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Frequently-Asked Electrical Questions

Have questions about your home or building’s electrical system? It’s important to know what is going on with your power source, what to look out for, and how to fix issues as they arise. If you are looking for an electrician in Pikesville, MD to answer your electrical questions, you can contact the professionals at Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling. Here are a few common questions that are asked about which you may be wondering.

Common Electrical Questions

What makes my light flicker? A bulb could be loose causing it to have a less than perfect connection. If the bulb is properly set in the socket, and the lights are still flickering, then you might have a loose wire or the power source to the light fixture is not sufficient.

Are breakers different from fuses? Both breakers and fuses do the same essential function: break the flow of electricity. The biggest difference between the two is how they react when they need to break the flow. A fuse will stop working and requires replacement. A breaker will switch to the “off” position and needs to be turned back “on.” Switches generally last longer and are more durable than fuses.

What is a short circuit? When a hot wire becomes loose or frayed it becomes grounded. This causes a short circuit (basically electricity isn’t conducting properly). Short circuits can generate a lot of heat that can lead to electrical fires.

How safe is my electrical panel? If your electrical panel is less than 20 years old, it is generally safe. Any panels over 20 years old should be inspected by an electrician and replaced if recommended.

What is a GFCI outlet? A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet is designed to break the flow of electricity to the outlet when there is improper flow to prevent shocks. These are most common in garages, bathrooms and kitchens where the outlets are near a water source.

Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling

Getting your electrical questions answered is easy. Contact the professionals at Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling to set up an inspection today. We are your top-choice electricians in Pikesville offering up-front pricing. You approve the price before we start your job. We also respect your home. All of our employees have to pass drug tests and background checks before they begin employment with us. All Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling technicians are professionally trained and uniformed. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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