Is A Light Switch in Your Home Warm?

You may notice that, after leaving your light switch on for a few minutes, the switch feels warm or even hot to the touch when you go to turn it off. This could be a potential fire hazard.

No matter what kind of switch you’re using, heat coming off the switch is a sign that it has electricity running through it. This might seem obvious, but in most cases a traditional switch should never have enough electricity coursing through it to become warm.

If your on/off switch is warm or hot to the touch, it’s a good sign of too much power running through it. There could be several reasons why, such as hooking up a switch to a circuit with a higher amp load than it can handle. Or it can also be caused by a bad wire overloading the electrical current, which will cause it to give off heat. This is a very real fire hazard! If your on/off switch is giving off a lot of heat, turn it off and call us!

If you are experiencing issues with any of your electrical system, call us today. 219-663-6264 OR 317-708-7000


You should schedule a panel tune-up if you have had water leaks in the vicinity of your panel. Or if you think there may be improper wiring or your panel is being under powered or crowded. Tripping and blowing fuses, or a poorly manufactured panel are other reasons to call us. These are all potentially dangerous situations, and a tune-up would be in order to correct them to keep you and your home safe.

These are the steps included in our electrical panel tune-up:

  1. Apply antioxidant to main electrical wires.
  2. Install duct seal
  3. Apply (spray) anti-corrosion to breaker and neutral/ground wires
  4. Tighten all loose wire (never over tighten screws).

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Smoke Detectors Save Lives



Smoke Detector

Replace Your Hard-Wired Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years

Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.

• Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
• Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.

Over time, dust can gather inside your smoke detectors, which can deaden the sensors. And even if a smoke detector hasn’t reached the 10-year mark, replace it if it still chirps even after you’ve replaced the battery. Best practice is to replace all connected smoke alarms at the same time, even if some are working.

We can replace your hard-wired smoke detector. Call us today! 317-708-7000 or 219-663-6264  Contact us

Electrical Inspection

The inspection of the electrical panel involves more single observations than any other component of the house. Every wire and connection must be examined and any problems noted. It is also one of the more dangerous parts of the inspection because the panel contains exposed wires carrying 240 volts. The panel is first inspected with the cover on.  Panel openings, labeling, current and voltage ratings and the general condition of the panel are noted.

The inside of the panel is the most revealing because all the wires and over current protection is exposed. Every wire and connection must be inspected; wire sizes and over current devices, (fuses or circuit breakers) must match. Workmanship and general panel condition can be viewed. There are over 20 separate things to look for on the inside of the panel. Improperly wired receptacles and the interior of the electrical panel are the key locations to tell if electrical work was done by someone other than a licensed electrician. Remember, the standards for proper electrical work are based on safety and fire prevention. If the workmanship is not up to standard it can be a fire or safety issue. This is why home inspectors always point out the dangers of poor electrical work and recommend that problems be corrected by a licensed electrician.

One of the least understood but very important parts of the inspection is verifying the house electrical ground. Proper grounding is essential to the safety of the people in the house. Receptacles, fixtures and electrical panels are supposed to be grounded and tied to a common point. This common point may be a ground rod, a water pipe or part of the building ground. Time and effort sometimes are required to find the ground and assure it is properly connected but the inspector must be diligent in its verification.

Many home inspection reporting formats include the smoke detectors in the electrical section of the report. The location, type and operation of all smoke detectors must be noted. Missing damaged and nonfunctioning units must be identified. If carbon dioxide detectors have been installed, their location also has to be included. Whenever possible all detectors should be tested with the test button.

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5 Home Electrical Safety Tips from Genesis Electric.

blogYour home is a place of comfort and safety, but your personal safety can be improved by avoiding some very basic yet common electrical mistakes.

Avoid using extension cords

To compensate for too few power outlets, many home owners use extension cords.  The better alternative is to use UL listed plug strips with 2 to 3 foot cords that you can plug into wall outlets and gain several more power openings without the use of extension cords.  An even better solution is to add more outlets.

Install the proper wattage bulbs in your fixtures

Most ceiling mounted light fixtures are rated for 60 watt bulbs or less due to the amount of heat they produce.  If you’re using bulbs with higher-than-recommended wattage, your light fixture cannot adequately dissipate the extra heat the stronger bulb produces.  That, in turn, can cause the sheetrock in your ceiling to bake along with house wires in the electrical box.  Just to be on the safe side, write down the proper bulb size for each light fixture or lamp in your home and keep that list in a safe place.  That way, when it comes time to replace a burned out bulb, you can make sure you don’t exceed the manufacturer’s recommended limit.

blog2GFCI protected receptacles

Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI’s) are outlets designed for use anywhere electricity can come in contact with water, indoors or out.  GFCI outlets measure the amount of incoming and outgoing current and trip if the two are not equal.

Properly sized fuses or circuit breakers

Many older homes still have fuses instead of circuit breakers. Fuses can be easily replaced but should be replaced with those of the same size.  Larger fuses (such as 20 vs. 15 amps) draw more power and, if used where they shouldn’t be, can put added strain on wires meant for lower amperage.  That, in turn, can create a fire hazard.

Check your drop cords for safety that are hanging in the shop

Are the drop cords in your workshop or garage safe to use? Many times the ground prong on an extension cord gets broken off, thus creating an accident waiting to happen.  The round third prong on your cord is the single most important one for personal safety while using power tools.  Unless its intact, the metal casing on a faulty power tool can become energized with 120 volts, thus creating the possibility of electric shock.

At Genesis Electric, we’re dedicated to your family’s safety and greater convenience.  Now or any time at all, please contact us if we can help with any of your home electrical needs, including wiring safety inspections, the installation of new outlets, replacing old and deteriorating switches and outlets, and more.