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Properly Labeling Your Circuit Breaker Box

labeling your circuit breaker boxLabeling your circuit breaker box properly may not seem like a big deal. The problem is that in an emergency it can be very important. Most homes in Northern Kentucky don’t have properly labeled circuit breakers. Unless it is a new installation or a new home, over time people have worked on their breaker box and changed or removed labels.

Why Labeling Your Circuit Breaker Box Is Important

Besides being a safety issue, a properly labeled circuit breaker panel is part of the National Electrical Code. This is because in an electrical emergency you want to be able to shut power off to the item or appliance without having to shut power off to the entire system. If you wanted to shut off the circuit breaker to your dryer, would it take a few seconds or a half hour? If you have a problem with one of your appliances or electrical devices, it is important to keep you and your family safe that the circuit breaker can be found quickly.

How To Label Your Circuit Breaker Box

A well-labeled circuit breaker box has stickers with one item on it. These stickers can be replaced without scratching off an item or trying to write over it. It is uniform and easy to read. If you need help labeling your circuit breaker box, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you run through your circuit breakers and label your box properly. If you get into a situation where you have to turn off all electricity, you will end up being without power until an electrician arrives to figure it out. This could end up costing extra for time sorting through your circuit breakers during off hours

Electrical Inspections and Circuit Breaker Repair

If you would like to have an inspection of your electrical system or need electrical repairs, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric will be happy to help you. We are a full service electrical company with master electricians available for every electrical job. If you need a dependable, experienced electrician, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Meter Base Installation

meter base installationRose Brothers and Sons Electric can help with all your electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky including meter base installation. Although it is not common, sometimes we get calls to repair or replace a meter base. You may be remodeling your home and need a new meter base installation. The city or utility company may also require that you upgrade your meter base on your older home also. Here is what you need to know:

What Is A Meter Base?

The meter base is the unit that holds the utility companies meter. Normally it is located outside. It connects the utility companies wires with your home’s electrical system. The meter itself is the device that calculates how much electricity you use so that the utility company can charge you.

Why You Need To Replace a Meter Base

Outdated Meter Bases – Your old meter base may no longer be up to electrical codes. It may no longer pass inspections because it isn’t up to the National Electric Code (NEC). This is often something a homeowner will need to replace when selling their home. Often when permits are pulled for electrical work, the city or county may want the meter base to be brought up to code as well.

Changing Amp Size – Changing the size of the electrical service to the home may necessitate a new meter base installation.

Electrical Panel Upgrades – when upgrading the electrical system in your home, you may need to replace the meter base.

Improper Installation– Meter bases that were installed improperly may cause a problem within a short time. These can corrode or burn and need to be replaced. This is a electrical safety issue that needs to be addressed quickly.

Meter Base Installation

If you need meter base installation and you want to make sure it is done correctly with the proper wires and protection from corrosion, you can rely on Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.   If you have questions about meter base installation or electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky, please call. We would be happy to help you.

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Common Electrical Repairs in Winter

electrical repairs in winterThe winter months can create extra problems for your electrical system. If you find yourself needing electrical repairs in winter, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help. They are a locally owned, family run business who services Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area. Here are some of the problems your may experience as the temperatures drop.

Overloaded Circuits

People often overload their circuits in the wintertime. Using portable electric heaters can often cause a problem because they use more electricity. You will notice if your circuit is overloaded that your circuit breaker will trip more often. If you are having this problem and can’t find an outlet in the room to hold the load, you can call an electrician who can help you add another circuit or upgrade your system to handle the electricity you need. Don’t forget portable heaters can be dangerous, so use precaution to avoid a house fire.

Wet Electrical Connections

Another repair that tops the electrical repairs in winter list is wet electrical connections. Water and electricity don’t mix. You will find in areas that commonly have water near them, that you have GFCI outlets to protect you and your electrical system. They are usually located outside and in the kitchen and bath areas. If your electrical system or outlets get wet, they can short out your electrical system and create the need for an electrician.

Electrical Repairs in Winter

Don’t play around when it comes to solving your electrical problems. Be safe. If you’re experiencing problems with your electrical system, call a professional electrician to figure out the cause, fix the problem and educate you about your house and how the electrical system works. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric have 3 vans loaded with electrical supplies and tools so that they are prepared to handle your winter electrical repairs. They also send out master electricians who know how to handle the situations they come across. For excellent service and dependability, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. They are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for all your electrical needs.

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When To Call Your Electrician

professional electricianSome homeowners like to tackle most of the do-it-yourself projects in their house, including some of the electrical repairs and simple installations.  They know how to replace a light switch, install a ceiling fan or perform some basic wiring jobs.  They also know that dabbling in electricity can be a real safety hazard.  Home electrical systems cause around 55,000 fires a year costing billions of dollars in property damage.  If you are unsure what you’re doing when tackling an electrical repair, you’re better off calling a professional electrician.

Electricity Precautions

Always assume overhead wires are live and could kill you.

Leave fallen wires alone and let the utility company handle the repairs.

Never operate electrical equipment in or near standing water.

Turn off any electricity to an appliance or fixture before cleaning or repairing the item.

Do not attempt to repair electrical devices without training.

Circuit Breakers

Many safety features are built into your electrical system to shut off the power at the first sign of anything wrong.  If you notice power outages in part of the house but not the entire house, you probably have a tripped circuit breaker.  Find the main breaker panel (usually in the garage, basement or utility closet) and find the breaker that is off.  It is a good idea, if your circuit breaker panel isn’t labeled to label the circuit breakers by turning them off one by one and seeing what appliance or part of the house is connected to each circuit breaker.

Once you switch the circuit breaker back on, be aware if it shuts off again.  This is an indication that something isn’t right.  This also may be the sign, you need to call a professional electrician.

Appliances can cause the circuit breakers to switch off if there are too many high wattage items running at the same time.  Your professional electrician can install a separate circuit for these appliances.

Faulty Outlets

electrical repairsIf an electrical outlet isn’t working, make sure a wall switch isn’t hindering it from doing so.  If it is not part of a tripped circuit breaker, the outlet itself may be burned out.  If you notice any signs of blackening in the outlet plug, you need to have the plug replaced to avoid the possibility of a fire.  Don’t use the outlet, even if one of the plugs appears to be fine.

Sparks sometimes appear in an outlet when the power is quickly diverted away.  This is normal and doesn’t mean there is a problem.  On the other hand, if an outlet gets too hot, it can melt the insulation of the wires.  As the wires become exposed a serious spark can occur.  This is a short circuit that can cause an electrical fire.

Exposure to water can also cause an outlet to spark and short out. Make sure you have a special outlet known as a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) installed in all your outlets that are in areas exposed to moisture.

Faulty Lights

Make sure you use the correct bulb in all your lighting fixtures.  If you find your frequently changing your light bulbs, it could be they get burnout because the wattage is higher in the bulb than the fixture can handle.  Recessed lights will also turn off if they have a built-in mechanism to prevent overheating.  The wrong bulbs may cause these lights to go off until the unit cools down.  If the bulbs are the right ones, it could be insulation touching the fixture causing it too get too hot.

Flickering lights are usually a sign there is a poor connection somewhere in the line.  Your professional electrician can help locate the break and repair it.

Calling Your Professional Electrician

If you aren’t the person who is asking, “Can I do this myself?”  you may be glad to have an electrician who can help you repair your electrical problems.    Your professional electrician at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is here to help you no matter how big or small the job is.  When it comes to safety and electrical repairs, they are just a phone call away.

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Pests Causing Electrical Repairs

electrical repairs Pest can cause you to need electrical repairs in Northern KY because of exposed wiring.  Many rodents like mice, rats and squirrels like to chew through the insulation on your household wiring.  This exposes the wires and can be a fire hazard. It can also cause your electrical appliances and household wiring to need electrical repair.

Noticing Pest Infestation

You may notice rodent droppings in enclosed areas or the attic.  Rats and mice will come into your home through small openings in the floors and doorways.  They are usually after food and in the winter a warm place to nest.  Squirrels are often found in the attic.  If you have noticed a rodent problem, you can bait and trap the animals or call an exterminator to get rid of squirrels.  If you use poison, you need to be careful with pets and children.  You will also run the risk or having the rodent die inside your house where it will smell offensive.

Checking Your Wiring

You may find that animals have been gnawing on your wires in your home.  If you find chewed wires, you may have a short in your electric.  You can call a professional electrician to help with your Northern KY  electrical repairs like these.  You may also notice your lights flickering or your electric going in and out.  This may be a sign of an electrical short and wiring that has been chewed.

Calling for Dependable Electrical Repair in Northern KY

If you are looking for a company to do electrical repairs in Northern KY, choose a company you can depend on to provide you with excellent customer service and knowledgeable electrical repair.  Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is a company servicing the Northern Kentucky area with electrical repair service.  They have master electricians who are qualified and experienced in all types of electrical repair.

If you need service, they are available 24/7 to help with all your electrical repairs and electrical needs.  They are experienced in repairing small problems and larger problems in residential and commercial areas.  For all your electrical repairs in Northern KY, call the electricians you can trust, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Electrical Repairs in Erlanger KY

electrical repairs in Erlanger KY When you have electrical repairs in Erlanger KY, it is a good idea to call a professional electrician.  Rose Brothers & Sons Electric in Florence Ky is a locally owned company in the Northern Kentucky area that has experience in all types of electrical repair.  They are available to help you no matter how big or small the electrical repair is.  Here are some areas of repair they handle.

Lightening Damage

This is the time of year lighting strikes residential homes and businesses causing a rise in calls for electrical repair in Erlanger KY.  Lightening will travel down a wire and find a way out causing breaks in the wiring.  Many times the damage can be found and other times, the wiring is easier to replace.  This is a good reason to call an electrician.

Upgrading Electrical Service

Electricians also get many calls to upgrade electrical service.  Customers many want to add a few dedicated circuits to support new technology or appliances.  Sometimes, appliances are replaced or added without considering the how strong the electrical service is and an upgrade in power is needed.   Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help with any electrical upgrade.  Even adding new outlets if that is needed.

High Electric Bills

When a customer complains that their electric bill is consistently higher than usual, an electrician can look at their receptacles and outlets as well as their wiring and appliances to determine if their electric is running constantly.  Having a constant drain on your power can be costly.

Electrical Repairs in Erlanger KY

When it comes to having work done on your electric system, you know how important it is to have things running smoothly.  You can also imagine how dangerous working with electricity can be.  It’s important to know you are hiring a company that is licensed and insured to work on your electrical system.  Whatever electric problems you may be experiencing, call the company that is dedicated to providing fast, efficient electrical repairs in Erlanger KY.  Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.

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How to Know If You Need Electrical Upgrades

Electrical UpgradesDeciding you need an electrical upgrades may not be as complicated and costly as you imagined.  Sometimes you can get by with adding a dedicated circuit to your electrical panel and at other times, you may need to replace an entire circuit panel or redo the wiring.  The important thing to remember is that having insufficient or unsafe electrical systems is not only an inconvenience but it is also unsafe for your family and valuable appliances.

Insufficient Electric

When you start having trouble keeping your circuit breakers from tripping, it is a good indication you need to call a license electrician like Rose Brothers & Sons electricity.  You will often notice circuit breakers tripping after you do some remodeling or you add some power-hungry appliances like a new A/C unit or a hot tub.  This might easily be corrected by adding a dedicated circuit for this appliance.

If your house is older, you may not have enough electricity.  Older homes were wired for 60 amps but newer appliances and electronics require 100 – 200 amps to run.  Your licensed electrician can replace your circuit breaker panel with a larger panel.  This will give your home not only the sufficiency you need but also provide more efficient, consistent power to your home.  Newer circuit breaker panels also have built in safety features for better protection to you and your family.

Insufficient Safety

Older homes that were built 40 years ago probably need an electrical upgrade.  You may have an older fuse box that needs to be replaced with a circuit breaker panel.  There are also some dangerous circuit breakers like certain Zinsco electric panels and Federal Pacific Electric Panels.  If you have these, you will want to replace them with safer circuit panels.

Older houses also may need complete electrical upgrades that include new wiring.  This can be expensive and messy because most of the wiring is inside the walls.  This is best done if you are already doing some remodeling because the wires may be exposed or the repairs to the walls could be included in your remodeling project.

Electrical Upgrades

Providing your home with electrical upgrades will not only give you more power and provide a safer environment for your family, but it will also add value to your house.  If you have questions about electrical upgrades please call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and we will be happy to help you.  We are a Electric repair and installation company in Northern Kentucky but we also service the greater Cincinnati area.    We hope you will give us the opportunity to earn your business.  Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today!

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Electric Repair in Walton Kentucky

electric repair in Walton KentuckyRose Brothers & Sons Electric offers service for electrical upgrades, installation and electric repair in Walton Kentucky and surrounding areas.

Electricians You Can Count On

You can feel confident calling Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, knowing that our highly trained service professionals will treat you, your family and your home with respect and attention to safety protocols.  You will receive prompt, courteous service and we will solve your electrical problems the right way the first time.

Our Master Electricians will come to your home with all they need to repair your electric.  Our vans are fully stocked with most of the parts and supplies we need on hand.  Our electricians can troubleshoot and repair the problem in most cases in one visit depending on the extent of the problem.  You will find working with an experienced electrician to ensure you get the best service.  They will fix your problem without the guesswork.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is a locally owned and operated company, which means we understand the needs of our customers.  We treat you like family and give you the service we would want to receive.  We believe in honesty and integrity.

Electric Repair in Walton Kentucky

Losing power or having trouble with your electrical system can be a trying experience for the homeowner or cause loss of income for the business owner.  We understand time is critical so we offer 24/7 emergency services for Walton Kentucky electric repair.

Specializing in residential and commercial service changes, upgrades, breaks in service and storm repairs.  We can work overhead or underground.

We also handle complete rewiring and new wiring for houses in the Northern Kentucky area.  We will work with your building contractor to ensure timely service and complete electrical installation in your new house or office.

When you’re looking for electric repair in Walton Kentucky and surrounding areas, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric at (859)746-9440, we would love to help you!

 

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4 Signs You Need Electrical Repairs

Electric ShockElectrical repairs are a normal part of house maintenance.  You should be aware of warning signs that indicate you need to call an electrician.   It is all about keeping your family safe and your home and belongings secure.  Here are some common warning signs that indicate you need electrical repairs.

Light Bulbs Burn Out or Flicker

If you are constantly replacing popped light bulbs, you may have a bad main neutral connection.  You should call an electrician before this becomes a bigger problem.  If you ignore this sign, it could progress to your appliances and cause severe damage.

If you notice your lights flickering, you could have a poor connection somewhere.  This can be from one outlet or fixture or it can be more widespread and include the whole house or area of the house.  Your professional electrician will be able to determine the cause and repair any problems.

Outlets Needing Electrical Repairs

Over time electrical outlets will wear.  If you have a dead outlet or switch, you probably have a broken wire.  This needs to be repaired.  It is common at times for an outlet to spark but if you have an outlet that is continually sparking it is best to have it looked at before a fire or injury occurs.

Outlets can become warn.  You should replace an outlet that is loose or not working properly.  Switches can have loose connections as well and need to be replaced when they begin acting up.

If you notice a burning smell at the outlet you need to call your electrician immediately.  If you suspect a fire, call 911.

Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers that are continually blowing fuses or tripping are an indication that you could benefit from some electrical repairs.  Adding another breaker might be the best option.

Shocking Appliances

If you notice that your getting shocked by appliances, it’s a good idea to call your electrician and make sure the appliance is grounded properly and safe to use.

Your professional electrician can inspect your electrical system any time you are concerned there is an electrical problem.  Getting electrical repairs early will prevent them form escalating and will keep your family safe.  If you have any questions about your electrical system, please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today!

 

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AC Units Can Cause Electrical Problems

electrical problemsThis is the time of year an electrician will start getting calls for electrical problems connected to Air Conditioning.  AC Units will start tripping circuit breakers, dimming lights and sometimes causing partial power outages.

Why Your AC Unit Causes Your Electric to Go Haywire

There are a few common reasons why AC Units can cause problems with your existing electrical wiring or cause your circuit breakers to trip.  It could be that your home is underpowered and doesn’t have enough electricity to handle the AC Unit and all it’s other electrical needs.  Another reason is that your AC Unit may be connected to an overloaded circuit.   Faulty breakers or loose connections inside or outside the circuit breaker panel are also common reasons why your AC Unit may be causing problems.

When To Call Your Electrician For Electrical Problems

Anytime you have problems with your electric is a good time to call your electrician. It takes a skilled technician to fix electricity and to follow the rules and codes of electrical wiring.   If you notice problems with your electricity when you turn your AC Unit on, it’s time to call your electrician for some electrical repair.

Your electrician will be able to tell you a few solutions to the problem you’re having and what you can do about it.  Sometimes circuit breakers are obsolete or need to be overhauled.  If your home is underpowered or your circuit breaker is overloaded, your electrician can give you options to fix your electrical problems.

Things You Can Do to Be Energy Efficient

Use ceiling fans to help cool your house.  They will keep the air circulating and keep you cool.  Turn off the lights when you’re not using them or if you can use sunlight.  This will reduce your electric use and help keep your house cooler.

Switch to LED light bulbs instead of incandescent lights.  They are cheaper to run and they run cooler so you’re not putting off heat into the room.

Consider installing a timer on your thermostat so you can regulate the temperature to stay cooler when you’re home or sleeping.   It doesn’t make much sense to cool your house when you’re not there.

Your electrician is a good person to call if you are having electrical issues that need attention.  He can also help you determine if your house needs an electrical overhaul.  Maybe you don’t need many repairs but your electric bill is sky high.  Your electrician can evaluate your home and give you advice on what you can do to lower your bill.

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is a company you can count on.  If you have any questions or need to schedule electric repairs, please call (859) 746-9440

 

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