At Roth Heating & Cooling, Plumbing, Electrical, Drain Services, our electrical services team is highly trained and ready to tackle any residential electrical issue you may be experiencing. Trusted in the area for over 40 years, Roth is committed to providing each and every customer with a five-star experience. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured for your protection and back all new installations with a lifetime warranty. Whether you’re looking to schedule an electrical safety inspection on an older home or need an emergency electrician for an urgent problem, we have you covered!
We provide the following electrical services in Oregon City:
- Electrical inspections
- Troubleshooting & repairs
- Electrical upgrades
- Ceiling fan installations
- Outlets & switches
- Lighting installation
- Landscape lighting
- Whole-home surge protection
ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS HOMEOWNERS MAY ENCOUNTER
Homes of any age experience electrical problems. You can keep your Oregon City home safe from common electrical concerns if you keep an eye out for these problems:
- Plugs that fall out of receptacles. Worn contacts that do not hold a plug firmly pose a fire risk and should be replaced as soon as possible. Outlets are not expensive or difficult to replace.
- No ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in wet areas. GFCIs shut off current quickly to prevent electrocution. These receptacles are required in new homes in bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas where water may be present. You can stay safe when you replace older receptacles with GFCIs. They are a little bit more expensive than regular outlets at about $12 apiece.
- Back-stabbed wiring on new receptacles and switches. Allowed on new construction, back-stabbed wiring is not as secure as wires connected to the receptacle with a screw. Usually the only problem is a loose wire that keeps the receptacle from working. However, a fire can start if the hot wire becomes loose. You can remove the outlet cover, pull the wires out, and then secure them with the terminal screws. Make sure the breaker is off before opening the outlet cover.
- Over-wired circuit panel. An over-wired panel has more circuits than it is designed to accommodate. The panel should have a label displaying how many circuits it should have. While not necessarily dangerous, it is a code violation. That could be a problem if you sell your home or require an electrical inspection. You can add a subpanel for additional circuits, or install a larger panel altogether if your budget permits.
- Use the right light bulb. While it may be tempting to install a high-wattage bulb in a low-watt fixture, it’s dangerous to do so. Light bulb mismatching is a common cause of electrical problems and house fires. Damage to the socket and wiring often go unnoticed until a problem occurs. If the fixture isn’t labeled with its wattage, always use a bulb no larger than 60 watts.
Always seek skilled advice for electrical problems. Call Roth Heating & Cooling, Plumbing, Electrical, Drain Services today at (503) 266-1249 for professional, award-winning service from one of our experienced Oregon City electricians.