Thursday, October 2, 2014

Avoiding Electrical Fire Disasters

Did you know that 53% of residential fires involve electrical wiring, which are hidden behind the faceplates on your light switches? Flying sparks are obvious, but lots of other electrical danger signs are more subtle. Keeping an eye out for these five warning signs below, this can be the difference between fire prevention and a fiery disaster.

Loose ends on extension cords. If your extension cord has loose ends, or you tried to bandaged an extension cord with electrical tape, it’s time to replace it. Damaged cords may have exposed live wires that lead to shock and fire hazards.
Tripping GFI outlets. A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFI) is an outlet typically located in kitchens and bathrooms – often within six feet of a water source – that prevents people from being electrocuted. These outlets immediately stop the flow of electricity (and “trip”) when they sense the slightest change in the current. If your GFI starts tripping repeatedly, you probably have an electrical problem or a worn-out GFI outlet receptacle. If that is the case you can contact us and we will fix this issue.
Wobbly ceiling fans. If your ceiling fan isn’t rotating evenly, your device either isn’t correctly mounted to the electrical box, your blades are unbalanced or your blades are warped. If it is not your blades being unbalanced we suggest calling an electrician (like us) to fix damaged wires and electrical boxes.
Inappropriate bulb wattage. Using a bulb that has a higher wattage than recommended is a fire hazard and may overheat the light fixture. If you are dealing with a fixture with multiple bulbs or a strand of lights, check all of the bulbs individually and replace them as needed. Be consistent with the bulbs’ wattage in this situation.
Warm faceplates. If your faceplate is warm to the touch, you probably have an oversized electrical load operating on that unit. Monitor any warm faceplate you find. If the problem persists, or the faceplate becomes hot to the touch, give us a call!
Quality Electric is here for you and can fix every electrical need in your home. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you are having any of these issues listed above. We want our customers to be safe!

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Smoke Detector Recalls

Each year, about 3,000 people in the U.S. die from fires in the home. A vast amount of these fires occur at night while people who are sleeping and unknowingly inhale toxic gases and smoke.  More than half of the fires occur in houses without a smoke alarm and the other half of the Fires are almost always due to faulty detectors or dead smoke alarm batteries.

A smoke detector can save lives, but ones that do not function will not. In the past month there has been a couple of recalls for smoke detectors. We want to make you are aware of these and how this issue can be solved. 

Kidde recalls Smoke/CO Alarms due to Alarm failure. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission the alarms could fail to alert consumers of a fire or a CO incident following a power outage. This recall involves Kidde residential smoke alarm model i12010S with manufacture dates between December 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014, combination smoke/CO alarm il2010SCO with manufacture dates between December 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014, and combination smoke/CO alarm model KN-COSM-IBA with manufacture date between October 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014.  If you have one of those models installed you should immediately contact Kidde for a free replacement smoke or combination smoke/CO alarm. Consumers should keep using the recalled alarms until they install replacement alarms. 
Kidde toll-free at (844) 553-9011 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at and click on Recalls for more information.

ESL, Interlogix Hard-Wired Smoke Alarms Recalled Due to Failure to Alert Consumers of a Fire. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, radio frequency interference can cause the smoke detectors to fail to alert consumers of a fire. This recall involves thirty-three models of the 400 and 500 series Edwards (ESL)-branded and Interlogix smoke detectors hard-wired into a security system.

400 series: 429AT, 429C, 429CAD, 429CRT, 429CST, 429CT, 429CTAD, 449AT, 449C, 449CRT, 449CSRH, 449CSRT, 449CST, 449CSTE, 449CT and 449CTE. 

500 Series: 511C, 518C, 521B, 521BXT, 521B-10PKDMP, 521B-10PKG, 521BXT-10PKG, 521BXT-DMP-10PKG, 528B, 528CRXT, 541C, 541C-10PKG, 541CXT, 541CXT-10PK and 548C.

If you have one of these models installed you should should immediately contact your security or fire system provider to determine if any of their units are included in the recall. If so, you will receive free replacement of new smoke detectors. Consumers should not take the alarms out of service until the replacement alarm has been installed. Only professional installers should remove and replace these units.
Edwards at (800) 655-4497 select option 5, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at and click on Contact Us. Interlogix toll-free at (855) 286-8889 select option 2, from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at and click on Customer Service for more information.

Here at Quality Electric we strive to make sure our customers are safe. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact us! We can help.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Don't worry about the upcoming 2015 Winter, we have a solution!

After last year's bitterly cold, snow-filled and icy winter, many people are wondering what is in store for this winter. 

According to the 2015 Farmer's Almanac, the winter of 2015 will see below-normal temperatures for most of the nation. A large area of very cold temperatures will be found from east of the Continental Divide east to the Appalachians. The coldest outbreak of the season is predicted to happen during the final week in January into the beginning of February. This is when they expect an active storm track to occur with a number of storms delivering numerous amounts of snow, rain and ice for our area. 

The Farmers' Almanac is also "Red Flagging" the middle of March for widespread wintry conditions from the midsection of the nation to the East Coast. 

Why not get prepared now before that long snow-filled, bitterly cold winter! How great would it feel to worry about one less thing during the season?! Losing Power - An Automatic Standby Generac Generator can help that issue. A power outage that lasts a few minutes is often just an inconvenience.  But when a major storm knocks out electricity for hours or days, being without the power that you need for lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, communications and other essentials can quickly become critical.

Food spoils, mold grows and basements that are prone to flooding are robbed of their working sump pump and begin to take on water. Extended power outages during the WINTER can be even more DANGEROUS. 

It's amazing how quickly plummeting temperatures and a home without heat can reach "crisis stage" - the water pipes can freeze (and burst, causing extensive water damage). If you have an infant or elderly / physically impaired family members, temperatures below 50-degrees for any length of time can easily become a medical emergency. In these types of situations, an Automatic Standby Generac Generator really can be a lifesaver. 

If you have any questions or want a free Generator Estimate, feel free to contact us! 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Polar Vortex Returns with very Stormy Weather

While the fall will kick off with days of sunshine and temperatures above normal in some of the region's largest cities, including New York City and Philadelphia, the polar vortex may make its return for short, sporadic periods in September.
"The vortex could slip at times, maybe even briefly in September for the Northeast," AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said. "There could be a significant shot of chilly air that comes across the Great Lakes region and into the interior Northeast sometime in mid- to late-September."
As conditions in northern Canada begin to set up similar to last fall, getting colder and unsettled quickly, it is likely that this pattern could become a source for colder air to make its way down at times into the United States, inducing a drop in temperatures for the interior Northeast during mid-fall.
"Temperatures will not be as extreme in November when compared to last year, but October could be an extreme month," Pastelok said.
After short-lived days of the polar vortex in September, the weather should turn a bit warmer in November as rain ramps up across areas from New York City to Boston and Portland, Maine, as well as the rest of the region.
"We will see some dry weather in the Northeast, barring any tropical systems, in September and October but in November it will get wet," Pastelok said.
Following a soaking November for Northeastern residents, El NiƱo will make its debut early this winter, fueling early winter snow across the area.
"December could get kind of wild due to the very active southern jet stream that is going to provide the moisture for bigger snowstorms," Pastelok said. "The Northeast could have a couple of big storms in December and early January." (more information)
Get prepared for the Fall and Winter now! Think about investing in a generator! You can call us today and we will come out for an In home consultation, and its FREE!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Time to Invest in low temperature sensors

It's that time of year again, Summer is ending and you clean up your summer home for the year. This makes it the perfect time for homeowners to being thinking about damage that can occur during the colder months. To help prevent these damages its a good idea to invest in low temperature sensors also known as "Freeze Sensors"

Low temperature sensors alert you when temperatures fall near that point of concern, giving you time to react and prevent potential damage to home, valuables and property that can be not only unfortunate, but expensive to repair or replace. Installing low temperature sensors around your home requires a specific temperature level removes the unnecessary worry over freezing and bursting pipes.

Dangerously low temperatures can cause pipes to freeze or burst. Anyone who has experienced these events can attest to the damages hassle and expensive repair bills that typically follow such as:
  • Severe Flooding
  • Damaged Walls and Floors
  • Damage to furniture or other property
  • Mold and mildew
  • Loss of valuables and keepsakes due to flooding, mold and or mildew
Low temperature sensors are great for every type of house or apartment but we highly recommend them fore vacation properties and business spaces. Many individuals tend to forget about their properties that are visited less frequently during the winter months. When the weather becomes cold outside and things aren't warming like they should inside a low temperature sensor can provide the proper notification to prevent the damage caused by the pipes that freeze or burst.

If you have any comments or concerns do not hesitate to contact us!
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

You should consider upgrading your service panel

A service panel upgrade is usually required to enhance the units capacity. The technical devices and appliances that we use are constantly improving and fluctuating in terms of power usage. In order to keep up with the increasing energy requirements of daily life, upgrading your service panel is a necessity.

Better Performance: Service panels, like any other home unit must be regularly serviced in order to ensure peak performance. The increasing electrical needs of the average home has made it absolutely essential to keep your service panel updated. Outdate technology and obsolescence are other common reasons as to why you will need a service panel upgrade.

A specific type of panel called Federal Pacific Electric Panels could potentially fail to provide proper safety and protection for homes.

A Federal Pacific Electric Panel (FPE) was one of the most common manufactures of circuit breaker panels in North America from the 1950s to the 1980s. Millions of their panels were installed in homes across the county. Yet, as the years passed, electricians and home inspectors often found FPE panes failed to provide proper protection to homeowners and their families. Experts now say that FPE panels can appear to work fine for years, but after one overcurrent or short circuit, they can overheat and become fire hazards.

Here are two major reasons why Federal Pacific Electric Panels tend to malfunction:

1. FPE panels may not meet today's updated safety codes:
  • Wires may be crowded inside the box
  • Bus bars may be spring-mounted
  • Breaker may be still active when in the down position
  • Split-Bus breakers may no longer meet updated safety codes.
2. FPE panels may have significant design flaws:
  • Breakers may unexpectedly trip when the deadfront cover is removed.
  • Breakers may have loose connections to the bus bars
  • Breakers are often jammed within their sockets, which can cause overcrowding within the panel
  • Breakers can easily split when placed into sockets.
These Panels can be dangerous. A FPE circuit breaker panel can appear to be working properly for years. But experts want that if a FPE panel experiences and overcurrent or short circuit, it may not keep the electrical circuits from overheating and could possible pose a fire hazard. According to a report, some Federal Pacific Electric Panels failed to operate properly nearly 60% of the time in the event of a power surge.

The circuit breaker panel is one of the most important parts of a home's electrical system. It constantly distributes and receives electricity. The panel protects homes from power surges and other possible hazards. With regular maintenance, experts say that today's electrical panels can function properly and protect homes for 30 years or more.

If you suspect you may have a Federal Pacific Electric panel or an outdated circuit breaker panel in your home, or in any event, you have not had your panel inspected recently, do not hesitate to contact us and we will be glad to help you! We care about our customers and want them to be safe!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Interested in a Generator? Learn more this weekend by watching tv!

Thinking about getting a generator? Well you can learn more this weekend just by watching TV. Check out one of Generac Generator infomercial:

Date:                                      Station:                                             Time:
Fri 8/01/2014                         NEW                                                   2am
Fri 8/01/2014                         TRAVEL                                            5am
Fri 8/1/2014                           NBC SPORTS                                    6:30am
Fri 8/1/2014                           NEW                                                  10:30am
Fri 8/1/2014                           HOME                                                5pm
Fri 8/1/2014                           HOME                                                9pm
Sat 8/2/2014                           NBC SPORTS                                   5am
Sat 8/2/2014                           WMGM                                             2pm
Sat 8/2/2014                           WFMZ                                               4pm
Sun 8/3/2014                          FXX                                                   6:30am
Sun 8/3/2014                         WMGM                                              10am
Mon 8/4/2014                        SPORTSCH                                       6am
Mon 8/4/2014                        TRUTV                                             9:30pm
Mon 8/4/2014                        HOME                                               7am
Tues 8/5/2014                        HOME                                               8am
Tues 8/5/2014                        NEW                                                  11:30am
Tues 8/5/2014                        HOME                                               7pm
Tues 8/5/2014                        HOME                                                10pm

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