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Frequently Asked Questions About Electrical Services & Electrical Repairs


At F.H. Furr, we know that you likely have many questions about your home’s electrical system and the residential electrical services we offer throughout northern Virginia, Fairfax, and Montgomery County.

FAQs: Electrical Services

An intermittent noise is an indication of a defective smoke detector, and a consistent noise could be a low battery, which needs to be changed.

The short answer to this question is, generally, yes! Electrical outlets can often be relocated elsewhere in your wall to eliminate unsightly cords. However, this process does involve cutting a new hole in your wall for the new outlet placement and patching the wall where the outlet once sat. Additionally, there are a few constraints on outlet placement, such as stud location—your residential electrician will be able to give you more details once he sees your home.

F.H. Furr’s regular business hours include evenings and weekends; our electricians are on the job from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm on weekdays and 7:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekends. We also maintain an emergency service line, which you can call at 703-690-0449 for help with immediate issues after hours. F.H. Furr doesn’t charge hidden fees or make you pay for services you aren’t getting.

Your electric bill is based upon many factors, including how often you use electricity and how much of it you use. The simplest way to reduce your electric bill is to switch lighting, ceiling fans, and appliances off when you don’t need them. If you’re ready to take further steps toward greater energy efficiency, your options include replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, upgrading your home’s lighting systems to use LEDs for even greater energy savings, and upgrading your current appliances and HVAC equipment to high-efficiency models. 

FAQs: Electrical Repair/Replacement

A short circuit occurs when the wire carrying the electrical current comes into contact the grounded conductor or equipment ground.

Power surges can cause this as well as larger wattage bulbs that build-up heat fast and shorten the life of the bulb. If it’s becoming too frequent, you should get it repaired as soon as possible.

There are many reasons your light switch may not work for your lighting fixture. The simplest explanation is a tripped circuit, which affects the flow of power from your switch to your lighting. Other possibilities include burned-out or corroded contacts, damaged wiring, or a problem with the wiring or light sockets in your light fixture.

If you find yourself constantly blowing fuses at home, your residential electrician can definitely solve the problem. In most cases, constantly blown fuses are due to older electrical panel boxes that are simply not capable of carrying the load required for modern electronics and appliances. A heavy up pane box upgrade is the best way to eliminate this pesky problem; this electrical service will also improve the safety of your home’s electrical system and make it easier to add appliances and fixtures in the future.

Replacing any existing light switch with a dimmer switch is a simple task—as long as you’re an electrician. Installing a dimmer switch properly requires more than simply removing the old switch and replacing it with a new one. During this process, your electrician will also check the condition of the wiring, make sure the switch is properly grounded, and ensure the box is large enough to safely contain the new wiring associated with your dimmer switch. Any time you want to replace an existing switch with a dimmer switch, just call your residential electrician in Alexandria to handle the job.

FAQs: Electrical Maintenance 

You should visually check for any damage or deterioration to your electrical equipment at least once a month.

Call about every year to get your electrical system tested out for better maintenance.

Zinsco electrical equipment was primarily produced in the early 1930s. Thus, by today’s standards, these electrical panels are woefully out of date. Furthermore, Zinsco panels have a known design flaw that can cause arcing and overheating in the electrical panel, which is a significant safety risk. If your northern Virginia home still employs a Zinsco electrical panel, you should schedule a panel box upgrade for both safety and convenience.

In theory, a properly-installed and maintained fuse panel can be as safe as a circuit breaker. However, in the vast majority of homes, fuse panels are not considered safe. This is because any electrical system that uses a fuse panel is undoubtedly old, and older electrical systems suffer from both wear and tear and an inability to keep up with modern electrical needs. In short, if your home’s electrical system relies on a fuse panel, it’s likely unsafe—contact your residential electrician for a panel box upgrade to a modern circuit breaker system.

No—double-tapped electrical panels are not only considered a defect, but they are also considered a serious fire hazard. Double tapping means that a single circuit in your breaker is attached to two separate wires. This is a fire hazard because circuits are not meant to handle multiple connections, and these wires can easily come loose, causing sparks that will lead to a fire. If your electrical panel is double-tapped, contact your electrician for electrical repair immediately.

There are two main reasons that smoke detectors chirp: low batteries and a miswired or defunct detector. If your smoke detectors are chirping, change the batteries to see if this solves the issue. Smoke detectors that continue to chirp after battery replacement have sustained internal electrical damage or have reached the end of their functional lifetime; your residential electrician can repair the writing or replace the defunct detector to ensure your home’s smoke detection system remains intact.

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