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

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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Ask Our Electricians: What Is Knob and Tube Wiring?

Monday, March 12th, 2018

stripping-wiresWe do not expect our clients to have a great understanding of how their electrical systems work. That’s what our fine electricians in Marysville, WA are here for. As a homeowner, however, you should have some idea of how your system works—as well as why you may have some concerns about its components, including its wiring. If you live in an older home, then you may have knob and tube wiring in place.

While this is not the disaster that some outlets would lead you to believe, it is a good idea to have your system updated if this is the case. Today, we are going to talk about what knob and tube wiring actually is, and why using it in your home is not really ideal. As always, we urge you to contact a member of our team with any questions that you may have. Remember, only licensed, professional electricians are qualified to service your electrical system.

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Do You Smell Burning in Your Home?

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Assuming that you haven’t just left the oven on a little to long, any burning odor coming from within your home could indicate a seriously dangerous situation. Don’t wait for smoke to billow or fires to break out before doing something about it. A burning odor could mean that there is a problem with your heating or electrical system.

Of course, there’s really no way for you to know for certain where this burning odor originates. That is why you are wise to contact our team when such odors present themselves. We excel in heating and electrical services in Lake Stevens, WA, and we’ll get to the bottom of the problem and resolve it entirely.

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Why Might I Need Electrical Rewiring Services?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

The electrical system in your home is something that you can probably not imagine living without. Not only does your electrical system allow you to keep your home comfortable throughout the year by powering your HVAC systems, but it also allows you to charge the many gadgets and devices that help you to keep yourself entertained and make your life more convenient. Needless to say, you should take any steps necessary in order to ensure that you are able to use electricity in your home effectively, reliably and safely. Unfortunately for some, that may require the rewiring of one’s home.

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Upgrades for a 100 Year Old Home: A Guide From Edmonds

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Many people like older homes in Edmonds, but at a certain point, the age of a home can be a bit of a turnoff. It’s not the architecture – old homes are magnificently built and tend to have more character in the woodwork and nooks and crannies than any new home. But, when you move beyond how impressive early 20th century (or earlier) architecture is, you might find a number of maintenance and upkeep issues that have only been made worse by the passage of time.

Common Problems to Watch For

As with a 50 year old home, materials are a big issue. You need to have your home tested for lead paint and asbestos – both things that can be incredibly dangerous for every resident, especially children. These are very likely to be a part of the home if it hasn’t been remodeled in the last 30 years.

Additionally, older homes have much greater ratios of ventilation. If insulation has not been added in the last 25 years to cover those vents and gaps, your home will be very drafty, which is uncomfortable in the winter and costly year round. Make sure to have your home sealed up as soon as possible.

Upgrades You Can Make

Electricity is another major issue in older homes. While most old homes have been owned multiple times and likely upgraded since they were built, occasionally you will run across a house with extremely old wiring. That might mean a low capacity panel box or single strand wiring. Either way, it’s unsafe and unstable – for modern appliances and electronics you’ll need to upgrade that wiring as soon as possible.

The Joy of an Older Home

Despite all of the potential problems an old home might offer, there are plenty of benefits. Established neighborhoods, solid construction, and the ability to alter your home however you want are all positives you can’t overlook when buying a home. Just make sure you’re fully aware of what you’re getting into.

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