Why You Need to Schedule an Electrical Equipment Test Before It’s Too Late

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Need to Schedule an Electrical Equipment Test Before It’s Too Late

If you’re responsible for a commercial operation, you’ve got a lot on your plate. You need to ensure that the business is efficient and turns a profit, and you’ve got to make sure that all of your staff and visiting customers are kept safe. When was the last time that you considered the condition of your electrical equipment? What should you be thinking about, right now? Heating Up One of the first signs that you are overdue for some equipment inspection and testing may be an equipment room that seems to be a little warmer than normal. If you or an employee can sense that something has changed over time, then it could be that your equipment is starting to overheat. While newer equipment may well have digital devices that alert you to this potential malfunction, it’s not always the case. Make sure that your equipment room has not been converted into a storage facility, either. Equipment like this must have an adequate amount of air flow if it’s to function properly. Difficult to Pinpoint a Failure Have you been noticing some weird electrical failures recently? If you’ve not been able to put some of these down to a specific reason it could be that the system itself, rather than a piece of equipment is at fault. A wide variety of problems could be lurking beneath the surface, such as broken connectors or loose conductors. If your equipment is indeed overheating as discussed previously, this could cause a resistance that triggers a system failure. It’s difficult to immediately identify this problem, as the resistance will dissipate as the equipment (now shut down) cools off. The Passage of Time If it’s been some time since you had a major electrical equipment overhaul, then it could be that general wear and tear and lacklustre maintenance have combined to create a system that is on the brink of failure. If you’re not sure whether a particular piece of equipment is missing a protective part, you might fail an inspection if one is imposed on you out of the blue. Circuit Breakers Ready Don’t forget that a fully efficient and tested system will have circuit breakers ready and waiting to protect employees and visitors. If you’re not sure whether these breakers are working properly, then they may not be protecting GFCI circuits as well as they should. It doesn’t take much for these elements to break down over an extended period of time without maintenance. A worn out spring could be enough. Taking Action If any of these ideas are falling too close to home, then it’s time for you to schedule a full electrical equipment...

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Shed Some Light on Your Outdoor Fixtures With LED Floodlights

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Shed Some Light on Your Outdoor Fixtures With LED Floodlights

Unlike spotlights which cast a narrow beam of light, LED floodlights can illuminate a large area. This makes them ideal for lighting outdoor spaces and fixtures for security and aesthetic purposes. There are various things that you should have in mind as you visit an electronic shop to purchase floodlights. Here are some tips that will guide you into making the ideal solution for your outdoor lighting needs. Type of floodlights There are numerous types of LED floodlights on the market today. Here are some of the common ones. Regular floodlights: These are the basic types of floodlights. They consist of a lamp, outer casing, and electric wires for power. They can be used for any outdoor space including the backyard, garden, garage, or driveway. Security floodlights: Security flood lights are used for purposes of safety. In addition to a light bulb, they are equipped with motion sensors that detect movement in front of the light fixture. When a person or animal walks by the fixture, the motion sensor triggers the light and illuminates the area. Security floodlights are suitable for deterring thieves and animals from your home at night. They can also be installed on the front door, garage door, or backyard. Landscape floodlights: unlike the regular and security floodlights which are installed at a height, landscape floodlights are installed around the ground level to illuminate landscape features such as paths, gardens, and decorative trees. They are usually used for decorative purposes. Electrical vs. Solar power LED floodlights use either electricity or solar energy. Both sources have their advantages; however, solar-powered floodlights are more energy efficient in the long run. Since they charge using the sun’s energy during the day, they do not contribute to your energy bills. However, if you do not wish to incur the initial purchase and installation costs of solar powered systems, you can opt for electric-powered floodlights. Additional features You can install a surveillance camera with your floodlights for increased security of your home. Also, some floodlights have Wi-Fi and voice control features which allow you to control the lights remotely from your phone or other devices. Consider the extra features that would make the use of floodlights more convenient for you. LED floodlights are functional fixtures for outdoor spaces. These tips will help you choose the ideal solutions for your home’s outdoor lighting and security needs. For more information, talk to a...

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Is Your Home Telling You That You Need to Immediately Call an Electrician?

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Your Home Telling You That You Need to Immediately Call an Electrician?

A home’s power doesn’t need to go out completely for it to need the services of an electrician, as some electrical emergencies might not always shut down the power itself. You don’t want to ignore or overlook the signs of needing an emergency electrician, as doing so can mean that your home is at risk for an electrical fire or you may be at risk for a shock, even electrocution. Note a few signs that your home is telling you that you should immediately call an electrician rather than waiting or just ignoring these problems. When the breaker box smells If you smell what resembles melting plastic or any type of burning smell from the breaker box, you want to call an emergency electrician as this often means that there is singeing or other such damage behind the box itself. Wires may also be outright smoldering, and this too is a sign that an electrical fire may be imminent. Even if the smell seems to go away, you don’t want to ignore it as this may simply mean that no power is going to the affected circuit. Once you use an electrical device on that circuit, the wires may start to singe again and an electrical fire may start at any time. Sparks from the plug You should never see sparks from a plug or outlet, either when you plug in something or when you unplug something; the only exception might be if you yank a cord from the wall. This sudden disconnect might cause a spark of the electrical circuit. However, if you remove a cord by hand without yanking it and you see a spark or feel tingling when you plug in something, this often means that the wires behind the plug are bare and frayed. This can mean your home is at risk for an electrical fire, and you may be at risk for electrocution if you use the plug again. Junction box full of twisted wires A junction box might be located in your home’s basement, utility room, or garage. If it doesn’t have a cover, this can mean that those wires inside are at risk for damage and becoming frayed. You might also notice that the wires inside are all twisted around, a sign of amateur electrical work. This puts undue pressure on those wires and may cause them to short out and create a spark, which puts your home at risk for an electrical fire. It’s best to have an electrician come out and address these wires right away to eliminate that...

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Got An Electrical Risk? 4 Cautionary Symptoms Of Hazardous Electrical Issues In Your Home

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Got An Electrical Risk? 4 Cautionary Symptoms Of Hazardous Electrical Issues In Your Home

Whether your electrical systems are old or new, they will display some cautionary symptoms before becoming hazardous problems. As a responsible homeowner, it’s vital to understand these signs because it will prevent any serious problems from transpiring in your home. This guide will help you understand cautionary symptoms of hazardous electrical issues in your home. If you notice any of these signs, you may need intervention from professional electricians immediately to get the problem fixed. You Receive An Electrical Shock If you receive a mild tingle or shock when you touch an electrical appliance in your home, then it could be because of a ground fault in particular appliances or it could be because of faulty wiring. While this mild shock may seem trivial for the moment, keep in mind that it could lead to more serious problems later, especially if the source of the fault gets worse. Take this shock seriously and enlist the help of professional electricians to prevent it from happening again. Your Lights Start Flickering If your light begins to flicker in your home, then it could be because of a defective or loose light bulb. This is usually an easy fix because you simply need to replace your faulty light bulb with a new one. If your light continues to flicker after replacing the bulb, then the problem is deeper rooted and may be emerging from the light socket or switchboard. Qualified electricians will need to diagnose and address this problem because the light bulb is in danger of blowing out, which could cause the electricity of your entire home to trip. You Notice Burning Smells Coming From Switches Or Outlets If you notice any burning smells coming from switches or outlets in your home, then these are sure signs that you have an overloaded electrical system. The source could either be with overloaded wires or overloaded electrical panel devices. This burning smell must be taken seriously because it could be an indication of a potential electrical fire. Put off the electricity until a professional electrician can assess the problem to prevent a full-fledged fire from starting. Your Switches Or Outlets Work Occasionally   Outlets or light switches that work every once in a while are a symptom of a larger electrical problem. This could occur because the wiring inside the switch or outlet is loose or the device may be cracked. A loose switch can potentially shock a person operating it because they could come into contact with exposed wiring. If you notice your switches or outlets working occasionally, be sure to call professional electricians to inspect and fix the issue. These signs will help you establish when it is time to call professional electricians to diagnose and fix hazardous electrical faults in your...

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How To Protect Your Appliances From The Dangers Of Fluctuating Electrical Current

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Protect Your Appliances From The Dangers Of Fluctuating Electrical Current

If your electrical appliances have never malfunctioned due to fluctuations of electrical current, you should consider embracing measures that will protect the appliances from the dangers of fluctuations in the future. Power surges and spikes are the most common type of electric current fluctuation. They are usually caused by downed power lines, blown transformers, and electric power grid switching.  However, over 50% of power spikes at home are caused by appliances that have large motors such as compressors, refrigerators, and air conditioners. Whatever the cause, you need a plan that protects the appliances, and one good plan is installing surge protectors in your home’s electric grid.    Understanding The Fluctuations Of Electric Current The work of a surge protector is to offer protection against power surges. But what is a surge? A surge is an increase in voltage — force that pushes the current — above the normal levels. The difference between a surge and a spike depends on how long the increase in voltage will last. If the increment lasts for more than three nanoseconds, it is called a surge. But if it lasts for two nanoseconds (billionths of a second), it is called a spike. Even if a surge does not incur immediate damages to your machine, it will exert a strain on its components and wear them down with time. Where To Connect Your Surge Protectors There are two places you can connect your surge protector. One is at the circuit breaker and the other one is at an electrical outlet. And hence, the two points (circuit breaker and outlet) classify surge protectors into two categories: whole house surge protectors and point-of-use surge protectors. The latter is the type of protector connected to an electrical outlet for while the former is connected to a circuit breaker. A whole house surge protector reduces the excess voltage before it enters your home while a point-of-use protector regulates voltage before it gets into the appliance. But if you want a protector that also saves energy, go for point-of-use surge protectors. These protectors have the ability of limiting vampire power, which is the electricity drawn by appliances when they are switched off. How Surge Protectors Protect Your Appliances From These Fluctuations Surge protectors have different working mechanisms, but basically, they work under the same principle: diverting extra current — surges or spikes –into the grounding wire of the protector. The most common types of surge protectors use a device called a metal oxide varisitor (MOV). The device has a metal oxide in the middle that is connected to the grounding wire by two semiconductors. The semiconductors offer some form of resistance that is dependent on voltage.  If the voltage is normal, the MOV does not react, but if the voltage is too high, the MOV absorbs and conducts much of the current so as to get rid of the extra voltage. And as soon as the current is directed into the ground via the grounding wire, the voltage gets back to normal and your appliances are kept safe. For more information, contact an...

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Quick Tips for Choosing and Installing a TV Antenna

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Quick Tips for Choosing and Installing a TV Antenna

If you don’t have cable television or a satellite dish in your home, you may need a TV antenna. This will allow your TV to get strong-enough signals so that you get a clear picture on the screen; without an antenna, you may get nothing but snow and static, even if your TV has an internal antenna. Choosing and installing an antenna is not as simple as it sounds, as there is a wide variety from which to choose. Note a few quick tips when you’re ready to choose and install a TV antenna for your home. 1. Interior versus exterior An interior antenna is easy to install; you can usually just take it out of the box and place it at the highest point in your home with a few screws and be done with it. However, you need to ensure you invest in a high-quality interior antenna, as signals may not easily make their way through metal framing and other building materials of your home, and a low-quality interior antenna won’t pick up these signals so easily. An exterior antenna is a bit more precarious to install as you need to climb onto your roof for installation. You usually also need added grounding with an exterior antenna in case it gets struck by lightning. However, the advantage of an exterior antenna is that you may pick up more signals, even weaker ones, when the antenna is outside. You can also choose an omni-directional antenna, which picks up signals from various directions. This can be needed if you’re trying to get signals from towers or TV stations that are on opposite sides of your house. 2. Installation Your interior antenna may need nothing more than a few screws to mount it to the wall or keep it securely on the floor; floor-mounted varieties may come with a type of bracket or stand to actually keep them off the floor so that they don’t build up static. You may then only need to point the antenna to the direction where you will receive the most signals. Install an interior antenna as far away as possible from any type of metal such as outside downspouts, as these interfere with TV signals. When installing an exterior antenna, you might opt for a tripod installation. A tripod is stronger and more rigid and may hold your antenna in place better than a base mount. Opt for the highest point on your roof but ensure that the antenna is away from power lines or trees to avoid the risk of branches falling on or hitting the antenna. Consider how high winds might smack tree branches into your antenna and choose its location...

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Why Invest in a Back Up Generator for Your Business?

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Invest in a Back Up Generator for Your Business?

There are a number of positives of having a generator in your business. With unexpected weather conditions and blackouts, having a back-up generator can ensure that your business will continue functioning properly, even if the power goes out. The fact is that this is a smart investment. However, it is essential to find a quality commercial electrician like Combined Electrical Contractors Pty Ltd for help with this and to ensure it works as it should.  What Exactly is a Backup Generator? This is a natural gas or propane powered generator that has been permanently installed into your home’s electrical system. It will provide HVAC, lighting and other necessities for your business after a power outage or storm. The generator will be installed safely outside of the structure, which removes the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning. When the power fails, then the backup generator will restore the power instantly. Dangers of a Portable Generator The fact is that if you opt to use a portable generator it can be quite dangerous. Not only does the wiring pose a potential risk, the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning. While a portable generator is more affordable than the back-up option, the risks make this an extremely dangerous option for your home or your business. Benefits of the Backup Generator There are a number of benefits offered by installing a backup generator, which include: Protection for your employees. When the power goes out you will still be able to access electrical devices, your security system will work, as well as your lights and your security system. Theft prevention: Unlike a portable generator, a built-in backup generator cannot be stolen. Downtime avoidance. When you install a backup generator in your business, it will ensure that you experience minimal downtime. The Cost of a Back-Up Generator A back-up generator is actually much more affordable than you may think. The actual cost will be dependent on the size of your business and the type of generator that you have installed. In order to determine the cost, you will have to talk to a professional service. When it comes to the well-being of your business and employees you have to consider what is in their best interest. While a back-up generator is more costly up front, it will likely save you a significant amount of money, frustration and time without power in the future. Keep this in mind and you will be able to determine the best option for your...

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Signs That Indicate You Require Electrical Services

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Signs That Indicate You Require Electrical Services

Whether at home or at work, electricity plays an important role in the overall functionality of a building. That is why ignoring the signs of electrical problems puts you at risk of not only paying more for electrical services, but also endangering the lives of the people in the building. It also puts all your electrical appliances at risk of malfunctioning due to faulty rewiring, power surges and more. Here are some of the signs that indicate you require home or business electrical services. Heat emanating from your electrical outlets. Warm electrical outlets or sparking from your sockets is a sure fire sign that you will need professional electrical services. Since these outlets conduct electricity, they should never be let to heat up or emit sparks. This means that there is a high chance of an electrical fire starting. In addition to warmth and sparking, you should also look out for any signs of charring on your outlets. This will indicate that an electrical fire had already occurred on the outlet thus making it unsafe for use. When you notice these symptoms is it recommended to switch off the outlet and not use any appliance on the socket until a professional has taken a look at it. Circuit breakers that trip incessantly. The main aim of your circuit breakers is to protect your home or business from a power surge. When excessive electricity is conducted in the building, the circuit breakers will trip so as to cut the flow of energy until it has stabilised. Typically, this will happen once in a while. In the event that your circuit breaker is tripping on a regular basis, it indicates that there could be an underlying problem with the entire electrical system. Enlisting professional electrical services would be pertinent so as to get to the root of the problem and remedy it before the surges cause electrocution or any other unfortunate incidence. Your property does not have GFCI outlets. GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. These outlets are typically installed in rooms that have a high risk of electrical appliances being exposed to water. As such, they will be located mainly in kitchens and bathrooms. The GFCIs work toward cutting the flow of electricity in the event that the supply will come into contact with water. Hence greatly minimising the risk of electrocution. Just as circuit breakers are important for the building, so are GFCIs as they enhance your overall...

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Common Questions People Ask About Auto Electrical Repairs

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Common Questions People Ask About Auto Electrical Repairs

The electrical system in your car is a complex and interrelated group of components that all work in sync to keep your vehicle running. When something goes wrong with the electrical system, an auto electrician is trained to fix the issue. And while you don’t need to be a car expert, it does help if you understand the basics of your auto electrical system when you take your vehicle into an auto mechanic’s garage. To help increase your knowledge, here are the answers to questions many car neophytes ask about auto electric repairs. What is the Problem When The Key Turns In the Ignition But The Car Just Clicks Without Starting? — When you attempt to start your car and you hear a clicking sound, it can mean one of several things. It could indicate that your battery has no charge and has stopped working. It could also indicate that the battery is still taking a charge but that the wire that connects it to the starter is loose or not working. A clicking sound also may mean that the motor in your starter has stopped operating, which means that the starter is trying to trigger your car to turn over, but there is not enough electrical current to do it. In general, a clicking sound without your engine turning over is an issue with the battery or the starter. What Is the Issue if The Battery Works But You Have To Jump Start It Several Times a Week? — This is typically an indication that your battery is about to die. When you have to jump start your battery several times a week, the battery is having a hard time holding a charge, which means that it needs an external source of power to trigger operation. Another issue could be that one of the battery cables needs replacement or that the battery terminals are corroded and need to be cleaned. Keep in mind that if you continually jump start a battery that is in working order except for faulty cables, you do run the risk of shorting out the battery by overloading the circuits. How Can One Tell If Their Car‘s Electrical System is Faulty? — There are several symptoms that indicate a vehicle’s electrical system has an issue. One of the most common symptoms are lights that are much dimmer than usual. If you notice that your headlights or the dashboard lights of your vehicle are far less bright than normal, this could be a sign that your battery is about to die. Remember that your battery controls many electrical components in your vehicle, including the headlights and radio, so when your lights dim, something is likely awry with your battery. Another warning sign of an electrical issue is when you turn the key in the ignition and your engine sputters or takes several seconds before it turns over. This is an indication that something may be wrong in the starter, alternator or...

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Adjusting Your Water Heater Thermostat

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Adjusting Your Water Heater Thermostat

One of the critical components of your home or business water heating system is the thermostat. Basically, a thermostat is a motorized device which regulates the flow of electrical voltage to the heating elements of the water heater system. In effect, not only does the thermostat provide comfort, but also guarantees safety inside the home. When set extremely high, the resulting hot water may cause burns and injuries. When set extremely low, bacteria may thrive in the resulting cold water. In this regard, homeowners need to be familiar with accessing the water heater thermostat in order to keep their hot water at the optimal temperature for their specific needs. Finding the water heater thermostat The two most common types of water heaters are gas and electric water heating systems. The location of the thermostat in both the electric and gas water heaters differs. Electric water heaters The electric water heating system features two thermostats, namely the upper and lower thermostat, each hidden at the back of the metal access casings on the tanks. Prior to embarking on anything else, switch off the electrical current to the water heating system. Unbolt the two holding screws in the initial thermostat cover. Take out the door, and eliminate any insulation beneath it. Finally, you will see the thermostat featuring a set screw for changing the temperature setting. The thermal controls may be tagged with specific temperatures, or may simply specify warm and hot. Upon setting your desired temperature setting, reinstate the insulation as well as the access casing. Follow similar steps for accessing the second thermostat. Note that the upper and lower thermostats should be set at corresponding temperature settings, to which the one set at a higher temperature may fail to power on while the other one set at a lower temperature may break down from constant use. Switch on the power again once you’re done. Gas water heaters In contrast to electric water heaters, the thermostat in gas water heaters is easily reachable, on the obverse of the tank adjacent to the base, despite the fact that on some versions it may be hidden underneath the access cover. On the majority of gas water heating systems, the thermostat is coupled with the main gas valve as well as the pilot valve in a single unit to form a combination control mechanism. Typically, the gas controls are plainly labeled. Adjust the knob to your preferred temperature setting. Reinstate the access casing if there’s one. Regulating the temperature setting of your water heater demands knowledge of where and how to access the system’s thermostat. If you find you need additional help with your water heater thermostat, contact a professional service, like Lollo & Allan...

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