Electrical Issues Caused by Storms

Storms bring many elements that can leave you without power and damage your home or business’s electrical system. Being prepared for these hazards can minimize your inconvenient and keep you safe against property damage and electrical fires. You should also have a trusted electrician on call to deal with any electrical issues that spring up during or after a big storm.

Let’s dive into the most common electrical issues caused by storms so that you can learn how best to prepare your home or business before the next big one:

Downed Trees, High Winds & Loss of Power

During heavy precipitation, the ground gets very wet, making it softer and less stable. In combination with high winds, this can cause trees to fall, and they often bring power lines down with them. To minimize the inconvenience of storms, secure a backup power source that is sufficient to power critical appliances or functions in the event of an outage. A portable generator is good enough for one thing (HVAC, cooking, etc), but a whole-home generator system is more effective, and can power much more.

Lightning Strikes & Power Surges

If lightening strikes on or near your home or business, the explosive surge can damage all the electronic devices connected to your electrical wiring, and sometimes even non-electronic appliances that are connected! It can also damage your electrical system. If you live in an area with frequent storms and lightning, it’s important to take precautions to protect your home or business from power surges. Installing a lightning arrester can prevent damage by detouring the electricity away from your home or business and directing it instead to safe ground.

Excessive Water & Electrical Shorts

During a storm with heavy rain, water may leak into your home or business. If this water comes into contact with your wiring, it can cause your power to short circuit. Depending on the location of the short circuit, this may result in loss of power to just one room or to the entire building. A short circuit can also present a fire hazard if the wire still has power. The best way to prevent this problem is to keep your home sound against leaks, but unfortunately they can happen in spite of your best efforts. If you experience a short circuit during or right after a storm, call a reliable electrical company to investigate the problem and make any needed repairs.

Electrical Preparation & Repair in the Tampa Bay Area

When your Florida home or business suffers electrical damage from a storm, call the professionals at Hoffman Electrical & A/C for expert help to repair the damage and ensure complete safety. We can also help you prepare your home for surges and storms to protect your electrical system. Our certified and trained electricians have been serving Florida homeowners for years, and we would love the chance to help you get the right protection for your electrical needs.

For lightning arresters & electrical repair, contact the team at Hoffman Electrical! We proudly serve Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Sarasota & Manatee counties. Give us a call at 866-238-3243 or contact us online today!

Fall Electrical Safety Tips

The seasons are finally beginning to shift, bringing us (somewhat) cooler weather and a few unique activities. As we settle into fall, our experts at Hoffman Electrical & A/C would like to take a moment to clue you in on some potential electrical dangers unique to the season.

To our team, the only thing more important than our service is your safety! Electrical appliances and tools are indispensable these days, but without the proper care, understanding, and preparation, you could be looking at some serious injuries. To avoid risks and keep your home safe, keep up with these safety notes!

Fall Electrical Safety Checklist

These tips and points are really quick and simple, so don’t worry about some involved and frustrating nonsense. For the most part, it’s all about being prepared and staying wary of potential threats:

Why Choose Hoffman Electrical & A/C for your Florida Residential Electric Needs?

Hoffman Electrical & A/C is a family owned and operated business serving the Tampa and Brandon, Florida communities since 1989. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff of electricians install, repair, and perform regular maintenance check-ups in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. When you need an electrician in your home, let our family help yours! We provide a variety of in-home electrical services, including installations, repair, and routine maintenance. Not only do we offer high-quality installs, we’ll also make sure your equipment continues to work efficiently and safely.

For electrical services in Tampa, Brandon, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, or their surrounding areas, contact us online or call us at (866) 238-3243 today!

Electrical Tips for Home Additions

Have some renovations or home additions in the works for your Tampa home? Congratulations! But before you get too excited, the certified electricians at Hoffman Electrical & A/C would urge you to take some things into consideration. Home additions almost always mean electrical work, and there are a lot of factors to consider if your end product is going to result in proper function.

The team of master electricians at Hoffman Electrical & A/C always takes your needs seriously! If you’re about to perform some home additions, we are your go-to source for important information and superior service. Wondering what needs to get done? Let’s get started!

For top quality electrical services, installations, and upgrades, contact the team at Hoffman Electrical & A/C today!

Major Electrical Factors to Consider When Renovating

Additions to the home usually mean a higher electrical load on your panel, and a need for increased functionality. Keep these points in mind while planning:

Why Choose Hoffman Electrical & A/C for your Florida Residential Electric Needs?

Hoffman Electrical & A/C is a family owned and operated business serving the Tampa and Brandon, Florida communities since 1989. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff of electricians installs, repairs, and performs regular maintenance check-ups in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. When you need an electrician in your home, let our family help yours! We provide a variety of in-home electrical services, including installations, repair, and routine maintenance. Not only do we offer high-quality installs, we’ll also make sure your equipment continues to work efficiently and safely.

For electrical services in Tampa, Brandon, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, or their surrounding areas, contact us online or call us at (866) 238-3243 today!

How to Spot an Electrician Scam

Scams are nothing new in the Tampa area. For years and years, unscrupulous folks have been trying to cheat homeowners out of their money. And in the dead of summer, scamming is at its worst! All kinds of unsavory folks come out of the woodwork, offering false claims about electrical, lighting, and other contract work that they have no intention of actually doing.

At Hoffman Electrical & A/C, there is very little more important to us than providing dependable, high-quality services to our consumers. We’ve seen it all, and we know how to spot a scammer! Today our experts want to offer some tips and signs that you might be dealing with a scam and how to handle them. The only thing more important than our service is your safety!

How to Spot an Electrical Scam in Florida

Your best defense against a scam is knowing how formulaic they are. There are only so many ways you can approach someone and just as few ways to cheat. It’s all about understanding how their games work and how to spot the signs:

Telltale Signs of a Scammer

You usually can’t pick ‘em by appearance alone, but a lot of them share common flaws:

Why Choose Hoffman Electrical & A/C for your Florida Residential Electric Needs?

Hoffman Electrical & A/C is a family owned and operated business serving the Tampa and Brandon, Florida communities since 1989. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff of electricians install, repair, and perform regular maintenance check-ups in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. When you need an electrician in your home, let our family help yours! We provide a variety of in-home electrical services, including installations, repair, and routine maintenance. Not only do we offer high-quality installs, we’ll also make sure your equipment continues to work efficiently and safely.

For electrical services in Tampa, Brandon, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, or their surrounding areas, contact us online or call us at (866) 238-3243 today!

Residential Electricians Servicing Businesses in:

Hillsborough County (FL) – Apollo Beach, Bloomingdale, Brandon, Carrollwood, Cheval, Citrus Park, Clearwater, East Lake, Lake Magdalene, Lutz, Palm River, Plant City, Riverview, Tampa, Town ‘n’ Country, and Valrico.

Pinellas County (FL) – Clearwater Beach, Dunedin, East Lake, Largo, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, Seminole, St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach, and Tarpon Springs.

Is Electrical Preventative Maintenance Important?

Maybe you have never heard of electrical preventative maintenance or maybe you have but decided that you had no need for it. Many people ask if preventative maintenance for your commercial building is important—the answer is yes. The electrical system in your property is the most essential system throughout your building. Not only do the electrical systems in your building provide lighting for employees and clients, but they also play in an essential role in day-to-day operations—supplying power to almost every essential electrical device your business depends on.

Hoffman Electrical & A/C has been providing electrical services, including electrical maintenance, throughout Florida since 1989. If you’re in need of electrical maintenance in Hillsborough or Pinellas County, contact us today!

Why Is Electrical Preventative Maintenance Important?

Let's look at some of the most important reasons as to why you should be scheduling preventative maintenance for your electrical system.

As you can see a regular maintenance schedule for your commercial electrical system can help save you money, time, and improve the energy efficiency of your commercial building.

When looking for an electrical company to perform electrical maintenance on your system, you will need to find a team of electrical technicians that are trained in commercial electrical work. Commercial buildings can be much different to residential buildings and a specific skill set is needed to make sure your electrical system remains safe, working at its full potential.

Schedule Electrical Maintenance in Hillsborough & Pinellas County

Hoffman Electrical & A/C is a family owned and operated company servicing businesses throughout the Tampa and St. Petersburg areas. We operate on an up-front, fixed pricing model, so you’ll never find any hidden fees or charges and always agree to the scope of work before we perform any maintenance.

Contact us today for electrical maintenance in Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg!

Cost Reducing Electrical Tips

As a homeowner, you’re constantly on the lookout for cost-reducing tricks that will save you money on your monthly electric bills. If you open your electrical bill only to continually stress about the total you see staring back at you, it may be time to take some steps to reduce your energy costs. At Hoffman Electrical & A/C, we do our best to provide residents of Hillsborough and Pinellas County with advice that will save them money all year long!

Learn how to reduce your monthly electrical bills by contacting Hoffman Electrical & A/C today!

Seven Money Saving Electrical Tips

You can help to reduce your regular electrical costs by taking some of the following money saving steps.

  1. Use Motion Sensors - Switching outdoor lighting for motion sensor lights can help you save energy and reduce the strain on your electrical system. You will no longer have to leave a light constantly shining outside at night as the motion sensor will turn on as needed.
  2. Buy ENERGY STAR® Appliances - Buying energy star rated appliances can help you to cut back on your electricity usage and save you money. Look for the rating on appliances, the higher the star rating the more energy efficient the product is.
  3. Maintain Your HVAC System - An HVAC system that is regularly maintained will use less electricity to heat and cool your home. Be sure to have each system maintained once a year.
  4. Turn off Energy Guzzlers - Appliances that are plugged in but not in use will still drain energy. Be sure to unplug appliances after you use them or use a power board to easily switch a collection of electrical appliances on and off.
  5. Turn Down Your Water Heater - Turning down your water heater can help save you money. Adjust the temperature down till you have a temperature that feels comfortable when showering.
  6. Ask About Smart Metering - Many electrical companies across the country offer smart metering. Smart metering helps you to save money by allowing you to pay less for electricity usage during certain times of the day. Call your electricity provider and ask about having a smart meter attached to your meter box.
  7. Change out Your Heating and Cooling Filters - Switching out the filter in your heating and cooling systems on a regular basis will help with your systems efficiency. When filters get clogged your heating or cooling system has to work harder to push the air into your home.

Whether you choose to use just one of these tips or you use all seven, making small changes can help you reduce your electrical costs.

Call Hoffman Electrical & A/C for Ways to Save on Your Electric Bills in Hillsborough & Pinellas County!

When it comes to high electrical bills, there are so many ways to lower your bill that you might not think of. Hoffman Electrical & A/C can help with all your electrical needs in the Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg, FL areas. Whether you need electrical upgrades or dedicated circuitry installation, our licensed electricians will also be happy to help! Contact us for additional advice to help you lower your electric bill in the winter and all year long.

Call us at 866-238-3243 or fill out an online contact form to schedule an appointment today in the St. Petersburg, Tampa, or Clearwater areas!

Common Electrical Terms You Should Know

How often have you opened up a new appliance, read the directions, and completely understood them? Probably not that often. You’re not alone—the overabundance of electrical jargon in appliance manuals frequently leave people dazed and confused. Don’t be intimidated by your new dryer’s electrical requirements. If you’re ready to become an electrical lingo expert, look no further. The experts at Hoffman Electrical & A/C have compiled the most common electrical terms used in the industry to make you an expert, too!

Basic Electrical Terms and Definitions

Alternating Current

The electric current in which the flow of electric charge periodically reverses direction.

Amperage

The measurement of the flow rate of electricity. If you think in terms of water through a hose, amperage would be a measure of water volume flowing through the hose

Current

The rate of flow of electrical energy through a conductor or wire, comparable to the amount of water flowing in a pipe. This is measured in amps (amperes).

Direct Current

The current which moves in a single direction in a steady flow. Normal household electricity is alternating current (AC) which repeatedly reverses its direction. However, many electronic devices require DC, and therefore must convert the current into DC before using it.

Ground Fault

A ground fault is an electrical path between a power source and a grounded surface. While all electrical devices and appliances are “grounded” to ensure they can be safely operated, devices can still lose their grounding and divert electrical currents to the nearest channel that provides a path to the ground: you. Ground fault circuit interrupters help to protect your home’s appliances, while preventing electrical shock and fire.

Hertz

The measurement of frequency, equaling one cycle per second, U.S. devices are typically 60 Hertz and international devices are typically 50 hertz.

Overload

When a circuit has carried a little too much energy for too long, the wires get extremely hot—which is very unsafe—causing the breaker to trip off.

Polarity

A collective term applied to the positive (+) and negative (-) ends of a magnet or electrical mechanism such as a coil or battery.

Series Circuit

A circuit in which the parts are connected end to end, positive pole to negative pole, so that only one path is provided for current flow.

Transformer

A device made of two coil windings that transfers voltage from one coil to the next through electromagnetic induction. Depending upon the number of windings per coil, a transformer can be designed to step - up or step - down its output voltage from its input voltage. Transformers can only function with alternating current (AC).

Voltage

The force or “push” driving electrical energy through a conductor or wire that can be compared to the pressure of water in a pipe.

Hillsborough and Pinellas County Electrical Experts

If you need help with any wiring in your home—you’ve come to the right place. Hoffman Electrical & A/C can wire your new appliances, hook up your washer and dryer, GFCI installation, perform electrical upgrades, and much more! Our experienced electricians at Hoffman Electrical & A/C have been serving the Tampa and St. Petersburg area with professionalism and integrity since 1989. Call the experts at Hoffman Electrical & A/C at 866-238-3243 or schedule an appointment today!

5 Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill

Doesn’t it seem like electricity costs are always on the rise? Monthly bills are especially expensive during Florida’s hot and humid summers, when you need air conditioning to stay comfortable. Fortunately, you can lower your electric bill—and do your part for the environment—by following these five tips. (more…)

DIY Electrical and Insurance Issues

electricianWith the DIY craze in full swing these days, do-it-yourselfers are attempting to refurbish, rehab, rebuild and remodel anything and everything within the walls of their homes. All you have to do is turn to any home improvement channel to observe a novice trying to tackle a major home renovation project. Some seem to know what they are doing, but most do not.

It is astonishing to see the number of load-bearing walls carelessly knocked down in the name of remodeling. Even more disturbing are homeowners who flirt with disaster by cutting live electrical wires! When the sparks start flying, these DIY-ers act shocked (no pun intended) that the wires are hot! (more…)

Kids and Electricity: Safety First

electricalMost families have a fire plan, a tornado plan, and even a “what to do when you’re locked out of the house plan.” What many families don’t have is a practiced electrical safety plan. You may have told your children a million times not to put their fingers in wall sockets, but have you told them a million times not to fly a kite under power lines?

Here are five key safety tips that your children should not only know, but memorize, when it comes to electricity:

1. Look Up!

Kids love to climb trees, but trees under power lines may be too dangerous to climb. Teach your kids to always look up before climbing trees. If power lines are running through or near the branches, it is not a safe to climb that tree.

2. Don’t Fly!

Teach children to never fly kites or carry helium balloons on long strings under or near power lines. Electricity is always looking for a route to the ground; kites and balloons make the perfect conduits.

3. Look Down!

In some neighborhoods, power lines are buried in the ground. It can be difficult to tell where these lines are located. Teach your children not to dig in the ground in any areas you have not told them are safe.

4. Look Ahead!

Transformers are often large, green, metal boxes sitting on the ground. Teach your children that these are not mountains to be climbed or treasures to explore. Tell your children that if they notice one of these boxes open, they should alert an adult immediately.

5. Look Out!

When lightning strikes, it’s time to head inside. Children should know to go indoors when storms are approaching, but especially when thunder sounds and lightning strikes.

Don’t tell your children these things just once! Make sure that an electrical safety plan is part of your overall emergency preparedness plan. When your children know what to do and not to do around electricity, accidents are less likely to occur.