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Electrical Outlets

Does Your Home Have Aluminum Wiring? Here’s Why You Need to Replace It

Outdated aluminum wiring can present a hazard to you and your family. Harrison Electric explains why it’s important to replace aluminum wiring with modern, industry-standard materials.

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Why DIY Electrical Work is Downright Dangerous

Thinking about doing your own wiring to save yourself a few bucks? Think again. Do-it-yourself wiring is not only dangerous, it can actually cost you more money than you realize if you don’t do it properly. If you’re not a trained electrician, step away from the wiring, and call a professional. Sure, with the advent of DIY Youtube videos and tutorials online, you may think electrical wiring is a piece of cake; however, nothing could be further from the truth. The safety of your entire home and family is at stake when you attempt to install or repair your home’s wiring—mistakes are simply not an option. Here to explain why you should never wire your own house are the professionals at Harrison Electric.

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Electrical Outlets: The Dangers of Overloading Your Sockets

The modern home has dozens of items plugged into wall sockets at any given time. Think about it for a moment: phone chargers, televisions, gaming systems, household appliances, lamps—it seems just about everything has a plug or a charger these days. And when you plug too many things into an outlet at once, you create a hazard for your home and family. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, overloaded sockets are responsible for over 5,000 residential fires annually! If you don’t want to join that statistic, our electricians at Harrison Electric are here to give you a few tips to keep your household safe.

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Make Your Newly Purchased House Safer with an Electrical Update

Older homes are often charming due to their unique attributes, and you may have recently bought yours for this very factor. However, not everything that's unique is visible—or good. In many cases, previous homeowners will have made their own changes, fixes, and what they thought were upgrades. The problem is that not all of them will have had the skills or training needed to do it right. When this situation involves electricity, it often leaves behind fire hazards, shock hazards, and breakers that mysteriously trip.

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Electrical Service Upgrades For Home Renovations

If you’re thinking about doing a home renovation, you should also consider upgrading your home’s electrical components, as well. If you are adding a bedroom, a bathroom, or upgrading a kitchen, you are probably going to need some new outlets and perhaps lighting fixtures. You may want to add some ceiling fans as part of the project. There may be some special needs, as well, like adding the right electrical power for an appliance such as an electric clothes dryer.

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Add New Outlets to Meet Your Expanding Needs

Have you recently rearranged your bedroom and found there isn’t an outlet on the wall where your TV is located? Have you noticed there isn’t enough outlet space in your bathroom each morning? Whether you’ve owned your home for 25 years or have recently purchased, you will typically find that certain elements need to be updated for practical and convenient reasons. This includes the number of electrical outlets in the home.

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The Steps Involved in Adding an Electrical Outlet

An outlet may not always be where you need it to be. When this happens, you may have to rearrange your space so you have access to an existing outlet or use an extension cord. The final option is to add a new outlet to the space where you want it. It’s always wise to leave all electrical work to a trained electrician. Here are the steps an electrical contractor follows when adding a new electrical outlet to your home:

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Power Out? Here are the Steps You Should Follow to Get it Fixed

If power goes out in one portion of your home rather than your entire home, you know right off the bat that you are dealing with an electrical problem. If you are in this situation, you may find yourself wondering what to do. Here are the steps you should follow to help fix your power outage.

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Why Do Sparks Appear When I Plug My Electrical Device In?

You’ve probably noticed the tiny blue spark that occurs whenever you plug or unplug a gadget from an electrical outlet. In most cases the sparks are harmless. However, if the sparks increase in size or severity, it may be time for you to call Harrison Electric. A certified electrician can inspect your wall outlets or appliances to determine what the problem is. Below are some of the reasons why you see blue sparks and how hazardous they may or may not be.

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What Are the Benefits of Installing a Dedicated Circuit?

Are the appliances in your home set up to operate efficiently and safely? One of the ways you can tell is if you trip a breaker when you have too many electronic devices running at the same time. This could be a sign you need an electrical upgrade to one or more dedicated circuits in your home.

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