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Ants in Your Outlet? Here’s How to Get Rid of Them

See ants coming out of your outlets? If so, that could mean that they’ve built a nest in your walls-in the midst of electrical wiring. Unfortunately, that’s a problem because ants can eventually damage your home’s electrical equipment. Don’t worry, though. In this article we’ll explain… How to get rid of ants in your outlets

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Where to Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector in Your Arizona Home

You definitely need to install CO detectors throughout your home to protect your family from being poisoned by CO-or worse-dying from it. That said, where exactly should you place CO detectors in your home? Well, we always suggest following the IRC (International Residential Code) when it comes to CO detector placement: “Carbon monoxide alarms in

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5 Examples of Common Household Electrical Hazards

Every year we see homeowners make simple electrical mistakes that could lead to serious problems like electrocution or electrical fires. We’d like to see that change. So, we’ll share a list of 5 common electrical hazards you should avoid… Leaving or using appliances near water Using the wrong light bulb wattage Overloading power strips and

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What to do when a Circuit Breaker Trips

A circuit breaker tripping happens pretty often if you have a lot of things plugged in and operating at once. When a circuit becomes overloaded, your system has a function in place to protect from damage or fire that will automatically cut power to that circuit. The overload is called a fault condition and the

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Tips & Definitions from George Brazil
Do Surge Protectors Drain Energy?

The answer? No, surge protectors themselves don’t “drain” energy. They simply monitor the amount of electricity flowing into the appliances they protect and absorb extra voltage if and when it comes along. But here’s the thing: while surge protectors don’t “drain” energy, the appliances they protect that are hooked into the surge protector DO drain

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My Electrical Outlet Sparks When I Plug Something In

  If you notice a spark at an outlet when you plug in an appliance, you’re probably wondering if there’s a problem that needs immediate attention or if this is normal. Well, it’s most likely normal if the spark: Is blue Lasts only for a brief moment Is infrequent (doesn’t happen every time you use

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Troubleshooting from George Brazil
My Outdoor Security Light Won’t Turn Off

If your outdoor security light won’t turn off, it’s most likely because of one of these problems: The sensitivity settings are too high The duration settings are too high It’s stuck in auto mode Something in the light itself is defective Not sure which one is your problem? Don’t worry, we’ll help you troubleshoot a

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Tips & Definitions from George Brazil
Do Whole-House Surge Protectors Really Work?

Yes and no. You see, when it comes to protecting your home from dangerous high-voltage surges, yes, whole-home surge protectors work. But here’s the problem: Whole-house surge protectors claim to be the “first line of defense” against electrical surges. But the reality is that they don’t stop all surges. You see, whole-home surge protectors are

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Do Surge Protectors Wear Out?

Yes, all surge protectors will eventually wear out and need to be replaced over time. So how do you know when your surge protector is worn out? Well, that’s the tricky part. But we’ll show you what you can do to get a better idea of when you need to replace your surge protector. First,

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Hot vs Neutral wire in a 2-prong outlet
Should I Change a Two-Prong Outlet to a Three-Prong?

Yes, if you have a two-prong outlet it’s an “ungrounded” outlet and is unsafe. A 3-prong outlet, on the other hand, is a “grounded” outlet and is a much safer upgrade for your home and family. In fact, in 1962 the NEC (National Electric Code) began requiring that all new houses be built with 3-prong

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