• Electical Contractors FAQ’s

  • Are you licensed to work in Virginia?

    Ross Electrical Contracting has been a registered electrical contractor in the State of Virginia for several years. Ross Electrical Contractors have been bonded by Virginia State contractor requirements. We currently carry $1 million in business coverage in accordance with General Liability and Worker's Compensation policies.

    Are you able to provide proof of General Liability and Worker's Compensation Insurance?

    It is essential to know if an electrician that is working on your property is covered by their General Liability Insurance Policy in the event of damages or injuries sustained while working on your property. If they fail to have the proper insurance, it becomes the responsibility of the property owner to handle all repair and medical bills. Also, if the electrician is not covered, you are left with no way to collect any damages without having to pay high court costs. When an electrician is covered by Worker's Compensation insurance, you know that you are protected as well. However, it is important to realize that not all electrical contractors carry this insurance. Companies that operate as electrical contractors are not legally required to be covered by this insurance.

    Do you have references available for public observation?

    Yes, we offer a wide range of references on our testimonial page. Other references can be made available upon request.

    Will I need an electrical permit?

    For all most all jobs regardless of the scope will need to have a permit issued. While there are some cities that do their electrical inspections, most areas of the state are inspected by Labor and Industries. Keep in mind that electrical contractors need to purchase their own permits to work on your property. If you have hired a contractor who seems hesitant to purchase an electrical permit, it is wise to think twice about hiring them. Typically, this means that they are not licensed or insured to work in your location.

    The breaker has been reset, but there is still no power, what should I do?

    To reset the breaker found within your electrical panel, you need to push the breaker button firmly into the off position and then back to the on position. Many people make the mistake of not pushing the breaker past the off position and believe it to have already be reset.  If you have followed the steps from above and still have no power, please do not hesitate to call us today. Breakers do have the tendency to wear out over time if they are tripped too many times.

    There are outlets in my bathroom, garage, kitchen, and outside that are not working. What could the problem be?

    Many times it is a case of the CFCI outlet getting tripped. To fix this, the CFCI outlet needs to be located, and the "reset" button needs to be pressed. The CFCI outlet may be found in a cabinet somewhere in the house. It is also important to check the circuit breaker located in the electrical panel to ensure that is has not been tripped.

    Whenever I turn on a major appliance or something else, all the lights in the house dim. What is the cause of this problem?

    This is a common condition in many older homes. However, many newer homes may not have been wired with an adequate number of circuit breakers. Many cases the lights will dim when larger appliances such as freezers, furnaces, air conditioning units start up. The moment the motor begins is the cause of your lights dimming. When the circuit breaker is overloaded or at near capacity, it can affect lights on that particular circuit breaker. You do not have to worry if this is only happening when your large appliances cause this momentary fluctuation in power. Over time, your motor controlled appliances and devices will wear down which will cause your breaker to trip more frequently. To solve the problem the electrical load needs to be balanced correctly, the service panel can up upgraded, and new circuits can be added.

    My breaker keeps tripping, should it be replaced with a larger breaker box?

    In a word no, that is not the correct solution. Circuit breakers are designed to trip when an overload is sensed, or it is beginning to wear down. The breaker should be replaced with one of the same dimensions as the existing one. When a larger breaker is installed, it defeats the overall purpose and increases the possibility of overheating. It is best to limit the number of appliances that are placed on a circuit or have your electrician add additional circuits. If the breaker is consistently tripping and you feel as though it is not overloaded, please contact us today so we can ascertain the overall situation of your circuits and breaker box.

    What is an arc-fault circuit breaker?

    The arc-fault circuit breaker is a new piece of technology that is designed to help protect against fires that are caused by arcing faults found in your homes electrical wiring. There are over 40,000 fires attributed to home wiring alone. These home fires have lead to 350 deaths and 1,400 injuries on a yearly basis. One of the major faults of these fires has been arcing faults. Unwanted arcing can lead to high temperatures that will ignite combustibles such as carpet, paper, and wood. Arcing faults can typically be found in deteriorated or damaged wires and cords in the home. This damage can be done from the wire's insulation being punctured from nails and tacks, improperly installed switches and outlets, cords that have become twisted or caught under rugs or furniture as well as natural aging.