Hiller Know-How: Detecting an Electrical Emergency

Did the electricity suddenly go out in your home? Has a family member been electrocuted or shocked? Knowing what situations constitute an electrical emergency can help you figure out what exactly to do—and potentially save a life.

In any kind of emergency, including electrical, a professional should always be called. However, it is helpful to know exactly what situations are emergencies so as to prevent harm. If you know what to look for in an emergency situation, you can safely remove your family from the situation before anyone gets hurt, and then you can call for help. Continue Reading

Hiller Know-How: Electrical Safety 101

Every year, electrical products and systems cause fires, injuries, and even deaths. However, there are ways to prevent these issues from occurring in your home.

Smoke detectors need to be checked frequently, and if the low-battery warning goes off, make sure to change them immediately. And don’t forget about all your other electrical products! The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that you inspect your home every six months.  Continue Reading

Hiller Know-How: When It May Be Time to Rewire Your Home

If you are purchasing an older home, or you just feel your home’s electrical system is worn out, you may need to consider rewiring your home’s electrical system. However, rewiring your home can get costly, so you will want to make sure it is necessary before you take action. Continue Reading

Get to Know John Hiller, President of Hiller Electric

Our team is an important cornerstone here at Hiller Electric. They are the ones who answer calls, get out in the field, and ultimately, they are the ones responsible for living out and maintaining our reputation.

Over the coming months, we’re going to highlight some of our employees so that you can get to know our team better. You can see our interview with John Hiller, President of Hiller Electric, below: Continue Reading

Hiller Know-How: Wiring Color Codes

Each electrical wire in a circuit has a specific function.But did you know that in order to identify which wire serves which function, the wires are color-coded? 

It’s important to know the different colors and function of each electrical wire not only to correctly configure an electrical system (less of a concern for most homeowners), but also for your safety. If you’re going to embark on a home project like changing an outlet, it’s worth knowing which color means what. Even if you aren’t, we think it’s good knowledge to have. 

Below is a simple breakdown of the color-coded system  Continue Reading

4 Reasons You Should Always Hire a Licensed Electrician

Your home’s electrical system isn’t like many other parts of your home. You can paint your walls easily, you can refinish your floors, and you may even be able to build a deck or remodel a room without much outside help. But short of easy household jobs like replacing an outlet, attempting DIY work on your home’s electrical system can be very dangerous. Continue Reading

Hiller Know-How: What to Look for When Buying a Home

When building a new home, you’re often left with the added peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re getting the newest technology around. From appliances, to HVAC, and yes, to electrical, you can take comfort in the fact that you’re probably getting the latest and greatest in home technology.

But of course, not everyone wants or needs to build a new home. Old homes have charm, are usually less expensive, and often come with other amenities you may not get when buying new. In some cases, however, they also have outdated electrical systems.

Most homes built within the last few decades should have electrical systems that are up to spec. Even so, here are a few things to look out for when buying a home: Continue Reading

Hiller Know-How: How Often Should I Test My Smoke Detectors?

According to FEMA, every year, around 3,400 Americans die in fires, and another 17,500 are injured (with the overwhelming majority of these fires being in homes). With working and fully operating smoke detectors, you can help protect you and your family from a fire, every hour of every day.

Maintaining your smoke detectors is easy, but it does take some scheduling and follow-through. Continue Reading

What Should You Look for In a Residential Electrician?

Selecting a residential electrician can be a nerve-wracking choice. Letting someone into your home requires a large amount of trust.  You want to be sure that your work will be completed in a timely manner with a reasonable cost. So what should you look for in a residential electrician? Continue Reading