5 Common Electrical Questions Answered

Electrical Questions in South Central Texas

Electrical problems in your home can happen over time. Understanding the various terms in the industry is important, and it’s a good idea to have your home electrical system regularly inspected by a fully licensed, professional electrician like those at GVEC. The older your home, the more important regular inspections become. If you’re having problems with your home electrical system, an inspection can be especially important for diagnosing the problem and getting it fixed.

Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions related to electricity in the home.

1. Why Are My Lights Flickering?

Lights can flicker due to a variety of reasons, such as an outdated electrical system. You may also have a loose wire or an insufficient power supply that’s causing the issue. Getting your system inspected by an electrician is always a good idea.

2. What Is the Difference Between a Breaker and a Fuse?

A breaker and a fuse are devices that can break the flow of electricity. However, the main difference is that a fuse will blow out and need to be replaced each time whereas a circuit breaker is simply a switch that can be flipped. Breakers can wear out over time and require replacement, but they are generally more durable and safer than fuse-based systems.

3. What Does Short-Circuit Really Mean?

A short circuit can happen if the hot wire carrying the electrical current becomes grounded. This often happens due to a wire becoming loose, frayed or exposed. Short circuits often generate heat and can potentially be dangerous.

4. Is My Electrical Panel Safe?

Dealing with electrical problems is often a scary experience for homeowners. Typically, it’s a good idea to replace electrical panels that were installed over two decades ago. A licensed electrician can quickly inspect your electrical panel to identify any issues and to determine if it’s safe or not.

5. What Is a GFCI Outlet?

GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets will shut off if they detect improper, imbalanced electricity flow. This helps to prevent electrical shock. These outlets are often used in bathrooms, garages, kitchens and other areas where electricity is used in close proximity to water. A GFCI outlet includes a small reset button that can be used to reset the device after it trips or to test proper function. It is recommended that GFCIs be tested once a month.

GVEC offers electrician services for homes and small businesses throughout South Central Texas. Our team has years of experience in the industry, and we strive to exceed the expectations of each customer. We offer other products and services, too, including solar energy and battery storage systems, whole-home surge protection, and much more. Contact us at 888.590.7773 for more information.