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Electrical System

Homeowner Use and Maintenance Guidelines

Know the location of the breaker panel; it includes the main shut-off that controls all the electrical power to the home. Individual breakers control the separate circuits. Each breaker is marked to help you identify which breaker is connected to major appliances, outlets, or other services. Should a failure occur in any part of your home, always check the breakers in the main panel box.

 

Breakers

Circuit breakers have three positions: on, off, and tripped. When a circuit breaker trips, it must first be turned off before it can be turned on. Switching the breaker directly from tripped to on will not restore service.

Breakers Tripping

Breakers trip because of overloads caused by plugging too many appliances into the circuit, a worn cord or defective appliance, or operating an appliance with too high a voltage required for the circuit. The starting of an electric motor can also trip a breaker.

 If any circuit trips repeatedly, unplug all items connected to it and reset. If it trips when nothing is connected to it, you need an electrician. If the circuit remains on, one of the unplugged items is defective and will require repair or replacement.

Buzzing

Fluorescent fixtures use transformer action to operate. This action sometimes causes a buzzing.

Fixture Location

We install light fixtures in the locations indicated on the plans. Moving fixtures to accommodate specific furniture arrangements or room use is your responsibility.

GFCI (Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupters)

GFCI receptacles have a built-in element that senses fluctuations in power. Quite simply, the GFCI is a circuit breaker. Building codes require installing these receptacles in bathrooms, the kitchen, outside, and the garage (areas where an individual can contact water while holding an electric appliance or tool). Heavy appliances such as freezers or power tools will trip the GFCI breaker.

Caution: Never plug a refrigerator or food freezer into a GFCI-controlled outlet. The likelihood of the contents being ruined is high, and the limited warranty does not cover such damage.

Each GFCI circuit has a test and a reset button. Once each month, press the test button. This will trip the circuit. To return service, press the reset button. If a GFCI breaker trips during normal use, it may indicate a faulty appliance, and you will need to investigate the problem. One GFCI breaker can control up to three or four outlets.

Grounded System

Your electrical system is a three-wire grounded system. Never remove the bare wire that connects to the box or device.

Light Bulbs

You are responsible for replacing burned-out bulbs other than those noted during your orientation.

Luminous Light Panels

Translucent panels covering ceiling lights are made of polystyrene plastic. To clean, gently push up, tilting the panel slightly, and remove it from the fixture frame. Wash with a diluted (1 to 2 percent) solution of mild detergent and warm water. Do not rinse; the soap film that remains reduces static electricity that attracts dust.

Over time, the plastic panel may yellow and become brittle and need to be replaced if it cracks or breaks. Replacement material can be found at the home center and hardware stores. Most suppliers will cut the panel to fit, so if you need to purchase a replacement, be sure to note the size you need.

Bulbs for these fixtures can be purchased at home centers or hardware stores. Avoid exceeding the wattage indicated inside the fixture.

Modifications

If you wish to make any modifications, contact the electrician listed on the Emergency Phone Numbers you receive at the orientation. Having another electrician modify your electrical system during the warranty period can void that portion of your limited warranty.

Outlets

If an outlet is not working, check first to see if a wall switch or GFCI controls it. Next, check the breaker.

If there are small children in the home, install safety plugs to cover unused outlets. This also minimizes the air infiltration that sometimes occurs with these outlets. Teach children to never touch electrical outlets, sockets, or fixtures.

Underground Cables

 Before digging, check the location of buried service leads by calling the local utility locating service. In most cases, wires run straight from the service panel to the nearest public utility pad. Maintain positive drainage around the foundation to protect electrical service connections.

Under- or Over-Cabinet Lights

 The selection of optional under- or over-cabinet lighting provides either task lighting or atmosphere to your kitchen. We suggest you note the size and type of bulbs in these fixtures and keep replacements on hand.

 

Troubleshooting Tips: No Electrical Service

No Electrical Service Anywhere in the Home

 Before calling for service, check to confirm that the:

 8  Service is not out in the entire area. If so, contact the utility company.

8  Main breaker and individual breakers are all in the on position.

 

No Electrical to One or More Outlets

 Before calling for service, check to confirm that the

 8  Main breaker and individual breakers are all in the on position.

8  Applicable wall switch is on

8  GFCI is set (see details on GFCIs, earlier in this section)

8  Item you want to use is plugged in

8 Items you want to use works in other outlets

8  Bulb in the lamp is good

Even if the troubleshooting tips do not identify a solution, the information you gather will be useful to the service provider you call.

 

Parasol Limited Warranty Guidelines

 During the orientation, we confirm that light fixtures are in acceptable condition and that all bulbs are working. Parasol's limited warranty excludes any fixture you supplied.

Designed Load

Parasol will repair any electrical wiring that fails to carry its designed load to meet specifications. If electrical outlets, switches, or fixtures do not function as intended, Parasol will repair or replace them.

GFCI (Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupters)

Parasol is not responsible for food spoilage that results from your plugging refrigerators or freezers into a GFCI outlet.

Power Surge

Power surges are the result of local conditions beyond the control of Parasol and are excluded from limited warranty coverage. These can result in burned-out bulbs or damage to sensitive electronic equipment such as TVs, alarm systems, and computers. Damage resulting from lightning strikes is excluded from limited warranty coverage.