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Updating Your Home’s Electrical System

Serving residential customers in the Los Angeles area, Priority One Electric emphasizes bringing the latest technology to bear on modern electrical needs. With offices in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Palm Springs, and Northridge, Priority One Electric is conveniently located to home owners in those communities as well as Summerland and Sylmar and the Greater Los Angeles region.

Dan Horan, Mike Sullivan and the company’s other licensed electricians have over 20 years of experience in upgrading homes to contemporary California safety standards. For example, The company’s staff installs GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupters) breakers near water sources, such as kitchens and bathrooms. GFCIs provide protection from electrical system shocks.

Other safety measures include replacing outdated circuit breaker panels by manufacturers such as Federal Pacific and Zinsco. The company also troubleshoots outlet problems and replaces aluminum wiring.

The company provides non-safety-related upgrades as well, such as smart meters, ceiling fans, and recharging stations for electric cars. Priority One Electric guarantees its work for 60 months and follows up with customer satisfaction calls.

Wiring a Jacuzzi By Priority One Electric Staff Writer

People who are interested in installing a spa, hot tub, or jacuzzi in their backyards must take into account certain safety considerations. The National Electric Code contains an entire section dedicated to regulations for these additions. Most jacuzzis run on a 220-volt, 50-amp circuit that runs the heater, lights, pumps, and other devices. While the majority of houses feature main service panels that can handle this amount of electricity, a homeowner should ensure that this is true for his or her own residence.

Aside from the main service panels, there are many other aspects involved in setting up a jacuzzi. The jacuzzi must be within five feet of a quick disconnect ground fault circuit interrupter. Also, installers need to dig a trench that is at least 18 inches deep and string electrical cables and conduits through the trench, placing metal caution tape approximately one foot above the wires. Additionally, people should not place the Jacuzzi under power lines, put low-voltage lighting near it, or bury wiring beneath it. However, the most important rule before starting on this endeavor is to contact a qualified electrician who can evaluate the house and the property to determine the feasibility and best location for the Jacuzzi.

About Priority One Electric

Overseen by Daniel Horan, Priority One Electric offers expert electricians to clients throughout CA. In addition to electrical troubleshooting and 24-hour emergency services, the company installs spa and Jacuzzi circuits.

What is Electrical Troubleshooting? Presented by Priority One Electric

When people face electrical issues in their homes, they need to determine the cause behind the problem. Known as electrical troubleshooting, this process requires the homeowner to understand significant elements of safety and electricity.

Safety comes first when trying to repair a damaged electrical object. Unplugging objects, keeping equipment grounded, and remaining careful all play valuable roles in preventing one from getting a shock or encountering a greater danger.

The next step involves determining the problem, which may refer to a single item not working, multiple things not functioning, and lights and other devices flickering or dimming. When several objects do not turn on, reset the circuit breaker. If this fails, try to figure out the location of the short or bad connection by testing various elements connected to the device. Flickering and dimming objects might present greater issues as it becomes more difficult to determine where the problem originates. In this situation, a person needs to learn where the issues are occurring and use this knowledge to adjust the panel.

About Priority One Electric:

Offering 24/7 diagnosis and emergency repair, Priority One Electric functions as residential electrical specialists. Located throughout California with offices in Summerland, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Sylmar, and online at www.priority1electricandservice.com, this firm performs electrical troubleshooting for one’s home.

Priority One Electric Discusses Aluminum Wiring

From the mid-1960s until the mid-1970s, aluminum wiring replaced copper wiring as the standard for residential electrical systems due to its lower costs. However, the new metal possessed defects that made it a less than suitable substitute.

Aluminum requires greater care and attention to operate at its optimum, and neglected wires can become electrical hazards. The higher electrical resistance of aluminum compared to copper necessitates that its conductors have a larger diameter to move the same amount of electricity. Less flexible than copper, aluminum breaks, corrodes, and rusts faster while also being more malleable and thus easier to deform.

People who want to determine if their residence contains aluminum wiring should contact a local electrician to perform an inspection.

About Priority One Electric:

With professional electricians such as Mike Sullivan and Dan Horan, Priority One Electric improves the safety of its clients’ houses, such as by removing aluminum wiring. To make an appointment with this firm and its many California locations, log onto www.priority1electricandservice.com.

Installing Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters By Priority One Electric Staff

Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs), a monitoring system that helps prevent dangerous energy arcs, which can cause serious electrical hazards, have joined the list of safety features that help make up the 2006 International Residential Code. Arcs can be caused by damaged electrical cords, such as those found on vacuum cleaners or other appliances; loose connections on outlets or light switches; or damage to inside wiring from screws or nails.

Residents of older homes may not be required to install AFCIs, as their dwellings may be considered “grandfathered in.” However, it is a good idea to go ahead and install this safety device for greater protection of home and family. Residential building codes require that AFCIs be installed in all bedroom outlets, and the National Electrical Code provides guidelines on how to perform a proper installation.

About: Priority One Electric is a licensed electrical contractor serving residents in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. Priority One Electric specializes in repairing and replacing old circuit-breaker panels and updating aging electrical systems to ensure that dwellings are safe and up to code.

Circuit Breakers Explained

Dan Horan, a veteran electrician with Priority One Electric, provides some insight into the function and dangers of the circuit breakers in your home or office.

Question: What is a circuit breaker?
Answer: Essentially, a circuit breaker is a safety device meant to protect buildings from electrical hazards resulting from power surges in electrical wiring. The breaker monitors how much energy is sent to specific circuits and cuts that power off, or trips, when it overloads.

Question: Are circuit breakers in all homes?
Answer: All new homes are built with circuit breakers. Older homes sometimes use the previous technology, fuses, to monitor electrical usage.

Question: What advantages do circuit breakers have over fuses?
Answer: Circuit breakers make it much easier for home owners or tenants to pinpoint problem areas in their electrical load. When examining a panel box, it is easy to tell which breaker has blown because it will be in the “off” position. Also, unlike fuses, circuit breakers do not have to be replaced after they trip.

Dan Horan is an experienced electrician who has been working in residential, industrial, and commercial capacities for more than 20 years. Priority One Electric serves Southern California in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Riverside Counties.