Electrical Switches & Outlets For Cleveland OH and Surrounding Communities
Home electrical switches and outlets come in many difference shapes and sizes and are designed to perform a wide range of functions. When it's time to add new outlets, upgrade switches to dimmers, or replace aging receptacles with safer GFCI outlets, don't risk do-it-yourself disasters, call Clover Electric.
Outlets and switches that don’t work is a sign that something has malfunctioned at the unit or inside the walls. This can’t be ignored. Faulty switches or outlets could lead to a fire. Here are the top common reasons a switch or outlet may fail:OutletsWorn out Receptacles
– If the plug doesn’t stay in the outlet it needs to be replaced.Loose Wiring
– Loose wiring connecting the outlet can cause electrical arcing and cause a fire. Tripped Circuit Breaker
– An outlet that trips a circuit breaker is worn out and needs to be replaced right away.SwitchesSwitch Doesn’t Operate
– This could mean the switch is worn out or a wire has broken free.Buzzing
– This is a serious condition that indicates over-heating and possible fire hazard.Floppy Switch
– If the switch doesn’t stay in the on or off position it needs to be replaced.
Clover Electric can help you with a variety of new switch and outlets options including the following:
Unlike switches, which come in several different varieties, most receptacles look pretty much the same. There are differences in amperage and voltage ratings. And receptacles may be either CU CLAD or CO/ALR (for aluminum) rated.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Receptacles
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters should be installed in circuits which are located near wet areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor locations. They are now required by code in many parts of Ohio, and they may save your life!
Single Pole Switches
Single pole switches are the most basic and most used switches. They are used to turn receptacles or fixtures on or off from a single location. Unless you can turn on a light or a series of receptacles from more than one place in your home, it should be wired with a single pole switch.
Double Pole Switches
Double pole switches work like single pole switches except that they can receive two hot wires. For this reason, they are often used as switches for 240-volt receptacles and appliances.
Three-way switches are usually used to provide two separate switching points for a single fixture. These switches must always be installed in pairs.
These helpful switches allow you to increase or decrease the brightness of an incandescent light. They come in single pole and three-way models and can be used for incandescent lights only. Dimmers can come with control knobs, sliders or toggles. Only one of the three-way switches going to a light can be replaced with a dimmer.
Time Delay Switches
These switches have timers which allow you to set a period of time that the circuit will remain on.
These switches can be set to turn themselves on or off based on a programmed timer. They can be used to control your lights while you are away from home to make it look like someone is at home.
Pilot Light Switches
These switches have a light to indicate when the circuit is active so you'll know at a glance.
Receptacle switches allow you to have both a switch and a receptacle in one location (box).