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Nov 23 16

Adding New Wiring in Older Homes

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricWe often receive calls from customers who want to add circuitry in their older houses. Some want to remodel kitchens which usually requires multiple new circuits to be run from panel point. However a lot of these homes have outdated electrical services with undersized and overcrowded electrical panels. In order for a qualified electrician to install new wiring in these situations, the electrical service needs to be addressed first. In most situations the electrical panel will need to be replaced with a new one in order to create more space. The pictures show original overcrowded and outdated panels and the new replacement panels. If you are looking to make upgrades in your older home your first step should be evaluating your main electrical service. For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed Philadelphia Electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click images to enlarge.

Nov 10 16

Reasons why you would trip a breaker or blow a fuse

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn ElectricWe at Lauterborn Electric often gets called out to a property or a business with a tripped breaker or blown fuse. In many cases, it’s a simple troubleshoot, but in some instances it’s a more serious wiring issue. Here are some reasons as to why you would blow a fuse or trip a circuit breaker.

  1. Something as simple as a shorted filament in a light bulb can create a loss of power. If you turn the switch to a fixture off and the breaker resets the lamp in a fixture can be the issue.
  2. Overloading a circuit will cause a breaker or fuse to fail. We often see this condition if you have older Knob and tube wiring in your home and plug in electric consuming appliances such as space heaters or air conditioners. Running additional circuitry to appliances is the solution to this condition.
  3. Faulty appliances or older lamps can cause a tripping of a breaker or fuse. One way to determine if it’s an appliance or a lamp is to unplug all appliances and try to reset the breaker.
  4. Over extended older wiring can become frayed over years of over use and create a short circuit condition. Oversizing light bulbs can over heat wiring to the point of the insulation melting creating a short circuit condition. Follow wattage recommendations of the light fixture to avoid this condition

For all of your electrical needs contact your Licensed Philadelphia electricians Lauterborn Electric.

Oct 14 16

Having access to electrical equipment and junction boxes

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricLauterborn Electric often sees installations which have lack of access such as panels, meters and junction splice boxes.  Often when we troubleshoot issues such as lights out or flickering after exhaustive search we find that junction boxes have been buried in ceilings or in walls. This creates additional expense to a homeowner not only having to repair the electrical issue, but also having to contact a contractor to repair walls or ceilings opened to locate the electrical problem. The images show electrical equipment with minimal or no access to the equipment or junction boxes. Not having proper access to these live electrical parts is not only against electrical codes, but can create the potential for overheating and possible losing of power or worse, an electrical fire. For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed electrician Lauterborn Electric. Click Images to Enlarge.

Sep 19 16

How Not to Wire a House

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricLauterborn Electric was called to a home in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.  The home owner had been doing work on their property without proper permits and was caught by the department of licenses and inspections of the city Philadelphia.  They were gutting the property and redoing the entire house.  The pictures show what we saw as we entered the property. Wiring was not done to code, electric metallic tubing (EMT) was running and multiple wires were stuffed into them which is against code.   This condition can cause overheating and potential hazard.  The bathroom was tapped off from a kitchen circuit which is against code.  No smoke detectors were run which is a safety issue.  Junction boxes were all over the place in what would be drywall covered ceilings and also behind where kitchen cabinets will be. Junction boxes must be accessible in case of a connection going bad. The lack of electrical code knowledge was obvious on this site. The customer was trying to save a buck but now has wiring throughout that no licensed electrician will sign off on.  For all your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia Electrician Lauterborn Electric.  Click Images to Enlarge.

Sep 7 16

5 reasons you should change your main electrical service

by Lauterborn Electric
  1. Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricThe main electrical service cable is frayed or the strands inside the main cable are exposed. This condition leads to water penetrating the cable and compromising the meter socket or main panel.
  2. The main electrical panel is outdated. Many older brand panels and breakers such as Push-A-Matic or Federal Pacific have been condemned due to their non-tripping or overheating breakers creating a potential electrical hazard.
  3. You need additional power. Most homes main services are rated at 100 amps, if additional appliances are added to the service such as an electric oven, central air, or electric hot water heater the 100 amp service might be insufficient and a 200 amp service would be needed.
  4. You are adding circuitry and your main panel is undersized. Many older homes still have their original 12 circuit panel, and if appliances or dedicated lines are added installing a larger 20 or even 30 circuit panel would allow for the additional circuits
  5. You have fuses and want to upgrade to breakers. The older homes throughout Philadelphia originally had fuse boxes instead of breakers. This older method is outdated and many have been compromised by oversizing fuses or even installing pennies to allow the circuits to keep operating. Both of these methods are dangerous and can create a potential electrical fire hazard.

If your main electrical service resembles any of these images, feel free to contact your licensed Philadelphia electricians Lauterborn Electric for a free estimate.  Click Images to Enlarge.

Aug 22 16

Potential Hazards in sloppy electrical wiring

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricDuring our travels to the many homes and businesses we see many poor or in some cases dangerous electrical installations. Running extension cords and data lines across floors or under a rug is a very common occurrence. Not only does the wiring possess a tripping hazard, but worse the wiring can overheat creating a potential electrical fire. The images show several wiring installations in a retail setting that shows exactly how not to properly run data and electrical lines. In locations where counter areas have no access to walls to allow for wiring Lauterborn Eclectic recommends the installation of a power and data pole. This ensures the safety of the people walking around the area while also protecting the wiring. For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed Philadelphia electrician Lauterborn Electric. Click Images to Enlarge.

Aug 9 16

Panel Labeling Hazards

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricPanel labeling is sometimes a tedious task for electricians especially if the house is not new construction. A panel should be labeled on a separate piece of paper or on the panel cover. Some electricians leave extra wire covering inside of panels to mark each line. This enhanced the danger of a trouble shoot situation we had recently. A customer called and said his breaker is tripping over and over again and he smells burning in the panel. The problem was a loose connection on the breaker. The wire was beginning to burn itself bare and the pictures show the labeling on the wire creating an even bigger hazard situation. The solution was to change the breaker which was extremely hot and cut the wire back to the part that was not damaged to reinstall on a new breaker. For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed Philadelphia electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click Images to Enlarge.

Jul 20 16

Rewiring Philadelphia

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricLauterborn Electric has been very busy lately rewiring multiple residences all over the City of Philadelphia.  Many properties in Philadelphia still have the original wiring dating as far back as the 1920’s This rewiring requires us to take out all of the old wiring which includes old cloth wire, BX wire and knob and tube wire. These types of wiring are all outdated and can cause a hazardous situation. Knob and tube wiring is ungrounded and usually is falling apart due to the many years of use and overuse. BX is metal encased wire that uses the metal casing as a ground. However these metal casings become corroded and oxidized overtime causing the loss of grounding in devices. This is dangerous to a homeowner because a three pronged outlet can become ungrounded. We are making our way through the city replacing as much of this old wiring as possible. For all of your electrical needs contact you licensed Philadelphia electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click Images to Enlarge.

Jun 23 16

LED Under Cabinet in Northern Liberties

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricA repeat customer in Northern Liberties recently decided to have under cabinet lights installed. After a brief consultation we came to the conclusion to use three separate LED Light strips. Wiring was installed to two locations and the third strip was connected with a joiner piece. We also installed an outlet above the cabinet for a speaker. The customers are very happy. They have given us a review on yelp and google and also put us on Instagram. The pictures show the final result. For all your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia licensed electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click Images to Enlarge.

Jun 17 16

Finally Finished Fitzwater

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricLauterborn Electric recently put the finishing touches on a project in the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia. The job included a total remodeling of all bathrooms and kitchen. Customer supplied fixtures gave this property a very unique look. LED recessed lighting was used throughout the living room, dining room and kitchen. Two LED recessed lights were installed in the master bathroom shower. The pictures show the finished product. For all of your electrical needs contact you Philadelphia licensed electricians, Lauterborn Electric. Click Images to Enlarge.