Leading Causes of Electrical Fires

Although they may only account for a fraction of residential fires, electrical fires can be devastating and even fatal. To prevent your having any issues at your home, be sure to check the following areas of your house that are the most common places where electrical fires start.

Failed Electrical OutletOutlets

If you go to plug in an appliance and nothing happens, it could be a sign that the wiring leading to the outlet might be loose. In this compromised state, the wiring could be exposed behind the call, potentially leading to contact with wall insulation or causing sparking behind the outlet. To fix this situation, have an electrician come out and look for the cause of the outlet failure and make any necessary repairs to the connection or the outlet itself.

Appliances

Speaking of appliances, whenever a power cord becomes frayed or starts to fall apart, you should have the connection repaired or replace the cable, if possible. Exposed wires can be dangerous for anyone using the appliance and can allow heat transfer from the connection to combustible surfaces that the cord may be set on. In fact, faulty appliance connections and outlets are the leading causes of home fires. Also, if you feel a mild shock or tingle when touching an appliance, it often is a sign of a ground fault or incorrect wiring. Don’t simply ignore it – call an appliance repair professional or electrician to come take a look.

Circuit Breakers

Although circuit breakers are meant to prevent a circuit from overloading, sometimes they can do their job a little too much and that’s a problem. Modern equipment and technology often requires more power than devices even a few years ago, which can put extra strain on an outdated circuit breaker. If your breaker continues to trip, it is time to contact an electrician. An older breaker box can have wear that prevents the circuit from being thrown properly or allow an overload to start a fire. Be safe, not sorry, and call an electrician to investigate and replace your breaker box, if needed.

Light Fixtures

Make sure that all of your light fixtures have bulbs that meet the proper wattage capability of the fixture. If the bulb’s wattage is too high, it could lead to an electrical fire. If you aren’t sure about the proper wattage, a simple way to test is to check the area around the fixture once you put a new light bulb in. If you feel heat, switch to a lower wattage bulb as the current one’s wattage is too high for that fixture.

If you think your home might have faulty wiring or the wiring is in need of repair, let Always on Electric help. We offer residential and commercial electrical services to keep your home or business protected from electrical fires. For more information, call us today at 970-309-2616!

Stay Comfortable with New Ceiling Fans

How often do you use the ceiling fans in your home – or do you even have any? If you don’t have ceiling fans or use them enough, you might want to start taking full advantage of them. Ceiling fans aren’t just for decoration. In fact, they are extremely beneficial to have in your home – for both looks and effectively moving warm or cold air around your home.

Ceiling Fan InstallationCeiling fans come in a range of different shapes, sizes, patterns, colors and styles. They have certainly come a long way since 1882 when the first electrically powered ceiling fan was developed. The classic natural wood, symmetrical blades and ordinary light fixture has seen many improvements in the decades since, with upgraded features and more modern, sleek and elegant stylings. The appearance and designs of these popular fixtures may have evolved, but one aspect has always remained much the same – installation.

Are you an avid DIYer? Do you like installing, fixing or replacing things in your home to save money and time? How many times have your jobs gone south and left you with a more costly bill? Installing ceiling fans might sound easy, but it’s an entirely different ballgame when you try doing it yourself.

If you have little to no experience with electrical fixtures, it might work in your favor to rely on a professional to install your new ceiling fan. Whether you want your ceiling fan installed inside your home or as an addition to a covered porch, make sure you call on an electrician with experience in all kinds of electrical work. This will ensure the job is done right and your home will remain nice and cool – and properly wired!

A correctly installed ceiling fan will help reduce heating and cooling costs by circulating air more effectively throughout your home and make it an overall more comfortable place to live – whether indoors or out. Rather than going straight to your thermostat when you want to even the temperature out in your home, flip on the switch to your fan instead! From remote controlled options and dual-motor fans to Energy Star-rated high efficiency models, and standard or low-profile ceiling fans, each and every kind is designed to do the same thing – keep you and your family comfortable!

Learn more about how Always on Electric can help today by giving us a call at 970-309-2616.

Plan for Unplanned Outages With a Backup Generator

While some storms come and go, others can pack a serious punch and leave devastation in their wake including power outages. This year, don’t get left in the dark if heavy rainstorms come during the spring season. Get a backup generator from Always On Electric and be ready for anything that Mother Nature has in store.

Backup GeneratorAt first, having a backup generator might not seem like a necessity. After all, when a major storm hits, power outages aren’t always going to happen. However, once the lights go out and everything goes silent, chances are you’re going to wish you had a backup generator to keep you from waving around the dark to find your way.

By having a backup generator, you will not only keep your house lit up during outages, but you will end up saving money by keeping frozen and refrigerated food protected and your appliances operating normally.

We don’t realize how much we value heat and hot water until it’s gone. If your water heater or furnace uses electricity, having a backup generator will keep heat and water sources running even when the power goes out. That way you can still take a nice hot shower and stay warm inside your home even if your neighborhood has lost power from the snow.

Homes with sump pumps know how important it is to keep them running. A stopped sump pump can allow water to accumulate, which can rapidly become a serious issue if your home is prone to flooding. With a backup generator in place, your sump pump will continue running without a hitch, keeping your mind at ease.

Having a backup generator for your business is a great investment as well. Whether your company handles refrigeration or needs power to continue to keep your products or machinery safe, a backup generator can help keep everything running smoothly when the storm hits and the power goes out.

For more information on backup generators or for help diagnosing and repairing electrical issues at your home or business, call Always On Electric today at 970-309-2616 and learn more about our full range of electrical services!

Why Is Grounding Important?

Electrical grounding is an important safety feature of modern wiring in homes and buildings. While modern homes are required to have an electrical ground, many older homes may not have been upgraded. Let’s explore what electrical grounding is and why it’s so important.

Electrical GroundingGrounding has been required in all homes since around the 1960s, and is an important part of any home electrical system. In the case of an electrical short circuit caused by frayed, loose or damaged wiring, electrical systems equipped with a ground will carry the electrical current safely away from the appliance, fixture or receptacle and to the earth where it is dissipated safely. Modern electrical receptacles have three slots to allow for a special ground wire – the “mouth” of the “face” in a three-prong outlet – while older receptacles that are not grounded have only two slots.

One benefit of electrical grounding is protection from power surges. A power surge may occur for a number of reasons, and may originate from inside or outside of the home. Lightning strikes are a common cause of powerful power surges that originate outside the home. Surges that start within the home are not as significant as the surges caused by lightning, and are often caused by electrical appliances starting and stopping.

Modern electronic devices are particularly vulnerable to even minor power surges. A surge of as little as 10 volts can cause damage to the microprocessors contained within computers, televisions, mobile phones and other electronics. Proper electrical grounding helps to protect these sensitive electronic devices from the damage caused by power surges.

Another important benefit of electrical grounding is protection from electrical shocks. A loose wire or damaged electrical component in an appliance may allow electricity to flow into the appliance. With electrical grounding, this current will be safely carried to the ground outside of the home where it can be dissipated. Without electrical grounding, a person who touched a malfunctioning appliance could receive a dangerous electrical shock.

Always On Electric is an experienced electrical contractor serving homes, businesses, commercial facilities and agricultural operations throughout western Colorado. Our knowledgeable and experienced staff can help with any electrical project needs, from installing new fixtures and service lines to upgrading the electrical system in your building. Call us at 970-309-2616 to learn more about our full range of electrical services and to request a quote on your electrical project today.

How Does Cold Weather Affect Electrical Systems?

Cold weather can have a very big impact on how your electricity works. Winter can bring major storms in some areas of the country, and in Colorado, it definitely can. Freezing temperatures also can affect the way your electrical systems work and cost you more money when it comes to energy bills. The solution to the problem is to always make sure everything is running smoothly and properly before heading into the winter season or before a storm.

Electrical problems in home during Winter

What Occurs to Electrical Systems During the Winter

Yes, power outages can occur during the winter either from storms or freezing temperatures. For instance, if there are freezing temperatures, your electricity might have to work harder to heat your home. If your home has an electrical furnace, then it will be working harder, especially if there are other space heaters in specific rooms.

On certain colder days during the winter season, electrical heaters are turned up, which can cause the electrical system to overload, thus causing a power outage in many circumstances.

How to Prevent Electric System Problems

First and foremost, it’s essential that you minimize your energy use during the winter season. One of the easiest ways is to turn your thermostat down just a few degrees. This can help with your energy bills in the winter. Evaluate which rooms of your home you’re using the most. If you only spend time in a couple, use space heaters to heat those rooms for a short period while turning your furnace down for the rest of the home.

One of the best ways to make sure your home’s electrical systems are working properly is to have them serviced and evaluated by a professional like Always On Electric. We can make sure your backup generator is ready to go and make sure you have the correct service upgrades. Contact Always On Electric at 970-309-2616 today or visit us online for more information!

The Importance of Agricultural Electrical Maintenance

Farming in the United States is one of the most important industries. Farmers work hard for many hours of the day making sure they can provide for several parts of the country. There are many negative factors that can impact farmers year-round. Some include weather related issues that can impact growth of crops and the timeline. Others can include electrical issues that can cause downtime. Like any other business or home, your utilities need to be working properly in order to live and make a living.

At Always On Electric, we have the electrical team to make sure your electrical is always on!

Agricultural electrician

The Benefits of Electrical Service for Your Farm

Electrical services can prevent major problems from happening to your business. In the agricultural industry, electricity and energy is relied on heavily for the farm’s function and working ability. Without functioning utilities, the farm could introduce itself to devastating issues.

How we can help:

We have the experience and professional electric service team to provide a new electrical system, as well as electrical fixes and repairs.

  • Tough Heaters
  • Standalone Services
  • Barn/Shop Lighting & Equipment
  • Irrigation Pumps, Well Pumps, Etc.
  • Gas Pumps and Equipment

The benefits of having a professional electrical service come and repair your system or get it up and running are extremely helpful. When running a farm, you need to make sure everything is working properly for your business to run properly.

Renewable Energy for the Agricultural Industry

As the world continues to implement renewable energy into farms, there will need to be more electrical services to keep up with new technology that is implemented. We’re looking forward to the innovation of electrical equipment on farms.

If you’re looking for a new electrical system on your farm, or you need some electrical maintenance, contact Always On Electric at 970-309-2616 today or visit us online for more information!

Be Prepared for Colorado Storms

It’s the Fall season, which means there’s a chance for some dicey weather elements here in Colorado. For homeowners, it’s essential to be prepared for these storms inside your home, as well as outside. Making sure all of your electrical is running smoothly in your home is very important during storms. Your power could go out as well, which means backup generators may come in handy in dire circumstances.

Always On Electric Can Prepare You

With someone by your side to make sure that the electrical systems in your home are updated and running properly will give you a stress-reliever during severe storms this Fall and Winter seasons. Here at Always On Electric, we can provide you with maintenance and electri

cal fixes for appliances and every electrical equipment in your home.

We can even help with backup generators. A backup generator for your home is very important if you experience a power outage during a severe storm. If you need fixes or adjustments for it to run smoothly, we can help.

The Benefits of Having Your Electrical Checked:

  •  Prevent Fire Hazards
  • Eliminate Electrical Downtime
  • Update Your Lighting Fixtures
  • Decrease other safety hazards

Besides severe storms interfering with your electrical, it’s always important to keep your home up to date with fixes and maintenance tasks, especially with your electrical. As your home gets older, updates need to be made to ensure the safety of you and your family. With more severe storms approaching with specific seasons, it’s crucial to have everything in proper order.

Call a Professional

We encourage you to reach out to a professional to inspect and maintain your electrical in your home. If you’re concerned about fixes or updates, contact Always On Electric at 970-309-2616 today or visit us online for more information!

HOW TO PREVENT ELECTRICAL FIRES

Fires that start in the house can be very frightening and knowing that electrical fires can start when someone is sleeping in the middle of the night is even more frightening. There are simple ways you can prevent electrical fires from starting in your home at any time. These tips will help you prevent electrical fires in your home.

Inspection

It is a good idea to schedule a professional inspection by a licensed electrician if you live in an older home or are experiencing electrical problems. Older homes may still contain wiring that is dangerously outdated. An older home may need to have the wiring updated since electrical components do not last forever and older wiring may not support modern appliances.

Damage

Defective or damaged wiring and appliances are a frequent cause of home electrical fires. Always replace or repair any electrical cord or appliance that shows signs of damage.

Overloading

It can be tempting to plug multiple appliances or devices into a single outlet, particularly in older buildings that do not have enough electrical outlets, but this can be dangerous. Overloading an outlet or an extension cord can lead to overheating and an electrical fire.

Flammable Materials

Electric cords and appliances often generate heat. Always exercise extreme caution with placing flammable materials anywhere near electrical cords and devices. As these devices or cords heat up during usage, they may cause bedding, paper products, clothing, or any other flammable material to catch fire.

Shorts and Wiring Problems

Lights flickering or dimming, sparking when you plug a device into an outlet, a buzzing sound coming from electrical outlets, or breakers that frequently trip are all signs that the electrical system in the home needs to be inspected by a licensed electrician. None of these things should occur with a properly designed and maintained electrical system. Your first call should be to a qualified electrician if any of these things are happening in your home.

Always On Electric proudly serves homes and businesses in the western Colorado region. Whether you need a routine inspection or are experiencing trouble with your electrical system, we are ready to help. Contact us today at 970-309-2616 to learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced electricians.

 

What Causes Power Outages?

Power Outages

 

As we become more dependent on a wide variety of electrical services and devices, power outages may seem more important than they were years ago. Today a power outage may interfere with lighting and entertainment, but also with safety and our ability to work. These are a few of the common causes of power outages.

  • Equipment

Our modern electrical system is composed of many different components. Electrical equipment is susceptible to failure as it ages or is damaged, just like the various parts in your car may fail over time. An equipment failure in the electrical system may result in a power outage to one home or to an entire area, depending on the equipment that failed.

  • Weather

As recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida have demonstrated, severe weather events may disrupt electric service to entire communities. A more typical example or weather-related power outages might involve lighting strikes, wind, or ice accumulation during winter.

  • Trees

Trees are often responsible for power outages. As the trees grow, their branches may come into contact with electrical lines or components. Trees may also indirectly trigger a power outage if a limb or the entire tree comes down during a storm. Falling limbs and trees may cause faults or damage to electrical lines.

  • Human Damage

Sometimes a power outage is caused by human damage. Common examples of human-caused outages are car crashes or construction equipment that cause damage to electrical components or lines.

  • Wildlife

Wildlife like snakes, rodents, and birds are just going about their daily life and doing what animals do each day. Unfortunately, they also sometimes come into contact with power lines or electrical components. The result is sometimes a power outage. While utility companies make efforts to limit the impact of wildlife on electrical service, these animals still sometimes find a way to a dangerous spot.

There are many causes of power outages. While you cannot control the electrical system outside of your home or business, you can be sure that all of the wiring and components within the building are safe and reliable. Always On Electric, Inc. has earned a reputation for quality work in the western Colorado region. Contact us today at 970-309-2616 to learn more about our services.

Do I Have Too Many Things Plugged In?

In today’s day and age, we tend to be always powered to our devices. When living in a home, we forget that even when our devices are plugged in and not being used, they still can cause issues to the circuits. This is what we call a circuit overload. There can be many problems when you plug in too many things in your home. Your home can’t handle too much all at once, so it’s important to be smart when using electronics and other appliances.

Electrical plug with many plugs in it

Overloading of Power Boards

What happens frequently in homes is the overloading of power boards, which then causes circuit tripping. If you have several electrical outlets in use doing quite a bit of work supplying power to entertainment units, power strips with many things plugged in, and other big items, this can easily cause circuit tripping in your home.

How do you avoid this problem?

  • Remove all devices that aren’t in use (charging chords still draw power when not connected)
  • Don’t over burden a single circuit. Spread out your devices
  • Pay attention to the necessities. Unplug things after you use them

If you’re experiencing frequent circuit tripping even after you’ve taken the steps to unplug the unnecessary items, contact a professional electrician like Always On Electric Inc. We have the capabilities to help even with new home builds. When homeowners buy all new appliances, we come in to help with the setup of electrical needs including light fixtures, ceiling fans, electrical upgrades, and more!

We can help get to the bottom of your electrical problems in a flash. Please don’t hesitate to reach out when you’re experiencing circuit tripping or any other electrical problem. Contact Always On Electrical Inc. at 970-309-2616 today or visit us online for more information!