Frequently Asked Questions

Q: There are some lights/outlets working in a room, while some are not. Why is this?

A: This could be caused by many different things. This includes the possibility that the working lights/outlets are not on the same circuit as the ones that are not working. There is also the possibility that an outlet has gone bad. Light switches and outlets wear out from time to time; thankfully, this problem can be fixed by simply replacing the worn out part. You should also check the breakers on the electrical panel to ensure none is tripped. If you reset all the breakers by turning them off and on and there is still no power going to the light or outlet, call one of our reputable electricians to further assist you in diagnosing the problem.

Q: What should I do about a flickering light fixture in my house?

A: This could be a symptom of many problems and should be professionally checked. A connection in the circuit could be loose. Additionally, this could indicate an issue outside the house, particularly if the flickering is affecting more than one light. Whatever the problem, the best thing to do is not to use the affected lights until they are checked out by one of our licensed electricians.

Q: How does a breaker panel differ from my old fuse panel?

A: Both of these devices are designed to turn off (trip) if an electrical overload occurs. For example, a 15 Amp circuit would trip from 20 Amps of the electrical load. The only distinction is that breakers are mechanical and can reset, while fuses must be replaced after they stop working. Modern breakers are a lot more efficient than fuse panels and provide superior levels of protection.

Q: Can a ceiling fan be hung where a light is located?

A: This is definitely possible; however, the electrical box must be appropriately rated and braced for the torque and weight of the ceiling fan being installed.

Q: What do I do if I reset the breaker, but there is still no power?

A: To reset an electrical panel breaker, you need to firmly push the breaker to the ‘off’ position and switch back to the ‘on’ afterward. For the most part, the average individual does not firmly push the breaker past the tripped (off) position and wrongly assume a reset was completed. If the correct reset technique was used and there is still have no power, you should call one of our qualified and experienced electricians. If tripped too frequently, some breakers will eventually wear out.

Q: How do I know if an electrical outlet is unsafe?

A: A sign of an unsafe outlet is a plug falling out of the outlet without anyone or anything touching it. The same is true if the outlet is unsecured and moves easily when touched. If the outlet is hot or warm to the touch, immediately unplug the device and call an expert at Pro Electrician as a fire could result from this type of problem.