Saturday, January 30, 2016

Shop for Lighting at home with GEN3

Lighting in Philadelphia Metro

Solves you lighting problems: 

GEN3 electric is offering new lighting service for homeowners who are doing house rewires with us. We have a corporate account with This allows our customers to do their shopping online. With the huge selection of fixture you are bound to find something that fits your home.

GEN3 electric's  Lighting Guarantee:

Buying lighting is has it's risks. For customers who use our lighting service GEN3 extends our warranty to cover the lights we purchased for you through our Wayfair business account.  So when the fixture you picked out is a dud GEN3 simply replaces it at no charge to you.  

Friday, January 29, 2016

What to do if your lights or outlets stop working.

Lights not working?

Then it is time to call an electrician.

Lights not working?
We see this time and time again. Homeowners will have electrical devices in their homes that are no longer working. Often the homeowner don't feel it is a big deal. They just move on and use a different socket or light.  Most of the time  their is no problem but there is a big risk in doing so. When electric stops working there is typically a break in the line. One of the connection has gone bad and this cause over heating. It only needs to be next to something combustible with a supply of oxygen  for the minor inconvenience of an outlet or light not working to turn into an electrical fire where you can loose your home.

electrical smell
Bad connection 

We recommend that the switches and outlets in your home be replaced every 10 to 20 years to prevent bad connections from occurring. 

Electric Space Heaters

Electric Space Heaters are Dangerous

We get several call a year to fix power outages caused by electric space heaters. Professionally we see some very scary situations. Here is an example where the load from the space heater caused a connection in an electrical box.

Electric heater damage circuit restoration
Electric heater damage

Here is a close up picture of the damage it has done to the wiring. The heat damage has worked it's way up the wire and almost out of the box. In this situation the homeowner could of needed a complete rewire or a circuit restoration  form the damage done by the electric heater.

Circuit Restoration
Bad wire

A better solution for  rooms that need heating or cooling is to install a Mitsubishi Electric mini-split. This is a unit that will allow for individual control of the temperature in each your rooms. 


How do you run a wire?

How do you run a wire across an solid wall?

The party walls between row homes are made of solid brick with a layer of plaster over them. The can present a challenge if that is the wall where you want to add an electrical point. The trick is to use a bigger hammer.
Electrician run wire
Wire on party wall 

 After the plaster is removed the wiring can be added with in the wall. Then we add the first coat of wall path. this will require some sanding and a second coat but when it is complete the wall will look like new. After the a painter does their magic the wall will look like new.

electrical work
1 coat of patch

Under Cabinet WAC Light

Kitchen lighting works better in layers. Adding under cabinet lighting is one of those projects for under a $1,000 that can make you kitchen look like a million dollars.

  This is a clean and simple kitchen but with the under cabinet lights on there is an added level of suffocation and functionality.  For kitchens with granite counter tops under cabinet lighting will bring out the colors and depth of the stone.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Portable Generator Safety

Picture this: a severe winter storm hits the Philadelphia region and knocks out power to thousands of homes. You can be stuck in your cold, dark home like the rest of your neighbors or you can fire up your portable generator and get back some necessities.

While portable generators are great to have when the power goes out, they can pose a serious threat if used improperly. Follow the tips below to ensure that your family and your home are safe the next time a natural disaster strikes:
  • Read and understand all manufacturer’s instructions prior to starting up your generator.
  • Make sure a qualified electrician has installed a transfer switch for safe operation.
  • Never plug the generator into a wall outlet.
  • Plug individual appliances into the generator using heavy duty, outdoor rated cords with a wire gauge adequate for the appliance load.
  • Keep generators out in the open. Running them indoors or inside a closed garage or shed can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

Following these safety tips will help you and your family ride out the storm.

When it comes to electrical safety in the Philadelphia Metro area, the experts at GEN3 Electric know best. Give us a call today to learn more about your portable generator and how to stay safe during a storm.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Dealing With Downed Power Lines

What better time to talk about winter weather having an impact on our city than in the days following Winter Storm Jonas. Each year, heavy snowfall wipes out power lines causing hundreds of homes to turn dark. Although you may be tempted to clear downed power lines out of the road or off of your property, remember that they can cause severe injuries or even death.

The first rule is to always assume that downed power lines are live. Avoid going near it because they can energize the ground up to the 35 feet away. It’s vital to notify local authorities right away. And in case you ever come in eyesight of one, follow these steps to stay safe:
  • Shuffle away from the area with small steps, keeping your feet together and on the ground at all times,
  • If your car comes in contact, stay in the vehicle. Honk your horn to signal for help and only allow rescue personnel to approach the car.
  • Never touch somebody who has come in contact with a power line. They are energized and can cause injury or harm to anyone else who touches them.

When it comes to electrical safety, GEN3 Electric is a strong advocate of leaving it to the experts. Our trained electricians understand any issues you may have with the electric in your home so give us a call when you need service. 215-512-4102.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Outdoor Electrical Safety For Winter

Most of us head indoors as soon as the temperatures begin to drop for the winter. But as we head for the warmth, think about what’s going on outdoors. Do you still have electrical cords running outside? Are your electrical outlets protected and ready to weather winter’s worst? See the checklist below to make sure your home, and your property are safe this season:

  1. All outdoor electrical outlets should be GFCI-protected. Most building codes require GFCIs outdoors but if you have an older home, this may not be the case. Check all outdoor plugs and outlets and call in a professional if you are unsure.
  2. Are your outdoor outlets covered? Weatherproof covers are designed to keep them safe even under the harshest winter conditions. Keep in mind that snow is essentially water which can cause a major disaster if it gets into your uncovered outlets.
  3. Never use permanent electrical cords outside. They are not as safe as permanent house wiring and could lead to fires or electrical shocks.
  4. Using an electric shovel or snow blower to clear your driveway or walkway? Never leave these items plugged in unattended. Always unplug them even if you are going inside for just a few minutes.

When it comes to providing electrical safety solutions in the Philadelphia Metro area, GEN3 Electric is #1. We’ve been serving the area for decades so you know you can count on us when you need service. Call us today at 215-512-4102 to schedule an appointment today.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Scary Truth About Fuse Boxes

Was your house built over 50 years ago? If so, chances are it could still be operating with on a fuse box system. Back in the day, a home’s electrical system only required about 60 amps of total capacity and this clearly isn’t the case today.

Both fuses and circuit breakers are designed to prevent a circuit overload. So, what’s so bad about fuses? Put simply, they’re just not designed to meet the today’s energy demands. Just think about that toaster oven in your kitchen. Ever notice how hot the wire can get?

We use much more electricity today than ever before. Think about all of the electronic devices in your kitchen alone. Now take a look in your living room, you probably can’t even count the number of devices on both hands. Fuse boxes only had room for four 15-amp circuits and a single 30-amp 220-volt circuit for a stove or water heater. Most homes built today have 150 or 200 amps of capacity with a great deal of individual circuits.

So if you live in an older Philadelphia home and only have 60-amp service, you need to upgrade right away. If you don’t, you’re putting yourself at major risk of electrical dangers including fires.

GEN3 Electric is the old wiring replacement experts in the Philadelphia Metro Area. We’ve been providing upgrade services for homeowners for three generations so you know you can count on us! Give us a call today at 215-512-4102 to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Updating an outdated panel

Here is a typical 16 circuit 100 amp panel  installed in the late 1980s. It is now outdated and overloaded. This is one of the 4 main reasons older homes have a significantly higher incidence of fire. The good new is this is also easily corrected. Homeowner should plan on updating their panels ever 20 to 30 years. 

Here is the same home with an updated panel. There are no double tapped circuit breaker any more. There is extra room for future circuit. The circuit breaker are new and not likely to jam or fail like the older breakers. 

This update will increase the homes general safety. An electricians goal is to prevent problem before they occurs. Keeping your safety equipment current is a big help. GEN3electric want to see all our client avoid safety issues. 

A Circuit Restoration saved this Customer Thousands

Customer called us because the hallway lights in their house were working intermittently. Because the problem was undefinable we offer them a circuit restoration. In a Circuit restoration and electrician follows the path of electricity from connection to connection,  from panel to the last device. 
At each point along the pathway the electrician tightens the connections. Intermittent power typically comes from a loose connection that is difficult to see with the human eye. In this situation we ultimately found those connection in the main panel. This problem could have easily caused a house fire. 

Expect to pay between $500-$1,000 for circuit restoration. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

4 Electrical Tips To Keep Your Old Home Safe

You may have moved into your older Philadelphia home because you loved its charm, the price couldn’t be beat or you inherited it from a family member. Whatever the case may be, older homes are often victims of electrical problems. However, they can be just as good as newer homes - or better- but they need a little extra love.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, there is an annual average of 24,200 home fires attributed to electrical distribution systems or lighting equipment. Each year, this causes 830 injuries, 320 deaths, and over $700 million in property damage.

In 1987, a study conducted by the U.S. CPSC, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, indicated that the frequency of fires in residential electrical systems was disproportionately high in homes that are more than 40 years old. There are several factors that come into play here. The disproportionally high incidence of fire in the electrical systems of older home can usually be attributed to one or more of the following…
• Inadequate and overburdened electrical systems. (like Knob & Tube or woven wire)
• Defeated or compromised over-current protection. (Such as old breaker panels -last 20 to 30 years)
• Worn-out wiring devices are not being replaced. (switches & outlets should be replaced every 10 to 20 years)
• Or poorly done electrical repairs by unqualified homeowners. (Like the “Honey Do” list that should be honey don’t)

With over 100 years of residential electrification in many cities and towns, the aging of the residential electrical infrastructure is beginning to raise concerns within the electrical and firefighting communities. To top it off, besides the natural effects that age can have on wire insulation and electrical equipment over time, residential electrical systems are seldom inspected after their original installation.

GEN3 Electric provides residential electrical safety inspections in Philadelphia & the surrounding areas.

Don’t wait until it’s too late, get an electrical safety inspection for your home today, to make sure your family stays safe. This has been a PSA sponsored by Gen3 Electric. Give us a call today at 215-512-4102 or visit us on the web at

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Electric car charging station in Philadelphia

Is parking a problem in your neighborhood?  Do you want to do something for the environment? Consider an electric car with curbside charging station.  Plug into a greener Philly with GEN3!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Replacement of a 6 gang Meter

This is in the basement of an apartment building in Philadelphia PA. It is the main electrical panel. This was originally installed in the 1969s. 

A new wall was constructed as a foundation for the Meter slackers and circuit breaker boxes. 

Here are the new meters and panels. This project took more time to plan then smaller homes. But the planing and prep paid off. The tenets were only without power for less then a day. 

The cost for a project like this is close to $2,000 a panel. This includes the wall, the demo, grounding and taps the underground feeder in the street. The price for an emergency outage could be twice as much. Outdated service equipment is one of the primary cause lately of fire in older homes. Fires are much mare costly. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Outdoor Electrical Service Philadelphia

In Philadelphia, we are lucky enough to enjoy four varying seasons. But have you ever thought about how the changes in weather affect your outdoor electrical equipment? There are a few options when it comes to exposed equipment - some are much safer than others.

Take a look outside. Can you find where your electrical wiring meets and enters your home? Chances are, the 200 amp service cable is enclosed in a metal conduit or a PVC pipe. While both options are commonly used, we believe metal conduits are safer. Here’s why:

PVC Piping
When exposed to the elements, PVC can become brittle and crack. It’s also susceptible to ice build up. Over time, the plastic straps that are often used to keep the main service mast in place can break away and cause serious electrical problems for homeowners. If this has happened to you, you need to have the service entrance replaced right away.

Metal Conduit
This option won’t become brittle and will last much longer than PVC. Metal conduit installation prices will add to the up-front cost but it’s worth it in our opinion. Consider upgrading if your home’s electrical equipment is exposed to harsh outside elements.

Not sure if your outdoor electrical equipment is safe? Contact the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric today and we’ll come by to take a look. When you call, you will never get an answering  machine; a friendly voice will always be there to assist you. 215-512-4102.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Testimonial Spotlight: January

GEN3 Electric prides ourselves in putting our customers first. We do our best to schedule an appointment around your schedule, let you know when to expect us and communicate clearly with what electrical or lighting problems we find. But do not take our word for it! You can read our reviews below:

“Awesome customer service and interaction. Knowledgeable and courteous electricians that treat your home with respect and care. Timely and efficient work. Just top notch, all-around.”

“Gordon and Alex completed two jobs in our house - one of which we were convinced would be a much more costly and involved repair and had put off as a result. They were both covered under a single diagnostic fee. I'd certainly use them again.”

“Josh and his partner were so professional, courteous and friendly. Their work was Top Notch. I'd hire Generation 3 Electric again in a heartbeat.”

We may not be the cheapest in town, but we can guarantee that you will get a professional job done right! Give us a call at 215-512-4102 to schedule an appointment and don’t forget to check us out on Facebook!