ALL ELECTRICAL SYSTEM REPAIRS MUST BE MADE BY A QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN
Instruction on electrical repairs is beyond the scope of this website
- Periodically inspect the service cable for fraying or cracking.
- Be sure that the service cable and meter are well secured to the home.
Ever wonder how the utility company calculates your energy consumption?
- Power is measured in watts, and is calculated by multiplying the voltage times the current. For example, a 1200 watt dishwasher, when subjected to 120 volts, will allow 10 amps to flow through it. A house with a 240 volt supply and 100 amp main fuses may have the capability of 24,000 watts. 1000 watts is referred to as a kilowatt.If 1000 watts are used continuously for one hour this is referred to as a kilowatt hour. This is how electricity is purchased from the utility company. The electric meter records kilowatt hours used in the house. If one kWh cost ten cents and 1000 kWhs are used in a month, the electric bill would be $100.00.
Note: Electrical panels that utilize fuses for circuit protection are considered outdated by today’s standards and should be upgraded to a panel with circuit breakers.
Electricity is carried from the service cable to the service panel, through the fuse or circuit breaker, and distributed to the individual branch circuits.
Fuses and breakers serve the same function, they both protect against overload situations. The advantage of a circuit breaker is it can be reset after an overload situation occurs whereas a fuse has to be replaced.
- Two common types of fuses used today are: the Time Delay, type D and the type S. bullet Type D fuses are time delayed devices that do not blow immediately. They will, for a short time, allow more than the rated current to flow through the circuit. Some devices will draw extra current upon startup. The time delay feature can prevent nuisance blowing during these brief electrical loads. bullet Type S fuses are screw-in type fuses that are not interchangeable. This means that the wrong size fuse will not fit into the fuse holder. This provides added safety over the older fuses which could be interchanged. The most common deficiency found in many homes is an inadequately sized fuse for the circuit wire. This is an unsafe situation and should be corrected promptly.
- Most circuit breakers can be tripped by moving the switch to the middle position, others to the off position. Generally, it is easy to determine which breaker has tripped. To reset, simply switch the breaker to the “off” position then back to the “on” position.
Never remove the panel cover unless you’re qualified to do so. Death by electrocution or serious bodily harm due to electrical shock could result.
- Annually have a professional inspect the inside of the panel for signs of rust, water penetration, and scorched wires.
- Trip the circuit breakers once a year. Ground fault breakers, once a month. If fuses are used, be sure they are screwed in tightly.
- Many homeowners feel confident they can handle electrical repairs. always hire a professional electrician for all Electrical system electrician repairs. Keep yourself and your family safe!