit interrupters are required by the National Electrical
Code on all 120 volt 15 and 20 Amp circuits located in family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, parlors, libraries, dens,
bedrooms, sunrooms, recreation rooms, closets, hallways, or similar room areas. You can also protect your existing
home by installing AFCI Breakers.
QUESTION: Do fuses and circuit breakers serve the same purpose as AFCI's?
ANSWER: No. Fuses and circuit breakers are not capable of detecting low-level arcs. Only AFCI's are specifically
designed for that purpose.
QUESTION: What is an arc fault?
ANSWER: An arc fault is an unintentional electrical discharge. Arc faults are usually caused by undetected problems
such as damaged extension cords, improperly installed wall receptacles and electrical cables/wires that have been
pierced by nails, screws, etc. An arc fault can be extremely dangerous because they can ignite combustible materials
and cause a fire. Although arc faults can not be prevented, there is a device that can stop them from causing any
further damage. An Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter or AFCI will electronically detect any arc fault and stop the flow of
electricity in a fraction of a second. No electricity, no heat, no fire. Also, by tripping on a specific circuit, the AFCI will
assist in identifying the source of the problem.
QUESTION: What are your rates?
ANSWER: For most jobs we can give you an upfront price based on the work to be done and material required. For
instances where the actual work is not known we work for an hourly rate of $110/hr(1 hr minimum) For troubleshooting,
most problems in homes can be found, and in most instances repaired, in under 1 hour. Materials are additional. We
offer FREE quotes and NEVER charge a fee to come to your home.
QUESTION: I think I have a bad switch. How can I test it?
ANSWER: Turn off power to the circuit at the main panel. Install a working light bulb for a light fixture or any working
appliance for a receptacle. Remove the two wires from the switch and tie them together. Turn the power back on. If the
item you are testing with is functioning, you need a new switch. If the item is not working, it is time to call Taylor Made
Electric @ 972-782-9212 for assistance.
|If you did not find the answer you were looking for feel free to call us at 972-782-9212 or
submit a question directly to us.
|TAYLOR MADE ELECTRIC, LLC
KAUFMAN, TX. 75142