2nd Annual Light Her World Landscape Lighting Giveaway

2nd Annual Light Her World Landscape Lighting Giveaway

Giveaway Details: 

May 2021 we will give away, one (1) custom landscape lighting package for Mother’s Day to a deserving mother. Each landscape lighting package will hold a value of approximately $5,000. Contest submissions will be accepted from March 14 – May 1 and this promotion is open to any mother in the areas we serve. Make 2021 her brightest year yet!

 

To Qualify: 

Please email office@FarrynElectric.com and include the following:

  1. Pictures of the nominated mother’s home with mature landscaping.
  2. Nominated mother’s contact information MUST include their First and Last Name, Address, Phone Number, and Email.
  3. Your contact information MUST include your First and Last Name, Phone Number, and Email.
  4. The reason why she deserves to win this landscape lighting package!
  5. Follow us on social media to see who wins (links to our sites are below)

Nominees should also live in our service area. Must be the deeded homeowner. Be over 18 years of age, and reside in one of the following counties: Delaware County, Montgomery County, Chester County

At Farryn Electric, LLC, we love giving back to the communities where we live and work, it has been the foundation of our family and business from the beginning.”  – Dan Namerow

Light Her World, a Mother’s Day Giveaway – A landscape lighting package – designed and installed for a deserving mother in our area began last year, and we are happy to continue this contest again this year. The impact of quarantine and the COVID pandemic left us unable to sponsor many beloved events in our community. We always find a way to serve our community!

Last Years Winner

Dan had the pleasure of surprising this amazing mother last year with the help of her neighbors and friends! Congrats again Julia you are truly an inspiration to many who know you, and we cannot wait to see pictures of your garden in full bloom!

1st Annual Light Her World Giveaway Winning Mother
Peloton Treadmill Tripping AFCI/GFCI Or Standard Breaker

Peloton Treadmill Tripping AFCI/GFCI Or Standard Breaker

Did you treat yourself to that Peloton bike or treadmill to beat the quarantine 15? If you did congratulations! You are one step closer to a healthier lifestyle or you have an expensive coat rack!

If you are planning to use it or have already started and are now experiencing intermittent electrical issues it is quite possible that one of two things are occurring. You ABSOLUTELY need a dedicated circuit for your new machine, so if your breaker is tripping or your lights dim, it’s time to call Farryn Electric for a potential electrical service upgrade. Furthermore, your AFCI/GFCI may be a nuisance tripping due to residual electricity coming from the treadmill or bike. Although this is not a safety hazard, it is a major inconvenience. Peloton and others are now updating their specification sheets on their website to note that AFCI and GFCI type receptacles and breakers may trip.

If you did not see it in the specs, during the time of purchase, we wanted to let you know that most residential treadmills run on a standard 120-volt, grounded, and dedicated circuit. Manufacturers recommend the use of a surge suppressor that meets specific standards. If your circuit does not meet the power requirements of the treadmill, you will have to hire a professional electrician.  

 

What Is a Dedicated Circuit?

Your home is wired with separate circuits, called branch circuits, that makes power available around your home. Circuit breakers are designed to trip if a power overload occurs and too much electricity is drawn at once.

When a circuit supports a single appliance, it is known as a dedicated circuit and has its own breaker in your electrical box. The purpose of a dedicated circuit is to ensure high-power appliances have access to adequate amperage so they can operate safely without forcing a circuit breaker to trip

 

Major Electrical Appliances

The National Electrical Code requires dedicated circuits for all major, electrical appliances. These should include:

  • Refrigerators and freezers
  • Electric stoves and wall ovens
  • Dishwashers
  • Washers and dryers
  • Furnaces, heat pumps, and central air conditioners

 

Small Electrical Appliances

If you use small appliances that are reliant on the same circuit all the time, it could be worthwhile to have a new dedicated circuit for one or more of those appliances installed, especially if the breaker trips regularly. 

  • Microwaves
  • Insta-pots / air fryers
  • Toasters
  • Electric space heaters
  • Window air conditioners
  • Exercise Equipment 
  • Submersible pumps
  • Hairstyling tools

Whether you need help determining if you need a dedicated circuit, or if you need to upgrade any electrical outlets, we are here to help! 

If you are ready to get running, in an electrically safe way, Farryn Electric, LLC is here to help!  We offer a no-haggle warranty on our workmanship, for as long as you own your home and a 5-year warranty on any new part replacement – our workmanship is guaranteed! Even if the part’s manufacturer has a lesser warranty, we still cover the part for 5 years. We provide qualified and experienced electricians across Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Chester County to contact us please call our office at (484) 316-0449 or use the contact us form for your convenience. 

Common Electrical Hazards With New Kitchen Appliances

Common Electrical Hazards With New Kitchen Appliances

Did you know that the kitchen is the most dangerous room in your home? No, this does not mean buying take-out every night is safer nor is it more affordable. Nice try! There is heat, fire, water, and on top of it all, electricity to contend with. So, it is no real surprise to learn that according to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), 49% of fires in the home start in the kitchen.

The good news is this risk is manageable with careful planning and knowledge of the appliance(s) you are using. For instance, the new air fryer that I received as a present for my 41st birthday, given to me by my sister; I was excited and we opened the box immediately so she could show me how to use it. Then of course the electrician came in to steal my joy, not to be mean, but to protect me. Dan warned me not to use the air fryer at the same time as the microwave, and of course, I gave him a little side-eye. My thoughts are you are an electrician, just fix it! Then my wheels started turning and it nagged me all weekend…how many of my mom friends are using these appliances – air fryers, instant-pots, crockpots? How many do not know that they could have a potential electrical disaster brewing next to their glass of wine?

There are many things you can do to prevent an electrical hazard, which is why I decided to blog about common electrical hazards associated with kitchen appliances and give you advice on how to avoid them.

 

The Most Common Electrical Hazards in the Kitchen Include:

  • Poor or inadequate wiring
  • Electrical items close to the water
  • Overloading the system
  • Using wet hands
  • Ignoring the fire risks
  • Making sure the outlets in your kitchen are GFCI/AFCI and code compliant

 

Microwaves, Air Fryers, and Insta-Pots Oh My…

These appliances are family favorites in the kitchen for the amazing convenience they provide, but they should be respected. Just because you do not see a presence of a flame does not mean that these appliances are any less dangerous. These appliances use high wattage to achieve super-fast results, so making sure that vents are kept free from blockages and the interior is free from food debris is crucial if you want the appliance to continue to function safely. 

You should also keep an eye on any unusual malfunction codes that might flash up, notably “F” codes, as these may be an indicator that something more serious is going on. “F” codes stand for failure, so if F2 appears, it indicates a thermal sensor failure, while F3 means that you have a shorting membrane keypad failure, which can be extremely dangerous. Read the manual for electrical requirements and keep it handy just in case an error code does appear.

 

Ways to Avoid Hazards

  • Check to see if there is a model with a child lock available.
  • Make sure all air vents are free from blockages.
  • Make sure that the space it occupies is safe and secure.
  • Always unplug these appliances when they are not in use.
  • Read the manufacturer’s handbook before operating
  • Use appropriate cookware and utensils (non-metallic)

 

How to Handle An Electrical Fire

  • Do not panic! The most common reason why an electrical fire becomes worse has something to do with heightened emotions. Cut off power in the affected area.
  • Never use water to put out the fire. Call emergency services or an electrician.

 

Kitchen appliances can be safe, and I would not want to discourage anyone from using any of the items on the list, but I do urge you to treat them with care and attention. Accidents happen, no matter how hard you try to avoid them, but you can limit your chances of falling victim to an electrical hazard by following my simple advice.

Concentrate on the task at hand, avoid distractions, and never handle electrical items with wet hands. If your electrical system has not been checked out in a while, we offer electrical safety inspections as well as home appliance wiring services for the Main Line

As always if you would like our help at Farryn Electric please feel free to give us a call at (484) 316-0449 or use the contact us form for your convenience. 

Signs of Heat Damage in Ceiling Fixtures

boob light ceiling light fixture

Next time you change a lightbulb in your ceiling-mounted light fixture, aka boob light in your hallway, bathroom, or kitchen please do yourself a favor and check for something that you may have overlooked in the past – heat damage. The use of incandescent lightbulbs with high wattage is a common culprit for the damaged ceiling light fixtures that are sometimes seen in older homes.

 

How Can a Ceiling Light Fixture Develop Heat Damage?

Sockets accept bulbs of many different wattages, so a 75-watt bulb could have been used in a light fixture that was only meant for a 60-watt bulb. Since the closed design of many ceiling-fixtures traps the heat, the brighter bulb generated more than the ceiling fixture was designed for, and that leads to damage. Fortunately, it’s relatively simple to check for damage.

 

5 Common Signs of Heat Damage:

  • Burned or melted plastic sockets
  • Wires that are exposed or missing insulation
  • Brown burn marks on the fixture housing
  • White-colored wires that have turned brown
  • Wires repaired with electrical tape and loose or damaged brackets.

If you see any of these telltale signs of heat damage it is a good idea to give us a call at Farryn Electric so that we can help diagnose the extent of the damage and install a safer light fixture for you and your family. Your safety is our #1 priority!