Think about how many times you plug in an appliance or turn on a light switch every day. Electrical outlets and switches light up your life so that you can go about your daily tasks with ease. By constantly flipping switches and plugging/unplugging appliances, you weaken the electrical connection in your home. Not only can faulty outlets be annoying when they fail to power a device, but they are a major safety hazard within your home. According to the U. S. Fire Administration, bad wiring causes more than $800 million in damages, more than 67,000 fires, and hundreds of deaths each year. To avoid hazardous situations, call a Mister Sparky electrician to update your homes’ outlets and switches. Our technicians receive continual training on current codes and safety regulations to provide top-notch service for you and your family.
Our Electricians Repair:
- Outdoor or indoor outlets
- GFI outlets
- Window AC outlets
- Remote switches
- Floor outlets
Power outages can occur at anytime. Prepare your home for immediate relief from outages by purchasing a home generator. With the unpredictable Maryland weather, power outages occur without warning. Inclement weather, ice, and wind can cause the power to shut off for hours, and even days. Generators offer you and your family immediate relief and peace of mind.
What happens when your power goes out?
- The average family spends about $800 on groceries every month. If your refrigerator or freezer loses power, you could lose hundreds of dollars of groceries.
- If the heat is out, you run the risk of frozen pipes in the winter, which can burst and cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home.
- Dozens of deaths can be attributed to the sweltering heat each summer. When you lose power, your air conditioner won’t cool the house, placing your family and loved ones at risk.
- Medicines that need refrigeration may go bad.
- Your computers, your tablets, your cell phones… all at risk of becoming inoperable due to lack of charging.
- Even your home security system will only work on backup power for a limited time.
Never be without electricity again!
Call Mister Sparky and learn more about the benefits of a whole house generator today.
Household lights that flicker and even dim periodically can certainly be annoying, but they can also be hazardous, which is why flickering lights should never be ignored. In most cases, a flicker or brief dimming of light that becomes more prominent over time indicates the presence of a poor connection somewhere in the system that needs to be fixed. Power arcing is the most likely cause for flickering lights. Arcing is a luminous discharge of current that forms when a strong electrical current jumps a gap in a circuit or between two electrodes. Arcing is a potentially dangerous issue because the jumping of currents is similar to how lightning forms. This arcing draws power, which can be witnessed by the flickering lights in a home. Additionally, arcing creates heat, which can directly start a fire in your home. Contact Mister Sparky immediately if an area of your home is experiencing flickering or dimming of lights.
Outdoor lighting provides both safety and curb appeal for your home. Exterior illumination keeps areas well lit when it is dark outside to deter potential intruders or thieves. Two of the most important characteristics to look for in exterior safety lighting are brightness and responsiveness. Focused illumination allows light to penetrate an area intensely, without “getting lost” in the dark of the night. Choosing a more illuminant fixture will also help carry pools of light farther, covering more areas outside your home.
Decorative exterior lighting also appeals to many homeowners as a way to illuminate walkways, shrubbery, and plants. Some of the exterior lighting solutions we offer include; flood lights, security lighting, post lights, porch and coach lighting.
When choosing outdoor security lighting for your home, it is important to select lighting that will increase safety and comfort. To learn more about indoor lighting and outdoor security lighting features, schedule a Mister Sparky professional to guide you through the process.
Electrical Panel Repair
The electrical panel, or breaker box, serves as the heart of your home’s electrical system. Your electrical panel helps provide the electricity that powers all of your appliances. Power from your utility company streams into your home through this panel, where it divides into smaller electrical branches in order to distribute power. A properly functioning electrical panel is critical in maintaining electrical safety for you and your family. The electrical panel is also home to the system’s main safety devices, the circuit breakers, which protect individual circuits from overloading. A number of factors can compromise your panel from working properly. Some of these factors include: faulty installation, weather and sunlight damage, and overuse. A qualified electrician should check out all problems involving your electrical panel.
Common hazards with your electrical panel include:
- Damaged Service Cables
- Excess Moisture
- Improper Wiring
- Incorrect Installations
- Underpowered or Overcrowded Panel
- Aging Panel
No matter the problem, Mister Sparky electricians will ensure that you and your home are safe.
Ceiling Fan Installation
There are many benefits to installing a ceiling fan into your home that extend beyond cooling off a room. Using ceiling fans throughout the home greatly reduces electrical costs. Ceiling fans are cost effective in both the summer and wintertime. When the weather is unbearably hot in the summer, ceiling fans provide cooler temperatures in a room, which allows the thermostat to stay set at a higher temperature and save money on the electric bill. During the winter, ceiling fans circulate heat that has risen to the ceiling, lowering your heating bill.
Installing a ceiling fan is a breeze for our electricians.
All you have to do is choose the location of the fan. In most homes, a ceiling fan is installed in the center of the room and replaces the central light fixture. Choosing a central location for your ceiling fan allows smooth airflow to permeate throughout most of the room.
The experienced electricians at Mister Sparky will properly install a ceiling fan on your existing pre-installed fan box. We also install new wiring, switches, and fan rated brace boxes for any areas within your home where you would like to install a new ceiling fan.
Both battery and hardwired smoke detectors should be installed inside every level of a home, especially close to bedrooms. Usually, hardwired smoke detectors are interconnected. If one alarm is activated in an area of your home, the rest of the detectors will also sound to alert the entire house. It is recommended that smoke detectors should be changed once every decade.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors:
Carbon monoxide can be a silent killer. Because the gas is tasteless and odorless, it is impossible to detect without a monitoring device. The most common way to produce excessive amounts of carbon monoxide is through heating and cooking. Combustion engines, like those found in cars and lawnmowers, exhaust carbon monoxide into the air while in use. Broken flues, blocked chimneys, and damaged furnaces can also cause carbon monoxide gas to enter into your home. In order to keep your family safe from this silent killer, call Mister Sparky to install or replace smoke and carbon monoxide detectors today.
Aluminum Wiring Repair
Aluminum wiring was a popular form of wiring used in houses built in the 1960s and early 1970s. Many of the homes built with aluminum wiring remain, and their electrical systems show their age. Aluminum is said to last approximately 30 years before deterioration between connections begins. This deterioration can create a fire hazard.
Certain properties of aluminum cause the metal to deteriorate and lose connection over time. The faulty connections cause overheating to occur, usually after carrying a heavy electrical load, like those that come from using a hair dryer or portable heater. These connections can become hot enough to start a fire without ever causing the circuit breaker to trip.
Home Electrical Inspections
Your electrical system is one of the most intricate systems that exists within your home. We understand that problems with your electrical system can be daunting, chaotic, expensive and even dangerous, but most electrical problems can be avoided with the right team on your side. At Mister Sparky, we recommend an electrical safety inspection for the following reasons:
- Maintain safety in operation
- Insurance agencies may require a risk assessment inspection
- Find and correct safety hazards
- Save energy and cut costs
- Peace of mind that comes with knowing your electrical system and home are safe and sound
Our electricians are trained to recognize any type of electrical problem, no matter how small or insignificant it might be. Instead of trying to correct a wiring problem or install a new device by yourself, call a Mister Sparky technician. You can rely on our professionalism and expertise to get the job done right the first time. We know that time is money. Our team works with your schedule and shows up when promised or your service call is FREE. If you aren’t fully satisfied for any reason, we’ll make it right.
As expert electricians, we understand the importance of bringing your home up to code. Over time, standards in electrical work can change dramatically to ensure your comfort and safety.
At Mister Sparky our team of electricians is up to date on code compliance when it comes to electrical work and repairs. Whether you’re looking to sell your home, buy a new place or simply update an older piece of property, our code compliance experts can come in, evaluate your setup and make recommendations on how to proceed.
In some cases, getting your home up to code may be a simple matter of installing new outlets or perhaps a new sump pump. In other situations, more extensive work may be required. No matter the circumstances, we’ll do our best to come up with a plan that works within your budget.
To learn more, call the team at Mister Sparky today.