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How Circuit Breakers Work

Ever wonder why there aren’t more accidents with all the electricity in your house?  Circuit breakers.  They protect the wiring in your house from ruining appliances and starting fires.  Without a circuit breaker, we would be in a world of danger and here’s why.

How Electricity is Designed

Electricity is designed to flow in a closed circuit.  Electricity enters a house from the electrical plant through the hot wire and goes into ground or the neutral wire.  These wires should never touch.  Electrical current flows through a house and meets resistance when it goes into appliances.  The resistance slows the current down and makes sure it flows at a safe level.

What Circuit Breakers Do

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Circuit Breaker

Circuit breakers monitor the flow of electrical current in your house.  Their job is to stop the electricity any time the level of electricity is not safe.  Any spike or fluctuation in the current and the circuit breaker will stop the electricity from flowing.  This can happen when you have a short in the wire and the hot and ground wires are touching or maybe when an appliance overheats and melts the wires causing them to touch.  Faulty wiring, appliance malfunction and many other things can cause your circuit breaker to trip.

Before modern circuit breakers, the circuit breakers were fuses which were nothing more than wires encased in a capsule.  When a current was too high, the fuse would disintegrate, and stop the flow of current.  Each time this happened, it had to be replaced and a new fuse had to be purchased.

Today circuit breakers come in a few electric designs that use either an electromagnet, bimetallic strip, or explosive charge to throw the switch.  After they have been switched off, you just flip the switch back and they are ready to protect again the next time.

The picture on the right is a central circuit breaker panel in the circuit breaker box.  The circuit breakers can go to a group or area in your house, such as, your bedroom.  Circuit breakers can also be used for large appliances like your air conditioner.  The circuit breakers are usually marked so that you know what they are for.  They should all be switched to the same side, in the on position if they are all in use.

More advanced circuit breakers use electronic components and circuitry.  One of these is the GFCI (Ground fault circuit interrupter), These are used in homes to prevent electric shock.  They are commonly seen in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms at the wall socket.  The GFCI monitors the hot and ground wires to make sure they have the same flow.  As soon as the hot wire is slightly different then the ground, the circuit in interrupted.  This happens quickly at the site to prevent electrocution.

If you have any questions about your circuit breakers please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. If you are constantly having problems with your circuit breakers tripping it is a good idea to have your wiring checked and the problem repaired.

 

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Electricity Tips for Child Safety

safetyChild safety when it comes to electricity is a matter of being well informed about potential dangers and preventing them if your child is a toddler.  As your child ages, you won’t always be there to protect them.  Teaching them what to avoid and how to protect themselves can save their lives.

Electrical Safety in the House

Cords and power outlets are some of the most common things children get hurt with.  Youngsters are always trying to stick things into light sockets or outlets.  It is important, once your kids are old enough to understand, to teach them about the danger of outlets and sticking things into them.  This will prevent fires and damage to your electrical systems.  Many kids know firsthand that this is not a good idea.

Cords themselves can pose a danger if they are left out in the open for pets to chew or to be tripped over.  Children should be taught to notice if a wire is bare or an outlet is cracked.  Damaged electrical cords can cause a shock.  Teach them to never yank a cord out of the wall too.

Water and electricity don’t mix.  Teach your children to avoid plugging anything into an outlet if it is near standing water.  Never have a radio beside the bathtub or a curling iron.  Accidents happen and the risk is too great.

Electrical Safety Outside

Another area of concern is playing near electrical lines or substations.  Teach your children to look out for power lines when they are flying a kite.  Electricity can go through the string and into your child.  They should never intentionally try to hook something onto a power line.  Climbing a tree is also dangerous because the power lines can be hidden in the branches.  Electricity can travel through the branch and hurt your child.

Roofs are also dangerous.  Many power lines are attached to the home at the roof.  Make sure if a toy or ball goes on the roof, your kids will wait for an adult to get it.

Teach your children what a “Keep Out” sign or hazard signs look like.  If an area is fenced off, there is a reason.   If your child’s pet or toy gets inside a fenced off area, have them ask for help.  Many times there is a number on the fence to call.  Only authorized individuals should enter.

These are just a few of the ways children can learn about electrical safety.  If you notice an area in your house that could potentially cause a fire or be unsafe please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electricity and have the problem taken care of before its too late.

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Electricians in Verona Kentucky

electricians in Verona KentuckyLooking for electricians in Verona Kentucky?  Rose Brothers & Sons is the right choice.  They are a local, family owned business that incorporated in 2002 and is located in Florence KY.  The business is built on the ethics of honesty and hard work.  If you need any electrical service work done, they have the training and experience to do the job right.

Residential and Commercial Electricity

They have 45 years combined of service in residential and commercial electrical service.   They specialize in residential service changes, upgrades and breaks in service.  If you find yourself in an emergency during a storm, they offer storm repair and 24 hour emergency service.  They can help you keep your lights on and your service uninterrupted.

They have extensive electrical experience installing new circuits and high amp service with several industrial facilities, including Healthcare/medical buildings, restaurants, malls, banks, parking lots and multi-family building units.  They have the means to work overhead or underground and can provide all the electrical service you need.  We’ve all heard, “time is money” at Rose Brothers & Sons they know that your business cannot run without electricity and they will do all in their power to get your repairs or installations done in a responsible amount of time.  Their electricians are master electricians so they know how to follow a blue print and they are familiar with industry building codes so you can be sure they will get things done, the way you want it done and so that it will pass inspection.

Electricians in Verona Kentucky

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric has 3 master electricians with 3 assistants.  They also have three service vans loaded with all the equipment they need to tackle your electrical project.  This means they can service more people and you won’t have to wait for a technician to come out.

These electricians in Verona Kentucky are licensed and insured, trustworthy and dedicated to excellent timely service.  They are also versatile in what they know and do.  They are just as comfortable doing small electrical repairs as they are installing complex circuitry.  They can work on their own, or with your contractor,  to install primary service transformers and circuits in new homes, historical homes or remodeled homes.

Their vans are equipped with voltage meters and other equipment that can help them troubleshoot most electrical problems.  This means they are quick to assess the problem and correct it.  This saves you time and money in repairs and down time if you’re running a business.

To schedule service with your Verona Kentucky electricians, call Rose Brothers & Sons electric today!

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The Benefits of Hiring an Electrician in Northern KY

electrician in Northern KYA professional electrician in Northern KY should be licensed and insured.    You will save yourself a lot of headaches by not trying to do electrical work yourself.  Electrical work requires skills and equipment you probably don’t have and it can be very dangerous.  Here are a few things to consider when deciding to call an electrician instead of doing your own work.

Dependable Electric Work

Your Northern KY electrician has experience and training in electricity.  They understand how to troubleshoot problems and find correct solutions.  They know the proper way to install and repair electrical circuits and appliances.  They will be able to finish the job in a timely manner and will not make a small repair or installation into a bigger job by making mistakes.  When the job is done, you can rest assured, if it was a repair, that you won’t have the problem again because they will not only fix the problem but they will be able to recognize any underlying problems that were the cause.  If it was a new installation of either electrical wiring or appliances, you will know it was done according to building codes and industry standards.

Licensed Electrician in Northern KY

Having a master electrician on the job will ensure that you have the most qualified person working for you.  No matter how big the job is, you want the most qualified person to do the work.  Electricity is a specialized trade and requires special licenses.  Even experienced contractors will call a professional electrician to get the job done.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we have 3 vans and 3 Master electricians and assistants.  This means you can be sure your job will be completed in the best way possible.  We understand electricity and technology that most do it yourself repair people just don’t understand.  We have over 45 years combined experience so you know we are able to meet your needs.

Insured Electricians

Everyone knows that electricity can be dangerous.  Wire something wrong and you could burn your house down, blow a fuse or ruin an appliance. Touch a hot wire and you can electrocute yourself.  Insurance companies know this too.  Having an electric company that is insured means you are covered if something were to go wrong.  Many homeowners insurance will not cover a claim that was caused by unlicensed work.

No Job is Too Big or Too Small

Having an electrician in Northern KY that does all electric work will allow you to use an experienced electrician for all your electric needs.  At Rose Brothers and Sons Electric we do everything from wiring a new house to installing ceiling fans or security lights.  We also do pool and spa repair and work on mobile homes.  All our work is done correctly and will be safe for your home and family.

Need an Electrician in Northern KY, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today!

 

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What to Do With Flickering Lights

Flickering LIghtsShould you notice your lights flickering, you need to determine the cause.  Sometimes it is just as simple as tightening the bulb or replacing the bulb.  Other times, the repair is not that simple and you will need to call your electrician.

Flickering Lights are Clues

Watch the flickering lights.  Do they suddenly dim and then get brighter or do they seem to momentarily brighten and then dim.  Being able to tell your electrician this will help in troubleshooting the problem.  It could be a loose connection at the circuit breaker box or a faulty connection somewhere else.  It could be the wires don’t have proper ground or neutral.  Watching how the lights flicker will help determine the problem.

Load

Many times lights flickering are caused by  circuit overload  in the building.  This often happens when motors are turned on.  Anything from a washing machine to your neighbors septic tank.    Watch to see if  they flicker when other items are turned on causing too much electricity to be drawn at the same time?  This can be a problem, as you don’t want to blow a fuse or overload an appliance.  Surges and spikes in electricity can also cause lights to flicker.

Faulty Dimmer Switch

Another common problem is a faulty dimmer switch at the wall.  These can cause your lights to dim and brighten.  It could be the switch needs to be replaced or the wiring is loose.  Many times these switches are not rated for the correct load being used.  Installing the proper switch can fix this problem and reduce fire safety hazards.

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you will all your electric needs including lights flickering.  We are located in Florence Kentucky but we service all of Northern Kentucky.  If you need an electrician, check out our website and see that our service and reputation are backed by license and experience.  Call Us today!

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Questions to Ask Your Electrician

Hiring the right electrician is much more than simply looking for the right professional to do the work affordably and professionally. These are some of the  questions you need to ask your electrician before you consider cost and estimates.

Do you have a license?

Before you ask any other question, you should ask to see a copy of their license. These professional have different types of licenses for different works. Electricians that are certified by state are at the top of the profession while county and regional professionals can only work in some places and are restricted to certain tasks only.  Is this a master electrician or a journeyman?  Hiring someone to do the job only to find it was not up to code or done incorrectly will end up costing you more in the long run with rewiring or electrical mishaps.

Do You Have Insurance?

A contractor that is insured is a safe one. In the event an accident happens during repair or installation, the electrician is going to be responsible for all monetary aspects to the person that is injured on your job.  Also if any damage is done to property, you can rest assured that you and your property are covered.

What are Your Electrician Credentials?

How long have they been in business?  How experienced are they with comparable jobs?  An electrician that is affiliated with the Better Business Bureau or any other union does not prove that they are going to do a good job but it proves that they are loyal to their trade and are up to date and informed of all recent electrical installations and ethical business practices.  References are also a good indication of a company that has satisfied it’s electrical customers.

We would love to answer these and all your electrical questions at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric!

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When to Replace Your Circuit Breaker

When to Replace Your Circuit Breaker

When you are experiencing electrical problems in your home

the first thing to check is your circuit breaker box. A circuit breaker can trip when there is too much of a load on one circuit, which will cut off the electrical flow going to that circuit. If the electrical problems you are having do any damage to the breaker, than it will have to be replaced. When you do find the breaker and reset it, watch it to see if it trips again. If it goes off again immediately, this is a good indication that you might have to replace the switch as long as the wiring is alright and nothing else is causing the problem.

When the circuit Breaker is Worn out

A circuit breaker will generally last a long time, but they can become broken, worn out or just become malfunctioning. As mentioned, a big clue to this is when a specific breaker trips very frequently or it will not remain reset. If the breaker is hot to the touch or is giving off a burning smell, looks burnt or black, or has frayed wires, this is the biggest indication that it needs to be replaced. If needed, you can always use a mulitmeter to test the circuit breaker in question to see if there is power flowing to it. If you do not detect any sign of power, than the breaker is faulty and needs to be replaced.

Older wiring may need to be replaced

Older homes may not be up to code.  Electrical codes are in place to insure your home is safe and problem free.  Older circuit breakers should be replaced with a more modern unit.

When you do need to replace a breaker, your best option is to call an electrician to do this for you. Dealing with electricity can be dangerous and difficult if you are not properly trained. Plus, a professional will be able to tell you if the problem is larger than the circuit breaker itself, such as a problem with the circuit box or the wiring in your home. Using a trained electrician will keep you and your family safe, and make sure that the job is done correctly the first time. Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help you with all your electrical needs.

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Electrical Wiring Basics

Poor electrical wiring is a dangerous situation. Bad wiring can not only lead to injury, but fires and even death. Working with electricity is a serious undertaking. Even home wiring, were the majority of wires carry a lower voltage than commercial buildings; must be handled with respect and attention to detail. Electricity is literally a life or death situation.

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Besides safety and building/electrical regulations, you should become familiar with three basic components of home wiring. Those three components are the service entry, panel board and branch circuits.

Service Entry

The service entry is the point where the main electrical service line, from the main grid, enters your home. While you routinely check this area for any problems, the service entry is high voltage and should only be worked on by a qualified electrician.

Panel Board:

The panel board, also called the breaker box, is the central hub of your home’s electrical wiring. No matter what the job, from installing a new light switch to wiring in a new appliance, the panel board is where you can ‘flip the breaker’ and make sure the electrical current is off in the area that you are working.

Branch Circuits

Branch circuits are the different areas that are controlled by specific breakers in the panel board. The existence of panel boards and branch circuits allows the electricity to be turned off in certain areas and still be on in others.

The majority of home improvement jobs can be handled by the do-it-yourselfer, but when it comes to electricity, there is a fine line that determines when the professionals should be called in. Any time you are dealing with main power or running new electrical lines, it is time to call the pros. Not only do these types of additions need to be in compliance with safety and electrical codes, but the safety risk is too high to do this job yourself. Certified electricians are trained not only in the codes but in how to safely handle electricity and install/replace equipment as needed the correct way. While hiring an electrician may be the more expensive what to get an electrical job done, it is also the safest way and will allow you to sleep well knowing the job was done right and with safety in mind.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, 260 Old Nicholson Rd., Walton, Kentucky 41094, United States - Phone: (859) 746-9440 Email: rosebroselect@gmail.com
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Electrical Repair FAQ

1. What equipment does a homeowner need to fix simple electrical problems in Northern Kentucky?

If you have a bit of DIY knowhow, you should be able to fix most problems yourself. However, safety always has to come first. You will need basic tools such as a hammer, pliers, cutters, tape, and a screwdriver as well as a plug and electrical circuit tester so you can fix the more minor electrical problems within your home. If the issue is with an appliance that is not working, please contact us and we will direct you to an appropriate repair agency.

2. How do I reset my circuit breaker?

Have a look for the breaker which is fixed in the center. Then, be sure to turn the breaker completely off. You should get a tiny bit of resistance from the spring inside the rests. After you have felt this, start the breaker back up. Your power should be back in business but if not please contact us!

3. Can I change my outlets and switches on my own?

If this is a more minor problem and you have a quorum of electrical knowledge you can do it yourself. However, if the issue is more complex, contact us.

Safety is the first thing that should be on your mind when working around electricity so the first thing you should do is to turn the circuit breaker completely off. Do not do any work on a circuit with a current flowing through it. Most issues such as these are fairly simple to remedy. Consult your local library to get some books on the basics of electrical DIY.

When doing this process, remember that the longer slot on the outlet device has to be connected to the neutral, white wire. Conversely, the black, hot wire connects to the smaller end. The green, bare wire connects to the slot on the ground. You’ll need a plug tester to check they work after installing them. If you have any questions that need answering, call Rose Brothers & Sons!

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, 260 Old Nicholson Rd., Walton, Kentucky 41094, United States - Phone: (859) 746-9440 Email: rosebroselect@gmail.com
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How to Save on Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to break down and make electrical repairs now and then. However, because electricity is hazardous, these are not safe projects for the DIY homeowner. Instead, you should hire a Northern Kentucky electrician. Want to know how to save on electrical repairs? Read these tips about getting the best value.

Combine electrical repair jobs

If you see that your house as a non-emergency electrical issue, add it to a list. If it’s not going to harm you or your loved ones, it can wait.

When it’s time to bring in a Northern Kentucky electrician, take a look at the list of jobs to do. Check all your outlets and switches and make sure that they work. You can save money by having them all done at once.

Prepare before the electrician arrives

The fewer hours your Northern Kentucky electrician has to deal with hassles, the more cash you save. Have the list of jobs ready, and check to make sure that the electrician can easily get to the circuit box.

Install fixtures that save money

By replacing incandescent bulbs with CFL’s, you spend a little more money now, but you trim those electric bills later, because you will use significantly less energy. Motion detector switches help trim your electric bill, because you save on the amount of time you actually use outdoor lighting while giving your home a security boost.

Give your Northern Kentucky electrician a call today!

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