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Why is my smoke detector beeping non-stop?

Posted on: January 29, 2013

Smoke detectors have saved a countless number of lives when they are placed in a home or business, and if they’re installed in every room, they add an extra measure of peace and safety. If you replace the batteries annually, it should continue to work properly. It’s possible, however, that your smoke detector beeps continuously, which is a problem.

Flickering Lights: What Causes It and How to Fix

Posted on: January 29, 2013

Flickering lights in your home can be more than a nuisance—they can be a sign of a serious electrical problem. If you’re like most people you probably just tolerate flickering lights, assuming they’re just a normal occurrence. But under normal conditions, your lights should remain steady throughout the day. The next time your lights flicker, pay…

Why should homeowners have whole-house surge suppressors?

Posted on: January 29, 2013

The MD, VA, and DC area is known for getting slammed with powerful thunderstorms and other extreme weather events year-round, which in turn causes electrical surges that can destroy your essential and expensive electrical items. These electrical surges can fry every electric item in your home. Fortunately, you can protect all your electrical items with…

What is a ground fault interrupter (GFI) and its benefits?

Posted on: January 24, 2013

You’ve probably noticed some electrical outlets throughout your home that don’t look like other outlets. They’re similar, but they also have “test” and “reset” buttons. These are known as Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFI). There are two reasons why they’ve become so popular: they save lives and they’re inexpensive. Once you understand how they work…

What is the most energy-efficient lighting today that will cut down on electricity costs?

Posted on: December 26, 2012

There are many types of energy-efficient lighting that you can choose from, including LED, outdoor solar, fluorescent and more.

Can I do my own home electrical repairs?

Posted on: December 26, 2012

Absolutely not – there are too many safety risks involved! This is a common question we receive here at Kolb Electric.

My house has aluminum wiring! Does this mean I need to rewire my entire home?

Posted on: December 26, 2012

Of course not! However, there are certain situations where aluminum wiring can be dangerous. Kolb Electric can work with you to provide a plan to minimize the risks of aluminum wiring.

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