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Electrician Glossary

60-amp electrical Support:

Most typical sized houses built before the 1960’s was assembled with a 60-amp electric service.; This dimension was acceptable for the requirements of living in the moment. Homes now with this capability generally have gas stoves, gas clothes dryers, and several electrical outlets in each area. Sixty amps wouldn’t be adequate to service a house using the typical electric conveniences such as: an electrical cooker, an electric oven, an electric air conditioner, an electric clothes dryer and so forth. The issue with 60-amp electric service is based in renewing your insurance plan.

Insurance firms may terminate the coverage or need that there be an update if you’re on a present plan. 60-amp electric services can get dangerous if people do things such as conduct a lot of extension cords or set up oversized fuses. It’s necessary to have a certified plumber consider the supply of wiring when updating your house might not be any safer than ever previously.100-amp electrical service:

The main circuit breaker identifies the amperage capacity of the electrical panel.  There will be a number on the electrical panel telling you what the amp capacity is. For example, 100 or 150 could be listed beside the panel. 100 amp is the minimum allowed by today’s code. 150 amps, 200 amps, and 400 amps are among other standard available sizes.

100-amp electric service:

The primary circuit breaker explains the amperage capacity of the electric panel. There’ll be a number on the electric panel telling you exactly what the amp capability is. As an instance, 100 or 150 may be recorded beside the board. 100 amp is the minimum permitted by the code. 150 amps, 200 amps, and 400 amps are one of other standard available sizes.

Amps or Amperes:

A device that measures the speed of electrical flow (electric current).

Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter:

AFCIs are a newly-developed electrical apparatus. They’re made to secure your house from fires which may be brought on by arcing faults on your electric wiring. Arcing faults usually happen when corroded, damaged or deteriorated cables and cords are found. Classic circuit breakers respond to overloads in circuits while AFCIs respond especially to undesirable arcing conditions. The AFCI will close off the power if an arc error happens, will activate or short circuit when an overload occurs and lower the probability of a flame. It’s very important to be aware that AFCIs decrease the effects of arcing faults but can’t stop them completely.

Circuit Breakers / Fuses:

Devices installed in the service panel of a home to limit the flow of electricity through a circuit. The breaker rating determines the maximum flow.

Circuit Extensions:

To expand or add on to a present circuit to provide an additional energy supply.

Code Corrections:

Procedure designed to eliminate wiring conditions that don’t meet National Electrical Code requirements and safety requirements.

Distribution Gear:

A device designed to give electricity to multiple connections.

Energy Saving Devices:

Devices utilized within a dwelling designed to more efficiently make use of energy sources while providing heating, cooling, and lighting.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter:

GFCIs are designed to protect people from electric shock. GFCIs do so by interrupting household circuits whenever there’s a gap between the currents in the neutral and hot wires. When a distinction is detected it generally suggests an abnormal number of current from the hot wire is happening. That present could be flowing via a ground wire by means of a flow in the motor or capacitor. It might even mean that somebody has meet the hot wire and can be undergoing a jolt. When a circuit is working normally, all the return current in the appliance goes straight back via the neutral cable. In the event the cable and the hot cable have unevenly spread current this could create an extremely poisonous shock. A normal circuit breaker is intended to cut at 20 amperes. But someone could be electrocuted with 100 milliamperes. A circuit breaker using a GFCI will discover a few milliamperes and trip the breaker to take out the shock hazard.


A heat source (gas or electric) used to adjust the temperature inside a dwelling from a cold to a warm state.

High-Tech Troubleshooting:

A process performed by a trained technician for the purpose of finding and identifying electrical problems within an electrical system.

Post Center:

Source for all power to the house. All circuits originate from the “Load Center" or “Service Panel." Circuit breakers are in this panel.

Low Resource:

A wiring system that offers electricity to some electronic devices operating on a voltage level much lower than the standard 110 volts. Such devices might be doorbells and thermostats.


Electronic device used to move, change, or adjust one or more of those systems within a house.


Power sources located throughout a building to give electricity where required.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors:

Wall and ceiling mounted sensors located throughout the home used to alert occupants of deadly gasses and smoke inside the house.


Circuit interruption devices used to control the flow of electricity to lights, appliances, and outlets.

Surge arrester:

A surge arrester is a protective device that joins the conductor of an electric system using the floor to avoid overvoltage’s on gear. A lightning arrester can also be called a voltage-surge arrester. A valve arrester restricts the size of current that could surge through the circuit.

Surge Protector:

A surge protector is an appliance which protects electric apparatus from spikes. The surge protector modulates the voltage by either obstructing or shorting ground voltages above a safe level. Many power strips have an integrated surge protector. The power strip has been given the nickname “surge protector". But, not all of energy strands have surge protection. Along with electricity strip/surge protectors, you will find now surge protectors which may secure your whole residence. These surge protectors should be installed by a professional electrician.

Tamper Resistant Outlets:

Tamper Resistant Outlets are typical wall sockets that contain a shutter mechanism which shields kids from putting foreign objects to the boat. The socket has a camera system that’s spring- loaded. Electricity only escapes when equivalent pressure is put on both dividers, such as when a plug is inserted. After the socket isn’t being utilized both walls and openings will be shut. Kids tend to place keys, pens, paper clips, bobby pins and other tiny objects into the socket that this can lead to an electric shock that may result in burning or discoloration.


A low voltage electronic switching device that monitors temperatures inside the home and turns on and off the heating or cooling in the house.

Track and Accent Lighting:

Condition specific lighting that meets special lighting requirements, providing variable lighting degrees of light and might distribute light in multiple directions.

Transfer Change:

An electronic device that under certain conditions will disconnect from 1 power supply and connect to another power supply.

Volts or Voltage:

The speed or power of power and its possible capability to perform work – voiced or measured in volts.


Watts are utilized to measure electricity. Watts is the pace at which energy or electricity is utilized.


A distribution network of wire that conducts electricity To receptacles, switches and appliances throughout a building/home to supply Electricity where required.