SERVING SWFL SINCE 1986! Serving Cape Coral, Fort Myers, North Fort Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres, & Beyond!

Frequently Asked Questions

JERMAR Electric Service is always looking to help people find the best solution possible for their electrical problems. We’ve put together a list of the most common questions we receive from our clients. Please feel free to contact us at (239) 772-3598 should you have a question that is not listed here. If you should have a serious electrical issue, for safety reasons, we always recommend you contact a professional instead of trying to fix it yourself.


We want to answer your questions and bring solutions to your electrical problems so please feel free to reach out to us if you have a particular question that is not listed here. We’d love to be of service to you. 

We still have the round fuses instead of circuit breakers. Is this a safety issue?

Yes this is a safety issue especially if the fuse panel is damaged or deteriorating. Circuit breakers are more sensitive than fuses they are made to detect shorts and overloads, therefore tripping before a serious situation occurs. Most homes that have fuse panels are older and when the panels were installed they did not have all the appliances and electronic devices we have today, fuse panels were not made to hold these loads. Another issue is that the majority of insurance companies now require that fuse panels be replaced with circuit breakers.

Why do circuit breakers trip?

Overload is the most common reason for tripping. Too many things are plugged into the circuit. Short circuit is another reason. Possible cause of short circuit is faulty wiring.

What is a GFCI?

A GFCI is an abbreviation for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. It is a specially designed outlet normally used in wet locations to protect an individual from electrical shock. A GFCI measures the resistance on the “positive” and negative” loads connected to it. If there is more resistance in either of the two loads the GFCI trips. The electrical code requires that GFCI’s be installed in all kitchens, baths, and laundry areas, garages, and on the exterior of a building. Older homes may not have them in these areas it is advised that they be installed since it is a life safety issue.

What is surge protection, and do I need it?

A surge protector protects against surges, spikes, lightning, etc. Surges may come down the utility line, thru the phone line, thru your cable, from within the home or nearby. A surge protector on your panel is the first line of defense in protecting your expensive electronics and appliances. The surge protector may sacrifice it’s self to protect your electrical system and electronic equipment from surges. Secondary protection comes from the simple plug in type you can get at Home Depot or Lowes. We live in the lightning capital of the world. It is advised that you have surge protection on your panel.

Why have the receptacles in my bathroom, kitchen, garage, or outside stopped working?

The outlet is most likely a GFCI outlet. These outlets usually have a reset button on them or on an outlet that is on the same circuit. The outlet may need to be reset. Check all outlets in the bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, garage and exterior of the home for a reset button. First thing to do is push the reset button in if that doesn’t work you may need to turn the breaker all the way off then all the way back on and then push the reset button in.

I put new bulbs in my recessed lights and they came on, stayed on for a while, and then went back off again. After awhile they come back on again. What's going on?

Recessed lights are supplied with a thermal cut out. Because the fixture is inside your ceiling, it is important that excessive heat from the bulbs not cause a fire, the thermal cut out acts as a thermometer i.e. when the heat reaches a preset temperature, it will disconnect the electricity. After the fixture cools down the electricity will be reconnected. To avoid this problem check the recess can for a sticker that gives the maximum wattage light bulb to be used in the fixture. Use the specified wattage or lower never use a higher wattage bulb.

A light fixture in my house is flickering. What should I do?

A flickering light could be the symptom of several problems. It could be a loose connection in the circuit. If all the lights in your house seem to be flickering it could be a problem outside the house or in the panel. You should have a licensed electrician check it out.

Residential Services

The wiring in your home is not a great place to save a few dollars by doing it yourself, we are the experts you need.

Commercial Services

For our commercial customers we provide wide variety of services to meet your needs,  we have the experience and knowledge to handle it.

Panel Upgrades

Overloading your electrical panel can lead to fires and electrical demands increase over time so upgrading capacity is important.

Surge Protection

 It makes little sense to spend a lot of money on expensive appliances without installing surge protection for your home. 

Indoor Lighting

If you are remodeling a part of your home, the lighting can be the most important part of making it look more modern and updated. 

Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting can make a patio or porch more enjoyable, a walkway easier to navigate, and will show your home’s natural beauty.



JERMAR Electric Service is family owned & operated state certified electrical contractor that has been serving Lee County since 1986.


Residential and Commercial Repairs

We specialize in both residential & commercial repairing, remodeling, troubleshooting in addition to any & all new electrical needs.


A Company You can Trust!

JERMAR Electric is proud of its reputation for being honest & reliable while offering the consumer quality services at a reasonable price.

No Project Too Big Or Too Small

JERMAR Electric is proud of its reputation for being honest & reliable while offering the consumer quality services at a reasonable price. With deep ties in the community & a reputation for being honest & reliable owners Jerry and Debbie Martin take great pride in all their satisfied customers.  As a consumer & long time residents they understand your need to have faith, trust, & confidence in your electrician. 

JERMAR Electric is a Certified Electrical Contractor offering Residential & Commercial Services to the Southwest Florida area, Licensed & Insured. Owners, Jerry and Debbie, are involved in all aspects of the business from estimating until the completion of the job.

No job is too small when it comes to the service we provide. We are only a phone call away & look forward to serving you. Call (239) 772-3598 today – We offer FREE Estimates!

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Client Testimonials

“Contacted JERMAR as an Angie’s List provider. They were on time, reasonable and professional. Leon, the electrician was very personable and efficient. Will use them again.”

Ed B.

“JERMAR Electric did a great job installing our new fans, chandelier and dimmers. We made the appointment and they arrived on time. Ryan the electrician did a great job and worked at a good fast pace. This is the 2nd time we have hired JERMAR and we are very happy with their work and prices. I highly recommend JERMAR for your electric needs.”

Stuart P.

“We’ve had a lot of electrical work done on two separate homes by Jermar. They have always been on time, professional and the work has been done properly. No complaints here!”

Jessie J.

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932 NE 24th LN #7 Cape Coral, FL 33909

(239) 772-3598 or (239) 707-0947