Eugene Electrical FAQ
Here are a few basic answers to popular electrical questions asked by our clients in the Eugene, Corvallis and Cottage Grove area. Please note however that we recommend that you always use the services of a qualified and certified electrician to avoid damage and injury.
I need to replace a breaker, but I don't know what kind it is. Are they all the same?
No. The easiest way is to bring in the old breaker with you to ensure you buy the right kind of breaker. If you do not have the old breaker, the brand name of your service box might allow us to find the right kind of breaker.
One of my breakers tripped. Is it dangerous?
Tripping breakers are usually the result of an overloaded circuit, which isn't a danger in itself. We recommend, if that is the case, that you try running fewer appliances on the circuit, which should fix the problem. If however an overloaded circuit is not the source of your breaker tripping, you might be dealing with something more serious like a short, defective wire, plug or socket, in which case we recommend you call a qualified electrician without delay.
Can I install a larger fuse to prevent it from tripping?
In most cases the answer is no. Fuses are designed to blow when the charge reaches a certain level in order to protect both your appliances and your safety.
The plug from our dryer doesn't fit the receptacle in our new house. Can I fix this?
If the receptacle doesn't fit the plug, it will need to be changed. Again, we strongly recommend you trust a certified electrician to do this.
What should a basic electrical tool kit contain?
- Needle-nose pliers
- Insulated screwdriver
- Combination tool
- Utility knife
- Continuity tester
- Circuit tester
- Electrical tape
- Wire connectors
What is a transformer?
A transformer is a device that converts voltage. In most homes, transformers reduce the voltage for use on low-voltage equipment, such as thermostats and doorbells.
At L.R. Brabham Inc., we believe that routine maintenance and common sense can help you through most basic electrical issues. For instance, if a light's out, start by checking the bulb, but before you undertake any electrical project, you definitely want to consult an electrician. Here at L.R. Brabham Inc., we're more than happy to help you with any electrical issues you might have, but we offer these simple electrical tips to help you better maintain and identify electrical issues as part of our ongoing effort to provide the best possible electrical services to our customers.
- Circuit breakers- Heavy duty safety switches that serve the same purpose as fuses.
- Grounding- This requires all metal parts of any wiring system or anything connected to it will be maintained at 0 volts during a short circuit to protect shock or death.
- Circuit - This is the path an electric current travels from where it enters your house, through a panel, across wires and finally into an electrical device, then back to its origination point.
- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter - Known as the GFCI, this is a special circuit breaker installed in bathrooms, garages, and outdoors and garage locations. When a current leakage occurs the GFCI opens the circuit immediately, stopping the electricity from running to it.
- Circuit breakers - Heavy duty safety switches that serve the same purpose as fuses.
- Grounding - This requires all metal parts of any wiring system or anything connected to it will be maintained at 0 volts during a short circuit to protect shock or death.