If I have surge/lightning protection on my main service, should I be using point of use surge plugins for my television, computer and other equipment?
Yes. Main line surge is never an absolute guarantee, so any additional surge protection offers an even greater level of protection.
How do I reset my breaker when it has tripped off?
First, you want to disconnect any devices that may have caused the breaker to tip and overload. Breakers are mechanical devices so they must be turned completely off before turning them back on and may require several attempts before it works. If this does not work, then chances are you have a much more serious problem so you need to call us at Gervais Electric.
Why do I keep blowing fuses and why does my circuit breaker trip?
Typically fuses and circuit breakers should not trip, except in the case of ground fault interrupters, which are very susceptible to both moisture and weather conditions. If this happens to you check to see if a specific appliance that is plugged in is the culprit causing the problem. If you are unable to resolve, then surely call our team of experts at Gervais Electric.
What is a GFCE device or breaker?
GFCI or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter is a device that protects you from electrical shock. The GFCI will automatically turn off to protect you whenever it senses even the slightest increase in resistance as a result of ground fault.
What are the red and black buttons located on my GFCI outlet?
The black button is a test button. When you press it, it should deactivate the outlet and any other outlet that is fed from it which is an indication of a properly functioning device. The red button is the reset button that you would depress to reactivate the outlet should it be deactivated from a fault of any kind.
What is the purpose of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)?
This is to safeguard people during the installation, or maintenance of any form of electric supply and communication lines and associated equipment. The NESC contains the all the basic information needed to contribute to the safety of employees and the public as a whole under the specific conditions. It is not intended as a design specification nor is it intended to be a training/instruction manual.