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Electrical FAQs

Answers From the Experts!

Do you have electrical questions for your home or need to know more about our electrician services? Check out our FAQ section below, and if you have any additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.


If a smoke detector keeps beeping, chances are you will need to replace its battery. The batteries in your home’s smoke detectors should be replaced annually to ensure maximum safety. But, if a battery is low, your smoke alarm will beep intermittently until the battery is replaced.

There is no right answer to the question of “Can I do my own electrical work?” The answer depends on the electrical issue at hand. For example, changing a bulb or fixing a tripped breaker an easy fix for any homeowner. However, DIY electrical work can be very dangerous. If you’re unsure what your electrical problem is, we recommend calling an electrician to diagnose and repair your electrical issue. Otherwise, you risk personal injury, electrical fire, or even death.

Flickering lights are annoying and may be a sign of a potentially dangerous electrical problem, or something simple – like a bulb that is on the fritz. If replacing a light bulb doesn’t work, call an electrician right away. Your flickering lights could be due to loose wiring and lead to an electrical fire.

If the same breaker trips again and again, call us. You may have too many electrical appliances and/or devices plugged into the same circuit, resulting in an electrical overload and causing your breaker to trip. Or, you may have a deeper electrical issue on your hands. A Zellner electrician will help diagnose your issue and recommend a plan of action to fix your breaker.

If you find your breaker panel is hot, it is most likely overheating. This is a serious problem that could cause arcing in the breaker and needs to be replaced ASAP.

ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is the only protection device designed to protect people against electric shock from an electrical system.

Knob-and-tube wiring (sometimes abbreviated K&T) is an early standardized method of electrical wiring in buildings, in common use in North America from about 1880 to the early 1940s — is often considered a hazard today, depending on how it was installed. So if your has it, you’ll want to have it examined closely and possibly replaced.

Yes! A whole-house surge protector instantly blocks the power surge from entering home circuits and provides comprehensive lightning protection. Individual plug-in power surge protectors can’t protect electronics that aren’t plugged in, but are hard-wired instead. Think about those expensive electrical appliances like stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers,  garage door openers, and even HVAC systems that are all hard-wired directly into the electrical circuits. Learn more about Whole House Surge Protection.


Smart Home

A smart home allows you and your loved ones to experience a convenient and secure environment that’s centrally linked together, with all of the common elements of your home integrated together. A smart home allows you to save time and money by cutting costs and automating things you either do or don’t need, when you do or don’t need them..

Nest Pros installers are independent companies or contractors that Nest works with to help you install your Nest products. Although not employed by Nest, they have direct access to all Nest products and support.

What Clients Are Saying...

Zellner Electric came out to the house, installed outdoor motion lighting, indoor lighting, and added electricity to an area of the yard that previously didn’t have it. They did what they said they would do, explained the process and options and were easy to work with. I’d recommend them to anyone looking for a reputable electrician.

Eric F.

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