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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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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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An outdated service panel can be annoying or it can be dangerous – or both.   Some service panels have caused repeated problems over the years and are well know in our industry.   Federal Pacific Electric and Zinsco are examples of them. Other panels are just too small to meet your needs.  Whether you need more power for new appliances, or you have doubts about the safety of your breaker box — have a

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Tragically, two teens died during the 2017 Father’s Day weekend due to electric shock drowning.   The full story was shown on ABC news, and both cases remind us that we must keep water and electricity safely separated. Police say Kayla Matos, 10, and friends were swimming when they touched a metal rail on a boat lift.  The lift became energized and the current in the water shocked Kayla.  Although adults were present and used

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Frye Electric offers personally guaranteed satisfaction for every electrical service call.   Hal Frye, the owner of Frye Electric, gives you his personal assurance that your job will be done right.  And he stands behind all the work. Hal will either call or visit any client who has concerns about what was done or the charge for the service.   Sometimes the client has a valid concern, and when that happens Hal gets is corrected.

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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 even

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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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