• Call us: 928.726.5671

Why You Should Have an Electrical Inspection

Clearly this electrical work was not performed by professionals!

When it comes to electrical inspections it is always a good idea to have your home checked by professionals periodically.  During an electrical inspection, your home’s wiring will be looked at as well as the electrical box. These inspections by contracted electricians will make sure the electrical connections in your home comply with state law as well as electiccal codes. Here are 3 instances when you should have a professional conduct an electrical inspection.

  1. Before buying a new home – a new home inspection is important before closing in case there might be hidden issues with your home. If there have been changes to the original wiring of the home it is important to ensure that they were done correctly.  For older homes, it is also important to make sure the older wiring meets the demands of modern living and its electrical load.
  2. Before major renovations – when upgrading your home with any renovation, an inspection will uncover if your current electrical system can support your plans. When adding outlets to any new project an inspection ensures that you are within any building codes which will keep you and your family safe.
  3. For Insurance purposes – Your insurance might ask for a home electrical inspection. The more current your inspection the better an insurer can assess the risks of your home and possibly help you save on premiums.

Reasons for yearly electrical inspections:

  1. Fire Safety – over 50,000 electrical fires happen annually in the US. Many of these are done to improper electrical wiring.
  2. Safety of the occupants – the physical safety of individuals can be at risk with outlet overloading, potential electrical shock, and outdated wiring.
  3. Adherence to Government Electrical Standards – electric standards change every few years which means certain fixtures in your home could be out of compliance.
  4. Avoiding damage to electrical appliances – electricity may damage appliances due to power sources being outdated.

If your home or business needs an electrical inspection and or you have any other electrical needs give D & H Electric a call at (928) 726-5671!

Read more

5 Summertime Tips to Save Money on Your Electric Bill

For those of us in the desert heat, the summer means soaring electrical bills due to air conditioner costs. However, D&H Electric is here to give you some tips that should help offset some of these costs and save you a little money this summer. We asked for some tips via Facebook and those are included in this list. Check it out, we might just save you money on your electric bill this summer!

  • Regularly Change You Air Conditioner Filters– this one was suggested by Ernesto (super D&H Electric employee). Replacing a dirty air filter with a clean one can reduce your energy consumption by as much as 15%. Given that HVAC is half (or more) of your electric bill, that is a savings of 7.5% off your total electric bill you are missing out on if you are using dirty air filters. Also, a dirty HVAC filter causes your air conditioner motor to work harder, increasing the likelihood of a problem. Change those filters!
  • Use Fans – Using fans helps the air to circulate properly which puts less pressure on your AC. If you have a ceiling fan it should have a switch to change the direction of the fan’s rotation. If it is hot in the room, you want to push the hot air up and out of the room, so the fan should rotate in a counter-clockwise. If you use air conditioning, ceiling fans will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort. Every degree you raise your AC and instead use fans will likely save you 4% in energy costs. That can save you a lot of green this summer!
  • Use other appliances less – You can offset the high energy costs of cooling by using appliances less to save money. Air dry your clothes, hand wash your dishes, and unplugging unused appliances (energy vampires) can reduce your electrical costs. It’s easy to tell how much you are saving by using the Energy Use Calculator.
  • Use a solar oven – This was suggested by Jennifer on Facebook. Thanks, Jennifer! Take advantage of the heat by cooking meals naturally with a solar oven. You can buy one or even make one and cook everything from cookies to chicken to pasta. Not only are you harnessing the power of the sun to cook but stoves warm your house up, causing your HVAC to work harder. If you are feeling less adventurous, you can get the same benefit by cooking meals on the barbeque.
  • Turn off the lights and keep curtains closed – We know it’s dark, but the lights heat the house up and the sun coming through the window will heat your house up quicker than you can say “but it’s a dry heat!” To get the maximum benefit, use blackout curtains. If you must use lights, make sure you are using LED bulbs. LED bulbs last longer and will cost you less money in the long run because they use less electricity. Less electricity also means the bulbs warm your house less, saving you on your energy bill.

Thanks for reading! Stay cool this summer Yuma!

Read more

What to Do When Your Circuit Breaker Tips

It’s always a good idea to label your circuit breakers, Yuma!

What to Do When Your Circuit Breaker Tips

So the lights, an appliance, or an outlet are not working in your house. If applicable, you reset your GFCI and the outlet or appliance still doesn’t work. So you head out to the breaker box and you notice that one of the breakers is going the opposite way of the other breakers. Using your powers of deduction, you determine that you tripped your circuit breaker. Is that bad?

First, it’s good that your circuit breaker tripped! Think of breakers as safety devices. They cut off power to your home to prevent overheating and fire.

Why Did My Circuit Breaker Trip?

            There are essentially 4 reasons why your breaker could trip:

  1. Circuit Overload – this happens when there are too many appliances on a circuit. This is one of the most common causes of a circuit tripping. If you recently added an appliance to a room (say a vacuum or a hair dryer) it is likely that this was the cause of the overload.
  2. A Short Circuit – this is when a hot wire touches a neutral wire in your home’s wiring system.
  3. Ground Fault – when a hot wire touches a ground wire, it overheats the system and causes a ground fault.
  4. A faulty appliance – if there is an issue with the wiring of an appliance, it can draw too much power an overheat the circuit.

If you believe that your circuit breaker trip was caused by a short circuit or ground fault, you should call an electrician right away.

How to Reset a Circuit Breaker

The good news is that it is relatively easy to reset a circuit breaker. Follow these easy steps:

  1. Turn off all the lights and unplug appliances. If you are overloaded, failure to do so may trip your circuit again!
  2. Locate your electrical panel (if you haven’t already).
  3. Make sure your hands are dry and that you aren’t standing in a puddle. If you aren’t comfortable, call an electrician for help.
  4. Look for the tripped breaker. It should be in the “OFF” position. Move it to the “ON” position.
  5. Test the area by reintroducing lights or an appliance to the circuit.

If your circuit breaker trips after you reset it, this may be the sign of an electrical problem in your home. Give us a call at (928) 726-5671 and our licensed electricians can help diagnose and fix the problem. Thanks Yuma!

Read more

How to Avoid Electrical Pitfalls When Buying a New Home

For green parrots, moving is easy… for humans… not so much! Give us a call if you would like us to inspect your electrical system!

How to Avoid Electrical Pitfalls When Buying a New Home

 

What do you look at when you’re buying a new home?

 

Many buyers examine a range of different factors, from the state of the garden, to how many bedrooms a property has. Yet, you’d be surprised how many people fail to evaluate one of the most important features of their new property – the electricity. The home electrical system is frequently overlooked during the home buying experience because people are more focused on how a home looks and feels.

 

Unfortunately, if you move into a new home and find that your wiring is faulty, or there’s something dangerous going on with your built-in appliances, then you’re going to have a lot of stress ahead of you. Here’s how you can avoid electrical issues when moving into your new home.

  1.     Get an Inspection

 

While most mortgage companies will ask you to get a home inspection before you buy a property, it’s important to remember that these basic evaluations don’t cover in-depth things like the structure of the property, or whether the electrical system works as it should. To save yourself from disaster, think about hiring an electrical inspector to come and look at the property on your behalf, before you sign on the dotted line. This can save you a lot of time and money in the long-term. Thankfully, we would be more than happy to help! Give us a call at 928-726-5671

 

If your electrical expert notices something that needs to be fixed, they can provide you with a quote on how much the work will cost, so you can either reduce the offer you make on the home or take that into account when you’re budgeting your expenses.

  1.     Check the Electrical Items

 

Two-thirds of homebuyers fail to check the electrical systems in a home before they place an offer on a property. When you’re busy dreaming about the color you’re going to paint the walls in your new bedroom, it can be easy to forget to switch the lights on to check they work properly or check to see whether appliances are using electricity as they should.

 

As you walk around the home, make sure that everything you touch works as you would expect it too. It may also be worth asking the seller whether you can see a copy of his or her electrical bill, so you can see how efficient the electrical system seems to be in your potential new home. While electricity prices can vary according to the neighborhood, particularly high costs could be a sign of trouble.

  1.     Ask Plenty of Questions

 

Unless you’re an electrical expert, you might not know much about what’s going on behind the scenes in your potential new home, but you can ask for a few details from your realtor. For instance, the kind of wiring that’s in the home can say a lot about how secure an electrical system is. You can also keep your eye out for electrical outlets that look loose or dangerous in any way.

Just as you wouldn’t use a moving company like our friends at Bellhops Moving Arizona without asking them some questions about their experience, don’t move into a house without asking as many questions as you can think of about the mechanics of their electrical system. Again, should you need further assistance do not hesitate to give us a call at 928-726-5671!

Thanks!

Read more

5 Signs You Should Replace Your Electrical Outlet

Have an old electrical outlet? Not sure if you should replace it? Here are D&H Electric’s 5 signs you should replace your electrical outlet.

  1. Outlets are getting hot, sparking, or are making a sizzling or popping sound: you shouldn’t need this list to tell you that you have a problem! This is a fire hazard that needs to be taken care of If you have an outlet with this issue remember you can call D&H Electric 24/7 at 928-726-5671.
  2. Your outlet is discolored or looks burnt: just like if the outlet was getting hot or sparking, this is a sign that there is a problem with your wiring. This is also a fire issue and you need to call an electrician (us) immediately!
  3. Plugs fall out of the outlet: a loose outlet is caused by worn contacts. These outlets need to be replaced because loose sockets can cause electrical arcing putting you at risk for fire.
  4. You have two pronged outlets: unless you live in an old house, you probably won’t see these outlets. However, not only are these outlets a pain because you can’t use them with three pronged plugs, they are also dangerous. That means that the outlet itself isn’t grounded, and it should be replaced because it’s a fire risk.
  5. Cracked outlet covers, or outlets with large gaps caused by undersized wall plates: those gaps allow dust to settle into the outlet, which will increase the risk of fire. It’s best that you replace the outlet all together, not just the faceplate.

If you notice any of those 5 signs, make sure to call an electrician immediately. Call D&H Electric at 928-726-5671. Thanks, Yuma!

Read more

Electrical Jokes That Are Actually Funny

While we take our service of Yuma County seriously, we are also known to have some fun. We think one of the reasons we were lucky enough to win Yuma’s Best Electrical services back to back is the relationships we build with our customers. Our electricians and support staff are warm and friendly, and take pride in what they do!

Here are some favorite our favorite electrician jokes. Some of them may be a little corny, but sometimes those are the best ones! Hope these jokes can brighten your day! If you have a favorite one or one you think we should add to our joke list, tell us on Facebook.

Get it?

Q: What is an electrician’s favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Shock-o-lot(Chocolate)

Q: Why did Mr. Ohm marry Mrs. Ohm?
A: Because he couldn’t resistor!

Q: What’s grey, crispy and hangs from the ceiling?
A: An amateur electrician.

Q: Why did the lights go out?
A: Because they liked each other!

Q. Why do fluorescent lights hum?
A. Because they can’t remember the words.

Q: How many electricians does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: One, just hold the bulb up and the whole world revolves around him.

Q: Why can’t there be an LED beauty pageant?
A: Because the winner would be Miss LED!

 

I finally managed to get rid of that nasty electrical charge I’ve been carrying. I’m ex-static!

My cheap neighbor doesn’t want to pay for an electrician to re-wire his house so he’s going to try and do it himself.
“How hard can it be?” he said. I think he’s in for a shock.

Read more

5 Effective Ways to Childproof Your Electrical Outlets

Childproofing one’s home from potential electrical hazards can be time-consuming but is essential in protecting your children from harm.  According to the National Protection Fire Association, approximately 2,400 children suffer from severe shock and burns caused by various objects being poked into electrical outlets every year. Here are 5 effective ways to help keep young children safe:

  1. Outlet caps – All homes with small children should have this simple means of protecting their children.  Any outlet within reach of young ones should have a cap which will block tiny fingers and foreign objects from entering an outlet.  However, these can prove to be annoying when needing to use the outlet and children may be capable of removing the caps.  Therefore, the next three suggestions will b more effective in preventing electrical hazards.
  2. Electrical outlet covers – Simply replace your current outlet covers with safe plates.  These baby proof outlet covers allow you to plug in your appliances by sliding the faceplate until it lines up with the outlet.  This allows easy access to the outlet while protecting children.
  3. Tamper Resistant Receptacles- This spring-loaded receptacle plate closes off the slots and prevents any foreign objects from entering the outlet. This is the safest way to keep children safe and the expert staff at D & H Electric would be happy to change out your old outlets and replace with a receptacle plate.
  4. GFCI Outlets- These outlets will shut off the electrical circuit if it detects an imbalance.  If a child were to stick something in a socket, the GFCI Outlet would cut power thus protecting the child from further harm. Once installed, these outlets can easily be detected is this the right word you are looking for? with the test and reset buttons.
  5. Wire an outlet to a switch – By wiring your outlet to a switch, you can control the flow of electricity to an outlet. By keeping the switch in the off position when not in use, you can reduce the risk of electric shock.

 

Your child’s safety is of the utmost concern. Above are four simple ways to minimize your child’s risk of electric shock. If you have any questions or would like help childproofing your electrical system, give D&H Electric a call at (928) 726-5671. For more on childproof receptacles, check out this infographic below:

Tamper Resistant Receptacles – Childproofing Done Right

Read more

Average Arizona Home Energy Breakdown

These days, everyone is looking to save a little extra on their electrical bill especially with APS raising their rates on energy consumption. We’ve given you tips on how to reduce your electrical bill in the past, and we thought it might be helpful to examine how the average Arizona home consumes electricity.

According to the US Department of Energy, the average Arizona home consumes ¼ of its energy by running the air conditioner, which is 4x the national average.  However, according to APS, 40% of the energy consumption of an average Arizona home goes to cooling with that number leapfrogging to cooling being 70% of your total bill in the summer.  Either way, cooling your home is a significant expenditure. If you are looking to save money on your electrical bill, making sure your cooling system is tuned up and consuming energy wisely would be a great place to start. APS has some great tips to save money on cooling costs. We also wrote an article recently how a smart thermostat could save you a lot of money as well.

However, a significant amount of the average Arizonan’s electrical bill (43%) comes from appliances, electronics, and lighting. Since this is such a large expenditure, little things like turning off lights when not in use, unplugging/powering off “energy vampires” (computers, phone chargers, and streaming devices), and using LED light bulbs could potentially mean big savings on your bill.  In addition, we recommend using newer energy efficient appliances. While people love to use old fridges in Yuma, your second fridge in your laundry room or garage could be costing you hundreds in excess energy costs. If you need a second fridge, get a newer energy efficient one!

The third largest expenditure of the average Arizona home is water heating, accounting for 17% of average consumption. Turning down your water heater by 10 degrees or more could save you 3-5% on your water heating costs. Lastly, a great way to save money is to simply not use hot water. By washing your clothes and dishes with cold water, you stand to save some green!

It should be unsurprising that heating only accounts for 15% of the average Arizonan’s electrical bill. However, it does get cold in the winter. By ensuring that your heating/cooling system is well maintained, you can save some money in the winter months. In addition, pull out those heavy blankets and wear a sweatshirt…. Less heat means more money!

Hopefully, you found this post helpful. Which did your find the most helpful? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook! Thanks for taking the time to read our blog and don’t forget to use D&H Electric for all your electrical needs! Give us a call at (928) 725-5671!

Read more

Are Smart Thermostats Worth it?

Should you get a smart thermostat? Smart appliances are all the rage with people turning to technology to give them the ability to program their appliances using their phone. Wouldn’t it be cool to program your thermostat without getting out of bed or while you are out of town? With a smart thermostat, you could do that!

 

How does a smart thermostat work?

A smart thermostat replaces your traditional thermostat. Using your phone, tablet, or computer, you can program your thermostat settings at or away from your home. This allows you to turn your thermostat up or down or turn off/on your heating/cooling system via an app.

Can a smart thermostat save me money?

Yes! Although they require an initial investment, properly programming them can save you some cash. These thermostats can detect patterns of occupation and set your thermostat accordingly. Why heat or cool an unoccupied house?  The thermostat can even be set to run right before you come home so that when you arrive your home is the appropriate temperature. According to APS, you can save as much as 15%  in energy costs using a smart thermostat. That means you can save $360 a year if your electricity costs are $200 a month! In addition, APS will send you a $30.00 rebate when you properly install, register, and program a smart thermostat in your home.

What does it take to start using a smart thermostat?

You need to do a few things first. First, make sure your HVAC and heating system are compatible. Many of the smart thermostat manufacturers like ecobee and Nest have online compatibility checks so you can see if it works with your system before you buy. Second, you need to download and familiarize yourself with the app and be able to connect the thermostat to your Wi-Fi. Last (but most importantly) make sure the thermostat is installed correctly. If you would like D&H Electric to do the installation to ensure it is done correctly give us a call at (928) 726-5671! We’d be happy to help!

So, are they worth it?

Yes! We think if installed and used correctly you could save some serious cash with a smart thermometer (especially in the summer months). Once it’s installed, all you have to do is make sure you keep up with the programming. Think about how much money you could save after a few years!

Maybe you could do that LED landscaping project you always wanted to do with the money you’ll save! Thanks for reading and remember to use D&H Electric for all your electrical needs!

Read more

D&H Electric at the Yuma Main Street Water Treatment Facility

This Tuesday (March 27, 2018) D&H Electric did some electrical work at the Yuma Main Street Water Treatment Facility. This treatment plant can produce up to 40 million gallons of water daily and has been providing the Yuma area with drinking water since 1892! Here we are installing an 800 Amp Cell. Check out this great pic:

When D&H Electric does important projects such as this, we also provide education and training to our customers. Here we are training City of Yuma Employees on proper procedures related to the installed cells. It’s important that the cell is closed and opened properly and that proper procedures are followed.

When we say that we serve Yuma, we really mean it! When you turn on your faucet, the water you drink has been treated by the City of Yuma powered by D&H Electric’s work! Not only are we keeping the lights on, we are keeping the water running too!

Want to keep up with D&H Electric? Make sure you like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Stay tuned for more from D&H Electric!

Read more