What is the difference between a certified electrical contractor and a registered contractor?
A licensed electrical contractor is a business that is legally licensed to perform electrical installations. You must be license and insured. Certified contractors can perform work anywhere within the State of Florida.
A registered contractor is registered to a local county or municipal completing the certificate of competency with the electrical contractors licensing board to become a state registered contractor. The license holder can only work in the counties or municipalities where they hold a local license.
Does my electrical work require an electrical permit?
An electrical permit is required for all electrical installations and alterations which include circuit breakers, fuses, receptacle outlets, heating elements, replacement of household appliances if moved from original location, and timers etc…
What is a receptacle?
An electrical outlet is also known as a receptacle. One of the most common of these is a duplex receptacle outlet. It has 2 identical outlets which are usually stacked one on top of the other. Since outlets pose a threat of fire and electrical shock, we install special receptacles in bathroom, kitchens, and other damp areas to prevent electric shock. These special receptacles are called ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) receptacles. The difference between a regular receptacle and a GFCI receptacle is that the GFCI has two buttons, a reset button and a test button. If the GFCI detects a small discrepancy in the amount of power coming back within 6 milliamps, it will shut down the circuit which in turns causes the breaker to trip.
What is a breaker?
A circuit breaker is an electrical switch installed in your electrical panel. It is designed to protect an electrical circuit from damage caused by a surplus amount of electrical current which will result in an overload or short in the circuit. The function of the breaker is to stop the current flow after a fault is detected.
How many smoke detectors do I need in my house?
Everyone must have 1 smoke detector on every floor, 1 inside every bedroom and 1 outside each bedroom.
Having a company based out of Florida, we are asked all the time about whole house surge protection. Is it worth the expense?
Whole house surge protection especially living in Florida (lightning capital of the US) is worth the expense. The surge protection will protect everything in your home. The cost of installation depends on the manufacturer of the electrical panel you already have.