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Sep 7 17

Burning Device

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricWe received a call from a customer who was having an issue with their window air conditioner working sporadically. The images show what we found when we opened up the device. Luckily the situation did not become worse.

Here are several things to look for when your electrical receptacles are not working properly.

  1. The device is hot to the touch
  2. The smell of plastic/rubber burning
  3. Crackling sounds coming from the device
  4. A breaker tripping after extended use of device

Intermittent power loss and blinking lights are also warnings that the electric in your home may need professional attention. For all of your electrical emergencies contact your licensed Philadelphia Electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click images to enlarge.

Sep 6 17

Need space?

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricWe at Lauterborn Electric often see over extended, over crowded, and outdated main electrical panels. Many unlicensed, unqualified, so called electricians violate codes by cluttering, double tapping, under sizing or installing twin breakers in panels not rated for such use. Once power failure occurs from over extension we come in to clean up the mess. Main electrical panels should never be sealed to the point of not having access. The images show several main electrical panels that if not addressed could potentially create a hazard. For all of your electrical service needs contact your Philadelphia licensed electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge.

Aug 8 17

Fishtown Electrical Service

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Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricOne of our specialties at Lauterborn Electric is the replacing or upgrading of main electrical services. We take extra measure in securing and protecting the wiring from physical damage by sleeving in PVC or EMT (electric metal conduit). Not only does it protect the cable but also gives it a cleaner look on the front facade of your property. We recently replaced an outdated service cable and panel in Fishtown which was recommended when the owner had a home inspection before purchasing the house.  The picture shows EMT piping which sleeved the 100 amp service cable from top to bottom. The pictures also show the before and after of the meter and panel.  Proper grounding was also installed.  For all your Electrical needs contact your Philadelphia Electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click Images to Enlarge.

Jul 17 17

Twin breakers and their potential hazard

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricThe installation of twin breakers is typically the solution when an unqualified person attempts to add circuitry to an undersized or over extended panel. Many main electrical panels are not rated for twin breaker installation. Panel manufacturers list on the panel door whether the panel can accept twin breakers.  Panel manufacturers also list the type of breakers that are compliant with their panel boards. Improperly installing twin breakers or breakers from another panel company can lead to overheating and panel failure. We often see this violation when making installations. The solution is to increase the size of the main electrical panel, use breakers to match the panel, and properly size the breakers to the wiring. The images show an over extended and undersized panel and a new 30 circuit panel installation done by Lauterborn Electric For all of your electrical needs, contact your Philadelphia licensed electrician Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge.

Jun 23 17

Reviews on Google

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Lauterborn ElectricLauterborn ElectricLauterborn Electric prides itself on the reviews it receives from our customers.   The latest review on Google business page comes from one of our newest customers, Tom.  Tom and his wife had two bathrooms they were renovating in their home and called us late one Friday night to come over and give them an estimate.  The job was to be executed in stages so that they would have a full working bathroom at all times. A new 30 circuit electrical panel was installed to create additional space for the added circuitry. Dedicated lines were run to both bathrooms for heated floor mats and a Jacuzzi tub.  The pictures provided by Tom were also added to our Google business listing.  For all your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia Licensed Electrician Lauterborn Electric.  Click Images to Enlarge.

Jun 7 17

Knob and tube wiring and how it affects the purchase of a property

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricThe hot item these days when purchasing an older home or property is whether the wiring is the original knob and tube or the property has been rewired.  This situation comes to light when an inspection report exposes the outdated wiring still in use. Many older homes and buildings in the city of Philadelphia built in the early to middle 1900’s were wired with knob and tube wiring.  Knob and tube is an ungrounded method of wiring that with time, abuse, and over extending has become an issue for many property owners.  With time the older wiring insulation becomes brittle from overheating to the point of falling off. This can cause a failure of the wiring losing power or worse, an electrical fire. The ungrounded wiring also provides less than safe protection to your electronic equipment such as televisions or computers from voltage spikes or lightning strikes.  The replacement of knob and tube wiring can be expensive considering that the contractor will need to fish lines and make openings on walls and ceilings to allow for new wiring. Many insurance companies are now requiring that knob and tube be removed and replaced to be able to secure insurance coverage. This becomes an issue at time of sale with the buyer seeking some type of remedy or compensation for the older wiring. We at Lauterborn Electric recommend a full evaluation before purchasing a home or a property. We also recommend the removal and replacement of knob and tube wring. For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed electrician Lauterborn Electric.  Click Images to Enlarge.

May 18 17

Fishtown 100 amp cable Change

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricA Fishtown resident was concerned about water leaking from their main electrical panel. They contacted Lauterborn Electric to evaluate and provide an estimate to remedy the Issue.  The main 100 AMP panel was installed by anther electrical contractor less than 2 years ago. When we stepped outside to check where the leaking was coming from, we found the problem.   The 100 AMP main service cable was frayed to the point where exposed strands were showing. Water was easily penetrating the cable into the meter socket, down the cable and into the main panel.  Lauterborn Electric Installed a new 100 AMP service cable sleeved in PVC for added protection. The meter socket was corroded and also replaced and the problem was resolved. For all your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia Electricians Lauterborn Electric.  Click Images to Enlarge.

May 5 17

Old City Panel Change

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Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricAn Old City Philadelphia home was in need of a panel upgrade. The old panel was only a 12 circuit panel and had mostly twin breakers in it.  The home owners are doing renovations on their two bathrooms (article to follow) and need several dedicated lines to bring the bathrooms up to code.  A 30 circuit 100 AMP panel was the solution to create additional space for circuitry. A new backboard was also installed to provide a solid wall for the larger panel. Proper grounding and bonding of the main electrical system was also done. The pictures show the before and after.  For all your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia Licensed Electrician Lauterborn Electric.  Click Images to enlarge.

Apr 19 17

Storm Water Burns out GFCI

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricWe were recently called out to a Center City property that had some power out. The issue involved a breaker not resetting that controlled lights and receptacles in the rear of the house. As soon as we stepped out of the back door we noticed an exterior GFCI seemed to have caught fire. The electrical repair was simple, we replaced the weather box and installed a weather and tamper resistant GFCI with a bubble cover to bring it up to code. However, finding out why this happened was more important. We discovered that the problem was due to poor gutter placements between two roofs. The storm water was rushing over the gutter and onto the GFCI. The customer was aware of the problem and the issue is being resolved. For all of your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia licensed electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click images to enlarge.

Mar 31 17

TV Mount for #SusieSellsPhilly

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn ElectricLauterborn Electric found some time during a very busy week to help out a family member. Susie purchased a new TV with a sound bar and wanted it mounted on her wall. This unit replaced an older bulky television. We installed two new outlets, one behind the television and one to power the components below. An in wall HDMI cord was installed and the sound bar was mounted just below the television. The picture shows the clean new television installed by Lauterborn Electric. For all of your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia licensed electrician, Lauterborn Electric. Click images to enlarge. Click Susie’s name to go to her website.