Why Should I Install a Lightning Arrestor?

Not sure whether a lightning arrestor is the solution your property needs to protect it? Like many specialty tools used in managing lightning and other sources of electrical surges, it can be difficult to figure out what’s appropriate without the help of an experienced electrician. To help you decide the experts at Hoffman Electrical & A/C put together a brief list of the advantages offered by a lightning arrestor installation.

Minimizing Property Damage

A lightning arrestor installed on the exterior of a building can prevent structural damage to your property due to lightning and similar discharges. This can save you a huge amount of money if your property sees regular exposure to lightning due to location, materials, or other factors. It can also protect against secondary damage, such as strikes that hit nearby trees and cause branches to fall.

Prevent Damage to Lines

Outside of direct damage to your property, a lightning arrestor can help prevent damage to the fragile wires and cables outside. As with the more general protection against damage to the structure of your property, it’s a significant money saver—a lightning arrestor costs very little compared to what significant damage to the wiring of your property might cost you. More importantly, you’re looking at a substantial improvement in safety when you install a lightning arrestor on exposed wiring; a lightning strike may not be likely to pass into your building under anything but the most bizarre of circumstances, but it might damage wires enough to do serious harm.

Avoiding Outlet Surges

Smaller lightning arrestors serve a different purpose inside of a building, where they can be used to minimize the impact of surges at the outlet. These can range from extremely simple devices little more complicated than the average power strip to feature-rich pieces of advanced electrical equipment. Determining the appropriate fit for your needs can be difficult, but any of these devices when properly installed will protect occupants and devices against natural and artificial surges.

Electromagnetic Interference

Many general surge arresters and electricity filtering devices used in homes feature small-scale lightning arrester structures in combination with more advanced feature sets. This can help clean so-called ‘dirty’ power and keep your lines operating as they should even when storms roll in or other electromagnetic sources contaminate them. If you’re interested in EMI filtration, make sure you discuss the best solution to the problem with a qualified electrician.

Ease of Use

Compared to other solutions for dealing with surges, interference, and natural electrical phenomena, a basic lightning arrestor is usually far simpler to install and utilize to full effect. A licensed electrician can quickly install a lightning arrestor with no trouble, allowing you to reap the benefits of the system as soon as possible with minimal investment.

Lightning Arrestor Installation in Tampa, FL

If you’d like to learn more or want to inquire about having a lightning protection system installed on your property, contact Hoffman Electrical & A/C today for service across our Pinellas County service area. We’ll be glad to help you figure out the best installation for your needs, give you an estimate on the cost, and set up an appointment.

Breaker Panel Troubleshooting

Dealing with constant breaker trips, or have a breaker that refuses to reset in your control panel box? Our team knows well just how maddening this can be, and it always seems to happen at the worst time. Let’s see if we can’t help you out! Follow along with the certified electricians at Hoffman Electrical & A/C in St. Petersburg to find out how to troubleshoot your breaker panel problems.

Starting Off Easy

The good news is that the most common causes of breaker panel trouble are actually quite simple and easy to address. The majority of the time it’s a simple standard trip, and thus can only have a handful of triggers. We’ll start with these:

Attempting to Reset Your Breaker

Breaker trips are frequently a minor consequence, and can be easily remedied by simply resetting the breaker at the panel. The process to do this is easy, and goes as follows:

  1. Carefully open your breaker panel to expose the breakers that correspond to your home circuits. Be careful to listen for any buzzing or other odd sound,s and if you hear any stop messing with the breaker and call in an expert right away.
  2. Locate the circuit you’re trying to reset. There should be an easy to use diagram that uses numbers printed on or on the side of the breakers and printed locations throughout the home (utility room, Kitchen, bath, lights, etc).
  3. If the breaker tripped the switch located on it should be somewhere in the middle between “on” and “off” and should have a bit of springy give if you poke at it.
  4. Firmly push the breaker into the “off” position, count to three, and then set the breaker switch to the “on” position.

This may handle your problem right away, and if so that’s great! But if not, or if the breaker continues to trip without any input on your part then it’s time to call in an electrician. It’s possible that you’re dealing with damaged wiring, a failing breaker, or you may need a heavy up service to accommodate your growing electrical access needs.

Breaker Panel & Heavy Up Services in Florida

Stressed out over dealing with your faulty or misbehaving breaker panel? Don’t worry any longer! Call on our specialists today for priority electrical repair and upgrade services. At Hoffman Electrical & A/C it is our goal to ensure our clients get the best services possible, and we always place your satisfaction and safety above all else!

What Appliances Should Be On a Dedicated Circuit?

Proper electrical function and access in a home is pretty much completely necessary to support normal daily activity. We need power for lights, for cooking, security, entertainment, and even more! But though many of these can be wired to operate on the same circuit, there are some that absolutely must be placed on a singular, dedicated circuit. Want to know which ones? Find out by following along with th experts at Hoffman Electrical & A/C!

For dedicated circuit installation, wiring, and complete electrical services in Tampa and St. Petersburg contact the certified electricians at Hoffman Electrical & A/C today!

What Are Dedicated Circuits?

Dedicated circuits are ones that are completely devoted to powering a single appliance or electrical application. It has a singular purpose, and it’s own place on your breaker box where it is completely divorced from interacting with other circuits and outlets in your home. This is primarily a functionality measure, as well as a safety one.

You want to use dedicated circuits for anything that draws large amounts of power on a consistent basis (fridges, HVAC, etc.) or things that pull a sudden and heavy draw (hair dryers, microwaves, etc.).

Why Do I Need These?

Seems a bit frustrating to go through all of the effort to get a dedicated circuit for each and every one of these items, we know. But it’s very important! Ensuring the proper appliances are on a dedicated circuit prevents a lot of common home risks, helping keep you and your property secure. It’s also part of the standardized NEC safety codes. By using dedicated circuits you can avoid:

Appliances That Need to be on a Dedicated Circuit

An easy rule of thumb to follow is that anything that is fixed (installed and not moved around) needs to be on a dedicated circuit. These sorts of things would include:

This is a good baseline to follow, however, there are actually plenty of smaller and mobile items that should also be used on dedicated circuits, such as:

Because of this need for dedicated outlets for smaller items our experts frequently recommend that a “general use” dedicated circuit be installed in many rooms throughout the home. A general use outlet in a bathroom, for example, allows the safe use of hair dryers when needed, while one in the living room allows for plugging in a space heater (or holiday tree!) come the winter.

Dedicated Circuits & Outlets in Tampa, Florida

Think your home need more dedicated outlets, or not certain and looking for a professional assessment? We’ve got you covered! Contact Hoffman Electrical & A/C online today to learn more about our wiring and outlet services, or to set a date for your consultation and home electrical assessment!

Should You Hire an Experienced OR Affordable Electrician?

Enlisting the assistance of an electrician for service is something many balk at, if not for the inconvenience, for the cost. It’s more than understandable that when you’re looking for an electrician in Tampa, you are carefully balancing cost, experience, certification, and more. But are any of these more important than the other?

Is cheap the best way to go? At Hoffman Electrical & A/C, our service team will tell you that experience always takes precedence. Why? Let’s talk about it!

When you need service professionals that carry extensive experience, training, licensing and offer affordable rates, contact the specialists at Hoffman Electrical & A/C!

Affordability vs Experience

Affordability is something we all highly value, of course. Why pay more than you have to? However, there’s a fine line between getting a service that actually meets your needs and getting a deal that can end up gouging you in the end. It’s less about finding a “good deal” and more about whether or not a service is worth it.

What Makes an Electrical Service “Worth It”?

Let’s pick some random job, like say outlet wiring. What are you looking for from that service? New outlets, obviously. You want those outlets to work properly, work for years, and not cause any trouble or complications. In order to get that, you need a professional who knows their stuff.

If you hired a random person to change the oil in your car, would they know the appropriate oil for your engine, or would you end up with a sub-par result that could potentially make problems for you and your car in the future? This is the basis of the importance of experience, and the importance of certification.

Is it Wrong to Want Both?

Of course not! That’s why getting quotes on major service is vital, and why we recommend finding a trusted, highly regarded service professional for everything in your home. Just like a family doctor, you should have an electrician, a HVAC team, and so on. It’s not wrong to want affordability and experience all at once, it’s just that experience takes precedence.

If you get affordability without experience, you get a service that probably doesn’t achieve your goals, while if you get experience with acceptable pricing, you are guaranteed to get a service that actually does what it says it will.

Cheaper Is Rarely Actually Cheaper

There are two big things to look at with a “bargain bin” service. One, the longevity of your new product. And two, whether or not the product will perform.

The initial wiring and any repair services done in your home are vital to how well that appliance or process is going to operate in the foreseeable future. If the service was poor or the products were bad, you’ll be paying that bargain price again and again in order to get what you want, which results in far more cost than just getting a pro in the first place.

Trustworthy Electrical Service in Tampa, St. Petersburg & Clearwater, Florida

Looking for experts that carry the training, tools, and years of experience you deserve? Look no further than Hoffman Electrical & A/C. We want the job done, and done right the first time—just like you do! And we offer no-nonsense, clear pricing for all of our services. Contact our team today to learn how you can get it all!

Have You Ever Asked, "Where Is an Electrician Near Me?"

When you need an electrical project handled or need electrical service in your Tampa area home, there are some things you’re always going to be looking for. You want certification and licensed experts, of course. But you want trustworthy service, affordability, and reliability, too. Have you ever found yourself asking  "Where is an electrician near me?" or “Where can I find the best electrician in Tampa?" If you have, well, then you’ve come to the right place!

For superior electrical service that puts your needs first in Tampa, Clearwater, or St. Petersburg, look no further than Hoffman Electrical & A/C! Our experts are among the best in the business, so feel free to contact us online!

What to Look for in a Professional Electrician

So, what exactly makes a professional “great"? Words like reliable or certified are nice to hear, sure. But what do they mean, and how can you tell the difference? Well, lucky for all of us we live in a nice, information-dense age.

We’ve covered these basics in our recent post, but let’s go over the high notes again for clarity. All great professionals, electrician in Tampa or not, share these:

How Do I Find an Electrician in Tampa, Clearwater, or St. Petersburg?

Still asking  "Where is an electrician near me?"

Well don’t worry. You found us! The specialists at Hoffman Electrical & A/C have dedicated themselves to a higher standard of service. We put your needs first, every single time, and for every single project. Each member of our team is certified, licensed, insured, and ready to help. What sets us apart? How about:

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!

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.

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.

Why Is My Smoke Detector Beeping?

Smoke detectors are wonderful devices. They save homes and property, prevent countless fire-related deaths, and alert people to potential fires before they are out of control. In fact, these alarms are so invaluable, many insurers offer discounts on homeowners coverage for homes equipped with working smoke detectors.

There’s no debate about the worth of smoke detectors in preserving the safety of your home and family. But, is there anything more nerve-shatteringly annoying than a smoke detector that won’t stop beeping? You know you’ve changed the batteries the last time you moved your clock. Your unit is fairly new, so it shouldn’t be failing. No one is frying bacon or burning toast. So what is it? What is causing this life-saving device to aggravate you to the point of knocking it off the wall with a broom?

Is the Noise a Chirp or Beep?

There can be many causes of a beep-happy smoke detector. The first thing you need to do is determine what kind of “beep” you hear. Is it the loud, long beep that warns you of the presence of smoke? Or is it a bit more “chirpy”?

Chirpy Noises

A “chirpy” sound coming from your smoke detector is very likely a warning that your battery voltage is low. Even though you’ve been diligent about replacing your batteries, you may have purchased a faulty or out-of-date battery, or significant temperature changes could have depleted your battery’s voltage. Be on the safe side and replace your battery with a brand new, non-expired one. It might be a hassle, but you need a fully operational smoke detector for your own safety and the safety of your family.

Random Beeping

Random beeping is another kind of annoyance produced by a faulty smoke detector. There are a few reasons your smoke alarm may be going off when no smoke is present.

Professional Smoke Detector Installation

Certified electricians understand just how essential it is to have working smoke detectors in your home. Your electrician can assess your home to ensure you are thoroughly protected. Placement of your smoke detectors is just as crucial as functionality, and part of the services provided by a professionally installation.

Don’t second guess your safety. Professional installation by a certified electrician is the most thorough way to ensure your home is alarmed against fire and smoke. When your smoke detector is hard-wired to your home’s electrical system, and has battery back-up, you’re provided with much more than thorough protection against a devastating house fire, you’re provided peace of mind.

If you’re experiencing trouble with your home or business’ smoke detectors, give the electricians at Hoffman Electrical & A/C a call!

When Do You Need Dedicated Circuits?

Are you constantly dealing with tripped circuits? What about blown fuses? If you’re experiencing any of these problems as you go about your daily routine, it may be time to consider installing dedicated circuitry in your home. Certain appliances in your home draw more power than others. Without a dedicated circuit, you might experience constant electrical problems. A dedicated circuit ensures enough power is provided to the major electrical appliances, reducing tripped circuits in your Tampa area home!

Tired of dealing with electrical problems? Contact Hoffman Electrical & A/C today to schedule dedicated circuitry installation throughout Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties!

Why Are Dedicated Circuits Important?

Let’s say you are using your toaster and your coffee maker, and you need to pop something into the microwave. You will probably blow a breaker if they are on the same circuit. If you have a window-mounted air conditioner, and you decide to use a vacuum cleaner that is plugged into the same circuit, you will probably trip that breaker. Without dedicated circuits, you’re going to deal with frequent electrical trouble and constant tripped circuits.

Dedicated circuits help protect your appliances, your family, and your home. Appliances without a dedicated circuit may draw more current than the circuit can handle, tripping breakers, blowing fuses, and overheating wire insulation causing breakdown and the possibility of electrical fires. However, installing dedicated circuits doesn’t guarantee safety—if your appliance is inaccurately wired to a dedicated circuit with incorrect wire size and insufficient amperage, the appliance could get overheated—possibly resulting in an electrical fire!

Don’t worry! At Hoffman Electrical & A/C, we put our customer’s safety and satisfaction first, which is why you can count on us for reliable dedicated circuitry installation! Call us today at 866-238-3243 to learn more about the benefits of installing dedicated circuits in the St. Petersburg area!

What Appliances Require Dedicated Circuitry?

According to the National Electric Code (NED), any major appliance should have its own, separated dedicated circuit, including:

If you have any of these devices pulling power from the same circuits as the rest of your home, you may want to think twice! Without dedicated circuits, your family and home are vulnerable to the dangers of electrical fires!

Call Hoffman Electrical & A/C for Dedicated Circuitry Installation in the Tampa & St. Petersburg Area

When you’re looking for reliable residential electrical work at an affordable price, you can count on Hoffman Electrical & A/C. We proudly serve the Tampa and St. Petersburg area, providing homeowners like you with the best electricians for their specific needs and the most cost-effective services. When you choose us as your Clearwater, FL area electrical company, you’ll receive:

Ready to schedule dedicated circuitry installation with our licensed electricians in the Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas? Contact us online or by phone at 866-238-3243 today!