Residential FAQs for Electricians
How long do electrical repairs take?
Most electrical repairs can be fixed in a single day. However, repairs requiring us to file paperwork or work within other constraints – getting permit approval, state inspections, etc. – may take longer than a regular break-fix. At Hoffman Electrical, we offer superior, expedited service and will always resolve your electrical issue as quickly and safely as possible.
How much are service fees and overtime charges?
We believe in providing our customers with the best electrical service possible, which is why we won’t charge you a service fee or overtime charges! Our up front, fixed pricing model guarantees that you won’t pay a dime more than your agreed upon price. We’ll always sign a contract outlining the scope of work needed and exact pricing – before any work is done!
How can I lower my electric bill?
When it comes to saving money on your monthly electric bill, taking small steps (like only operating a minimal amount of lights in the room you’re in) can go a long way towards lower utility bills. Also be sure to turn off any TVs or electrical devices when not in use.Additionally, your HVAC system and water heater account for the bulk of your electrical expenditures. Therefore, making sure your furnace, central air conditioning unit, and water heater are in good working condition can have a significant impact on lowering energy costs. Try setting your thermostat a little bit higher than normal (in the summer) and lower (in the winter) or taking faster showers.
What should I do if I lose power?
If the lights are out in your neighborhood, alert your power company and use safe methods of lighting, such as flashlights, while your utility company corrects the problem. Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible to prevent food from spoiling in the event of a prolonged outage.If your home is the only one on your block without power, call Hoffman Electrical! We’ll send out one of our electricians to diagnose and repair your problem as safely and quickly as possible.
How do I reset a tripped circuit?
If you tripped a circuit, first locate your breaker panel
(usually found in a garage, basement, closet, or hallway). Find the panel, open it, and identify the tripped breaker by looking for the breaker that is neither in the “on” or “off” position. It may be orange or red in color to quickly find it.Once the tripped breaker is located, push the switch to the “off” position and then back to the “on” position. Your breaker should now be aligned with the rest of the breakers on your circuit panel and should be working.
Why does my circuit always trip?
If you find a specific circuit continues to trip over and over, you may have too many electrical items or devices running on the same circuit, or a faulty short. If your circuit breaker does not reset, give us a call to prevent further damage!
How can I prevent electrical fires?
Preventing an electrical fire should be a concern for all homeowners. Upgrading your electrical equipment
or having a licensed electrician inspect your home can help identify and locate potentially hazardous or faulty electrical equipment to prevent an electrical fire in the future. Using surge protectors in areas where there is not enough outlets can also provide some protection against electrical fires.
Can I install a ceiling fan where a light is?
Yes, you can install a ceiling fan
where a light is. But first, you must make sure the electrical box is properly braced and rated for the weight and torque of the ceiling fan you wish to install. It’s best to let a professional electrician to install your ceiling fan for maximum safety and best operation.
Why are my lights flickering?
If you find your lights begin to flicker – particularly when a major appliance turns on or off (heating or air conditioning system, washer and dryer, etc.) – chances are the wiring in your home is old and needs to be replaced. Old, out-of-date wiring simply wasn’t designed to handle the electrical capacity of today’s more modern technology, and if left unfixed, could result in an electrical fire. Call Hoffman Electrical for a free, no-obligation estimate on an electrical upgrade.
Why does my smoke detector keep chirping?
If a smoke detector in your home is chirping, this could mean one of two things:
- Infrequent chirps are often an indicator of a faulty smoke detector.
- Consistent chirps means the smoke detector battery is low and should be replaced.
Where is the safest place to use a generator?
Home standby generators are a great source of backup power during storms or prolonged electrical outages. You should never operate a generator inside your home or in a garage. Contact us online or give us a call for a free generator installation estimate in the Tampa or St. Pete areas!
What Is a GFI?
Technically speaking, GFI stands for Ground Fault Interrupter and is used to measure the resistance on the positive and negative electrical loads connected to it. Often found in or near wet areas of the home – bathrooms, kitchens, garages, all outdoor receptacles, etc. – or locations where electrical shock is most likely to occur. When it detects an unsafe level of electrical current, it will trip to prevent you from shock. A built in circuit breaker will then reset once the problem is resolved.
Commercial Electrical FAQs
Does your electrical maintenance agreement cover businesses and industrial facilities?
What does commercial electrical maintenance include?
As part of our commercial maintenance calls, we’ll ensure your entire office, warehouse, or industrial facility meets NEC (National Electrical Code) regulations and that all electrical devices and connections are running properly. Some of the systems we’ll inspect include: GFCI and AFCI circuit breakers, wiring, transformers, voltage regulators, security systems, telecommunications testing, UPS systems, light poles, HID lighting, motion centers, photocells, light timers, exit signage, and more!
What industries and commercial properties do you service?
Hoffman Electrical services the following types of commercial properties and industrial facilities:
- Retail Stores
- Apartment buildings and complexes
- Municipal buildings
- Schools and universities
- Healthcare facilities, fitness centers, and hospitals
- Industrial buildings
- Shopping malls
- And more!
What is a bucket truck?
A bucket truck allows our electricians to install and repair electrical equipment in high places. Things like light pole repairs
, parking lot lighting services
, hanging banners, or reaching electrical signage up to 40-feet high (four stories) are now possible from Hoffman Electrical!
Do I need a standby generator or manual generator for my business?
A standby generator provides your business with a reliable backup power supply when an outage occurs. Standby generators transition from using an electric supply from your utility company to backup power seamlessly and without interruption. Clients, customers, and guests won’t even notice the power is out!A manual generator is one that needs to be connected to a manual transfer switch (located outside your building) before power can be restored. This means your customers may experience a few minutes of darkness before the lights come back on.
What’s better for my business: LED lights or CFLs?
Without a question, LED lights
are better for your business than CFLs. Compared to CFLs (compact fluorescent lights), LEDs (light emitting diodes) consume up to 85 percent less energy and have an expected lifespan of up to 50 times longer.
How long do LED light bulbs last?
LED light bulbs last up to 50 times longer than other lighting solutions, such as CFLs. Some LED bulbs can last up to 50,000 hours – that’s almost six years if they are left on 24/7.
Do I need dedicated computer circuitry?
Although installing dedicated circuitry
for workstations in your office is not absolutely necessary, it does provide many benefits to your business, including:
- Improved safety
- Increased productiveness
- Streamlined processes