Frequently Asked Questions

You can find answers to many common electrical service related questions located here.

Yes, FPE and Zinsco brand panels should be replaced ASAP. These were common manufacturers of circuit breakers and panels in the 1950s through 1980s. Millions of these panels were installed in homes across the country. Electricians and home inspectors find this equipment fails to provide proper protection. Experts now say that FPE and Zinsco panels can appear to work fine for years, but after one overcurrent or short circuit, they can overheat and become fire hazards.

Yes, The National Electrical Code prohibits the installation of circuit breakers or fuses in any clothing closet. Existing panels should be relocated to an exterior wall or other location for safety and servicing.

Smoke detectors are most reliable when they are powered by an interconnected 120-volt circuit. When one detector senses smoke, all alarms in the home are sounded in unison. This provides security for the whole family and is now required by all municipalities. Our electricians will test and provide proper placement of all smoke and CO detectors to meet this new standard.

Yes, our trained electricians will thoroughly clean and inspect service panels, breaker boxes, fuse boxes, disconnect switches, meter sockets and outlets. They’ll insure proper wire connections and torque mechanical parts to the proper tensions. Antioxidant compound will be applied to Aluminum wire connections.

Tamper-Resistant Receptacles look just like regular plugs except they have plastic guards in the straight openings to make them childproof. This new requirement keeps the kids safe.

GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupter. It detects when someone is experiencing an electrical shock and shuts the power off for safety. Most general-purpose receptacles in kitchens, baths, garages, laundry rooms, attics and home exteriors should be GFCI protected.

An AFCI circuit breaker turns off due to arcing on an electrical circuit. Arcing can occur when a wire or outlet has been damaged. AFCI breakers were designed to protect homes from fire. Most residential general-purpose receptacle outlets are required to be AFCI protected.

Dishwashers are now required to be GFCI and AFCI protected. A duel-function circuit breaker is installed to allow this protection to be accessible.

Aluminum wiring was used in the 1960s and 1970s and needs to be properly maintained. This wiring may develop faulty connections in outlets. Arcing may occur due to expansion, contraction and oxidizing of aluminum wire. If you have concerns about aluminum wiring in your home or business you should have it inspected by a licensed electrician who is familiar with aluminum wire maintenance.

Generally, this is not a problem. Most household motors demand a quick inrush of amps to start. When the amps go up, the volts go down. So, what results is a short flicker of the lights. If the problem is severe or the lights flicker when no motors are starting, contact Kallmann Electric to troubleshoot the issue.