It’s helpful to prepare at least four questions to ask your Kansas City electrician to ensure the best service and mutual understanding if you’re scheduling maintenance, repairs, or upgrades to your electrical system in your home.
At Fusion Electric, we know that understanding your home’s electrical systems can be daunting, and we’re here to help with expert and professional answers to your questions.
Below, we’ll discuss four questions to ask your electrician when scheduling service for your building’s electrical system.
Is My Electrical Wiring Up to Date?
After so many years of operation, electrical systems in homes will need to be re-wired. As a general rule, home wiring can often last 50 years or more with proper maintenance and if properly installed.
However, installation methods and materials used for wiring vary from home to home. If your building’s electrical system is older than 25 years we highly recommend having your system examined to determine if an upgrade may be needed now or soon.
If you’re scheduling electrical service for an older home, it’s important to let your electrician know how old the wiring is, and ask for the state of the wiring system and panels to be checked.
Even if your old home’s electrical system is still operating well, it may need some preventative maintenance to ensure it continues to function properly.
Questions to Ask Your Kansas City Electrician: Are the Electrical Panels Up to the National Electrical Code Standards?
Currently, the National Electrical Code standard recommends that all electrical panels in homes should receive a minimum of 100-amp incoming electrical service. If you don’t know if your panels are up to this modern standard, be sure to ask your electrician this question during an inspection or service call.
Panels operating with less than this standard are often found in older homes since most modern home panels are wired with 200-amp incoming electrical service.
Questions to Ask Your Kansas City Electrician Include Is the Electrical System Properly and Adequately Grounded?
Your home’s electrical system must be properly grounded as this protects your home, occupants, and important electronic equipment if an electrical fault should occur. Homes built before the late 1980s with an original electrical system are usually not grounded as this standard was not introduced nationally in the US until the late 1980s.
If you’re unsure if your home has a grounding wire, the best decision is to call in a professional, reputable electric company to test your home for a ground wire. You can get an indication of whether or not your home is grounded by examining your outlets.
If the outlets are all 3-prong, then your home is likely grounded, but this is not always the case as someone may have updated the outlets from 2-prong to 3-prong without installing a ground wire.
As such, make sure to call in a professional if you’re unsure. At Fusion Electric, we can check to make sure your home is properly grounded, and if it isn’t, take the appropriate steps to ground your home to ensure the safety of your loved ones and the protection of your house and electronics.
Ask Your Electrician to Check Issues Such as Flickering Lights, Frequently Burning Out Bulbs, or Consistent Circuit Breaker Tripping
If your circuit breaker is tripping often, this means the breaker is cutting off the electrical circuit in your home’s system due to too much electrical flow or excess load. The breaker is triggered to cut the electrical flow when protective relays detect a fault in the system. The circuit breaker cuts off the electrical flow when this happens to prevent electrical damage from overload/flow and short-circuiting.
If your circuit breaking is being consistently triggered, then it’s time to contact your electrician and ask for help. There are a few reasons why this situation is happening, and it’s imperative to call in a qualified professional to assess and repair the problem.
If you’re also experiencing frequent bulb burnout and flickering lights, then you may be dealing with a system-wide electrical problem that is causing a voltage problem or short circuit. Even if you’re only dealing with flickering lights or frequent bulb burnout, you’ll want to ask your electrician to inspect and fix the issue.
Call in the Pros at Fusion Electric
Whether you require a system-wide inspection, new installation, targeted repair, or preventative maintenance, the pros at Fusion Electric have our Kansas City customers covered. If you’re looking for material answers to these four questions to ask your Kansas City electrician, then give us a call today!