Homeowner Corner

Below Is A Guide Provided By Reed Electric To Properly Care For Your Electrical System


  • Keep at least (3) feet around your electrical panel clear from debris for easy access
  • All breakers in your panel should be tripped and reset annually, and GFCI and/or AFCI breakers should have the test button pushed also
  • Keep all electrical devices (including phone, data and cable) free and clear of dust, dirt and other debris
  • All GFCI receptacles should be tripped and reset at least twice a year.  These receptacles may feed other outlets on the same circuit, which will lose power when the GFCI is tripped.  Once the reset button is pressed and power is restored to the GFCI, the rest of the power downstream will restore.  PLEASE NOTE:  GFCI receptacles are very sensitive, and may trip if something plugged into them (or any device downstream) has a faulty load.
  • If exterior outlets are not operating, check any GFCI on the interior of the home, as one may have tripped.
  • Holiday outlets (if you have them) are typically on a general lighting circuit, unless specified.  Having too many lights plugged in, may cause your breaker to trip.  This problem is diminishing with the growing popularity of LED lights, as they do not draw much at all.
  • Whirlpool bathtubs are also GFCI protected.  If there is no power to your tub, make sure to check the GFCI’s, there is an outlet located in the required access panel that may have tripped.  Check the adjacent closet or bedroom wall for this GFCI.
  • If a circuit has gone dead or shorted out, go to your service panel and look at the directory to locate the correct circuit breaker.  Turn the breaker all the way to the off position, then turn it on.
  • Blinking recessed can lights.  This is most often caused by too high wattage of lamp.  The thermal cutout in the recessed can will cause the light to shut off and cool down.  Once it reaches the proper temperature it will turn back on.  The repair for this is to install a lower wattage lamp in the recessed can.
  • Switched outlets.  Typically all switched outlets have half of the receptacle connected to a wall switch.  The other half is wired with constant power.
  • Your smoke (and carbon monoxide) detectors are connected AC power, and have a battery backup.  Please follow standards provided in your manual to replace batteries and test your detectors. (see Product Info Page for Link To Firex)