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Electrical 101: Common Residential Electrical Services

Whether you’ve owned a home for 1 year or 20 years, understanding the basic components of an electrical system can help you interpret what services you may need. Here, the industry experts at ALL Electric tackle some of the most common residential electrical services that you can expect to run into when dealing with electric in your home.

Basic Electrical Terminology

While electrical jargon can seem tricky, we want you to understand exactly what’s going on with your home’s power. First, let’s review some basic terms that are likely to come up in your experience with residential electrical services:

Circuit Breaker Replacement

Circuit breakers trip when there is too much electricity flowing through it or when it isn’t able to handle excess flow. A tripped circuit breaker could result in a temporary power outage for that particular line, a safety measure to avoid power overloading, and could need replacement.

Short Circuit Repairs

To put it simply, a short circuit typically occurs when an inactive wire comes into contact with an active wire. This causes an electrical current to transfer from the active wire to the inactive one, with the end result being a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse.

Electrical Wire Extensions

This service is performed when electrical wiring is too short to provide a safe and reliable power connection. Stretched-out wiring is more prone to disconnecting due to instances such as bad weather, causing a potential safety hazard.

Short Circuit Repairs

To put it simply, a short circuit typically occurs when an inactive wire comes into contact with an active wire. This causes an electrical current to transfer from the active wire to the inactive one, with the end result being a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse.

Electrical Wire Extensions

This service is performed when electrical wiring is too short to provide a safe and reliable power connection. Stretched-out wiring is more prone to disconnecting due to instances such as bad weather, causing a potential safety hazard.

Rewiring or Upgraded Wiring

There are a variety of reasons for rewiring or updating electrical wires. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Deterioration from harsh weather conditions
  • Stripped insulation
  • Hazardous wiring locations that need to be rerouted
  • Transferring existing lines from old to new service connections

Any instance in which there is deemed a potential safety hazard is appropriate cause for updating or replacing existing electrical wires.

If there is a situation that can’t be easily clarified with one of these services, a licensed electrician will need to inspect your power systems with electrical troubleshooting. This ensures your electrical operations are running smoothly and can truly only be diagnosed with the expertise of a licensed professional.

Common Residential Electrical Services

While it depends on the company you’re working with, there are different types of electrician services that are offered. Based on your home’s specific needs, there are seemingly endless maintenance, installation or repair services that can be done for your electrical wiring, power outlets and meter, and circuit breakers.

Residential services can include any of the following:

  • Electrical inspection and home safety checks
  • Emergency power outage repairs
  • Recessed lighting installation
  • Surge protection
  • Electrical work for home remodeling
  • Landscape lighting design and install
  • Home automation and lighting fixture installation

If you’re in a position where you think you may need electrical work done to your home, don’t hesitate to contact a licensed electrician. Hiring someone inexperienced – or worse, trying to do it yourself – is not only dangerous but could lead to more damage in the long run.

At ALL Electric, our team is made up of highly-qualified, highly-trained licensed electricians including our owner, who is a master electrician with decades of experience working on residential homes. Our team is on call 24/7 to handle any of your home’s electrical installation or repair needs.

We guarantee we will not close out any electrical project in your home until we meet your expectations. Don’t settle for anything less than the best – contact the professionals at ALL Electric today to request a quote for residential electrical services!