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You’ve Got Electrical Questions, We’ve Got Answers!

two pronged electrical cordWhen you’re on the search for Boston, MA electrical experts to complete an electrical installation or repair, you needn’t look any further than our team. We have the knowledge and expertise to ensure that whatever your electrical appliance needs are, they’ll be taken care of.

We also want you to be well informed—for your home’s electrical safety but also so you know when it’s time to call in a professional electrician for work you need done. Below are just a few of the most commonly asked questions our team has received.

The Power Is Out in Only Part of My Home, Why?

When you have a power outage in your entire home, the chances are pretty high that you’re dealing with a widespread outage affecting your whole neighborhood or community. And when just a single lamp is out, you likely just need to replace the bulb. But what if you discover that the lights and/or appliances in half of your home are failing to come on?

You likely have a tripped circuit breaker, or maybe more than one, in this case. In most scenarios, you can just flip the circuit breaker(s) back on and call it a day. But if this is constantly happening, then you might have a bigger problem on your hands. Electrical panels are designed to withstand so much power, and when your power demands exceed what it can withhold, then your circuit breakers will start tripping. Contact our team and we can determine if an electrical panel upgrade is in store.

What’s the Difference Between AFCI and GFCI Outlets?

AFCI stands for arc fault circuit interrupters, and they serve to protect your home from fires—specifically, fires that could be caused by arc faults, which happen when wiring has been damaged, like circuit wiring or extensions in appliances. Whether an arc fault occurs within your walls, at loose connections, or damaged cords, the discharge of electricity produces heat and raises fire risks. ACFI outlets detect this though, and interrupt the circuit to eliminate the risk.

A GFCI outlet is a ground fault circuit interrupter, and protects against ground faults, as the name implies. Ground faults pose an electrocution risk, and as such, GFCI outlets are installed in areas that are near water—so your bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, and outdoors if you have outdoor outlets.

Do I Need to Protect My Electronics from Lightning Storms?

First off, we want to start by saying that surge protection is not just storm protection! Yes, lightning storms do post a risk to your home and the electronics within it. But power surges can actually happen at any time, not just during a storm.

And the danger is to your appliances and electronics—the more power surges happen, the more stress your electrical equipment takes on. Anything that is plugged into your electrical system is at risk. Fortunately, however, whole-house surge protection is the solution for this, which is a service we provide!

Contact FB Electrical Services Inc. today for quality electrical services.

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