appliances

Making Your Electrical Appliances Last Longer

Purchasing a new stainless-steel oven or subzero fridge with internet capabilities really enhances the kitchen. With numerous electrical appliances on the market, homeowners are quick to buy the latest gadgets.  However, they usually fall short when it comes to maintaining them. In order to ensure your electrical appliances function at full capacity for years to come, it’s critical to maintain them properly.

Washing Machine

Washing machines are one of the most used appliances in the home and when it’s overloaded, it could overheat. It is recommended to switch out the fill hoses every four to five years because over time they can wear out and burst, resulting in costly water damage.

Dryer

Your utility bills can increase if your dryer isn’t maintained regularly.  It is essential to clean the lint trap for fire safety purposes and efficient functioning.

Refrigerator

Vacuuming the condenser coils once a year is recommended for keeping your fridge running longer. Make sure you unplug the refrigerator from the wall and turn off the water lines. Cleaning the seal around the door regularly is another great way to make the most of your refrigerator. Any type of spill or crumbs can affect how well the door seals.

Dishwasher

Clean around the seal of the dishwasher to keep the water from dripping into the kitchen. Over time, food and grime can build up on the dishwasher so always clean the spray arm.

If you’re in need of an electrician in Bergen County or Rockland County, contact the professional residential electricians at Ryan Electrical Services!

outdoor outlets

How Can I Protect My Outdoor Outlets?

Having an outdoor outlet is absolutely phenomenal in the summer especially if you love entertaining. At Ryan Electrical Services, we have worked with numerous families in Bergen County and Rockland County who love to throw parties and barbecues in the summer. An outdoor outlet allows us to plug in those fancy fairy lights, string lights, tiki lights and so much more. By having these outlets accessible to us we can really light up our yard, add a pop of color and get all our friends talking.

What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Outlets

A majority of outdoor receptacles have weather proof covers so no moisture or dirt tampers with the outlet. You’ll want to ensure complete safety by following the tasks below.

Use GFCI outlets – The National Electrical Code requires that these outlets be used and they have a ‘WR’ imprinted on the outlet which means they are weather resistant.

Use Gasket & Cover Plate –The gasket and cover plate must be positioned on the outlet and the connection to the wall should be sealed. Moisture can penetrate the box if the incorrect mounting brackets are used. This leads to tripped breakers and melted outlets.

Invest in a Weatherproof Cover – A flip up tab makes sure your outdoor electrical outlet is protected. When it rains out you won’t have to worry about your outlet and these are now mandatory per the National Electrical code. They are also designed with deep lids and grooves so extension cords can be used.

If you find yourself in need of a residential electrician in Rockland County or Bergen County, contact Ryan Electrical Services. We have years of experience providing homes with outdoor outlet repair services. Give us a call today at 845.201.8277!

spoon and dessert 4th of july

Get Your Outdoor Lighting Ready for the 4th of July

Are you hosting a 4th of July barbecue? Get your backyard ready with some outdoor lighting. Whether you want to light up your walkway, front porch or add some LED lighting around the pool, we have you covered. Rather than purchasing inexpensive lighting, why not invest in longer lasting, energy efficient lights that really enhance the party. With the extended life and durability that LED lighting offers, it’s an eco-friendly upgrade that ensures peace of mind for years to come.

Some of the most popular lighting options for your home include:

Mini spotlights illuminate your property while motion detector lights make your guests feel safe. When leaving your home at night, they’ll feel the security of walking through a well-lit area. We can all identify with shuffling through our purses or backpacks in the dark while searching for keys, wallets, phones, etc.  Motion detection lighting can help with that.

Whether you’re seeking classic, white lights to shine on your property or you are interested in some red, white and blue rope lighting, we will gladly install lights that enhance the appeal of your property.

With the abundance of choices on the market today, why not begin looking for new lighting that really adds a spark to your home. If you’re unsure of which lights to choose or the best placement for them, our electrician will gladly inspect your property and help you choose the proper fixtures.

Call Ryan Electrical Services at 845.201.8277 for more information!

USB Outlet

Why You Need a USB Outlet

If you take a look at the technology you own, there is most likely a use for a USB port. They are in our computers, new televisions and even in the cars we drive now. We have these plugins in all these areas, so why not the wall?

The standard outlet comes with two plugin areas with three prongs. Having the USB aspect included into the outlet (on a standard model) will still have the same two areas with three prongs. However, newer outlets can have the inclusion of two USB ports horizontally in the middle or vertically on the sides. The USB port is becoming more universal and has the ability to carry both power and data through its cords. Having these outlets can make it more convenient when it comes to charging your electronic belongings. For instance, wireless keyboards, cell phones, tablets, speakers, headphones, and an array of other electronics utilize USB.

Similar to the outlet, there are now power strips with the inclusion of multiple USB ports. If a normal two port USB outlet in the wall isn’t enough, there is a power strip available to charge all of your electronics at once. In newer homes, these types of outlets and power strips are becoming more common. Contractors and electricians are keeping up with the advances in technology by incorporating new aspects like these outlets and power strips into their businesses.

A USB outlet is worth an investment and change. A person may own too many chargers for many different electronics. Having this USB would be one less worry and hassle when it comes to finding an adapter piece to plug into the wall. This type of advance in technology is more of a convenience and is a look into what the future could bring for power outlets.

Businesses can definitely benefit from USB outlets as they are extremely convenient for employees. If companies provide work laptops, cell phones or iPads, this will allow them to plugin their many electronic devices.

What Are the Greatest Issues with Electrical Wiring Older Houses?

Older houses are beautiful, especially with their unique architecture and charm, however, wiring these homes can be challenging. If you have an older house with an electrical system that hasn’t been updated in a while, you might find yourself experiencing some of the warning signs below.  If you need an in-depth assessment, contact Ryan Electrical Services, LLC.

How to Determine if Your Wiring is Too Old

When it comes to outdated wiring, you may notice some of the following:

  • Flickering lights
  • Lights going dim for no reason
  • Minor shock when touching light switches
  • Circuit breakers that regularly trip
  • Intermittent power

Should I Be Worried About Electrical Wiring in My Older House?

The biggest concern in older interior wiring is the deterioration of conductor insulation.  Over time, wire insulation can disintegrate and/or crack, there by exposing the live wire and contributing to the symptoms above, in addition to, and most critically, fire.

Never ignore the warning signs because you could be putting yourself and your family at risk, as well as possibly paying for more costly repairs down the road.

Contact Ryan Electrical Services for residential electrical services in Bergen County and Rockland County.

Are There Any Electrical Wiring Repair Services That Won’t Tear Up My Walls?

While those in favor of DIY projects might be eager to start repairing wires, it’s crucial to understand the safety hazards that come with electrical wiring repair. If you lack the proper tools and knowledge, wiring repair can be extremely dangerous. Below is a list of some electrical wiring repair services that can be done without having to open the walls.

  • Electrical Receptacles – We can easily repair wires that are connected to electrical receptacles throughout your home.
  • Light Switches – Attempting to change this on your own can lead to getting shocked. We will gladly repair wires attached to a light switch.S
  • Three-Way Switches – Most homeowners should not try to fix these themselves. It takes longer than a standard light switch and is more complex.
  • Dimmer Switches – While dimmer switches aren’t too challenging to replace on your own, most homeowners should leave this to the professionals.
  • Phone Jacks – Some people still have land lines. Our electricians will wire the phone jack for you because phone jacks use delicate wires and specialized hardware.
  • Circuit Breakers – These devices have dedicated wires connected to them and only a professional electrician should do repair and/or replacement of these items.

Whatever kind of electrical wiring you need, we are here for you. Ryan Electrical Services has years of experience providing Bergen County and Rockland County with residential electrical services.

Why Does My Home Have Flickering Lights?

Flickering lights can be quite a nuisance but it doesn’t necessarily mean there is something wrong with the electrical system. What you really need to pay attention to is which lights are flickering.

Single Flickering Light

When you notice just a single light bulb flickering, the problem is most likely with that particular bulb. Unscrew the light bulb and then re-screw it back into place just to make sure it’s not loose. Make sure to switch the light off beforehand and if the light is still flickering, the bulb probably needs to be thrown out.

Every Light is Flickering

If you notice every light in your home flicker, then you might have a larger issue going on. Although lights can flicker due to inclement weather, when it happens on a regular basis, the voltage in your home could be fluctuating. In this case, contact professional electricians immediately.

Lights are Flickering & Then Light Up

Another common occurrence that homeowners experience is lights flickering for a second right after being turned on and then they light up moments after. This is supposed to happen in fluorescent bulbs as long as the flickering stops.

Both flickering lights and house fires can occur when there are loose wires. Before checking the wiring, turn off the light at the circuit breaker. When the fixture appears loose, contact Ryan Electrical Services. Sometimes flickering lights can just be caused by a fault light switch. Whatever the case may be, our residential electrician will gladly provide an assessment and get to work.

Which Type of Power Strip Should I Use?

Purchasing a power strip might seem quite simple – order a one-size-fits all power strip from Amazon and you’re good to go. However, choosing a cheap power strip from the web might not solve your problems. In fact, there are several power strips on the market, each serving a specific purpose.

A power strip is a single block which holds multiple outlets and is used to provide power to an array of devices. Some do offer surge protection while the cheaper ones do not.

If you need more outlets…

A generic, inexpensive power strip will do the trick if you just need a power strip for your home or office. If you want to plug in electronics, power tools, basic appliances and mobile devices, go the cheap route.

If you need more surge protection…

Surge protector power strips can easily be plugged into a standard outlet and they provide a lot of protection for multiple devices. Make sure to search for the UL listed protectors that denote “surge protection.”

If you want more surge protection but lack space…

A wall-mount surge protector uses the top and bottom plugs of a wall outlet. They typically protrude an inch or so from the wall and offer basic surge protection in tight spaces.

If you want surge protection but are worried about moisture interfering…

Water is definitely a concern in areas like the kitchen, bathroom and garage especially when using kitchen appliances, hair appliances, etc. GFCI power strips are a great option as they automatically stop power when a short circuit is detected. This will reduce your risk of an electrical fire!

If you want to save energy…

For those of you looking to reduce wasted energy, an advanced power strip is the way to go. These power strips stop you from having to reach behind furniture to turn the switch on and off. There are actually power strips with built in timers, motion detectors, remote controls and more.

Contact Ryan Electrical services if you have questions about which power strip is right for you. We also provide a wide-array of residential electrical services in Rockland County, NY including doorbell installation, panel upgrades, lighting installation and more.

Understanding Knob & Tube Wiring

In the early 1900’s throughout the 1940’s, knob and tube wiring was added to homes. If you aren’t sure if you have knob and tube wiring in your home, check the basement and attic. You’ll be able to spot these systems if you notice a white, ceramic spool-like knob. Keep in mind that sometimes you can’t spot the knob or tube because they are hidden in the walls of homes. Unfortunately, in this case, you can really only see them if you make holes in the walls.

Knob and tube electrical wiring isn’t required to be replaced but it definitely isn’t a popular wiring method. If you think about it, when homes were wired in the 1900’s they weren’t designed to handle the massive amount of electronics we use today. About 50-60 years ago, homes really weren’t designed to handle mundane appliances such as air conditioners, microwaves and dishwashers. Now, we have entire home theatres, laptops, desktops and tablets! We must make sure our wiring can handle all these appliances.

Dangers of Knob & Tube Wiring

  • There is only a neutral/hot wire so your appliances are at an enormous safety risk.
  • Knob and tube wiring was created to remain in the air and it’s protected by a heavy ceramic tube when/if exposed to wood. However, fluctuations over time can alter the correct structure. For instance, additional insulation in the attic can make the wires overheat.

Keeping Your Knob & Tube Wiring

A majority of insurance companies won’t insure or renew homes with knob and tube wiring. There is a chance that you can make some repairs without having to fix your entire system.

Here’s how to determine if your knob or tube is safe:

  • Have a professional check the condition of the wiring, devices, fuses and circuit breakers.
  • Replace circuits that have been modified, covered or damaged from insulation.
  • Add protection to eliminate fire risk and shock.

If you need help with your knob and tube wiring in Rockland County, NY, contact Ryan Electrical Services. Feel free to fill out our contact form or give us a call at 845.201.8277.

Preparing Your Electrical Panel for Holiday Decorations

If you’re still working on your holiday décor, it’s important to make sure your electrical panel can handle the electrical load. Make sure to read further before you start plugging away.

A panel upgrade increases the amount of amperage in your home. Basically, your home is capped at a certain amount of amperage and this relates to your electrical needs.

Whether you need panel upgrades depends on your home’s demand for electricity and if it exceeds capacity. If you’re buying more appliances or items that utilize electricity, your electrical needs rise.

During the holiday months, we notice an unbelievable amount of people calling when hanging up lights because they are experiencing tripper breakers or have electrical issues.

You will need a panel upgrade when the following occurs

  • Too many breaker trips
  • Flickering lights
  • Appliances are too hot
  • Last upgrade was a decade ago
  • Getting new high-power appliances

If you notice yourself purchasing new, larger appliances or you’re experiencing great difficulty with holiday lights, contact Ryan Electrical Services. We have been working in the Rockland County area for years and have extensive experience with residential electrical work. Give us a call today at 845.201.8277.