I don't have an exhaust fan in my bathroom, do I need one?
Yes, building code requires each bathroom to be properly vented using an exhaust fan.
I was told I have Knob & Tube wiring what is this?
Knob & Tube wiring was the first true form of electricity used in homes. When it used first used there was very little load on the circuit. * A load is what we consider to be the amount of electricity flowing through a conductor* As time went by more and more was added onto the existing circuits and over time this has been the cause of a lot of fires. Because of this if you have Knob & Tube wiring Insurances companies are unlikely to insure your property until the Knob & Tube wiring is removed.
The Service Entrance cable that supplys my home looks old and brittle is this safe?
No, As this cable gets older it allows water to penetrate the outdoor meter and also the fuse or electrical panel inside your house. Over time the water will break down the connections inside the meter or the electrical panel. This will create a problem of not allowing the proper voltage to enter you panel and potentially causing to lose your appliances that depend on a certain voltage to perform properly.
My home is close to 40 years old, can my electrical wiring handle todays electrical needs?
No, Older homes do not have the proper branch circuit wiring. It's like having an elastic band stretched out under a heat lamp that you keep pulling harder and harder until it breaks, that's the same concept with branch wiring. In older homes they keep adding onto existing circuits until the conductors break down from to much heat being pushed through the conductors. This will either cause damage to your property or worse a fire.
Is it safe to place bulbs in light fixtures rated higher then the manufactures label?
No, using a higher wattage light bulb not only causes damage to the light fixture, but also cause damage to the conductors feeding the light fixture. The heat from the light bulb is trapped between the fixture and electrical box feeding the light fixture and over time it wears down the conductor insulation leaving the conductors exposed and unprotected.
Am I required to have GFCI receptacles in my kitchen, bath and places where water is present ?
Yes, GFCI's are required in all Kitchen, Baths, Garages, Unfinished Basements, and all outdoor locations.
I am always resetting breakers, is this normal?
No, Breakers are designed to trip out a set number times before it becomes faulty. Having a faulty breaker can lead to to damage to the property or worse this can cause a potential fire.
My electrical service has not been updated in 15 years or more should it be inspected ?
Yes, Maintaining your electrical service is as important as maintaining your vehicle. The electrical service is an important element to your property that usually goes unnoticed until you have a problem. The weather and the heat from the electrical service breaks down the connections over time. Having it inspected could save you from an emergency call that usually cost you more than the normal price to replace the service if found to be dangerous.
I have a Federal Pacific circuit breakers I was told this is not safe, is it ?
No, These breakers were poorly designed not tripping out when they sensed an overload allowing more current to flow through the conductors and caused a lot of fires.
The circuit breakers in my home aleast 10 years old should they be replaced ?
It depends on what is on the circuit breaker. Electricity is a source of heat and as that heat travels through the breakers it causes them to heat up and ware them out over time. They should be inspected for sign of ware.