Keep Your Family Safe with Child Proof Outlets

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Every year, more that 2,400 children are seen and treated in emergency rooms for burns and electrical shocks that are the direct result of tampering with electrical outlets. Parents and caregivers who install child proof outlet covers can prevent these unfortunate accidents. Installing tamper resistant outlets, known also as TRs, are easy, inexpensive, and a lasting solution.

Our licensed electricians are available to help you today!

Tell Me More About Child Proof Outlets

Because child proof outlets look identical to regular wall electrical outlets many people believe there aren’t any significant differences. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Child proof outlet locks are spring-loaded receptacle wall outlet cover plates that protect a home’s standard electrical outlets. Child proof outlets stop the insertion of any object that attempts to apply unequal pressure to contact points on of the receptacle.

Examples of items that child proof outlets can prevent insertion include:

  • Tools
  • Fingers
  • Keys
  • Jewelry
  • Small toys
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • And, more!

Common household items that are accessible to small children are often the items that children insert into electrical outlets. Another startling statistic to many vigilant parents is that children can gain access to these items even when adults are present.

Child Proof Outlets Are Inexpensive

It doesn’t require a huge investment to make your home safer by installing child proof outlets. TR outlets have been proven to be so effective that in 2008 the National Electrical Code required all new homes be installed with these outlets. If you have a home built before this date, you can bring it up to code for only a few extra dollars per outlet than traditional receptacles. Not upgrading your home’s outlets can put your children at risk for electrical shocks, electrical burns, and serious or fatal injuries. You can reduce these risks by calling My Buena Park Electrician Hero to install child proof outlet covers today.

Tamper Resistant Outlets – How They Work

Operating a TR outlet is very simple. You don’t need extra strength or additional knowledge to operate these self-closing outlets. Simply insert the plug as you normally would while applying pressure evenly to both sides. When a plug is inserted correctly, the receptacles cover plate opens. It won’t open if pressure isn’t evenly applied, which keeps things like pencils and other objects from being inserted.

Want to see a child proof outlet in action? Check out a virtual demonstration on the Electrical Safety Foundation International’s website.

Final Thoughts

Once you install child proof outlet covers, you can throw away those plastic plugs that you may have used to protect your outlets from little fingers. TR outlets don’t need these items and they can prevent a choking hazard.

Are you reading to install child proof outlets in your home? To make sure these outlets are safely installed, call your local, licensed electrical contractor at My Buena Park Electrician Hero. Our amazing technicians always have your best interests at heart, going above and beyond to protect your family.

 

Enhance Your Home with Light Dimmers and Timers

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Finding ways to lower energy costs can be as easy as light dimmer and timer installation. At My Buena Park Electrician Hero, our licensed electricians are energy specialists with in-depth knowledge to help you choose the perfect lighting control combinations. Whether you’re aiming to create ambiance or interested in deterring criminals while you’re away, our specialists have the answers.

Types of Residential Timers

There are two categories of timers that you can choose: wall switch timers and plug-in timers. Below is a brief overview of each type and how their features may benefit you.

Wall Switch Timers

These timers are a great solution when you need hands-free operation. Many people opt to install wall switch timers in bathrooms or laundry rooms. Because many wall switch timers come with motion detection they are also ideal for porches and garages. Motion detectors sense movement and lights will illuminate when you a person is within a certain range. These timers are perfect for crime prevention, but also prevent slips and falls when walking in dark areas. Wall switch timers can also be programmed to give the impression that you are home when you’re not. You can also install a programmable timer switch with dimmer features for ultimate control over your home’s lighting.

Plug-In Timers

These timers operate like wall switch timers. They can be used indoors or outdoors, and make it easy to turn off lights and appliances. Many homeowners like to use plug-in timers during the holiday season to automatically turn on and off holiday decorations. How many times have you left holiday lights on overnight? Plug-in timers can eliminate this problem. 

Regardless of which type of timers or light dimmers you install, you’ll achieve the same results. You’ll enjoy energy-savings and you’ll never be in the dark again. To learn more about all light dimmer and timer installation, including smart dimmer plug installation, call your local, neighborhood electricians in Buena Park. The team at My Buena Park Electrician Hero is available to assist you 24/7.

How Commercial Power Generators Keep Businesses Running

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Is your business prepared if there is an unexpected power outage? Loss of power, no matter how short, can bring productivity to a halt. Installing a power generator can keep your business running smoothly and prevent lost revenue if you lose power due to weather, natural disasters, accidents, or other problems.  At My Buena Park Electrician Hero, our certified electricians can help you chose a commercial generator to meet the unique needs of your business when you’re facing an electrical emergency.

Why Your Business Needs a Generator

Power generators provide a backup power source that works independently from your regular electrical grid. Depending on the size of the generator, you can run a few basic pieces of equipment or keep full power flowing to your building. Here are some reasons companies opt for commercial generator installation:

  • Many businesses in Buena Park have power generators on standby to ensure continuous productivity.
  • Companies that handle sensitive material may be concerned about security. A generator can keep any high-tech security system functioning while protecting critical computer data.
  • Medical facilities need generators to ensure their patients aren’t compromised.

How to Choose a Power Generator for Your Business

Choosing the right-sized generator for your business is very important. You don’t want to choose a generator that is too small, but you also don’t want to waste energy on a device that is too big. Working closely with our licensed electricians is the best way to determine the right commercial backup generator sizing for you. Also, having a little knowledge about the different types is helpful too. Below is a quick look at the two kinds of commercial generators available and their benefits.

Commercial Portable Generator

  • Can be wired into a subpanel.
  • Power only essential equipment like computers, lights, and commercial refrigerators.
  • Simple, affordable backup power.
  • Do not turn on automatically. Must be started and monitored.
  • Provide electricity to 2-4 outlets or a few circuits if wired into the subpanel.
  • Must be located at least 10 feet from business in an open area.
  • These generators do pose a risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Standby Generator

  • Automatically powers on when loss of power occurs
  • Prevents downtime and increases productivity
  • Quiet operation
  • Uses natural gas or propane
  • Can power a whole building
  • Standby generators require professional installation and require a degree of hardwiring
  • Cost is substantially more than power generators

Power Generator Troubleshooting

Generators are reliable, but like any type of machinery can experience problems from time to time. Our licensed electricians are pros at troubleshooting and finding the source of problems quickly. Here are some of the most common issues that can affect commercial power generators:

  • Battery failure is the primary cause of power generator failure. Loose connections, tripped breakers, shorts, and sulfate buildup on the terminals can lead to failure.
  • Internal and external leaks can cause the generator to lose coolant. When this happens, the generator will get too hot and shutdown to protect against overheating hazards.
  • A faulty block heater is another reason that generators fail.
  • Over-fueled engines can become damaged from a buildup of carbon particles.
  • Human error is another reason for poor service. If the power generator is not on “auto” power, it won’t power on when the lights go out.
  • Generators that are not sufficiently fueled won’t work.
  • Air in the fuel system will trigger an error.

If you’re having problems with your building’s power generator, call My Buena Park Electrician Hero right away. We’ll get one of our highly-trained, certified electricians to your business to fix the problem today.

Professional Commercial Generator Installation

Commercial generators require specialized installation from expert commercial electricians. Even if you have a small business, we advise against buying a generator from your local home improvement store. Instead, call the pros with years of experience helping businesses large and small with their commercial backup power needs.

My Buena Park Electrician Hero is available for 24-hour emergency electrical service! Call today for immediate response.

Circuit Installation and Upgrades

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Did you know that many businesses are operating with outdated electrical systems? Because today’s electrical needs are more technologically advanced, businesses located in older buildings may not have enough electrical capacity to support all their computer equipment and other high powered devices. Today’s modern office includes a plethora of electronic equipment from computer towers, printers, laptops, personal electronic devices, landlines, and much more! This doesn’t even include power needed to keep the lights on, the elevators running, and anything else that relies on electricity. If your building isn’t equipped with enough power, your business is at risk of an electrical fire.

Don’t let this happen to you! Call My Buena Park Electrician Hero to schedule an appointment with a certified electrician in Buena Park to find our if circuit upgrades are needed. With upgraded circuit installation, you can focus on business and worry less about power surges, other electrical interruptions, and electrical fires.

How Can I Prevent Electrical Circuit Overload?

First, it’s important to understand how electrical circuit overloads happen. This event occurs when a circuit receives more amperage than it can handle. Overloads can also happen when wires are loose, installed incorrectly, corroded, or poorly connected. The #1 reason for circuit overloads, though, is when a device or appliance draws more power than the circuit’s maximum capacity.

In offices, many high-powered devices need dedicated electrical circuits to circumvent problems. For example, plugging a copier into the same outlet a computer tower is probably going to draw too much power. To prevent damage to these devices, they should each have their own circuit. Otherwise, you’ll be dealing with constant tripped breakers and possible electrical fires.

You can avoid overloading your circuits by working closely with local electricians near you like the professionals at My Buena Park Electrician Hero. We’ll help you develop a plan for adding new electronics and provide recommendations to update and install circuits so that your company can use its electricity correctly now and in the future. Thinking forward is always a good idea when adding new circuits.

12 Great Reasons to Upgrade Circuits

  1. You have a security system.
  2. Your business or home requires specialty lighting (recessed, accent, mood, task, etc.).
  3. You want to operate all your lights from one station.
  4. You’re considering a renovation.
  5. You have a deep freeze or more than one refrigerator.
  6. You need outdoor electricity for lighting, hot tub, pool, a sprinkler system, etc.
  7. You have an emergency generator.
  8. You want to install a ceiling fan.
  9. You’re using too many power strips or extension cords.
  10. You have an above-average number of home office equipment.
  11. You want to add cable television or satellite to bedrooms.
  12. You continuously must unplug appliances so other appliances work without tripping the switch.

My Buena Park Electrician Hero is ready to go to work for you right now! Our circuit breaker replacement services for homes and businesses keep your family safe, protect your property, and help you achieve maximum energy efficiency. To ensure you property has the capacity to run all your electronics, call us today to schedule an appointment with a licensed electrician.

3 Warning Signs that Your House Needs Electrical Repairs ASAP

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

When switches and outlets stop working well, this is a good indication that something wonky is going on with your electrical system. Other tell-tale signs include flickering lights, fixtures that sizzle or buzz, and circuits that constantly need to be reset. If your home has been experiencing any of these problems, it’s time to call a Buena Park electrician. It’s very probable that repairs need to be made as soon as possible.

Don’t fret!

Although electrical problems should be taken care of as soon as possible, not every situation is an emergency. Sometimes a broken outlet is just that – an outlet that is damaged and needs to be swapped out for a new one. Other times, it is a sign that maybe the wiring wasn’t installed correctly. No matter what the issue may be, My Buena Park Electrician Hero electricians will identify the problem and make recommendations for repair or replacement.

Loss of Power

Are you standing in front of the main panel too often flipping and resetting tripped breakers? An electrical system that works as it should won’t have you constantly fixing tripped breakers. If you’re losing power often, you may have a main panel that doesn’t have enough voltage to supply the electricity you need to operate all your appliances and devices.

Did you recently renovate your home or add a new appliance? Sometimes all it takes is adding one more circuit to the main panel to overload it. In a case like this, it’s often beneficial to install a subpanel to help out with the extra voltage.

Sparks

Call an electrician right away if you notice sparks coming from outlets or switches when they are turned on. This signals an issue with your home’s wiring and is a fire hazard. Most of the time the situation is concentrated in one area, but not always. Turn off the electricity to that switch and call for assistance immediately. Don’t put your home in jeopardy of an electrical fire or your family at risk of injury. The problem will not correct itself.

Broken Receptacles

As we mentioned before, outlets and switches that are not working need to be investigated. It’s tempting to fix a broken receptacle on your own. When it comes to electrical repair jobs, swapping out a damaged receptacle with a new one isn’t really all that difficult. If you choose to do this job on your own, make sure you turn off the electricity to the outlet or switch to prevent shock. Of course, if you have questions or need help, we’re here for you!

Our Emergency Repair Service Is Available 24/7

My Buena Park Electrician Hero is available to assist you today! We offer 24/7, same-day service because we want you and your home to be protected around the clock. Call today for more information!

What to Do If You Have a Power Outage

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Being without power for an extended time period is frustrating. It doesn’t matter if it happens due to Mother Nature or a technical problem with your electricity. It’s still an inconvenience. At My Buena Park Electrician Hero, our skilled electricians work fast to get your power restored when there are technical issues so you’re not the only one on the block without power. However, as you wait for the electricity to be fixed, you’re still going to have to grapple with no power. Here are some tips for dealing with an unexpected loss of power.

Get Prepared Now

Don’t let an outage take you by surprise. It’s true that the majority of outages only last couple of hours when Mother Nature is involved. That isn’t always the case when it comes to electrical issues that only affect your home. A major electrical problem can leave you in the dark for a while. For extended periods of no electricity (days or weeks), it’s recommended that you leave the residence. But for unexpected, short term outages make sure you have the following within reach:

  • Use a cooler and ice to keep meat, dairy, and other perishable food items from spoiling.
  • Bottled water to drink
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Chips, fruit snacks, trail mix and other non-perishable food items
  • Cell phone
  • Battery-operated portable charger to keep your phone or tablet charged

Should I Light Candles?

Candles can make an inconvenient situation a little more fun, but they can be a fire hazard. The last thing you want is to have a house fire because a candle was knocked over.  If you want the look of candles without the risk, consider keeping battery-operated candles on hand.

Tips for Protect Appliances Before Power Is Turned Back On

As soon as you lose power, we recommend walking through your home and unplugging any appliance or device you don’t want to be damaged. When electricity is restored, this can create power surges. The spike in power can deliver too much voltage to your delicate devices and end up damaging them. Devices and appliances on surge protectors may be better protected, but we still recommend unplugging surge protectors too.

You Can Prevent Unwanted Power Outgages

No. You cannot prevent power outages that come from downed power lines or problems at the electric company. What you can prevent is electrical problems that get out of hand and lead to a complete loss of power. If you notice that your lights are turning off on their own or that you’re constantly visiting the breaker box to flip a circuit, your electrical system is trying to communication with you that something isn’t right. Pay close attention to these signs and get in touch with an electrician in Buena Park right away.

My Buena Park Electrician Hero proudly serves the community of Buena Park, CA, 24/7. We’re available at your convenience to assess electrical problems and make recommendations for repairs.

3 Tips for Saving Money on Your Electricity Bill

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Is the cost of living outspending your current income? If you’re finding that your budget is getting slimmer and slimmer each month, it’s likely you’re looking at what expenses you can minimize or get rid of all together. At My Buena Park Electrician Hero, we know that one of the costliest household expenses is electricity. Luckily, we have suggestions for helping you reduce energy costs with little to no sacrifice on your part.

Here are 3 ways that you can start saving money on your electrical bill today!

Stop the Electrical Madness

Do you spend hours of the day away from home? If your family is gone during the day and running around town at night for various afterschool activities, why not give your electricity a break? Turn off appliances that do not need to run while you’re away. This includes things such as the following:

  • Televisions (don’t worry your DVR will still record)
  • Computers
  • Lights
  • Fans
  • Washing machines
  • Dryers

As a society, we’re used to being plugged in 24/7. Unfortunately, this is costing us a fortune. Although a television isn’t going to draw as much electricity when it’s turned off as when it’s turned on, it won’t be drawing any inkling of an electrical current when it’s unplugged. This saves YOU money!

Upgrade Your Home’s Circuit Panel

Older homes tend to have outdated circuit panels that have to work extra hard to keep up with the power demands of the typical 21st household. The harder the electrical panel has to work, the more energy it uses and the more money you spend on your monthly electricity bill. Calling an electrician in Buena Park to evaluate your home’s current panel is a step toward significant monthly savings. You may benefit from additional circuits added to the existing panel or you may find that it’s more beneficial to install a second panel to absorb some of the work.

Replace Old Wiring

Old, aluminum wiring is a fire hazard and also isn’t doing you any favors in terms of reducing your electrical costs. Not only does this type of wiring work harder to power today’s homes, it’s not up to local code in many communities. Call us today and ask us to inspect your home to make suggestions for wiring upgrades that will save you money in the long run.

You don’t have to be at the mercy of your monthly electric bill. There are steps you can take to reduce your household costs while still enjoying all the technology you depend on. For more suggestions or a thorough analysis of how your home uses energy, give My Buena Park Electrician Hero a call today.

 

Tips for Saving Money on Electric Work

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

At My Buena Park Electrician Hero, we know that electrical repair and replacement services isn’t always a welcomes expense. Unfortunately, sometimes you need repairs to safely operate the electricity in your home. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some things to consider that could end up saving you quite a bit of money.

Bundle Projects Together

Do you have several small electrical jobs that you need completed? Bundling these little jobs into a larger project may only necessitate one service call. For example, maybe you need to install a GFCI outlet in your bathroom addition, have a light switch in the master bedroom that needs replacement, and are considering adding track lighting in your kitchen. Hiring an electrician in Buena Park to help you with all of these projects at once could earn you a discount and be quite cost effective.

Consider Upgrades Now for Lasting ROI

Do you have a little extra money to spend? If so, perhaps you’ll want to invest that money in electrical upgrades like replacing old wiring or installing a second electrical panel. Investing in electrical upgrades will help you save money on utility costs, prevent unexpected repairs in the future, and can even add value to your home if you’re planning on selling in the future.

Choose a Flat Rate Price Electrician in Buena Park

At My Buena Park Electrician Hero, we save our customers money by charging a flat rate price for most repairs. We don’t charge by the hour because we know that our customers feel most at ease when they know upfront how much repairs are going to cost. Keep in mind that flat rate pricing does require an onsite assessment of the situation to determine exactly what needs to be repairs. Price quotes over the phone are not conducive to honest and fair pricing models, which is why My Buena Park Electrician always includes a free onsite estimate before settling on a price for the job.

For more money saving tips, give us a call. We can talk about what projects you have in the pipeline and send one of our expert, licensed electricians to your home to take a look today!

 

Electricians Provide Quality Service for Older Homes

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Many things were simpler years ago, including how homes were constructed. Homes were not built watertight and most electrical systems in these homes can only handle a minimal amount of current running at one time. Builders didn’t plan for a future where everything in it a uses electricity 24/7, demanding constant power. In older homes, serious problems can occur if the electrical system is not upgraded to meet this demand. A qualified electrical contractor in Buena Park, CA, dedicated to quality service can help you upgrade your home’s electrical system.

Upgrade to a Circuit Breaker

Homes built pre-1970s were designed to handle minimal power. These homes only needed a few circuits in the house to carry the electrical load. Each load was controlled by a fuse. While this set-up worked for these homes in that era, the lack of power poses problems for homeowners of these homes in today’s world. As more and more things are plugged into these circuit breakers, the load becomes too much to handle and the circuits can fail. This blows the fuse or trips the breaker to interrupt the electricity. If it is allowed to continue to flow, the wires can heat up and create a fire. Upgrading to a circuit breaker system should be a priority for any home owner.

Replace Old Wiring

Older homes were wired using aluminum wiring instead of the cooper wiring, which is safer and more efficient. Aluminum wiring has many flaws that should be addressed by a licensed electrician. Here are just a few:

  • Aluminum material has a tendency to oxidize and corrode faster that copper.
  • Connections can become loose, creating a situation where the wires can fall apart.
  • Aluminum is also not as pliable as copper and can become brittle over time, slowing the current down causing the wiring to heat up.

Homeowners that want to replace their aluminum wiring with copper will need to replace the entire electrical system because the two materials cannot be combined.

Outdated Outlets

Another problem with older wiring is that the new grounded technology will not work with older wiring and adapters need to be used. By grounding the wires, the current is transferred to safe ground outside in case the insulation fails on the wiring instead of to people. Grounded plugs are designed to carry the current along a separate wire into the ground. A grounded outlet is useless without that extra wire. A ground fault circuit interrupter or GFCI outlet takes this one step farther. A regular grounded outlet deals with the electricity in contact with other metal. But, water can carry the current to a user just as easily. The GFCI kills the power when it senses the current is moving through water and not the wires.

If your home is older than twenty years or you have frequent problems with the electricity, it may be time for an electrical checkup. An electrician at My Buena Park Electrician Hero can provide you with quality service inspecting the whole system and determine where potential problems are and the solutions for each of these problems.

Give us a call today to schedule an appointment at your convenience.