There are a few reasons that lights could be flickering in your home:
- Load draw from major appliances causing the draw of power when start up happens
- Loose or burnt neutrals in home or service panel
- It could be a utility failure
- Loose light plug
Residential & Commercial Electrical Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, LED Lights are better than incandescent lights. Although LED lights are more expensive to purchase than incandescent lights, they’re more efficient and will last longer. LED lights also have a lower annual operating cost, which is great for people trying to “go green” and safe money.
Yes, you do need a special electrical box to install a ceiling fan. Because a ceiling fan is an active load that is heavier than most light fixtures, you need a special mounting box designed for this application. The experts are TAP and Sons Electric have years of experience installing ceiling fans and are prepared to successfully install your ceiling fan.
Grounding is a technique that involves electrically reconnecting you to the earth or the “ground”. When you use an electrical appliance, the current flows from your service panel to the device. A grounded wire gives the unused electrical current a safe way back to the service panel so there’s no danger in the event of a short circuit.
You should call an electrician for many reasons. When you are resetting circuit breakers or changing fuses too often, when you turn on your air conditioner and the lights dim in the room, and when your lights flicker or go on and off. You should also call an electrician when you can smell something burning, when you have six electronic devices plugging into one outlet, when you have receptacle outlets overburdened by multi-plug strips, when a three-prong plug needs a two-prong adapter, and if you have to run extension cords to plug in electrical devices. There are many other reasons why and when you should call an electrician, of course, and you should always consult an electrician if you ever have electrical questions.
A commercial electrician has the experience and knowledge to professionally address any electrical situation in a commercial building. Conduit bending and working with higher voltages are a few of the differences in skills from a residential electrician. TAP and Sons Electricians are professionally trained and have the necessary skill sets needed to perform both residential and commercial electrical services!
You should replace your smoke detectors every 5-7 years and you should replace the batteries every 6 months. With all the dust particles in the air, it can be very easy for the sensors in a smoke detector to get clogged.
GFI or GFCI outlets tend to trip when too much equipment or appliances are plugged into the GFI. GFI’s are meant to protect people from receiving electric shocks. For that reason, they do not like large motors. For example, the biggest failure is using the GFI protected device in the garage for a second refrigerator. If this is the case, in order to protect the GFI, a dedicated line should be installed.
Yes, whole house surge protectors are worth it. When installed correctly, a whole house surge protector will protect all the circuits in the home. However, trained and highly skilled electricians will always recommend still using individual surge protectors on devices for extra protection.
Good electrician companies get recognized. Tap and Sons Electric has been awarded Contractor of the Year by the City of Mesa and also has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, Angies’s List, and Yelp. Our non-commission work, lifetime warranty on service panels, and drug-screened and fully trained electricians have made us leaders for over 50 years in the Phoenix, AZ community and surrounding areas. Learn more about guidelines and checklists for selecting an electrician in our blog post “Choose the Right Electrician by Following These Tips”