At Dynamic R.I.C. Electric we are always communicating with our customers in Lakeland and the rest of Central Florida, and in the course of fielding their questions, we have come up with the top five most frequently asked questions. Our goal is not only to provide you with top-notch service, but to help educate the public on important electrical issues; with that in mind, here are some questions you may have and the answers.
Fuses and circuit breakers both serve the same purpose, but in different ways. When a fault is detected in an electrical circuit, both devices will stop (or break) the electric current. A fuse is temporary, and it only stops the flow of electricity once, it blows out and needs to be replaced every time it does its job. A circuit breaker is a just switch that is “thrown” to stop the flow of electricity can be switched back into the on position once the problem is rectified.
In most electrical systems, there is a “hot wire” or “live wire” that provides the flow of an electrical current. A short circuit happens when this wire becomes grounded. A short circuit can occur if a wire becomes frayed, loose, or the bare wire is exposed; which causes the flow of electricity to redirect from its designated course. Short circuits can produce heat and sparks that are dangerous, Most electrical systems in the last 25 years will trip the breaker if a short circuit occurs; older systems probably won’t and should be inspected to determine if a replacement is required.
If your lights often flicker in your home, try changing the lightbulb first, in many cases that is the cause of the problem. If changing the bulb does not fix the problem or multiple lights flicker; let us inspect your home because it may be due to an outdated electrical system that requires replacement. Other causes could be a loose wire, inadequate power supply, or an appliance in your home drawing too much power. Whatever the reason, it is wise to let us diagnose the problem.
A GFCI (Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter Outlet) is a particular type of outlet that is designed to shut off when there is enough liquid present to cause an electrical shock. It detects fluctuations in an electrical circuit and trips a small switch if any variation happens. GFCI outlets are used in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and outlets may get wet. They have a minute button which allows you to quickly reset a tripped outlet.
The best way to know if an electrical panel is safe is to call an electrician. We can inspect your panel and tell you right away if it needs to be changed. You can also check the brand on consumer websites to see if any issues have occurred with that company. Electrical panels older than 20 years should be replaced.
If you are in the Lakeland or Plant City areas, and you are experiencing a problem with flickering lights, short circuits, outlets, breakers or fuses let Dynamic R.I.C. Electric inspect them in your home or business. Call 863-333-0762 or fill out our online contact form, one of our courteous and expert staff members will be happy to discuss any questions you may have.