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New Hampshire Master Electrician, Rainone Electric, offers tips for winter electrical maintenance and repairs.

Farmington NH, September 16

Rainone Electric (rainoneelectric.net) offers these helpful tips for getting your home’s electrical system in top shape for winter.

"It's best to start with the outside of the house," says NH electrician Gus Rainone. "If you have above-ground wiring coming from a utility pole, take a look at those wires and their attachment to the house to make sure they are secure." Also make sure that there are no branches that could fall on those wires during a storm," he explained. "When there is a large storm, electrical companies fix the lines that will restore power to the most people first," NH electrician Rainone cautions. "If you lose power because the line is down to only your house, the power company will put you pretty low on their priority list if main lines are down everywhere."

You should also make sure you know how to release your garage from the motor so the door can be opened manually in the event of a power failure. If you don't have the operating manual, most are available on online.

NH electrician Rainone says to make sure that all exterior outlets and switches are in proper working order and that Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) should be tripped to make sure they are working properly. Also make sure that the gaskets are intact to keep moisture out.

And while you might not think of squirrels, chipmunks and mice as electrical problems they can quickly cause outages and even fires, if they have access to the inside of the home and start chewing on wires. For this reason, make sure your house is well sealed against these intruders.

If you have electric heaters to prevent ice dams on the roof or to prevent pipes from freezing, it’s best to check their operation before winter weather hits. More than one New Hampshire electric contractor will be called out this winter to repair an ice dam heater only to be told they will have to wait for the ice to melt in spring before the repair can be made, according to NH electrician, Rainone.

If you have an electrical generator, make sure it is properly installed so that it does not feed power back to the grid during a power outage. This voltage could seriously injure a New Hampshire electrician who is working on lines.

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