Electrical

Video: Identifying Unsafe Circuit Breakers

Posted on May 29, 2018 by James Florence

SUNNYVALE — Host, Sarah Rutan: Even if your home is well-maintained, a faulty circuit breaker could put it all at risk. Today we’re in Sunnyvale with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jay Kats of Revolt Electric to learn how to identify unsafe breakers.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jay Kats: One thing I’d like to recommend is, if looking at the electrical panel, and you see any color breakers inside, that may be an indicator that it is time to replace the panel, because it’s one of two panels, either being a Federal Pacific panel, with just has the red color on the actual handle breaker, or if it’s a Zinsco panel, Read more

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How to Identify Unsafe Circuit Breakers

Posted on May 18, 2018 by James Florence

SUNNYVALE — Like most inconspicuous household components, residential electrical panels are often overlooked, which is why many Bay Area homes still have their original circuit breakers. The problem is that some old circuit breakers pose significant safety hazards. Two examples of this are Federal Pacific breakers, which were installed from 1950 to 1980, and Zinsco breakers, which were installed throughout the 1970s. Due to certain design flaws, both of these breakers are known to pose fire hazards. What’s more, both can still be found in homes throughout the Bay Area.

To make sure your electrical panel doesn’t contain these dangerous breakers, you’ll need to take a look inside. However, even if you do look, Read more

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Video: Preventing Hazards with Federal Pacific Breakers

Posted on January 31, 2018 by James Florence

SAN FRANCISCO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re unsure whether you have Federal Pacific circuit breakers, don’t wait until a fire starts to find out. To learn more, we’re in San Francisco with Mario Ibarra of REFCorp, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Rodney Fite.

Mario Ibarra: Here, I have some Federal Pacific breakers. These are common breakers that you see at all homes here in San Francisco and in many other cities that we’ve worked in. These breakers – they’re really old school. They don’t give a lot of issues, but that’s basically one of the problems that these breakers have. If there’s an issue with old wiring or something going on at your home, Read more

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Identifying and Replacing Federal Pacific Circuit Breakers

Posted on January 02, 2018 by James Florence

SAN FRANCISCO — If you own a home in the Bay Area, make sure you know what’s in your breaker box. A lot of Bay Area homes have outdated electrical components, and in some cases this can represent a fire hazard. One example of this is Federal Pacific circuit breakers, which were widely used from the 1950s until the 1990s, when it was determined they were prone to malfunction. However, despite being discontinued, Federal Pacific breakers can still be found in many Bay Area homes today.

In terms of everyday functionality, Federal Pacific breakers don’t have a lot of issues—what makes them dangerous is their potential failure to detect problems. Normally, if a circuit overloads, Read more

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Video: The Value of GFI Protection

Posted on August 04, 2017 by Mari Patrick

DALY CITY — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to electrical safety in the home, GFI protection is a top priority. To learn more we’re in Daly City with Brian Polli of Serge Electric speaking on behalf of our Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Sergey Ivanov.

Brian Polli: Yes, GFI breakers are really good in properties that are not grounded. What happens is, is that when it’s not grounded, if you ever touch something that’s not grounded, you’re going to have a shock that’s going to go all up to 20 or 30 amps, and when that happens, you get the full voltage.

Now, with a GFI breaker, Read more

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Video: EV Charging Tip

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

PLEASANTON — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re having trouble charging your electric vehicle, the solution may be simpler than you think. Today we’re in Pleasanton with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Brian Ramirez of BR Electric to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Brian Ramirez: A common question that we get asked after we do the EV install is:  I get a call sometimes and people will say, “Hey, my car’s not charging.  Can you come out?”  A lot of times it’s very simple.  You just have to make sure that this is pushed in all the way and that it’s connected.  And that’s the tip that I have for everyone is that when you do get your EV car and it’s not working, Read more

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7 Common Electrical Panel Issues

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ROHNERT PARK — Your main electrical panel is the control center of your home’s electrical system. Not only does this panel provide power to your home, it also protects you from hazards by shutting off the power when something goes wrong (commonly known as “tripping a breaker”). For these reasons, it’s important to confirm that your panel is functioning properly and address any outdated, worn-out or improperly installed components. Here are seven common issues to look for in your electrical panel:

1. Double-lugged breakers
A double-lugged circuit breaker means there are two wires (circuits) going into a single breaker. This is an example of improper wiring, typically done as an attempt to fit wires where space is limited. Read more

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