We hope this list will provide you with the information to correct any electrical problems you are likely to encounter. If not, do not hesitate to contact us to set up a service call.

 

    • My garage plugs don’t work.
    • My outside plugs don’t work.
    • My lights in the bath don’t work.
    • My Jacuzzi doesn’t work.
    • My dining room plugs don’t work.
    • I have a switch that doesn’t work.
    • I have a plug that doesn’t work.
    • I have a plug and only half of it works.
    • My garbage disposal doesn’t work.
    • My dishwasher, washing machine, lights, plugs, etc. don’t work.
    • My light bulbs don’t last very long.


      My garage plugs don’t work.
      All new houses  have one or more Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. These come in two styles: a) circuit breaker in the service panel or b) receptacle (plug or outlet).They both have a button that says test. The breaker has a standard switchable handle as well. The receptacle also has a reset button. The test button allows you to simulate a fault condition which, if working properly, trips the GFCI device. Pushing reset will reactivate the GFCI and power. On the breaker type, you will have to turn the breaker all the way off and then back on. Locating and correcting the GFCI will fix questions 1 through 5 above. The Jacuzzi GFCI is usually installed in the bathroom by the Jacuzzi timer.Also, if your house was wired after June 1997, the code was amended to require at least two GFCI outlets in the kitchen.

       

      My outside plugs don’t work.
      All new houses  have one or more Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. These come in two styles: a) circuit breaker in the service panel or b) receptacle (plug or outlet).

      They both have a button that says test. The breaker has a standard switchable handle as well. The receptacle also has a reset button. The test button allows you to simulate a fault condition which, if working properly, trips the GFCI device. Pushing reset will reactivate the GFCI and power. On the breaker type, you will have to turn the breaker all the way off and then back on. Locating and correcting the GFCI will fix questions 1 through 5 above. The Jacuzzi GFCI is usually installed in the bathroom by the Jacuzzi timer.

      Also, if your house was wired after June 1997, the code was amended to require at least two GFCI outlets in the kitchen.

       

      My lights in the bath don’t work.
      All new houses  have one or more Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. These come in two styles: a) circuit breaker in the service panel or b) receptacle (plug or outlet).

      They both have a button that says test. The breaker has a standard switchable handle as well. The receptacle also has a reset button. The test button allows you to simulate a fault condition which, if working properly, trips the GFCI device. Pushing reset will reactivate the GFCI and power. On the breaker type, you will have to turn the breaker all the way off and then back on. Locating and correcting the GFCI will fix questions 1 through 5 above. The Jacuzzi GFCI is usually installed in the bathroom by the Jacuzzi timer.

      Also, if your house was wired after June 1997, the code was amended to require at least two GFCI outlets in the kitchen.

       

      My Jacuzzi doesn’t work.
      All new houses  have one or more Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. These come in two styles: a) circuit breaker in the service panel or b) receptacle (plug or outlet).

      They both have a button that says test. The breaker has a standard switchable handle as well. The receptacle also has a reset button. The test button allows you to simulate a fault condition which, if working properly, trips the GFCI device. Pushing reset will reactivate the GFCI and power. On the breaker type, you will have to turn the breaker all the way off and then back on. Locating and correcting the GFCI will fix questions 1 through 5 above. The Jacuzzi GFCI is usually installed in the bathroom by the Jacuzzi timer.

      Also, if your house was wired after June 1997, the code was amended to require at least two GFCI outlets in the kitchen.

       

      My dining room plugs don’t work.
      All new houses  have one or more Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. These come in two styles: a) circuit breaker in the service panel or b) receptacle (plug or outlet).

      They both have a button that says test. The breaker has a standard switchable handle as well. The receptacle also has a reset button. The test button allows you to simulate a fault condition which, if working properly, trips the GFCI device. Pushing reset will reactivate the GFCI and power. On the breaker type, you will have to turn the breaker all the way off and then back on. Locating and correcting the GFCI will fix questions 1 through 5 above. The Jacuzzi GFCI is usually installed in the bathroom by the Jacuzzi timer.

      Also, if your house was wired after June 1997, the code was amended to require at least two GFCI outlets in the kitchen.

       

      I have a switch that doesn’t work.
      In some instances, a switchable plug is installed, usually in the living room and master bedroom. This is a wall switch that controls only half of the plug outlet. This means that if the switch is off, half of the outlet is off and half is on. When the switch is on, both halves are on. These are designed for a floor lamp and you can still plug in a clock, TV or other device in to the same receptacle and the switch won’t affect them.

       

      I have a plug that doesn’t work.
      In some instances, a switchable plug is installed, usually in the living room and master bedroom. This is a wall switch that controls only half of the plug outlet. This means that if the switch is off, half of the outlet is off and half is on. When the switch is on, both halves are on. These are designed for a floor lamp and you can still plug in a clock, TV or other device in to the same receptacle and the switch won’t affect them.

       

      I have a plug and only half of it works.
      In some instances, a switchable plug is installed, usually in the living room and master bedroom. This is a wall switch that controls only half of the plug outlet. This means that if the switch is off, half of the outlet is off and half is on. When the switch is on, both halves are on. These are designed for a floor lamp and you can still plug in a clock, TV or other device in to the same receptacle and the switch won’t affect them.

       

      My garbage disposal doesn’t work.
      Check circuit breakers, one at the panel and one on the bottom of the garbage disposal (small reset button).

       

      My dishwasher, washing machine, lights, plugs, etc. don’t work.
      Check the circuit breaker. They usually don’t throw to a full (obvious) off position, often just a little bit off, but the breaker is tripped. The easiest way to tell is to push on the handle toward the on position. If there is any movement, turn the breaker all the way off, then back on. You may have to do this a couple of times before the internal workings catch; you will feel a positive pressure and the handle will snap fully on.

       

      My light bulbs don’t last very long.
      Buy only bulbs rated 130 volts. Most sale or inexpensive bulbs are rated 120 volts. The voltages in the Northwest are running hot; this is 122 to 125, and even 127 volts. This is truly better because it allows all appliances and devices to run at their peak efficiency. Low voltage is poor and causes motors to struggle. All appliances and devices are rated for a minimum of 10% variance. The power company can also legally deliver a variance of 10% and sometimes does. The only problem with this is cheap bulbs. They can’t tolerate hot voltage very long. It is by far cheaper to buy the better bulbs, even though they cost more, than to keep replacing the 120 volt type.

      Light fixtures located next to heavy doors often get serious vibration when the doors slam. This will cause the bulb to burn out very quickly. Buy only rough service type bulbs for these locations.

       

       

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