FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1What is a service upgrade and average completion time?
A service upgrade consists of replacement of your existing electrical service (outside wiring, meter pan, circuit breakers and panel board) to increase your ability to add new circuits safely and bring your home up to the current electrical code. This can usually be accomplished in 4 to 8 hours. Press Electric specializes in service upgrades and has completed hundreds for satisfied customers. Call us today for a free panel board inspection.
2When I use my microwave and another device at the same time, I trip the circuit breaker?
Most current microwaves are rated at about 1500 watts, which uses about 13 amps of current. The breakers in your house typically are rated at 15 or 20 amps. When you plug in other devices on the same breaker, especially the vacuum cleaner, toaster, or hair dryer, the breaker trips due to the overload. We highly recommend putting the microwave on its own dedicated circuit. Please call us and we will troubleshoot your electrical problems to ensure a safe and practical solution.
3Is aluminum wiring dangerous?
Aluminum wiring was installed in homes from the mid sixties through the early seventies. It was originally done to save money as copper was becoming too expensive. It was eventually discovered that due to its make up, aluminum wiring generated excessive heat where it terminates (connects to a switch or receptacle). This makes for an unsafe condition. We will come out and assess your home’s wiring. We can than take steps to insure that aluminum wiring will not put you or your loved ones at risk.
4What is an arc fault circuit interrupter, and do I need them in my home?
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters are only required when installing a new circuit in your home that feeds anything but a laundry room, unfinished garage, kitchen or outdoor load. Arc fault circuit interrupters detect problems in your home’s wiring stemming from loose connections, faulty equipment and bad wiring. Call B&B Electric today and we will come out and inspect your existing wiring. We will keep you safe and correct any out of code violations you may have.