We know it’s not something you’d like to ponder, but if you ever find yourself in the middle of an electrical emergency, it’s critical that you keep your head on straight. Electrical emergencies can happen at any time, for many reasons, and they can seriously endanger your well-being if you’re not well prepared. At Harrison Electric, your safety is our utmost concern, and we know electrical emergencies can be both frightening and overwhelming. To help keep you and your loved ones out of harm’s way, we’ve put together some tips on how to handle the most common electrical emergencies. Take these to heart—you never know when you may face a similar situation.
We all know that when summer rolls around, so do the thunderstorms. In Minnesota, we have an average of 30-40 summer storms every year, which means we get a hefty dose of dangerous lightning and potentially damaging winds. To protect your home and family, it is critical that you prepare for severe weather by taking the appropriate steps.
Whether internal or external, there are several situations that can cause a power surge. However, some power surge issues are larger than others and require professional assistance. Depending on your electrical dilemma, we're here to offer simple power surge troubleshooting tips in the event you may not need to call in a professional.
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.
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.
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:
Ceiling fans have an estimated lifespan of 10 to 15 years. Their exact lifespans vary based on the quality of the fan, how frequently it is used, and how well it’s maintained. There are a number of reasons why you may need to have a ceiling fan in your home replaced. Here are a few of those reasons:
Whether it be for conserving energy or simply making your living areas brighter, upgrading the lighting in your home is a fantastic idea. Since there's plenty of perks that come with a lighting upgrade, we're going to highlight some of the many positives that come with such an endeavor. Here's a look at why lighting upgrades are a fantastic idea in your home.
With the warmer months right around the corner, many individuals consider having a new ceiling fan installed to keep their energy costs low. However, many individuals have the misconception that they can install a ceiling fan on their own without consulting a professional beforehand. It needs to be mentioned that this thought is not only a bad idea, but it is incredibly dangerous. Thankfully, we're going explain why it's important to hire a professional to install a ceiling fan and the issues that can be avoided when this avenue is pursued.
If you’re thinking about upgrading your old ceiling fans or adding ceiling fans to your new home, there are some fan options you should consider. Not all ceiling fans are made the same, as some have additional features.