Arc fault is when corroded or loose wiring connections create sparks between metal contact points. If you hear an outlet buzzing, that’s arcing. That buzzing will soon be accompanied by heat which can collapse the insulation around the wires and cause an electrical fire. Although buzzing may not indicate there will definitely be a fire, it is certainly a possibility. That’s why The National Electrical code requires that all homes built after 2014 have AFCIs on all circuits. Tim Kyle Electric offers residential electrical service Baltimore County which includes arc protection to keep you and your family safe. Read on to learn more.
Arc Fault Protection
In 1999, The National Electrical Code reviewed tons of data and listened to the testimonies of many people before mandating a new safety precaution. AFCIs are like locks that you put around your house to protect you. Without them, the chances of a fire starting are high. AFCIs are required for bedrooms, kitchens, and living rooms and are most important in the rooms where there are high electricity demands. Ovens, refrigerators, televisions, heating and cooling systems, and washers and dryers all increase the risk of arcing. The manufacturers of this appliances test them thoroughly with different scenarios and then program them to monitor the circuits for safe or lethal arcing patterns. When it becomes too high, it shuts off before damage can occur. When it comes to cost, you can expect to pay up to $50 per circuit breaker and up to $30 for receptacles. However, you are paying for safety.
Residential Electrical Service Baltimore County
Since 1986, Tim Kyle Electric has been providing residential and commercial electrical services to clients in Maryland. Newer homes (those built after 2014) have an arc fault circuit breaker already installed within the breaker box. However, if you have a home built before that year, then you need one installed pronto in order to prevent electrical fires and other dangers. Contact us today to learn more about our residential services.