Troubleshoot Your Breaker Panel

Circuit Breaker PanelBreaker Panel Troubleshooting

When a breaker panel trips, it often seems to happen at the most inopportune times and is extremely frustrating! Circuit breakers are designed to trip when too much electricity is being pushed through the breaker. When a breaker panel trips, it turns off power due to an electrical current overload, thus protecting your home’s electrical system. There are simple methods to follow to troubleshoot problems with your circuit breakers in your breaker box. The best place to start when you have lost power in your home is to reset your breaker box.

 

How To Reset Your Breaker

  1. Locate your breaker box. Most breaker boxes are located in the basement; in the garage; or in the utility room close to a water heater, air conditioning system, or furnace. After opening the door to your breaker box, listen and make sure you do not hear a buzzing sound or any other odd sound because if you do, you need to contact a professional instead of proceeding on your own.
  2. Examine the diagram on the inside of your panel door to locate the circuit to reset in your home. It is typically labeled according to your house layout and numbered on the switches.
  3. Inspect all the switches. You will know which circuit is tripped because the switch will be positioned in the middle and have a bit of a “springy” feel when touched.
  4. Flip the switch to the OFF position and wait three seconds before switching it to ON position.

 

If resetting your breaker does not resolve the problem, then consider the following questions:

  • Have I added extra appliances to my home such as microwaves, portable space heaters, or hair dryers?
  • Do I have aging appliances that are causing a jolt in electricity because they need to be replaced?
  • Do I have too many appliances or equipment plugged into one circuit? For example, a television, multiple lamps, and home entertainment system will cause a circuit overload.
  • Do I have devices that are not used regularly turned off?

 

If your answers to the above questions are “no,” then you need to contact a professional electrician because you may be dealing with some other factors that are causing your circuit breaker to trip. Short circuit issues, faulty wiring, or needing an additional electrical circuit to power all of your electrical needs at home could all be reasons for you circuit breaker tripping.

 

If you are having problems and you can’t fix them, call us at (615) 325-8001.  Our knowledgeable electricians and support staff are here for you 24/7!

Cutting Down on Energy Waste – Efficient Use of Resources

energy waste

Did you know that energy mismanagement is the reason why many businesses pay more than they need to pay for energy? The amount of energy expended by companies often gets overlooked and is often viewed as an expense that doesn’t have any room for fluctuation. Schaffhouser Electric Company has undergone extensive training about energy mismanagement to become experts in this field. We received training from the globally recognized energy management specialists, Schneider Electric. Our training has deepened our knowledge and ability to recognize ways for our clients to cut down on their costs and to maximize their efficiency.

Although every business will face energy waste to a certain degree, the amount can be limited. Some of the ways we can help you include:

  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Installation – With ever-changing gas prices and the concern for emissions and pollution, many people are going green by switching to an electric vehicle. If you’re thinking of making the leap, let us know! We can install a charging station properly and professionally.
  • Efficient Lighting Plans & Controls – Many times, lights are left on unnecessarily in places of business. Even if you need to develop a system based on shifts or time blocks, we have the expertise and know-how to establish a system that minimizes energy waste without cutting down on productivity.
  • Troubleshooting – Sometimes energy-saving products and systems can contribute to a reduction in power quality. But going green doesn’t have to mean sacrificing comfort and ease. If you’ve been having problems with your eco-friendly technologies, give us a call! We are troubleshooting experts and can help you get the most out of your energy-saving systems.
  • Critical Power – If power is absolutely critical to your business, you likely don’t want to rely solely on the power grid. If your business falls into this category, the experts at Schaffhouser Electric can help you develop a power source that you can count on at all times.
  • HVAC Controls – To increase the comfort level of a home or business with minimal waste, we offer HVAC control solutions. This can be a great way to conveniently cut down on operating costs, without sacrificing the enjoyment of your space.
  • Energy & Power Management Systems – We offer energy-assessments of your business, and can help you pinpoint areas of waste and areas in which improvements can be made. This can be especially beneficial to business owners, and can significantly decrease energy waste and overall operational costs.

Contact us today to see how we can help cut down on your energy waste!

Here’s How Video and Camera Cabling Can Benefit You

Video and Camera Cabling

When dealing with photography and video, it is best to have professionals handle camera installation and cabling. Not only do professionals understand the tools of the trade, but they also have the ability to make sure that your camera and video quality are the best they can possibly be. Without a dedicated professional to oversee your camera cabling and video installation, you may find yourself without the superior quality and efficiency that you desire. When the right professionals handle video and camera cabling, the quality is unmatched. At Schaffhouser Electric, we have dedicated professionals ready to assist you and your team with video and camera cabling.

Some of the video cabling services we provide include:

  • RF (Analog Signals): Radio Frequency (RF) devices require the use of BNC cables, F-Type coaxial cables, RF couples and adapters, as well as splitters, amplifiers, and switches to transmit the RF audio/video signal.
  • Composite Video (Analog Signals): Devices that have composite video and stereo audio connectors require cables, switches, converters, amplifiers, and adapters.
  • S-Video (Analog Signals): Carrying an analog video signal only, S-Video is a type of audio/video connector that requires S-Video adapter cables for converting S-Video to RCA and couplers so that you can connect multiple S-Video cables together.
  • Component Video (Analog Signals): Found on most audio and video devices, Component Video requires the use of cables, switches, converters, amplifiers and extenders.
  • RGB Video (Analog Signals): Though Analog RGB (red, green, and blue) isn’t especially common today, we can locate the right connector and cabling to get quality at a premium.
  • Digital Video (Digital Signals): High-quality digital video signals require connectors capable of transmitting large amounts of digital data from the source to the display.

Not only are we trained to set you up for success through the best video cabling services available, but we are also committed to teaching you about the process and helping you understand exactly what it is that we are setting up. We want you to understand as much about video and cabling services as possible, so that you are better equipped to make the best decisions for you and your business. Knowledge is power.

The team at Schaffhouser is ready to meet with you and help you achieve your electrical goals. Don’t hesitate to call us or send an email today to learn more and find out how our team can help you!

Schaffhouser Electric Introduces New Website

Schaffhouser Electric Company

We are excited to share that we have recently launched our brand new website. Our website was designed by Nashville, Tennessee based technology firm, DevDigital. Our site’s functionality and aesthetic match the superb quality of service that we always aim to provide for our customers. On the front page of our site there is a sideshow of images, an overview of the services that we offer, a contact form, and a map of where we are located.

The top of the page contains a menu of the site’s pages that include the tabs titled Home, About Our Team, Blog, Careers, and Contact Us. Each page contains valuable information about who we are and what we do. As we are excited about the launch of this website, we thought it would be an excellent opportunity to reintroduce ourselves and our team. Read about our team below:

John Schaffhouser – Owner
John gained the base of his electrical knowledge and his leadership skills while serving in the Unites States Marine Corps as a communications, navigation, and weapons systems technician on AV8B’s. He was honorably discharged in 1996 after seven years of active duty service, including participation in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. While working as a very successful Field Superintendent, John attained the highly-respected Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. After years of working for other contractors, John started his own electrical contracting business. By focusing on customer satisfaction, the business has been successful and Schaffhouser Electric Company, LLC has developed strong working relationships with top brand customers including Tyson Foods, Inc., Rich Products Corporation, Martinrea Fabco, and many others.

J.R. Wilson – Operation Manager
J.R. started his career in the Army in 1994. He later attended Jackson State Community College for an Associates in Business Management and then attended DeVry University for Electronic Engineering. He has worked in engineering for IBP, Tyson Foods, and Tennessee Bun Company.

Stan Pressgrove – Electrical Engineer
Stan graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1985. He has worked in the electrical construction industry in the Nashville area as an estimator and project manager for the past 27 years.

Schaffhouser Electric Company is home to professionals who are ready and waiting to provide you with a reliable estimate and answers to your inquiries. Contact us today at 615-325-8001 so see how our experienced team can help you.

Your Guide to Great Christmas Lighting

Christmas Lighting
Christmas Lighting

‘Tis the season. Carols, hot chocolate, wrapping paper, and…CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!

Every year thousands of people pull out the lights and work to top Clark Griswold. But if you’re new to the Christmas light game, how do you know where to start?

We have some quick and easy tips to get you started on the road to Christmas light glory.

1. Plan–Yeah, yeah, this isn’t the part you want to think about. You just want to get started! But, a little planning will save you time later in the process. Think whether you want to hang lights from the gutter or shingles. Do you want white or colored lights, large or mini? Will you have lights on the bushes and trees, or just on the house? You could even take it one step further and actually measure all the straight lines you plan on attaching lights to.

2. Safety first–Be smart when hanging Christmas lights. The safest outlet to use is a ground fault circuit interrupter outlet. Also make sure your extension cords are rated for outdoor use, your lights are waterproof, and your ladder is sturdy. No one wants to spend Christmas in the emergency room!

3. Pick your light type–There are dozens of types of lights. The bigger C7 and C9 bulbs are more traditional, but miniature bulbs are becoming very popular. Net and icicle lights provide a nice punch to the landscape, and everyone loves the animated models sold in all the big box stores. LED lights will help you cut energy costs, and most fixtures come in LED options.

4. Get to work–Remember to use all purpose light clips instead of staples or nails. Take a step back regularly to assess your work and make sure it’s taking shape the way you want it to. Consider installing a timer along with the lights to guarantee they turn off when you want them to.

Now the best part. Call your whole family out into the yard, insist they drumroll and make a big production out of plugging everything in.

And hope it all works.

Happy Holidays!!