Flickering Lights Repair

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Mister Sparky Electrician in Northwest Arkansas is fixing a customer's flickering lights electrical problems.

When the lights are flickering, panic sets in. People begin to sort through different scenarios they could be facing. Is it an earthquake? Is there an electrical panel problem? How much is it going to cost to get this problem fixed? Mister Sparky understands your concerns about flickering lights, and we’re going to address them on the blog to put you at ease. We’ll talk about different causes of flickering lights before educating you about different situations that would require our emergency electrician services.
A few causes of flickering lights include bad light bulbs, bad electrical connections between bulbs and sockets, large power-sucking appliances, loose conductors in the electrical panel, or problems with your electric company. We realize that’s a lot to worry about, but again, that’s why we’re writing this blog for you.

First, it’s inevitable that light bulbs will eventually burn out. If a single light bulb is flickering, try replacing it with a new one. If the newly installed light bulb is still flickering, you may have a circuit breaker problem. In this case, call Mister Sparky to come out for a complete circuit diagnosis. A faulty circuit with loose hot or neutral conductors is nothing to leave alone, as it can be dangerous. Please make sure and call to get us out to your home. After the diagnosis, our licensed electricians will find the problem and fix it only if you want the work done.

Appliances that use lots of electricity also lead to flickering lights. Many homes’ electrical panels only carry up to 200 amps so when appliances that draw 100+ amps are first started, of course lights will flicker. To fix this problem, call Mister Sparky to rewire your outdoor A/C unit for max capacity while also checking for problems with wire size or fusing. Lastly, there are problems that arise due to unforeseen circumstance with your electric company.

For example, when your neighbors are telling you they are experiencing flickering lights while you are too, it’s almost always an electric company problem. It could be a downed power line or that something was fried by an electric strike. However, it could also be an issue with wildlife messing with electrical equipment or tree limbs resting on power lines. In situations like these, call your electric company and let them resolve the problem.

There you have it! Now when you encounter a flickering light problem in your home, you’ll know how to address it. Just remember not to panic if you have an emergency electrical problem or electrical power outage.

Mister Sparky, America’s On-Time Electrician serves the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of certified electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Ceiling Fan Installation

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Mister Sparky Electrician is doing a ceiling fan installation in Northwest Arkansas.

At Mister Sparky, we take ceiling fans very seriously. Did you know that ceiling fans were originally powered by water when they were invented in the mid-1800s? Talk about an emergency electric problem waiting to happen, right?! Inventor of the ceiling fan, Duchess Melissa Rinaldi, would be proud of her creation today.
Appliances such as the ceiling fan have advanced exponentially since then; so much we can’t live without them because of the convenience and comfort they provide us. This is why it’s not surprising that we get lots of calls about ceiling fans and ceiling fan installation daily. When we mean a lot, we mean a lot. Mister Sparky receives thousands of calls about installing ceiling fans each year.
Some of the electrical services we get requests for include ceiling fan installation, re-installation, light switch wiring, re-wiring and tightening. We are the electricians that do all of those electrical services for you. If you haven’t guessed yet, this blog is basically ceiling fans 101. We’ve already covered the history of ceiling fans, but next we’ll discuss top brands of fans, different types of fans and when it’s time to reverse the direction of ceiling fan blades.

Whether you take brand names into consideration or not before making a ceiling fan purchase, hear us out. We’ve found that ceiling fan brands such as Araya, Casablanca (link is external), Discus II and Hunter (link is external) always perform well and stand the test of time. Minka, the Involution, and Westinghouse Bendan (link is external) are also good choices! Anytime you need ceiling fan recommendations, please get in touch with us. There are not only several brands to choose from, but there are also several types as well, which can make the selection process overwhelming.

Many styles of ceiling fans have been developed due to changes in style preference, technology improvements and the movement for energy conservation over time. Some of the more popular styles of ceiling fans include direct-drive ceiling fans, stack-motor ceiling fans, belt-driven ceiling fans and cast-iron ceiling fans.

Direct-drive ceiling fans utilize spinner motors with blades attached to them. While they are the least expensive ceiling fan option, they are the noisiest, unfortunately. In contrast, stack-motor ceiling fans are powerful and efficient as they utilize a dropped flywheel where the blades are mounted. Belt-driven ceiling fans are modeled after the early, water-powered ceiling fans except they use electric motors instead of water to operate. Finally, cast-iron ceiling fans, a blast from the past, are made up of oil-bath motors, which must be oiled one or two times a year. They have been known to last 70-80 years because of their durable construction.

Now that you have a solid understanding of the many different types of ceiling fans, we’ve got to educate you on the proper time to reverse the direction that your ceiling fan turns. Winter is right around the corner! It’s simple. In the winter, turn your blades clockwise to warm your room. By keeping your blades going in a clockwise direction, you can save up to 15% on your energy bill. It’s the opposite for summer time. In the summer, turn your fan’s switch to counterclockwise. This way the blades will create a cooling effect that will allow you to keep your air conditioner at a higher temperature, thus saving you money.

There you have it- ceiling fans 101. You’ve learned about the history of ceiling fans, some of the services we provide for ceiling fan installation, top ceiling fan brands and then you learned about which direction to set your fan blades in the summer and winter. Now you can add ceiling fan connoisseur to your résumé! We told you we take ceiling fans seriously.

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Electrical Panel Repair Information

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Mister Sparky NWA Electrician doing emergency electrical repair on a main electric panel.

Perhaps everyone is enjoying some of the first official days of fall? We’ve been busy as always around here! In the past, we’ve discussed how exterior lighting can help keep homes secure. Here are a few key points to remember:

According to Forbes, exterior lighting and certain types of landscaping help keep burglars away from homes.
Bright and highly responsive outdoor security lighting works best to protect your home.
A Mister Sparky home electrical inspection will help us analyze your home situation so we may provide the best suggestions moving forward with your exterior lighting installation.
However, now we’re moving on to discuss your main electrical panels. Yes, we’re talking about electrical panels because they’re important! We’ll discuss the purpose electrical panels service and top manufacturers we prefer. Then we’ll go into life expectancy of electrical panels, and what to do when you face problems with them.

First, what is the purpose of an electrical panel? Well, the electrical panel is much like a heart. Hearts pump blood to your lungs and other important systems in your body through veins and arteries to keep you alive. Electrical panels serve as distribution centers for electricity, as they push electricity through wires or circuits to different electrical systems in your home to keep it powered on.

Without a highly reliable and functioning electrical panel, you can expect that nothing will work the way it is supposed to. That’s why picking an electrical panel made by a trusted, reliable brand is important. When we do installation we use Cutler Hammer and Square D electrical panels because they are the best! However, we do repairs on many brands of electrical panels and we do lots of them- especially on Zinsco and Federal Pacific electrical panels. These brands cause lots of problems from over-current or short circuits due to the overheating of bus bars. This is one of many reasons why it’s important to have a certified electrician check the functionality and safety of your electrical panel annually.

As people age, their hearts may face complications. Same goes for your home. As it ages, your home’s electrical panel may stop protecting the home against over-current or short circuits, among other problems. Electrical panels normally last around 25 years, but this depends on how you treat them. Exposing electrical panels to harsh environments or overloading will only cause them to stop working faster. If you experience a problem with your electrical panel, call a professional, certified electrician.

If you are sure something with your electrical panel isn’t working correctly or you think it may need an inspection, get a hold of a certified electrician (preferably Mister Sparky). DIY electric work is often dangerous. We would be happy to come out to your home to help. If you want to save money, check out our preventative maintenance program, PowerClub. With a PowerClub membership, you get a 10% discount on all service and repairs, special privileges, and other perks.

Well, we hope this blog has enlightened you regarding all things electrical panels. It’s always enjoyable to have the privilege of sharing our passions. Don’t forget to come back and visit our website soon since we’ll be blogging regularly each month. Contact us if you have any thoughts, questions or concerns about electrical panels.

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We Need Your Help To Make A Difference

By Krush Digital,

Could someone you know use a $2000
home upgrade?
Here’s your chance to make a difference!

Exciting things are happening at Mister Sparky. We just launched our Mister Sparky Makes a Difference campaign, and we wanted to give you all the details about it in case you have not already heard about it.

This summer, we’re giving away $2000 worth of home improvement services including general electrical maintenance, rewiring, generator installation, lighting installation, ceiling fan installation and more. Why? Because we care about our local communities, and we want to put a smile on someone’s face.

Some people either don’t have the resources to maintain a home or they spend the funds they would normally use for home maintenance to help others out. These are the people we want to assist. However, we need YOUR help to do this.

First, visit mistersparkyhelps.com. Once you’re there, we’re asking you to nominate deserving family, friends and humanitarians for the $2000 prize by typing a short blurb explaining why Mister Sparky should select your nominee. It’s that simple! Nominations for the $2000 prize opened on June 14, 2015, but they will close on June 30. Mister Sparky announces a winner on July 8.

Thank you for your continuous support of Mister Sparky. We enjoy serving you. Check out our Facebook page for more information, and please spread the word about Mister Sparky Makes a Difference via social media with the hashtag, #MisterSparkyMakesADifference. Have a great summer and thanks for helping us make a difference!

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May Is national Safety Month

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Mister Sparky electricians pledge to maintain a clean, safe, respectable and reputable place of business that reflects the high standards of the Mister Sparky brand every day. Safety is a part of our Code of Ethics. We don’t just talk about safety, though. We are committed to it. Did you know that every Mister Sparky electrician completes more than 150 hours of training per year?

We do this to ensure your safety and ours alike. At Mister Sparky, safety is important to us no matter the time, day, month or year. However, May is National Electrical Safety Month, which gives us a special opportunity to further discuss electrical safety practices with our friends and family.

Did you know that since 1992, fatal electrical injuries have declined by more than 50% on an annual basis according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)? We like to think that the decrease in accidents we’ve seen is due to an increase in electrical safety knowledge. To ensure a continual decline in electrical injuries over time, more safety knowledge is key.

Instead of boring you with a long list of electrical safety tips, we suggest you go check out ESFI’s 360-degree-rotating, virtual home to brush up on your electrical safety knowledge or better yet call us to schedule your own in-home electrical safety checkup today!

Celebrate National Electrical Safety Month while learning more about electrical safety practices here:

http://virtualhome.esfi.org (link is external)

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3 Easy Services That Will Save You Money This Winter

By Krush Digital,

It’s starting to get chilly in the evenings and that means winter is on the way. It’s amazing how quickly we move from fall to winter each year. With the colder weather families usually spend more time in their homes. You might not be in the middle of a home renovation or an electrical emergency – but there are other reasons to think about calling Mister Sparky.

We can save you money this winter. Hiring an electrician for some service ideas can actually help you lower your winter bills. With higher electric or gas utilities during the winter, saving money probably sounds pretty good. Here are three easy service projects you will want to consider.

  1. CEILING FAN USAGE – Most of our customers think of using ceiling fans in the summer to stay cool. But when you set your fan blades to turn clockwise it changes the air flow to push warm air that has risen up to the ceiling back down into the room. This is a great easy technique to help increase the temperature of your rooms. Adding a new ceiling fan to your sitting room or bedroom will also enhance your home with all the styles from which to select.
  2. DIMMER SWITCHES – these wall mounted switches help you modulate your wattage output. Dimmer switches are great in both summer and winter. They will really help you control costs and keep your family comfortable. It’s amazing how much lighting can heat up and room and run up an electric bill. Plus you will add fantastic ambiance to any room.
  3. BATHROOM EXHAUST FANS WITH HEATER – Exhaust fans in the bathroom help control moisture accumulation. Many fans come with spot heaters. The combination of keeping the air dry and spot heating will make your morning shower comfortable and keep you from paying more to turn up a main thermostat.

    Upgrading your electrical system doesn’t have to mean a complete overhaul of your home’s wiring or something equally major—a few minor tweaks can get you saving money and living more comfortably, day in and day out! If you’re interested in any electrical upgrades in your home, call Mister Sparky today!
    Sometimes the easiest upgrades to your home make the biggest difference in your family’s comfort. Call Mister Sparky today to schedule your appointment and keep more money in your pocket this winter!

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Back To The Basics: LED Lights

By Krush Digital,

I can remember the first time I picked up a lamp and realized I could not use a regular incandescent light bulb with it. I won’t lie, I was very put-off by the fine print: LED bulbs required. At the time I didn’t know much about LEDs, why the shift toward them or why my incandescent bulbs were getting such a bad reputation in the lighting industry.

In recent years there has been an even greater push to make LEDs the preferred bulb in America. This year it was announced that incandescent bulbs would begin disappearing from shelves in this country. In fact, a great number of countries have stopped producing and selling incandescent bulbs in favor of LEDs and fluorescents.

At Mister Sparky we follow the industry trends, which means that we prefer LEDs and fluorescents over incandescent with any lighting projects we complete in your house. We understand that changing to LEDs can feel strange. What’s so great about them after all?

The best way to explain the outstanding benefits that come with making the switch is by breaking it down. We’ve gathered this information from the U.S. Department of Energy, which serves to explain the benefits of LEDs.

7 LED Facts

1. A light-emitting diode, or LED, is a type of solid-state lighting that uses a semiconductor to convert electricity into light. Today’s LED bulbs can be six to seven times more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lights and cut energy use by more than 80 percent.

2. Good-quality LED bulbs can have a useful life of 25,000 hours or more — meaning they can last more than 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs. That is a life of more than three years if run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

3. Unlike incandescent bulbs — which release 90 percent of their energy as heat — LEDs use energy far more efficiently with little wasted heat.

4. From traffic lights and vehicle brake lights to TVs and display cases, LEDs are used in a wide range of applications because of their unique characteristics, which include compact size, ease of maintenance, resistance to breakage, and the ability to focus the light in a single direction instead of having it go every which way.

5. LEDs contain no mercury, and a recent Energy Department study (link is external) determined that LEDs have a much smaller environmental impact than incandescent bulbs. They also have an edge over compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) that’s expected to grow over the next few years as LED technology continues its steady improvement.

6. The first visible-spectrum LED was invented by Nick Holonyak, Jr., while working for GE in 1962. Since then, the technology has rapidly advanced and costs have dropped tremendously, making LEDs a viable lighting solution. Between 2011 and 2012, global sales of LED replacement bulbs increased by 22 percent while the cost of a 60-watt equivalent LED bulb fell by nearly 40 percent. By 2030, it’s estimated that LEDs will account for 75 percent of all lighting sales.

7. In 2012, about 49 million LEDs were installed in the U.S. — saving about $675 million in annual energy costs. Switching entirely to LED lights over the next two decades could save the U.S. $250 billion in energy costs, reduce electricity consumption for lighting by nearly 50 percent and avoid 1,800 million metric tons of carbon emissions.

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Stay Smart, Don’t Set A Spark

By Krush Digital,

Teaching your kids the fundamentals of electricity is a crucial step when introducing your children to electrical safety. By educating your children on the basic concepts of conduction, the process of advising them on electrical safety will be much easier to comprehend.

Electricity is a live and powerful conductor of energy and can be extremely dangerous when not properly monitored. Often times parents find themselves at a difficult medium where they would like to monitor their children’s behavior but find it difficult to do so at all times in the day. This is why it is so important to teach your children the basics of electricity and a simple guide to keep them safe when using electrical devices.
The three most important concepts to stress to your children about electricity is:

  1. Electricity and water do not mix well. Do not use electrical devices in restrooms and do not touch electrical devices with wet hands.
  2. Do not touch plugs. Plugs are not meant to be touched or tampered with.
  3. Make sure any leads/wires are tucked away from heavy foot traffic. Leads can cause trips and falls if they are not keep tidily away.
    At Mister Sparky, we take the safety of your family into consideration at all times. We truly believe that the best methods for preventing an electrical accident from happening is through proper education and an open dialogue. We hope you find the following resources helpful to you as you introduce these safety tips to your little ones!

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How Safe Is Your Home

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When looking around your abode, or when venturing into buying a new home, it’s easy to overlook the telltale signs of faulty circuiting. We want to remind you that it’s worth taking the time to assess your current or potential new home for the following hazards.

Shortage of Outlets

Many older homes are not equipped with enough outlets to support household demands of electricity. With so many power chargers, appliances, and technological devices dependent on those outlets, a home with too few outlets will become burdened with a high power to outlet ratio. Overburdened outlets can result in house fires that can devastate a home and leave homeowners in a difficult position.

Exposed Wiring

Another sign of faulty circuiting is exposed wiring. Any exposed wiring is sure to sustain physical damage, which can lead to flyaway sparks as electric currents transfer through the wire. These sparks can act as potential fire hazards in the home.

Splice Wiring

Many homeowners resort to splice wiring, or rather using electrical tape and wire connectors to conjoin wires, when performing DIY projects. Often times you can find splice wiring used in attics and basements. This method of conjoining wires is not overseen by licensed electricians and leads to an unstable electrical wiring environment.

Faulty electrical wiring is a huge fire hazard and can devastate your house. For this reason, take the time to look around your home and see if any of the wiring around your house is suspect. If you feel like you need the advice and guidance of a professional electrician, call on Mister Sparky today!

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Shine A Light On It

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Summer is right around the corner and all of us at Mister Sparky couldn’t be more excited. Summer months are the most relaxing of the year. The kids will be out of school and the vast majority of us will be taking time off for vacations and summer festivities. It is important, however, to take into account that we are not the only ones who will be taking advantage of the warmer months.

According to robbery statistics, July and August are the most frequent months for home break-ins. Furthermore, criminals target homes that appear to be empty or don’t have much activity around them. For this reason it is important to tackle the issue of how to keep your home looking lively and full of people, not only during hot summer nights when you’re out on the town, but during extended periods of absence like those during vacation weeks.

At Mister Sparky we highly recommend investing in security lights. Highly luminescent LED lights shine powerful rays around the circumference of your home and property, spotlighting any suspicious behavior that might be taking place around your area. These security lights are triggered by any movement within their range. Additionally, these lights can be set up on a timer to run throughout the night from a given start and end point.

Mister Sparky professionals have installed thousands of security lights over the years. Our expertise with placement and installation ensures that we will be able to equip your home quickly and effectively. On time, friendly, reliable, and knowledgable, our Mister Sparky professionals are standing by to help you today!

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