We know that you have a lot of questions about services, home projects, and every day electrical maintenance. We usually recommend using a professional for electrical diagnosis, repair, and installations, but have listed some of the more frequently asked questions below.
- Locate the proper GFCI breaker for the outlet that is not currently working
- Four commonly overlooked GFCI locations: rarely-used main-floor guest “powder room,” an entryway closet, a walk-in closet, and the garage.
- If any appliances are plugged into the GFCI breaker, TURN THEM OFF OR UNPLUG THEM. This ensures no appliance damage when re-engaging the circuit.
- Locate the button next to the “Test” button that says “Reset” on it, and press it. It should remain pressed in.
- Push the “test” (bottom) button
- This will cause the reset (top) button to pop out. You should hear a sharp “click” upon pressing the test button.
- Press the reset (top) button again, turn appliances back on (or plug them back in) and check to see if all your kitchen plugs are now working. Be aware, most kitchens have two separate GFCI receptacles that protect a number of other plugs in the kitchen.
You should be good to go!
If your GFCI outlet continues to trip then you may have a short or a defective GFCI outlet and replacement is not a DIY job! Contact a licensed electrician to address the problem for you – someone’s life depends on it.
Over time hair spray, perfumes, paint fumes, greasy cooking smoke, candle smoke, cigarette smoke, dust and other airborne contaminates build up on the sensor causing nuisance false alarms. Replace dirty units with a new smoke alarm/detector(s). It’s recommended to replace all your smoke alarms or fire detectors every 10 years or sooner with new units. Even quick air temperature changes can result in random false alarms
Caution: DO NOT try to rinse out or wash any electrical sensor, device or smoke detector!
Utilizing the kit also improves safety in the home while using a portable generator by eliminating the need for extension cords to be run throughout the home. One simple connection between the generator and the generator convenience outlet allows the generator to provide power to all the circuits in the home; up to the capacity of the generator. Remember, when a light is turned off it uses no power, but with the InterLock kit, all the lights in the home will be available as you move from room to room.
InterLock kits are intended to be installed by qualified electricians. The kits are designed, manufactured, and tested by Wyle Labs are to meet the National Electrical Code and the National Fire Protection Code. Wyle Labs is a nationally recognized testing laboratory that test to UL and other standards.
The Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act was passed in 1996 by the U.S. Congress which requires regulated batteries such as Ni-CD batteries and sealed lead-acid batteries to:
1. be easily removable from consumer products to make it easier to recover them for recycling
2. include in the label the battery chemistry, the “three chasing arrows” symbol, and a phrase that instructs users to properly recycle or dispose the battery
3. provide national uniformity in collection, storage, and transport
4. phase out the use of certain mercury-containing batteries
Retail stores provide easy access for customers to drop off their used batteries and cell phones for recycling. Participating retailers may include (in the U.S.): AT&T, Best Buy, Black & Decker, DeWalt, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Milwaukee Electric Tool, Office Depot, Orchard Supply Hardware, Porter-Cable Service Centers, RadioShack, Remington Product Company, Sears, Staples, Target, US Cellular, and Verizon Wireless.