Northstar Electric LLC

Northstar Electric LLC


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a permit when upgrading my electrical service panel?

Yes, you will always need a permit for a project like this. There are two ways to handle this:

  1. Self-Pulled Permit: If you choose to do it yourself, you can save money. However, you’ll need to navigate the application process independently.
  2. Professional Assistance: Alternatively, we can pull the permits for you, but there will be a charge for our time and effort.

What is the estimated cost for wiring my home?

The cost of wiring your home depends on its complexity and size. Generally, new wiring ranges between $3 and $5 per square foot, while rewiring falls between $6 and $10 per square foot. For personalized assistance, feel free to reach out to us for a complimentary quote.  

Why are my lights flickering?

Flickering lights are not normal and may indicate an overload, short circuit, or potentially a faulty electrical panel. Some older electrical panels, such as Zinsco, Federal Pacific, Sylvania, and others, are notorious for causing fires due to flawed circuit breaker and panel designs. If you have one of these electrical panels, it's highly recommended to plan for replacement and upgrade as soon as possible.

How often should I replace my spark plug and air filter on my backup generator?

Generally, it is recommended to replace the spark plug and air filter bi-annually or after 200 hours of run time.

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