Can You Plug a 220V Cord into a 250V Outlet?

November 25, 2022 | Electrical

In most U.S. homes, 220-volt (V) outlets are the most powerful. However, some air conditioners, water heaters, stoves, air compressors, and other high-power devices may require up to 20 amps (A), 250V. Even large power tools may use 250V. Since not all cords and outlets are compatible, often depending on their power rating, “Can you […]

What Does an Electrical Fire Smell Like?

September 8, 2022 | Electrical

A strange odor is a telltale sign of an electrical fire in your home. At Black Hills Home Services, our electricians are often asked, “What does an electrical fire smell like?” A strange smell that doesn’t go away should never be ignored. Recognizing it can mean the difference between disaster and averting major safety hazards […]

How to Test a Light Socket

August 26, 2022 | Electrical

To test a light socket, you’ll need to determine if there’s a complete circuit allowing the socket to receive electricity. Electrons must flow in an uninterrupted path from the power source and back to it, for the socket to work. Therefore, testing the socket is the next step after you realize a burnt-out bulb or […]

What Do I Need a 250 Volt Outlet For?

August 9, 2022 | Electrical

As you walk through your home, you’ll see many electrical outlets. But not all of them are the same; in fact, some may be better suited for some purposes than others. Outlets come in many forms with different specifications. A 250-volt outlet has a higher capacity than both the 120-volt and 15-amp outlet used to […]

7 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Commercial Electrician

June 21, 2022 | Electrical

It’s common knowledge electrical problems must be dealt with by a qualified professional. But just because someone labels themselves as a commercial electrician, doesn’t guarantee they are right for the job. Whether there’s an electrical malfunction in your building or you’re considering a renovation or remodel, these are seven things you need to know before […]

Black Hills’ Easy Guide to Electrical Panel Labels

May 10, 2022 | Electrical

As a homeowner or renter, it’s important to be able to read your electrical panel. If you can’t tell what some circuit breakers are for, your safety may be at risk. The electrical panel distributes electricity that enters from the utility grid to all the circuits in your home. Electrical panel labels are needed for […]

6 Need-to-Know Facts About the Air Duct Cleaning Process

March 17, 2022 | Air ConditioningAir QualityElectrical

Air duct cleaning is an important HVAC service. Homeowners can see greater A/C efficiency, better air quality, and reduced allergy symptoms when ducts, grills, registers, fans, and HVAC components are professionally cleaned. You may notice dustier conditions and higher utility bills if your ductwork and system aren’t sanitary, but the professionals can help improve conditions […]

Programmable Thermostat vs. Smart Thermostat: Which Should I Buy?

March 14, 2022 | Air ConditioningElectrical

Nowadays, thermostats do more than maintain A/C or heater temperature. Newer, hi-tech models provide more precise temperature control and can help lower your energy bills. If you’re weighing the choice between a programmable thermostat vs. smart thermostat, here’s a perspective that may help you decide. Why Isn’t a Regular Thermostat Enough? A traditional thermostat is […]

How Does a Wireless Light Switch Work?

February 11, 2022 | Electrical

Since the advent of electric lighting, the placement of light switches has been an important consideration. The traditional light switch is connected to your light fixtures, and electrical system, via wires. A wireless light switch functions in the same way except it uses radio frequency (RF) signals to turn lights on and off. The switch […]

Thermostat Placement 101

April 30, 2021 | Electrical

Your thermostat keeps a constant check on the temperature in your home. The information it collects allows it to signal your furnace to start heating and air conditioner to start cooling. To work properly, it must have an accurate reading, which is why thermostat placement is so critical. Locations to Avoid Locations where a thermostat […]