Electrical Myths and Misconceptions Debunked

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Electricity is an essential utility in our homes and workplaces, but many misconceptions exist about how it works. Unfortunately, myths and outdated information can lead to safety risks and higher energy bills. 

The electrical professionals at Yoder Electric are here to debunk some of the most common electrical fallacies and explain the realities to give you peace of mind. 

1. The Size of Fuses

Myth: Bigger fuses are always better.

Fact: Installing fuses with amp ratings higher than recommended can allow dangerous power surges to overload circuits. Properly sized fuses that match your electrical system offer optimal protection against overcurrent. Yoder Electric always installs correctly rated fuses. 

2. Switching Off Electrical Sockets

Myth: You should always switch off your electrical sockets to save energy when not using them.

Fact: Most sockets are always energized, so switching them off doesn’t save electricity. The small standby power modern devices draw when plugged in but off is negligible. For safety, it’s best to leave sockets powered on. 

3. Fuses and Breakers

Myth: Fuses and breakers are interchangeable names for the same thing. 

Fact: While fuses and circuit breakers interrupt power flow to protect circuits, their mechanisms differ. Fuses operate via metal melting, while breakers use electromagnetism to “trip.”  Also, you can reset breakers, but you have to replace fuses. Yoder Electric can explain their nuances while consulting you on your home or business needs.

4. Extension Cords

Myth: Extension cords are suitable as permanent power solutions. 

Truth: Extension cords are designed for temporary, occasional use. Using them as permanent wiring can cause safety hazards and electrical code violations. Yoder Electric only recommends using extension cords for their intended purposes. 

5. High Voltage

Myth: Higher voltage always indicates more power.  

Fact: Power (wattage) depends on both voltage and amperage (current). Low voltage systems can deliver as much power by pulling more amps. Yoder Electric will determine your ideal voltage based on your home’s requirements.

6. Copper Wiring vs. Aluminum

Myth: Copper wiring is always better than aluminum. 

Fact: Aluminum wiring is perfectly safe when properly installed. Copper and aluminum have different properties, which means each type comes with different purposes and safety standards. Yoder Electric’s electricians are experienced in working with both. 

7. When to Call Yoder

Myth: Electrical issues always require calling an electrician.  

Fact: Many minor electrical problems, like tripped breakers or burnt-out bulbs, can easily be addressed by homeowners. But it’s critical to know when to call a professional, like if you have recurring trip breakers, flickering lights, or sparking outlets. Yoder Electric has a  comprehensive emergency system for troubleshooting and repairs. 

Know Your Electricity 

By getting the facts on common electrical misconceptions, you can make smarter, safer choices in your home. Yoder Electric has provided truthful, transparent electrical guidance and services to our community for over 15 years. Our expert team stays up-to-date on the latest codes and best practices to debunk myths and ensure optimal electrical safety and efficiency.  Contact us anytime to discuss your electrical needs – we’re happy to answer questions and offer reliable solutions.

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