top of page

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to Sunbelt Electric, your trusted source for top-quality electrical services in the picturesque Valley of Arizona since 1989. With over three decades of experience, we've proudly served our community, delivering exceptional craftsmanship and unmatched customer satisfaction. At Sunbelt Electric, we understand that electrical needs can be a puzzle for many homeowners and businesses. That's why we've created this comprehensive FAQ section to address your most common questions and concerns. Whether you're looking for information on our services, safety tips, or troubleshooting common electrical issues, you'll find the answers you need right here. Our team of highly skilled professionals is committed to providing not only reliable electrical solutions but also empowering you with knowledge about your electrical systems. Explore our FAQs to get started on your journey towards a brighter, safer, and more efficient electrical experience.

When Is It Time To Call An Electrician?

  • When you are resetting circuit breakers or changing fuses often.

  • When the air conditioner turns on and the lights dim in the home.

  • Your lights are flickering or go on and off throughout the home.

  • When there is a burning smell in your home or at your electrical panel.

  • If you have a Federal Pacific or Zinsco electrical panel it is time to consider a panel upgrade.

What areas of my house should be GFCI protected?

  • GFCIs should be installed in all wet locations including garages, anywhere outside the dwelling, within six feet of any sink, kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

Is My Aluminum Wiring Safe?

  • Aluminum wiring is no longer permitted in the electrical code for 120v circuits in a home.

  • There are different options when being concerned about Aluminum wiring.

  • Rewire the entire home which can be very labor-intensive and expensive

  • Electrically pigtailing the Aluminum to Copper switches and plugs/outlets.

  • Panel rejuvenations, circuit breaker changeouts

  • A licensed professional should evaluate each situation on a case-by-case basis.

What is the Difference Between Conventional Circuit Breakers and Arc Fault Breakers?

  • Conventional circuit breakers only respond to overloads and short circuits.

  • The Arc Fault Breaker (AFCI) circuitry continuously monitors the current and discriminates between normal and unwanted arcing conditions.

There is a Humming Noise Coming From My Panel. What Does This Mean?

  • This could be the result of a defective breaker or electrical short within the home. A licensed electrician should be called immediately because this could cause serious harm to electrical components.

What Size Electrical Panel Do I Need At My Home?

  • Electrical panels range from 100 – 400 amps.

  • The most common size electrical service is a 200 amp. A 200-amp electrical panel typically has 42 circuits and is needed to accommodate all the new electronic devices, air conditioning and electric systems a typical home has. This also gives you some space for future additional circuits and expansion to your home.

bottom of page