A ground plug adapter, sometimes called a pigtail adapter, is a small device that allows you to plug a three prong plug with a grounding connection into a two prong outlet that does not have a dedicated grounding wire. Most people who live in older homes are probably very familiar with these adapters due to the fact that so many devices require a three prong outlet.
While using a ground plug adapter is a common practice, it is not safe for your home or your electronics. Older electrical outlets only have two slots, the narrow “hot” slot and the wide “neutral” slot. A three slot receptacle also has a round “ground” slot for safety. If something goes wrong with the outlet, cord, or appliance, the ground is a pathway for the electricity to go back to the breaker box. Without the ground, the electricity will look for the easiest path, which is sometimes through your body. Using a ground plug adapter for a three prong cord and a two slot outlet with older electrical systems that do not have a dedicated grounding wire will lead to potential shock. A true grounding system is the safest way to go, and is required by code in all new construction.
Sure, a plug adapter can be purchased at just about any store for very little money, and requires very little effort to use, allowing you to use electrical devices in places you normally wouldn’t be able to. However, they do not provide any type of safety. Devices have a third prong to help protect against surges, malfunctions, and even fire. Using an adapter removes that functionality, making them vulnerable to potential damage. A ground plug adapter does not function the same as a grounded circuit. Most people assume that they are safe because they are sold in stores. If an electrical surge does occur while using one of these adapters, it can result in electrocution or an electrical fire.
If you only have two prong outlets in your home, the safest option is to replace them. They are unsafe and unable to handle the demand of today’s electronic devices. Updating all of your outlets to three prongs will ensure your system is grounded and safe from potential issues. An even safer choice is to install ground fault circuit interrupt outlets (GFCI’s), especially near sources of water like in the kitchen and bathroom. These outlets will shut off the electrical device if it detects abnormal spikes in electricity.
If you are still using these ground plug adapters, it is time to update your home’s electrical wiring. Contact Advanced Electrical Company to help protect your home and electrical devices today.
Remodeling your kitchen will not only improve the look and function of your home, but you can also increase your home's value by upgrading the electrical circuits. Older homes were not wired for all of today's modern conveniences and technology. Many older kitchens have an electrical outlet here or there, and are missing GFCI outlets, which are to be used anywhere water is present in order to safeguard against electrical shock. If you are considering a kitchen remodel, or are already in the process of doing a remodel, include electrical wiring in your plans. You can bring your wiring up to code and make your time in the kitchen much more convenient!
A kitchen requires at least 7 electrical circuits to properly handle the basic elements. Something to keep in mind is if an appliance has a motor, it should have its own electrical circuit.
Depending on the total wattage of all the lights in the kitchen, a 15 amp, 120 volt circuit should power the ceiling light fixtures, recessed lights, and task lighting.
Refrigerators have come a long way since the old iceboxes. Aside from built-in ice and water dispensers, there are smart refrigerators that will snap photos of what's inside and send them to your phone while you're out shopping, as well as refrigerators that allow you to order groceries from a touch screen on the door. Needless to say, your refrigerator needs its own dedicated 20 amp, 120 volt circuit, even if it doesn't have all the bells and whistles (and touch screens).
3. Oven Range
A dedicated circuit for your oven range is also essential in a kitchen. The cooking area requires a 50 amp, 240 volt circuit to supply power to the range and oven. A special range outlet is also required.
As microwaves have grown larger over the years, their wattage usage has increased as well. A microwave needs a dedicated 20 amp, 120 volt circuit wired with a ground. Often times, this circuit is shared with a gas stove outlet as long as they don't overload the total safe amperage.
5. Garbage Disposal
A garbage disposal should have a separate 15 amp, 120 volt circuit. Depending on local electrical codes, a garbage disposal may be able to share a circuit with the dishwasher.
If you've decided to forgo washing dishes by hand, a dishwasher should have a 15 amp, 120 volt circuit. As mentioned above, it may be able to share the same circuit as the garbage disposal, depending on local codes.
7. Small Appliances
Small appliances, such as coffee pots, toasters, can openers, juicers, crock pots, and blenders, require at least two dedicated 20 amp, 120 volt circuits . The countertop outlets should not be placed further than four feet apart.
There's a mile-long list of things to consider when remodeling your kitchen. The electrical wiring should be at the top of the list, not only for safety purposes, but for improving the convenience as well. Keep in mind that the electrical system should not be worked on by just anyone. Contact Advanced Electrical Company to help create a plan for your dream kitchen's electrical wiring.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the seemingly endless amount of appliances, accessories, and tools you need an electrical outlet for in your home? Most homeowners find themselves swapping out plugs to charge their phones, moving furniture around to locate hidden outlets, or using power strips to increase the amount of items they can plug in. While power strips are convenient and somewhat effective, many people make the mistake of using them too often.
Advanced Electrical Company takes safety very seriously. We want to make sure you don't put yourself at risk for an electrical emergency so we've put together a short list of safety tips for using power strips in your home.
As long as you are smart about the way you use power strips and you use them in moderation, you should have no problems. There is a much better solution, though, so you aren't always scrambling for places to plug your various appliances and tools into. At Advanced Electrical Company, we are experts at installing new electrical outlets in Birmingham, AL. This safe, long-term solution will help ensure you have enough places to plug in everything in your modern home without the risk of electrical fire. It's also a fairly quick process so there is minimal interruption to your daily lifestyle.
At Advanced Electrical Company, we will handle any type of electrical need you throw our way. We've been in business for many years, we are licensed and insured throughout the state of Alabama, and our commitment to complete customer satisfaction really sets us apart from the other electrical companies in Birmingham. Contact us today to request a free estimate or schedule an appointment.
For Birmingham attic fan motor & wiring replacement, Advanced Electrical Company wants homeowners to understand why it's better to have a professional electrician do the replacement instead of trying to tackle the job themselves. If you have a Birmingham attic fan that isn't working, call in your local professional electricians to check it out.
The attic fan in your Birmingham home may be broken without your knowing. Unless it's making a noise, the attic fan could be in need of repair. Have you checked your attic fan? Or do you know it's making strange noises or not removing the hot air in your attic space properly?
The issue could be that the attic fan motor needs replacement, or the wiring could need replacement. This is a much more affordable option than replacing the entire fan structure. While an attic fan motor or wiring costs to have professionally replaced, you'll likely make up the difference in energy savings when repaired.
Attic fan motors are wired electrically, which means that repairing or replacing them can be dangerous. There are a lot of videos and advice on how to replace your Birmingham attic fan motor or wiring yourself, but there is a lot involved in the process, a lot to know, and electrical training that you likely haven't gone through.
Your Birmingham Attic Fan Problems May Not Be The Motor
There are other issues than can cause your Birmingham attic fan motor to quit working including bad wiring. The electrical system could be having problems, a breaker or fuse could need replacing, there could be thermostat problems, or you could have loose wiring. This is a major reasons, other than your safety and not risking fires later, to have your local electrician handle the attic fan motor replacement. The technician should check for other problems before jumping in to replace the motor.
Grinding Attic Fans Mean Possible Motor Replacement
If you hear noises or sounds coming from your Birmingham roof when the attic fan is working, this could be a sign the motor is burning up. The fan may spin for a while and then start slowing down and grinding. Since the attic fan purpose is to pull humidity and heat from the attic space, the motor and other parts can get exposed to humidity. This will cause some issues and eventually cause the motor to go out.
Energy Savings With Attic Fan Motor Replacement
Having the attic fan motor or wiring replaced saves your home energy as well as keeps the shingles in better condition. When temperatures in Birmingham cause the attic spaces to spike to near 150 degrees, the shingles can curl or melt. And, all that heat stored in your attic will keep your home air conditioning system running at a strain, which means higher energy bills.
A Professional Electrician Can Replace Motors On Old Attic Fans
If you were to try to replace your Birmingham attic fan motor or wiring yourself, you'll likely run into the issue of the fan being an older model that you can't find parts for. A professional Birmingham electrician will know what to do in these situations and any other situation that may present itself. Advanced Electrical Company always advises you to leave your electrical systems up to the professionals for your safety, protection of your assets, and the safety of everyone you are responsible for.
The last thing you want is for your home in Alabama to catch fire from electrical outlet problems! Does your outlet spark, snap, pop, or scare the heck out of you?
It's trying to tell you that it needs our help here at Advanced Electrical Company!
Outlet problems are a common problem for everyone across the United States. This is simply because there are so many homes in the country and many of our homes have electrical systems that are older. Even with newer homes, if connections weren't made correctly to begin with an outlet can have problems.
Older homes have older wiring that may need to be completely replaced. Other times, your outlet connections could have come loose. Over time, the wiring and parts of your outlet are subjected to vibrations, expansion and contraction from weather conditions, and more which make the connections come loose. This is one common problem homeowners have.
Your outlet may also be of the wrong type necessary. For example, you may need a GFCI type outlet instead of a regular outlet if it's located in an area where water could get on it or on items you plug in. AFCI outlets can automatically shut off the power to the line if it recognizes a potential fire hazard.
Electricity is never something you want to mess around with if you aren't professionally trained and licensed! Yet many homeowners think that if they can turn a screwdriver, they can fix an outlet. And it's true that the concept as well as the task seems simple...but it's not.
For instance, do you know what the conditions are that will cause an electrical arc? You may know what an electric arc is, but what makes them happen?
Or, do you understand how electricity passes between the system of wiring in your home? You may think everything is going to be fine if you just shut off the main breaker entirely, but that isn't the case either because you'll have to turn that breaker back on and if you haven't done things correctly, you could hurt yourself or someone else trying to use the outlet later.
Perhaps you know a little about electricity and how it works, but that doesn't mean you've had the rest of the knowledge and experience given to you that you truly need to work safely on your home's electrical system.
We applaud all those out there who make repairs around their home, no matter who they are or what they're trying to accomplish, because we know that you're a hard worker for your family and you love doing things with your hands.
However, please always seek the help of professionally licensed electricians when it comes to making those kinds of repairs and fixes. It's simply not worth the risks involved.
At Advanced Electrical Company, we have all your best interests in mind, including your pocketbook. Our rates are competitive and reasonable, which is one of the ways we can show our customers how much we care about them. We also strive to serve our customers with the best possible service, so you know you can always count on our repairs to be reliable.
We offer you 24/7 emergency services so we can take care of your outlet problems or other electrical emergencies. Give us a call and you'll find true professionals who are experts in their field with the compassion and understanding for each and every customer we serve!
If you are having Receptacle Problems with your home’s electrical system, then calling in professional electricians is the answer. A professional can provide electrical troubleshooting for all your problems making them go away quickly and without harming the home.
Whenever you’re looking for someone qualified enough to work on your outlets, it’s very important that you find someone that you can trust. Trusting your electrician means that you have exhausted all of your choices and gone with one contractor
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