There are several indications that an electrical outlet has become unsafe and should be replaced. One test is if you see that an electrical plug can no longer hold tightly in the outlet. Another would be if you see part of the outlet broken or chipped. Lastly, if the outlet is warm to the touch, that is a big red flag as well. If any of these conditions exist you should call Lite Electric at (706) 447-2854 or visit our Contact page to schedule an appointment to have the outlet evaluated.
GFI stands for Ground Fault Interrupter. The idea of a GFI receptacle is that if there is the slightest electrical problem with anything plugged into it, the GFI will immediately shut off the power. This is a great safety feature, and once you unplug the electrical device that caused the problem, you can press the "Reset" button on the GFI to restore power. According to the National Electrical Code, GFI's should be installed in all kitchens, bathrooms, garages, outside outlets or any area in which water may be present, instead of regular receptacles. Call Lite Electric today, at (706) 447-2854 for more information or to schedule an installation.
A Circuit breaker is designed to trip off when it detects too much power running through the wire it's protecting. First, disconnect or shut off any devices that may have caused the breaker to overload and trip. Breakers are mechanical devices and must be turned all the way off before turning back on. Turn the breaker back on. If this fails to reset the breaker, there may be a more serious problem, Call Lite Electric at (706) 447-2854 or visit our Contact page right away to schedule an appointment.
1) If you smell a strong odor coming from your electric panel or panels
2) If you think that your life is in danger (Remember - Your fire department is there to protect the public. It is better to call them, than to wait until it is too late. It is better to be cautious than foolish.
3) If your smoke detectors have been tripped.
4) If your lights are blinking and dimming rapidly. This is caused by your main breaker burning out or comprimised power quality flowing into your home. Either way, this could cause significant damage to your home and should be treated as an emergency.
Lite Electric is available 24 hours a day by calling (706) 447-2854. If you ever need clarification regarding an Emergency, please don't hesitate to call. IF you feel your life or property is in danger in any way, call the Fire Department first, then Lite Electric.