When is it time to call an electrician?

While this isn't an exclusive list, you should call an electrician if:
  • you are resetting circuit breakers or changing fuses too often
  • when you turn on your air conditioner & the room lights dim
  • your lights flicker or go on & off
  • you can smell electricity burning
  • you have six electronic devices going into one outlet behind your electronics center
  • you have receptacle outlets overburdened by multi-plug strips
  • Or, you just need electrical assistance from a licensed electrician. 

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How much should I attempt on my own?
  • Currently, most states allow you to conduct any improvements in your own home, but as with any home repair, electrical work comes with risks.  Licensed electricians undergo extensive training to learn the trade and understand are prepared to handle the risks involved with electricity.


Electrical faq

How many convenience outlets should I have in each room?
  • In every kitchen, library, den, dining, living or family room, receptacle units should be installed so no point along the floor line in any wall space is more than six feet from an outlet.  This spacing is to prevent the need for extension cords. Outlets are usually placed about 18 inches above floor level, with switches about 48 inches from floor level.  
What size service do I install in my home?
  • Most states call for 100 amps minimum, but with the latest technology, electronic devices, air conditioning units and electric heat, 200 amps will provide better support.  This rewiring is best handled by a licensed electrician.