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Residential Electrician

Typical Home Repairs Requiring a Licensed Electrician

You know how to do more than change a light bulb and are able to make some electrical repairs or upgrades yourself. Other repairs require using a licensed electrician. Consider a faulty switch, or non-functioning outlet, for example. It's not a difficult job to buy a new one from a hardware store and replace the old, but do you know what caused the failure in the first place? It may have been a one time power surge, but it may be a short in the wiring leading to the failure. A professional electrician can determine the cause and assure the safety of your family rather than fixing the symptom and hoping for the best.

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New Construction: Build to Code or Better than Code?

To the layman, the job of the licensed electrician seems like medieval wizardry. You tend to check an electrician’s credentials and then trust him to do the job according to the best current standards defined through the local building code. With larger jobs and new construction, you know the work is okay because code inspectors, appraisers, and your private inspector provide redundant checks to make sure no problems exist in the work.

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Enhance Your Safety by Taking the Load Off Your Electrical System

You know that misusing your electrical system can be dangerous. With so much power coursing through the wiring in your home, it’s possible to cause a house fire if your system isn’t working properly.

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The DIY Rewiring Basics You Need to Know

Whether you’re installing new lights, a home theater or a thermostat, rewiring knowledge is precious. Rewiring your house isn’t necessarily difficult, but any project surrounding electricity should be taken with care. Don’t cross your wires, don’t approach a project lightly and check out these rewiring tips:

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Electrical Repairs: Who do You Call?

As a homeowner, you’re going to occasionally need professional repairs made at your house. For many jobs a cousin, a friend’s brother, or a great handyman recommended by a neighbor may be able to do a great job for a low price and it would be foolish not to accept those people to make light repairs or upgrades.

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Modern Homes and Electrical Systems

Modern home electrical systems are far more intricate than what they used to be. People simply have more electrical gadgets in today’s world than your grandparents used and therefore your electric system has to be able to handle the additional current. Throughout the house, there are more televisions and internet devices which require additional cable connections and electric plugs. The kitchen especially, in addition to the stove, oven, and refrigerator typically has a dishwasher, microwave, garbage disposal, and a multitude of countertop devices which can all be in use when you cook dinner.

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Do You Need an Electrician?

Depending on the aptitude, knowledge, and experience of the homeowner, some electrical work can be conducted as a do it yourself project. It’s important to make sure you don’t get in over your head as an improper electric job can be a nuisance at best or a safety issue at worse, and it nearly always costs more to fix a botched job than to hire a professional to conduct it properly in the first place.

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Are Sparking Outlets Safe?

You’ve probably seen it countless times: an electrical spark at the moment you plug in your hair dryer or blender. There are times when you can safely ignore that electric spark, but there are other times when that spark is a sign that something is wrong with your electrical system. At Harrison Electric, we’ve found that if you’ve experienced the following and you have an electrical spark, you should contact us as soon as possible to avoid an electrical fire.

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3 Reasons You Should Upgrade Your Home's Lighting

As a homeowner, you are always looking for a great way to improve your home. By making more improvements, you increase the value of your home. One commonly overlooked way to make an easy change to the look and feel of your home is by upgrading your lighting.

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How to Find the Best Electrical Contractor

When it comes to your home, it is natural to want the best. You want the best lawn and the best furniture. If you have an electrical problem following a severe storm, you want the best electrician. At years of experience in the industry, our team at Harrison Electric offers the best services in an around Minneapolis and Plymouth, so we want to help you avoid making mistakes when it comes to choosing an electrical professional.

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