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DIY vs. Handyman vs. Qualified Electrician

DIY vs. Handyman vs. Qualified ElectricianWe’re always looking for ways to save money on home repairs, but when it involves your electrical system, you should never cut corners. So if you’re weighing the wisdom of doing it yourself vs. hiring a handyman vs. hiring a qualified electrician, it’s usually best to go for the latter.

Hiring a Professional Electrician

While you or an amateur handyman with a good understanding of electricity may certainly do minor tasks, including reconnecting loose wires on a thermostat or perhaps even installing an electrical switch, doorbell or ceiling fan, it’s best to leave installation of electrical systems to the pros.

Electrical work is regulated by electrical codes. A building permit is usually required from the local municipality. Trained, certified professionals who adhere to current codes should be hired to work with plans approved by a city building code officer. An electrical inspector generally must sign off on major electrical jobs.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with a certified electrician, contact Roth Heating & Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical of Portland today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Should You Update the Electrical Wiring in Your Home?

Should You Update the Electrical Wiring in Your Home?Because it’s hidden throughout your home’s structure, it’s easy to forget about checking your electrical wiring. But if you’re making any changes to your home, or if you’ve been experiencing electrical problems, it may be time to consider an update. This can enhance your safety, increase convenience and possibly bring more value to your home.

Safety Considerations

  • A circuit breaker that trips for no apparent reason should be investigated by a licensed electrician, since this can often signal a problem with the wiring in your home. Neglecting problems associated with your wiring may result in loss of life and property.
  • If your home was built in the 1960s or 70s, there’s a risk that you could have aluminum wiring. This type of wiring can oxidize over time, and when it does, the wire can generate heat and start a fire.
  • Using multiple power strips in your home because you don’t have enough outlets for all of your appliances and devices can pose a fire hazard, especially if the power strips don’t have surge protection.

Changing Appliances

Switching from a gas to an electric appliance usually requires upgrading the electrical wiring, especially when the appliance is a stove, dryer, water heater, or HVAC equipment. These appliances require their own circuit breaker and high voltage outlets, along with heavier gauge wiring. Adding ceiling fans to an unblocked or wired ceiling also requires an electrical upgrade.

Adding Convenience

Relying on extension cords to provide power can be a safety hazard. The National Electric Code requires there be an outlet every 12 feet in your home to eliminate the need for extension cords. The standard length of a cord (with a few exceptions) is 6 feet. An electrician can add more outlets in each room wherever they’re needed to bring your home up to standards.

The pros at Roth Heating & Cooling can assess your home’s electrical wiring and safety. We’ve been providing exceptional HVAC and electrical services for Portland area homeowners since 1976.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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How to Tell if Your Garbage Disposal Motor is Burnt Out

How to Tell if Your Garbage Disposal Motor is Burnt Out Most modern homes contain a garbage disposal in the kitchen. While this addition to your sink can be a convenience, it can also require more maintenance on your part. It’s not uncommon for garbage disposal motors to burn out, but sometimes you might think this is the problem when your disposal is really just jammed. Here are the steps for determining whether you need a new garbage disposal motor:

Preliminary Precaution

Before you get started, it’s important that you double check that your garbage disposal is turned off. The breaker associated with the disposal should be switched off to avoid any accidents, and you should never try to clear a jam by simply sticking your hand down into the disposal.

Checking the Motor

  • The first step when your disposal is not working is to check to see if the circuit breaker has been tripped. Try switching the circuit breaker on and off, then turn the garbage disposal on to see if it works. As always, avoid placing your fingers near the disposal.
  • You can also use a special wrench designed for garage disposals to work on the blades at the bottom of your disposal. This may help the motor kick start, but be sure to only make contact with the blades with your wrench.
  • There should be a reset button for your disposal. If the above suggestions don’t work, try holding this button in for approximately 30 seconds.
  • Unplug your garbage disposal and plug a different appliance in the outlet to see if the problem is your power source. If there’s no electrical current flowing through the outlet, you’ll need to consult with an electrician to remedy the problem without risking injury.

If your garbage disposal motor is broken, it’s a good idea to consult with a professional to get it fixed. Contact Roth Heating & Cooling to schedule an appointment in Vancouver today today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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