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

Why You Don’t Have Consistent Hot Water

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

One of the best features of the modern plumbing system is the water heater. Hot and warm water makes cleaning and showering easier and far more bearable. And most likely, you rarely run into the need for hot water heater services. However, you may have been in a situation before in which you don’t feel enough hot water from the unit. Or, maybe you notice sporadic bursts of warm and cool water. There could be a number of reasons for this. Unfortunately, it could mean that your water heater is almost ready to be replaced. On the other hand, it could indicate any of the following problems, all of which require a technician for repairs.

Call the skilled technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. any time you aren’t satisfied with the level of heating from your water heater.

  • Dirty Burner – The problem may just be that the burners are dirty, leading to inadequate heating. You should still allow a technician to do the cleaning and inspect the unit so that you can rest easy knowing that there is not a larger problem contributing to the lack of heat.
  • Broken Dip Tube – The dip tube lets cold water into the bottom of the tank, where it heats up before rising to the top of the tank. If your dip tube breaks or cracks, cold water may make its way to the top of the tank.
  • Thermostat Trouble – A thermostat monitors the temperature of the water, but this may fail or become miscalibrated over time and require replacement.
  • Improper Sizing – It could be that your water heater was not sized properly in the first place. If you have a large household with a high demand for hot water, you need a large system to accommodate your family. If the unit is not the right size for your needs, it can run into trouble, and you may need to schedule replacement services prematurely.

We have the right amount of experience to inspect the unit thoroughly and find the right solution.

Allow the skilled technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to service your hot water heater in Redmond before attempting any repairs on your own.

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What Can a Smart Thermostat Do for My Home?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Smart thermostats are all the rage in the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) industry today, as more and more homeowners switch over to a more efficient, “smarter” way of controlling their heating and AC systems. You might have seen smart thermostats advertised on TV, on the web, or in print recently, but you still may feel as though your existing thermostat works just fine and that a replacement would be costly. Thermostats may run into trouble over time, but you don’t have to wait for this to occur before purchasing a new unit. Smart thermostats can help make your family more comfortable, save you money and time, and give you peace of mind over the state of your system from day to day.

A smart thermostat is mounted on the wall just like any other thermostat, but it can also be controlled wirelessly—with your smart phone or tablet. Simply download an application (or view a website on any computer with internet access) and you can view the current conditions in the home and make some adjustments to the programming. Coming home late from your dentist appointment? Delay the heater for another hour to avoid paying for excessive energy usage. Bringing your kids home early from school? Tap into the system right before you pick them up so that the perfect temperatures are waiting for them upon arrival.

Smart thermostats reduce energy use by allowing you to see which times of day your unit consumes the most energy and learning to adjust to the most efficient temperature while you’re away and while you’re home. This is a great step in “going green” and using as few fossil fuels as possible without upgrading your system entirely. Furthermore a smart thermostat learns your patterns and preferences, usually within a week. Eventually, it will automatically adjust to the most efficient temperature while you’re away, after you’ve programmed it for several days. And don’t worry about changing the settings when you’re home early unexpectedly; a smart thermostat can usually differentiate between permanent changes in your habits and temporary adjustments for an unexpected occurrence.

We can install it in the most efficient location possible and make sure it is wired properly as we have years of experience setting up all kind of thermostats in Redmond and the surrounding areas.

Contact the professionals at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today to install a new digital, wireless, or smart thermostat.

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When Is the Right Time to Schedule Service for a Geothermal System?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Geothermal heating and cooling systems are praised for their ability to last for many years and run efficiently with very few repairs. Because of this, you may assume you won’t have to call an HVAC technician to your home for years to come after installation, but this isn’t necessarily true. There are a couple of instances when you should have a technician visit your home, and most experts recommend scheduling service at least once a year. The following advice can help you to decide when it’s the right time for geothermal service in Redmond.

Annual Maintenance

While you may be able to get by without many repairs for several years, neglecting to call for geothermal service can come with a cost. Although your system may appear to be in top working order, you’ll never know unless you call an expert for a maintenance visit. Professional maintenance can help your unit to run more efficiently, reduce the potential for repairs, and keep your unit in top shape for the rest of the year. Experts will clean and adjust various components of your system and perform a thorough inspection so you can have some peace of mind about the working order of your unit.

When to Schedule Repairs

It’s important to remember that you should never wait to schedule geothermal repairs. If you notice any sort of problem with your geothermal system, from a major breakdown to a small noise in the ducts, you should call for service right away as the problem may be more than you expect. While reduced cooling or heating power, for example, could be due to a loose part, it could also mean a major refrigerant leak that is causing other parts in your unit to struggle.

Make sure to schedule repairs as soon as possible with professionals who know the ins and outs of geothermal systems. These units are much different from standard air conditioners and could take the inexperienced contractor too long to diagnose and repair. Call as soon as you notice strange noises, reduced heating, or any other problem with the unit—big or small.

G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. offers superior geothermal service from professionals trained on both vertical and horizontally installed geothermal units of all sizes models.

Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today to schedule geothermal service in Redmond.

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Benefits of a Whole-House Generator

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The ability to power our appliances, gadgets and electronics with electricity in our homes is truly one of the greatest luxuries that we enjoy. If you have ever experienced a power outage, even a relatively short one, you know just how disruptive living without electricity can be. When you consider the fact that your furnace, air conditioning system, refrigerator, microwave and so many other items you depend on every day run on electricity, it becomes very clear just how important this resource is. If you live in an area prone to power outages, or you just want to be prepared for the next big storm, call the Redmond, WA electrical technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to discuss the benefits of a whole-house generator.

The major benefit that a whole-house generator offers is that you can have it wired directly into your electrical panel, allowing you to run a number of different appliances and electronics off of it. In order to do so, of course, it is important that you schedule your whole-house generator installation with a qualified electrician. This is the only way to be sure that your whole-house generator will operate safely and efficiently. Unlike a portable generator, which allows you to plug a few different items directly into it, a whole-house generator lets you run a great variety of different devices, depending on the size and power of the system. Discuss your electrical needs with a professional electrician to ensure that you generator can handle the load you need to ask of it.

Another great benefit of a whole-house generator is that an automatic standby model will come on all on its own in the event of a power outage. This means that you do not even have to be home to start it up in order to keep your refrigerator running or even important medical equipment operational. Contact us today to learn more.

When the power goes out in your neighborhood, a whole-house generator can really help keep your home up and running. Call the Redmond, WA electrical technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today to learn more about the benefits of a whole house generator. We have the knowledge and training necessary to ensure that your whole-house generator is there for you when you need it most.

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Benefits of Using an Attic Fan During the Summer

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Everyone likes to keep their homes cool and comfortable throughout the hottest time of the year. Of course, high energy costs can sometimes be a bit prohibitive for some of us attempting to do so. At G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. we believe that everyone deserves to be comfortable in their home, no matter how high energy costs may rise. That is why we are so proud to offer exceptional products and services to help keep your home comfortable as efficiently as possible. Contact us today to learn more. Here is some information from our Redmond, WA electrical technicians about the benefits of using an attic fan during the summer.

Anyone that has ever gone up into their attic during the summer months knows that it can be absolutely sweltering up there. The problems with having such a hot area at the top of your house have much more serious implications than simply making it uncomfortable to have to go up there, though. It is possible for this heat to radiate throughout your home, counteracting your air conditioning system’s best efforts to keep your house comfortable. Not only will this decrease your comfort, but it can put the condition of your air conditioning system at risk as well.

As more and more heat radiates throughout the surfaces of your home, your air conditioning system is going to work harder and harder for longer periods of time as it attempts to reverse this warming action. This places a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on your AC, which can ultimately lead to system damages. An attic fan can help you avoid such situations.

An attic fan helps to ventilate your attic so that your air conditioner will not have to work as hard to cool it down. Considering how hot your attic gets, bringing in outdoor air is a great way to even out temperatures. You do not want to waste money using your air conditioning system to cool an uninhabited attic. With an attic fan you can remove a lot of stress from the shoulders of your AC.

To learn more about the benefits of using and attic fan during the summer, contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today. We’ll help you get the performance you need from your attic fan. The Redmond, WA electrical pros on our team can answer any questions you may have.

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Redmond, WA Electrical Tip: Electrical Improvements You Can Make This Spring

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

It is common to hear homeowners talk about spring cleaning when the weather starts to warm up, but don’t think that you need to stop at cleaning out the garage when it comes to springtime home improvements. Sure, it’s great to clear out some of the old items that have accumulated and to get the lawn ready for summer. You may also want to consider upgrading your electrical system once spring arrives as well, though. This is a great way to add value to your home while also making it a safer, more efficient place to live. Contact the Redmond, WA electrical technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to learn more.

A very basic, but very beneficial, electrical upgrade that you can make throughout your house is to replace any old, two-pronged outlets with more modern GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets. These outlets will protect you from electric shocks should any current leak out. Protect yourself and your electrical equipment by installing grounded outlets this spring.

You may also want to consider upgrading your breaker box if it is getting older. If you still have an old fuse box in your home, you should definitely speak with an Redmond, WA electrician about upgrading to a circuit breaker. Older homes simply were not designed to meet the needs of the many different electronics and electrical appliances that we now use in our day to day lives. Do not let outdated equipment damage your devices or create an unsafe environment in your home. Give us a call to discuss upgrading your breaker box today.

If you have any concerns about the wiring in your home, spring is the perfect time to have your electrical system inspected. If there are any problems with your wiring, now is the time to schedule rewiring service with your professional electrician. Access to dependable electricity is one of the greatest luxuries we have. Make sure you are able to enjoy it safely in your home.

For more ideas about springtime electrical upgrades, contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today. We can help you make the right decisions about your electrical system. Call now to schedule Redmond, WA electrical services with a company you can count on.

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Redmond WA Electrical FAQ: Why Should I Get a Whole-Home Surge Protector?

Monday, April 1st, 2013

At G & S Heating, Cooling & Electric, we believe that all of our customers deserve the greatest convenience and comfort possible in their homes. Unfortunately, not every aspect of life can be controlled. It is these unforeseen events that really put our planning to the test. After all, just because we do not know when something may happen does not mean that we cannot prepare for it. That is why the Redmond, WA electrical technicians on our team recommend that homeowners invest in a whole-home surge protector. This is a great way to help protect your comfort and convenience at home.

When many people think of surge protectors, they picture the type that plugs into an outlet and can have multiple devices plugged into it. These power strips are fine for some applications, but to protect all of your electrical equipment in the event of a power surge, a whole-home surge protector is ideal. While smaller surge protectors at individual outlets throughout your home are a great way to protect your stereo, television or computer, a whole-home surge protector connect outside your breaker box and protects the major systems in your home, including your heating and air conditioning system, as well as appliances such as water heaters and refrigerators.

In the event of a major power surge spanning your home, your air conditioning system will be kept operational and you will not need to worry about spoiled food in your refrigerator. Because of the complexity and electrical work involved in the installation of a whole-home air conditioner, it is necessary that a professional Redmond, WA electrician handle the installation. Under no circumstances should anyone other than a skilled, certified electrician attempt to service any component of your electrical system. Doing so puts that individual at risk of injury, and improper electrical work can create a dangerous situation within your home.

For more information about the installation of a whole-home surge protector or how they work, contact G & S Heating, Cooling & Electric. We can answer any questions you may have. For all your Redmond electrical services, we are the company you can count on.

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Seattle HVAC Tip: How Often Should I Have My Geothermal System Checked?

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The beauty of a geothermal system in Seattle is that is requires very little maintenance. They have fewer mechanical components are than other heating systems – and most of these components are underground or inside, shielded from the outdoor elements. The underground tubing usually is guaranteed to last 25-50 years and inside components are easily accessible for servicing.

Nonetheless, keeping a geothermal system working at peak efficiency is very important. If the geothermal system loses some of its efficiency, it will cost home and building owners money in energy costs, which makes little sense since geothermal system installation costs are higher than most other heating systems.

Its key component is the ground loop system, polyethelene tubing which carries refrigerant from below the Earth’s surface and back to an above-ground compressor. When installed correctly, the buried ground loop can last for decades. A leak in the metal tubing is usually the only problem if the ground loop is not installed correctly. In the case of a leak, it may be necessary to dig up the tubing – often installed at least ten feet below the surface – and repair the leak.

Other geothermal system components include its air handling unit, compressor, and pump. These components require periodic system checks by qualified professional heating and cooling technicians. Maintenance normally requires filter changes and component lubrication, to name the most common. It is recommended that an experienced technician perform a multiple-point inspection of the geothermal system components, usually during regularly scheduled annual or bi-annual service calls. To schedule your appointment today, give G & S a call today!

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Signs of a Broken Air Conditioning Compressor in Puget Sound

Monday, May 21st, 2012

The air compressor is a key portion of any air conditioning unit in Puget Sound, and when it is failing it is important to try and catch the warning signs so you do not have to pay to much to replace it.  Here are a few examples of sigs you will notice during air conditioning maintenance, and a few solutions you might be able to apply.

When you start your air conditioning unit, does it start smoothly, or does it sound like it is jerking on, and not everything is turning on in unison?  If the air conditioner jerks on that is called a hard-start, and it is one of the first signs that your compressor is struggling.  Noises coming from your air conditioning unit will always be a good indication of how it is operating.   If there is clanking, buzzing, grumbling, or just anything outside the realm of a fan and electric humming noise there is a good chance that air conditioner repairs are needed.

If you are familiar with how to open up your AC unit, try to locate the compressor motor.  If you can tell that the wiring has shorted out, or the wiring has become irreparably tarnished this is an indication that your compressor, or motor has to be replaced.

A few obvious signs that your compressor is broken, is if the circuit breaker shorts off every time the AC unit turns on, or the unit just hums when it is turned on.  It is important to not completely give up on the compressor though, because if the unit is not turning on there could just be a loose electrical connection.  A professional HVAC technician should really repair these electrical problems.

If you are not receiving optimal performance from your cooling system call G & S Heating and Cooling to have our team of HVAC technicians service your cooling equipment.

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How Long Does it Take to Install Geothermal Heating in Lynnwood?

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Switching to geothermal heating in Lynnwood is a big step and can be a sound investment, but many homeowners are nervous about having their yard dug up. Just how long do you have to have your life and yard disrupted for a geothermal installation? It depends on the type of installation, but probably not as long as you think.

Horizontal Straight Loop

This is probably the most common type of geothermal configuration for residential homes. The necessary coolant pipes are buried about five feet below the ground in parallel lengths, like matches in a box. Depending on weather and soil conditions, this kind of installation can usually be completed in a day or two.

Horizontal Coiled Loop

This configuration is very similar to the horizontal straight loop, with the major difference being that the pipes are in coils instead of just straight lengths. This allows more surface area in a smaller space, which can be good for homes with small yards.

This type of installation requires some more digging because of the height of the loops, but again can still be done in just a couple of days.

Vertical Loop

In this configuration, the coolant pipes are installed side by side, but they run vertically straight into the ground instead of laying flat as in the horizontal straight loop. This type of installation is usually used only in commercial settings where space is at a premium, making horizontal configurations impossible.

The complexity and added labor of the vertical loop often makes it prohibitively expensive for home applications, and also means it takes longer to install. Count on this taking up to four days.

Pond Loop

This configuration is the easiest, cheapest and quickest, but can only be used on sites where there is a suitable body of water nearby. Rather than digging trenches and laying pipes into them, coils are floated on top of a pond and then sunk to the bottom, taking advantage of the existing geothermal energy of the pond itself.

A pond loop installation can be done in as little as one day, provided conditions are adequate.

For more clarification please call G & S Heating, Cooling, & Electric.

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