Frequently asked questions

On this page I will answer many commonly asked questions to help provided a better understanding on electrical matters, as well as electrical safety.

Question:  Do you charge by the job, or by the hour?

Answer: I usually charge by the job, doing it this way you always know what it is going to cost ahead of time, no surprises.

Question:  How much do you charge to come out for a service repair?

Answer: There is no charge to come out. You just pay for the time involved to trouble shoot, and the repair cost.  If the repair involves another visit and materials, you pay for the additional cost to repair.

Question:  How much do you charge to come out, and give an estimate?

Answer:  All estimates are FREE of charge.

Question:  Who will be doing the work in your home?

Answer:  All work is done by me personally, sometimes with the help of my son.

Ralph Nannola – Master Electrician
Matthew – Helper

Question:  How do you reset a tripped breaker?

Standard type breaker

 

Answer:  Push the breaker handle in the direction to the outside of the electrical panel ( for example: If the breaker is on the left side then push to the left), it should click, and stay in the off position.  Push the handle back to the middle, it should click and stay in position, that would be the on position.  If it does not stay on, then there is a short, that must be cleared in order for the breaker to remain on.

Question:  How do you reset a tripped G.F.C.I. (Ground, Fault, Circuit, Interrupter) breaker?

GFCI breaker

Answer:  Push the breaker handle in the direction to the outside of the electrical panel ( for example: If the breaker is on the left side then push to the left), it should click, and stay in the off position.  Push the handle back to the middle, it should click and stay in position, that would be the on position.  If it does not stay on, then there is a short, that must be cleared in order for the breaker to remain on.  There is a button on these breakers, and the purpose of the button is to test the breaker.  If you push the button, and it does not trip, then the breaker needs to replaced.

Question:  How do you reset a tripped A.F.C.I. (Arc, Fault, Circuit, Interrupter) breaker?

AFCI breaker

Answer:  Push the breaker handle in the direction to the outside of the electrical panel ( for example: If the breaker is on the left side then push to the left), it should click, and stay in the off position.  Push the handle back to the middle, it should click and stay in position, that would be the on position.  If it does not stay on, then there is a short, that must be cleared in order for the breaker to remain on.  There is a button on these breakers, and the purpose of the button is to test the breaker.  If you push the button, and it either does not trip, then the breaker needs to be replaced.

Why does gas line now have to be bonded, after all these years?

Gas pipe bonding

Answer:  The manufactured of the plumbing tubing CSST recognizes that there is a possibility that it can have a leak and cause a fire due to leaking gas.  So to protect themselves they  require it now to be bonded to the electrical system.  All banks now require this, and all home inspector will include this on the report.

When should smoke detectors be replaced?

Smoke detector

Answer:  The smoke detector manufacture recommends every ten (10) years.  test them at least once a month to make sure that they are working properly.