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In our years of experience, we have found that our customers prefer an accurate price based on their exact electrical issue. Most phone quotes are subject to change once the technician sees the job. We don't think that is fair to you. By allowing us to diagnose the problem in person, you will know exactly what it will cost to get the job done before we begin work. Contact Sentry Electric today for a quote on all of your electrical repair needs.
We will send one of our electricians to your home in a fully stocked truck. Our technician will take a look at your project and evaluate your problem; he will then give you an UPFRONT quote of what the price will be… if you decide you would like to proceed with the work, he will stay and do that for you that day, in most cases; otherwise, if you need some time to think about it or discuss it with another family member, there is no charge for the estimate
There are a few signs that an electrical outlet may be overheating or burning:
Discoloration or Charring: If the outlet shows signs of discoloration, melting, or charring, it is a strong indicator that it has been overheating.
Sparking or Arcing: If you see sparks or a crackling sound coming from the outlet, it may be a sign that there is an electrical problem and the outlet is overheating.
Smell: An electrical burning odor is a warning sign that there may be an issue with the outlet.
Tripped Circuit Breaker: If the circuit breaker connected to the outlet trips repeatedly, it could indicate that the outlet is overloading and overheating.
If you suspect that an electrical outlet is overheating or burning, it is important to immediately turn off the power to the outlet and seek professional assistance to have the issue inspected and repaired.
Any good handyman will tell you that they can fix it themselves without a problem. Unfortunately, there is a problem. Handymen are not qualified to handle electrical work. Electricians have to undergo years of extensive training and certification processes to obtain his or her license. Sure, a license may seem like a piece of paper, but that paper is something that can save your life.
While it is possible to do some electrical repairs yourself, many electrical projects require knowledge of electrical codes and safety procedures. Improperly installed electrical systems can cause fires, electrical shock, and other hazardous situations.
For minor repairs, such as changing a light switch or fixture, you can follow tutorials and use electrical tools. However, for more complex repairs like upgrading electrical panels, fixing major wiring issues, or installing new electrical systems, it is recommended to hire a licensed and experienced electrician.
It is always better to be safe than sorry, and electrical work can be dangerous if not done properly. If you are unsure of your ability to complete a repair safely, it is best to consult a professional electrician.
It is recommended to call an electrician in the following situations:
Upgrading electrical panels: If you need to upgrade your electrical panel to handle a larger electrical load, it is best to have a professional electrician handle the job.
Electrical safety concerns: If you notice any signs of overheating, sparking, or discoloration in electrical outlets or switches, it's time to call an electrician for a safety inspection.
Installation of new electrical systems: If you're installing new electrical systems, such as adding outlets, switches, or lighting, an electrician can ensure that the work is done safely and to code.
Wiring issues: If you're experiencing flickering lights, blown fuses, or tripped circuit breakers, it's a sign that you have a wiring issue that requires professional attention.
Major remodeling projects: If you're undertaking a major remodeling project that involves moving or adding electrical systems, it's best to have a professional electrician handle the electrical work.
In general, if you're unsure about the safety of your electrical system, or if you're uncomfortable working with electrical systems, it's always best to consult a professional electrician.
The size of the electrical service you should install in your home depends on your electrical needs. The electrical service provides the power to all the electrical outlets, lights, and appliances in your home. The electrical service is measured in amps.
A typical home will have a 100-amp service, which should be sufficient for most homes. However, larger homes with more electrical appliances, such as air conditioning units, hot tubs, or electric car charging stations, may require a larger service, up to 200 amps or more.
It's important to have a professional electrician evaluate your electrical needs to determine the appropriate size of electrical service for your home. The electrician will consider factors such as the number of electrical devices and appliances in the home, their power requirements, and the overall electrical load. This will help ensure that the electrical service is adequate for your needs and meets local building codes.
Lights flickering in your home can be caused by a variety of reasons, including:
Loose light fixtures: If the light fixtures are loose, it can cause the lights to flicker. This can be easily fixed by tightening the screws or securing the fixtures.
Overloaded circuits: If too many appliances or lights are being used on the same circuit, it can cause the lights to flicker. You can resolve this by spreading out the electrical load to different circuits.
Faulty light bulbs: If the light bulb is loose or near the end of its life, it can cause the lights to flicker. Replacing the bulb should resolve this issue.
Poor wiring connections: Loose or corroded wiring connections can cause lights to flicker. This requires a professional electrician to repair.
Power issues: Issues with the power supply from the utility company can also cause lights to flicker. Contact your local power company if this is the case.
If you're unable to resolve the issue with simple fixes, it's best to consult a professional electrician to diagnose and repair the problem. Flickering lights can be a sign of a larger electrical issue that could be potentially dangerous if not addressed.
A tripping circuit breaker can be caused by several factors, including:
Overloaded circuit: If too many electrical devices are connected to the same circuit, it can cause the breaker to trip. Try unplugging some devices and moving them to other circuits.
Short circuit: If there is a direct connection between a hot wire and a neutral wire, it can cause a short circuit and trip the breaker.
Ground fault: If there is a problem with the electrical ground, it can cause a ground fault and trip the breaker.
Faulty appliance: A damaged or faulty appliance can also cause a breaker to trip.
If you're unable to resolve the issue, it's best to consult a professional electrician. An electrician can diagnose the problem and make necessary repairs to ensure that your electrical system is safe and functioning properly.
It's important to remember that circuit breakers are designed to trip as a safety mechanism to prevent electrical fires. If your breaker is tripping repeatedly, it's a sign of a potentially serious electrical issue that requires professional attention.
To ensure the safety of our clients and their homes during a job, we take the following steps:
Screening and training of electricians: All of our electricians undergo thorough background checks and drug tests. They are also trained in safety protocols and best practices for electrical work.
Adherence to safety standards: Our electricians are required to follow all relevant safety codes and regulations, including those set by local, state, and federal authorities.
Use of personal protective equipment: Our electricians wear personal protective equipment, such as gloves and safety glasses, to minimize the risk of injury while performing electrical work.
Hazard assessment and mitigation: Before starting a job, our electricians perform a hazard assessment to identify any potential risks and take measures to mitigate those risks, such as turning off power to certain areas of the home.
Ongoing safety training: Our electricians receive ongoing safety training to stay up-to-date on the latest safety protocols and best practices for electrical work.
We take the safety of our clients and their homes very seriously, and we take all necessary precautions to ensure a safe and successful outcome for every job we perform.
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This is a great question. We have extensive insurance coverage by some of the best rated companies. You should be concerned that all workmen that you have in your home are insured. If they do not carry the proper insurance you can be held liable if there is an injury or damage. Here is our certificate of Insurance.