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!

Why Would Plugs Fall Out of My Outlets?

Loose Electrical OutletWe’re all so reliant on outlets these days. Whether we’re charging our phone, tablet, laptop or plugging in our favorite game consoles or lamps, we use the outlets in our homes and businesses every single day. As such, it can be quite frustrating when they’re not working properly.

One such example would be the process of a plug literally falling out of the outlet. Let’s say you’re charging your phone, and leave the area for a while, only to return to see the phone hasn’t charged and the plug is no longer in the outlet; once it’s happened more than once and you’ve ruled out a ghost playing tricks on you, you realize there are is an issue with the outlet. So what would cause plugs to drop out of your outlets (besides that mischievous ghost)?

Daily Wear and Tear and Defective Contact Points

If you’re like us, you probably use your “favorite” outlets each day. It’s not so much that you have a favorite, as much as a particular outlet is convenient for doing a certain job, and you start using it habitually. In this scenario, the daily wear and tear can add up and cause the outlet to be loose enough that it loses its grip and the plug slides out. If the metal in the outlets lose their sturdiness on electrical plugs, this could also cause it to fall out.

The Importance of Having Your Outlets Looked At

Sadly, a loose plug can cause sparks or electrical arcing, two things that are potential fire hazards. In addition, a loose outlet can cause damage to interior wiring, which could lead to a blown fuse or it could cause the circuit breaker to trip.

How an Electrician Will Help

A professional electrician can come and see what is bothering your loose outlet, and will isolate the problem. Next, he or she will can either fix the outlet if it’s salvageable, or rewire a new one.

If you’re in the Rifle, CO area and need a licensed electrician, contact Always on Electric today.

Reasons to Replace Outlet Receptacles

Outlet Receptacles

Over the past few months, we’ve all had extra time to look around our homes or businesses and think about which improvement jobs need to be prioritized. Now, more than before, it’s essential for homeowners and business owners to have an ample amount of outlet receptacles, since we’re so reliant on the technology that requires outlets for charging or working purposes. As such, if you can’t remember the last time you’ve replaced the outlet receptacles in  your home or business, here are some telltale signs that it’s time.

The Outlets Feel Warm When You Use Them

Have you ever taken a phone charger out off the outlet and it felt hot? If so, it’s a scary feeling, and if it is happening often, it’s also a warning sign to replace your outlet receptacle. More often than not, the heat stems from outlets being worn out, though sometimes it might be caused by poor electrical wiring. Either, it’s best to further instigate if it becomes a common problem, especially if the screws holding the sockets in place are hot.

There are Breaches in the Outlets

If you see gaps, cracks and other openings in the outlet receptacle, it could lead to an accumulation of dust and possibly make the outlet a fire hazard. A build up of dust and other debris is bad news, and if your outlet is hot and has cracks or other crevices, then you know it’s time to do something about them.

You See Sparks

If you see sparks emanating from the outlet receptacle, it could indicate that the electrical wiring behind them has become outdated or is not able to withstand modern technical demands. A sparking outlet could lead to a fire breaking out, making it essential to have a professional look at your outlet receptacle.

If you’re in Rifle, CO area and are unsure about the outlet receptacles in your home or business, the electricians at Always on Electric are here to help. For more information, give us a call at 970.309.2616

Tips for Saving Money on Electricity This Summer

Cleaning Air Conditioning Unit Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly all walks of life, forcing people to find creative ways to save money as we wait for things to return back to normal. As the calendar inches closer and closer to summer, home and business owners may be thinking of ways they can save on their electric bills. Here are some tips to help you achieve that goal this summer.

Be Efficient With Your Air Conditioning Use

If you have an AC unit in your residence or business, make sure it’s only turned on when you’re at home or employees are in the building and are actually able to use it. Moreover, savings can add up if you turn it off when you’re go to bed for the night or if you set the temperature a bit higher than usual when you leave for the day.

On days and nights where it’s naturally cool outside, consider turning off the unit all together and simply open up your windows and let in a cool breeze. Also, utilizing the ceiling fans in your home or business can help reduce your dependence on your unit, also helping you save at the margins.

Keep Your Air Conditioning Units in Great Shape

Make sure the vents in your AC unit are clean and free of debris, and that the unit’s filters are periodically cleaned and/or replaced. Failing to perform maintenance on it will cause your air conditioning unit to not work as efficiently, which consequently, will cause the unit to consume more energy. And more energy consumption means a higher bill.

Choose a Great Thermostat

Learning how to properly program your thermostat is another way to save money this summer (year-round, actually). Whether it’s doing it the old school way and reading the instructional manual that comes with it, or it’s googling and watching a YouTube tutorial, accurately programming your thermostat will help you save bundles of money.

If you need a licensed electrician in Rifle, CO this summer, call us at 970.309.2616 or email us at alwaysonelectric@hotmail.com.

A Guide to Finding a Reliable Residential Electrician

Residential ElectriciansAre you in search of a residential electrician right now? If so, you shouldn’t have much trouble at all tracking one down. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 700,000 electricians operating throughout the country. As such, it can be a little bit difficult finding the right residential electrician for the job that you need done. Here is a guide to finding a residential electrician you can trust.

See if you can find a good recommendation from a family member or friend.

You might not have much experience working with residential electricians. Nevertheless, there’s a decent chance you have at least a few family members and friends who have had to work with one in the past. Call on your family members and friends to provide you with recommendations for residential electricians in your area. You might even want to put out an open call on Facebook to cast a wider net when searching for a great electrician.

Read through online reviews to find out which electricians those in your community like best.

If your family members and friends aren’t much help when it comes to recommending residential electricians, turn to online reviews for electricians in your area for help. You can learn more about which residential electricians people in your community seem to like best based on the online reviews you read for them.

Call and interview electricians yourself to find out what they bring to the table.

While it’s smart to turn to others for assistance when you’re on the hunt for a residential electrician, you shouldn’t expect them to do all your dirty work for you. You should also make an effort to learn as much as you can about the electricians you’re considering. You can do this by browsing around on their websites to see which services they have to offer. You can also do it by calling them up and spending a few minutes talking to them about what they have to offer to you. It’ll make you feel more confident in your decision when you narrow down your choices to just one residential electrician.

If you’re looking around for a residential electrician that you know you can trust, look no further than Always on Electric. We can set you up with the residential electrical services you need and do it at a great price. Call us at 970-309-2616 to hear more about the services we can provide for you.

Electrical Troubleshooting Tips for Industrial Businesses

Industrial ElectricianWhen you own an industrial business, you’re going to need to get used to dealing with electrical issues from time to time. Many of these issues will be minor in nature. However, if you get into the habit of ignoring them and don’t determine what’s causing them, they can eventually lead to much larger problems down the line. Let’s take a look at some electrical troubleshooting tips that you can use to keep your industrial business’ electrical system up and running the way it’s supposed to at all times.

Work to gather information on an electrical issue as quickly as you can.

The second you notice an electrical issue in your industrial facility, you should formulate a plan of attack. Take a look at how the electrical issue is affecting your industrial equipment and talk to your employees to see if this issue is new or something that’s been a lingering problem. The more info you have on an electrical issue, the better your chances of figuring out what’s causing it so that it can be fixed.

Try to pinpoint the source of an electrical issue whenever possible.

Once you’ve taken the time to gather information on your electrical issue, the next step you should take is trying to pinpoint the source of the issue. This is often easier said than done, but you may be able to narrow the potential sources down by visually inspecting electrical wiring and outlets and checking out which part of your facility seems to be impacted the most by the electrical issue.

Aim to have your electrical issue fixed by a licensed industrial electrician right away.

Unless you have extensive experience and training as an industrial electrician, you should not attempt to correct an electrical issue in your facility. You could end up making the issue much worse than it already is by trying to repair it on your own. You could also put yourself and your employees at risk by tinkering around with electrical components. Call on a licensed industrial electrician to visit your facility right away and make the necessary electrical repairs.

Are you experiencing an electrical issue in your industrial facility right now? Always on Electric can come out to your facility and figure out what’s causing the issue. We can also make the right repairs to get your electrical system working seamlessly again. Call us at 970-309-2616 to schedule an appointment with an industrial electrician.

What Can I Do to Fix My Circuit Breaker?

Fixing a Circuit BreakerThe circuit breakers in your home are among the most important things in your entire house. They’re designed to prevent the electrical wiring in your home from overheating. If they ever sense that too much electricity might be passing through your electrical wiring and putting it at risk, they’ll “trip” and shut off the electricity in the part of your home that is experiencing the problem. Here is how to fix a circuit breaker that has tripped.

Find out which circuit breaker has tripped.

If you ever lose power in a portion of your home, the first thing you should do is run down to your breaker box and take a look at your circuit breakers. If one of them has tripped, you’ll notice the lever for it will be located in between the “on” and “off” positions. You can push it back into the “on” position so it restores electricity to the portion of your home where the power went off. When you do this, see how the circuit breaker responds and then check to see whether or not the power has been restored.

See if a circuit breaker might be loose.

While you’re in the process of resetting a circuit breaker, jiggle it around a little bit to see if it feels loose to you at all. If it moves around more than you think it should, it could indicate that your circuit breaker is faulty and that it needs to be replaced. You should consider leaving the circuit breaker in the “off” position until you’ve had a chance to replace it with help from a residential electrician.

Call an electrician if a circuit breaker continues to trip.

You’ll want to reach out to an electrician right away if you ever notice a loose circuit breaker in your breaker box. You’ll also want to get in contact with one if a circuit breaker continues to trip over and over again once you’ve returned it to the “on” position. It’s not out of the ordinary for a circuit breaker to trip every now and then. It’ll sometimes happen when you plug in a vacuum cleaner or a blender in a part of your home where you already have a bunch of other things plugged in. But if you have a circuit breaker that’s tripping all the time, it could be an indication of a larger issue that will need to get looked at right away.

There are some circuit breaker problems that you can fix on your own. Nevertheless, there are also plenty that’ll require the services of a professional electrician. Always on Electric will provide you with the electrical services you need in your home. Call us at 970-309-2616 to schedule an appointment with an electrician.

Myths About Saving Electrical Energy at Home

Energy Saving MythsWould you like to cut down on how much energy you use in your home on a daily basis? If so, there are many ways for you to do it. However, there are also a lot of energy-saving myths out there that can lead you astray when it comes to scaling back on your home’s energy usage. Avoid these myths at all costs since they won’t save you much energy at all.

Myth: Turning a light off and then back on uses more energy than just leaving a light on.

For years, some people have been under the impression that it makes more sense to leave lights on in their houses as opposed to turning them on and off all day long. But this is, of course, not true. Turning a light on doesn’t use up any more energy than letting a light sit on. It’s why you should get into the habit of turning lights off when you’re not using them to conserve energy.

Myth: Running an AC all day to keep a house cool uses less energy than turning an AC on at the end of the day when a house is hot and stuffy.

Many homeowners leave their AC systems running all day long to keep a house that no one is in cool. They do it because they think it’ll help them steer clear of having to waste energy later by attempting to cool off a stuffy house with an overmatched AC system. It will take your AC system some time to cool off a stuffy house, but it’ll still require far less energy to take that approach than it will to keep your AC running throughout the day. If you’re concerned about coming home to a warm house, consider installing a smart thermostat that you can turn on about an hour before you get home.

Myth: Appliances don’t use any electricity when they’re plugged in but not turned on.

Many older appliances used to shut down when you had them turned off and not waste energy. But these days, many appliances and other gadgets continue to use up energy unnecessarily when they’re not being used. It’s a great idea to unplug appliances that don’t need to be plugged in all the time if you want to save energy.

If you’re serious about wanting to save energy, don’t buy into any of these myths. Instead, let Always on Electric show you some ways to bring your energy costs way down. Call us at 970-309-2616 to schedule our residential electrical services.

Here’s Why You Should Consider Having the Lighting on Your Property Retrofitted

Licensed electricianDo you have a bunch of older lighting fixtures scattered around inside your home or business? You might be thinking about replacing them altogether. However, rather than going that route, why not have your lighting retrofitted? During the retrofitting process, an electrician will bring your existing lighting system up to speed by swapping out older parts for newer ones without having to replace your lighting system altogether. Continue reading to find a few reasons why this has turned into such a popular option for many home and business owners.

Saves money

Most home and business owners at least consider having their lighting retrofitted because of all the money that they can save by doing it. When you have lighting retrofitted, it’ll cost a lot less than it would to replace an entire lighting system. It can also bring down your energy costs and save you money every month since you’ll be using a better lighting system once your electrical work is all done.

Provides better lighting

If you don’t like the lighting that your lighting system is providing at the moment, retrofitting it could be the answer to your prayers. You can improve the quality of light in your home or business in most cases by having lighting retrofits done. You’ll be able to see better when you have your lights turned on, and the lighting that is produced will make your home or business look better as a whole.

Works wonders for the environment

Many older lighting systems are not good for the environment. They run through too much energy and create too much waste by causing light bulbs to burn out quickly. You can make your home or business more eco-friendly in an instant when you invest in lighting retrofits. You’ll also reduce the number of times that you need to change lightbulbs and do other maintenance to your electrical system.

Always on Electric specializes in performing lighting retrofits for both our residential customers and our commercial clients. Call us at 970-309-2616 to discover more about how lighting retrofits can benefit you and your home or business.

What Does It Mean to Be a Licensed Electrician in Colorado?

Licensed electrician Do you need to have electrical work done in your home? If so, you should always make sure you’re working with a licensed electrician. Don’t be afraid to ask an electrician to provide you with proof that shows they’ve taken the proper steps to earn their license. All electricians in Colorado are required to obtain a license from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Electrical Board by passing an exam. They also need to meet several other important requirements. Learn more about them below.

Residential Wireman

This is the most basic type of electrician. They specialize in installing electrical wiring inside of homes. To get a license to become a residential wireman, an electrician must prove that they have at least 4,000 hours worth of experience when it comes to installing electrical construction wiring for things like lights, heat, and power over the course of the last two years.

Journeyman Electrician

This type of electrician is a step up from the residential wireman, as they can perform electrical work in both homes and businesses. They need to be able to prove that they have at least 8,000 hours worth of experience over the last four years working on electrical wiring for lights, heat, and power. Additionally, they need to have at least 4,000 hours worth of experience over the last two years working on electrical jobs in commercial and/or industrial settings.

Master Electrician

This type of electrician is the best kind of electrician around. To get licensed, master electricians need to meet all the qualifications of a journeyman electrician. They also need to have at least 2,000 hours worth of experience with regards to electrical planning and supervising electrical installations over the last year.

If you’re searching for a licensed electrician to set you up with electrical services, look no further than the electricians at Always on Electric. We can provide residential, commercial, industrial, and even agricultural electrical services and make sure your next electrical project goes according to plan. Call us at 970-309-2616 to schedule an appointment.