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Can I do the small electrical jobs in my house myself?

Definitely NO!!

In Singapore this is not encouraged for any one but a qualified electrician to do any domestic wiring or house rewiring. It makes sense for safety to hire a qualified electrician to carry out all your household wiring. You also risk your personal safety and the safety of your family and friends.

How does an electrical circuit breaker save live?

On a normal power circuit, the current flowing to an appliance returns through the neutral wire. If the circuit is compromised, the electricity can leak to earth through a person in contact with the appliance, causing death or serious injury, A circuit breaker detects the loss of power from the circuit, and cuts the supply of electricity in as little as 30 milliseconds-0.003 seconds. Importantly, this response time is faster than the critical section of a heartbeat, and therefore significantly reduces the risk of death or serious injury.

What factor do I need to look at when choosing a ceiling fan?

A few factors to consider when choosing a ceiling fan are:

  •  Where it is to be installed
  •  The size of the room
  •  Is there need for a fan which includes a light
  •  The room decor
  •  Blade performance needed
  •  The location of your house
  •  Is a remote control fan needed.

When should I have an electrical safety check?

Spower recommend that you should have an electrical inspection carried out if:

  •  You are purchasing a property that has been occupied
  •  The property is more that 25 years old
  •  If it is more that 5 years since one has been done
  •  If you are concerned about how any of the equipment may have been installed

Is your work warrantied or guaranteed?

Any reputable company or contractor warranties their work, usually for at least a year.

What does an electrician do?

There is often some confusion about the type of work these professionals do. They only work on electrical systems such as outlets, lighting fixtures and electrical panels – they aren’t appliance repairmen.

Can I hang a ceiling fan where a light is?

Yes. But you should first contact an electrician to ensure the electrical box is properly braced and rated for the weight and torque of the ceiling fan model

What does it mean when my fluorescent lights are flickering or cycling on and off?

Flickering may indicate impending bulb failure, minor power fluctuation, and/or improperly installed bulbs. Cycling on and off is usually a clear indication of ballast and/or bulb failure. It is recommended when replacing a ballast to replace bulbs as well.

How do I reset my breaker after it has tripped?

First, disconnect any additional devices that may have caused the breaker to overload and trip. Breakers are mechanical devices and must be turned all the way off before turning back on. Remember this is a mechanical device, so this may require several attempts. If this fails to reset the breaker, there may be a more severe problem. Call Spower electrician +6583836111

Why do I blow fuses or why does my circuit breaker trip?

Except in the case of ground fault interrupters, which are susceptible to moisture and/or weather conditions, fuses and circuit breakers should not trip. Check to see if some type of plugged-in appliance is causing the problem.

What kinds of problems can cause an electrical fire?

Electrical fires occur for a number of reasons, but most commonly because something has gone wrong with either wiring or an appliance. Electrical fires caused by faulty wiring usually result from damage to insulation that allows wires to come into contact with each other or another material that conducts electricity, this can happen because of fraying, chafing, corrosion or simply old age.
Electrical fires caused by faulty appliances are due to either internal breakdowns in the appliance's heating element or electrical components which become overloaded and overheat causing a fire hazard

How do you know when your home needs new wiring or additional circuits?

-Electrical needs arise in homes for many reasons.
-A new home may need additional wiring or more outlets to accommodate the electrical demands of modern appliances.
-While an older home might need new circuits installed because it has outgrown its current circuit capacity.
-No matter why you think your house may be suffering from a lack of electric supply, installing more circuits is the best way to ensure your appliances are getting the power they need.

Is it safe for an extension cord to be partially pushed into the wall in case someone or something pulls on its cord?

Electrical outlets can be overloaded if too many devices are plugged into one outlet.
To avoid this, it is recommended to use power strips and plug more than one device into an outlet at a time, however to avoid multiple power strips then ask your electricians to install more sockets into your power circuit.

What is the difference between watts and volts?

A watt is a unit of power and volts are a measurement of energy.

What is amperage?

Amperage (amps) is a measurement of current flow in terms of electricity usage, similar to how we measure water flow in terms of gallons.

How often should I have my electrical outlets or light switches checked out by an electrician?

Electrical outlets and switches should be checked at least once a year to ensure they're working properly.
If you notice any problems, such as flickering lights (which could indicate an overloaded circuit), or if your outlets aren't staying plugged in, it may be time for an electrical checkup, by a Qualified Electrician

When should I replace my Electrical Appliances?

t is important for appliances that have been in use for a long time and are starting to break down, stop working or cause problems such as sparking & overheating within the home.
If an appliance has not been serviced properly and has been repaired on a number of occasions, it is likely that the appliance will need to be replaced.

How can I save Electrical Energy?

There are many ways in which saving electrical energy at home such as turning off appliances and lights when not in use.
Appliances should also be used efficiently by ensuring they have sufficient space around them to ventilate and are not obstructing the path of other appliances.

How do Electricians Diagnose Electrical Problems?

Electricians use many different methods to identify problems within your home's wiring system that cause appliances not to work properly.
Electrical problems can be identified through the use of electrical testing devices. Electrical testing devices can help to identify any issues with wiring, grounding, and breakers. Electrical testers come in many different shapes and sizes depending on what type you are using it for.

How can I tell if a circuit is overloaded?

A common sign of an overloaded electrical circuit in the Singapore would be flickering lights or appliances that are not working as normal.
If you suspect that your circuits may have been overused, it is advised to contact a professional electrician immediately and avoid using any electricity until they arrive on the scene.

How do you determine the size of an electrical fuse?

-An electrical fuse is basically a safety device that stops the flow of electricity when there are problems.
-Electrical fuses have two main functions, protecting the wiring and components from damage caused by too much current passing through them, and limiting short circuits within an appliance or circuit to prevent overheating which can cause fires.
-Electrical fuses come in different sizes depending on the current (i.e., amps) they can handle without blowing out, and are marked with this information as well as their amperage rating.
-Electrical fuses come in different types including cartridge fuses, plug-in fuses, mini fuse blocks or adapter plugs; each type has its own way of installing them into an electrical circuit.
-Electrical fuses are rated in amps.

Why do the bulbs in my exterior fixture burn out so often?

This is usually caused by several factors.

1. Generic light bulbs (without a brand name) are often made with inferior parts.
2. Larger wattage bulbs, which cause excessive heat build-up shorting the life of the bulb.
3. Power Surges.

What is a “short” or a “short circuit”?

A short circuit occurs when the wire carrying the electrical current comes into contact the grounded conductor or equipment ground.

My exterior fixture burns out frequently. Should I get it repaired?

Power surges can cause this as well as larger wattage bulbs that build-up heat fast and shorten the life of the bulb. If it’s becoming too frequent, you should get it repaired as soon as possible.

Why doesn't my light switch work for my lighting fixture?

There are many reasons your light switch may not work for your lighting fixture. The simplest explanation is a tripped circuit, which affects the flow of power from your switch to your lighting. Other possibilities include burned-out or corroded contacts, damaged wiring, or a problem with the wiring or light sockets in your light fixture.

If I use my toaster, turn on my microwave, and have one more thing plugged in, I blow a fuse! Can you fix that?

If you find yourself constantly blowing fuses at home, your residential electrician can definitely solve the problem. In most cases, constantly blown fuses are due to older electrical panel boxes that are simply not capable of carrying the load required for modern electronics and appliances. A heavy up pane box upgrade is the best way to eliminate this pesky problem; this electrical service will also improve the safety of your home’s electrical system and make it easier to add appliances and fixtures in the future.

Can I change an existing switch to a dimmer switch?

Replacing any existing light switch with a dimmer switch is a simple task—as long as you’re an electrician. Installing a dimmer switch properly requires more than simply removing the old switch and replacing it with a new one. During this process, your electrician will also check the condition of the wiring, make sure the switch is properly grounded, and ensure the box is large enough to safely contain the new wiring associated with your dimmer switch. Any time you want to replace an existing switch with a dimmer switch, just call your residential electrician near you in Singapore to handle the job.

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. Sometimes outlets are connected to specific switches, and you may be able to find the right one just through the process of elimination if the lamp turns on. If this does not work, call Spower +6583836111 so we can assess the problem outlet.

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.

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. Flickering lights may also be a sign that your wiring system is inadequate or overheating. If this is a chronic problem, you should contact an experienced electrician to perform an inspection.

I have an electrical problem; what can I do ?

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

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