What is a UPS?

 

Many of us have been in the middle of entering data into a computer only to have the power blink off for a few seconds, deleting the information and causing us to spend more time re-entering it.  Some of us have even experienced having a server crash and lost critical computer data due to not shutting down properly during a power failure or power outage.   Have you ever thought of how you would react if one day you were to try to surf the web or use your phone and found out it doesn’t work due to a power outage in another state.  These events cause frustration, cost money, and can even cost lives.  UPS units help us avoid these problems. Read more

Is my electrical panel safe? | 14 Point Electrical Panel Inspection

Most insurance companies recommend that your home electrical panel be inspected and maintained once every three years, yet the majority of homes are never inspected or maintained until a problem develops. Flickering lights, buzzing and sizzling noises coming from the panel, or a burning smell are sure indicators that it is time to get your panel inspected. However, there are many more “silent” signs that are much less obvious and can be detected with an electrical panel inspection before they have a chance to do any damage. Read more

How to choose a Licensed Electrician | Licensed Electrical Contractor

Looking for a licensed electrician or certified electrician?

The most important consideration when hiring an electrician or electrical contractor in Atlanta is to verify whether or not the company is properly licensed.  This includes checking for both a Georgia business license and a valid professional license. Read more

How to Avoid a Power Outage while using your Hair Dryer

Here’s a question we recently received from a customer at our Ask an Expert page.

Question: Every time my wife uses the hair dryer, it trips the fuse and shuts down the power. How do I fix this without completely overhauling my electrical system in the house?

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How to Troubleshoot a GFCI Receptacle

GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter.  The GFCI is a device designed to provide protection to users from electric shock.  This special receptacle works by constantly monitoring the flow of electricity in a circuit.  If a loss is detected, the GFCI will trip and stop the flow of electricity to the circuit preventing injury from electrocution. It is much more sensitive and will respond much swifter to a problem than a fuse or circuit breaker.  Since their introduction in 1971, it is estimated that GFCI’s have reduced the occurrence of electrocution in homes by over two-thirds. Read more

10 Electrical Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

As the holidays approach, many of us will be using lights and other electrical devices to decorate our homes.  As we do this, we need to be mindful of the dangers that are always present when electricity is being used.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), each year hospital emergency rooms treat about 12,000 people for injuries related to holiday lights, decorations, and Christmas trees.  In addition, dried out Christmas trees are involved in hundreds of fires annually. Read more

Emergency Residential Generator Installation

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My name is Tim Jackson and I’m the Director of Service Operations for Belco Electric. I’ve been working at Belco Electric for over 10 years now.  Today I want to talk to you about some considerations when deciding to install an emergency generator at your home. Read more