Frequently Asked Electrical Questions

At TFC Electric, we receive a lot of questions from our customers. Homeowners simply want to learn about the inner workings of their electrical system–and with good reason. We are here to answer your frequently asked questions and set the record straight.
What Is A GFCI Outlet? 
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) outlets protect you and your family against electrical shock. GFCIs turn off automatically
when an electrical current comes from an ungrounded source. Blocking the
electrical current keeps you from getting shocked or electrocuted.
Can I Use Extension Cords For Long Term Use?
No. Extension cords are designed for short term use. Appliances that are plugged into an extension cord are using electricity–even when they are not turned on. This phenomenon is known as “Energy Vampires.”
Why Does My Circuit Breaker Trip Frequently?
There are three different reasons as to why this is occurring:
  • You have too many electrical devices plugged into one outlet.
  • Your home is equipped with faulty wiring.
  • The breaker or fuse is not working properly.
If you have an electrical conundrum that we have not answered in this blog post, call 631-589-2800. Our electricians are great at troubleshooting the problem. Best of all, we have 24 hour emergency service. Whenever you need us, we’ll be there to help.
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April 15, 2015