Dead Outlet? – What to Do About It

Dead Outlet? – What to Do About It

Do you have an outlet that can’t seem to keep its act together? We know just how maddening that can be! Today the experts at Fab Electric will share with you how to troubleshoot and handle a dead outlet, and when it’s time to call us!

To begin, you should look for obvious signs of serious electrical issues. These are easy enough to spot if you know what you’re looking for. Below is a list of tell-tale warning signs:

  • burned, discolored, or melted outlet;
  • nearby appliances not working properly;
  • outlet sparking when you plug things into it;
  • strange odors in the room.

If any of these are occurring, then you should immediately shut off the circuit, if it is safe to do so (at the panel) and call us. Not only is your outlet likely dead, if you leave it the way it is, it could kill a whole lot more of your home’s electrical, and could even cause an electrical fire in your home.

What if there aren’t any obvious signs or the problem is not with the outlet? Drag over a lamp or other small device that you’re absolutely certain is in working order and plug it into the affronting outlet. If the appliance works fine, then the fault isn’t with the outlet, but with the appliance you were trying to use.

Another thing you should do is to check the breaker panel. In most cases, when a breaker trip occurs, it will kill all of the outlets on that circuit, usually cutting off lights and other active outlets in the room or section of the home. However, if the outlet you’re trying to use is dedicated, as would be the case with a microwave or oven outlet, or even a fridge, then it’s on its own breaker. Check to see if that tripped, and if it did, give it a reset.

Outlet Wiring and Repair Services in MD, VA & DC

Still not finding the solution you’re looking for? At Fab Electric, our specialists have lots of experience, and with our fast, friendly service, things will be back in order and working safely in no time! Call us at (301) 622-6979 to set up an appointment today!

How to Avoid a Hair-Raising Outdoor Electrical Experience

How to Avoid a Hair-Raising Outdoor Electrical Experience

Outdoor electrical outlets are quite convenient! They provide the power needed to light your yard, operate power tools, plug in holiday lights, and power up speakers and other entertainment devices. It is extremely important to protect these outlets, however, because failure to do so can create a dangerous situation for your family and your home!

Protecting Your Outdoor Outlets

Though most outdoor receptacles include weatherproof covers to keep moisture and dirt from compromising outlets, once you plug in a device – a dangerous situation could present itself, if proper precautions aren’t taken. Luckily, you can ensure safety with the help of a few simple tips, as follows:

  • Select the right kind of outdoor outlet: National Electrical Code requires the use of ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets for safety. You can identify these outlets by their ‘TEST’ and ‘RESET’ buttons – and by the ‘WR’ on the outlet, indicating that it is ‘weather resistant.’ Only this type of outlet is safe for outdoor use.
  • Ensure proper installation: To protect against shock, and to safeguard the lifespan of valuable tools and electronic equipment, ensure adequate ground. A 3-bulb receptacle tester can help you determine this – IF you know what you’re doing. If you’re not sure what you’re doing – NEVER toy with electrical yourself – enlist the help of a qualified electrician, such as Fab Electric and Generators.
  • Ensure proper installation: To protect against shock, and to safeguard the lifespan of valuable tools and electronic equipment, ensure adequate ground. A 3-bulb receptacle tester can help you determine this – IF you know what you’re doing. If you’re not sure what you’re doing – NEVER toy with electrical yourself – enlist the help of a qualified electrician, such as Fab Electric and Generators.
  • Add a weatherproof cover: The addition of a properly connected weatherproof cover can allow you use of the plug while safeguarding it against moisture – even allowing for use in the rain. Sometimes referred to as ‘flip up’ or ‘bubble covers,’ these outlet additions are now mandatory as per the National Electrical code.
  • Don’t assume safety: Were there outlets already installed on the outside of your hold, prior to the purchase of it? Don’t assume they are the right kind. Call us to check them for type and proper installation.

Remember: before using outdoor outlets, be sure to protect your home and your family by ensuring the safe and proper operation of outdoor outlets. Call us for an inspection, or for other electrical services and generators at (301) 622-6979 or visit http://www.fabelectric.com/.

Why You Need a Standby Generator for Your Home or Business

Why You Need a Standby Generator for Your Home or Business

Being prepared in the event of a power outage is a very valid concern, as severe summer and snow storms can create a loss of electrical service. In some cases, the outage may last for days or even weeks.

Anyone who has wished they had electricity when no power was available can appreciate the value of having a standby generator available for use. A generator is an essential backup power supply to use in the event of an emergency power outage in your home or business. Below are some reasons why you should consider the purchase of a standby generator for your home or business.

Backup Household Electrical Power

Having a backup source of power will keep food in the refrigerator fresh during a lengthy power outage. In addition, with a large enough generator and proper wiring, a household air conditioner or heater can be powered with a standby generator.

Power Backup for Small Businesses

Any business that would be significantly harmed by more than a few hours without electricity is a candidate for buying a standby generator as an emergency backup. For instance, small businesses, such as family restaurants, food shops, and other stores that rely on refrigeration could have inventories ruined by a power outage and could benefit from having a standby generator. For critical health care providers, a backup electricity source is vital, particularly to power life-saving machines for critical patients.

Considering a Standby Generator for Your Home or Business? Call the Experts!

Standby generators can be nice convenience, an essential business tool, or a life-saving power backup system. Buyers have a number of different reasons for purchasing a standby generator and getting the right generator for your needs is important.

Whether you have a home or business, FAB Electric and Generators is your source for standby generators.

Why Your Business Needs an Electrical Preventive Maintenance Program

Why Your Business Needs an Electrical Preventive Maintenance Program

Does your business have an Electrical Preventive Maintenance (EPM) program in place to keep its electrical system running efficiently and effectively?

If you answered “yes,” that’s great – keep it up! If you answered “no,” or you’re not quite sure what an EPM program is, here’s what it boils down to: It’s a regular check-up for your electrical system.

Electrical equipment failures account for millions of dollars in damage and lost business every year. Ironically, more than two-thirds of electrical system failures can be avoided by a routine EPM program. Why?

  • The failure rate of electrical equipment is three times higher for components that are not part of a scheduled EPM program as compared with those that are.
  • A planned EPM program allows you to schedule system outages at times that are convenient to your business rather than having to correct major problems resulting from an always-untimely failure.
  • An effective program will reduce equipment failure and unplanned down time. For this alone, the time and effort to establish, implement and maintain an effective program has proven to be well worth the effort.

In general, preventive maintenance check-ups should be conducted once every three years by a qualified electrician, such as Fab Electric. Ultimately, though, these activities should be scheduled based on the condition of the equipment, historical information concerning the equipment and the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Some locations may require more frequent maintenance due to the physical environment or the operational nature of the electrical equipment. For example, harsh environments with excessive moisture or dust would warrant a more frequent EPM program. Similarly, consider more frequent programming for equipment that is essential for continued operation.

Call us for details on our Preventative Maintenance Programs, an inspection, or for other electrical services at (301) 622-6979 or visit http://www.fabelectric.com/.