Patience is a virtue - utility companies generally know when outages occur and promptly begin the restoration process. However, if you notice that you are the only house on the block without power, please call our 24-hour emergency electrical repair service immediately.
In either case, safety is first and foremost. Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting, never use candles. You should always keep fresh batteries in a battery-operated radio for use in extreme weather. Turning off any electrical equipment you were using when the power went out will minimize surges in your lines. Avoid opening your refrigerator or freezer. Leaving one light on will help you know when power has been restored. If you are using a generator, never operate it inside the home or garage.
Dallas heat is unbearable and when we get home from a long, sunny drive, we want our house to feel like a freezer! Out of habit, many people run to their thermostats to turn down the temperature, and they may intentionally decrease it from 80 to 65. This extreme decrease will not cool your home faster.
Instead, this method makes your air conditioning unit overwork itself and ultimately reduces any efficiency. Consider turning the head down by only a few degrees and crank up the ceiling fans instead!
Yes. When you decide to unplug a device from an outlet, pull the actually plug part. Do not grab the cord and yank it out; this is not only damaging to the cord but there is a chance that the wires could become exposed and give off an electric shock.
We recommend inspecting your smoke alarms once a month for the safety of your house and family. Although everyone has a busy schedule and may forget to perform these tests, it’s vital to check on detectors at some point in the year to ensure your safety in the case of a fire.
Nest thermostats are modern thermostat systems. They are controlled over wifi and optimize your household temperatures to help save energy. Smart thermostats, like Nest, remember your temperature control behavior and adapt appropriately to climate changes. What Nest does is basically control your household’s temperature for you, which allows it to make the proper adjustments in a timely manner and ultimately reduces energy use.
Nest users have provided testimonials stating that they save anywhere between 10%-25% on their energy bills.
We see this happen every now and then, most notably with irons. What happens is, there is still current flowing through the circuit so when you unplug a device, you break the electric contact.
To try and avoid sparks, turn off your appliances before you unplug them.
Mister Sparky electricians are selected carefully; we need the best electricians with the utmost professionalism. Personality is everything and it’s what upholds the Mister Sparky reputation. Our team takes part in extensive electrical training which has been nationally recognized as the reason behind our successful repairs. We will not send out an unprepared tech for any job nor will we send out someone who doesn’t put our customer’s safety as a top priority on their job list.
There are a number of reasons why your outdoor security lights may not be working. Whatever the problem may be, it’s important that we try and figure it out now so we can resolve the issue, get your motion sensor lights working properly, and keep your home safe!
Security light troubleshooting
Try troubleshooting your problem with the following tips:
- Light isn’t turning ON– Increase your device’s sensitivity, but don’t max it out because it may become too delicate and turn on at every little object that passes by (cats, leaves, etc).
- Light isn’t turning ON– Clean the motion sensor. If it gathers too much dust or debris, the photocell is blocked and won’t function properly.
- Light isn’t turning ON– Try replacing the batteries and light bulbs.
- Light isn’t turning OFF– Reset the device.
- Light isn’t turning OFF– As listed in a previous bullet point, you may have to adjust your security light’s sensitivity except this time, slightly lower it to a less delicate level.
Security lights are an important feature to any home therefore, they should function properly. If these fixes weren’t any help, contact an expert electrician today, as the cause behind the faulty security lights may turn out to be an electrical issue in your home and should be inspected immediately.
Often times people feel a shock when they touch the metal screws on the light switch due to a static discharge. Static electricity is the build-up of electrical charges from the surface of objects. This happens when electrons move from one surface to another through contact and builds up an electrical charge if both surfaces are insulators. This is most common in homes with carpet.
Though these minor shocks are not dangerous, they can be irritating, Luckily, there are ways to prevent them.
- Ways to Avoid Static Shock in Your Home
- Use a humidifier, since static electricity occurs most often in dry air
- Wipe down metal surfaces with dryer sheets
- Avoid wearing clothing made of synthetic materials
- Keep your skin moisturized with hand lotion
- Buy a static shock eliminator
Although most minor shocks from light switches are harmless static shocks, if you experience a large painful jolt, you may have a defective light switch. If this is the case, call an electrician and avoid contact with the switch until it has been inspected and repaired by a professional.
If you smell a burning odor in your house, regardless of the location, you need to take action and should not ignore it. People often say the burning odor smells like electrical or plastic burning. If you smell a strange odor coming from an electrical socket, please take caution and be careful. Always be careful when dealing with electricity and be sure to call your local Mister Sparky electrician for the safest way to fix the issue.
Where is the smell coming from?
At the first scent of the burning, try to find out which socket the smell is coming from. This means you might have to use your nose and get fairly close to each suspected socket to find the burning odor. When you find out which socket the smell is coming from you will need to hit the breaker that controls that socket and turn it off until an electrician comes to fix the issue.
There are various reasons in which you smell a burning odor from an electrical socket. One reason is you can have an exposed wire that is causing the burning odor smell. Do not try to fix an exposed wire by yourself. This can be an extremely dangerous task that only a licensed professional electrician can deal with.
Also, compact florescent lamps (CFL’s) smell like electrical or plastic burning. Fluorescent light fixtures smell when the ballast fails and the light will fail to work. If this is the case, turn off the breaker related to that light.
There are many more reasons in which you might smell a burning odor coming from a socket. The best advice is to find out where it is coming from, turn off power to the source and call your local electrician to come assess the issue immediately.
Frayed electrical cords are the primary cause of electrical fires during holidays and celebrations. By maintaining your holiday lights you can minimize the risk. You should inspect them each year for fraying, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. You should use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory. Do not overload electrical outlets. Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe. Make sure to periodically check the wires - they should not be warm to the touch. And, do not leave holiday lights unattended.
A GFI is an abbreviation for a Ground Fault Interrupter. It is a specially designed outlet normally used in locations where moisture can accumulate, such as kitchens, baths and laundry areas, to protect you from electrical shock. A GFI measures the resistance on the "positive" and "negative" loads connected to it, and if there is more resistance in either of the 2 loads, the GFI trips. The GFI has a built-in circuit breaker to reset once the problem has been resolved.
Go to your main electrical panel, usually located in a garage or carport area on the opposite side of the wall from your electric meter. If you are in an apartment setting the panel is usually in a closet or storage room. Open up the panel to reveal the various circuit breakers. The 'tripped' breaker will not be in either the on or off position, but rather in between. Sometimes a small red portion of the breaker will be exposed to show you the tripped breaker. To reset it, just push the switch to the off position and then back to the on position. You should hear a snapping sound and feel some resistance. In the event that the circuit continues to trip, there may be an excessive load on the circuit. Correcting the overload should solve your problem.
If that doesn't work, contact Mister Sparky for an evaluation.
No, it is not a safety issue unless the fuse box is damaged or deteriorating. Fuses are actually more sensitive than circuit breakers; therefore they are safer than circuit breakers.
There are two main issues with fuses. First, after a fuse protects your home from an overloaded circuit, you have to throw it away. Therefore you may go through many fuses. Secondly, the majority of insurance companies now require that fuse boxes be replaced with circuit breakers. We'll check the local electrical codes for your particular situation.
Most of the electricity in your home is used by the heating and air system and water heating. Make sure your heating and cooling systems are running efficiently and central systems are checked twice a year. By installing the most energy-efficient rated equipment, you will save money over the lifetime of the equipment. You could also install a programmable thermostat that will operate your systems more effectively, thus saving run times of your system and saving money. You know those long showers you love so much? Well, they cost you dearly when it comes to heating the water. Cutting back on your shower duration can affect your bill. Another thing that could cause increases in your electric consumption would be a bad breaker or loose connections at the breaker box. Having trained professional check it could minimize some costs. To keep your equipment running efficiently, keep heating and cooling air ducts clean and outdoor equipment free from dirt and other debris. Energy conservation not only saves our resources, but saves you money.
Yes. It is pretty common for technicians to deny customers of an over-the-phone electrical repair quote. The reasons are frustratingly simple and once you see (or have personally experienced) both sides of similar situations, you have a better understanding of why project estimates are not always acceptable.
“But you told me it would only cost $100!”
How many times have you heard this story; a person is extremely upset because a repairman came to their home to fix a problem and when finished, they ended up asking for more than they told you it would cost. This is the primary reason we, as well as many, companies do not give electrical repair quotes over the phone. Although a customer may call and explain the project to customer service representatives, we cannot see the actual problem therefore, we have no clue how severe it really is. And if an electrician provides you with a price, gets to your home, and sees that the issue is more complex than expected, they are going to raise the price.
Remember, we aren’t trying to be mean here! It would be unfair to our customers for us to misquote someone to only charge them more after the work is done. Mister Sparky Dallas experts are professionals in their field of expertise who put their customers’ satisfaction before anything else. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician for any of your home improvement needs!