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Priority One Electric: Potential Causes of Flickering Bulbs

Priority One Electric, located in towns throughout Southern California, is a premier provider of electrician services. From emergency services to flickering bulbs, Priority One is well-versed in the root causes of electrical problems.

Energy Efficient Light BulbOutlets that don’t work, circuits that trip and even flickering bulbs can all be indicators of the electrical health of your house. It takes an experienced electrician to locate the source and diagnose the problem.

Flickering bulbs can be caused by something as simple as a fluorescent lightbulb that needs tightening or replacing. But, flickering can also indicate a faulty connection that, for safety reasons, should only be looked at by an electrical contractor. Fluctuating voltage can also be a source of flickering bulbs and will typically affect other electronics and appliances, such as refrigerators, microwaves and large screen TVs, possibly causing permanent damage.

In addition, household pests, such as squirrels, rats, or other rodents, may chew through wires, lending to another reason behind flickering bulbs. A qualified electrician will locate the source of the electrical and safety problem and help the homeowner come up with the best solution to repair and prevent future problems.

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Other safety measures include replacing outdated circuit breaker panels by manufacturers such as Federal Pacific and Zinsco.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.

Electric Car Charging Stations

Presented by Priority One Electric

As America has continued its path towards “green” living, citizens have recognized the financial and ecological benefits of owning electric cars such as the Chevy Volt. From the start of the electric car movement, a major concern among potential car buyers involved the availability of charging stations.

Three years after the wide-scale introduction of the electric car, the United States Department of Energy recognized more than 10,000 public electric car charging stations. That number does not include private charging stations in one’s personal garage.

Although people can find charging stations near them through the Internet and smart phone apps, they still feature some problems. For example, each station can only handle one car at a time. Additionally, one needs to spend an excessive amount of time at a station to get a significant amount of fuel; one typical model of electric car only receives 10 miles per hour of charging. However, some stations have recently begun offering a “battery swapping” option where a person can replace his or her car’s drained battery with a fresh, fully charged one.

About Priority One Electric:

Priority One Electric provides numerous residential electrical services from its branches in Sylmar, Summerland, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and other cities in California. Fascinated by developments in electricity, one of its electricians, Daniel Horan, is interested in the electric car and electric car garages.

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.