Code Updates

Electrical hazards result in thousands of accidents each year. Over 25,000 home fires, almost 1000 injuries, 200 deaths, and over $600 million in property damage are associated with electric wiring, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, account for 20 percent of electrocutions.

It is often found a home not up to the current electrical code is to blame.

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What is the NEC and electrical code updates?

First published in 1897, the National Electric Code (NEC) is the nation’s singular code for safe electrical installation. Prepared under the direction of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Adopted in all 50 states the NEC sets electrical code standards for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection to protect people and property from electrical hazards.

Updates are made to the NEC’s electrical code and updated every three years to safeguard people and buildings by minimizing accidents and fire hazards resulting from the use of electricity. The 2014 NEC is the most current edition.

Electrical code updates for 2014:

  • GFCI protection for kitchen dishwashers
  • AFCI protection for kitchen and laundry areas
  • GFCI protection for laundry areas
  • Dedicated circuits for the charging of electric vehicles
  • All 15- and 20-ampere, 125- and 250-volt receptacles installed in a wet location – including temporary installations – must have an enclosure and covers that are weatherproof whether an attachment plug cap is inserted or not.
  • Plus hundreds of other changes furthering electrical safety…

Do not hesitate to call us here a HJC Electric, if you have concerns about your homes electrical system. Catching potential problems before they fail can prevent injuries to yourself or damage to your home..

Electrical panel updates:

Your Electrical Panel is the heart of your electrical system it distributes power from your local utility provider it flows through the electrical meter, through an electrical disconnect, and then to the main breaker by way of your electrical panel from there power is distributed through circuit breakers to every electrical device in your home or business. If this fails or is out of date major problems can occur, loss of power, damage to electrical appliances, and at worst an electrical fire.

Here are a few signs that something could be wrong with your electrical panel:

  1. Frequently blown fuses or tripped breakers. Circuit breakers and fuses are meant to fail as a way to prevent overloading of a circuit. If a vacuum or curling iron repeatedly trips a breaker regardless of where you plug it in, the appliance is the likely culprit. But if using a single outlet causes you to blow the same circuit breaker repeatedly, more than likely circuit is probably overloaded and needs attention asap. 
  1. Dimming or flickering lights. Because light fixtures typically draw only a small amount of power, dimming or flickering of lights is rarely caused by a problem with the fixture or outlet. More likely the issue is with major appliances like heaters or air conditions that are wired to the same circuit. Washing machine drawing current to heat water or refrigerators cooling systems could also be the reason for dimming lights. Contact HJC Electric about moving lights to different circuits or installing dedicated lines for major appliances. 
  1. Sparking or buzzing. Both are never a good sign. Sparking and buzzing could mean a couple of different things. 1. It might be the electrical panel or 2. It might be the receptacle outlet.

Whatever the case may be don’t put off calling us asap.

Nowadays with all the new appliances and technical devices we find that older homes might not have sufficient power available to handle our increased demands, without an electrical panel upgrade.  An HJC electrician can inspect your home’s current wiring system and recommend any electrical panel changes that are necessary. Don’t wait for problems to occur.

If your home is over 15 years old call us for FREE estimate today.