JD’s Blog | Did You Know? Ceiling Fans Can Reduce Summer Cooling Costs!

A ceiling fan is one of the few home appliances that can save you money!  The average ceiling fan consumes about 100 watts (that’s the same as a single light bulb!) as compared to an air conditioner that consumes 2,000 watts. A ceiling fan helps you feel cooler because of the slight wind chill it…

JD’s Blog | Is it Time for an Electrical Panel Upgrade?

Most people today have modern appliances such as plasma TVs, hair dryers, microwaves, dishwashers, washers, dryers, space heaters, air conditioners and other types of appliances that require more wattage & voltage than what most of the older homes in San Diego have available. Increasing the amount of power that comes into your home is the…

Eliminating Aluminum Wiring Danger

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states that homes using old aluminum wire are “55 times more likely to have one or more connections reach fire hazard conditions” than a home wired with copper.  What is the cause of this alarming statistic? Aluminum is a soft metal, and it can expand or contract on…

JD’s Blog | Electrical Code Violations

The National Electrical Code (NEC) may just look like a big book on electrical components and wiring installation instructions but it is the law and everyone must adhere to it. The NEC has been adopted by 50 states and is a set of comprehensive safety standards that ensures all buildings, homes, and commercial establishments are…

Circuit Breaker Replacement

The circuit breaker panel is the heart of your house’s electrical system. The circuit breaker is connected inside the panel to the external power lines from the utility company, after passing through the electrical meter and channels the current through the circuits that run along your entire house. The circuit breaker protects all the wiring…

JD’s Blog | Is LED Lighting Right for My Business?

LED lights, also known as light emitting diodes, are a technological advancement with countless practical applications. They are solid, small light diodes that are known for their energy efficiency and long life. When compared to traditional incandescent light bulbs; the durability of LED lights is exceptionally longer, as much as 60,000 times more; and the…

JD’s Blog | LED Lighting for Your Business

LED lights are extremely common nowadays, even in the places that you visit every day. They can be seen in your shopping mall, a parking lot, the grocery store, and even your favorite restaurant. Not only are these lights inexpensive but great energy savers as well. This is the main reason behind the widespread use…

JD’s Blog | Time for Your Checkup!

Just as a person needs regular checkups to maintain perfect health, your house needs regular safety checkups to ensure the safety of the electrical systems. As the minimum standard for electrical safety in the U.S., electricians work under the national electrical code (NEC) when inspecting homes. This code defines the parameters within which the inspection…

JD’s Blog | LED Lighting for Your Home

A newer trend has begun to set in over the last few years: More and more people are now installing LED lights in their homes. Over the last year, however, the cost of LEDs has dropped like a rock. Not only are LEDs cost efficient, but in the hands of a skilled electrician, your home…

JD’s Blog | The ABCs of Knob and Tube Wiring

History Knob and tube wiring got its name from the ceramic knobs that were used for holding wires in their position and the ceramic tubes that were used to act as protective cases for the wires running through the floor and wall studs. From the 1890s through late 1930s, knob and tube electrical wiring was…

JD’s Blog | How to Troubleshoot Common Electrical Issues

Due to the numerous risks involved, many projects involving electricity are better left to the experts. However, you can certainly diagnose issues before the electrician arrives. Here are some of the most common electrical issues – and how to possibly troubleshoot them! Power surges As one of a common electrical issues, power surges can evaporate…

JD’s Blog | The Dangers Created by Aluminum Wiring in Your Home

Aluminum wires are lightweight, strong, and much more affordable than copper wires. These reasons helped make it the wiring of choice of licensed electricians across the United States during 1960s and 1970s. Even still, a majority of the power supply lines bringing electricity into our homes are still made out of aluminum. SDGE uses aluminum…

JD’s Blog | Popular Upgrades Have You Saying, “I Want That!” – But Do You Have Enough Amperage?

There are numerous upgrades that your local electrician can make to your home with regards to your electrical system. Here are some modern upgrades that are popular among homeowners in San Diego and across the USA. Central Control Stations There are several new wireless (Radio RA) devices that allow you to control all your lighting…

JD’s Blog | Minor Electrical Issues? No Problemo! Learn the Basics!

Many people think that handling electrical repairs is one of the toughest or scariest things to avoid. This is not entirely correct. Yes, it can be tricky and even risky if you don’t handle electrical issues wisely. Knowing some basics is always helpful. This way, you might attend to the minor electrical issues on your…

JD’s Blog | Be Safe! 3 Easy Steps to Upgrade Your Service Panel

If you have an older circuit breaker in or (on) your home, then it’s quite possible that the panel doesn’t have enough amperage to properly power all of the fixtures and modern appliances in your home today. Older panels only can be rated at only 60-100 amps, depending on the size of the house and…

JD’s Blog | How Do You Really Know They’ve Improved The Taste of Dog Food?

Or How Do You Really Know When Your Home’s Electrical System is in Need of An Overhaul? A Detailed Discussion on Needs vs. Wants. In case you’re wondering, I once heard that a catchier headline will capture a wider audience. What exactly has led you to even consider an electrical upgrade? Did an electrician or…

JD’s Blog | Do Your Lights Flicker or Flutter?

Have you ever been sitting in your living room reading the paper, and something flickered? You’d swear that your lights just dimmed or brightened, but you’re not really sure? You go back to reading the paper…. and it happens again. You look up, staring, waiting, nothing! You keep staring at the lights, seemingly forever, and….nothing!…

JD’s Blog | Is Your Home in Need of An Electrical Wiring Upgrade?

The U.S. Fire Administration attributes nearly 26,000 residential fires a year to faulty home electrical wiring. These fires result in millions in damages, thousands of injuries, and hundreds of deaths. If your San Diego home’s electrical system is made up of knob and tube or aluminum wiring, then you should strongly consider electrical upgrading or…

Basic House Wiring

Rewiring an entire house would likely make most homeowners very nervous, but understanding how to do basic house rewiring, unlike replacing a light fixture or wall switch, is useful knowledge. Read on for some basic information of which every homeowner can take advantage. Getting Started When working on a certain electrical project, like replacing a…

Common Electrical Problems

The Electrical Safety Foundation International reports each year in the U.S., more than 50,000 accidents happen each year due to poor electrical service and worn out systems in homes. Moreover, it is reported that electrical fires result in property damages that sum up to approximately 1.4 billion per year. To prevent becoming part of these…

All About Grounding Your Home

Have you ever experienced an electrical shock when turning on an electrical appliance in your home? One reason this could be happening is that your house is not properly grounded or it has no grounding at all within the branch circuit wiring. Having an electrical contractor look into this issue is vital, but before you…

Interior and Exterior Lighting Installations for Your Home

There are a number of beautiful internal and exterior installations that can help to improve, or even lower the cost of, the lighting and décor in your San Diego home. Some of the most common custom lighting solutions used in today’s modern home, each working with a unique and stylish purpose, include: LED Technology Lately,…

Is Your Circuit Breaker Panel Safe?

The electrical panel is the heart AND brain of the home’s electrical system and, as such, if the panel doesn’t work properly, the home’s entire electrical system could fail. Any circuit breaker panel can develop problems due to age, or have known issues related to brand. There are two older brands of panels that have…

Aluminum Wiring

During the later 1960s and into the mid to late 70s, single strand (solid) aluminum Romex type wiring replaced copper, branch circuit wiring in many new residences. However, after a decade, inherent weaknesses in aluminum became more apparent. Over time, some people retrofitted their connections with copper leads, but many older homes still contain fixed…

Electrical Upgrades 101

Upgrading your electrical service means that you are upgrading your electrical system to bring more power into your home.  Generally, an upgrade involves some level of rewiring and the replacing of electrical components to add power to your home. We’ll discuss these topics, in turn, below. Rewiring We are frequently called by customers requesting a…

The Dos and Don’ts of Hiring an Electrical Contractor

Although there are a number of electrical contractors, electrical companies, and individual electricians in San Diego, it is important to note that not all electricians have the necessary experience and skills to deliver high-quality services. No matter how large or small your issue is, you need to make sure the electrical contractor you are hiring…

Older Home Electrical Upgrade

At Point Loma Electric, we have the expertise and mindset for handling electrical systems in older and historic homes. We understand that older electrical systems need special attention. A licensed San Diego electrician from Point Loma Electric has every solution that your older or historic home needs. For example, your older home may have real…

Why your breakers are tripping when you turn on the A/C

Whew!!  It has been a blazing hot week and the temperatures are forecast to keep on rising.  When the temperatures rise and people turn on the Air Conditioner to cool off, it is common to suddenly begin to experience electrical problems such as tripping breakers, dimming lights and partial power outages.  In moderate climates like…

Contemporary Modern Lighting Illuminates Any Home

Decorating your home can be quite a challenge if you are not up to the task. You need to decide on the color that you want for your walls. You need to consider the tiles you will put on the floor. You also have to give some thought to the lighting fixtures you will have…

Commercial Electrical Repairs – Hiring an Electrical Contractor

Commercial electrical repairs are important for business in San Diego. Not only do electrical repairs ensure your electrical system is operating efficiently and not costing your company money, but it keeps your work environment safe for both employees and clients. The ‘inviting’ aura of commercial areas should be maintained in order to keep customers, and…

Electrical Inspections: Selecting the Right Electrician is Vital for Safety

Perhaps, you or someone you know have had negative experiences hiring an electrician. Common concerns are sticker shock after the fact, poor workmanship, unreliable service or companies who don’t stand behind their work.  Hiring the wrong person can lead to even more costly repairs later as well as the double expense of having to do the…

Tips to Effective Landscape Lighting

Having a couple of landscape lighting additions installed in will have a great effect on the aesthetic appeal of your property, especially during night time. You would be surprised at how your property will look simply by adding a couple of lighting fixtures in your lawn. Here are a couple of tips that you should…

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