3 Signs You Need Repairs for Your Circuit Breaker Panel

August 22nd, 2014 by Roger Thompson

The circuit breaker panel is an essential part of any electrical system. Without one, any increase in voltage along the wiring in a home or business could result in catastrophic damage to appliances and the risk of electrical fires. To defend your home from these dangers, you need to have a circuit breaker panel in excellent condition and not in need of any immediate repair work.

How can you tell if your circuit breaker panel requires professional repairs? There are some signs to watch for, which we will list below. Don’t delay should you recognize any of these warnings, and don’t try to troubleshoot the problem on your own: call for professional electrical repair in Lynnwood, WA and avoid using your electrical system in the meantime.

Since 1977, many residents in the Puget Sound Area have turned to G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. for their electrical needs, and we are proud of the excellent service we have provided the community for over 35 years.

3 Signs to Call for Repairs for Your Circuit Breaker Panel

  1. Breakers are constantly tripping: You shouldn’t need to continually go to the panel to reset breakers; a tripped breaker is a rare event when the panel and the electrical system are in good shape. When tripped breakers turn into a regular annoyance, you may have a panel suffering from faulty wiring. The problem could also come from elsewhere in the wiring of your home, so call in a professional electrician to investigate, find the actual cause, and fix it.
  2. Burning odors from the panel: You often won’t see physical evidence of electrical fires that have occurred behind outlets, light switches, and electrical panels. But you will be able to smell the acrid taint of burned wires from fires. If you smell the odor of burning coming from your circuit breaker panel, call for professional repair work right away.
  3. Breakers will not remain reset: After your reset a tripped circuit breaker, it should hold that position. But if you find that resetting it either does nothing to restore power, or the breaker immediately trips again, you either have a bad breaker or a bad panel. Call for a licensed electrician to find out which it is and then take care of the necessary repairs.

Make sure that you stay safe, and your family remains protected from electrical fires and major power outages, with prompt electrical repair in Lynnwood, WA whenever necessary. Only rely on licensed electricians for the work: call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We will provide you with the quality repair work that will remove your worries.

Repairs Ductless Air Conditioners May Need

August 20th, 2014 by Roger Thompson

Ductless air conditioning systems may be easy to install and don’t need ductwork, but at some point they will still need repair. The outdoor unit of a ductless system is very similar to that of a traditional split-system air conditioner, so the real differences in repair work come from the indoor blowers. Ductless air conditioning repairs don’t have to be overwhelming or inconvenient, especially when you call seasoned professionals like the ones at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. Here are some common repairs that can happen with ductless ACs:

  • Condensate leakage – ductless blowers do not have a condensate array like a traditional split-system because there is no indoor unit; there is just a blower. The blower drains the excess moisture (condensate) through a tube to the outside directly from the blower. Sometimes, this tube can become blocked, and water can back up, causing a leak. If not repaired, the wall closest to the leak can be damaged by the excess water.
  • Issues with fans – the fans in the blowers are much smaller than those of traditional split-system air conditioners, but they can still have similar problems. Blades can get damaged, belts can wear and the motors can burnout. Because a few different things can go wrong with these small components, it’s better to let a trained professional inspect any fan problem that may exist.
  • Refrigerant leaks – refrigerant leaks can occur in the indoor and outdoor coils, and also in the refrigerant line that runs from the indoor blower to the outdoor unit; this is one of the ways a ductless AC differs from a traditional system. It’s important to fix refrigerant leaks in any system, and because certification is required to handle refrigerant, you should always use a trained professional.

Ductless air conditioning repairs in Mill Creek offer you the opportunity to keep your ductless AC in optimal shape. If you experience even minor problems with your ductless air conditioner, call and set up your ductless air conditioning repairs in Mill Creek with the experts who can help: G&S Heating, Cooling & Electric, Inc.

The Ideal Situations for a Ductless Air Conditioning Installation

August 18th, 2014 by Roger Thompson

Ductless air conditioning has been around for a while, but initially was mostly seen in commercial properties. Over the last few years, however, it has become quite popular with residential property owners due to some of its unique benefits. While a ductless AC can fit many different types of homes, there are situations where it is ideal. However, for it to work ideally, ductless air conditioning in Lynnwood should only be installed by professionals. G&S Heating, Cooling & Electric, Inc. installs and repairs ductless systems, so turn to us for your ductless AC needs.

Who Should Consider Ductless?

As stated above, ductless mini-split air conditioners can benefit a great many homes. However, there are a few benefits offered by ductless ACs that may work better for some homes than others:

No Ductwork

For homes without ductwork, a ductless system offers whole-home cooling without the expense and hassle of installing ductwork. Ductless ACs use individual, wall-mounted blowers to deliver the cool air. So for older homes with no ductwork, or older homes that would need retrofitted ductwork, this large expense is eliminated.

Can Also Heat

Ductless systems can operate using heat pump technology, providing both heating and cooling. This is because heat pumps have a component called a reversing valve, which allows you to easily switch the direction in which the refrigerant flows.

Easy Expansion

If you plan to expand your property, adding air conditioning to that addition is easy with a ductless air conditioner. There’s no need to install ductwork or to work around challenging architecture; simply install another blower and you’ll have cooling. It should be noted that an outdoor unit can support up to 4 blowers.

Other Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioning:

Here are a few other benefits to consider when it comes to a ductless AC:

  • Energy efficiency – blowers are controlled individually by you, so you can cool only what you need to. Less cooling means less energy use, which can translate to lower monthly energy bills.
  • Customized comfort – many blowers are programmable, and as such, can be set to the temperature you want room by room. This allows for zone cooling but without a ducted zone control system.
  • Easy installation – an outdoor unit, which contains the condenser and compressor, can be placed on the ground, and the blowers are connected to the outdoor unit via a conduit connected to the outdoor unit through an exterior wall. The conduit is only about 3” wide, and a single outdoor unit can support up to 4 blowers.

Want to know more about ductless air conditioning options in Lynnwood? Call G&S Heating, Cooling and Electric, Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

Should I Really Call an Electrician for Smoke Detector Installation?

August 15th, 2014 by Roger Thompson

Smoke detectors were once an additional feature for homes, now they are a necessity that every home needs to have for early warnings of danger from fires and increases in carbon monoxide. But a smoke detector that isn’t well installed or maintained is essentially useless: a smoke detector that fails to come on when it’s supposed to is no help to you.

Calling for electricians in Shoreline, WA to handle the installation of smoke detectors for your home is a smart idea that will make sure you have the peace of mind of a system guarding your family’s safety. Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. for setting up smoke detectors, as well as other home safety and security appliances like whole-house surge protectors and generators.

Why Hire a Professional for Smoke Detector Installation

One of the best ways to know that you can depend on your smoke detector when it’s needed (while hoping that you never need it) is to have it hard-wired into your home’s electrical system. This way it won’t depend on batteries that can run out. The smoke detector will still require batteries as a back-up in case of a power loss, but you will have the extra security that you can’t get from a standard battery-powered system.

These smoke detectors that are hard-wired into your home’s 120V household electrical circuits will need connections to other detectors in the house (if you have more than one). All the units will sound off simultaneously should one of them detect smoke or a rise in carbon monoxide.

Not only will professional electricians manage all the wiring to install and connect the multiple smoke detectors, they will also take care of getting the necessary permits to run the electrical cables or install a circuit on the breaker panel to provide power for the detectors. Professionals will see that everything is up to the local electrical code. (Ironically, poor installation of smoke detectors can lead to fire hazards.)

Make certain that your smoke detectors receive regular inspections and maintenance after they are installed. The same electricians who performed the installation will also take care of seeing that the system is always ready to guard your family against the dangers of house fires.

G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. has skilled electricians in Shoreline, WA to install, maintain, and repair smoke detectors. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and we can go over your options for hard-wired smoke detectors.

Why DIY Air Conditioning Installation Isn’t a Good Idea

August 12th, 2014 by Roger Thompson

DIY can seem easy for anyone when you watch it on TV, but the truth is that many home and property projects are not good choices to do yourself. One type of home project that is better left to a professional is air conditioning installation. Since 1977, G&S Heating, Cooling & Electric, Inc. has helped customers with air conditioning installation in Shoreline.  We’ve seen first-hand the many problems that can arise from DIY AC installations. Before you move ahead with installing your own air conditioning, consider the following reasons why it’s better to use a trained professional.

DIY Can Cost You Money

There are a few ways DIY can cost you more money than hiring a professional:

  • You miss out on special savings – professional HVAC companies purchase equipment and components at lower rates, and these savings can be passed on to our customers.
  • Mistakes can be costly – air conditioning systems are complex, which leaves a lot of room to make mistakes. Mistakes can cost you money, which may add up significantly.
  • Incorrect sizing – purchasing the wrong-sized air conditioner is a common problem with DIY due to incorrect cooling load calculations. Trained technicians know how to correctly calculate cooling loads, ensuring you install the right-sized air conditioner for your home.
  • Safety – air conditioning systems are electro-mechanical appliances, meaning they are not just mechanically sophisticated, they are also electrically complex. In addition, they need refrigerant to run, a chemical that requires a special certification to handle. Unless you are extremely knowledgeable about all of these things, you may be putting yourself and your home at risk.
  • Expeditious installation – professional HVAC technicians install air conditioning systems every day. As a result, they have a level of speed with installation you most likely can’t match.

Always Call an HVAC Expert

It’s important to save money, but when it comes to DIY versus hiring a professional, you need to take a very close look at what you’d really be saving when handling certain home-based projects on your own. Air conditioners are complex systems that require a lot of knowledge and experience for proper installation; if you don’t have it, it may be time to consider using a professional.

Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electric, Inc., today and schedule a consultation with one of our installation experts.

Can I Keep Up with Fuse Box Repairs or Should I Upgrade?

August 8th, 2014 by Roger Thompson

If your home has a fuse box, it means it has older wiring. This is not automatically a bad thing—the wiring put in was up to code at the time of installation—nor does it mean your home is unsafe. If the fuse box malfunctions, you can choose to have it repaired instead of replaced with an upgrade to a circuit breaker panel.

However, is this actually the best choice? You may wish to look into replacing the aging fuse box with a new electrical panel. We’ll explain why this might be the better option. For a professional opinion as well as the necessary electrical system repairs in Mill Creek, WA, contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We have many years of experience working with fuse boxes and circuit breaker panels.

Switching From Fuses to Circuit Breakers

A fuse box and wiring can wear down over time like anything else in a home. If your house is old enough to have a fuse box, chances are strong that it and the wiring are starting to deteriorate and will begin to malfunction more and more often. You can expect to require a larger number of repairs, and in the long run it isn’t worth it to keep patching up a fuse box and aging circuitry.

An old fuse box will also have trouble keeping pace with growing household energy demands. When the fuse box was first put it, there were lower voltage demands on the circuits in most houses than there are today. Your home likely uses more power than it did only 10 years ago, and the fuse box may not be enough to handle this higher power load.

Finally, fuse boxes are simply less convenient than circuit breaker panels. Instead of replacing fuses when they get blown, you only have to reset the tripped breaker.

Replacing a fuse box with a circuit breaker panel does more than simply tear out one component and put in a new one. The wiring around the panel will probably also need to be replaced with upgraded wiring so that it matches the capacity of the new installation.

Keep that old wiring in mind as well. This might be a good time to schedule a whole-house re-wiring to go along with the circuit breaker. This will bring your home up to current electrical code requirements, offer more efficient power, and lessen issues from outages.

We strongly urge homeowners who still have fuse boxes to make the change to the modern electrical panel.

Call on G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to help you make the choice and then perform the installation work so you can avoid unnecessary electrical system repairs in Mill Creek, WA in the future.

What to Expect During a Routine Maintenance Appointment

August 5th, 2014 by Roger Thompson

In the summertime, you may look forward to running your air conditioner in the middle of a long, hot day. But this summertime wear and tear may eventually cause problems for your AC that could lead to costly repairs. If you haven’t already scheduled air conditioning maintenance for the summer, now is the best time to contact a technician who can restore efficiency and performance to your system and keep your air conditioner running smoothly for the rest of the season.

If you’ve never called for air conditioning maintenance, you may be unsure of what to expect. During a repair call, a technician fixes your system to get everything back in working order. During a maintenance visit, a technician performs services that restore efficiency and prevent damage to your system.

  • Clean System Components: Dirty air conditioning components may interfere with heat exchange, while debris may damage mechanical parts. Debris in the fan motor, for example, may cause the outdoor fan to turn too slowly. Since the evaporator and condenser coil help refrigerant to remove heat, a dirty coil may restrict heat absorption, causing your home to feel warmer and your energy bills to rise. A technician will check these and other parts that may need to be cleaned.
  • Check Refrigerant Levels: Low refrigerant levels often indicate a leak, which should be repaired immediately to avoid a sudden breakdown. Refrigerant absorbs the heat in your home and releases it outdoors. Low levels can decrease efficiency and may lead to major repair needs, such as compressor damage.
  • Inspect Your System for Repair Needs: Another important step of routine air conditioning maintenance is inspection. You may have a damaged AC component that you have not noticed. If there is damage that needs immediate attention, the technician will let you know so that you can schedule repairs as soon as possible.

For air conditioning maintenance in Mill Creek, WA, call one of the experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. With our Pre Paid Maintenance Program, you’ll receive twice yearly maintenance and valuable discounts. Pick up the phone today!

Ductless vs. Central: Which Is Better?

August 1st, 2014 by Roger Thompson

When your home or new room extension does not have any ductwork, you have two options available for efficient air conditioning: ductless or central. Central air conditioning, the most popular form of AC found in homes, involves adding ductwork to the home, while ductless air conditioning is growing in popularity because of the ease of installation and many other advantages. However, choosing which system is right for your home depends upon what factors are most important to you.

What are the Benefits of Central Air Conditioning?

For some, adding ductwork to the home is not a possibility. But for others, the benefits of central air conditioning may be worth the hassle.

  • Low-Cost Installation: If you already have ductwork in your home, installing central air conditioning is usually the least expensive option.
  • No Visible Air Handlers: Some people may be put off by the indoor air handlers of ductless systems. These units are mounted high on the walls or suspended from the ceilings, whereas ducts are hidden from view.

What are the Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioning?

  • No Duct Losses: Unfortunately, many ducts eventually begin to leak because they are poorly installed or insulated, or else they develop loose connections over time. This costs homeowners a lot every month in energy spending, a problem that will never occur with a ductless system.
  • Zone Control: All ductless systems with multiple air handlers allow you to control the temperature in any room separately from the other indoor units. This means that family members with different preferences can adjust the temperature to their needs in separate zones. You can also save money by setting the AC to a higher temperature in areas of the home that go unoccupied throughout the day.
  • High SEER: Often, ductless air conditioners are more energy-efficient than ducted systems, and not only due to zone control or the elimination of duct losses. Ductless air conditioners often have a higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) than ducted systems, allowing for even more savings every month.

You don’t have to make the decision on your own. Call the professionals at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today for more information about ductless air conditioning installation in Lynnwood, WA.

Why Hire a Professional Electrician for Your Indoor Lighting

July 31st, 2014 by Roger Thompson

Hiring a professional electrician to help you redesign your indoor lighting is an excellent way to give your home a fresh look without having to opt for extensive remodeling work. You will also want to hire a professional to handle the indoor lighting installation for new home construction or during a large house/room redesign.

Indoor lighting installation is a job to leave to professionals. Although you may feel tempted to take this on as a DIY project or have amateur offering “bargain” rates to do the work, there are a number of reasons that you should instead call a company experienced with electrical installation in Lynnwood, WA. G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. has more than 35 years of experience in the Puget Sound area with all types of electrical installation work.

Reasons to Go Professional for Your Indoor Lighting Installation

  • Better, more attractive design: Indoor lighting requires an eye toward how to place the fixtures and what type to place in order to create the lighting effects that you want. Expert electricians know how powerful a light you will need for soft, low-glare lighting, and how to create the right kind of accenting that will make your home’s interior attractive without creating unpleasant glares and harsh shadowing.
  • Increased efficiency: A poorly done lighting installation will mean excess electrical power going to lights that aren’t doing the best job they could. An electrician will make sure that your new lights do not waste energy.
  • Stay up to code: This is critical: your home must remain within the safety restrictions of the local version of the National Electrical Code. The application of the NEC differs from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but a professional electrician will know the code for your area and see that your lighting lives up to it.
  • Speed: When you consider that amount of time it will take you to try to perform the indoor installation yourself (or to let amateurs try to fumble through the process), the small savings you might receive are simply not worth it.

Whether you are remodeling, building a new home, adding on a room, or simply upgrading your current lighting to something more modern and attractive, contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. and speak to our experts in electrical installation in Lynnwood, WA. They will be happy to go over your proposed project and give you the professional assistance you need to get the most attractive, energy-efficient, and safe indoor lighting possible.

What Happens During a Geothermal Installation?

July 25th, 2014 by Roger Thompson

Are you interested in something different for your air conditioning replacement? You don’t have to opt for a standard central AC, especially if you would like to find a way to save on bills, go for many years before the next replacement, and benefit the environment. To have all these benefits and more, you can choose installation of a geothermal heat pump, which can both heat and cool your home using the stable temperature of the earth as its medium for heat exchange.

You may at first shy away from this suggestion: doesn’t geothermal require an enormous amount of planning, labor, and digging? It’s true that geothermal installation is not a simple task, but that’s why you hire experts like the team at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to handle all the hard work. We’ll explain a bit more about what occurs during installation to show you what the process actually involves: it’s faster and easier than you might guess.

The Stages of Geothermal Installation

The first part of installation is planning how best to place the ground loops that will carry the refrigerant in your property. A geothermal design specialist will determine the right configuration for the loops (vertical or horizontal) and where they should be placed to work most efficiently.

The next stage is to install the indoor heat pump components and connect them to your ventilation system. This process is the same for a standard heat pump or air conditioner, and usually the new system can connect to the current ductwork with no changes.

The outdoor work now begins. An above-ground pump and manifold are put in, while the ground loops are set into their configurations along wooden frames and then attached together. The installers dig the trenches to the depth necessary to take advantage of the stable temperature below the frost line (usually this is around 10 feet deep). The grounds loops are then laid flat at the bottom of the trenches.

The ends up the loops are attached to the manifold. The technicians will put the system through a few hours of tests to see that there are no leaks or any other issues. They then fill in the trenches and re-landscape the lawn to return your property to the way they found it.

The installation work can sometimes take 6 days to complete. But here’s something to consider: the buried coils can often last more than 50 years! That’s more than twice the life you will get from a standard air conditioner or heat pump. When you look at the longevity and the potential savings, the actual work of installation is a small and worthwhile investment.

Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. for an appointment with one of our geothermal design specialist. It may turn out that a geothermal heat pump is the best of all possible options for your air conditioning replacement in Lynwood, WA.