Home Electrical FAQ

Popular Home Electrical FAQ

Here are some popular questions and answers about your home’s electrical service. Learn more about home electrical service from AAA Home Services.

Why are lights in my home flickering often?

Your service panel might not be sufficient to handle your electrical load. If they flicker when your air conditioner or furnace kick on, that is normal. If they flicker on and off independent of any other devices, call AAA and we will test your system.

What is GFCI and do I need it?

GFCI is “Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter” devices. This prevents you from being shocked by shutting down the electric right at the plug when it senses small amounts of resistance. GFCI should be installed in bathrooms and kitchen outlets where moisture and standing water often exist.

What are the red and black buttons on the GFCI outlet.

The black button tests the unit by deactivating it from the system. The red button is the reset button to reactivate the outlet or string of outlets that are on it.

My fire detector keeps beeping, what do I do?

If it beeps in a consistent manner it’s usually an indication that it needs a new battery. If it is an intermittent chirp, it’s often a sign that the unit is bad. It’s better to replace the entire house’s batteries all at once every year to minimize confusion and insure that your units are functioning optimally.

Why do some of my bulbs burn out so frequently?

Using a bulb with too high of wattage can cause excessive heat in the unit and burn it out more quickly. Be sure to use the maximum wattage or less in your outlets. Power surges also cause bulbs to burn out more quickly than their life allows.

Why does my ceiling recess light turn on and off intermittently?

Newer recess can light fixtures are rated for a maximum wattage bulb and are equipped with a thermal device that does not allow a bulb larger than what it is rated for. If a larger wattage bulb is used, as the excess heat builds up, the thermal device will shut the can off until it cools as a safety option.

Can I plug my christmas lights into my 110 volt outlet?

Yes, however if the amount of lights exceeds what that outlet can handle, it will be tripped at the breaker. In this event you need to use additional outlets.

Do I need surge protection on my devices outlets if I have it on the main service line?

St. Louis has frequent lightening strikes so surge protection on your home devices like computers, televisions, stereos etc only makes sense. Outlet surge protectors are inexpensive and protect your devices

Is it normal for my lights to blink when my air conditioner kicks on?

Yes, when large compressors and motors kick on, it causes a minor momentary voltage drop in the overall home. This is normal and not a cause for concern.

Can I plug in a coffee pot and my other kitchen appliances into the same outlet?

Yes, if the overall load exceeds 20 amps your breaker will trip the box off. If this happens, one of the appliances must be moved to another outlet.

My refrigerator/freezer in my garage keeps tripping off, why is this?

Your outlets are likely GFCI protected. These will not handle the additional resistance load created by freezers or refrigerators. The answer is to install a dedicated, non-GFCI circuit allowed by code.

Can I dim fluorescent lights?

Yes, but it requires not only a special dimmer switch, but also a special fixture. You can’t use a typical incandescent dimmer in this situation.

Can I hang a ceiling fan where a ceiling light is?

Yes, as long as there is sufficient ceiling support for the fan and the brace can handle the weight and amount of torque the fan will create.

Why are my fluorescent lights flickering?

This might be from improperly installed bulbs. Try to maneuver the bulbs so the are properly inserted. It may also be because the bulb is about to fail or from minor power fluctuations from other devices in the home. If it is turning all the way off and on again, it’s often ballast failure.

How do I properly reset my breaker after it has tripped off?

Disconnect the devices that caused the trip. Then turn the breaker all the way off, wait a few seconds, then turn on again. This is a mechanical device, so this may require several attempts.

What should I do if my switch stopped working?

Check and reset all GFCI outlets in the home and check the circuit breaker first. Replace bulbs in they are on circuit to eliminate that variable. If this does not work, then call AAA.

sharon conroy
sharon conroy
01:34 09 Dec 17
Excellent and professional service at a very reasonable price! Special mention to Brian - his work was performed in a timely and professional manner. I will certainly use this company again!
Cheryl Charlesworth
Cheryl Charlesworth
14:51 27 Nov 17
Have used AAA for appliance repair, plumbing and new appliance purchases. I always have a pleasant experience. Customer service answers right away and works around my schedule. Technicians are clean, professional and courteous.
Marie Price
Marie Price
20:30 07 Nov 17
Great Company!! Stewart came out today and replaced my water heater! He was friendly,professional and did an awesome job!! Pricing was Reasonable as well!!
Linda L Nichols
Linda L Nichols
15:24 11 Nov 17
AAA was on time, called as stated, and fix our problem pipe back up. The plumber was aware of who to fix the problem and surprisingly he did not want to create a mess in our basement. Would recommend service to my family and friends.
Eric Alexander
Eric Alexander
00:42 19 Dec 17
Technician was friendly and knowledgeable, he explained his findings and gave his opinion when asked. I’ve used them in the past and would highly recommend them now.
Alexa Dickson
Alexa Dickson
21:58 27 Apr 18
I had Jeremy come out and do an estimate for some electrical work. He was very friendly and clearly knowledgeable. The price he quoted seemed reasonable, so we had him do the work. He worked quickly and I was impressed with the outcome. Definitely will be using again the next time we need electrical work!
Paul Bridges
Paul Bridges
14:15 25 May 18
Great fast service and good price. Fixed two clogs in one visit. Update: Had to call them back out two weeks later as the floor drain in the basement was now clogged. I think the gunk they washed out of the sink drain into the floor drain compounded a slight clog already in our main drain. Would have been nice for them to be pro-active and take a look at that when they were flushing all the old grease down the main.
Jennifer Hinrichs
Jennifer Hinrichs
22:37 17 May 18
The staff at AAA is awesome. The office people are very calm and helpful. The technician was very informative and answered all of my questions. They do know their stuff!
Stephanie Kinnison
Stephanie Kinnison
12:24 09 Jun 18
Jim did a fantastic job in record time. I am extremely happy that I went with AAA Home Services.
Kevin McGaughey
Kevin McGaughey
16:28 25 Apr 18
I had a new HVAC system installed yesterday (4/24/18) and the only company that I requested an estimate was Superior Heat and Air. I had previously used them for service calls and their workmanship was always very professional and highly acceptable. They started at 8:30 yesterday and finished by 1:45 and the system is all that I had hoped for. I highly recommend Superior Heat and Air for new HVAC systems and service to existing systems.
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