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How to Perform Basic Electrical Tasks

We wouldn’t normally recommend doing electrical jobs on your own. In fact, we advise against it for safety reasons. However, there may be an emergency that requires you to shut off power to your home, or another situation that doesn’t warrant the services of a professional electrician. For these cases, we’ve provided some guidelines for basic electrical jobs around your home. Keep reading to learn more.

Shutting Power Off to Your Home

Should you see an electrical spark from an outlet, fear that your wiring is going to start a fire, or have some other type of electrical emergency, you’ll want to shut off your power until a professional can come take a look. You can do this by flipping off your main breaker—typically a double-width switch located at the top of the service panel.

Resetting Your Electrical Panel

Find your breaker panel, and turn off each circuit breaker, one by one. At this time you can reset your main breaker. This may need to be done after a power outage has occurred. If you are unsure, however, you can always reach out to our professional electricians.

Changing an Outlet or Switch

This is a task that should typically be reserved for a professional electrician. However, if you have access to a voltage tester, then turn off the power to the receptacle from your circuit panel. Unscrew and remove the cover plate, then use your voltage tester to ensure the circuit is dead.

Pull the outlet out with the old wires still attached, and attach those wires to the terminals of the new outlet, and replace the cover plate. Turn your power back on. If it does not restore power, then it’s time to call in a professional.

For professional electrical services throughout Mason, OH and beyond, contact Servall Electric Company today.

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