Answers to Five Commonly Asked Electrical Questions


At Fab Electric, we want to make sure that our clients have as much information about the work that we do as possible, so that they can make wise choices regarding electrical safety. Answering questions is never a hassle, but we always want to make sure that information that could protect your home is easily accessible. For that reason, we have compiled this list of five commonly asked electrical questions regarding home electricity.

Some of these questions include:

What does it Mean to “Short-Circuit?”

In most electrical systems, there is a hot wire that carries the electrical current. A short circuit occurs when this wire becomes grounded. This can happen if a wire becomes frayed, loose, or exposed, causing the electricity to divert from its designated path. Short circuits can generate heat and sparks and are typically dangerous, but an updated electrical system will cause the breaker to trip when these problems occur.

What is the Difference Between a Fuse and a Breaker?

Fuses and breakers are both in place to accomplish the same task. When a fault is sensed in an electrical circuit, both devices will break the flow of electricity. While fuses blow out and need to be replaced every time they do their job, a circuit breaker is a simple switch that can be flipped once the problem is resolved.

What are GFCI Outlets?

GFCI outlets are special electrical outlets that are designed to shut off, if moisture is present, to prevent electrical shock. They detect variations in an electrical circuit and trip the power supply if any variation occurs. These outlets are typically present in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and outdoor applications. They feature a small button that allows you to easily reset the outlet if it trips.

Why Do My Lights Flicker?

If your lights are frequently flickering throughout your home or just in a single fixture, you should always call your electrician. In many cases, lights flicker because of an outdated electrical system, and your electrical panel or wiring will need to be replaced. In other cases, it can be a loose wire, insufficient power supply, or another appliance on a circuit drawing too much power. In any case, it is best to have the problem diagnosed and fixed by a licensed electrician.

How do I Know if My Electrical Panel is Unsafe?

The fastest and most reliable way to know if an electrical panel is unsafe is to call us for an inspection. With over 30 years of experience, we’ll ensure that your electrical system, including your electrical panel, is in top form and that you’re safe, and prepared for any emergency.

If you would like to find more answers to commonly asked electrical questions, or if you are interested in our suite of electrical services, please contact Fab Electric or fill out a contact form on our website.

Reach out to the electrical experts at Fab Electric today!

At Fab Electric, our specialists have lots of experience, and with our fast, friendly service, you will enjoy electricity safely in your home and cost savings in no time! Call us at (301) 622-6979 to set up an appointment today!