What is a GFCI Outlet?
GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, and it is a receptacle that is designed to protect from electrical shock when near water. They are “smart” outlets because they’re able to sense when power is being sent somewhere it shouldn’t be, and it automatically turns off. You can test your GFCI outlets in bathrooms, garages, and kitchens by pressing the test button to see if it turns off.
Why Are My Lights Flickering?
Flickering lights can be indicative of a large range of issues–most commonly all it requires is a new lightbulb, but if that doesn’t fix it, it can be dangerous to investigate further without the help of a licensed, experienced electrician. Contact MM Electric today to get to the bottom of it.
Why Is My Light Switch Hot?
If you have a dimmer switch, it is common for these to get warm–it is simply a function of how they operate. If it is not a dimmer switch, however, and the switch is hot to the touch, you’re facing one of a few possible problems:
- Overloaded switch
- Failing switch
- Faulty wiring
No matter which one it is, it should not be ignored if you want to avoid a serious electrical fire in your home.
What is a Whole Home Surge Protector?
Whole home surge protectors are hard-wired into the service panel by a licensed electrician, and often only takes a couple hours. Homeowners who skip this step are risking incurring losses that can add up to tens of thousands of dollars due to leaving their house vulnerable to large power surges–ones that often overpower your standard surge protector.
Are Electrical Pool Heaters Safe?
Electrical pool heaters are a popular choice for New Jersey homeowners with a lower tolerance for cold temperatures, but they’re only safe if your pool is properly bonded. Pool bonding is a process that requires a licensed electrician to create a system of copper wiring that correctly and safely controls the flow of currents so you aren’t shocking yourself simply by touching the ladder or getting in the water.