12 Apr Common Home Electrical Q&As
How do I set a circuit breaker?
Inspect the circuit breaker panel to determine if any of the breakers are tripped (open). If a breaker is tripped, open it all the way, then re-close it. If none of the breakers in the panel are tripped, or resetting does not restore power, call PDQ Electric at 702-533-8136.
What is AFCI and where is it needed?
It is needed in every bedroom as per current national and local codes. An arc-fault-circuit interrupter (AFCI) is designed to shut down a circuit once it detects an arcing situation on the circuit. This ingenious device seems to have a mind of its own. It can distinguish between a normal arc, like that of a switch turning on and off, a cord being unplugged, an appliance contact shutting off versus a loose contact that is arcing and is going to cause a problem. This remarkable device detects hidden wiring problems in your home that you may not even be aware of.
Why are my switch and receptacle plates discolored?
If the wall outlet appears discolored, this is a major warning sign. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a discolored wall outlet can be caused by “arcing, smoldering, or burning happening behind the outlets, damaged or improperly installed wiring in the outlet or a problem with the receptacle itself.” If you see a discolored outlet, you should not use this outlet. Instead, call us so we can examine the outlet for you!
Where do I need smoke and fire alarms in the house?
The NFPA’s guidelines require smoke alarms on every level of a home, including the basement, but excluding crawl spaces or uninhabitable attic spaces. Install a smoke alarm outside every sleeping area, so if you have a two-story home with bedroom upstairs and none downstairs, there must be a smoke alarm outside each bedroom, and one downstairs near a common living area.