Ackermann Electric — Serving Northwest Washington Since 1950
For more than seventy years, we have helped residential, commercial, and industrial clients with their electricity needs, including new service, remodels, and electrical design. We can also accommodate your industrial control panel needs and strive to provide timely assistance through our team of experienced electricians.
Because we run a small, more intimate establishment, we’re able to work on a more personal level with our customers and provide higher quality work at an efficient pace.
Providing Electrical Solutions for 70+ Years
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“They bent over backwards to quickly replace a dangerous panel. Very knowledgeable and professional electrician. Great communication, fair price, and real caring about the work done by all!”
Honest and very knowledgeable.
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Advice From Sparky’s Corner
Did you know that a shock with as little as .03 amps can kill a person? Did you know that most electrical fires are caused by improper connections from improper installations? I’d like to use this column to explain some of this as well as put out some ideas to consider when approaching an electrical task.
In the electrical industry we have a code book that dictates the minimum requirements of electrical installations. Notice that I said “minimum”. More on that later. All of these requirements are directly related to life and building safety. No one wants to lose life or property in a fire caused by an inferior installation.
That’s why it is important to have qualified people install your electrical wiring. To protect yourself, always make sure the individual is licensed and
purchases an electrical permit for any electrical work done.
State law requires this and many insurance companies can and will deny claims if work was performed without this. Permits are easy to obtain and inexpensive. Contact the local Labor and Industries Office for more info.
As a homeowner, do yourself a favor – stop at the local permitting office first and picking up an electrical permit. If you, as the homeowner, aren’t the one performing the electrical work then it must be a licensed electrical contractor and they should get a permit.
Don’t sell yourself short when it comes to electrical safety.
Not all of the options available are suited for your specific application. We’d be happy to design and install a system that fits your needs.
Remember, if you’re putting in one yourself, don’t forget to purchase an electrical permit and have the installation inspected.
The breaker can sense the amount of flow and turn off the circuit if there is too much. Pretty cool. Let’s say a breaker trips and a person puts in a bigger one to “solve” the problem. Now the wire is forced to carry more current than it’s rated for, to the extent that it gets quite hot! Not so cool. Always match the breaker to the wire size.
Better yet, call us and we’ll take care of it for you so you don’t have to worry about it.
GFCI’s can sense when electricity is going to the wrong place and trip before it hurts. You should have them in the kitchen, bathroom, garage, and
anywhere outside. Have you tested your GFCI’s lately? Give us a call if you need assistance installing new ones.
If yours trips, check what is plugged into that circuit. If the problem is not obvious, call in the experts and we’ll get it fixed. Please don’t change the breaker to a standard type as you do. If you have a problem.
Every minute of the day, little power anomalies peck away at these electronics to the point of eventually wearing them down to failure. This can be prevented by the use of surge protection.
I recommend that you have one at your main panel as well as one near the electronic equipment as some of your devices are the source of these little chippers. We offer a full line of surge protection to fit all of your needs.
It also carries unwanted currents to ground when your surge protection is active. The ground wire should always be bare or green. This is code required. It should not be mistaken for the neutral wire, technically called the “grounded conductor”, as the ground wire shouldn’t normally carry the circuit current.
It’s a good idea to have your system grounds checked for good continuity so that they can do their job when needed.
Three Prong Outlets
If you need a grounded outlet near the device you’re plugging in then I recommend a grounded circuit be wired in. Don’t create a danger to yourself and others by taking the cheap way out!