Most Asked Questions

Electrical Service FAQ

We understand that electrical problems can be quite confusing, so we want to answer any questions you may have about our services.

Here at Dash Electric, we’re a family-owned local business and pride ourselves on being transparent with those who use our services. Customer service is our top priority, therefore we’ve compiled a list of the most frequent questions we get so that you can have a better idea of what we do and what your property may require.

Check out our FAQ section below, and if you have any further questions or issues, do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable staff. 

Can an electrical fire start if the breaker is off?

Power flows through electrical circuits, and if there is a faulty connection somewhere along that circuit, it can cause an electrical fire. If the breaker is off, then there is no power flowing through the circuit and therefore no risk of an electrical fire. However, if the breaker is on and there is a problem with the circuit, then an electrical fire could start. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that all breakers are turned off before working on any electrical circuits. 

Why do my lights keep flickering?

Flickering or blinking lights are usually caused by one of the following:


Problem with the light fixture or bulbs – This is the most common cause of flickering lights. Try replacing the light bulbs or checking the light fixture for any loose wires.


Problems with the wiring in your home. This can be due to aging wires, damage, or a faulty light switch.


A short circuit. This is when an electrical current flows through a conductor that it’s not supposed to flow through, often causing sparks and heat.


A loose connection. This is when two parts of an electrical circuit aren’t properly connected, causing a weak or intermittent connection.


An overloaded circuit. This happens when too many appliances are plugged into a single outlet, resulting in an increase in electrical current and a potential fire hazard.

A flickering light bulb is often the result of a burned-out light bulb, but it might also be an indication of an electrical issue. If you’ve changed the light bulb numerous times and yet seem to have the same problem, contact Dash Electric right now for an inspection. 

Is it Dangerous if a Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping?

If your circuit breaker keeps tripping, it could be a sign that the circuit is being overloaded. This is usually due to too many appliances or lights being used on the same circuit. If this is the case, you’ll need to either redistribute the load by plugging some of your appliances into other circuits, or by adding a new Circuit Breaker Panel.


It’s also possible that your circuit Breaker Panel is aging and needs to be replaced. Breakers can wear out over time, and if they’re not working properly, they may trip more frequently. If you think this might be the case, you should have an electrician come take a look. They’ll be able to tell you for sure whether or not you. 

Can I install electrical wiring myself?

Some jurisdictions and cities allow do-it-yourself wiring, but you must first obtain a permit and have your installation evaluated by the city or county electrical inspector. To install electrical wiring, some sites demand the use of a licensed contractor. Contact your local government to find out the regulations that apply in your area. Regardless, it’s a good idea to hire an electrician that is licensed. 

How often should I get an electric inspection?

You should definitely get an electric inspection if you have any concerns about the safety of your electrical wiring, or if you notice any strange smells, sparks, or flickering lights. It’s also a good idea to have your wiring inspected periodically as part of your regular home maintenance routine.


If you’re not sure whether or not it’s time for an inspection, it’s always best to call a professional electrician like Dash Electric. We can come out to your home and take a look at your wiring, and let you know what needs to be done to keep your home safe and up to code.

How do I know if an outlet needs to be repaired or replaced?

Damaged outlets are a hazard to your home or office and should be replaced or repaired as soon as possible. Signs that an outlet needs to be replaced or repaired include:


  • The outlet feels warm to the touch
  • The outlet sparks when something is plugged in
  • The outlet is loose and wiggles around
  • There are cracks in the plastic around the outlet
  • The cover plate is missing or broken
  • The outlet has been deeply gouged, scraped, or pierced
  • The insulation around the wire connections is cracked, frayed, or missing


If you notice any of these signs, please call a professional electrician to come and replace or repair the outlet. Outlets should never be tampered with by amateurs, as this can be very dangerous. Call Dash Electric immediately to schedule a replacement service.

How can I lower my electric bill?

There are several ways to save on your energy bill every month, and they all start with changing some of your daily habits. Some easy changes that could make a big difference include: switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, unplugging appliances when you’re not using them, programming your thermostat to lower the temperature when you’re not home, replacing appliances that are more than 15 years old and installing timers on outdoor lighting fixtures. 

What is the difference between 110 and 220 volts?

110 volts is the voltage most commonly used in America. It is a lower voltage than 220 volts, which is the standard in most of the rest of the world. The difference between 110 and 220 volts is that 220 volts can provide more power, meaning appliances that require more wattage will run on 220 volts.


So if you’re moving to a country that uses 220 volt electricity, you’ll need to buy appliances that are compatible with that voltage. If you try to use an appliance designed for 110 volts in a country with 220 volt electricity, it will likely either not work or it could potentially damage the appliance.

Can I install electrical wiring myself?

DIY wiring may be allowed in some counties and cities, but you always need a permit. Your installation also needs to be inspected by the city or county electrical inspector. And in some locations, only certified contractors can do electrical wiring projects. So it’s best to call your local government first to check the specific laws in your area before doing anything else. Even though there may not be any legal requirement in your case, it’s still always a good idea to hire a licensed electrician for these kinds of projects.

Is switching to LED worth it?

The short answer is yes, switching to LED is definitely worth it. LEDs are much more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs and can last up to 25 times longer. This means that you’ll save money on your energy bill and won’t have to constantly replace your lightbulbs. In addition, LEDs emits little to no heat, which makes them safer to use and touch. They also contain no harmful chemicals or toxins. So if you’re looking for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly option,LEDs are the way to go. 

David Ursu CEO of Dash Electric

David Ursu - CEO

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