Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that Mr. Response Electric, LLC receives. If you have a question that's not addressed below, please contact us at (800) 550-9097. We’ll be happy to address any questions or concerns you have about your electrical service.
Office buildings in the U.S. spend an annual average of $1.34 per square foot on electricity and 18 cents per square foot on natural gas. In a typical office building, lighting, heating, and cooling represent between 54% and 71% of total use, depending on climate, making those systems the best targets for energy savings.
There may be a loose connection somewhere in the circuit or the circuit may be overloaded.
Yes, even hard-wired smoke detectors should be changed every 10 years.
Massachusetts law requires all homes to have carbon-monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is a very dangerous gas that comes from oil burners and other heating units.
They were required in all homes since March 31, 2006.
Carbon monoxide detectors should be in every bedroom and on every floor.
It all depends on what size load you’ve added since the service was installed. An electrician should be called to evaluate it.
Yes, any home or business that’s prone to power outages should have some kind of backup power source.
In most cases, customers will see a reduction in their electric bill due to new installations, tighter connections, and a better power balance. The actual amount of savings typically depends on your monthly electric bill.
Change all your bulbs to fluorescent bulbs, change your thermostats to programmed thermostats, have an electrician check your meter socket and circuit panel to ensure all your connections are correct and tight, and replace your electrical service if it becomes extensively degraded. You may need to periodically upgrade your interior wiring as well.
Compact fluorescent lights are the most efficient. Soft white and daylight are color shades that fluorescent bulbs emit. Soft white is a gentle shade of light whereas daylight is just what it says, it’s like being outside in the day light. Light quality from fluorescent is a lower level of light force than incandescent.
No, this is a major hazard and should never happen.
Yes, they’re required in garages, lawns, kitchens, bathrooms, pools, hot tubs, and any area subject to cause electric shock.
A GFCI outlet can replace a 2-prong outlet as long as it’s properly marked for no-ground. Alternatively, a separate ground wire can be run from the outlet to a water pipe and attached to the ground screw on the 3-prong outlet.
As long as they aren’t overloaded. A better solution is to install a separate circuit to supply power to all of your equipment, which provides better protection.
No, the lower the wire gauge number, the better the cord. For instance, a 14-gauge cord can handle a heavier load than a 16-gauge cord.