AAAES Electrical Service Questions

1) How much will this cost?

It depends upon what type of electrical service you’re having done but we always provide upfront pricing before we start any work. No one likes surprise bills, so you’ll never have to worry about that when you work with us.

2) Can you fix the problem the same day?

We will make every attempt to do fix the problem the same day. However, sometimes the problem does require a county or city permit, or the power turned off, or an inspection, which may take longer due to these other entities schedules. Nonetheless we always do our very best to get your electrical problem fixed right away.

3) What is electrical troubleshooting?

Electrical troubleshooting involves doing some investigation to figure out what is causing the problem. It’s important that we do proper troubleshooting so we’re confident that we’ve fixed the problem that was causing your Sacramento CA electrical issue. The best way you can help us minimize the amount of trouble shooting we have to do is to provide us an accurate description of what the problem is and how the problem occurred. Although this may not replace the important job of examining your wiring, this will certainly help us more effectively trouble shoot your problem. Many times actually finding the root cause of the electrical problem takes longer than actually fixing it.

4) Why do circuit breakers trip?

Often times a circuit breaker trips because of too many things plugged in or turned on in the circuit. This is called overload. Or, it could also trip because of a short circuit which may be caused by faulty wiring, appliances or fixtures.

5) Why are my light bulbs burning out so quickly?

Your light bulbs may be burning out quickly because their exceeding the maximum lamp wattage of the lighting fixture. Look for a label inside the fixture that tells you the maximum wattage that should be used. If the label is not there you may want to consider replacing the fixture. Generally, you don’t want to exceed 60 watts for most ceiling fixtures. Another cause of a short light bulb light could be due to vibration. Areas where light bulbs could experience vibration are on a garage door opener, a ceiling fan, or a porch light next do a door that gets slammed. In areas like this try using a rough service bulb. Another cause of light bulb burn out, could be because more than 120 volts is being brought in to the light socket. If this is the case, try using a 130 volt light bulb.

6) Why are battery-operated smoke detectors not considered good enough?

The National Electrical Code, which sets the minimum safety standards for your home electrical system, requires that each smoke detector in your house be hard wired into your electrical system, be interconnected and have a battery backup. A smoke detector is required in every bedroom and one within six feet of a bedroom door. In addition, a carbon monoxide detector is also required to be installed within 15 feet of your bedroom door if you have natural gas, propane or an attached garage.

7) My lighting dimmer switch is warm- is this bad?

Light dimmers always generate some heat as part of normal operation. The closer the dimmer is turned to its full output then the warmer the dimmer will feel. This is perfectly normal. Dimmers are designed to the strictest safety standards so they can handle their full rated wattage load without overheating.

8) What is a GFCI?

A GFCI is a ground fault circuit interrupter and is a special type of breaker or receptacle that provides protection from shock. The GFCI can tell if small amounts of current are leaking out of a circuit to the ground. If this happens, the GFCI senses the leak and shuts the circuit down by making it temporarily not work. These are the types of receptacles that have the “test” and “reset” buttons found in many bathrooms or kitchens.

Have more questions? Call us today to schedule an appointment with a licensed electrical contractor in Sacramento