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  The answer is “YES”, but buy a surge protector that is right for your situation.   Almost every home in the US now has multiple expensive electronic devices and appliances.  Most of them are sensitive and need to be protected from surges. And offices are even more at risk.  If you have computers or cash registers or telephones, their value totals up to quite a bit.  Replacing them would be expensive, so prevention is a

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A backup generator is one of those appliances that give you peace of mind.   That’s because it’s always standing by — ready to jump into action immediately when your power goes out. Backup Generator Considerations: Power outages aren’t common, but they do happen.  And when they do, it can be inconvenient and might even be costly.   Bad weather, traffic accidents, construction mistakes, and other causes can knock out your power.  You can avoid that if

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Are you getting ready to spruce up your outdoor lighting for Spring? Lots of people are! Painting and fix up projects done early in the year let you enjoy them before bad weather returns.  Updates to your outdoor lighting system make the home safer and more attractive. Outdoor lighting for Spring ideas New sidewalk, driveway or garage lights make it easier for guests with evening departures Updated motion-detector lights scare away animals or intruders in

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The number of electrical trade opportunities is increasing as businesses grow.   Young men and women  should consider entering the electrical trade for a great career. New homes are being built across the country at a fast-growing rate.  Building permits showed a 7.4 percent growth rate in January.  This was the highest level since June 2007.   Builders need residential electricians to keep up with the growth.  Sadly, many of the current graduates are only thinking about college.  They

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Smart switches save you money by reducing your electricity usage.   They come in a variety of types to make life more convenient and less expensive.    A recent customer request asked us to install some of these in a commercial bathroom, so we decided to write a blog about them. A short list of smart switch types should include occupancy or vacancy detectors, countdown timers, motion detectors, and connected switches.  Smart switches save you money easily because

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Arc Fault Protection breakers have been installed in new homes for several years now.  Many older homes still do not have this safety feature.   Although it is not a legal requirement for Marion and surrounding counties, adding them is a good idea. An arc fault occurs as a flash when an electrical discharge jumps from one wire to another.  It can also be from a wire to another metal object, like a slipped tool or a

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When a space heater trips the circuit breaker, that is a warning signal for you.  You need to look at the situation and determine why it is tripped, or call a professional.  We recently received a customer question about this, so here are a few tips on how to handle it yourself. Overheating the Circuit There are a couple of reasons why it happens.  The most likely reason is that the heater is drawing too

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Replacing a bathroom vent fan is a project that often gets postponed as not a priority, especially in older homes.  When moist air from a hot shower or bath stays in the room, it can cause problems. Older Fans Older fans are often inefficient, and noisy.  They may not remove enough moisture from the room so you see condensation.  Water drops show up first on colder surfaces, such as mirrors, tile and metal faucets.  It

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Power strips and plug-in surge protectors are good, but adding whole house surge protection is best.    The most effective approach comes from installing two lines of defense against surges. Circuit Boards – Convenient and Expensive Almost all major appliances today contain circuit boards with computer chips. The convenience you desire comes with smart technology, which mean a circuit board managing the operation. Those boards are very helpful, but replacing them costs a lot of

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Frye Electric has been performing apartment and commercial work for thousands of customers since 1975.   Although some residential work can be a challenge, businesses and apartment complexes are often even more so. Special equipment and special skills are needed to perform electrical jobs for commercial purposes.   And, since they are normally larger-scale jobs, we must have the right type of equipment on hand to perform them properly.   We also need crews of fully-trained electricians who

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Eaton standby generators are safe, reliable, intelligent and affordable.   All the things you want in a backup electrical system.  That’s why we sell, install and service them. When we put in a standby system, it will protect your family and your property automatically.   Eaton standby generators come on within seconds of a power outage, and stay on until the power is restored.   Imagine what can happen in your home or business without power.   No heat

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Repeated light bulb burnout can be annoying.   If you’ve had that problem, this story may help you resolve it without calling us. A customer recently wrote to us with this issue.  “I replaced the bulb on our outdoor light 3 times and the bulbs burn out overnight.”   Greg Wells, Director of Operations for Frye Electric, has a few suggestions.  Give them a try before you contact an electrician and have to pay for a service

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Mounting a new television can be easy — or it can be hard.    If you are replacing an old TV with a new one in the same place, it can be pretty simple.  But, if you are mounting a new TV in a new location, that can become complicated. New flat screen televisions are amazing.  The picture is so realistic it’s like looking out a window.  So, many people are buying new ones and

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Portable GFCI outlets and cords are easily available and offer extra protection for everyone.   On those occasions when you are using an electric tool outside or near  water, and you aren’t sure of the circuit, this type of protection might be a lifesaver. They come in a variety of types and prices, ranging from about $10 to $50.   This image shows one example for about $20, which is a short extension cord.  

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We all need dependable power for our homes and businesses, but thousands of people have missed it recently.   Strong winds and heavy rains have caused lots of damage and problems in this area.  IPL alone reported almost 9,000 without power a few days ago, and there were many more around us. The Costs of Interrupted Power A tree branch falling on a power line can knock out your electric service for hours, or even

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