Thursday, February 26, 2015

Exposed Electrical Service Equipment: Metal vs. PVC

From sweltering summers to frigid winters, the northeastern part of the United States gets the best of every season. But have you ever thought about how the weather affects your wiring? While some homeowners have their electrical service equipment located inside, most Philadelphia residents have theirs exposed to the elements.

Metal vs. PVC
Often times, electrical service cables run through PVC piping. While this may be a good option in certain cases, PVC can become brittle and crack when exposed to the elements. In addition to the weather, PVC can wear down with age. If exposed, 200 amp service cables can become serious hazards.

On the other hand, metal conduits are a much better and safer option. They will never become brittle and will last much longer, even when exposed to the worst that Mother Nature throws at us. Although it’s a bit more expensive to install, you should consider upgrading if your home’s electrical service equipment is exposed to the outdoors.

Not sure if your electrical equipment is safe? Contact GEN3 Electric to inspect your service cables and help protect your home’s wiring.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What Not To Do When A Light Bulb Gets Stuck

It’s very easy to take shortcuts and get creative when it comes to doing projects around your home. It’s never a good idea to take shortcuts especially when it comes to your electrical system. Failure to adhere to the rules can pose a tremendous threat to your health.

Take this for example, you have a broken light bulb that seems to be stuck in the socket. In order to get the light bulb out, you search your home for a lubricant that may make it easier to slide out. Upon searching, you find a can of WD-40, a jar of petroleum jelly and a bottle of mineral oil. Perfect, right? WRONG!

Here are a few reasons why using household lubricants in your light sockets is a very bad idea:
  • The lubricant may be a conductor. If this is the case, it can cause a short if any of the lubricant gets on the contact. Petroleum jelly acts as an insulator and can cause the bulb not to function.
  • You wouldn’t want the light to get stuck again, right? Well if dirt gets trapped in the thread, this is a likely outcome.
  • Lubricants don’t always stay moist. They can dry over time and corrode which will make the bulb difficult to remove.

If you’re experiencing problems or difficulty with any of your light bulbs, give GEN3 Electric a call. We’ll come by to help solve the problem and get your bulbs back in working order. Remember to follow us on Twitter for more electrical updates!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Philly Deep Freeze Causes Increase In Electrical Fires

In the midst of a deep freeze, you may be inclined to crank up the heat or heat your home in creative, unconventional ways. "What happens is when it gets this cold, people start using supplemental heating sources," said Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer. "They use electrical heaters, unconventional means, like a stove or an oven, which they shouldn't, and it causes fires."


While frigid air has made its way into Philly, and doesn’t seem to be leaving anytime soon, the number of fires in the city has nearly double in the last week. It’s important to take a minute to understand the dangers that can come about by using unconventional means to heat your house:
  • We don’t recommend space heaters, but if you do choose to run one make sure it has enough space. Keep it at least three feet away from anything that can burn or melt.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms have batteries and you test them to make sure they will be responsive in case of an emergency.

Looking for electrical service, repairs or installation in the Philadelphia metro area? Give GEN3 Electric a call today to schedule an appointment, we’re waiting to hear from you!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Why Choose GEN3 Electric? See What Our Satisfied Customers Have Said:

What do you look for when hiring an electrician? Are professionalism, trustworthiness and highly skilled technicians on your list? At GEN3 Electric these are just a few of the qualities we look for when hiring in order to give our customers the best experience possible. See below to learn about what some of our satisfied customers have said about our work:


“Used them for a some minor repairs in my condo. Been really happy with them; on time, professional and very helpful.”
Tommy B.

“Gordon was excellent and got the job done quickly. He asked questions regarding our preference along the way and took time to explain everything to us once he finished. Would definitely recommend this company!”
Jillian S.

“This company stands out from others in the details. They take care of coming into your home with respect and leave the area clean when they are finished. Their work is good, but the most important thing is their service. I'd recommend them to friends and family.”
Esteban L.

“This company is very professional. They send you a profile of the electrician(s) that will be working for you. They offer paypal payment. They are a tidy crew. HIGHLY recommended.”
Owen L.

Our trained electricians understand any issues you have with the electric and lighting in your Philly home. Our technicians specialize in repairing, updating and servicing your homes electrical wiring and lighting for indoor and outdoor residential buildings, old and new. So give us a call at 215-512-4102 the next time you are in need of electrical work!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

GEN3 Electric: Electrical FAQs

Don’t know the difference between light bulbs? Not sure if a tripped circuit is dangerous or not? Don’t worry you’re not the only one. We understand that electrical terms and equipment can be confusing so we’re highlighting some frequently asked questions:


Can I just throw away my old recyclable batteries?
No, laws require that they be recycled. This includes Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and small sealed Lead (Pb) batteries. You can look for a battery recycling seal on the rechargeable batteries found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless telephones, laptop computers and camcorders.

I have a circuit breaker that tripped. Is this dangerous?
Usually the problem is simply an overload and you only need to run fewer appliances on the circuit. However, if it is not overloaded and it keeps tripping, you should suspect a short. Also, look for a defective cord, socket or plug.

What is the easiest way to test an outlet?
Use a receptacle analyzer. Leave the power on, but make sure nothing is plugged into any outlet on the circuit, and turn off all switches on the circuit. Now, plug the analyzer into the outlet. A series of lights will tell you if the outlet is wired correctly and working.

If you ever have any electrical questions that you need answers to, give GEN3 Electric a call at 215-512-4102. We’d be glad to answer any of your questions and point you in the right direction. Don’t forget to connect with us on Google+!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Faulty Outlets Can be Deadlly



This is such a sad story...

(CNN)An electrical failure ignited a dry,15-foot-tall Christmas tree in a fire that destroyed an Annapolis, Maryland, mansion, killing four children and their grandparents, Anne Arundel County fire officials said Wednesday.
Officials said they were still conducting tests to determine the exact sequence of events, but believe the fire was sparked by a faulty electrical outlet.
Tragedy in Maryland
electrical safety inspection, faulty outlets, Philly electrician

The investigation found that a failure in an electrical outlet in the floor that provided power to the tree produced heat that ignited something combustible, probably a tree skirt, said Capt. Russ Davies of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

Protect your family....Call Gen3 to schedule an electrical safety inspection today.

GEN3 Electric Financing Options

Go outside and pick a few hundred dollar bills off the money tree. Wouldn’t it be nice if paying for things were that simple? Well, we understand that money doesn’t grow on trees and the time isn’t always right for a repair or installation. That is why we offer a variety of financing options at GEN3 Electric.

To help our customers make the updates needed within a budget they can manage, we offer the PayPal “Bill Me Later” Program along with four GE Capital special financing options. To find out a little more about each option, see below:

PayPal “Bill Me Later” Program
Philly Electrician FinancingThrough the “Bill Me Later” program offered through PayPal, any electrical or lighting work over $99 can be done in your home by GEN3 with ZERO payments for 6 months and no interest (if paid in full within 6 months). As long as you can get the bill paid in full within 6 months, there’s no need to sweat. We’ll do the job for you!

GE Capital Financing
There are four options of special financing available through GE Capital and GEN3 Electric:
  • Tran Code 600: Reduced 9.99% APR and fixed monthly payments equal to 1.25% of promotional purchase amount - until paid in full.
  • Tran Code 601: Reduced 7.99% APR and fixed monthly payments equal to 2.50% of promotional purchase amount - until paid in full.
  • Tran Code 602: Reduced 5.99% APR and fixed monthly payments equal to 3.00% of promotional purchase amount - until paid in full.
  • Tran Code 603: No monthly Interest if PAid in Full Within 12 months (deferred interest). Monthly interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional purchase is not paid in full within 12 months. Fixed monthly payments are required equal to 2.50% of the highest balance applicable to this promotional purchase until paid in full.

For more information about GE Capital’s financing options, click here.

So sit back, relax and have GEN3 Electric come and take care of your electrical problems or installation needs. After all, leaving them unattended can cost you even more if you wait! Have you connect with us on Facebook yet?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Where To Locate Outlets And Circuits In The Kitchen


Thinking about remodeling your kitchen? It’s important to know how many outlets and circuits you’ll need in order to safely operate your large appliances. In addition, you’ll want to consider any smaller electrical devices such as toaster ovens, televisions and lighting fixtures.

Watch this quick “Kitchen Wishlist” video to give you an idea about the outlets and circuits needed in the kitchen:


Keep in mind that large appliances such as the refrigerator, oven and the dishwasher require their own separate circuits. Overloading an outlet or circuit can cause it to overheat which may lead to an electrical fire.

Before remodeling, it’s a good idea to consult with a professional electrician to find out exactly what you’ll need in your kitchen to stay safe. Give GEN3 Electric a call and we’ll come by to do a run through with you. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dangers of Knob & Tube Wiring


Some people may look at old knob and tube wiring and say that it’s in good condition. But here’s the problem - old knob and tube wiring is insulated with rubber, which rots over time. This can cause major problems behind your walls, and you may not notice until it’s too late.

Watch this quick video to see an example of old wiring behind a wall that could have caused major problems. Good thing we found it before it had a chance!



Did you know that your insurance company may not cover this inefficient electrical wiring? Be sure to call your insurance company and find out today. Our GEN3 technicians are called to many older residential buildings in Philadelphia where the electrical wiring is still using the knob and tube method. So if you have this dangerous wiring system in your home, give us a call today at 215-512-4102.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Electrical Cord Safety Tips

Thinking about cutting corners by using extension cords as a substitute for repairing a building’s wiring? DON’T! This is a surefire way to cause a wide range of electrical hazards that can leave you with a larger problem than when you started.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical cords and temporary wiring account for over 25% of the estimated 81,000 electrical system fires that occur each year. In order to avoid becoming another statistic, follow the electrical cord safety tips below:

  • Don't use extension cords as a substitute for repairing building wiring. Doing so can cause the cord to overheat and potentially start a fire.
  • Inspect extension cords for broken connectors, damaged insulation and missing hardware before each use.
  • Extension cords are labeled for indoor or outdoor use. Make sure you adhere to the labels and keep in mind the maximum load your cord can handle.
  • Don’t try to repair damaged or broken electrical cords. Your safest option is to discard them and purchase a new one.

GEN3 Electric has been servicing the electrical needs of the Philadelphia metro area for three generations. Electrical safety is one of our top priorities so give us a call if you need electrical installation or repairs done by expert certified electricians. Don’t forget to connect with us on Google+!