Code Compliance: What You Need to Know About Laundry Room & Outdoor Outlets

As a homeowner, you should know whether your electrical work complies with the National Electric Code and if it doesn’t, what safety hazards you may be facing. 

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3 Types of Electrical Service Panels That Must Be Upgraded

Still using a severely outdated electric service panel? You’re dramatically increasing your risk of a home electrical fire. Click to learn which old electrical panels need to be replaced immediately.  

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Electrical System Basics Every Homeowner Should Know

Did you know electrical problems are the second leading cause behind house fires? Or that every year, electrical issues cause approximately 51,000 residential fires, almost 500 fatalities, and well over a billion dollars in combined property damage? Most of these fires are due to an inability to recognize potential household electrical hazards and as a result, a lack of proper system maintenance and necessary repairs.

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Dedicated Circuits: What They Are & How to Determine If You Need Them

Do the major appliances in your home run without a hitch? Or do you frequently trip breakers when you run too many things at once? If your circuit breakers seem to trip more often than you know is normal, there’s a good chance your home needs more dedicated circuits.

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5 Signs Your Outdated Electrical System Is Putting Your Safety at Risk

In most homes, properly installed electrical wiring, circuit panels, outlets, switches, and other electrical components will perform safely for at least a few decades. Unfortunately, though, that’s not always the case. Because an electrical system’s lifespan is heavily dependent on the quality of the installation and the materials that comprise it, some systems become outdated and faulty within a relatively short period.

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Should You Get Whole-House Surge Protection?

Voltage surges aren’t always easily detectable, especially when they’re not massive. But they occur far more frequently — up to 20 times a day in the average home — than most people realize. Unfortunately, they can do considerable damage to anything that’s plugged into any outlet in your home. That’s where whole-house surge protection is incredibly useful.

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Common Electrical Code Violations: Does Your Home Have Them?

Do you own a home that’s older than 20 years? Have you ever allowed anyone who isn’t a licensed electrician to work on your electrical system? Then there’s a good chance your wiring, outlets, switches, or circuits aren’t in compliance with the National Electric Code. And while that may not sound like a huge deal, code violations can be dangerous, depending on what they involve. These violations can also make it difficult for you to sell your home if you ever decide to list it, since it may not pass a pre-purchase inspection.

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4 Tips for Handling Electrical Emergencies

Electrical emergencies can happen at any time, and they can put you and your loved ones’ safety at risk if you’re not properly prepared to handle them. At Harrison Electric, helping Twin Cities families keep their electrical systems safe is our number one goal, and that starts with education. If you’re unsure how to safely deal with an unexpected and potentially dangerous electrical emergency, follow our tips below for handling the situation.

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8 Signs Your Home Is Due for an Electrical Panel Upgrade

If you’re like most homeowners, you don’t give your electrical panel a lot of thought. Now and then, you might trip a breaker or find a nonfunctional outlet and head to the panel to investigate. But beyond the quick occasional checkup, that panel probably doesn’t get much attention. If it starts having issues, though, it’ll exhibit a few glaring signs you’re sure to notice.

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5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan

Bathroom exhaust fans play an important role in controlling moisture levels and odor inside household restrooms. Without a properly functioning exhaust fan in your bathroom, mold can form, your interior paint can suffer moisture-related deterioration, and unpleasant odors can linger in your home.

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