How Do I Know My Electrical Panel Needs an Upgrade?

Customers often ask if they should upgrade their electrical panel. Some reasons are obvious, but others may not be immediately so. A professional electrician can help you determine if an upgrade is necessary. They can troubleshoot and evaluate electrical panels and components as well in many cases. If you’re not sure whether your panel should be upgraded, here are some clues:  Sparking A sparking electrical panel is unsettling at the very least. Sizzling, popping, crackling, and static sounds are hard to miss. If a circuit breaker is sparking, turn off the main breaker to avoid further damage. Sparking is caused… [Read More]

Panel Or Storage Heater – Which Is The Right Choice For Me?

Panel or Storage Heating – Which is which? Storage heating comes in the form of bricks or ceramics. They store heat at night when electricity is less expensive. Panel heating contains oil but relies on electricity to create heat quickly and, because they’re oil-filled, they retain heat even when not being used. Digging deeper: Storage heating: Storage heaters work best with Economy 7 heating. They generate electricity for 7 hours over the course of the night when costs are lower. They use this time to recharge, then store heat which is then slowly and gradually distributed throughout the day. It’s… [Read More]

The 4 Biggest Dangers of DIY Appliance Repairs

Malfunctioning appliances are never easy to deal with and there’s never a good time for a washer, dryer or any major appliance to fail on you. However, while going DIY might seem like a good solution in some cases, it’s not always recommended to perform DIY repairs on appliances because of the dangers involved. Here are some of the most common dangers associated with DIY appliance repairs. Electrical Issues Most people only have a superficial understanding of electrical appliances and how they may affect your grid and other components. Electrical work is no simple task and there really is no… [Read More]

Top Tips For Re-Wiring Your Home

The decision to re-wire your home is never one that should be taken lightly. This is a time consuming, disruptive and potentially dangerous project. Unless you have experience dealing with electricity then this is not something you should do yourself. You should also be aware that there are regulations regarding re-wiring which must be adhered to. You can check with your local authority what these are exactly. The concept of electricity as we know it was first discovered in 1752 by Benjamin Franklin. Since then Thomas Edison invented the light bulb and now electricity is everywhere! Here are the top… [Read More]