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New Flagstaff Electrical Codes

Several new electrical codes have been introduced in recent years. 

If your are concerned about the improved codes and how they apply to your home, call today to discuss the issue with a qualified electrician.

While older homes are "grandfathered" and thus are not generally required to be updated electrically, some of the updates are for the safety of those who dwell in the home and should be considered.  Other new Electrical codes are for energy saving purposes.

picture of GFI outlet

GFI info:


Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Outlets (GFCI's) are designed to reduce the risk of electric shock. The National Electrical Code requires GFCI protected outlets to be used in "wet" areas such as; kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, garages, sheds, hot tubs, and outdoors. GFCI's damaged by lightning or electrical surges may fail to provide adequate protection. Our location in northern Arizona frequently experiences power surges, outages from storms, and extreme temperature cycles, all of which can shorten the service life of these devices. Many older homes do not have these GFCI outlets installed in kitchens, bathrooms etc. To test: Press the "test" button, an audible click should be heard, breaking the circuit. To restore the circuit press the "reset" button. If the audible click is not heard, or if power is not restored, the GFCI needs replacement. Call for service of existing GFCI's, or upgrading wet locations to GFCI protection.  Upgrading to GFCI protection involves minimal cost and provides desirable protection for your home and family.

AFCI info:

Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) is a type of circuit breaker or receptacle that will trip (open the circuit) when it detects a dangerous electrical arc in order to prevent electrical fires. Now required by electrical code in most locations in new homes.  All bedrooms are now required to be AFCI protected.  AFCI circuits should never be connected to lighting circuits.

AFCI breaker

 

electrical service entrance

Electrical Service Entrance

Many older homes in Flagstaff have outdated or dangerous service panels and electrical service entrances.  Additionally, many of the older panels provide insufficient amperage and have outdated style breakers or even fuses.

In the picture at left, we installed a new, modern electrical service entrance with proper bracing and a new main panel. 

Dark Sky Lighting

It is recommended to adapt your home's exterior lighting to be Dark Sky compliant.

Flagstaff is the World's First International Dark Sky City - We rejoice to see all the beauty of the night sky.  Update your home to help reduce light pollution!  Flagstaff benefits socially and economically from our many and famous observatories.  Call today to make your home Dark Sky compliant!

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