FAQs

FAQs

We know that you have questions about why a Forney TX electrician does what he or she does and that’s why we have taken the time to describe some of the most common questions homeowners and property owners have about work. In case you have more questions, please feel free to give us a call and we’ll be happy to set you up for a free estimate and inspection today!

Can I do my own electrical repairs?

Yes, in most jurisdictions in Texas, you are allowed to do your own repairs. Some areas have no requirements while others require homeowners to prove proficiency with testing. In some instances, a permit and inspection may be required, check with your local jurisdiction before performing any repairs. We suggest a licensed Forney TX electrician in most cases.

Why do I need to hire an electrician?

Electrical fires claim hundreds of lives each year and injure thousands more, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Incorrectly installed or faulty wiring causes most of these fires. Your home’s electrical system is complicated and do-it-yourself mistakes could be deadly. Most repair jobs are best left to the professionals. Licensed Forney TX electrician are knowledgeable about building codes and national safety standards and also provide peace of mind by guaranteeing their work.

What is your warranty?

We offer a one year warranty on all parts and labor. Some items may have a longer warranty from the manufacturer.

Are you licensed and insured?

Yes, we are licensed through the State of Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation TECL25328 and carry at least the minimum insurance required by their current standards.

Power is out to half of my house, what can I do?

We suggest you call your service provider first. This issue is typically caused by a problem from a transmission source and can be repaired and/or checked by them at no cost to you. If they find that the problem does not originate from their equipment, give us a call at 972-782-9212 and we will get your issue resolved.

What is an Arc Fault Breaker?

An arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) is a circuit breaker that prevents electrical fires by sensing electric arcs in a circuit. An AFCI selectively distinguishes between a harmless arc (those that occur in normal operation), and a potentially dangerous arc (that may occur from a wire damaged by ). Conventional circuit breakers only respond to overloads and short circuits, so they do not protect against arcing conditions that produce erratic, and often reduced current. An AFCI is selective so that normal arcs do not cause it to trip. The AFCI breaker continuously monitors the current and discriminates between normal and unwanted arcing conditions. Once detected, the AFCI opens its internal contacts, thus de-energizing the circuit and reducing the potential for a fire to occur.

Does my home need to be rewired?

We recommend a whole house safety inspection to understand the current status of the wiring. Some wiring that is considered a major hazard are knob and tube wiring and an ungrounded system. These pose hazards to your home/safety and a re-wire should be considered.

What is a GFCI device?

A ground-fault occurs when there is a break in the low-resistance grounding path from a tool or electrical system. The electrical current may then take an alternative path to the ground through the user, resulting in serious injuries or death. The ground-fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, is a fast-acting circuit breaker designed to shut off electric power in the event of a ground-fault within 1/10th of a second. It works by comparing the amount of current going to and returning from equipment along the circuit conductors. When the amount going differs from the amount returning by approximately 5 milliamperes, the GFCI interrupts the current.The GFCI is rated to trip quickly enough to prevent an electrical incident. If it is properly installed and maintained, this will happen as soon as the faulty tool is plugged in. If the grounding conductor is not intact or of low-impedance, the GFCI may not trip until a person provides a path. In this case, the person will receive a shock, but the GFCI should trip so quickly that the shock will not be harmful. Please visit the OSHA website for further information on this subject.

Does my electrical panel need to be replaced/upgraded?

Here are some signs/symptoms that indicate your system is in need of an upgrade: A) Circuit breakers trip frequently or are hot to touch. B) Your lights dim when you turn on other appliances. C) You have to use extension cords or adapters to create additional electric outlets for your home. D) You have a Federal Pacific (FPE Stab-Lok) or Zinsco Panel E) Your panel has a split-bus and/or NO main breaker Electrical panels have a typical life span of 25-40 years. If yours is older than that; if it’s in poor condition; or if it’s old and has only a few circuits, and your breakers DO NOT trip … those can be danger signs as well. Also: If you are adding high power-consumption appliances such as an air conditioner or a spa, it’s likely that your system will need an upgrade to accommodate the additional demand.

How do I reset my breaker?

The tripped breaker will typically be in the center position or have an orange indicator present. To reset a breaker, push it to the OFF position. The breaker should stay in this position without any assistance. Once this has taken place, push the breaker to the ON position. This should reset power to the affected area. If the breaker trips again, will not reset, or feels “spongy” when switching between positions, call Taylor Made Electric and let us take care of your issue.
For more questions, comments, concerns, quandaries, and cannundrums that come your way, please feel free to schedule your free estimate and home inspection today! We’d love to be your “Taylor Made” solution!