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Protect Your Home Against Power Surges

December 17th, 2018

powerstripWe know how important it is for you to protect your home and property from damage. Today, we depend so much on our electrical devices and appliances to get through the day. We can’t imagine not having access to our washers, dryers, microwaves, computers, or our overhead lights. So, what were to happen if all these appliances stopped working at once?

A power surge is a very real threat to your home’s electric system, so it is important to invest in protecting your home against them. In the blink of an eye, all your favorite devices could be destroyed, and replacing them can cost you and your family thousands of dollars. It is better to invest now to avoid the destruction that a power surge can cause.

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Does My Home Need New Wiring?

December 3rd, 2018

stripping-wiresWe won’t try to sugar coat it for you: rewiring your home is a major undertaking. It is one that you may find yourself faced with at some point because, frankly, even the best electrical wiring systems are not going to last forever.  It doesn’t matter if you have ancient knob and tube wiring in your home or if your system is pretty modern but old and/or damaged nonetheless. Once you need rewiring, it is just is not the type of job that you can put off.

It is also certainly not the type of job that you can hope to have completed by a novice or by yourself and a few buddies, either. Every step of the electrical wiring process must be handled by trained, professional electricians—as is the case with any electrical repair in Lynnwood. That is why you should always keep our number handy! And now, let’s take a look at some of the warning signs that you need electrical repair in Lynnwood, WA.

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Why Are Whole-House Generators So Important?

November 19th, 2018

whole-house-generatorYou cannot prepare for everything. There are situations in life that will blindside you, and there are situations that you thought you might encounter eventually that will actually arrive much earlier than expected. That being said, we are big proponents for at least preparing for situations that are likely, and using a whole-house generator is definitely one way to do so. It is only a matter of time before your power goes out and stays out for more than a brief window.

When these power outages happen, is your home prepared? What does being prepared for such outages actually mean? If you ask our electricians, it means having a great whole-house generator in place. Why? We’ll get into that more below, but basically, it comes down to convenience and reliability. There is no situation in which a portable generator is better in the event of a power outage when it comes to keeping a whole house up and running.

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Why Do My Lights Flicker?

November 5th, 2018

an-incandescent-bulbWhen the lights flicker in your home, what do you think? That it adds a bit of spooky flair for the Halloween season? That it’s just a minor annoyance? That it’s time to buy a new lamp and leave the overheads alone? Too many homeowners fail to recognize flickering lights for what they really are—a sign that something potentially serious is wrong with your electrical system.

Is this always going to be the case? No, of course not. There are not any guarantees in life, positive or negative. Is it a chance you should be willing to take, though? Hoping for the best and ignoring the worst? Again, of course not. If you ignore this sign of trouble with your electrical system, you could be in for very costly repairs down the road—or even a dangerous situation. Contact our electricians in Lynnwood, WA, instead.

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How a Dirty Filter Affects Your Furnace

October 22nd, 2018

changing-air-filterWell, I invested in a good furnace, I had professionals install it, and I schedule annual tune-ups. Now I just kick back, relax, and enjoy a reliable, effective heating performance, right? 

The short answer, unfortunately, is no.  The slightly longer answer is that, even when you do everything right and as outlined above, there is one step that is too commonly overlooked: changing the air filter in your system.

The full answer lies below.

If you want to avoid the need for furnace repair in Marysville, WA, then scheduling routine maintenance and changing your air filter regularly are definitely the ways to go. While a professional technician will change your air filter during your tune-up, the fact is that once a year is just not enough. Read on to learn more about how a dirty air filter can negatively affect your furnace. Then, reach out to a member of our team with any questions that you may have. We can’t make your furnace 100% reliable, because no one can. We can help you to keep it as reliable as possible, though.

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What Do Heating Problems Look Like?

October 8th, 2018

cold-coupleWith temperatures hanging around in the fifties during the day and the forties at night, it’s safe to say that you’ll be counting on your heating system to keep you warm more and more in the coming days and weeks. That means that your heater really needs to be in the best working condition possible—at least if you want it to function as effectively and reliably as possible. And no, heater problems this early into the season are not unheard of. They’re not even that uncommon, actually.

So how can you tell if you need heating repair in Bothell, WA? One way is if your heater will not start up for you at all, obviously. Equally obviously, at least to us, is the fact that you really don’t want to wait for your system to break down entirely before you go ahead and schedule any repairs that it may need. Early intervention is always in your best interest, so here are a few examples of what heating problems may look (not to mention sound and smell!) like.

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It’s About Time for Heating Maintenance

September 24th, 2018

furnaceWhile you may not be quite ready to say goodbye to the warm summer weather, there is no denying the fact that the cooler time of year is well on its way to us. Get out and enjoy the pleasant days while they’re here, of course, but also start thinking about getting your heater ready for the chillier nights ahead! How can you ensure that you are able to heat your home with the success that you both demand and deserve?

Read the title above!

It is time to schedule heating maintenance in Everett, WA and the surrounding areas. The fact that winter around here can be comparably mild to those in other parts of the country does not mean that you can afford to take any chances with your home heating system. And, when you schedule your heating maintenance with us, you won’t have to! So read on, enjoy this refresher about all that heating maintenance has to offer you, and schedule service with our team today.

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How Do Smoke Detectors Work?

September 10th, 2018

smoke-detectorWe all want to live comfortably in our homes, and that is not really possible if we are not able to live safely in them. You cannot be truly comfortable if you are constantly concerned about worst case scenarios in your living space. That is precisely why modern homeowners have access to so many safety devices readily available for installation in their homes. Chief among these is the smoke detector.

Even the best smoke detector will fail to protect if not installed properly by an electrician in Shoreline, WA, of course.

Fortunately for you, you’re reading this right now. Why is this fortunate? Because it proves that you’ve already found an electrical company that you can trust to do the job the right way: us! Before you go investing in new smoke alarms for your home, we want to make sure that you have a basic understanding of how it is that you smoke detectors work. Read on, and be sure to reach out to us with any questions that you may have.

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Are Your Outlets Hot to the Touch?

August 27th, 2018

outletYou go to unplug your charger and notice that the outlet is unusually warm to the touch. What does this mean? Are you at risk for an electrical fire? There are many reasons why an electrical outlet could be hot, but pinpointing the cause of an electrical issue without the help of a trained professional can be exceedingly difficult. Our crew at G&S Heating Cooling & Electric is experienced in all types of Lynnwood, WA electrical repair, and we’re prepared to assist you with any of your electrical needs.

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Make Sure That Your Generator Is Working Properly

August 13th, 2018

residential generatorUgh, you may be saying to yourself, the last thing that I want to think about is a longlasting power outage. What are the chances of that happening, anyway? I’ll just deal with it when I need to. 

That is some seriously flawed thinking there.

Let us ask you some follow up questions.

What do you consider “longlasting”?

What are the chances of strong winds or heavy rains striking (hint: they’re good)?

How are you planning on “dealing with it”?

If your answer to that last question isn’t “by having a trained professional install a whole-house generator for me,” then this is the post for you! A whole-house generator is your best and sometimes only defense against the trouble and challenges that a prolonged power outage can lead to. That is why you need to know that your generator is in great working shape. If not, we can handle your generator repair in Everett,  WA—but it’s best to limit the need for such services.

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