Frequently Asked Questions
Q) Can you explain how electricity works in my home?
A) Household electricity is more clearly understood when it is compared to household plumbing. Both enter the home through a source, are distributed, they perform a function and then exit.
Water is dispensed through taps & faucets. Electricity, on the other hand, is made available through outlets, fixtures and switches.
Q) What is voltage?
A) The water supply system pressurized the water, similar to the electrical current that flows through the home's "hot" or black wires that is pressurized. Voltage is the results from the pressure of the electrical current.
Q) What are amps?
A) With plumbing there are various size pipes. The larger supply pipes carry greater volumes of water and the smaller pipes carry a lesser volume of water. the wires that carry electrical current also have varying capacities. the capacity, or the rate at which power flows through the wires, is measured in amps and is called amperage.
Q) What is an electrical circuit?
A) When water then leaves through the home's drainage system it's at this point the water is no longer pressurized. Comparatively, electricity runs in a continuous loop or circuit. It returns along white (neutral) wiring and since the wiring now is no longer under pressure it has no voltage.
Q) How does the circuit work in my home?
A) When it comes to electricity, a circuit is a continuous loop of current that runs along cables & wires. Each circuit originates in a home's service panel.
A number of fixtures, switches, plugs and appliances can all be powered by one circuit. When a circuit breaker flips, it can cause an entire room or area of the home to loose it's power.
The electrical current flows through the circuit by means of what's called hot wires. These wires are live and are either black or red in color. The circuit is completed by neutral wiring usually white or gray, these wires return back to the panel. As a safety measure a third wire either green or bare copper is included in most circuits to ground the current. This helps in the event of an overload or in case of a short circuit.
Q) What happens when I blow a fuse or flip a breaker?
A) When a circuit gets overloaded with too much power, a fuse will blow or a breaker flips in the main service panel. Each electrical circuit is protected with it's own breaker of fuse in the home's electrical panel. If you have a problem in your home with blown fuses constantly, you may need to replace your panel. A licensed electrician would be required to replace or upgrade your panel. They could also evaluate your circuits according to their safety capacity and remedy any electrical issues.