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Cost of Hiring an Electrician

How much does an electrician cost? Learn more about the factors that impact the cost of hiring an electrician. Electrical contractors can complete a number of different projects, including home wiring, breaker panel upgrades, and generator installation.

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Is Your Homes Outlets Grounded or Non Grounded, What is The Difference?

Homes wired prior to the 1960’s were commonly wired with a two-wired system with non-grounded outlets, unlike today’s modern wiring code which uses a three wire grounded system.

What is an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI)?

An arc fault current interrupter (AFCI) is a circuit breaker that protects your home’s wiring system and helps to reduce the risk of an electrical fire.

What to Look for When Choosing an Electrician

For most of us the thought of installing and wiring a new circuit for a new appliance, or replacing an old ceiling fan, is probably unlikely, if not for any reason other than proper safety and code issues. Therefore, how can you find and choose a reputable, affordable, and knowledgeable electrician.

Residential Electrical Contractors - Questions & Answers

Am I allowed to work on the electrical wiring in my home without a permit?

Top answer: In some cases

Can an electrician install a phone jack?

Top answer: In most cases

Do I need GFCI outlets for my washer and dryer?

Top answer: Never

Do I need to hire a licensed electrician to install a GFCI outlet?

Top answer: Yes, always

Do licensed electricians perform Home Safety Electrical Inspections?

Top answer: Yes

Does a standard home refrigerator typically require GFCI protection?

Top answer: Never

Does an AFCI outlet provide GFCI protection?

Top answer: No, an AFCI outlet does not provide GFCI protection.

Does the National Electrical Code prohibit homeowners from working on home wiring?

Top answer: No

How often does a GFCI need to be replaced?

Top answer: 3-4 years

How often does a home typically need to be rewired?

Top answer: Over 20 years

Is a homeowner allowed to install their own electrical wiring?

Top answer: In some cases

Is it customary to tip an electrician?

Top answer: No

Is it important to have an AFCI breaker installed in your home?

Top answer: Very important

Is it safe to install my own GFCI outlet?

Top answer: No

Is it safe to remove an electrical panel after an arc fault flash occurs?

Top answer: In most cases

Is it safe to replace my own damaged electrical outlet?

Top answer: Sometimes

Is rewiring necessary after an arc fault flash occurs?

Top answer: Sometimes

My house is wired with aluminum wire. Would you recommend rewiring the home with copper wire?

Top answer: In most cases

True or False: It is harder to install a combination AFCI than a branch AFCI.

Top answer: No significant difference

What is the most common cause of a circuit breaker trip?

Top answer: Overloaded circuit

What is the most common cause of an arc fault flash?

Top answer: Other

What is your opinion of the National Electrical Contractors Association?

Top answer: Favorable

What type of light bulb is the most energy efficient?

Top answer: LED bulb

When replacing an electric panel, does the electrician typically provide the new panel or does it have to be purchased from a 3rd party vendor?

Top answer: The electrician provides one

Will an arc fault circuit interrupter (or AFCI) breaker interfere with the operation of a ground fault circuit interruptor (GFCI)?

Top answer: No

Would you recommend installing a GFCI and an AFCI in the same location?

Top answer: Sometimes

Would you recommend installing AFCI outlets in every room of the house?

Top answer: Yes, always

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Should a Garbage Disposal Be on Its Own Circuit?

Top answer: Always

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Related Questions & Answers

Can attic insulation touch knob and tube wiring?

Top answer: No

Can Knob and Tube Wiring Be Grounded?

Top answer: No

Do I need a permit to install an electrical outlet?

Top answer: In some cases

Do I need a permit to upgrade my electrical panel?

Top answer: Always

Does Knob and Tube Wiring Contain Asbestos?

Top answer: In some cases

How long does aluminum electrical home wiring typically last?

Top answer: 30+ years

How long does it take to remove and replace an electric panel with a new one?

Top answer: 4-5 hrs

How long does it typically take to replace an electrical panel? (upgrade from 100 to 200 amps, using existing wiring)

Top answer: 6-8 hours

How many home electrical fires occur each year in the U.S.?



How many people in the U.S. are injured by electrical hazards each year?



How Much Does an Electrician Charge to Replace an Outlet?



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How often should GFCI outlets be tested to make sure they’re still functional?

Top answer: Once a year

Is aluminum wiring safe?

Top answer: In some cases

Is it possible to upgrade an electrical panel without re-wiring the entire house?

Top answer: In most cases

Is it safe to install a new electric panel on your own?

Top answer: No

Is it safe to try installing a new electric panel on your own?

Top answer: No

Is knob and tube wiring safe?

Top answer: No

What is the most common reason for power outlet failure?

Top answer: Circuit overload

Will a GFCI outlet eventually wear out?

Top answer: Yes

Will installing copper electrical wiring add value to my home?

Top answer: Yes

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Does a washing machine require GFCI protection?

Top answer: Always

Does an electric furnace require a dedicated circuit to maintain its production level?

Top answer: Yes

Are electric baseboard heaters considered energy efficient?

Top answer: In some cases

Can electric baseboard heaters be wired in series?

Top answer: In some cases

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