Electrical FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can’t I do my own electrical repairs? Why do I need to hire an electrician?

Electrical fires claim hundreds of lives each year and injure thousands more, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Incorrectly installed or faulty wiring causes most of these fires. Your home’s electrical system is complicated—and do-it-yourself mistakes could be deadly. Most repair jobs are best left to the professionals, since licensed electricians are knowledgeable about building codes and national safety standards and provide peace of mind by guaranteeing their work.

Is Maglio licensed, insured and bonded?

Yes. Maglio Electric contractors are fully insured, licensed and bonded. To stay on top of changes in the electrical industry, our highly trained technicians continually upgrade their skills and knowledge through specialized training, certifications and professional development.

My utilities are very costly. How can I save money on my monthly electric bill?

By changing your day-to-day habits, you can downsize your monthly electric bill. Here are a few small steps that will make a big impact on your pocketbook:

  • Invest in energy-efficient light bulbs. Fluorescent lights may cost more initially, but they have a longer shelf life and use less energy.
  • Turn off or unplug all appliances when not in use.
  • Program or adjust your thermostat so the air conditioner or heater is on only when you’re at home. This small change adds up to at least $100 in annual savings.
  • If possible, replace appliances that are over 15 years old with energy-efficient ones.
  • Consider installing alternative sources of energy, like solar panels, which reduce electric bills by 15 percent or more.

What is a GFCI, and where should they be installed?

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, proper use of ground fault circuit interrupters, or GFCIs, prevents thousands of accidental shock injuries and electrocutions each year. A GFCI looks like a normal outlet, except it includes a “Reset” and “Test” button. GFCI’s are designed to prevent electrical fires by cutting off the flow of electricity from current that has strayed from a circuit. The National Electrical Code requires that GFCI’s be installed where electricity and water come into contact with one another (think bathrooms, kitchens, outdoor receptacles and garage wall outlets).

How do I know when an electrical outlet needs to be repaired or replaced?

Damaged or loose electrical outlets are not only a nuisance; they are a fire hazard. Electrical outlets need to be repaired or replaced if:

  • A buzzing sound comes from the outlet, especially when plugging in appliances
  • Outlets generate sparks or have loose-fitting plugs
  • Outlet faces have burn marks

What type of light bulbs do you recommend for home and business fixtures?

Energy-efficient light bulbs save you money over time and reduce your carbon footprint. The most common type on the market today is the compact fluorescent light (CFL). CFLs last up to 13 times longer and emit less heat than incandescent bulbs. In addition, these energy-saving light bulbs can cut 25 percent off of your electric bill every year, and they come in shapes and sizes to fit a variety of home and business fixtures.

How do I keep children and pets safe from electrical injury?

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that approximately 2,400 children a year receive emergency room treatment for electrical shock. The natural curiosity of children and pets presents a major safety concern for parents, but following the tips below can keep your family—and four-legged friends—safe from injury.

  • Place covers on all unused outlets.
  • Keep appliances out of the reach of toddlers or pets.
  • Put a safety lock cover over power strips or surges to prevent small children from placing fingers in outlets.
  • Close doors to rooms with multiple electrical devices, such as hobby rooms, offices or home theatres.
  • Never let children play with kites, planes or similar toys around overhead power lines.
  • Ask a professional electrical service provider like Maglio Electric to install tamper-resistant receptacles in your home.

I reset my home’s breaker, but I still have no power. What should I do?

If you don’t have power after correctly resetting a circuit breaker, it may be a sign that the breaker is overloaded or that there is a short circuit or faulty wiring to blame. Maglio’s certified and licensed electricians inspect and test circuits to diagnose the problem. Breakers wear out over time. If a replacement is needed, we install a robust system with a new breaker panel and overload correction.

Should I convert my home’s power system from electricity to solar?

Solar power is a renewable resource that will never run out—and will ultimately save you money in the long run. Once solar panels are installed, they create no noise or air pollution and are low maintenance.  And, while solar panels require a significant initial investment, they are a cost-effective, long-term solution for sustainable energy production. Call the solar experts at Maglio Electric for a free solar consultation. Learn whether solar conversion is the right choice for you!

Where can I find more information about electrical safety?

Electrical-related injuries claim the lives of hundreds of people each year. Many of these cases could have been prevented, so it’s important to educate yourself about electrical safety precautions. For helpful information about protecting yourself and your family, visit:

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