Best ways to avoid tripping your breaker this holiday season!

For anyone hosting Christmas for the entire family or striving to have the house that is the envy of the neighborhood, tripping breakers and blowing fuses is a real concern. Overloaded circuits could put your Christmas dinner in the dark. York Electrical Services, your local electrician in Fort Collins is here to help you keep the lights on all season long.

What causes your breaker to trip?

There are three primary reasons for your breaker tripping: overloaded circuit, short in the wiring, and an old breaker. Here are some things you can do to keep from tripping your breaker:

  1. Look for the studs when hanging wreaths or pictures. Your wreath may be light enough that you don’t think you need to nail it to a stud. While the weight may not be an issue, there can be wiring right behind the drywall. If your nail goes through the wires, it can cause a short in the circuit, trip your breaker, and become a potential fire hazard.
  2. Check the wiring on appliances before plugging them in. The cold weather may have you digging in the basement for a space heater or electric blanket. Before you plug it in, check the cord for any chew marks, cuts, exposed wires, or other damage that may have happened while the heating unit was stored.

But what about those pesky overloaded circuits? You can’t just replace your breaker with a breaker rated for higher amps unless you also upgrade all of your electrical wiring. Instead, follow these tips to keep from overloading your circuits:

  1. Unplug electrical appliances that are not in use. Electrical current still runs to the appliance when not turned on. It reduces the draw on the circuit to unplug the coffee maker, game systems, etc.
  2. Spread out heated styling tools. Hair dryers, flat irons, and curling irons, each draw more power than you might think in order to generate heat. Having too many devices in use at the same time can overload the circuit.
  3. Only use extension cords for added length. If a room has limited sockets, it may be tempting to use an extension cord to increase the number of electronics you can plug in. While you can do this safely in some cases, such as setting up the TV and game systems, do it sparingly.
  4. Use LED Christmas lights. Incandescent string lights can use twice as much electricity, and you may only be able to connect up to two strings when using C9 string lights. If you want to decorate the entire yard, roof, and face of your house, those amps can add up. Using LED Christmas lights will lighten the load substantially.
  5. Use multiple outdoor circuits. It’s possible that two outdoor outlets are on the same circuit, so check before plugging in too many lights. Even if you can reach across the entire yard from one side of the house, spacing the load out across multiple outlets will help reduce the stress on a single circuit.
  6. Know your amp usage. If a room has more than one outlet on a different circuit, you can avoid breaker trips by vacuuming or using a space heater on the lower load circuit.

As always, York Electrical Services is here to help! We offer free estimates and are clean, honest and professional. Call us today for scheduling. Have a wonderful holiday season!

 

 

Protection Without Exception (Part 2)

SAFETY WITHOUT EXCEPTIONS

So what does this mean to the end user? If a circuit breaker with GFCI technology reaches end of life and is no longer providing ground fault protection as a result of failure, it may still be reset and continue to provide unprotected power with no indication required to the end user.

Fortunately, standards have been updated to close these loopholes for GFCI circuit breakers. However, manufacturers will have more than three years to comply with the new standards, meaning many circuit breakers currently in operation and on the market will be unable to provide complete ground fault protection.

Thankfully, electrical contractors don’t have to wait that long to provide complete protection against ground faults. York Electrical Services, your local electrician in Fort Collins is knowledgeable about many manufacturers and the products required to make sure you are fully protected. Call us today at 970-632-0323 for a free estimate. We are professional, honest, and fair. It is our job to take care of you.

Protection Without Exception (Part 1)

Safety is our number one priority at York Electrical Services, your trusted local electrician in Fort Collins. Since the 1960s, receptacles and circuit breakers with GFCI technology have become standard in homes to protect occupants from electric shock. Required by the NEC for outlets located in certain wet or damp locations, such as near bathroom sinks, kitchen countertops, bathtubs, and showers, GFCI receptacles monitor variations in the electrical current flowing through the line.

In instances where a person accidentally becomes part of an electrical circuit, a GFCI receptacle would immediately trip, preventing electrical current from going through a person on its way to ground. It’s a technology that can save lives.

But did you know that GFCI circuit breakers don’t have to adhere to the same safety standards that govern GFCI receptacles? Until only recently, safety standards for GFCI circuit breakers included exceptions which may allow for unprotected power to remain flowing through a circuit breaker that has reached end of life.

When this standard was adopted it assumed that GFCIs, like all consumer products, have a limited life expectancy and would eventually reach a point where they could no longer provide ground fault protection.

Call us today for a free estimate if you are unsure about your GFCI protection. Your family is our family and we are here to help and as always we look forward to doing business with you.

 

 

 

3 Things To Consider Before Hiring An Electrician

When it is time to hire an electrical contractor in Northern Colorado you should always practice due diligence to ensure you are getting the best service available. York Electrical Services is clean, honest, professional and we take pride in our stellar reputation. Here are three tips to consider so you won’t be left in the dark:

1. Read previous, relevant reviews

Being positively reviewed is not enough in and of itself. You need to check if they are relevant to the job you need done. Read through previous reviews to confirm that your potential electrician has been well-reviewed for jobs like yours. Check also for reliability and punctuality. Customers often leave detailed comments and feedback make use of these!

2. Agree to a quote

Before you hire, make sure you get an estimate. The estimate should include details about the job, prices, and any exclusions.

3. Don’t pick the cheapest option

When considering different quotes, don’t pick the cheapest one. Read through the estimate carefully to ensure that you end up picking the best person for your job. Anything that sounds too good to be true usually is!

Don’t forget, we offer free estimates and look forward to doing business with you.

 

End Of The Year House Project?

Are you considering a big house project before the end of the year and find yourself in need of a local electrician in Northern Colorado? When it comes to quality electrical work do yourself a favor and hire the best. At York Electrical Services we pride ourselves on quality, professional and honest work. We come with many years of experience from the administrative office to the field and will take on your project while making sure it is compliant with NEC (National Electrical Code). John York is not only the owner/operator but is personable, thorough, and a shining community example of small business done right. We give free estimates and would love the opportunity to earn your business and friendship. We also offer a one-year warranty on all parts and labor and provide military and senior discounts. Call us today to get your house project underway.

Fall is here, let us hook up your hot tub!

The leaves are turning, and the air is getting cooler by the day. That means it is Fall in Colorado. The good news is that you don’t have to let the cold air drive deep into your bones! If you are thinking of finally getting that long sought after hot tub to relax and replenish your soul, we are the local electrician in Fort Collins to call. Our electricians are clean, honest, and professional and can provide you with the advice and service to keep your new investment running all through the year. We are a family owned business and will treat you and your home with the respect it deserves. So, when it comes to professionals that care about the community we live in and quality work look no further than York Electrical Services! Call us today for a free estimate and even better conversation.