How do I reset my breaker when it has tripped off?
First, disconnect or shut off any additional devices that may have caused the breaker to overload and trip. Breakers are mechanical devices and must be turned all the way off before turning back on. Turn the breaker back on. If this fails to reset the breaker, there may be a more serious problem, call SDS Electric or visit our Contact page right away to schedule an appointment.I want to install a ceiling fan where there is currently a light fixture, can I do this?
Yes, in most cases but there are several things you should consider first. It is imperative that the fixture box is properly rated and supported for a ceiling fan. Also is the wiring that is currently run to the fixture box correct for the ceiling fan? Will you need to have an additional switch installed so that you can control the lights independently of the ceiling fan? We can help you with this installation and make sure that everything is rated correctly. If you have any questions or are unsure please call our office or visit our Contact page to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed technicians.How do I know when an electrical outlet has become unsafe or should be replaced?
There are several indications that an electrical outlet has become unsafe or should be replaced. First if an electrical plug can no longer hold tightly in the outlet, second if part of the outlet is broken or chipped and finally if it's warm to the touch. If any of these conditions exist you should call or visit our Contact page to schedule an appointment to have the outlet evaluated.One of my circuit breakers keeps tripping; can I have the next highest circuit installed?
No, The breaker size/rating is determined by the size of the wiring. If there is an overload and the breaker does not trip because it is oversized/overrated, then the wiring on that circuit can easily start a fire in your home. If you have a breaker that has tripped more than once, or would not reset, you should have the circuit evaluated by a trained electrician. Call or visit our Contact page to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.How do I calculate Circuit Load Capacity?
It's important to understand that any circuit should only be loaded to 80% of capacity. To better understand that concept we have broken down a 15 amp, 20 amp and 30 amp circuit.15 amp circuit
The safe operating amperage for a 15 amp circuit would be no greater than 12 amps. Total wattage would be 1,800 watts so the safe wattage usage would be no greater than 1,440 watts.20 amp circuit
The safe operating amperage for a 20 amp circuit would be no greater than 16 amps. Total wattage would be 2,400 watts so the safe wattage usage would be no greater than 1,920 watts.30 amp circuit
The safe operating amperage for a 30 amp circuit would be no greater than 24 amps. Total wattage would be 3,600 watts so the safe wattage usage would be no greater than 2,880 watts.
To determine the wattage, you take the voltage times the amperage. Check the tags on all of your appliances for the required amperage rating. Add all of the lighting load by adding the total wattage of the light bulbs in your home. Look at the light bulbs and read the wattage that is printed on them.
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