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Faq-Troubleshooting Electricial

My lights are flickering or blinking.What should I do?
When my house was built, the contractor failed to install a doorbell. Is there an easy way to solve this?
Why do the bulbs in my exterior fixtures burn out so often?
What causes the lights in my house to flicker?
What does it mean when my smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector chirps?
How can I be sure the electrical system in my home or business is safe?
What should I do if the GFCI device trips?
What could cause a smell in the electrical panel?
Why do lights not come on after the circuit breaker has been reset?
What should I do if I hear frying or crackling sounds coming from my panel?
Why is there power in only half of my house?
I started an electrical job at home but realized I cannot finish it. Can you help?
Squirrels occupying the attic
How do you indentify existing wiring in an older building?


My lights are flickering or blinking. What should I do?
Turn off the circuit breaker and call us. This maybe a sign of serious electrical malfunction.

When my house was built, the contractor failed to install a doorbell. Is there an easy way to solve this?
One of our electricians will be able to install a wireless door chimes.

Why do the bulbs in my exterior fixtures burn out so often?
This is usually is caused by several factors.
1) Use of non-brand named bulbs.
2) Larger wattage bulbs, which cause excessive heat build-up shortening the life of the bulb.
3) Power surges.

What causes the lights in my house to flicker?
Central air conditioning and heat pump condensers may cause a noticeable slight dimming on start up. Lights may flicker or dim due to startup of some appliances or motor driven equipment. Check with you local utility company for possible defects in supply source or for utility switching to other utilities for supply.

What does it mean when my smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector chirps?
A continuous chirping generally indicates a low battery. If you change the battery and it continues to chirp, then the detector is most likely defective and should be replaced.

How can I be sure the electrical system in my home or business is safe?
We recommend you contact us to schedule an appointment. One of our licensed electricians will conduct a thorough inspection.

What should I do if the GFCI device trips?
There are two buttons on GFCI devices. You can test the device by pressing the black button. That should cause the circuit to trip, indicated by the red button popping out. When this happens, the outlet will be disabled and all other outlets and electrical connections on that circuit will be disabled. You reset the device by pressing the red button until it latches in place. If the device tripped by itself, check for causes that might have had it trip before trying to reset it.

What could cause a smell in the electrical panel?
That smell is caused by the panel and/or feeder cable overheating due to excessive current draw. This is a FIRE HAZARD! You should contact one of our electricians to troubleshoot the problem.

Why do lights not come on after the circuit breaker has been reset?
Assuming the circuit breaker is good, you have either an open natural or an open hot wire leading to your lighting circuit.

What should I do if I hear frying or crackling sounds coming from my panel?
A frying or crackling sound could indicate arcing between the breakers and the panel connection points. This should be taken seriously and you should reach out to one of our licensed electricians to troubleshoot.

Why is there power in only half of my house?
Most likely one of your main fuses is blown. Please contact us to inspect the situation.

I started an electrical job at home but realized I cannot finish it. Can you help?
Yes, please call us before doing any further work. We’ll come and inspect the situation and give you a free estimate on what it will take to finish the job.