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How to Check For and Reset a Tripped Breaker

March 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Category: Electrical Tips

Often, I’ll get a call from a customer (usually in a panic) that the lights in their living room and a couple of bedrooms aren’t working. Or, maybe it’s a room full of outlets that don’t work. After asking if there are any tripped circuit breakers they’ll usually be quite confident that they checked already and there’s nothing wrong. Unfortunately, after driving all the way out there it will usually be just a circuit breaker that needs to be reset! Here’s how to check for yourself:

1. Locate your electrical panel. Please note that you home many have multiple panels and it’s imperative that you check each one, not just the biggest one in your house!

2. Pull the panel door open. If you’re lucky enough to have a Square D QO panel (the breakers will all have little clear windows on them) it’s easy to find a tripped breaker. Just look for the breaker that has a red-orange window. That’s the tripped breaker.

3. With most other major electrical panels tripped breakers will either be all the way in the off position (which is extremely easy to spot and you probably wouldn’t be reading this article now) or more commonly, in a “tripped position” neither on or off, but floating in the middle. It’s this position that gives must homeowners a problem because the breaker looks as if it’s on. Here’s how you test for this: Simply go up and down your panel trying to push each breaker in the “on” position. There should be little to no play because the breaker is already on. When you come across the tripped breaker there will be a lot of excess play. Now you’re ready for the next step.

4. Turning the breaker back on is a step that sounds easy (and it is) but most people don’t get quite right. Nine times out of ten someone with zero electrical knowledge will simply flip the breaker towards the on position and when nothing happens assume there is a bigger problem. Here’s why this doesn’t work: with most manufactures you MUST flip the breaker fully off THEN flip the breaker back on.

5. That’s it! Now check for power and make sure that there’s nothing else still off in the house as you may have multiple breakers that could have tripped.

6. If there is no evidence of a tripped circuit breaker you should consult a licensed electrician immediately.

Legal Note: These instructions will cover most electrical panels out there, not all. As always, consult your licensed San Francisco electrician before proceeding or if you have any questions.

 

Electric Power Meter: A Good Read

January 26, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Category: Electrical Repairs

An electric power meter is a very accurate instrument that measures the amount of electricity you use. If you look through the glass enclosure, you will see a rotating metal disc. It rotates in proportion to the amount of electricity that’s being used at that time. The more electricity you are using at any given moment, the quicker the disc rotates. Each revolution represents a specific amount of electricity. The disc causes gears to rotate, which in turn make pointers on a dial move, showing the amount of electricity used [source: Georgia Power]. Electricity is measured in kilowatt hours. One kilowatt hour of electricity can supply enough energy to keep ten 100 watt bulbs burning for one hour. Your San Francisco electric company representative reads your meter at regular intervals, and you’re then billed accordingly. If the meter reader couldn’t gain access to your meter, you will receive an estimated bill [source: NevadaEnergy].

Your power meter is made up of five dials:

  1. The first dial on the right measures units and rotates clockwise.
  2. The next dial to the left measures tens and rotates counter-clockwise.
  3. The dial third to the left measures hundreds and rotates clockwise.
  4. The fourth dial to the left measures thousands and rotates counter-clockwise.
  5. The last dial on the left measures ten thousands and rotates clockwise.

Read your San Francisco power meter from right to left and write down the numbers that the each arrow points to.

You can easily read your own meter, but should always contact your San Francisco electrician should you need any emergency electrical service or electrical repairs.

Article Source: http://science.howstuffworks.com/how-to-read-a-power-meter.htm

Tools of the Bay Area Electrician’s Trade

December 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Category: Electrical

It is impossible to imagine a day without electricity in our lives. Though you always rely on a good Bay Area electrical contractor in to make any major electrical repair or to upgrade the electrical wiring in your Bay Area home, there are times when you may desire to put on the electrician’s hat to make minor repairs in your home. Knowing the right tools would help you make such electrical repairs safely and quickly.

Handling electricity is a dangerous job- one that should be best left to a qualified Bay Area professional, especially if you are dealing with high voltages. However, if you are left with no time to call an electrician for installing a new ceiling fan in your new apartment due to a lack of funds or a hectic work schedule, there are some basic tools you will need to possess before you start your DIY electrical project.

Pliers, measuring devices, wire strippers, nut drivers, screw drivers, power saws and drills, labeling machines, and hammer and fishing tools are some of the tools that will be needed by any licensed Atlanta electrical contractor. Let us now learn about these tools in more detail:

These are some of the tools that are used by electricians daily to complete their work in a more productive manner. All these tools are constantly being upgraded so that they can be useful in carrying out electrical repairs and installations based on modern NEC codes.

If you wish to buy basic electrical tools for your home, it is important that you buy these products from an electrical supply house so that you can carry out electrical repairs in your Bay Area home in a more efficient, economical and safe manner.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Terrell_McCall

When Do You Need a Daly City Electrician?

July 1, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Category: Electrical

Just what do you need a Daly City electrician for? Well, most people think that you only need an electrician when you are constructing a new home, but this is simply not the case. In fact, if you have anything in your home that has to do with electricity and it needs repairs, it is far better to call in an electrician and to get them to fix it for you. If you make a mistake while trying to fix your own wiring and the like, such an error can be quite costly to you. Thus, when it comes time to repair or upgrade the wiring in your home, it is time to call an electrician.

Daly City Electricians go to school and learn everything they need to so that your wiring is correctly installed in your home. Newer homes must undergo inspection, as do those that have had recent additions. If the wiring is not correctly placed, you can run into increased financial costs to fix errors. This is where relying on a professional to do the work for you comes in handy. If you have a professional that knows all the ins and outs of installing electrical wire and breaker boxes, you are far better off then if you attempt such things on your own.

You can find a electrical professional by using your local Daly City yellow pages. Or, if you prefer, you can find a professional that can handle your electrical wiring issues on the Internet. Conversely, you can even find a professional that can help you via word of mouth. Just as long as you realize the importance of hiring a professional in the first place. Don’t play fix it yourself if you have no clue as to what you are doing. It can be quite dangerous to install electrical wiring incorrectly.

So just what does an electrician handle? Well, that depends on the type of electrician you have called on! An electrician can work on homes or cars, on electrical wiring or the wiring of security systems. It all depends on what their focus is. An electrician can usually read a blueprint and is often found working on construction sites, the sites of new homes, the sites in which people are making additions to their home and the like.

There are a variety of electrician associations that can help you locate and identify a quality electrician. An electrician is specially licensed to handle whatever area of electrical work they perform. At least, most of them are. Not every electrician requires a license. Nevertheless, when you do hire an electrician you should ask if they have a license and who issued it to them. There is nothing wrong with you checking the credentials of any electrician you are planning on hiring. What the license proves is that they have met the state mandated study hours and curriculum so that they can do the job right for you. You can never be too careful and checking the credentials of anyone you hire is always a prudent move.

If you are looking for a professional electrician in the San Francisco area, then please call us today at 800-944-2252 or complete our online request form.