Keeping Your Appliances Safe

If there’s one thing that all homeowners know don’t come cheap, it’s appliances. Whether you’re investing in a new fridge or washing machine or you’ve had the same dishwasher and microwave for the past few years, you want to make sure that your appliances are in good condition so you can make them last.

In order to keep your appliances safe, here are a few tips you should follow. 

Never Pull from the Wire

If you find yourself needing to unplug an appliance, a large or small one, never pull the wire from the wall. Always grab the plug itself. Pulling on the wire can cause it to become frayed or a shock to come from the wall socket.  If the wire does become frayed, it can be dangerous to use in the future or cause your appliance to no longer be able to receive power.

Keep Moisture Away

Everyone knows that electricity and water don’t mix. It’s important to keep any potential moisture away from your appliances, less they damage the unit or produce a dangerous shock. This doesn’t just mean liquid water either; if your home is too humid, the moisture in the air can damage the appliances as well. In cases like these, it’s important to have a dehumidifier to regulate your home’s moisture levels.

Clean Your Appliances

For both safety and functioning purposes, you need to keep your appliances clean. This means getting the lint out of your dryer vents, cleaning the gaskets on your fridge and washing machine, and wiping down any messes in your oven or microwave.

You can’t use your appliances if your home’s electric isn’t up to snuff. For all your electrical needs in Suffolk County, give the experts at TFC Electric a call today!

Preparing Your Home for Summer

Summer is here, and that means it’s time to invite your friends and family over for some fun in the sun! But before you start hosting gatherings, you should make sure that your home is ready to entertain and keep everyone safe this season. Here are just a few ways to prepare your home for summer and ensure everyone has a great time!

Light Up Your Yard

This task is both for entertainment and safety purposes. For one, you’ll want to have the social areas of your yard lit up so the summer fun can continue long after the sun goes down. You also need proper outdoor lighting around your pathways, entrances of your home, and farther areas of your yard so that you can keep an eye on everything happening.

Add Pool Lighting

In order to prevent any falls, injuries, or more dangerous accidents, it’s essential to have proper pool lighting. While it’s a good idea to have in-pool lights, at the very least, you should add lights to the areas surrounding your pool so people and animals can be aware of where they’re walking.

Add a Hot Tub

If you want to add a little flare to your yard, consider adding a hot tub. Whether you want to have a warm soak to start your day or want to relax after a long day of fun, a hot tub is the perfect addition to any backyard. Just make sure the hot tub’s electrical connections are done by a professional electrician so everything functions safely.

Install a Generator

While summer typically brings a lot of hot weather, it can also bring electrical problems. Between summer lightning storms and overheating electrical panels, you could experience a power outage or two during the warmer months. To combat  this, have a standby generator installed in your home to keep the power on no matter what’s going on outside.

When you’re in need of electrical repairs or upgrades in your Long Island home, call the experts at TFC Electric. With 24 years of experience and 24-hours emergency service, you can trust us to take care of all of your electric needs. Give us a call today at 631-589-2800.

Secrets Only Your Electrician Knows

Unless you’re a professional in a certain industry, there are always going to be “little secrets” of the trade that you have yet to learn. That applies to pretty much any industry, including electrical. Well, today’s your lucky day because we’re going to fill you in on a few secrets only your electrician knows!

You May Get Better Pricing in Winter

While you can’t completely control when you’ll need an electrical repair, if you’re looking to make some upgrades, you may want to wait until winter rolls around to get a better price. Spring and summer tend to be our busier season since people are spending their tax returns, so a slightly slower season in winter could mean we’ll offer you a better deal.

Your Problem Might Not Be Electrical

If you have a lighting fixture that keeps burning out your bulbs, sure, the problem could lie in the circuit the lamp is on, but it could also be the bulb’s fault. Check the max wattage for that fixture. If you’re using bulbs that require watts more than a certain maximum, you could be melting the wires in the fixture and risking a fire. Only use bulbs that your fixtures can handle!

It Could Be Simple as Resetting Your Outlet

Are you finding that your outlet sometimes stops working when you’re using a hair dryer or vacuum? If you’re plugging those devices into GFCI outlets, you may be able to fix the issue just by simply resetting the outlet. Look for the “test” and “reset” buttons, and push the reset. As long as the device works again, there isn’t a major problem with the outlet.

Spy on The Neighbors

If the power in your home suddenly goes out, look outside and check your neighbors’ homes. If you notice there are also no lights on in their homes, then there is probably a larger power grid issue in your area. If they do have power, then the issue lies within your home’s electrical system and may require professional attention.

When you’re in need of electrical repairs or upgrades in your Long Island home, call the experts at TFC Electric. With 24 years of experience and 24-hours emergency service, you can trust us to take care of all of your electric needs. Give us a call today at 631-589-2800.

The Types of Outlets Available for Your Home

Do you constantly find yourself wandering your home, looking for even a single spare outlet to plug your devices or chargers into? In this day and age, with all the appliances, electronics, and chargers we have, a home without enough electrical outlets simply won’t do!

If your home is lacking in outlets, you should seriously consider adding a few more around the house. With all the different options and safety features, you should know the types of outlets that are available for your home.

Three-Pronged Outlets

These are your everyday-use outlets and the type that is most commonly installed in residential homes. They typically carry 15 amps and 120 volts and have two long slots above a half-circled slot that grounds the outlet.

Since a lot of devices and chargers plug into these types of outlets, you should make sure your home has plenty of them, especially in living rooms and bedrooms.

GFCI Outlets

Electrical codes require Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets to be the type installed in any areas near water — your bathrooms, basement, laundry room, and outdoors, for example. These outlets are specifically designed to prevent electrical current leaks and cut off the power going to the outlet if there’s a current leak or if the outlet comes in contact with water. This prevents any dangerous shocks or fires from occurring.

Large, 20 Amp, 125 Volt Outlets

Certain appliances, such as refrigerators or ovens, need larger outlets that carry more amps in order to both handle the appliance’s power needs and prevent any electrical issues. These outlets look similar to regular three-prong outlets — they just have a small horizontal slot on one of the vertical prong slots.

USB Outlets

With all the phones, tablets, and other devices we have nowadays, adding a few USB outlets around your home can help give you more convenient charging stations. Plus, it can also help free up some more outlet space for other devices.

Tamper-Resistant Outlets

If you have small children running around your home, you may be concerned that they’ll accidentally stick something into the outlet and hurt themselves. Tamper-resistant outlets feature a shutter receptacle that does not open unless both slots are pushed in at the same time, preventing your children from sticking anything into one slot and shocking themselves.

When you’re looking to upgrades the outlets in your Long Island home, call the experts at TFC Electric. With 24 years of experience and 24-hours emergency service, you can trust us to take care of all of your electric needs. Give us a call today at 631-589-2800.

TFC Electric Inc. Earns 2018 Angie’s List Super Service Award

January 23, 2019 – TFC Electric Inc. is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2018.

“Service pros that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award represent the best  in our network, who are consistently making great customer service their mission,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros have provided exceptional service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2018 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening.

“Our pledge is to establish lasting relationships with our customers by exceeding their expectations and gaining their trust, as well as assuring them of exceptional work being performed by every member of the team”.

TFC Electric Inc. has been listed on Angie’s List since 2010 This is the 8th year TFC Electric Inc. has received this honor.

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Electric Blanket Safety Tips

These Long Island winters seem to just be getting colder and colder as the years go on. When you bundle up in sweatpants and sweatshirts under a bunch of blankets to stay warm, you may consider adding an electric blanket to the mix for extra comfort.

If that’s your plan, it’s essential that you follow these electric blanket safety tips to avoid injury or danger.

Don’t Use Electric Blankets Without Covers

Every electric blanket and heating pad comes with a protective cover, and with a good reason. If you try to use the blanket without the cover, you could easily burn your skin or cause a nearby blanket to become too hot and catch fire. Never use an electric blanket without the cover — if you lose it, don’t use the blanket until you have another cover.

Always Check the Wires First

If the wire that plugs in your electric blanket is at all damaged — cut, torn, frayed, etc. — you risk getting electrocuted or started a fire if you use the blanket. Either have the wire replaced or get a new blanket.

Never Cover Your Electric Blanket

Your electric blanket should always be the top layer when you’re using it. If you place other blankets or items on top of the electric blanket runs the risk of it overheating. Don’t sit on top of the blanket or lets pets lay on it.

Don’t Fold Electric Blankets While They’re On

You won’t get double the heat by folding your electric blanket — you’ll just risk the blanket overheating or catching fire.

Turn Electric Blankets Off Before Sleeping

You should never leave your electric on while you’re sleeping. To avoi injury or other danger, always turn it on before going to bed.

For all your electrical needs in Suffolk County, trust the experts at TFC Electric! With over 24 years of experience, you know you can trust us in your home!

How to Get Rid of Electronics Safely

Technology has changed a lot over the past few decades, and that’s showing no signs of slowing. When you decide to upgrade your computer, TV, or other device, you shouldn’t just toss the old system out onto the curb — electronics need to be disposed of the proper way. Here’s how you can get rid of electronics safely.

Go To a Hazardous Waste Facility

Since a lot of electronics contain materials that aren’t safe for the environment, you shouldn’t — and often can’t — just put them out on the curb for your everyday trash collector to pick up. Instead, find a hazardous waste facility to take your electronics back so they can be properly disposed of.

Find a Trade-In Program

A great way to safely get rid of your electronics, and make a little money in the process, is by trading them in. Many trade-in stores or programs will give you a credit or cash in exchange for your electronics that they can sell themselves.

Find a Recycling Program

Many electronic stores will have a recycling program that encourages people to giv back their unwanted electronics. While most take anything from old batteries to televisions, just give them a call to make sure they accept what you’re planning on dropping off.

Sell Your Old Electronics

Just because you don’t want a laptop or cellphone, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Try selling your old electronics online or to friends — just make sure to completely wipe your personal information from the devices first.

Donate Your Devices

If you’re just upgrading to a new version of your device, but your current models are in good shape, consider donating them. There are plenty of charities and non-profit organizations who would appreciate gaining a new computer to help with their operations.

For all your electrical needs in Suffolk County, give the experts at TFC Electric a call! With over 24 years of experience, we have the knowledge and skills needs to get your home’s electrical system up to code and completely safe.

Electrical Issues That Will Ruin Your Resale Value

Whether it’s your first time or you’re going onto your fourth house, selling your home can be a stressful process. Between finding a buyer, doing all the paperwork, and preparing to move into your new home, you have a lot to worry about. We’re sorry to add it to the list, but there’s something else you should take concern over — your electrical system.

Certain electrical issues can ruin your resale value of your home, leading to your getting less money for your home or your home not being purchased at all. Luckily, all of these issues can be fixed so you have a smooth buying process.

Old Wiring Systems

If you haven’t updated your wiring system in a while, you’re putting your home at risk of fires — something new buyers won’t take lightly. You should update your wiring and make sure your system is properly grounded to avoid any safety issues.

Inadequate Service

Especially if you have an older home, your electrical system may not be properly equipped enough to handle today’s power needs. That can lead to power shorts and outages as well as higher electricity bills. No buyer is going to want to deal with that.

Outlet Issues

If the majority of the outlets in your home are two-pronged ones, you need to replace and update them. Two-pronged outlets aren’t properly grounded, not to mention, most electronics use three-pronged plugs nowadays.

Your resale value will also decreased if you don’t have enough outlets in your home. You should have multiple, three-pronged outlets in each room, especially bedrooms and bathrooms, that are in convenient locations.

Bad Circuit Panels

If your home’s circuit panel is outdated, improperly sized, or poorly repaired, you’re going to have a hard time convincing someone to purchase your home. Before putting your home on the market, you should update your circuit panel.

For help getting your home ready for resale, give the experts at TFC Electric a call! With over 24 years of experience, we have the knowledge and skills needs to get your home’s electrical system up to code and completely safe.

Why You Need to Rewire Your Antique Home

Have you always dreamed of owning a restored, antique home? We don’t blame you. With the charming architectural design and decor older, antique houses tend to have, calling one your home definitely has its appeal.

However, before you get comfortable in your antique home, it’s vital to have your electrical work inspected, and more importantly, have your home rewired. Here’s why.

Old Electrical Systems Can’t Handle Today’s Power Needs

Back when these homes were built, potentially decades or centuries ago, people didn’t use nearly a fraction of the electricity they do today — they simply didn’t have the need. Nowadays, you have large appliances, entertainment devices, device chargers, and more, all of which require a lot of power.

Older electrical systems weren’t designed to meet these power needs, so you’ll likely experience frequent circuit breaks, shortages, and power outages. We doubt you want to deal with that.

Old Electrical Systems are Inefficient

Since the older electrical wiring in antique homes will constantly have to work harder to meet your power needs, it’ll put a greater strain on your home and run up your energy bills in the process.

New wiring and electrical panels are better designed to meet your needs and work efficiently, so you can have lower electricity bills each month.

Old Electrical Systems are a Fire Hazard

The older electrical wiring is, the more likely is it for the wires and fuses to be worn down, frayed, or otherwise damaged. This creates a greater risk for electrical fires to start in your antique home and puts you and your family in danger.

When you rewire your home, you reduce the risk of fires and other safety hazards, since your needs electrical system will be in better condition.

With 24 years of experience, TFC Electric Inc. can help update the wiring and electrical work in your home. Since 1994, we have been serving Suffolk County with any and all electrical needs. Call us today at 631-589-2800 for more information.

Adding Security Cameras to Your Home

As a homeowner, you want to protect your investment and keep your property and your family safe. While we’re sure you’ve taken measures such as good locks on your doors and even adding an alarm system to your home, there are a few other measures you can take to ensure proper safety. A great thing you can do is add security cameras to your home so you can always see what’s going on.

Types of Security Cameras


If you don’t have a lot of storage space on your computer or other devices that will be saving your video recordings, motion sensor cameras are perfect. They only record when something is moving in their frame, so you won’t have endless hours of a still image of your lawn taking up space on your drive.


As the name implies, these cameras are meant to record in dimly lit and dark areas. They are often found outside, so you can spot any intruders that may sneak up on your house in the middle of the night.

Tilt Cameras

While some cameras stay fixed on a certain scene, tilt cameras have the ability to change direction, zoom, and focus on other elements. This can either be done remotely or by hand from your phone, depending on the camera model you choose.

Benefits of Security Cameras


First and foremost, security cameras help keep your home safe. Many intruders are wary of targeting a home that has security cameras that could catch them in the act.

Proving a Crime

If your home is broken into, security footage from your cameras can help prove someone is the perpetrator in court. Rather than have to rely on circumstantial evidence, you can have black and white footage that clearly shows the guilty party.

With 24 years of experience, TFC Electric Inc. can help install the best electrical work for your home. Since 1994, we have been serving Suffolk County with any and all electrical needs. Call us today at 631-589-2800 for more information.