FAQs

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My breaker keeps tripping, what should I do?

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If you have a breaker that continues to trip, call Cowlitz Electric right away! You may have too many lights or appliances connected to the circuit, causing an overload, and resulting in the breaker tripping. Or it may be the sign of a deeper electrical problem. Cowlitz Electric can help you troubleshoot and resolve the issue so that you can rest easy and feel safe in your home.

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Why do my lights flicker?

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Flickering lights may be an indication of a serious electrical problem or it could mean a bulb that needs changing. If you have checked your bulbs and replaced any that may be old or broken and you are still experiencing flickering lights, please call us right away at 360-274-2929.

Flickering lights may be a sign of loose or bad wiring and if left unattended may be a cause of an electrical fire in the future.

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How do I reset a tripped breaker?

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When a breaker "trips" it shuts down and anything connected to that breaker will not work. To fix the problem, do the following:

1. Located your circuit breaker panel. It's usually in your garage, a closet, or another remote location in your home.

2. Locate the tripped breaker. Look for a switch in the OFF position. It will be out of alignment with the other switches and may have a red or orange indicator. Hopefully, all your breakers are labeled and it will be easy for you to find!

3. Flip the switch to the ON position. You will hear a click or snap as it moves into the ON position. That should fix it. If you are still having trouble, please give us a call at 360-274-2929.

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What are the requirements for new electrical service?

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The city, county, and even state you live in have plenty of requirements for planning, inspections, and permits when dealing with new electrical service, for both residential and commercial. Cowlitz Electric is knowledgeable about all electrical service requirements and procedures. We are happy to help you navigate this tricky area of your new construction project.

To learn more about new electrical service requirements, you can download these documents from Cowlitz PUD.

Guidelines for New Commercial Electric Service Requirements - by Cowlitz PUD

Guidelines for New Residential Electric Service Requirements - by Cowlitz PUD