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We are a premier electrical services company offering 24/7 support to residential, commercial and industrial clients throughout Greater Chicagoland. Since opening our doors nearly 15 years ago, we’ve never stopped striving to provide the innovative, timely and cost-effective solutions our clients have come to expect.

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EMF is a premier electrical service company offering  support for residential, commercial, and industrial clients throughout the Greater Chicagoland Area.  Since Opening our doors nearly 15 years ago, EMF Power continues to provide innovative, timely, and cost-effective solutions which surpass the industry standards and have quickly become our clients expectations.  EMF’s ongoing mission is to provide reliable, technologically advanced services and installations.  Our electricians are united to provide all phases of commercial, industrial and institutional electrical services.

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EMF Power is open 24/7 day and night! We are ready and able to help you at a moment’s notice by providing you an expert electrician who is courteous, professional, and knowledgeable. EMF offers a complete range of services, whether you need an inspection performed or would like your entire house rewired, we have the skilled manpower to complete your job seamlessly and to code. EMF Power is Committed to Excellence!

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faq
Can’t I do my own electrical repairs? Why do I need to hire an electrician?

Electrical fires claim an estimated 300 lives each year and injure thousands more, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Most of these fires are caused by incorrectly installed or faulty wiring. Needless to say, your home’s electrical system is complicated—and do-it-yourself mistakes can be deadly. Most repair jobs are best left to the professionals, since licensed electricians are knowledgeable about building codes and national safety standards—and can give you peace of mind by guaranteeing their work.

Is EMF Electric licensed, insured and bonded?

Yes. EMF Electric contractors are fully insured, licensed and bonded. To stay on top of changes in the electrical industry, our highly trained technicians continually upgrade their skills and knowledge through specialized training, certifications and professional development.

My utilities are very costly. How can I save money on my monthly electric bill?

By changing your day-to-day habits, you can downsize your monthly electric bill. Here are a few small steps that will make a big impact on your pocketbook:

  • Invest in energy-efficient light bulbs. Fluorescent lights may cost more initially, but they have a longer shelf life and use less energy.
  • Turn off or unplug all appliances when not in use.
  • Program or adjust your thermostat so the air conditioner or heater is on only when you’re at home. This small change can add up to at least $100 in annual savings.
  • If possible, replace appliances that are over 15 years old with energy-efficient ones.
  • Consider installing alternative sources of energy, like solar panels, which can reduce electric bills by 15 percent or more.
What is a GFCI, and where should they be installed?

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, proper use of ground fault circuit interrupters, or GFCIs, prevents thousands of accidental shock injuries and electrocutions each year. A GFCI looks like a normal outlet, except it includes a “reset” and “test” button. GFCI’s are designed to prevent electrical fires by cutting off the flow of electricity from current that has strayed from a circuit. The National Electrical Code requires that GFCI’s be installed where electricity and water can come in contact, like bathrooms, kitchens, outdoor receptacles and garage wall outlets.

How do I know when an electrical outlet needs to be repaired or replaced?

Damaged or loose electrical outlets are not only a nuisance, but a fire hazard.  Electrical outlets need to be repaired or replaced if:

  • A buzzing sound comes from the outlet, especially when plugging in appliances
  • Outlets generate sparks or have loose-fitting plugs
  • Outlet faces have burn marks
What type of light bulbs do you recommend for home and business fixtures?

Energy efficient light bulbs will save you money over time and reduce your carbon footprint. The most common type on the market today is the compact fluorescent light, or CFL. CFLs last up to 13 times longer and emit less heat than incandescent bulbs. In addition, these energy-saving light bulbs can cut 25 percent off of your electric bill every year, and they come in shapes and sizes to fit a variety of home and business fixtures.

How do I keep children and pets safe from electrical injury?

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that approximately 2,400 children a year receive emergency room treatment for electrical shock. The natural curiosity of children and pets presents a major safety concern for parents, but following the tips below can keep your family—and four-legged friends—safe from injury.

  • Place covers on all unused outlets.
  • Keep appliances out of the reach of toddlers or pets.
  • Put a safety lock cover over power strips or surges to prevent fingers and paws from inserting into outlets.
  • Close doors to rooms with multiple electrical devices, such as hobby rooms, offices or home theatres.
  • Never let children play with kites, planes or similar toys around overhead power lines.

Ask a professional electrical service provider, like EMF Electric, about installing tamper-resistant receptacles in your home.

I reset my home’s breaker, but I still have no power. What should I do?

If you don’t have power after correctly resetting a circuit breaker, it may be a sign that the breaker is overloaded, or that there’s a short circuit or faulty wiring. Maglio’s certified and licensed electricians can inspect and test your circuits to diagnose the problem. Breakers can wear out over time, and if a replacement is needed, we can install a robust system with a new breaker panel and overload correction.

Where can I find more information about electrical safety?

Electrical-related injuries claim the lives of hundreds of people each year. Many of these cases could have been prevented, so it’s important to educate yourself about electrical safety precautions. For helpful information about protecting yourself and your family, visit:

My smoke detector keeps chirping. What does this mean?

This could mean one of two things.
1. An intermittent chirp is probably an indication of a defective smoke detector.
2. A consistent chirp is probably an indication of a low battery condition and the smoke detector requires a new battery.

Why do the bulbs in my exterior fixture burn out so often?

This is usually caused by several factors.
1. Use of non-brand named bulbs.
2. Larger wattage bulbs, which cause excessive heat build-up shorting the life of the bulb.
3. Power Surges.

I have two telephone lines in my home. Why when I'm on the phone and the other phone line is in use, do I hear the other conversation in the background?

This is commonly called Bleed over and usually results from one of three conditions.
1. Excessively long runs of wire within the home of non-twisted pairs.
2. Loop wiring from phone station to phone station.
3. A nick in the phone wire somewhere within your residence causing a weak interconnect between phone lines.

Phone wiring installation today should be done as a home run system, each phone station being a dedicated run back to a common terminal block.

Please remember if you have a problem with your phone wiring within your home, today it is the responsibility of the electrician rather than the phone company as in the past.

If I have problems with TV or telephone wiring within the house, whom should I call?

With deregulation of the utility companies in most areas of the country, the cable or telephone companies are no longer responsible for the equipment or wiring in your home. This responsibility has fallen to you and your electrical contractor. Therefore, when a problem arises, we recommend you us. Most TV and telephone utilities will still service within your home for a substantial fee. This service, as in the past, is no longer free.
Why does my recess can light cycle on and off since I put a larger wattage bulb in?
Modern Recess Cans are rated for a maximum wattage bulb and are equipped with a thermal device that does not allow a bulb larger than that rating. If a larger wattage bulb is used, as the excess heat builds up, the thermal device will shut the can off until it cools. This is a safety device to protect your home against fire.

I have a 110 Volt Outlet on the Exterior of My Home. Can I Plug my Christmas Lights into It?

Yes. Within reason, if the quantity of lights creates a load greater than the capacity of the circuit breaker, the breaker will trip off. In this event, additional circuits may be required to accommodate your holiday display.

If I have surge/lightning protection on my main service should I use point-of-use surge plugins at my TV, stereo, computer, etc.?

Yes. Main line surge is no absolute guarantee and any additional surge protection down stream in the system offers a greater level of protection; though, nothing is absolute when it comes to the power of Mother Nature.

I have surge/lightning protection on my home. Am I totally safe from lightning strikes?

No. Surge/Lightning Protection only offers additional levels of protection. Nothing can guarantee completely against Mother Nature and where she chooses to strike.

When my air conditioner cycles on, I notice my lights blink. Is this normal?

Yes. This is a common occurrence when large motor/compressor loads start. These devices cause a minor momentary voltage drop, demonstrating itself as the blinking in your lights. This has no negative effect on the electrical equipment within your house.

Can I plug any 110-volt device I wish into my regular 110-volt outlets throughout my house?

Yes. Though, if the device exceeds the capacity of the circuit, the breaker will trip off.

Can I plug my coffee pot and toaster oven into the same kitchen counter outlet?

Yes. Though, if the two loads exceed 20amps, your breaker will sense overload, do its job, and trip off. Under this condition, you must plug one of the appliances into a different kitchen outlet on a different circuit, in order to balance the load.

I have a new home. Why does my refrigerator or freezer, located in my garage, keep going off?

Unless you made provisions with the builder for a dedicated circuit, the outlets in your garage are GFCI Protected per National Electrical Code. This device will not tolerate the additional resistance load created by refrigeration equipment. The GFCI senses there is a fault, and therefore trips off. The only cure to this problem is to provide a dedicated, non-GFCI circuit allowable by code.

Can I dim fluorescent lights?

Yes. Dimming fluorescent requires not only a special dimmer, but also special fixtures. You cannot place a typical incandescent dimmer on existing fluorescent.

Can I hang a ceiling fan where a light is?

Yes, but first you must make sure the electrical box is properly braced and rated for the weight and torque of the ceiling fan you are installing.

What does it mean when my fluorescent lights are flickering or cycling on and off?

Flickering may indicate impending bulb failure, minor power fluctuation, and/or improperly installed bulbs. Cycling on and off is usually a clear indication of ballast and/or bulb failure. It is recommended when replacing a ballast to replace bulbs as well.

How do I reset my breaker when it has tripped off?

First, disconnect any additional devices that may have caused the breaker to overload and trip. Breakers are mechanical devices and must be turned all the way off before turning back on. Remember this is a mechanical device, so this may require several attempts. If this fails to reset the breaker, there may be a more serious problem. Call Hucker Electric.

What should I do if my lights, switches and receptacles don't work?

Check to see if the outlet is on a switch. Check and reset GFCI outlets and circuit breaker. Check light bulbs and replace if necessary. If none of these are the problem, call Hucker Electric.

Why do I blow fuses or why does my circuit breaker trip?

Except in the case of ground fault interrupters, which are susceptible to moisture and/or weather conditions, fuses and circuit breakers should not trip. Check to see if some type of plugged in appliance is causing the problem.

What causes the lights in my house to flicker?

Central air conditioning and heat pump condensers may cause a noticeable slight dimming on start up. Lights may flicker or dim due to startup of some appliances or motor driven equipment. Check with the local utility company for possible defects in supply source or for the utility switching to other utilities for supply.

What is a GFCI device or breaker?

GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. In layman’s terms this device protects you from electrical shock. When it senses the slightest increase in resistance resulting from ground fault, (i.e., the use of electrical devices in or near water), it turns off to protect you.

What is the difference between a breaker panel and my old fuse panel?

Both devices, either breaker or fuse, are designed to trip (turn off) in the event of an electrical overload, i.e. 20Amps of electrical load on a 15Amp circuit would cause a trip. The only difference is that a breaker is mechanical and may be reset. Whereas, a fuse is one time only and must be replaced.
Please Note: Modern breakers are much more efficient and offer greater levels of protection.

What are the red and black buttons on my GFCI outlet?

The black button is a test button and when pressed, should deactivate the outlet and any other outlet fed from it – Indicating a properly functioning device.

The red button is the re-set button that you depress to reactivate the outlet or outlets in the event of deactivation resulting from a fault.