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Mr. Electric Blog

Millions of Americans have experienced power outages in connection with the winter storms that have swept the nation. Texas has been especially hard hit, with some residents left with no power for 72 hours or more at a time. Because of this, news reports have come in of 15 or more deaths due to...Continue Reading

Understanding Residential Electrical Wiring

Working from home (WFH) has grown more popular in recent years and shows no signs of letting up. Fast internet speeds make a distributed workforce a reality for many companies and many industries, and many workers prefer it to the daily commute. Working from home makes a proper home office a...Continue Reading

GFCI Outlet Won't Reset

Electricity is a powerful and useful force. In our homes and at work, we expect to use electricity without thinking about it, and that’s as it should be. Sometimes, though, there’s a glitch—a light won’t turn on, or you can see that your computer is plugged in, but it’s not charging. In that...Continue Reading

Christmas Lights

Who can forget the extravagant holiday lighting display Clark Griswold created in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"? We agree with Clark — when it comes to Christmas lights, more is almost always better. However, covering your home in lights this season is sure to increase your energy bill...Continue Reading

Christmas Lights Blow Fuses

There's nothing more festive than decorating your home with twinkling, colorful Christmas lights. But festivity quickly turns to annoyance when holiday lights won’t stay on. Keep reading to learn what to do if your Christmas lights fuse bulb keeps blowing.

Why Do Christmas Lights Blow...Continue Reading

Basement Lights

Does walking into your basement send chills down your spine? Your basement doesn't need to look like a dungeon out of a horror flick. The right lighting solutions will make the room feel more inviting. Whether you use the basement as a den, game room, or home office, installing the right...Continue Reading

Electrical Fires

Electrical fires account for about 51,000 residential fires each year. Think your home is safe? Understanding the risks and causes of electrical fires is the best...Continue Reading

Dimmer Switch

While it’s normal for a dimmer switch to be warm to the touch when in operation, at no point should it feel really hot, like it’s overheating. Pinpointing the exact cause of your dimmer being too hot can be tricky. Keep reading to learn how hot your dimmer can be, and the steps you can take to...Continue Reading

Circuit Breaker

A broken circuit breaker increases the risk of an electrical overload occurring in your home. An overload can cause a short circuit to occur and in extreme cases, can pose a fire risk.

Testing a circuit breaker is necessary to determine the flow of electricity in a circuit breaker panel...Continue Reading

Bad Circuit Breaker

Circuit breakers can fail for multiple reasons. Most of the time it’s due to an overloaded circuit, a circuit breaker that wasn’t reset properly, or a short circuit.

And when it comes down to it, circuit breakers are there to protect you from electrical faults and fires, so it’s...Continue Reading