Electrical advice from our master electricians on our blog
Electrical advice from our master electricians on our blog
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Edison Electric BLOG

Get Acquainted With Your Wiring

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

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?

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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What’s That Smell?

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.

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Seeing Is Believing (Part 2)

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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Minneapolis Electricians With The Experience To Expertly Diagnose And Solve Common Residential Electrical Problems

e 200Edison Electric has been enjoying the privilege of providing expert residential electrical service in Minneapolis, MN since 2006. We call it a privilege because we believe it to be a fact; that Minneapolis is the greatest city in the world. We have earned our solid reputation for service in Minneapolis by providing fast, on-time electrical repairs and making knowledgeable recommendations to our customers.

It has been written that the first house completely wired for electricity in Minneapolis was a colonial style home in the uptown area back in 1922. An abundance of pre-1950’s era Minneapolis homes means that providing professional residential electrical repair and installation services in Minneapolis requires relevant experience to diagnose old and new wiring in the same home.

When we perform our safety inspections, it is common for us to find new wiring in the basement and old, original knob and tube wiring in the attic. Knob and tube wiring in an attic is a common safety concern in Minneapolis, which can easily be overlooked by the untrained eye.

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Such was the case with this home on 3rd street in Northeast Minneapolis. Our customer, Jonathan, bought this home in 2011 and Edison Electric was brought in for the electrical portion of a complete home renovation.

Although the wiring in the basement and on the first level appeared newer, our safety inspection uncovered a fair amount of knob and tube wiring in the attic.

On this project, installing new insulation in the attic was a top priority for Jon, which meant a complete replacement of the knob and tube wiring. Knob and tube wiring cannot be placed in direct contact with thermal insulation because it diminishes the wires capacity to dissipate heat and creates a fire hazard.

In addition to rewiring the knob and tube circuits, we also replaced his fuse panel with a circuit breaker panel, rewired his kitchen, added arc-fault protection and installed an interconnected smoke/CO2 alarm system.

So whether you have a circuit breaker tripping, a ceiling fan that needs replacing or you need your fuse box replaced, having an electrician who knows what to look for in Minneapolis neighborhoods is definitely an advantage. Make Edison Electric your first phone call for electrical service in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Call today! 612.385.7864

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