Frequently Asked Questions
You will find answers to all of your most common Electrical Services related questions located here.
Can you tell me exactly how much this electrical job will cost me?
In our years of experience, we have found that our customers prefer an accurate price based on their exact electrical issue. Most phone quotes are subject to change once the technician sees the job. We don’t think that is fair to you. By allowing us to diagnose the problem in person, you will know exactly what it will cost to get the job done before we begin work.
How long do electrical repairs take?
Most electrical repairs can be fixed the same day. However, repairs requiring us to file permits, get inspections or work within other constraints may take longer. Pinellas County Electric offers superior, expedited service and will always resolve your electrical issue as efficiently as possible.
Do I need an electrical code inspection?
It’s wise to seek a code inspection any time you:
• Move into a new home
• Haven’t had an inspection in 5-10 years
• Are living in an older home
• Plan on a renovations or an addition
What should I do if I lose power?
If the lights are also out at your neighbors, alert your power company and use safe methods of lighting, such as flashlights, while your utility company corrects the problem. Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible to prevent food from spoiling in the event of a prolonged outage. If your home is the only one on your block without power, call Pinellas County Electric. We’ll come out 24/7 to diagnose and repair your problem.
How much does it cost to change my fuse panel?
Pinellas County Electric provides you with a quote to complete the work at no charge. We must look at each panel location to provide this quote as there are many variables that must be taken into account. Things like panel location, electrical system flexibility, feeder cable length, and, most importantly, the decision to repair or completely replace the panel are important pieces of information we must find out before we begin a job. To provide an accurate quote without this information is impossible.
Why are my lights flickering?
If your lights are flickering – especially when a major appliance turns on or off (like your air conditioning system, or washer and dryer, etc.) – the chances are that the wiring in your home is old and needs to be replaced. Old, out-of-date wiring simply wasn’t designed to handle the electrical capacity of today’s modern technology, and if left unfixed, could result in an electrical fire.
What is Whole Home Surge Protection and is it necessary in my home?
Today’s homes are more advanced and filled with electronics than they have ever been, and we are increasingly dependent on not only the electronics, but the ability to easily charge them. Whole Home Surge Protection provides protection to all the electrical equipment in your home from surges and spikes that can be created outside or even inside your home. It acts just like the high quality power bars we often buy for our entertainment systems or our computer systems, but instead it protects all the devices in your home. This means it protects the electronic components of refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryer dishwashers, coffee makers and anything else that wouldn’t traditionally have protection. We recommend whole home surge protectors be installed in all homes to protect all the electronics.
Why does my circuit always trip?
If you find a specific circuit continues to trip over and over, you may have too many electrical items or devices running on the same circuit, or a faulty short. Call us to diagnose and correct the problem.
How can I save energy in my office?
The quickest and easiest way to save energy in any building is by making sure your lighting system is as efficient as possible. There are many options available to make your lighting more efficient, from retrofitting existing fluorescent fixtures, to replacing old fixtures with new energy efficient solutions. This could mean using fluorescent bulbs where high bay metal halide or high pressure sodium fixtures were used previously, or even using LED technology to improve lighting levels as well as reduce energy usage. Pinellas County Electric can give you the right information and work with you to get all the incentives available in your area to improve your lighting.
What is a GFCI Receptacle?
A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter is a receptacle that is designed to protect against electric shock when using electrical devices near water. It senses when power is going where it should not, and if it senses a problem it shuts off. This is why most codes specify that they be used in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and outdoor areas. One thing many people do not realize is that these devices are designed to be tested once a month to ensure proper operation. This is done by pressing the test button on the device to make sure it turns off, and then pressing the reset button to make sure it turns on. If either of the test or reset buttons do not work it is time to replace the device.
Where is the safest place to use a generator?
Generators are an excellent source of backup power during the many Florida storms and Hurricanes, but you should never operate a generator inside your home or in a garage. Call us for a free estimate throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties!
Can I do this work myself?
Many areas allow a home owner to do their own electrical work, provided they take out the proper permits and have the work inspected by the proper authorities. The safety of your family and your home should always be considered before you undertake any electrical work. Pinellas County Electric suggests you call a professional unless you have the proper training, and we provide free quotes for all electrical work.
Can permanent service be installed if the house has had a ruff in inspection?
No, We will not set a meter without a final inspection or in some instances a non occupancy permit shall be allowed from the local electrical inspector.
Do you provide outdoor lighting?
We offer a variety of lighting products including decorative colonial, cobra head, directional floodlights, and security lights. We can customize plans to fit any lighting need.
Is aluminum wiring a fire hazard or is my aluminum wiring safe?
Aluminum wiring was used in the late 1960s and into the mid-1970s in many homes across North America. Aluminum wiring itself is not dangerous to have in your house. The issue with aluminum wiring is in faulty terminations either in receptacles and switches, or light fixtures and equipment. Due to expansion and contraction of the conductor itself and the fact that aluminum will oxidize over time, heat can be generated at points where the aluminum wiring is improperly terminated. One of the main issues with aluminum wiring is that while everything may appear fine with your wiring, it could be deteriorating behind devices, creating a dangerous fire hazard. If you have concerns about aluminum wiring in your home or business you should have it inspected by a licensed electrician like Pinellas County Electric, who has experience working with aluminum wiring.