Electrical Help Articles

Where To Find An Electrician Near Me

August 15, 2023
Mister Sparky electrician working on an outdoor electrical repair in Dallas, TX.

We all know someone who thinks they’re a master electrician. Still, you should always hire an electrician when you need real electrical work done. But how do you find a licensed electrician?

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Electrical Safety During Storm Season: Power Surge & More

July 14, 2023
Electrical storm outside in a field.

As storm season approaches, ensuring your home is well-prepared to withstand potential damage caused by severe weather conditions is crucial. Flash floods, strong winds, and hail can cause significant property damage and endanger your family’s safety.

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10 Tips For Circuit Overload

May 4, 2023
Overloaded circuit with the plug catching fire.

Circuit overload is a common problem when too much current flows through a circuit, exceeding the limited amount of electricity allowed. It can result in overheating, electrical fires, and damage to appliances and devices. Knowing the signs of circuit overload and how to prevent it is crucial to ensure safety and avoid costly repairs.

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24 Hour Emergency Electrician Near Me

February 6, 2023

Did you know that electrical issues are a leading cause of structure fires in the US, accounting for nearly one-third of all such incidents? Electrical emergencies, such as power outages, short circuits, and sparking outlets, can strike at any moment, making it crucial to seek help from a 24/7 emergency electrician. 24 Hour Emergency Electrician…

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Is It Time For An Electrical Panel Upgrade?

January 20, 2023

 An electrical panel upgrade is an excellent project that can improve the safety and functionality of your home. We’ll cover the signs you may need to upgrade the electrical panel, the benefits of doing so, & what you can expect during the upgrade process.  Whether you’re a homeowner, a homebuyer, or a real estate professional,…

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16 Tips to Winterize Your Home & Save On Electric Bill

December 14, 2022

We’re now in the early days of winter, and the cold weather becomes more noticeable with each passing day. Colder weather means it’s time to crank up the heat and keep your living space cozy, but that also means a dreadfully high electric bill. How to save on your electric bills in winter? Winterize your…

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EV Charger Installation Near DFW

November 8, 2022

Do you own an electric vehicle? And, if you do, are you always searching for someplace to charge it? Well, with a home EV charger installation, you’d never lack car power again. With that in mind, let’s consider nine common questions about EV chargers and the EV charger installation process.  Contents What Are EV Chargers?…

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Incandescent vs LED Light Bulbs: Which is better?

October 24, 2022

Moving into a new home or apartment can be an exhausting process. Moving can take a lot out of you and your wallet. One of the simplest ways to save money is via your electric bill. Lighting is a huge part of your energy usage. Different types of lighting use various amounts of energy. The…

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Fire Prevention Week 2022 – The Importance of Having a Fire Safety Plan 

September 28, 2022

National Fire Prevention Week 2022 is the week of October 9-15! Since 1922, the National Fire Prevention Agency has celebrated this special week.  For the one-hundredth anniversary of National Fire Prevention Week, the 2022 NFPA slogan is, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape,” to remind you about the simple but important things you can do…

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All About Your Home’s Circuit Breaker Panel

June 27, 2022

A circuit breaker box panel is a box that holds all of your home’s electrical breaker switches.  You know, that magical plot device that heroes in movies need to get to escape trouble or break into an impenetrable fortress?  From Samuel L. Jackson’s famous “Hold onto your Butts” line in Jurassic Park to cutting power…

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Outdoor House Lights Guide: 6 Points to Consider

May 24, 2022

Outdoor house lights are a great way to make your home more aesthetically pleasing. You can use outdoor house lights to illuminate walkways. You could also use them in your backyard for events or make them motion-detectable for safety purposes. Outdoor house lights come in many unique styles. From string lights to motion detection to…

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Electrical Safety for Kids: National Electrical Safety Month

April 22, 2022

How to Teach Your Kids About Electrical Safety in Dallas / Fort Worth It’s May. The weather is warming up. The school year is ending. And kids are going to be home much longer than usual. For a parent, it’s great to have your kids back for the summer. But this time can present some…

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9 Tips to Save Money on Your Electric Bill in DFW

February 21, 2022

If you are looking for ways to save money on your electric bill, we got you covered. Nothing eats into your budget quite like a hefty electric bill. However, your electric bill is the easiest utility to save on! Here at Mister Sparky DFW, we’ve identified some key methods you can use to save money…

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Whole-Home Surge Protection – National Electrical Code 2022 (DFW)

December 15, 2021

Almost everyone has faced the problem of electrical shocks through home appliances at one time or another. New electronic devices are hitting the market every passing day, which means that standard circuits may not handle all this electricity. For example, suppose there were five computers and six lamps in a room. In that case, it…

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What to Know About Lighting Installations

November 12, 2021

Whether it’s natural or accent, good Lighting Installations can completely change the feeling of your home. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite tips for lighting in your home to create an ambiance day and night. Contents Home Lighting Installations Hire a Professional to do Your Installations How Much Does Lighting Installation Cost? Types of…

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How To Handle an Electrical Fire in Dallas and Fort Worth

October 19, 2021

Are you dealing with an electrical fire and looking for a fast and reliable emergency electrician in Dallas Fort Worth? If there is an electrical problem that needs attention, we will be the first on the scene to fix it. So you can rest assured knowing that we’ll be there as soon as possible if…

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Electrical Outlet Buzzing? How to fix it in DFW

September 16, 2021

Is your electrical outlet buzzing in DFW? In addition to appreciating music from the radio or the background sounds from an intriguing movie, some buzzing sounds may be annoying. If you hear a buzzing sound on your wall, you should first understand that it’s not normal. However, Dallas and Fort Worth residents report this common…

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What To Consider When Buying Energy Hogs

November 18, 2020

Top Energy Hogs in The Home Here’s the good news: The biggest energy hogs in your homes are not your flat screens. And it’s probably not your home theater system—unless you’re pumping out watts by the thousands. There are ways to save energy on those suckers, but why not concentrate your high-tech energy-efficiency efforts on…

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What is a Short Circuit?

October 16, 2020

Your Complete Guide To Short Circuits Any and every electrical problem that occurs in a home setting is always blamed on a short circuit. But what does that mean exactly, and how do you find it, and how can you fix it in your home? What is a short circuit? Short circuits are shortcut paths.…

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Why Are My Lights Flickering?

September 16, 2020

Why Do My Lights Keep Flickering? Besides Christmas tree lights and faux flame bulbs, the site of flickering lights in your home can be very frustrating. However, no need to worry because the issue may be more straightforward than you may think. Usually, the flickering pattern of your lights can help you diagnose the underlying…

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Energy Efficiency Tips For the Summer

August 19, 2020

Summer Energy Efficiency Tips With summer in full swing, the hot weather isn’t holding back. While there are a few people lucky enough to live in colder locations, many homeowners deal with this long patch of this blistering heat for months. To help keep houses cooler and more comfortable, people rely on AC units, fans,…

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What Are The Types Of Electrical Wiring?

June 17, 2020

Types Of Electrical Wiring The general concept of electrical wiring encompasses putting up wires and lighting systems. Wiring is a technical installation that requires qualified electricians to handle. Different governments and professional bodies have come up with safety measures. These standards guide electrical installation in their regions. The rules guide and apply to all types…

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Common Electrical Problems

April 20, 2020

Don’t Be Defeated by Common Electrical Problems. We are indeed living in interesting times. You may be among so many right now who are feeling constrained at home. Like many others, perhaps you have more persons at home all at the same time and suddenly recognize the expense is getting away from you, especially when…

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How To Buy A Home Standby Generator

March 18, 2020

Home Standby Generator A home standby generator can overcome that problem and supply you with continuous power for days on end. The reason is that it has a direct connection to your home’s main electrical panel and powered by a separate fuel supply; natural gas, liquid propane, or diesel. Okay, I realize some of you…

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Why is My Doorbell Not Working?

February 19, 2020

Why is My Doorbell Not Working? Some homeowners like to hear a bell choir whenever their front doorbell rings. Others want to listen to a familiar, lighthearted tune when someone is at their door. What homeowners don’t like is when they push the doorbell only to hear the sound of silence. Why is the doorbell…

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Everything You Need To Know About Home Security Lights

January 17, 2020

Everything You Need To Know About Home Security Lights A dimly-lit exterior can be a bigger security liability than many homeowners realize. In addition to making a property a more attractive target for thieves, vandals and even home intruders, poor illumination also increases the risk of accidents and mishaps. Especially in inclement weather or during…

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Should I Get An Electric Fireplace?

December 18, 2019

Should I Get An Electric Fireplace? Many people desire to have a cozy living room with comfortable seats and a beautiful fireplace to enjoy the chilly winter evenings. Although this dream is a lovely idea, real fireplaces are often expensive and require a lot of work and money, even if your home already has one…

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Your Complete Guide To Outdoor Accent Lighting

September 18, 2019

Your Complete Guide To Outdoor Accent Lighting Perhaps you’ve passed a house with incredible accent lighting outside before. You were likely stunned by how impressive the light made the house look. When done right, accent lighting can completely transform the exterior of your home. It can highlight key areas that attract the eye and make…

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Why You Should Use Surge Protectors

August 14, 2019

Why You Should Use Surge Protectors It’s no secret; society has become extremely dependent on technology. There seems to be a new gadget coming out every single day. However, with all of these advances comes a great deal of responsibility– mainly as it concerns protecting these items. And that’s because all it takes is one…

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Energy Saving Tips for Summer

July 17, 2019

Energy Saving Tips for Summer Summertime is memorable for many things — family vacations, cookouts, fireworks–and sometimes, some massive electric bills. Keeping the home relaxed, comfortable, and well-lit during all those summer festivities can give the power bill a workout. So along with searching for great grilling recipes and fun beach getaways, smart consumers will…

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Service Project: 13 Days Living Without Power Until Community Came Together

June 23, 2019

Service Project [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Wednesday, June 19, 2019 – ten days after a large storm that rolled through DFW, causing outages for days – David Goins of WFAA reported that Mr. Robert Crossland in southern Dallas was still without power. Robbie, an electrician on our team, saw Mr. Crossland’s story on WFAA right after it was…

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What You Need To Know About Extension Cord Safety

December 4, 2017

[vc_row gap=”30″][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text bb_tab_container=””]Extension cord safety is a key area of importance, especially around the holidays. We all know how useful extension cords can be whether indoors or outdoors. But many avoid executing caution with extension cords, as well as are uninformed of the dangers and certain pitfalls of extension cords. We hope to address…

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What To Expect From An Electrical Inspection

October 27, 2013

[vc_row gap=”30″][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text] Part of making sure the electrical needs of your home or office are up to date and regulations is scheduling a regular electrical inspection. Just as you would inspect your car for functionality and safety measures, so should be the same for your home’s electrical system. Here, Mister Sparky wants to take…

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How To Save On Your Next Electrical Bill

October 20, 2013

[vc_row gap=”30″][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text] During the fluctuating temperatures in early fall, you may find your electricity on overdrive, trying to keep up with changing weather and your demands. While many can tell you to save on electrical costs by shutting off lights and turning off your AC when not in use (and these are very smart…

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The Basics of Electrical Rewiring

September 25, 2013

[vc_row gap=”30″][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The idea of rewiring your entire home can be daunting; the expenses, the work and the hassle! Here we dive into the basic things you need to know before your home or business enters into an electrical wiring takeover. Possible implications of improper electrical wiring include blown fuses and circuit breakers that keep…

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5 Habits Every Homeowner Should Practice

August 23, 2013

[vc_row gap=”30″][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text bb_tab_container=””]Daily routines vary among people and families. It’s plausible as humans, to become so busy that we forget to inspect household items and appliances to ensure the safety of its residents. In recent years, Texas has welcomed herds of new residents of all ages, genders, and lifestyles due to a good number…

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Electrical Fires in Dallas

July 24, 2013

[vc_row gap=”30″][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]   News reports this summer share the stories of electrical fires and disasters throughout Dallas. The city faced damaged buildings, injuries and deaths from fires which started in a range of properties from homes and small businesses, to an airport which all appeared to be related to electrical hazards. Perhaps the most…

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