Disaster Averted! Update

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Good news since our last post about a potential fire hazard at a gas station in Plano!  The new meter base was professionally and safely installed and power to the gas station restored! 

Plano Gas Station Meter Base | Plano, TX Electrician | Licensed Master Electrician | Nisat Electric

Nisat Electric will make sure your meter base repair/meter base installation and electrical wiring are current with the latest National Electrical Code.  Most importantly, don’t put your property and personal safety at risk! Should you chose to hire someone else, only hire a professional licensed, insured electrician to complete any electrical work on your home.

Nisat Electric Licensure
Nisat Electric is proud to maintain three different categories of electrician licenses in the State of Texas: Electrical Contractor, Master Electrician and Journeyman Electrician.  Please, take a few minutes to check out our reviews and licensure in the State of Texas and you will understand why thousands of customers entrust their electrical installation and repairs to Nisat Electric!

Visit our website or call Nisat Electric today at (214) 536-5555!

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Disaster Averted!

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A potentially dangerous fire caused by a faulty meter base at a gas station in Plano was prevented by quick and decisive action.

Plano Gas Station Meter Base | Plano, TX Electrician | Licensed Master Electrician | Nisat Electric

Having experienced electrical problems, the gas station owner contacted Oncor who performed an onsite inspection. Oncor quickly determined the problems were caused by a faulty electrical meter base which posed a significant safety threat. Oncor immediately terminated all electrical service to the gas station. Nisat Electric’s Master Electrician was hired to replace the faulty meter base and bring the facility’s electrical service up to code as required by Oncor prior to restoration of electrical service to the property.

The meter base and service panel are the heart of any electrical system and proper inspection and maintenance is imperative.  According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), electrical service panels should be inspected regularly by a professional home inspector or Licensed Master Electrician. Common defects include

  1. Insufficient clearance. According to the 2008 National Electrical Code, most residential electrical panels require at least a 3-foot clearance or working space in front, 30 inches of width, and a minimum headroom clearance of 6 feet, or the height of the equipment, whichever is greater.
  2. Aluminum branch wiring.
  3. Sharp-tipped panel box screws or wires damaged by these screws. Panel box cover screws must have blunt ends so they do not pierce the wires inside the box. Look for wires that pass too closely to the screw openings inside the electrical panel.
  4. Circuit breakers that are not properly sized.
  5. Oxidation or corrosion to any of the parts. Oxidized or corroded wires will increase the resistance of conductors and create the potential for arcing.
  6. Damage caused by rodents. Rodents have been known to chew through wire insulation in electrical panels (and other areas), creating an unsafe condition. Rodents have been electrocuted this way, leaving an unsightly mess inside the panel.
  7. Evidence of electrical failures, such as burned or overheated components.
  8. Evidence of water entry inside the electrical panel. Moisture can corrode circuit breakers so that they won’t trip, make connections less reliable, and make the equipment unsafe to touch.
  9. Evidence of missing or improper bonding.  This may indicate improper wiring, damaged equipment or unsafe conditions.The physical contact points of the overcurrent protection device to the contact point of the buss are not making good contact. The sounds of arcing (a cracking or popping sound) may indicate this condition.
  10. Panels manufactured by Zinsco or Federal Pacific Electric (FPE). These panels have a reputation for being problematic and further evaluation by a qualified electrician is recommended.Zinsco panels can generally be identified by a blue and silver “Zinsco” label inside the panel, and an embossed “Magnetrip” label at the top of the panel face.FPE panels should include, if they were not removed, one of the following identifying labels:
    • Federal Electric
    • Federal Pacific Electric
    • Federal NOARC
    • Federal Pioneer
    • FPEFPE-Stab-Lok
    • Stab-Lok

Nisat Electric will make sure your meter base repair/meter base installation and electrical wiring are current with the latest National Electrical Code.  Most importantly, don’t put your property and personal safety at risk! Should you chose to hire someone else, only hire a professional licensed, insured electrician to complete any electrical work on your home.

Nisat Electric Licensure
Nisat Electric is proud to maintain three different categories of electrician licenses in the State of Texas: Electrical Contractor, Master Electrician and Journeyman Electrician.  Please, take a few minutes to check out our reviews and licensure in the State of Texas and you will understand why thousands of customers entrust their electrical installation and repairs to Nisat Electric!

Visit our website or call Nisat Electric today at (214) 536-5555!

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Smart Meters

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Has the city or the electricity provider notified you that your meter base needs to be repaired or upgraded? Nisat Electric can help!

Meter Base
Many people are confused about the meter base and the electrical (service) panel. The meter base is the enclosure that houses your electric meter. Typically mounted on the side of your home or business, it’s a gray metal box that encloses the electric meter in order to keep all the electrical connections and wires inside dry and protect them from the elements.

A meter base consists of a grounded backplate holding mounting lugs for the electric meter. One set of lugs connects to the electric utility mains, the other set connects to wiring in the property. Electricity must pass from the electrical utility main line, through the meter, then through the lines into the property.

Possible Reasons to Repair or Replace Meter Base
You may need to repair or replace your meter base for a number of reasons:

  • The lugs have loosened and burned up causing wires to be overloaded.
  • An old and outdated meter base most likely needs to be replaced in order to meet changes in the requirements of the utility company, such as repairs necessary prior to installation of a smart meter. If you live in Collin County, chances are you’ve already received notification from your electricity provider that they will be switching your existing meter to the new smart meter.
  • Changes in the National Electric Code (NEC) or municipality building code may require replacement of an existing meter base in order to obtain a permit for certain home renovations.
  • Upgrading your home’s electrical system in order to increase capacity or replacing the electrical panel may require a new meter base.

Typically the utility company (Oncor, TXU, Coserv) is responsible for repair of electric service up to the point of connection in the meter base. The property owner is then responsible for repairs from the meter base into the property.

Smart Meters
A smart meter is an electrical meter that records consumption of electric energy in intervals of an hour or less and communicates that information to the utility company at least daily for monitoring and billing purposes. Smart meters enable two way communication between the meter and the central system.

Smart Meter Installation
Some homeowners have been advised by their utility company that their meter base requires repair before the smart meter can be installed. Your meter base wiring is not going to change. Meter base repairs are typically necessary because the meter base lugs have burned out or the hub has rusted.

Meter Base Repairs Required by Utility Company
You should call a licensed electrician to complete the necessary repairs. Electricity to your home will be completely turned off during the repair. Nisat Electric will coordinate the meter base installation with both the city and the electrical provider in order to minimize any downtime and provide you with peace of mind.

What You Need to Do Before Hiring an Electrician
Don’t assume that the person you hire to complete electrical repairs or electrical installations is qualified. Questions to ask any service provider before you hire:

  • Will all electrical work be performed by a licensed electrician?
  • Is the licensed electrician on staff or a subcontractor?
  • What type of license does the electrician maintain? (Journeyman, Master Electrician, Residential Wireman, Maintenance Electrician, Electrical Apprentice, Electrical Contractor, etc.)
  • Can you provide me with the license number so that I can verify the status of the license?
  • Can you provide me with a copy of the electrician’s insurance policy?

Nisat Electric will make sure your meter base repair/meter base installation and electrical wiring are current with the latest National Electrical Code.  Most importantly, don’t put your property and personal safety at risk! Should you chose to hire someone else, only hire a professional licensed, insured electrician to complete any electrical work on your home.

Nisat Electric Licensure
Nisat Electric is proud to maintain three different categories of electrician licenses in the State of Texas: Electrical Contractor, Master Electrician and Journeyman Electrician.  Please, take a few minutes to check out our reviews and licensure in the State of Texas and you will understand why thousands of customers entrust their electrical installation and repairs to Nisat Electric!

Visit our website or call Nisat Electric today at (214) 536-5555!

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