FAQS

FAQs

COMMONLY ASKED ELECTRICAL QUESTIONS

SERVING: WINSTON SALEM, HIGH POINT & GREENSBORO, NC


When is it time to call an electrician?
It’s best to call an electrician for their professional service when you’re resetting circuit breakers or changing fuses often, your lights flicker or go on and off, if they dim when the A/C is on, if you smell electricity burning, if you need more electrical outlets installed, etc. 

What size service do I install in my home?
We suggest 200 amps, especially in new homes. Call for more information.

Where do you put G.F.I.s?
Bathroom or garage outlets within 6’ of a sink. Also, kitchen outlets for countertop use. They must be installed in any area where electricity and water may come into contact: basements, pools, spas, utility rooms, attached garages and outdoors.

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How much should I attempt on my own?
It’s a gamble. Attempting to make electrical repairs or install new appliances or fixtures can save you money- if it’s done right. If the job is not done right, however, it could cost you more in repairs. 

How many convenience outlets in each room?
In each and every kitchen, family room, dining room, living room, parlor, library, den, bedroom, or similar room or spot of dwelling units, receptacle convenience outlets will be set up so that no point along the floor line in any wall space there is greater than six feet from an outlet in that area.

How should outlets be installed in a kitchen area?
All 15 and 20 receptacles installed within 6 feet of a kitchen sink or wet bar shall have G.F.C.I. protection. Call to learn more. 

What is an AFCI?
Starting January 1, 2002, The National Electrical Code, Section 210-12, requires that all branch circuits supplying 125V, single phase, 15 and 20 ampere outlets installed in dwelling unit bedrooms be protected by an arc-fault Circuit interrupter. Eventually they will be in more areas but the NEC selected to require them on bedroom circuits first because a CPSC study showed many home fire deaths were related to bedroom circuits. The AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter) breaker will shut off a circuit in a fraction of a second if arcing develops.
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