What causes Electrical malfunctions and fires?

Many People get their Furnace and Air Conditioning checked yearly, but neglect the heart of the electrical system that runs their entire home or business. Problems can occur unexpectedly, therefore it is good to have it inspected for potential problems annually.

Common Problems found that can cause serious injury or death are: Water infiltration, poor connections, loose or bad grounding, no cover on the fuse box, corroded terminals, and loose circuit breakers just to name a few. Incorrect circuit breakers and incorrect fuse values also pose a serious risk.

If you still have a fuse box in your home or business, it’s way over due to be updated. Why? Because, heat over time can damage the inter structure and can make things weaker than when manufactured. The out side Electrical Service Line can be acting as a conduit for water to be leaking into your electrical system. With conduit, heat rises up from them and mixes with the moisture and can make a rain like sweating effect on your existing fuse or breaker panel. Just because it has been replaced doesn’t make it bullet proof.

It is always a great idea to take a peak behind that cover and examine the breakers, fuses, and wiring for heat damage and water damage at bare minimum. Call us today for your Electric box inspection to see what problems are larking in your breaker or fuse box.

 

 

Waldron Electric says Ripping out fuse box’s is the right thing to do!

Rip that old fuse box right off the wall says Inspector Waldron, Owner of Waldron Electric.

Fuse boxs cause fires due to overloading circuits, too large of a fuse, bare outside lines letting water drip through to the main fuse connections.

Like an old car, fuse boxes only last so long. They thermally can break down, causing serious bodily injury or even death, unexpectedly.

Fuses were a sign of the times fifty years ago, however technology has risen to incredible levels of new safety standards.

Call Waldron Electric today to get your fuse box ripped out and a new safe breaker box system installed the same day.

800 349 9555

 

Waldron Electric Rips out thousands of Fuse boxs a year!

Year after year goes by , people give their furnace attention and some even their central air a good clean and check.

But what about the electrical service in the home? Do wires last forever? Can wires loose continuity? Can wiring simply fail due to age? Can old wiring cause fires? How could it?

Hi I’m Tom Waldron. PA State Certified Electrical Inspector and owner of Waldron Electric Heating and Cooling.

Many homeowners get the furnace and air checked yearly, but neglect their electrical system. Loose wires can cause small fires, resulting in larger ones.

Old receptacles, extension cords and old light fixtures breed electrical problems. The life expectancy of these devises are about 7 to ten years.

As they get used, the heat from the light bulbs and the constant in and out motions of plugging something in and out of the receptacles cause loose connections and the insulation to break down, causing a potential arc-fault, which is essentially a very small fire in the devices and light fixture connections.

Standard fuses and circuit breakers do not detect this type of deficiency.

Newer homes come standard with arc-fault protection to prevent fires.

Where older homes run the risk of a catastrophic outcome if their electrical system is not maintained. Standard circuit breakers do not offer this arc fault protection either.

If you or someone you know has a Federal Pacific breaker box, it shoud immediately be changed out to a newer circuit breaker system due to a national government recall.

If you are interested in the new technology of arc-fault protectors in your home, Give us a Call. You will be glad you did. 1-800-349-9555

Tom Waldron-

PA State Certified Electrical Inspector

Waldron Electric HVAC LLC.

 

 

 

Waldron Electric Recommends Thermo Image Testing

Here at Waldron Electric, we strive to carry the most up-to-date, advanced equipment for today’s electrical demands.

Thermo Imaging testing is a phenomenal tool that can help discover critical problems in your electrical, heating and cooling system.  It is especially helpful after lightning strikes or surge damage.

If you or someone you know have been stricken with lightning or have encountered a surge, keep all electrical devices and air conditioning turned off and call Waldron Electric to have your breaker box and wiring scanned for possible critical problems that can be detected only by our advanced diagnostic equipment.

Call Waldron Electric at 1-800-349-9555

http://www.waldronelectric.com

 

Electrical heating or A/C problems after a storm?

Waldron Electric, Heating & Cooling specializes in the proper diagnostics that is required to seek out potential problems and the solutions that you need to get you back up and running safely.

Thermo imaging helps us find problems when others lack this high tech equipment that helps saves lives. It is like x-ray vision, seeking out potential problems through out your home or business.

Used by many fire departments nationwide, only established firms invest in these high tech machines. Flickering lights and burning smells are a bad sign. We offer priority service for these critical issues that you may be experiencing. Keep your usage of electric down to a minium until a Waldron technician arrives to prevent any further damage or fires.

It is recomemded to have your fuse box or breaker panel checked for damage, burning, water and rust. Flickering lights can lead to more serious problems. If you have experienced electrical, heating or air conditioning problems due to storms, call our office to day for the most comprehensive testing available.

Call today to schedule an immediate appointment.

Waldron Electric Heating And Cooling On How To Count Harmless Capacity For An Electrical Circuit

Waldron Electric Heating and Cooling knows you may ask, what is an electrical circuit? Usually it is defined by the amount of outlets which are connected together in one circuit and connected to the network breaker and placed in the house service panel. If you reside in a building during the long period of time you should obviously be aware of what kind of the circuit it has. Usually only one circuit is installed in one room in order to supply two or three outlets with electricity. Continue reading

When water can start a fire.

Usually water and fire don’t mix. When the fire crew arrive, what’s the first thing they put on your burning house? Right.

But when water mixes with electricity, it almost might as well be gasoline. Water, or even dampness or moisture, can create leakage current — a form of short circuit — across the electrical contacts of a switch, fixture, or anything else with exposed conductors. This low-grade short circuit can evolve into a full-fledged electrical pathway through chemical reactions and the buildup of carbon. The result: either a lot of heat or an electrical arc, either of which can start things going.

Typically, wiring in the wet areas of your home or car is done in such a way as to keep contacts away from moisture … if it’s done by a properly licensed electrical contractor. Just another good reason to give us a call for your next home repair!

Know your shorts!

One of the easiest ways to protect yourself from the danger of electrical fires is to be aware of conditions in your home that can lead to fires.  One of the most common of these conditions is a short circuit, or “short.” If you’ve ever accidentally contacted a bare wire and felt a shock, you’ve created a short circuit — a direct path from the power source to ground — with your body. This kind of short doesn’t usually cause a fire, thank goodness, because you jump back when you feel the current and break the flow of electricity. Other kinds of shorts can be more dangerous, though, and it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for them in your home.

Dead short

A dead short occurs when a live wire comes in direct contact with a ground wire, for example in a poorly wired light fixture or a frayed electrical plug. In this situation, current flows directly from source to ground instead of through the light or the appliance, and can cause the wires to overheat. In a properly wired home, a fuse or circuit breaker will trip and prevent overheating and potential fire.

Limited short

A limited short is when wires come into contact with each other in such a way as to cause a spark. The heat of the spark can melt the copper wire and ignite flammable material nearby. Limited shorts can be extra dangerous because they may not draw enough current to trip a circuit breaker.

To prevent shorts, get rid of appliances that have frayed cords … and have any home wiring done by a licensed electrical contractor.

 

When it’s OK to blow a fuse.

We all get overloaded from time to time … too much work, too much pressure, too much birthday cake. You get the idea. When a circuit in your home gets overloaded, though, it can be much more serious than a headache or a case of indigestion. That’s when blowing a fuse is a good thing.

If you, like many Pittsburghers, live in an older home with older wiring, you may still have screw-in fuses to protect your circuits (more modern homes typically have circuit breakers, which do the same job.) When a circuit suddenly carries too much current, say if you should plug too many hair curlers into the same wall socket, the circuit heats up and causes the metal link inside the fuse to melt and break the circuit. This is what fuses (and circuit breakers) were born to do: sacrifice themselves to prevent your wiring from overheating and starting a fire.

How to re-fuse.

The Fire Department and your Friendly Local Electrician tell you to never replace a fuse with anything other than another fuse — no coins, wires, paper clips or bobby pins! And make sure the fuse has the same rating, whether it’s 15A, 20A, or something else. If you somehow manage to replace a 15A with 20A, you run the risk of “overfusing” the circuit — the fuse may not blow soon enough, and the heat could start a fire. This is true of screw-in household fuses as well as the in-line fuses you put in your car, appliances and home electronics.

Bottom line: don’t blow it. Let the fuse do it!