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How to Label Your Electrical Panel in Ten Minutes

Label Electrical PanelIf you’re a homeowner, there are some basic things you need to know about your electrical panel. It’s usually located in a corner of the basement or garage. It goes by many different names including “fuse box,” “fuse panel,” and “circuit breaker panel“, but they all refer to the same piece of equipment. Today, we typically call it the electrical service panel, or simply, the service panel.

Note: If your home still has an actual fuse box with fuses that screw or pull in/out, call us for an upgrade. Homes built between 1950 and 1965 typically have these 60-amp fuse boxes and they should be updated for safety.

Unmarked Electrical Panels Make Repairs a Hassle

So you have a little electrical problem in your house – let’s say you’re the handy type and you’re replacing a faulty outlet in the bedroom. The first thing you do is go to the basement or garage to find the electric service panel to shut off the power to that room. What you find is an unmarked breaker box. Great, now you either have to shut off the main power (which leaves you with no power at all to the entire house) or figure out which breaker coordinates with the bedroom you need to turn off.

If it’s nighttime, forget it, because you will have no light to work with unless you want to hold a flashlight in one hand while you try to work. If it’s daytime, you’ll have to have another person stand in that room and yell out when the lights go off as you flip breaker after breaker to find the correct one. (Spouses love to do this…not). Or, if you don’t have someone else at home, you can get your cardio in by flipping each breaker and running back upstairs to check yourself. Good times.

Print This Sheet to Quickly Label Your Electrical Panel

The point is, it’s a lot of hassle that can be avoided by simply labeling your electrical panel once.

It’s super easy and once it’s done, you never have to wonder which breaker controls which rooms/appliances again!

At Jeremy Electrical, being an established and experienced Kansas City electrician service, we find that most homeowners’ breaker boxes are not labeled. That’s why we created these easy to use electrical panel stickers that make it fast and easy to label it. Simply print them out on sticky label paper, then peel and stick as you identify each breaker. Print out several and share them with family members, neighbors, and friends. Be smart and be safe and label your electrical panel today.

If you need help with anything electrical in your home (or business), give Jeremy Electrical a call at (913) 375-0070 or contact us online.

 

How Do I Know if My Electrical Panel Is Out of Date?

Is My Electrical Panel Out of DateWhen was the last time you checked your electrical service panel, otherwise known as a breaker box? Most homeowners only check them when they have an electrical problem like a light stops working, an appliance won’t function, or a breaker blows. Old panels can cause fires if overloaded. If fuses blow or circuit breakers trip frequently, it may be an indication that your home’s circuits are overloaded.

Even though your electrical panel may be functioning properly, your breaker box may still be out of date. Electrical service panels should be replaced every 20 to 30 years. If you’ve been in your home that long, or if you moved into an existing home, your panel may be outdated. If you notice burn marks, hear buzzing or crackling, or smell burning plastic around or inside the electrical panel, have a qualified electrician check the panel immediately. We replace old panels to rid your home of this danger. For more information about electrical panels, check out our Electrical Panel Safety Checklist.

We Perform Breaker Box Safety Inspections

Today’s homes use a lot more electricity than homes even just 20 years ago used. Most Kansas City homeowners don’t know that older electrical panels can become outdated, overloaded and even dangerous. At Jeremy Electrical, we can help. Besides service panel repairs, we can upgrade your distribution panels. Capacity upgrades are necessary if you’re adding new equipment to your home or business that will use more electricity. We can also perform fuse box to circuit breaker upgrades if you have an outdated panel. If you haven’t had your electrical panel inspected in a while, give the electricians at Jeremy Electrical a call and we can inspect it for safety.

Related Read: Breaker Box 101: A Guide to Electrical Panel Parts

Breaker Box Upgrades Help Your Home Meet Today’s Electrical Demands

Think about all of the electric and electronic devices you use in your home every day. Most homes have several televisions, at least one entertainment system, video game systems, security systems, one to two refrigerators, sometimes even two separate heating and cooling systems. All of these need electricity to run. Your home’s breaker box may not be properly equipped to handle all of that. Here are some signs that you may need an electrical panel upgrade:

  • Your breakers trip often
  • You have old 60 amp service
  • You unplug one appliance so you can plug in another
  • Your breaker box is a mass of wires
  • You are planning to remodel

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE: There are several electrical panel brands that are known to cause problems. If you have any of these brands, call us for a replacement right away – Federal Pacific, Zinsco, Pushmatic, or Sylvania.

Call Jeremy Services for an Electrical Panel Safety Check Or UpgradeCall us today at 913-375-0070. We’ll check for other electrical problems or hazards. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Attention Older Homeowners: Check for These 4 Dangerous Electrical Panel Brands

Dangerous Electrical Panel BrandsIf you live in an older home, there’s a distinct possibility that your electrical panel is old and outdated. Believe it or not, we still find old, dangerous electrical panels in use in older homes. Electrical panels should be replaced every 20 – 30 years. Check your electrical panel to make sure that it isn’t one of the following brands. These electrical panels were found to be defective and could cause fires. All of the electricity in your home flows through your panel, and it keeps your home safe by detecting electrical problems such as circuit overloads and tripping the circuit to keep your home from hazards like fires.

Knowing basic information about your panel is very important. You should know the size and brand of your panel to ensure it’s up to code, and there are no known recalls or issues. If your home has any of the brands below, you will want to call the trusted electricians at Jeremy Electrical to assess your electrical panel and possibly replace it with a new one.

FEDERAL PACIFIC

These breakers were commonly installed in homes around the United States from the 1950s to the 1990s. Several tests over the years have shown that one in four of these breakers will be defective and not properly trip, causing a fire hazard. Don’t be a victim to something that is preventable. Check your panel today.

ZINSCO

Zinsco was a very popular electrical panel brand. While there are very few of these breakers in operation today, because of their popularity, we still occasionally run across them in older homes. As society’s electrical demands increased, these breakers were not able to keep up. It was found that they would allow electricity to burn until the wires melted, leaving homes at risk of fire and homeowners at risk for shock.

Related Read: 3 Signs You Need a New Electrical Panel

SYLVANIA

Sylvania panels were used in the US in the 60s and 70s. They were Zinsco panels, bought out by Sylvania, and the only major change in the panel was the Sylvania logo. They have the same problems as Zinsco panels. If you have one of these breakers, they are also uninsurable.

ITE/BULLDOG PUSHMATIC

These types of breakers are so old they don’t manufacture any replacement parts anymore. Besides being archaic, they’ve are also grease-fed breakers, which means that if they are not used and serviced regularly, they become difficult to operate. If you have one of these, you definitely need an update.

If you don’t have one of the panels above, but know yours is getting old, it might be time to replace it anyway. All panels wear over time, and we suggest replacing yours every 20 years or so. If you’re not sure how old yours is, we can come perform a safety inspection to determine if yours needs to be replaced or not.

Winter Storm Kits – How to Survive When the Electricity Goes Out

Winter Storm KitsImagine this scenario…a bad ice storm blows through Kansas City practically shutting down the entire metro area. Power lines are down. Your home is freezing cold. You have no hot water and you can’t drive anywhere because the entire city is buried in a sheet of ice. You’re huddled together with your family trying to stay warm – now what? Winter storms cause electrical outages. It may not happen often in Kansas City, but it can happen, and if you and your family get trapped in your home by a blizzard, you have to be prepared. Have a plan. The team at Jeremy Electrical put together this winter storm kit list to make sure you’re ready when weather disasters strike.

Before a Blizzard


Stay informed. Listen to local area radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates. Bring your pets inside. Check your family’s emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications and medical supplies. Keep it nearby. Keep these supplies in a portable bag like a duffle bag that is easy to carry in case you must evacuate your home.

Prep Your Home

What should you do to prepared? If your plan is to stay in your home, take the time to gather these items so you’re ready to “rough it” inside your own home should the time come.

If you have a fireplace, or wood-burning stove, keep a supply of firewood to burn. (Be sure the stove or fireplace is properly vented and in good working order and always dispose of ashes safely.)

Consider storing sufficient heating fuel. Regular fuel sources may be cut off. (Be cautious of fire hazards when storing any type of fuel.) If you live in an area where winter storms are common, you may want to think about installing a portable generator. Follow the safety tips from the Red Cross to avoid home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Check that your fire extinguisher is in good working order, and replace it if necessary.

In the event that you have to evacuate your home, keep your vehicle stocked for emergencies too. Know your routes and destinations and where the local emergency shelter is located. Keep your vehicle’s gas tank full so you can leave right away in an emergency, and to keep the fuel line from freezing.

Emergency Storm Kit

Emergency KitEvery home should have an emergency storm kit. What exactly should that kit include? Here is a checklist:

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries of all sizes
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Things you’re likely to forget:
  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Two-way radios
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Aspirin
  • Latex gloves (1 pair)
  • Variety of adhesive bandages
  • Gauze dressing pads, sterile 3″ x 3″ (4)
  • Gauze roll bandage, sterile 3″ x 4.1yd
  • Trauma pad, 5″ x 9″
  • Antiseptic towelette (2)
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • Scissors
  • Roll of cloth first aid tape, 1″ x 5yd

Winter Storm Vehicle Kit


Winter Storm Vehicle KitHere are the items to keep in your car or truck in case of emergency evacuation or breakdown on the road in bad weather:

  • A windshield scraper and small broom
  • A small sack of sand or kitty litter for generating traction under wheels and a set of tire chains or traction mats
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • A red cloth to tie to the antenna
  • An emergency supply kit, including warm clothing
  • Keep handy a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat, water-resistant boots, and extra blankets and warm clothing for each member of the household.
  • Keep your vehicle’s gas tank full so you can leave right away in an emergency and to keep the fuel line from freezing.

 

If you hear about a blizzard or winter storm coming, make sure you’re ready. Life without electricity really is NO FUN. If you need help with from an electrician in Kansas City, with anything from switches and ceiling fans to installing a whole-home generator, give us a call at (913) 375-0070 or contact us online.

3 Outlet Troubleshooting Tips to Try before You Call an Electrician

electrical troubleshooting tipsWe’ve all been there. You plug in your electric shaver or curling iron to get ready for a night out – and you get nothing. All it takes is one conveniently placed outlet to stop working for us to remember how important electricity is to us and how much we need the expert electricians who keep the lights on in our world. Though many electrical issues require an electrician, some are quick fixes. Here are a few troubleshooting tips from your friends at Jeremy Electrical that you can try before you call an electrician.

1. Check the Circuit Breaker

A tripped circuit breaker is one of the most common reasons for a malfunctioning outlet. If this is your issue, you will likely notice that one of the switches in your breaker box is either entirely off or stuck somewhere in the middle.

To fix this, try simply flip the switch to the ‘on’ position. If you cannot readily identify the offending switch, firmly move all switches to the off position and switch them all back on.

When these tips do not work, or if your circuit breaker trips frequently, overloading it could be the culprit. In this case, it is best to call an electrician.

2. It Could Be Your GFCI Outlets

In areas with high shock risks such as bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and exterior surfaces; ground fault circuit interrupter outlets (GFCIs) are necessary. These outlets automatically terminate current when they detect a short or overheat. You will know if your outlet is a GFCI outlet because it will have a reset button (usually red) in the center.

If your malfunctioning outlet is a GFCI outlet, push the test button to reset the circuitry. If your malfunctioning outlet is not a GFCI outlet, check other outlets in the room. When a GFCI outlet trips, current stops flowing to all the outlets connected downline from it. In some cases, this could even affect an outlet in another room.

If pushing reset on all GFCI outlets doesn’t solve your problem, an electrician will know what to do next.

Related Read: Ask an Electrician: Q & A to Frequently Asked Electrical Questions

3. You Probably Have a Faulty Outlet

Sometimes a brief flare and fire can cause an outlet to burn out. If you notice charring around a non-functioning outlet, it is best to replace the entire outlet to negate the risk of fire. Before doing any work on an electrical outlet, make sure the power is turned off at the circuit breaker for safety.

Loose wiring may also cause an outlet to malfunction. Check for loose wires around terminal screws and wire connectors. Wires placed directly into the back of outlets are sometimes used as a cost-effective alternative to wires at terminals. These “stab-in” connections can also become loose and cause problems.

The best course of action with loose stab-in connections or wires around terminal screws is to replace the outlet. If you have loose wires at a wire connector, re-strip the wires and twist on a new wire connector.

Note: Do not attempt to work with aluminum wiring. These wires appear dull gray instead of the orange characteristic of copper wiring. If you find this type of wiring in your house, call your electrician.

If you’ve tried these solutions and you’re still having problems with your outlets, give the professionals at Jeremy Electrical a call at (913) 375-0070 or contact us online.

Getting a New Patio? The First Call You Should Make

getting a new patioIf you are planning on installing a new patio, avoid the shoulda, woulda, couldas by making this one phone call first – to your electrician. Why? Once you pour the concrete or lay the bricks, adding underground wiring is extremely difficult.

Disadvantages to Using Overhead Cable

Unless you enjoy dragging extension cords out every time you want to plug something in, which is inconvenient, not the safest, and unsightly, you’ll want some convenient outlets available near your patio. If your patio already exists without electricity, your only choice may be overheard electrical wires. If the span between the house and the patio is ten feet or less, you can use ordinary PVC covered cable.

Longer spans must be supported by a tensioned support wire and cable buckles, and this wire must be grounded to the house’s main grounding point. If the wire hangs over a pathway, the span must be at least 12 feet above ground, and at least 17 feet above ground over a driveway or any other area where vehicles may be driving. Sure, it gets the job done, but it’s not very attractive. Why ruin the aesthetics of a beautiful new patio with dangling wires?

Related Read: 3 Types of Patio Lighting Every Patio Needs

Two Options for Running Cable Underground

When running cable underground, there are two ways it can be done. Either run the wire underground through PVC pipes, or use cable designed to be buried underground.

Wire in PVC Pipe

The first option is to run electrical cable underground through PVC pipes. This conduit can be solvent-welded together to make a continuous run.

Bury Cable Underground

Another option is to use underground cable designed to be buried. There are a couple of rules to follow when burying cables – the cable must be buried at least 18 inches beneath paths or patios, and 30 inches beneath lawns and flowerbeds.

Other Tips for Patio Electrical

The problem with outdoor lighting is that outdoors gets wet. Water and electricity don’t mix. That’s why outdoor lighting requires special equipment and professional installation to ensure safety.  Here are a few other areas to be aware of when installing outdoor lighting for your patio.

Covered Outdoor Outlets

Outdoor outlets should have spring-loaded covers. These covers protect the outlet from bugs, insects, dirt, and moisture. Also, by code, they need to be ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) for added safety. Because water is often present outdoors, a person working with power tools, for instance, is in danger of electrocution without a GFCI that will cut off the flow of electricity in the case of a surge. GFCI protection can be added easily to outdoor outlets.

Fountains & Water Features

The best way to provide power for fountains and wet location lighting is by the use of low voltage circuits. Low voltage usually means 12 volts – this is the same voltage as typical car batteries. Systems can be bought that provide wiring, lights and the transformer. The transformer is plugged into a standard household outlet and transforms the electricity to 12 volt DC. This is safe to use in outdoor and wet locations because it cannot electrocute you or your pets. The transformer should be plugged into an outlet protected by a GFCI. This added safety feature protects the circuit as well as the users.

If you are planning to install a new patio, make sure you call an electrician first. Give the professionals at Jeremy Electrical a call at (913) 375-0070 or contact us online.

3 Signs You Need a New Electrical Panel

Need New Electrical PanelElectrical fires are no joke. According to Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), home electrical fires cause 500 deaths, 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage every year. Old electrical panels are the cause of many of these fires. How can you protect yourself from electrical fires due to electrical panels? The team at Jeremy Electrical put together this list of signs to look for.

Signs Your Breaker Box Is Outdated

Recognizing the signs that your electrical panel or breaker box is in need of repair or replacement is the first step to protecting yourself and your family. Look for these three main signs:

1. Light Bulbs Burn Out Quickly and Often

If bulbs in your home burn out often, this is a sign of a faulty electrical panel. The electrical panel’s job is to regulate the flow of electricity. A faulty electrical panel can cause current to fluctuate. If there is too much current, light bulbs will burn out more quickly than they should.

Related Reads: 3 Great Reasons to Upgrade Your Electrical Panel

2. Appliances Don’t Run at Full Power

A lack of current is also a sign of a faulty electrical panel. If the lights flicker or dim while your dryer is running, for example, this is a sign that they are not getting enough current. Pay attention to the lights and if you see repetitive dimming, have your electrical panel checked by a licensed electrician.

3. You See Rust on the Electrical Panel

Rust on or in your electrical panel is a danger sign. If there is rust on your electrical panel, it has been exposed to moisture. Water and electricity don’t mix well, so this could be an indicator of a serious problem. Sparks flying and electricity arcing could result if the breaker box is not replaced immediately.

Inspect All Breaker Boxes That Are 20 Years Old

If you notice any of these three signs, have your electrical panel checked for safety. As a general rule of thumb, If your home is more than 20 years old, you should have your electrical panel inspected for safety. Jeremy Electrical is here to help. One of our professional electricians can inspect your electrical panel and keep you and your family safe.

Give us a call at (913) 375-0070 if you have any questions or concerns about your electrical panel. You can also contact us online. And while you’re here, make sure to take advantage of our exclusive offer below:

What To Do About Aging Wires & Outlets

electrical outlets

At Jeremy Electrical, we have been providing electrician services in Kansas City for over a decade now, and one thing we know for sure is many people ignore their electrical systems until they have a problem. After all, they’ve lasted this long. Is leaving them in place for a little longer really such a problem? Each year, between 45,000 to 55,000 house fires occur across the United States due to faulty electrical work or old wiring. If your home is over 30 years old, chances are, you need to replace the wiring and outlets throughout it.

Why is Aging Wiring a Problem?

Aging wiring has two key problems. First, safety standards are constantly increasing. The older your wiring is, the better the odds that it doesn’t meet current safety standards. Second, aging wiring can lead to bald spots, shorts, and other problems that could ultimately cause a house fire.

What Are The Warning Signals That Your Wires Are Aging?

If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s time to update the wiring in your home:

  • Switchplates are dark or discolored–and not just as a result of dirt
  • You have issues with blown fuses or thrown breakers on a regular basis
  • You notice lights frequently flickering or dimming
  • Your outlets are loose
  • You smell a burning smell
  • You see electrical sparks when you plug in or move a cord

Why Are Aging Outlets a Problem?

Outlets and the wires behind them often age faster than you think. Not only that, they might not be able to keep up with current technology. Grounded outlets are a better way to make sure that your home is safe from fires and up to handling the current load on its electrical systems.

What Are the Signs That Your Outlets Need to be Updated?

Outlets may need to be updated sooner than you think. Flickering lights, problems connecting items to your outlets, or sparks when you plug something in are all red flags that it’s past time for an update to your outlets.

The Solution To Your Problems

So what’s the solution to all of your electrical wiring and outlet problems? It’s simple! Make sure all of your wiring and outlets are up to safety code and remember to install grounded outlets and GCFIs around your home. If you need help, it’s best to call an expert electrician to make sure the job gets done right– and safely.

If you’re struggling with outdated electrical systems throughout your home, you need an electrical panel upgrade, or you have other electrical problems, contact us today!

We’ll help you ensure that your home’s wiring is up to date and decrease the odds that you’ll experience significant problems down the road.

Top 4 Warning Signs It’s Time for an Electrical Evaluation

electrical evaluationYou’d like to believe that your house is safe, but there are plenty of potential electrical problems that could cause your home to burst into flames–all without you ever being aware that there’s an issue. Electrical fires can quickly cause a serious amount of damage to your home, leaving you scrambling to repair.

If it’s been too long since the last time your electrical system was evaluated by an electrician, it’s time to call Jeremy Services. If you have any of these four key electrical symptoms, today is the best day for you to schedule an evaluation:

1. You’ve never had your home evaluated

Unless you’ve just moved into a home that was only recently constructed, an electrical evaluation is a must. You want to make sure that nothing was missed during the home inspection or has gone wrong since then that might lead to a fire.

2. You’re used to having electrical problems

Appliances don’t seem to be running at full power, light bulbs, whether bulbs throughout the house or bulbs in specific fixtures–burn out faster than the norm–and you catch your breaker tripping or blowing fuses on a regular basis. If this is the case, it’s past time you had your wiring and fuse box evaluated by a qualified electrician.

3. Your electrical panel makes noise

While you might hear power lines crackling as you walk beneath them, that’s not a noise you should hear in your own home! If you hear noise near your electrical panel, make sure you have it evaluated as soon as possible.

4. Your home is showing symptoms of faulty wiring

Flickering lamps or other power issues that suggest that the power is going in and out aren’t something you should deal with on your own, especially if you have no electrical experience. Instead, hire a qualified electrician to deal with your problems for you.

Electrical fires are devastating. You don’t want your home to be at risk! To help keep your family and your possessions safe, call Jeremy Electrical, Heating & Cooling at (913) 375-0070 or contact us online today to learn more about our inspection services and our repair options.

My Electrical Panel Is Out Of Date. Should I Be Concerned?

Unsafe Breaker Box Photo
Unsafe Breaker Box

Today’s homes use a lot more electricity than homes even 20 years ago used. Most Kansas City homeowners don’t know that older breaker boxes (also called electrical panels or service panels) can become outdated, overloaded and even dangerous. At Jeremy Electrical, we can help. Besides service panel repairs, we can upgrade your distribution panels. Capacity upgrades are necessary if you’re adding new equipment to your home or business that will use more electricity. We can also perform fuse box to circuit breaker upgrades if you have an outdated panel. If you haven’t had your fuse box inspected in a while, give the electricians at Jeremy Electrical a call and we can inspect your fuse box or service panel for safety.

Outdated Service Panels Are Not Safe

A lot of homes in the Kansas City area have outdated service panels. If your home is over 20 years old, your panel could use an upgrade or maybe even replacement. Old panels can cause fires if overloaded. If fuses blow or circuit breakers trip frequently, it may be an indication that your home’s circuits are overloaded. If you notice burn marks, hear buzzing or cracking, or smell burning plastic around or inside the electrical panel, have a qualified electrician check the panel immediately. We replace old panels to rid your home of this danger. For more information about electrical panels, check out our Electrical Panel Safety Checklist.

Breaker Box Upgrades Help Your Home Meet Today’s Electrical Demands

Think about all of the electric and electronic devices we have today. Most homes have several televisions, at least one entertainment system, video game systems, security systems, one to two refrigerators, sometimes even two separate heating and cooling systems. All of these need electricity to run. Your home’s breaker box may not be properly equipped to handle all of that. Here are some signs that you may need an electrical panel upgrade:

  • You unplug one appliance so you can plug in another
  • Your breakers trip often
  • You have old 60 amp service
  • Your breaker box is a mass of wires
  • You are planning to remodel

There are several electrical panel brands that are known to cause problems. If you have any of these brands, call us for a replacement right away – Federal Pacific, Zinsco, Pushmatic, or Bulldog.

Call Jeremy Services for an Electrical Panel Safety Check or Upgrade

If your Kansas City area home has an old fuse box or breaker panel or you are constantly blowing fuses, you may need a service panel upgrade. Call us today at 913-375-0070. We’ll check for other electrical problems or hazards. It’s better to be safe than sorry.