San Marcos Residential Electrician
When San Marcos homeowners need a residential electrician they can trust, they call Point Loma Electric and Plumbing time and again. Why? Because we have over 32 years of experience and guarantee your satisfaction 100%.
Electricity is essential for modern living, so when you need electrical repairs, it’s crucial that you hire a residential electrician you can trust to do the job right the first time. At Point Loma Electric and Plumbing, our expert contractors are fully licensed, insured, and background checked for your safety and peace of mind.
Plus, we’re the area’s older home experts, providing repairs and upgrades to older homes to give families all the juice they need to power their modern appliances and electronics.
When to Call an Electrical Contractor
It’s natural to want to save money by fixing minor household problems yourself. However, DIY electrical repairs can cause property damage, injury, and death if you don’t know what you’re doing. And watching YouTube tutorials doesn’t equal the amount of training and experience that comes from a licensed electrical contractor.
Here are just a few of the electrical projects and situations that require the skills of a professional electrician.
Electrical Appliance Installation
Adding a new lighting fixture such as a ceiling fan can be tricky if you’re not familiar with wiring. Improper wiring could damage the appliance, cause a short circuit, and cause electric shocks.
Constant Blown Fuses or Breaker Trips
An occasional blown fuse or breaker trip isn’t cause for concern. However, if this happens day in and out, you’ve got a serious electrical problem. Typically, frequently blown fuses or breaker trips occur when the circuits carry a higher volume of current than they can safely handle, or there’s a dangerous fault in one or more circuits. If this happens, call an electrical contractor to troubleshoot the problem.
You Rely Too Heavily on Extension Cords and Power Strips
Do the floors in your home look like a spider’s web of extension cords and power strips? Too many plugs into one socket mean you’re forcing the circuit to work over its capacity and stress the entire system. If you’re in this situation, call an electrician to discuss adding more outlets and possibly upgrading your electrical panel to give you the power you need.
Flickering or Dimming Lights
If your lights flicker or dim when running a major appliance like a microwave or dishwasher, it usually means the need moved to a dedicated circuit.
Even if you have what appears to be a minor electrical problem, it’s always safer to call an experienced residential electrician for help instead of risking injury or damage fixing it yourself.
Benefits of Installing a Standby Generator
There’s never a good time for a power outage, and depending where you live, it could be hours before the lights come back on after the power grid fails. However, you can avoid the problems that come from being without electricity by installing an emergency generator.
If you’ve never considered this before, here are a few thoughts.
When you have a standby generator, you never experience interruption when the grid fails because the generator kicks on automatically to supply power without so much as a hiccup.
Another benefit is that using a standby generator protects your expensive appliances and electronics. When the power goes out, the generator switches everything from the grid to the generator, so when the power comes back, you’re not at risk of damage caused by a power surge.
Lastly, think about how convenient it would be to continue life as normal during a major power outage that could last for days.
For more information about installing an emergency generator, call Point Loma Electric and Plumbing for a consultation.
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Benefits of an Electrical Panel Upgrade
The electrical panel is the heart and brain of your home’s electrical system, so when you have a problem there, it can affect everything in the house.
The first thing to consider is your home’s electrical load and whether you have enough amps to meet your power needs. Think of electricity like water flowing into the house; an amp is the rate at which electricity flows. For homes built prior to 1960, 60 amps was more than enough to meet the power needs of the average family. However, today, 100 amps is standard and sometimes, people need up to 200.
Upgrading your electrical panel allows your home to process more power and distribute it more efficiently through the house.
When thinking about upgrading your electrical panel, here are several benefits to consider:
- Upgrading expands your home’s power capacity, allowing you to take advantage of additional appliances and electronic devices without worrying about overloading the system.
- Upgrading allows you to move away from outdated fuse boxes to modern circuit breakers, which are more convenient to use than changing blown fuses.
- Upgrading your electrical panel can bring your home up to current electrical code, which adds value should you decide to sell it.
Point Loma Electric and Plumbing is the area’s trusted locally owned electrical contractor.