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Flickering Lights: When To Call An Electrician

Flickering lightsFlickering lights are one of the more annoying things that you can deal with in your home. Instead of bright light illuminating a room, a flickering bulb halfheartedly lights up a space and can drive anyone crazy. Although super hard to ignore, flickering lights usually are no big deal besides being a nuisance. Sometimes, however, it can be a sign of a bigger issue. This article will break down some causes of flickering lights and whether you should be worried about them or not.  If you’re not sure what the problem is, call your Northern Kentucky Electrician, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.

Fluorescent and LED Lights

Some bulbs are more prone to flickering than others. Sometimes fluorescent lights will flicker for a few minutes when you just turn them on as they warm up, and some LED lights flicker when not properly connected to a driver or a dimmer switch. These are not serious issues so do not be too worried, but you may still want to replace the lights if the flickering gets too annoying.

Loose Bulb or Faulty Switch

Loose bulbs and faulty switches are two other reasons that your lights are flickering that do not warrant serious action to fix. For loose bulbs, turn off your light and once it has cooled down try screwing the bulb back in tighter. If the switch is acting up, try toggling it on and off or letting it sit for a while. If you turn it back on and neither of these quick fixes turn out to be the solution, then your problem lies elsewhere.

Voltage Fluctuation

If your lights flicker when you turn on an appliance with high wattage, you could have a problem with your voltage fluctuating too much. Other signs are lights that seem to dim or frequently burn out. Electricity typically flows into homes at 120 volts and fluctuates between 115 and 125. You can check the voltage flowing through your home with a device called a voltmeter if you have one. If the average is outside of the 115 to 125 range, call an electrician and get some help.

Loose Electrical Wiring Causes Flickering Lights

Loose wiring is the most common cause of flickering lights and also a major cause of house fires. Shut off the light at the circuit breaker before removing the fixture, then double check the wiring. If it looks loose or insecure, you need to call an electrician. Or if even after this you still have not found the reason, call an electrician to figure out what the issue really is.

Now that you know what to look for when it comes to flickering lights, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, the best place for electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky.

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5 Signs You Need To Call Your Electricians

 electriciansHave trouble with your electricity; call your electricians. We all use electricity. Well, unless you are Amish, of course. But if you are Amish you are probably not reading this online article. Electricity is important to all of our daily lives, and it is now almost impossible to live normally without it. That is why you need to make sure that the electricity in your house is working fine. Think about how unpleasant and inconvenient a power outage is, or how dangerous an electrical fire is. Nobody wants to deal with either of those issues if they do not have to. That is why this article will break down 5 key signs that you need to call your electricians right away, for you and your family’s sake.

1) Circuit Breaker Problems

Circuit breakers are designed to trip when they become overloaded. This is designed to prevent fires and keep you safe. However, circuit breakers can also start to trip when they are old. Occasional tripping means it is probably an overload. If it becomes a regular thing, however, consult an electrician to check it out. Instead of messing with the panel and making things worse, call in an expert and have them take care of it for you.

2) Hot Ceiling Fixtures

You should regularly check your ceiling fixtures to see if they are too hot. Some fixtures are not insulated so plenty of heat escapes, or you may have a bulb with too high of a wattage installed. Both of these can quickly turn into fire hazards if you are not careful. One easy solution is to replace your bulbs with fluorescent or LED versions that produce less heat and use less energy. That means they save you money, which is always a plus.

3) Flickering Lights

A flickering light is not always the fault of a defective or loose light bulb. If replacing the bulb does not fix it, consult an electrician because the issue may be within the light fixture itself. It might also be a loose connection to the circuit breaker box, but either way get professional assistance from electricians as messing with those things can get dangerous quickly.

4) Switches and Outlets Not Working

Fewer things are more annoying than an outlet or light switch no longer working. But not only are these frustrating, they can also be signs of electrical damage. The wiring may have gotten loose, or the device may be cracked on the inside. A loose plug can, at the very least, give you an unpleasant shock when trying to remove it. Call an electrician to get any loose wiring diagnosed and faulty devices repaired or replaced.

5) Burning Odor and Sparks

The most obvious sign of possible danger in your electric system is if you smell something burning or see large sparks coming from an outlet. Small sparks occasionally are not unusual, but large sparks that happen every time can be evidence of something much worse. These are both signs of possible electrical fires, and an electrician should be contacted right away if either are noticed.

Now that you know the kinds of things to look out for, if you see anything wrong with your electric system contact your electricians, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, the best place for electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky.

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Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda: Wished I’d Called An Electrician

electricianHave you ever accidentally shocked yourself with static electricity? Hurts, right? Well imagine that but only way, way, way, way, way stronger. That is what you could experience if you decide to go digging around in your wires and messing with your electrical system. It can get pretty confusing in there with all those cords, wires, and switches, and the more confusing it gets the more dangerous it is for you to mess with. One wrong move and you could be zapped like a mosquito buzzing around the wrong back porch. That is why you should always consult an electrician when dealing with anything potentially “shocking.”

DIY Electricians Or The Real Deal

But what if you are not confused by all the tangled wires and circuits? No matter how confident you are, if you are not a licensed electrician you should not try and fix any electrical issues in your own home. Besides obvious personal injury concerns, there are also numerous building codes and inspections that your electrical system must pass. If you have not been properly trained, you most likely are not aware of those codes and how to adhere to them. Plus, the untrained eye most likely would miss most of the minor electrical issues that could be causing your problems, and you probably would also not be able to tell when you made a small mistake that could lead to a colossal deadly electrical fire. What looks like an easy fix can turn into a major disaster if the wrong person is trying to fix it.

But what if you get out of there with everything appearing to be all fixed up and you did not electrocute yourself? Well, you are not quite out of the woods yet. You might switch up your wires so that your light switch now turns on your garbage disposal and vice versa. Or that new ceiling fan you installed all by yourself might come crashing down during a nice family dinner. No one wants to deal with problems like that, so do not put yourself in those situations. If you notice something wrong with your electrical system, call an electrician and let a professional fix the problem. Trying to save a few bucks on a routine installation could end up costing you much more if something goes wrong.

Your Local Electricians

So now that you have been duly warned of the dangers of DIY electrical work, if you have an issue call Rose Brothers & Sons, the best electricians in Northern Kentucky. And do not end up paying hospital bills twenty times worse than your electrician’s bill would have been.

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Electrical Repairs On A Newly Purchased Home

electrical repairsFinding your newly purchased home needs electrical repairs can be a nightmare. Unexpected expenses are often part of purchasing an older home and should be considered normal but with seller disclosures and a good home inspection, the electrical repairs you need should be limited to things you were aware of or items that have broken after the home inspection. At Rose Brothers and Sons Electric, we can help with all your electrical repairs. We cannot give you legal advice. A good attorney will be able to help you understand real estate laws and who is liable for electrical repairs. Here are a few things for you to consider:

Did Your Have A Home Inspection

Most realtors will urge you to have a home inspection if the house is an older house and even if it is new construction. A home inspection is designed to prevent you from purchasing a home and later finding out there are costly repairs you were unaware of. If you choose to skip the home inspection to save a little money, you are more than likely going to have to pay for the electrical repairs. If you feel that the seller knew about the problem and failed to disclose it, you may need to contact a good attorney.

Was The House Sold “As Is”

Wording in the purchase contract may be stated that lets you know you’re buying the home the way it is. If “As Is” wording exists, then you are more than likely responsible for repairs to the home. If you feel that the seller misrepresented the home or failed to disclose the extent of the needed repairs, you should check with your attorney to see if anything can be done about it. A seller who purposely misrepresented the home can be charged with fraud in some cases.

Were The Repairs Obvious

Another thing to consider when determining who is responsible for electrical repairs to a home you recently purchased is to determine if the problem was obvious or not. What this means is that if you could have found out about the problem by simply turning the lights on, then the courts will often assume you should have known about the electrical problems and you will be responsible for electrical repairs.

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you with all electrical repairs you need. We service the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Call today for an estimate or electrical inspection and we will be happy to help.

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The Difference Between a Short Circuit or Ground Fault?

short circuit or ground faultWhat’s the difference between a short circuit or ground fault and do I need to know? You may have heard the terms short circuit or ground fault used and wonder what they mean to you and your electrical system. If you have a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker, you may have a faulty breaker, a short circuit or  ground fault or a problem with one of your appliances.

Why Does My Circuit Breaker Trip?

If you have a fuse box or circuit breaker box, it is put in place to protect you and your home from too much electricity. Circuit breakers or fuses are designed to work with a certain amount of electricity or AMPS. When that amount is exceeded because too much electricity is required, the fuse will blow or the breaker will trip to off. For example when you have a 20-amp fuse and your appliance starts using 30-amps you will exceed the amount of electricity and your circuit breaker will trip or your fuse will burn out.

Short Circuit or Ground Fault

What Is A Short Circuit?

A Short circuit is when a wire gets exposed or is open to touch another wire. When the wires are connected wrong or insulation wears away so that wires touch, you can end up with a hot wire touching a neutral wire and this can result in a short circuit. Often you’ll see a spark or smell smoke. Sometimes you cannot detect where the problem is. Your electrician can help determine the cause of the short circuit and rewire any areas that have trouble. A short circuit will draw more electricity and cause a short. Sometimes the hot wires melt the insulation on the wires and could potentially cause a house fire.

What Is A Ground Fault?

A ground fault occurs when the hot wire is exposed and touches either the ground wire or it touches metal in the junction box or in the appliance. For example if your air conditioner compressor has a ground fault it means a wire in the compressor broke and is touching the sides of the unit. This will also cause a surge in power that will trip the breaker or blow the fuse.  Another term for ground fault is a short to ground connection.

What Should You Do If Your Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

If you notice a problem with your circuit breaker, you need to have it checked out. The circuit breaker is there to keep you safe and notify you if there’s a problem. Sometimes the only problem is a loose wire at the circuit breaker box. Other times, you have either a short circuit or ground fault causing the breaker to trip or the fuse to blow. Your electrician at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help you determine where the problem is and make the necessary repairs. Rose Brothers serves the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area and we are ready to help you with all your electrical repairs.

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Can Ceiling Fan Installation Save On Cooling Cost?

ceiling fan installationThere are many good arguments that would recommend ceiling fan installation to save on cooling costs.  The trick is not just to install a ceiling fan but to install it correctly and to use it wisely.

What To Expect From Ceiling Fans

Unlike air conditioners that actually cool the air, ceiling fans work by creating air flow.  It’s important to note that like a portable fan or table fan, unless you are in direct contact with the air flow, it won’t do you much good.  Ceiling fans have 2 settings. The counter-clockwise setting is best in the summer and the clockwise setting is best in the winter.  The direction of the air is determined by the slant of the blades.  During colder weather, the warm air can be pulled up to the ceiling and redistributed around the room to help heat colder exterior walls.  Likewise in the summer, the blades will push air down and create a draft.  Some people are comfortable with ceiling fans and use their A/C less or on a lower setting.

How To Save Cooling Costs With a Ceiling Fan

If you use your ceiling fan as intended, it could produce some savings on your electric bill.  You should attach your ceiling fan to the light switch so that it turns off with the light when you leave the room.  Ceiling fans only help you while your in the room.  They cannot cool air in other rooms.  Also if you can enjoy the breeze from your ceiling fan and adjust the temperature down on your thermostat, then you will be able to realize a greater savings.

Ceiling Fan Placement

When installing a ceiling fan, make sure you think about the affects of blowing air on your room.  Some people don’t like ceiling fans in the kitchen for this reason.  It can lower the temperature on the stove or create a hazard if you own a gas stove.  Potentially a ceiling fan above your dining room table could cool the food faster than you like.  Also when considering ceiling fan installation, make sure you add enough ceiling fans in the room to create even temperatures that will cool the entire room.  Many people who install bedroom ceiling fans get so they cannot sleep comfortably without the airflow and noise of the ceiling fan.

Ceiling Fan Installation

If you are thinking about installing ceiling fans this summer or would like to replace existing ceiling lights with a ceiling fan fixture, contact the electricians at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric.  Rose Brothers can help with all your lighting and ceiling fan installation. Rose Brothers services the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.  Contact us today and live cooler!

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April Showers Bring Storm Damage in Northern Kentucky

storm damage in Northern KYIt’s April 1st and weather is a little precocious.  You may wake up today freezing and tomorrow carrying an umbrella.  One things for sure, April showers bring storm damage in Northern Kentucky.  With the storm damage comes downed power lines and lightening damage.  It isn’t any wonder, that Rose Brothers & Sons Electric gets many calls this time of year for electrical repairs.

Emergency Electrical Repairs in Northern KY

If you live in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati or Southeastern Indiana, you can rely on the services of Rose Brothers for all your electrical installation and repairs.  We have multiple trucks to service the area and offer help 24 hours a day 7 days a week.   Many times the emergency electrical repair you need is a common problem and we have parts available to get you up and running without delay.  Other times, unique electrical repairs require a wait for parts and components that are more uncommon.  The best thing about calling a locally owned company is that you know you have a dependable company that has been in business for awhile and won’t mislead you or leave you with your repairs unfinished.

Storm Damage In Northern Kentucky

We hope this April you will experience pleasant showers that leave you dreaming of May flowers.  We also realize in some cases April showers can bring heavy storms and damage to your home or landscape.  We are here to help you with insurance claims and electrical problems that require the help of a professional electrician. From small electrical repairs to large electrical installations or upgrades, we are here to help you.

Affordable and Friendly Service

Although often necessary, we understand that storm damage repair and home maintenance may not be what you were hoping to spend money on.  At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, you can expect friendly service, a reasonable quote and no unexpected fees.  Our master electricians and other electricians on our staff are well trained to help in a variety of electrical areas so you can depend on fast, efficient service.  Once you try Rose Brothers, you’ll know who to call.  We are dedicated to making sure each customer has such a good experience they call us every time they have a need.  Our reputation depends on it.  If you need electrical repairs or have storm damage in Northern Kentucky, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today.

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Electric Repair in Greater Cincinnati

electric repair in Greater CincinnatiFinding a company that does electric repair in Greater Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky is easy if you have a computer or can ask some one who they recommend. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric services the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky area. If you are looking for an electrician in the area that you can depend on, Here’s why we think you’ll find Rose Brothers to be the best electrician in Greater Cincinnati.

Professional Service

You can’t go wrong when you hire an electrician if you know they have the credentials and training to get the job done. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric consist of 3 electricians who are master electricians and 3 technicians. They each form a team. You will find every electrician who works at Rose Brothers has experience and professionalism. Not only can you depend on getting your electric repair in Greater Cincinnati done right, but you can expect expert customer service too. Because we have multiple teams, you rarely have to wait for electrical repair in Greater Cincinnati. Types of repair work include:

  • Electrical wiring repair
  • Electrical Upgrades
  • Emergency Electrical Work
  • Small Electrical repairs
  • Circuit panel and home wiring
  • Security wiring
  • Lighting repairs
  • HVAC wiring
  • Duke Energy Integration
  • Storm or lighting damage
  • Underground wiring
  • Commercial and Industrial Electric Repairs
  • And more…

Professional Work Ethic

Rose Brothers bases their reputation on providing excellent work and sticking to a strict work ethic. You don’t have to worry about hiring a dishonest technician or a company that won’t stick beside what they say they can and will do. Rose Brothers and Sons arrive on time at your home or office with the right equipment to get the job done. This saves time and makes things more convenient to you. Occasionally they may have to run for a part or order a unique part. When this happens you can expect clear communication and a fast turn around.

Electric Repair in Greater Cincinnati

When it comes to emergency electrical repair, you can call Rose Brothers 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. No matter what the electric repair is, they will advise you what to do and get you the help you need as soon as you need it. No electrical problem is too small or too complex for them to tackle. When you need the best electrician in Greater Cincinnati, call you local electricians, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.

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Electrical Contracting In Greater Cincinnati Ohio

Electrical contracting in Greater Cincinnati OhioIf you are looking for electrical contracting in Greater Cincinnati Ohio, Rose Brothers & Sons electric has the expertise you’re looking for.  We are a family owned electrical service company in the area.  We have decades of experience in handling every size residential, commercial and industrial need including electrical repairs and installations.

Residential, Commercial & Industrial Electricians

We would love to meet you and talk to you about the electrical work you are looking for. We have experience in every aspect of electrical work including: residential, commercial and industrial.  We can help wire your building for exactly what you need, whether you are a single home, apartment building, retail business, restaurant, or factory or manufacturer.

Our Professional Team Of Electricians

We are proud to have a top-notch team of master electricians and electrical assistants.  It is our desire to be the dependable electrical contractor you call whenever your need an electrician.  We will arrive on time and make sure the job is completed in a timely way so that you stay on schedule and on budget.  Our team has the necessary skills to complete your electrical work the right way.  We are knowledgable about building codes and other aspects of your residential, commercial or industrial building.

Electrical Contracting in Greater Cincinnati Ohio

Our commitment to quality electrical service include using the right equipment and parts to ensure your job is done right.  We wouldn’t want someone coming into our home or business and doing a sloppy job or leaving us with a mess later on.  We won’t do that to you or your business either.  When you hire Rose Brothers and Sons Electric for your electrical contracting in Greater Cincinnati Ohio, you can rest assured your getting a job well done by a staff that cares about you and the job we do.  If you have questions about our electrical contracting service or need electrical repairs, electrical upgrades or an electrical installation, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today.

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Electrician’s Tips to Keep Your Christmas Lights Lit

 tips to keep your Christmas lights litIt’s that time of year again when homeowners in Northern Kentucky will be stringing up the Christmas lights to add a bit of festive cheer to the outside of their houses. Besides giving the kiddos something to enjoy as they drive by, you may also be setting yourself up for a major disaster if you’re not careful. Maybe instead of plugging as many lights into the power strip as you can, you can look at it a little more systematically. Here are tips to keep your Christmas lights lit.

Why Light Fuses Blow in Christmas Lights

If you plug too many strands of lights together, chances are your fuse will blow in the first strand within a few hours. Although you may be tempted to bypass the fuse, this will create a fire hazard that really isn’t worth it. Instead, run multiple outdoor extension cords to make sure your strands of lights stay lit. If you have a blow up Santa or other outdoor decoration that involves electricity, you may need to check your circuit breaker to make sure you have enough power.

When To Call The Electrician

Most homes have a good 200-amp service that will allow them to run quite a few lights without overloading the entire system. You may need to switch outlets and use an outlet that isn’t servicing other items to keep your circuit breaker from blowing. Many older homes don’t have enough outdoor outlets. The outdoor outlets they do have may be connected to all the outdoor lights or other outdoor electrical appliances. You can have an electrician install more dedicated circuits for your outdoor lighting needs. This will enable you to run more lights without overloading one particular circuit.

Electrician’s Tips To Keep Your Christmas Lights Lit

Before you go trying to upgrade your electrical system or you start by-passing fuses in your Christmas lights, remember circuit breakers and fuses are designed to blow or switch off when there is a problem. Without your circuit breakers or the fuse, your house could burn down. You can’t just change your switch to a larger amp breaker because the breaker corresponds to the wiring and this can also create a fire hazard. If you are having trouble with your Christmas lights, you need an electrician’s tips to keep your Christmas lights lit. Don’t try to figure out electricity and how to rig your lights. Call an expert and get a safe solution. If you have questions about how to quit blowing your circuit breaker, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. We are residential electricians who can help with all your electric repairs in Northern Kentucky.

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