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What You Need to Know About Your Home’s Electrical System

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When it comes to our homes, we often know just enough to be able to make small changes or do minimal maintenance. This is especially true of our homes’ electrical systems. Most of us aren’t electrical engineers, and so the idea of getting comfortable with our homes’ electricity can be more than just daunting: it can be frightening. But if you are going to own a home, being familiar with this system is more than just important. It’s necessary. Let the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. of Northern Kentucky help you get acquainted.

 

The Electrical Meter

A main electrical line usually comes off of an electrical pole, although it can occasionally be buried underground, and is connected to a meter where it connects with your home. This meter is generally placed outside of the home, and measures the electricity that is moving into your home. Particularly energy conscious homeowners can also purchase “smart meters,” which measure electricity both ways: flowing into and out of your home.

 

The Breaker Panel

Most of us are only familiar with our homes’ breaker panels once a breaker gets flipped and we lose power. But, in actuality, a breaker panel does more than that. The amount of electricity that a home can use at any given time is determined by the size of the main breaker, which is why a power surge can blow the power to your home. Below the main breaker, you will have smaller breakers known as “circuit breakers,” which control individual circuits of electricity in your home. Each of these circuit breakers are designated for specific uses in your home, such as the air conditioning. Within these circuits, you will have wires that are sending electricity through those particular circuits. There are three kinds of wires in each circuit: “hot” wires, which carry electricity directly from the circuit breakers, insulated neutral wires, and uninsulated “ground” wires. If you are doing any electrical work on your own, be wary of the “hot” wires, as they could pose a potential danger to you.

 

While being familiar with your home’s electrical system is important, it can also be dangerous if you don’t have sufficient training with electricity. Ultimately, you should entrust your home’s electricity needs to trained professionals, like those at Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. of Northern Kentucky. We are located in Walton, Kentucky, but we proudly serve all of Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Southern Indiana, including  Florence KY, Ft. Mitchell KY, Villa Hills KY, Union KY, Ft. Wright, Hebron KY, Burlington, Covington KY, Erlanger, Independence KY, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glenco, and Williamstown.

 

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How to Tell If Your Electrical Meter Is Faulty

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If your electrical bill is higher than normal and doesn’t seem quite right, a faulty electrical meter could be the culprit. Rose Brother’s & Sons of Northern Kentucky can help you determine if this is the real issue and guide you through getting the problem fixed.

Check Your Meter

If you have noticed unusual energy bills, one way to test to see if you have a faulty electrical meter is to check it every day. Note the reading on your meter for 7 days straight to see if your daily consumption is consistent. If this does not give you the results you wanted, turn off and unplug everything in your home and see if there is any type of output on the meter. If you are on a time-of-use tariff, you should be able to check the clock on your meter and look for electrical rate changes. Make sure the schedule is consistent and seems normal compared to the time of day you are checking. An energy monitor is another great way to discover if your meter is acting up. Monitors allow you to view your energy use in real time making it much easier to find a discrepancy.

Professional Testing

If you can’t find a problem by yourself, call a professional for a meter testing to make sure everything is as it should be. Contact your electricity company and talk to them about what you are concerned about. Electricity suppliers are required to test your faulty meter on-site and perform a basic check. If their findings are inconclusive or not as you expect, you can have the meter tested at a private facility of your choosing. A private test will cost you money out of pocket and will only be refunded if there is a conclusive report that your meter is faulty. Your electric company may charge you for the cost of installing and removing a temporary meter and you should ask how much this will cost before you have a private test performed. If your meter does not have a problem, this will not be refunded.

What to Do After

If your private testing facility discovers that there have been faulty readings, your electrical company will replace your meter and refund you the money you have lost. If you have been overcharged every month, your supplier is required to refund you the money during the period in which your meter was faulty. If your test determines that you are being undercharged, which is also likely, your supplier should not charge you for more than 12 months of charges.

If you suspect a problem with your meter and are ready to have a professional test, contact Rose Brothers & Sons today. Serving all of Greater Cincinnati, Southern Indiana & Northern Kentucky, including: FlorenceFt. MitchellVilla Hills, Union, Ft. Wright, Hebron, Burlington, Covington, Erlanger, Independence , Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glenco, and Williamstown, our experienced team can help you discover what is wrong and put your mind at ease. With an A+ rating from the BBB and over 45 years of combined experience, Rose Brothers & Sons is the best choice you can make.

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