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!

 

 

It’s time to think about Thanksgiving electrical usage!

While the rest of the country slowly devours the last of the Halloween candy and tries to plan the Thanksgiving guest list, the phone at York Electrical Services, your local electrician in Fort Collins has started ringing. Our customers, looking ahead at to the Thanksgiving surge of power usage, are calling to have their repairs and upgrades done now so they can maintain their electrical integrity during the holidays.

Thanksgiving is a hot time for electric usage! Consumers spend 25$ million in turkey roasting alone according to TXU, a Texas energy provider. This figure does not include the mashed potatoes, yams with the delicious marshmallows on top, or the pumpkin pies. In fact, the danger of a house fire on Thanksgiving is formidable and is the number one day for house fires in the entire year!

Similarly, Thanksgiving weekend is the time that many families put up their holiday lights. In keeping with the family tradition of not getting electrocuted Christmas Vacation style, many homeowners install GFCI and weather-protected outlets for their outdoor holiday lighting. Careful inspection of each strand also ensures that there aren’t any damaged or exposed wires.

Advance preparation for all of these activities gives a homeowner a pretty good idea of any electrical repairs that might need to be done for the holidays, but also gives them an awareness of the heavy electrical usage they will encounter. Not just from cooking and entertainment, but also from the needs of the number of guests who are invited. The lights, the number of times the front door is opened, using the dishwasher, and things like opening the refrigerator all contribute to the bill.

Most importantly, York Electrical Services would like to take this opportunity to wish you, our loyal customers and readers, a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Birthday, America

York Electrical Services, your preferred local electrician in Fort Collins would like to wish everybody a safe and happy Independence Day. A big thank you to those who are serving or who have served, our freedom would not be possible without your sacrifice. Call us today for any electrical project big or small and find out for yourself why our customers recommend John York repeatedly. A veteran himself, John is a Master Electrician, personable and an all-around great guy. His prices are fair and honest, and he always has a story if you need a good laugh. Contact us for a free estimate! We look forward to doing business with you.

Active Cooling vs. Passive Cooling

LED Light is efficient. Far more efficient than the HID, fluorescent or the incandescent bulbs they replace. However, not all the energy LEDs consume is converted to light. Some of the energy is used to create heat, and while LED is far more efficient than other light sources, the heat it produces must be removed. York Electrical Services is your knowledgeable, local electrician in Fort Collins, and whatever your needs may be, we are here to help.

Why do you need cooling?

Removing the heat from the LEDs extends the life of the product. Think of an LED light installed inside a cooler or freezer area. The ambient air is cold which keeps LEDs performing well for years.

Removing Heat: Active Cooling

Active cooling typically means there is a fan of some sort. This type of cooling has been used for decades on electronics: computers, laptops, TV’s and amplifiers. Fans produce a steady stream of air that transfers the heat away.

Removing Heat: Passive Cooling

So, why not use a fan all the time? In short, you don’t need to. Lighting designers can integrate the heat-sink as the fixture housing itself, combining both form and function. For example, LED UFO High Bays have the heat sink as a part of the fixture. It is significantly large enough to absorb the heat produced by the LEDs and radiate the heat away from the fixture.

Which one is better?

 Neither. They are both good. Both are the perfect solution for what they were designed to solve! If you need more information, we are here to help. York Electrical Services offers free estimates. Call us today and find out why we are the electrician of choice.

 

Happy Memorial Day

 

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As a veteran himself, John York owner of York Electrical Services, your local electrician in Fort Collins, would like to wish everybody a Happy Memorial Day. Thank you to all who have served and those who continue to serve. Your sacrifice is appreciated beyond words. Remember we offer free estimates and military discounts. We are clean, honest, and professional! We warranty all our work to ensure your project is done right. Call us today at 970-632-0323, we would love to earn your business and become your go-to electrician. Have a wonderful holiday!

Why Choose York Electrical Services?

When it comes to choosing a local electrician in Northern Colorado for your summer projects, York Electrical Services makes your choice an easy one. We are a small family owned business which means you get 100% attention to detail 100% of the time. We take pride in our work and treat you with the respect you deserve. Not only that, but we pride ourselves on making sure our clients are communicated with through the entire project to ensure there are no “surprises” when it is complete. We are friendly, personable, honest, clean, and professional with a stellar reputation in the community. Don’t forget we provide free estimates to work with you and your budget. So, don’t put off your summer electrical projects any further. Call us at 970-632-0323 and schedule your appointment today. We will make sure you are ready for your first BBQ of the Summer!

Preventing Electric Shock

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, more than 30,000 non-fatal shock accidents happen every year. Luckily, these are easy to prevent! With some basic knowledge and training from your local electrician in Fort Collins you can spot potential dangers in your home.

Install Outlet Plug Covers

Outlet covers are the first step to ensuring electrical safety especially if you have children. New safety features allow the outlet to open only when a cord is inserted. This prevents children from tampering with them.

Always Check for Socket Voltage

Be sure to keep track of voltage and wattage when replacing light bulbs. A light bulb can short out if inserted into a socket over its capacity. The recommended wattage can easily be found printed around the light bulb socket.

Replace Damaged Fixtures

Switches and outlets will wear down over time with routine use and should be replaced to assure electrical connections remain stable. Also, replace any damaged outlet covers to prevent tampering.

Prevent Outlet Overloading

Try to avoid having too many heavy appliances plugged in and running from the same outlets or power strips. This can lead to overheating, a short circuit, or a tripped breaker.

Shut Off Breakers When Remodeling

If you are doing electrical remodeling or working on any projects that require drilling or cutting into walls, turn off all appropriate power sources. Even if you are doing small tasks like drilling a hole in a wall it is still best to turn off all circuits to be on the safe side.

Professional Electrical Help

Don’t hesitate to call York Electrical Services with questions if an electrical job is beyond your scope. As always, our estimates are free, and we look forward to doing business with you.

 

What Exactly Does A Circuit Breaker Do?

Circuit breakers are essential for preventing fires and injuries. What does a circuit breaker do? Well, in short, these electrically-powered geniuses detect and stop excess current. They typically trip (turn off) when there is an overloaded or short circuit, cutting off current to the problem line until the issue can be safely addressed.

How Does a Circuit Breaker Work?

Your home’s electrical service panel contains a series of lever-operated circuit breakers that control protect the circuits. Each circuit breaker is designed to ‘trip,’ at already determined amp loads, which is why there are  different size breakers in the box. In order to protect your home and family against fire and electrical injury, if this limit is reached, when the breaker trips it opens the circuit and prevents the flow of current to that particular electrical line or circuit.

Most Common Reasons Circuit Breakers Trip:

  • An overloaded circuit, such as a battle between the vacuum and space heater, or your one of a kind Christmas light show.
  • short circuit, such as a wiring issue within an appliance that results in excess current being pulled.
  • ground fault, which typically occurs in high moisture. You will find these in your kitchen or bath, and is the reason GFCIs are required by current electrical code for your protection.

Where Can I Find Circuit Breakers in My Home?

Circuit breakers are found in your home’s breaker box. Breaker boxes are typically found in the garage, basement, hall, utility or storage rooms. If you’re having difficulty locating your breaker box, look for the electric meter outside your home. This is usually close to your breaker box for safety/distribution.

How to Reset A Circuit Breaker

If you lose power to an outlet or area of your home, a circuit breaker may have been tripped. Once you find your breaker box, resetting the circuit breaker is easy. Open the door to the breaker box and look for the toggles. (They look like light switches only sideways.) Most should be pointing toward the panel center, indicating the ON position. Toggles pointing away from the panel center are OFF. Toggles in an in-between position are the one(s) which have tripped. You must turn the breaker OFF before turning it ON again, or it will not reset. If it trips again right away, turn it off without resetting it, close the panel door, and call us for a free estimate.

Repeat Offender?

If your home has a circuit breaker that repeatedly trips, it is important to understand the reason why and to prevent it from happening again. Call York Electrical Services today to ensure the safety of your home and family. We look forward to becoming your trustworthy electrical choice.

 

Fun Facts About Electricity!

York Electrical Services in Fort Collins is your honest and professional local electrician! We can help with all your upcoming electrical needs. We offer free estimates, so you know exactly what you can expect from us from day one. Not to mention we love what we do! Here are a few fun facts about electricity:

  • It travels more than 186,000 miles per second, which is the speed of light.
  • A single spark of static electricity measures up to 3,000 volts.
  • In comparison, a bolt of lightning can measure up to 3 million volts in under a second.
  • Electricity can be made from many sources such as wind, sun, and water.
  • Electricity will always find the easiest path to the ground.
  • The first power plant was owned by Thomas Edison in New York City in 1882.
  • Thomas Edison invented more than 2,000 new products, including almost everything needed for us to use electricity in our homes: switches, fuses, sockets and meters.
  • Benjamin Franklin didn’t discover electricity, but he did prove that lightning is a form of electrical energy.

Call us today! We look forward to doing business with you. We offer military and senior discounts too.

 

Is Your Space Heater Tripping Your Breaker?

The first snow has arrived in Colorado and the temperature dropped overnight by at least thirty-five degrees no doubt leaving a chill in your house. If you are like me, and are not wanting to run the furnace yet you most likely have purchased a space heater. They truly are a wonderful way to heat a room just enough to be comfortable. What is not wonderful about them is their magical ability to trip a breaker just because you decided to use another outlet at the same time. If this is a problem you are having Call the professionals at York Electrical Services, licensed electricians serving Larimer County. We will thoroughly inspect your electrical issue and resolve it so you can get back to just living life. We will also make sure there are no dangerous underlying issues to your tripping breaker. So, give yourself the gift of warmth and peace of mind and call us today. We also, offer free estimates.