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Is Your Breaker a Double Tapped Breaker?

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Is your electrical panel safe? How do you know? You can’t see behind the metal cover. A very common and extremely dangerous issue is what is called a double tapped breaker.

A double tapped breaker is when two conductors have been installed under the terminal of one circuit breaker. Circuit breakers are not designed to hold two conductors together and could loosen up - leading to arcing, overheating or even an electrical fire. Each circuit should be on its own separate breaker and sized correctly.

Another dangerous install is when two conductors are install in the same lug on the neutral bar. This also leads to fires, property damage and death.

You may have double tapped breakers if your electric panel has been installed by someone without the correct electrical experience and training. This could spell trouble for the safety of your home and family as well as future building permits.

If you are not experienced with working with an electrical panel, it is always best to have a professional electrician handle the job for you. Contact a licensed electrical contractor, such as John’s Electric, because playing with electricity when you don’t know what you’re doing can spell disaster.

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About John's Electric

Linn Park Fountain, Birmingham, AL

John's Electric Inc. is a family owned and operated electrical contractor business that proudly provides electrician services in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding areas such as Hoover, Homewood, Chelsea, Vestavia Hills, Pelham, Alabaster, Trussville, and Mountain Brook. John's Electric provides residential and commercial electrical solutions at competitive rates. We have been in this line of work for 30 years, giving us not only experience but expertise as well. You can depend on us. We are a state licensed electrician (#03875) for your protection.

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What others say about John's Electric Service

Great job installing new breaker/meter box. Fast service , great price, will use again if needed.

stuart222
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Aubrey did an excellent job with moving our electrical main service. He coordinated with Alabama Power and the Hoover inspectors and everyone was there when they should be. He knew that we needed a special disconnect and ordered the right one. We gave him a key and trusted him to be in and out of the house and yard when he needed to. He kept us informed, did a quality job and went over and above to come out to check on things for us after hours one evening and teach us a few things. Reasonable price as well. A true professional and I will recommend him again.

tiffdunlap
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Service was above and beyond excellent. Stuck with us and the power company until the true root of the problem was found. Worked around our schedule and budget restraints. Left things clean and was very respectful. Would definitely recommend him and use him again.

wayalockhart
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I was very satisfied with the service. I drilled a hole in my main service line on a holiday, and they had me up and running the same afternoon. Thanks!!

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