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+!

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