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If you have said “something keeps tripping my circuit breaker”, you should consider calling a professional.   When you see repeated occurrences on the same breaker, it might indicate a significant problem. Breakers trip, or shut off, in order to protect the circuit from overheating.   That type of overheating might even cause a fire, so this might be an important safety hazard.     One Time Trip The occasional trip of  a breaker is

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If you have a pet, you need pet proof home wiring solutions.    Every pet, even a cute little puppy like this one, is curious and wants to explore their surroundings.  Well, OK –  maybe not a goldfish!  But certainly dogs and cats and other common household pets. Potential Problems What happens if Frank the Ferret decides to chew on your lamp cord for a few minutes every day?   How about Tabby wanting to

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Gazebo fans are the perfect accessories to beat the heat on even the warmest days.   And they look so cool, too! If you are building or renovating a gazebo, a pergola, or any similar structure – consider adding a fan.  They come in all shapes and sizes with lots of options.   You might want a tropical leafy look like this one.  Or maybe a more traditional look that matches your home.  Or maybe

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Customers periodically ask about adding circuits to a garage, or adding more power outlets to an outbuilding.  This is an example of a typical request that we receive and take care of.    “Looking to get electricity out in my garage to power a garage door opener and a couple of outlets for tools.  Conduit exists between my basement, under my driveway, and out into the garage.”  Yes, we do offer that kind of service, and

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A friend recently said that two kitchen appliances stopped working on the same day.  She thought it was odd that both the toaster and the coffee maker would wear out at the same time. However, she also knew that she’d had them for years so maybe it was just a coincidence. Shaking it and re-plugging didn’t work on the toaster,so she put it in the trash can.  Her plan was to get rid of the

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Are you Planning an Outdoor Spring Wedding – or a Summer one? The right event lighting for an outdoor event, such as a wedding or a graduation party, can really add a lot to the evening.  You want to create a festive atmosphere that emphasizes and illuminates everything going on.  Including the location and the decorations.  Whether you are planning an outdoor wedding, a graduation party or any other event, you will want the right lighting.  And

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When you get ready to sell your home, it’s a good idea to get a pre-sale electrical inspection.  A well-maintained home is a great way to get the best price. Also, you want the transaction to go smoothly — don’t you?   The best way to do that is to find any issues in advance and resolve them before the negotiation. Neither you nor the buyer should worry about any electrical problems with the purchase.

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Refrigerators and service panels don’t go together.  In fact, they should go several feet apart.  And the same is true for large boxes, furniture and stacks of other junk.  This isn’t an electrical issue, it’s an access issue.  It is good to have a second refrigerator in the garage or basement, and lots of people do.  It just makes sense that when you buy a new bigger one, you keep the old one for awhile.

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Power pole damage is something that most of us have seen a few times.  It usually happens away from our home.  But, if it happens near your house who is responsible to have it fixed? We recently received this request.  “This evening, a car crashed into a IPL pole in front of my residence.  The pole broke in half and the mast was pulled away from the house. I would like the repair completed asap

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Some homeowners don’t realize how important carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are to the safety of their family.  A smoke alarm by itself is incomplete protection if you have any kind of burning inside your home.  Gas or oil furnaces, gas ranges or ovens, and fireplaces are all examples of potential sources for carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon Monoxide is called the silent killer because you can’t hear it, see it or smell it.   It can

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Expensive appliances deserve the best protection from power surges, so that you don’t have to replace them.  Things like sub-zero refrigerators, high efficiency washers, and advanced microwaves cost thousands of dollars.  And what about the feature-packed circuit board in your furnace or air conditioner?  Isn’t paying for them the first time enough for you – or do you want to pay for them twice?   Frye Electric can provide the best protection available to help you

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Many people have electrical questions because they just don’t understand how it works.   Also, parents teach children not to touch electricity so lots of people are fearful of it or just don’t want to know more.  However, we all use electrical outlets and appliances daily so sometimes we need expert advice.   That is where the “Ask the Experts” feature of Frye Electric comes in handy. We recently had a customer request come in

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A sparkling chandelier really dresses up a home, and can add a lot of beauty to holiday events.  If you are getting ready to add a new chandelier to your home, consider Frye Electric to install it for you.  This type of installation is not normally a homeowner-level job. Some people put them in the entryway and many go in the dining room.  Either way, they are usually on a high ceiling because of their

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We recently received a smoke detector question from a customer.   She had some hard-wired smoke detectors installed in 1996, and wondered about replacing them.  Our answer is yes, she should replace them since they are 20 years old.  We recommend replacement every 7-9 years just to be safe.   If you don’t know the age of yours, take them down and look on the back of the case.  The manufacturer may have printed the

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There are two ways to do exhaust fan venting – the right way and the wrong way.    We all love hot showers but the normal warm air and steam build up in a bathroom can be harmful.  You need to get rid of it correctly.   This recent question below from a customer illustrates a common issue with exhaust fan venting. ” … I would like to see if our bathroom exhaust fan can

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