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5 Commonly Asked Electrical Questions

At Expert Electric, we want to make sure that our clients have as much information about the work that we do as possible, so that they can make better choices regarding the safety and quality of their homes. Answering questions is never a hassle, but we always want to make sure that information that could protect your home is easily accessible. For that reason, we have compiled this list of the 5 most commonly asked electrical questions that we get from clients regarding home electricity.

5 Top Home Electrical Questions

Whether you are having electrical problems or are just curious about how to better maintain your home’s electrical systems, it is good to know the answers to some commonly asked electrical questions. Some of these questions include:

What does it Mean to “Short-Circuit?”

In most electrical systems, there is a hot wire that carries the electrical current. A short circuit occurs when this wire becomes grounded. This can happen if a wire becomes frayed, loose, or exposed, causing the electricity to divert from its designated path. Short circuits can generate heat and sparks and are typically dangerous, but an updated electrical system will cause the breaker to trip when these problems occur.

What is the Difference Between a Fuse and a Breaker?

Fuses and breakers both are in place to accomplish the same task. When a fault is sensed in an electrical circuit, both devices will break the flow of electricity. While fuses blow out and need to be replaced every time they do their job, a circuit breaker is a simple switch that can be flipped once the problem is resolved.

What are GFCI Outlets?

GFCI outlets are special electrical outlets that are designed to shut off, if moisture is present, to prevent electrical shock. They detect variations in an electrical circuit and trip the power supply if any variation occurs. These outlets are typically present in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and outdoor applications. They feature a small button that allows you to easily reset the outlet if it trips.

Why Do My Lights Flicker?

If your lights are frequently flickering throughout your home or just in a single fixture, you should always call your electrician. In many cases, lights flicker because of an outdated electrical system, and your electrical panel or wiring will need to be replaced. In other cases, it can be a loose wire, insufficient power supply, or another appliance on a circuit drawing too much power. In any case, it is best to have the problem diagnosed by a licensed electrician.

How do I Know if My Electrical Panel is Unsafe?

The fastest and most reliable way to know if an electrical panel is unsafe is to call an electrician. You can also check the brand and compare it with reports on the Internet. Electrical panels that were installed more than 20 years ago should usually be replaced.

If you would like to find more answers to commonly asked electrical questions, or if you are interested in our suite of electrical services, please contact Expert Electric or fill out a contact form on our website.