Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions

Answers from Our Raleigh Electricians

While all electrical issues should be handled by a skilled professional to ensure the safety of you, your family, and your guests, we are commonly asked the following questions. Please note that these answers are intended for informational purposes only and you should always contact a skilled electrician from Zar Electric before you attempt to undergo any repair or installation on your own.

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Why do my lights periodically dim?

When too much electrical current flows through your home's wiring, especially when additional appliances have been turned on, your lights may flicker and dim. The wiring may also be too small of a gauge to handle the amount of current.

Is a tripped breaker dangerous?

In general, tripped circuit breakers indicate an overloaded circuit that is easily fixed by turning off an appliance or two. However, if the breaker keeps tripping, there may be a short that requires the expert help of a fully-trained electrician.

Should I worry about having outlets that do not appear to work?

To troubleshoot an issue with a non-working outlet, plug a table lamp into it, then try a few switches throughout the room. Sometime outlets are connected to specific switches and you may be able to find the right one just through process of elimination if the lamp turns on. If this does not work, call Zar Electric so we can assess the problem outlet.

What is a ground fault interrupter and do I need one?

This safety device is required to be installed on important circuits throughout all new homes by the National Electrical Code. They will shut off power if there is a risk of electrocution, which is why it is vital that they be installed in bathrooms, kitchens, swimming pools, and outdoor circuits.

What are GFCI outlets and are they required?

GFCI, or ground fault circuit interrupters, will turn off when moisture that can cause shocks or electrocutions is present. These became part of the code in 1981, and all newer homes should have them in kitchens, bathrooms, our outdoor outlets. They are identified by buttons that will read “test” and “reset,” allowing you to turn the outlet back on after it has been tripped.

I have an electrical problem, what can I do?

As you may have noticed from pursuing our website, electrical issues can occur for a variety of reasons, including overloaded circuits, faulty wiring, the age of the system, and much more. It is always best to turn to a professional Raleigh-Durham electrician who can assess the problem and fix it quickly, without jeopardizing the safety of your property.

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