Frequently Asked Residential Electrical Questions

Chances are if you clicked on this page, you are not the only one out there who has a question. To make it easier for everyone who is not familiar with the subject matter of technicians or residential electrical services, we have created this page to give you some clarity.

How much will this electrical repair cost?

The cost is determined based on which electrical repair service is needed and pre-existing conditions. If you call us today to schedule an appointment, we can have one of our professional team members come to your home or business to give you an up-front, flat-rate price. If you choose to do business with us, our residential electrical team will be honest with you and keep you up to date and informed throughout the whole process.

Can I fix it myself?

Pat Murphy Electric’s technician team always recommends that you hire a professional when it comes to electrical work for a number of reasons, but the most important one is your safety. Your safety should always be put first and if you don’t know what you’re doing, it can be dangerous. Our team is certified and we have the knowledge and equipment to get the job done accurately the first time. We will also get it done in a timely matter.

Why aren't my electrical outlets working?

If your electrical outlet isn’t working, it could be from a loose connection, poor installation, or a tripped circuit breaker. It’s possible to fix a loose connection and a bad installation, however, if you are not experienced with electrical work we advise you to call a professional residential technician for safety reasons.

When should I call an electrician?

A few good signs that you should call an technician are:

  • If your fuses often blow or your breakers frequently trip
  • If your switches, power points, or any other surface electrical systems are warm to the touch
  • If your lights flicker unexpectedly when using appliances
  • If rust is taking over your house’s main electrical service panel
  • If your home is 10 years or older and your electrical system hasn’t been updated
What does “short circuit” mean?

A short circuit occurs when electrical current flows outside of its intended path with little or no resistance. Typical causes can be when bare wires are touching one another or if a wire connection has come loose. A short circuit always means something has gone wrong, so it needs immediate attention.

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