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Provide Your Electronic Devices Surge Protection From The Storm

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Blog Bullet-e 50It’s that time of year when the Minnesota State High School Hockey and Basketball Tournaments get under way, spring training is going on in Florida and the college basketball tournament begins. If you’re a sports fan this is an exciting time and a good way to help pass the remaining winter. If you have invested your money on a nice flat screen television to watch March madness, remember to protect your investment by installing whole house surge protection at your electrical panel.

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Installing a whole house surge protector at the electrical point of entrance to your home and utilizing point of use surge traps will prolong the life of your flat screen television and protect it against the normal everyday surges wreaking havoc on your system.

Electrical surges occur in every home multiple times everyday and come from various places in the electrical system. Due to the increased demand for power in the U.S., electrical spikes and poor power quality are a problem on the rise. Poor power quality from your utility will erode the motherboards in your washing machine, dryer, furnace, refrigerator and computer towers until they finally give out.

Without whole house surge protection, smaller devices like ipads, cell phones and flat screen televisions are caught in an electrical hailstorm without protection. Whole house surge protectors provide an all encompassing shelter to all of your electrical equipment at once by immediately submerging voltage spikes down to a level that is acceptable to your device. Get the most out of your flat screen television and have whole house surge protection installed on your next visit; you’ll be glad you did. 651.587.5512.

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Did You Know Your Circuit Breakers Need Exercise?

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Blog Bullet-e 50Our electricians advise our customers to exercise the circuit breakers in their electrical panels at least once per year by turning them off and on three to four times (unplug your computers and flat screens)! This is very important to ensuring the circuit breaker won’t jam if called upon to trip during an electrical problem. Circuit breakers are electromechanical devices that need exercise to get the grease flowing… Jammed circuit breakers = Fires!

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Get Acquainted With Your Wiring

Monday, February 17th, 2014

e 200It is a good idea to have an electrician trained in residential electrical service help you get acquainted with your electrical system. Good things to know would be: “What size electrical service do I have? What kind of wiring do I have throughout the house? How many circuits do I have left in my panel? What are some of the good things and some of the bad things about my home wiring? What sort of things I should look out for going forward? How could I make my home safer and more energy efficient?”

Familiarity and basic knowledge about your wiring can help keep you and your family safe. If you would like to know more about your electrical system, schedule one of our professionals for a service visit to inspect your electrical panel and tune-up the connections. We can answer your questions and help you make decisions about prioritizing your electrical needs. We perform whole house safety inspections and have valued member protection plans available for additional peace of mind and savings.

While we are there, we can take a look at your electrical wish list and provide some pricing for you. Providing prices for your electrical needs is fast and easy! We provide flat rate, itemized pricing for all electrical tasks which would be performed in a home. Dimmer switch upgrades, ground-fault protection and whole house surge protectors are some of the most common requests from new home owners looking to improve safety and savings. Make sure to ask your electrician about our Value Memberships for additional savings and benefits. Give us a call and get to know your system, 651.587.5512

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Minneapolis Electrical Panel Inspections and Tune-Ups Ensure Your Safety

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Blog Bullet-e 50We get it. Most people think of their electrical panel as that seldom used hidden box in the basement or garage that has never had an issue. Scratch that. Most people don’t think about their electrical panel period. In Minneapolis, it’s out of sight, out of mind…until there is a problem.

Many houses we go into, our customers aren’t even sure where the electrical panel is located because they never use it. Even though your electrical panel isn’t going to win a popularity contest in your home, it needs a little TLC from time to time.

Our Minneapolis panel inspections and tune-ups are an easy way to ensure that your electrical panel is safe and operating at peak efficiency.

During our panel inspection and tune-up, we perform the following to ensure your safety:

  • We re-tighten and check all the connections in your electrical panel, helping to lower your energy bill by 2%
  • We test your circuit breakers for correct voltages to stop downtime and hazards before they start.
  • We ensure your neutral wires are not overloaded to eliminate fire hazards.
  • We look for overheated connections and burned circuit breakers to reduce voltage drop and eliminate fire hazards
  • We check for proper grounding and bonding to lower the risk of electrical shock
  • We check for proper size fuses and circuit breakers to eliminate fire hazards
  • We look for signs of water and corrosion
  • We vacuum out the inside of your panel and remove dead bugs and rodents
  • We make proper recommendations for future safety and efficiency

When it comes to your electrical panel, let us do your worrying for you! When you purchase a panel tune-up you also receive a Valued Member Protection Plan which gives you 15% off all work for 1 full year. Call for more details about the Valued Member Protection Plan while this outstanding offer lasts! 612.385.7864. Call today!

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Is Your Electrical Panel A Ticking Time Bomb?

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Blog Bullet-e 50If you have a Federal Pacific Electrical Panel, it may not be a ticking time bomb literally, but it definitely is a fire hazard and a potential death trap.

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Federal Pacific Electrical Panels were installed in thousands of Twin Cities homes between the 1960’s-1980. In general, a circuit breaker’s main purpose is to protect you and your family from harm by discontinuing the flow of electricity when there is a problem. It is well documented; Federal Pacific circuit breakers fail to do this.

Fire investigators, home inspectors, insurance companies and residential electricians are well aware of this hazard. With blogs like this and informational websites, the general public is becoming more aware.

The challenge with this entire conversation is getting people to understand that the danger exists even though their Federal Pacific electrical panel has been working fine for 30 years. Most people can’t believe that a government agency or some type of consumer authority in the United States hasn’t done more to prevent or rectify this dangerous problem. Although there was a class action lawsuit awarded in New Jersey, nothing substantial by the way of protecting the American public has formally been done.

To learn more, watch the informative video on our Circuit Panels information page (click here).

If you have a Federal Pacific Electrical Panel, protect yourself and your family; schedule a service visit with one of our electricians to replace your electrical panel. Your family will be much safer.  651.587.5512.

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Seeing Is Believing (Part 2)

Monday, January 27th, 2014

e 200Good electricians are trained to use their sense of sight, touch, hear and smell to help uncover electrical issues in the home. In the previous blog we talked about how the homeowner can use sight to observe some basic safety issues in the home. You can also use your sense of sight to make some safety observations about your electrical panel. I must remind you to never remove the cover from the electrical panel. Here are some tips:

  • Always keep a clear path and workspace around the electrical panel.
  • Make sure the area where the electrical panel is located is dry.
  • If remodeling: avoid running plumbing pipes directly above the panel.
  • Observe if there are circuit breakers missing and that the cover is fastened in place correctly
  • Observe that there are no unused openings where rodents could get into the panel

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Another important thing to observe is the brand of the electrical panel. You should be able to determine this by looking on the cover. Electrical panels are just like anything else, there are some good quality panels and there are some not so good electrical panels. Brands to watch out for are Sylvania Zinsco, Federal Pacific Stab Lok and Wadsworth. These electrical panels have been linked to electrical failures in the past and we recommend immediate replacement. Knowing that you have a dangerous electrical panel is the first step in having a safer home. If you are having trouble determining the safety of your electrical panel, schedule a service visit with Edison Electric and have one of our trained experts come take a look 651.587.5512.

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