Warning Signs It’s Time to Re-wire Your Home

Re-Wiring Home Does it feel like you blow a fuse at least once or twice every week? There’s a chance that you could have too many appliances plugged into one circuit. There’s also a chance that your home’s electrical system might be outdated and that you could benefit from rewiring your entire home in the near future. Take a look at some of the other warning signs you’ll likely notice when it’s time to rewire your house.

Your home is more than 40 years old.

Electrical systems have advanced a lot over the course of the last few decades. So if you have a home that was built 40 years ago or more and you’re still using the original electrical system, it’s probably just about time to think about updating your system. By rewiring your home, you can make it a lot safer and avoid many of the potential problems that come along with using an older system.

Your home has aluminum wiring in it.

Speaking of outdated electrical systems, there was a time when many systems relied on aluminum wiring. That is, until electricians started to figure out that many aluminum wires ended up causing fires once they got old. Today’s electrical systems rely on copper wiring as opposed to aluminum and are noticeably safer. You should consider going with copper if you still have aluminum in your home.

Your home has certain outlets that have stopped working altogether.

Are you running extension cords all over your house to power up certain rooms? This might seem like a reasonable solution, but extension cords should not be used for this purpose. You should have an electrician come take a look at your nonfunctional outlets. They might be repairable, or they might be a sign of a larger problem within your home’s electrical system.

Is it time for you to update your home’s electrical system? Always on Electric can help you with it. Call us at 970-309-2616 today to set up an appointment with one of our reliable and experienced electricians.

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Do Your Own Electrical Work

DIY Electrical Work Home maintenance projects can be expensive, and it is often tempting to attempt a repair on your own. After all, many times a DIY repair will not only save money, but may also be satisfying. Electrical work is one area of home repair where you may want to reconsider doing it yourself. These are a few reasons why you should not try to do electrical work on your own.

Fire Risk

The risk of fire from faulty wiring or improperly installed electrical components is very real. Electrical fires are also frequently devastating as they may start inside a wall at night and be fully involved before a homeowner notices. A small mistake, like a loose wire or an overloaded circuit, may lead to a dangerous electrical fire.

Electrical Shock

Electric shock is another serious risk of working with electricity. Professional electricians have years of experience and training, as well as specialized tools that help them stay safe while performing electrical work in your home. It only takes one small mistake or one second of inattention to receive a dangerous electric shock. The risk of electric shock makes DIY electrical repairs a bad idea.

Building Codes

All electrical work must be done in accordance with applicable building codes. Trying to fully understand the electrical codes takes considerable effort and time. Electrical work also may require an inspection. Performing electrical work by yourself may result in work that does not meet building code and is not inspected. This may become an issue when you attempt to sell the home.

Always On Electric has you covered whether you need residential or commercial electrical work performed. We work on all types of buildings throughout the western Colorado region. Our electricians are fully trained and experienced, and we are licensed, insured, and bonded. You can have full confidence in electrical work that we perform on your home or business. Contact us today at 970-309-2616 to learn more about our services or to request a quote.

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.

Cut Down on Your Electric Bills

As homeowners, sometimes we forget to watch how much electricity we use throughout the day. As more people are working from home, there is much more electricity being used throughout the day. You may have seen some of your electricity bills increase, especially during winter months, but you should not be worried. There are always ways to decrease those bills with a simple plan.

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Residential Electrical Services with Always On Electric

At Always On Electric, we have the ability to help with your residential electrical services from remodeling to new construction. We can install upgrades to any lighting or electric equipment if you’re looking to add on to your home. We understand the struggles with maintaining inexpensive electrical bills, which is why we’re dedicated to making sure your home is installed with the proper equipment.

How We Can Help:

  • Lighting Design/Lighting Control Systems
  • Electrical Service Work
  • Lighting Retrofits
  • Safe Electrical Evaluations
  • And much more!

Tips on Bringing Down Electric Bills

If you’re worried about electrical bills increasing during particular seasons, you may want to adjust the way your run certain equipment in your home. For one, if you stay home working during the day, try and let the natural light in through the windows and leave all the lights off. Never leave the TV running if you’re not using it, and make sure all your electronics from laptops to phones are unplugged when you’re not occupied with them. These things can really help cut down on the amount of energy you use in your home. Some equipment may need an upgrade, and you could consider energy efficient equipment for lightbulbs, and other amenities.

If you’re looking to remodel, add on, or build a new home, don’t hesitate to reach out to Always On Electric. Our electrical team has many years of experience working with homeowners to ensure safe electrical equipment and systems are installed. Contact us at 970-309-2616 today or visit us online for more information!

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!