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New Home? Have Your Wiring Inspected By A Licensed Electrician

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Blog Bullet-e 50Moving into a new home can be a very exciting experience. Most new home owners have a home inspection completed before purchasing their new home. Many home inspectors do a very thorough job on their inspection report. Sometimes they note on their inspection report to have some items looked at by a licensed electrician. This is always a good idea whether it is listed on the report or not. We can tell a lot about a home by the wiring methods present in it, by looking at the age of the outlets and switches, by the electrical panel condition, and by the way the electrical system has been maintained. We can typically tell if the previous wiring in your home was done by a handyman or by a licensed electrician. If you’re a new home owner and have some concerns about your electrical system give Edison Electric Inc. a call at 612.385.7864.

If you’re thinking of listing your home on the market or looking to buy a new home and not sure what steps to take we have worked with some of the best Realtors in town. Give Jon or Dan a call at:
Jon Miskowiec (Lifestyles) 763.229.4965
Dan Sibinski (Greater Midwest Realty) 763.350.5850


Who’s Responsible For Damage To Your Electrical Service?

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Blog Bullet-e 50When damage has occurred to your electrical service, sometimes it can be confusing to know who is responsible for what.  Overhead power lines create the most problems and confusion when speaking of electrical outages at the home.

Generally speaking, the overhead power lines and the connections to your wires are the power company’s responsibility.  The electric meter is also the power company’s.


The weather head, mast & wires and the meter base (the piece the meter sits in) is the homeowner’s responsibility.  Any damage to these components are repaired at the homeowner’s expense.

Downed power lines are a common occurrence year round and are extremely dangerous. Remember, stay away from downed power lines and call the power company before you call us

Xcel Energy 1-800-895-1999
Connexus 763-323-2650
Dakota Electric 1-800-430-9722


Ice Dams

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Blog Bullet-e 50Ice dams are a problem this time of year… Using a snow rake to keep the snow six feet above your gutter helps prevent the problem. Do not use a hammer and a chisel to remove your ice dams, call a professional and they will use a steamer, your roof will thank you for it.

Preventative measure: Having electric de-icing cables (heat tape) installed can automatically help eliminate ice dam build up, most heat cables have moisture sensors to heat only when needed. Heat cables free up pathways for water and ice to escape and should be installed by a professional. A heat cable installation would be best installed in non winter months and usually require a dedicated electrical circuit.

If you’ve had water damage in your ceilings and walls and you think your electrical system has been affected, give us a call and we’ll come check things out.


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


What’s That Smell?

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

e 200Hundreds of times a day we use our human senses to forge the framework of our intuition and instinct. Our senses help tell us when something is wrong or out of place. Never is that more true than when an electrical problem occurs in a house. Burned electrical connections are one of the most common causes of lost power in a circuit.

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Often times when a connection burns in a home it produces a distinct odor of melted plastic. It takes a substantial amount of heat to burn a hardened piece of plastic which is why it is important that all electrical connections are made in the safety of a junction box. A poor electrical connection can generate an amazing amount of heat. Other electrical items in a home that may burn and produce an odor are electric motors (such as a bath exhaust fan), plastic wirenuts, wire insulation, plugs and switches. Here is a picture of a burned outlet from a house in Minneapolis. One of our experts found this problem when troubleshooting some kitchen countertop outlets that weren’t working properly.

If you smell an unusual or intermittent odor of plastic burning, don’t ignore it, call Edison at 651.587.5512.


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.