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The Most Frequently Asked Electrical Questions

Posted by: Cooper MechanicalWednesday, February 15, 2017


Cooper customers are always asking our technicians questions about electrical issues plaguing their homes or workspaces. With our weekly blog, Cooper Mechanical Services tries to inform and educate our customers about why various problems occur and what we can do to fix and prevent them from happening again.

Looking back over the past couple of years, here are some answers and explanations to frequently asked electrical questions:

Do I Need an Electrician or Can I Do It Myself? 

This is a popular question, and for good reason. No one wants the expense of a service call when it's unwarranted; however, electrical troubleshooting can be dangerous. Electrocution and electrical fires are serious consequences for the DIY homeowner, and there is a reason electricians go through rigorous education and training. In this blog post, we cover some of the reasons why it is a good idea to consult a Cooper professional before undertaking a project on your own.

When Is Best To Call a Professional?

In a related post, we highlight some of the early warning signs that indicate electrical trouble that requires professional help. Tripped breaker? You got this one. Sparks, burning smells, and shocks? Call Cooper.

Do I Need to Replace My Older Home's Electrical Panel?

Many electrical questions come from home or commercial space buyers who have purchased or are looking at older properties. So what should you do about the old electrical panel? While a home or building inspection should alert you to any major issues or code violations before purchase, it's important to know that older electrical panels lack the safety features that are commonplace today. 

Do I Need a Surge Protection Device at My Commercial Building?

A voltage spike can fry the microprocessors and electronic equipment in an office space, warehouse or other commercial property. The damage is more than just hardware and a down system; it is also time and money lost. Surge protection devices, or SPDs, are critical for redirecting excessive current. In this blog post we give you the basics of what surge protection is, why it matters, and how Cooper can help.

What Do I Do About Water-Damaged Electrical Systems?

The Grand Strand region of South Carolina was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, and many homes were left with standing water and without power. When this happens, it's most important that you do not enter a home or building until an electrician, fire safety official or utility professional can verify that power is shut off at the meter. Cooper Mechanical Services works hard to get families and businesses back up and running, but expect more replacement than repair for a flooded electrical system.

Have an Electrical Question of Your Own?

Give us a call or contact us through our simple electronic form, and let our electrical professionals help you find answers and solutions.