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Frequently Asked Questions

On this page you will find answers to the electrical questions most frequently asked by our customers.

These questions are intended to be a resource for you regarding your electrical system. These questions are not intended to be a “troubleshooting guide” for electrical problems in your home. If you become injured or your property is damaged as a result of your own electrical work, AEC Electric will not be held responsible. You should always contact an electrician to perform electrical repairs or make modifications to your electrical system.

Is my electric panel safe?

An outdated electrical panel, often found in older homes, isn’t designed to meet the electricity demands of modern living. Today’s families love their appliances and electronics. If your home’s electrical panel is less than 200 amps, it’s time to have a discussion about an upgrade.

What is a GFCI Outlet?

This type of electrical outlet is designed to protect you from electrical shock. They are commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, outdoor outlets and garages. They feature test/reset buttons. Depress the “test” button to turn off the GFCI. The “reset” button turns it back on after it has tripped. If it doesn’t reset, you’ve got a problem and will need an electrician.

What is a "short circuit" or a "short"

If a wire carrying an electrical current makes contact with either the grounded conductor wire or the equipment ground wire, this creates excessive heat, which may result in sparks in your electrical panel,outlets or lights. If you see these sparks, you probably have witnessed a short circuit and should contact AEC Electric in Lindley to service your panel as soon as possible.

How can I lower my Electric bill?

Saving energy isn’t just about being “green.” It also will save you money. Energy-saving measures include retrofitting fluorescent fixtures, replacing older fixtures with energy-efficient alternatives, or even switching to LED technology—which improves lighting levels while reducing energy usage.

Why do my light bulbs keep blowing out?

If you notice light bulbs continue to blow out in the same fixture, this might mean the fixture is overheating, which could occur if the fixture has been built with poor airflow design. It also could be a fire hazard. Have AEC Electric inspect your light fixture if bulbs are blowing out on a regular basis.

What’s the difference between a fuse and a circuit breaker?

Both disrupt the flow of electricity when a fault is detected in the system. The main difference is that, if a fuse blows, it will need to be replaced. A circuit breaker, when tripped, only needs to be re-set. Because they are more convenient, circuit breakers are much more common.

Whether it’s for a home, a business, or an industrial construction site, AEC Electrical can meet all your electrical needs. our technicians our qualified in all areas of electrical work, and also offer 24-hour service in the event of an emergency. For more information or to schedule an on-site evaluation by one of our professional technicians, Call 1 (607)-684-1169.

AEC Electric is here for customers in the areas of Corning, Elmira, and Surrounding Areas in New York.