G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Electrical Repair’

Does My Home Need New Wiring?

Monday, 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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Signs of Trouble with Your Electrical System

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

When it comes to your electrical system, you really cannot afford to take any chances. Not only do you rely on electricity far too much to risk losing it in your home for any period of time, but problems with your electrical system could also be quite dangerous in certain instances. If you suspect that you have any such problems, dial our number right away.

Of course, the only way in which to resolve any electrical problems promptly is to learn to recognize the potential signs of trouble with your electrical system. We’ll help you to do just that. Read on, and remember to schedule your electrical services in Marysville, WA with a member of our staff.

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3 Situations in Which to Call an Electrician

Monday, July 6th, 2015

In many instances, it will be pretty obvious that you need to call an electrician when a problem develops. However, you must keep in mind that you don’t have to have your power cut out entirely or suffer electrical shocks when plugging in appliances to have problems in need of professional attention. Some issues tend to go under reported by homeowners, often at the risk of their own safety. If you find yourself in any such situation, you really must schedule professional electrical repairs in Everett, WA immediately. When the time comes to do so, make sure that you dial our number. The professional electricians on the G & S Heating Cooling & Electric team are here to do the job right. 

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3 Common Signs That You Need Electrical Repair

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Our electrical systems play a major role in our day to day lives. From hot water delivered by electric water heaters to our air conditioning systems which cool our homes, to simply illuminating our living spaces so that we can navigate them safely and conveniently, it is impossible to overstate just how vital reliable electricity is. Of course, there are a number of problems which may arise and cause trouble with your electrical system. Here are a few examples of some common signs that it is time for electrical repair services in North Seattle. If you have any further questions, just give us a call. G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. is here to help you get the most from your electrical system. 

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3 Considerations When Repairing Outdoor Lighting

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Whether the lights outside your home are functional or part of the décor, they are one of the most powerful parts of the electrical system. Because of the high amounts of energy these lights use, they sometimes malfunction and require repairs.

If you have trouble with your outdoor lighting and need electrical repair in North Seattle , WA, you should have top-level experts on the job. G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., has the staff ready to do whatever job is necessary to restore your lights and make them even better than before.

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The Case of the Flickering Light

Friday, April 17th, 2015

As a homeowner, you have to make certain that the various parts of your home are not only in good working order, but also safe. Electrical problems tend to occur from time to time, and the flickering light is one of the most common. But why does this happen? What should do about it? How can you prevent it from happening? Our electricians offer outstanding electrical repair for such problems, and we can make sure that your entire network of indoor and outdoor lights operates just as it should.

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3 Causes of Electrical Issues in Your Home

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Most people don’t think about all the switches and connections that happen when you flick a switch or hit the power button on an appliance – at least, not until the item doesn’t work. The electricity in your home travels over an amazing, complex system, and there can be a lot of reasons why you may need electrical repair in Snohomish. Here are some of the more common ones:

Bad Wiring

Whether you inherited bad wiring or had the misfortune of working with someone who installed your wiring incorrectly, bad wiring is a serious problem that should be attended to right away. Bad wiring can cause dimming and/or flickering of lights, trip circuit breakers, discolor outlets and cause electrical items to short. All of these issues can be dangerous for you and your home, so if you are seeing signs of bad wiring, call for electrical help immediately.

Faulty/Undersized Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers are not one-size-fits all, and there are 3 important items to review before installing any circuit breaker into an electrical box: the load capacity, whether or not the breaker is compatible with the others in your electrical panel and the limitations of a particular circuit breaker, which will tell you how and what a circuit breaker will protect. Faulty circuit breakers need to be replaced as they cannot be repaired.

Improperly Sized Electrical Panel

The electrical panel in your home is designed to deliver and manage a specific amount of electricity. If the panel is too small, you may trip circuit breakers consistently, causing appliances to shut down. Having too much power flow through your electrical box has the potential to give electrical shocks and cause fires. Adding a room to your home requires more than just adding another circuit breaker; the panel has to be able to deliver and manage the needed electricity for the new space. This is why it’s important to always hire a professional for all electrical work.

If you are experiencing electrical issues in your home, don’t try to repair the problems yourself. Instead, call the people you can trust: 3 Causes of Electrical Issues in Your Home.

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How to Spot an Electrical Hazard in Your Home

Friday, November 14th, 2014

What would our lives be like without electricity? Electricity is a necessary utility in today’s world, required for a variety of work and entertainment tasks and to power the appliances used throughout the home. However, if your wiring is not set up properly, you may be facing an electrical hazard that could cause a family member to become injured or start an electrical fire.

In general, you should follow standard safety procedures around the home to prevent problems, like shutting off the power from the service panel before attempting any electrical repairs and making sure not to overload electrical outlets. Furthermore, any unusual power surge or unusual behavior from your lights and appliances indicates a problem that requires immediate attention from an electrician. The following guide contains just a few indications that your home may be at risk for a major electrical issue.

No GFCI Outlet in the Kitchen or Bathroom

The GFCI outlet helps protect you and your family members from electrical shocks. You may recognize this type of outlet—equipped with both a “test” and “reset” button—from the inside of many kitchens. These are located in the kitchen because, as we all know, water and electricity do not mix. Water interrupts the regular flow of electrical current so that it may flow through you instead. When the GFCI outlet senses that the electrical current is not flowing as it should, it immediately shuts off. If this type of outlet is missing from your bathroom or kitchen, you should call an electrician as soon as possible.

Hot Dimmer Switches

Another cause for immediate electrical repair is excessively hot dimmer switches. If you have dimmer switches in your home and one or more feels very hot to the touch, this is not normal. It most likely means that the dimmer switch is overloaded, exceeding the maximum allowable wattage.

Circuit Breaker Trips Frequently

If the circuit breaker seems to frequently trip for no reason, it could indicate an overloaded circuit or a short circuit. This can be caused by something plugged into an outlet or by the wiring itself.

When you suspect an electrical emergency, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. for electrical repairs in Marysville.

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What to Do in Case of an Electrical Emergency

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

An electrical emergency can cover a number of different situations. If the emergency is someone suffering from a severe electrical shock, you need to call 9-1-1 immediately for an ambulance. In this post we will deal with other types of electrical emergencies you may encounter in your home, such as sparking and power outages.

One piece of advice should stand atop everything else: call for the assistance of professional electricians when it comes to emergency repairs. You should never tamper with an electrical system on your own in an attempt to fix a problem, no matter how urgent it seems. The danger of electrocution or fire is high, and you cannot take the risk.

For fast service no matter the emergency, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We will send a licensed electrician to your home to take care of the problem and keep you and your household safe.

In case of an electrical fire…

Electrical fires are one of the more common ways that house fires start. If exposed wires, an electrical short, or a malfunctioning appliance triggers a fire, do not throw water on the flames. If an appliance is on fire, disconnect it from its power source if possible or shut down the power. Use a fire extinguisher if you have one. (If you don’t currently have an extinguisher in the house, put it on your immediate “to-do” list.) Call 9-1-1 if the fire continues. You will need to call electricians after the immediate danger is over to track down the cause of the fire and discover what repairs and new installations are necessary to prevent it from reoccurring.

In case of a power loss…

A power outage may come from the municipal grid, or it may be the result of issues with the electrical system in your home. If only your home is experiencing a black out, first check the circuit breaker panel to see if any tripped breakers are at fault. Then call for licensed electricians to look into the possible causes.

In case of power surges…

A power surge from a lightning strike or downed power line can cause damage to appliances, take out the power, or trigger an electrical fire. If this occurs in your home, you should consider contracting professional electricians to install a whole-house surge protector in the electrical panel so you will have few worries in the future.

Always remember, call emergency services first in the case of imminent danger such as fires or electricity. Once the immediate threat has ended, look to licensed electricians for repairs and other services that will prevent further problems and keep your home safe.

G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. is available for electrical repairs in Everett, WA. Call us today if you are experiencing troubles with your electrical system, and we will help prevent it from turning into an emergency.

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Are Sparking Outlets a Signs for Electrical Repair?

Monday, September 8th, 2014

In general, you don’t want anything in your home’s electrical system to create sparks. It’s usually a major warning sign that the system requires repairs. You should immediately stop using the sparking appliance and call for professional electricians.

However, sparks from outlets are something that homeowners often ignore. Its commonplace for a slight blue spark to appear when you plug an electrical appliance, like a vacuum cleaner or a toaster into a wall outlet: this is a visible effect from the start of the flow of electrons. However, larger sparks might begin to occur. When this happens, you need to call for professional electrical repairs as soon as possible. Under no circumstances should you attempt to open up the outlet cover and investigate the sparking on your own—this is potentially very hazardous.

For professional electrical repair service in Lynnwood, WA, you can trust to the decades of experience at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

What Is Wrong With An Outlet That Sparks This Way?

There are a number of possible causes for an outlet to develop the dangerous sparking that might lead to electrical fires. One of the common reasons is that the outlet has overheated and melted the insulation around the wires. (This is why you should never use an octopus plug to connect too many appliances into a single outlet at the same time; it’s easy for the outlet to overheat.) When the wires are exposed because of melted insulation, it can cause electrons to leap from the wire to the metal case or even the opposite wire. This is known as a short circuit. Short circuits are potentially very dangerous as sources of electrical fires. Most of the time, a short will cause the circuit breaker panel to trip and cut off the circuit to prevent further damage. Frequently tripped breakers are a major warning sign that your have trouble with an outlet.

However, if there are other problems with the wiring your home, a short circuit in an outlet could start a fire behind the walls. If you ignore major sparking from an outlet, this is one of the risks that you’ll take.

Fortunately, professional electricians are experienced with fixing and replacing faulty outlets to prevent the dangers of short circuits. You should watch out not only for sparking from outlets, but also outlets that feel hot to the touch or show signs of discoloration and charring on their surface. An outlet that continually trips circuit breakers also needs an electrician to investigate it.

Our electrical repair team at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. is ready to help you keep your home safe from faulty electrical systems. Call us the moment you think you need help.

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