Frequenty Asked Questions

How much is this electrical job going to cost?


While we’re happy to give you a quote over the phone, the best way to receive an accurate quote is for one of our technicians to evaluate the job in person. That way, we can give you a price based on your exact electrical issue. You’ll know the exact cost before any work is begun. Contact us today for a quote on all of your electrical repair needs.




How long do electrical repairs take?


Most electrical repairs can be fixed in a single day. However, repairs requiring us to file paperwork or work within other constraints – getting permit approval, state inspections, waiting for other contractors to finish, etc. – may take longer. At Dave’s Electric, we provide superior, speedy service. Our goal is always to fix your electrical issue as quickly and safely as possible.




What should I do if I lose power?


  1. If the power is out in your entire neighborhood, alert your power company.
  2. If your home is the only one without power, call us immediately. We’ll send out one of our electricians to diagnose your problem and repair it as quickly as possible.
  3. Use safe methods of lighting, like flashlights. Do not use candles.
  4. Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible to prevent food from spoiling in the event of a prolonged outage.




How do I reset a tripped circuit?


  1. Locate your breaker panel (usually found in a garage, basement, closet, or hallway).
  2. Open the breaker panel and identify the tripped breaker by looking for the breaker that is not in line with the other breakers.
  3. Push the switch to the “off” position and then back to the “on” position. Your breaker should now be aligned with the rest of the breakers on your circuit panel and should be working.




Why does my circuit always trip?


You may have too many electrical items or devices running on the same circuit, or a faulty short. If your circuit breaker does not reset, give us a call to have one of our experienced electricians investigate your problem.




Can I install a ceiling fan where a light is?


Yes, you can install a ceiling fan where a light is. However, the electrical box must be properly braced and rated for the weight and torque of the ceiling fan. It’s best to let a professional electrician install your ceiling fan for maximum safety and best operation.




How can I prevent electrical fires?


Upgrading your electrical panel or having a licensed electrician inspect your home can help identify and locate potentially hazardous or faulty electrical equipment to prevent electrical fires. Also, using surge protectors in areas where there is not enough outlets can also help prevent electrical fires.




Why are my lights flickering?


If your lights flicker – particularly when a major appliance turns on or off (heating, a/c, washer and dryer, etc.) – chances are the wiring in your home is old and you may need an electrical upgrade. Old, out-of-date wiring simply wasn’t designed to handle the electrical capacity of today’s more modern technology, and if left unfixed, could result in an electrical fire. Call us today for a free, no-obligation estimate on an electrical upgrade.




Why does my smoke detector keep chirping?


  1. Intermittent chirps usually means you need to replace the battery in your smoke detector.
  2. Infrequent chirps can be an indicator of a faulty smoke detector.




Where is the safest place to install a generator?


You should never install a generator inside your home or in a garage. Home standby generators should be installed in a safe, accessible location outside your home. Contact us today for a free generator installation estimate. We can often install your generator in just one day.




How much does it cost to replace/update my fuse panel?


Since each fuse panel is unique, we must look at each panel personally to provide an accurate quote. Many variables, including panel location, electrical system flexibility and feeder cable length can only be assessed with an on-site evaluation. Deciding to repair or completely replace your panel are crucial cost factors that cannot be assessed over the phone. To receive an honest, accurate quote, please contact us today. One of our experienced electricians will be happy to visit your home when it’s convenient for you.




What is Whole House Surge Protection and is it necessary for my home?


Today’s homes are more advanced and filled with more electronics than they have ever been. The slightest surge or spike in power can put a strain on these items, compromising their performance. Or worse yet, completely destroying them. Whole House Surge Protection protects all the electrical equipment in your home from surges and spikes created outside or even inside your home. Because our lives, and homes, are more dependent on electrical equipment than ever before, we recommend Whole House Surge Protection to any home owner.




What is a GFI?


A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is a device that trips the electrical circuit when it detects that electricity is flowing along an unintended path, such as through water or a person. In other words, a GFCI instantly shuts off the flow of electricity when exposed to water, reducing the risk of electric shock which can cause death or burns. GFCIs can also prevent some fires, like when a live wire touches a metal conduit. Learn more about GFCIs.




Can I do this work myself?


Unless you’re a trained, experienced electrician, you should not be doing any electrical work around your house. The safety of your family and home is at risk when dealing with electricity. If you are experiencing an electrical issue, please call us for a free quote. One of our highly experienced, professional electricians will be happy to visit your home when it’s convenient for your to assess your problem.





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