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Here’s Why You Should Consider a Tankless Water Heater Installation

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

There are few acts as enjoyable as taking a nice, hot shower at the end of a long, stressful day, or even as you gear up to take one on each morning. Between showering, doing the dishes after dinner, and washing your whites, you likely go through a pretty substantial amount of hot water in your home. Hopefully, though, you are not hit with sticker shock each time the utility bill comes rolling in. If you are interested in replacing a water heater with a new model, or if you are simply investing in your own water heater for the first time, we advise you to consider your options carefully. There are a number of them out there, and G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. is here to help you choose the right one for your home. You just may find that a tankless water heater  installation in Woodinville fits the bill for your water heating needs.

Tankless water heaters, as you have probably figured out from the name, are water heaters which do not utilize storage tanks in order to keep a reserve of hot water at the ready. This in and of itself is something of a benefit, especially for those homes with limited storage space. Whereas standard tank water heaters can take up a pretty sizable amount of space in a basement or other storage area, a tankless model can simply be installed on a wall in even tight quarters, such as a closet. This is far from the only benefit that tankless water heaters have to offer, though.

Another reason why tankless water heaters are well-worth your consideration is the fact that they are not prone to the standby energy loss that tank based models are. Even the most well-insulated hot water storage tanks are subject to standby energy loss, as heat in the water therein transfers to the air surrounding the tank. This means that the water heater must expend energy in reheating  and maintaining the temperature of the water. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, heat only the water that you need, as you need it. By instantly heating the water called for, tankless water heaters can help to boost efficiency in your home and to cut down on energy costs.

We have the information that you need to decide if this is the right system for your hot water usage. If so, we’ll install your system with the greatest of care.

For more information about why you may want to consider the installation of a tankless water heater in Woodinville, give G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. a call today.

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What are Geothermal Heat Pumps?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Among your heating options today, one of the most exciting is the geothermal heat pump. The technology for geothermal systems has existed for many years, but only during the last decade have they started to become popular choices for home comfort. At G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., we are proud to offer installation of state-of-the-art geothermal heat pumps to provide our customers with safe, economical, and effective heating in Woodinville, WA.

Although most people have a general idea what geothermal energy is, most aren’t certain exactly what a geothermal heat pump does or how it does it. We’ll provide a brief explanation, which will help you understand the benefits you can receive from a geothermal system installation.

Geothermal heat pumps

First, the heat pump part: heat pumps are essentially air conditioners that can switch the direction in which they move heat. Using the circulation of refrigerant, heat pumps remove heat from one place and deposit it in another, leading to the cooling of the first location and the warming of the second. Depending on which mode you set a heat pump, it will act either as an air conditioner or a heater.

Standard heat pumps use air as their exchange medium: they absorb heat from the air and then release it to the air. These are known as air-source heat pumps. But geothermal heat pumps are ground source: they use the warmth of the earth itself to extract and deposit heat.

A geothermal heat pump still uses air as a source inside your home. But the refrigerant coils go down into the ground, usually 6-10 ft. under the surface, where the temperature remains at a steady temperature of around 55°F. During hot weather, the indoor unit of the heat pump absorbs heat from the air and the refrigerant in the coils takes it into the ground. During cold weather, the refrigerant brings up heat from the earth, and it is released into the air indoors.

One of the major advantages of a geothermal system is the steady source of heat: air-source heat pumps can suffer drops in efficiency during extreme cold because they have trouble extracting heat from the chilly air. But geothermal systems always have a stable temperature underground.

Geothermal systems use very little energy compared to other systems, and the savings they offer mean they will usually pay for themselves within 5 to 10 years—and they will last much longer than that.

You need to know up front that one of the disadvantages of geothermal heat pumps is they are not suited for every property. If you are interested in having installation of a geothermal system for your heating system in Woodinville, WA, please contact professional installers before you make your choice. Our geothermal experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. can determine if a ground-source heat pump will work for you, and can suggest excellent alternatives as well.

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What Are My Lighting Options?

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Having proper and well-designed lighting for your home means improved safety, better living, and reduced energy costs. If you have lived for years with the same lighting inside and outside your home, you might consider options for upgrading it. There are more possibilities for home improvement than you may have realized.

G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. has on staff professional electricians and lighting experts who can help you pick out new lighting for your home—indoors and outdoors—and install it in no time at all. Seek us out for your electrical upgrades in Woodinville, WA.

Some options you have for lighting

  • Improved outdoor lighting: If you drive home every night to a dreary and gloomy house exterior, imagine how much more pleasant it would be if it were lit to give it an attractive face to the world. But having better outdoor lighting is about more than just creating an inviting look. It improves safety along walkways, paths, stairs, patios, and pools for you and your guests. It also discourages crime and vandalism. You’ll enjoy much more time outdoors with lighting that allows you to stay out after the sun has gone down. And if you’re planning to eventually sell your home, improved outdoor lighting increases its value.
  • Energy-efficient lighting: If you don’t think you need to give your house a complete lighting facelift, you can still benefit from new installation with energy-efficient LED lights. Up to 25% of your home’s energy budget goes to lighting. A LED light is small but highly effective, lasts up to 10 times longer than fluorescent and incandescent bulbs, does not create extra heat, and uses a third less power to run.
  • Softer bedroom lights, brighter bathroom lights: You can make your bedroom more pleasant, with better light for reading, without creating unpleasant glares. You can also brighten up your bathrooms—rooms that require stronger light for safety—with expertly designed new lights.

G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. has experience designing and installing outdoor lighting and indoor lighting for many different rooms. We will work with you to create a lighting scheme that will meet your needs, whether for safety, efficiency, or beauty—or all three. When it comes to lighting options in Woodinville, WA, we are one of your best options.

For all your Woodinville, WA electrical needs, call the professional electricians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

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Common Heating Air Handler Problems

Friday, October 4th, 2013

If you use a heat pump, either with ducts or installed as a ductless mini split or geothermal heat pump, then you have an air handler working for you. The air handler is the unit inside your home that circulates the heated air throughout your house. The heat brought from outside (or up from the ground) gets blown about by a fan. If you have a ductless mini split, then you will most likely have more than one air handler positioned throughout your home.

An air handler can suffer damages and wear just like any machine. As you start to use your heater more often during the colder months, the air handler can develop operating problems that will need attention before they trigger other faults and even a full breakdown. Don’t get left without heat this season… contact experts to resolve air handler problems as soon as they start. G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. has served Woodinville, WA heating repair needs for 36 years, so make us your first call!

Some air handler problems we often see:

Motor trouble: A motor runs the fan inside the air handler. Motors that are forced to work too hard without proper care can overheat and stop working. Damage can also loosen parts, which will usually be accompanied by a rattling noise. If an excess amount of dust gets inside the air handler, it can also interfere with the motor’s operation. You’ll need to have a professional attend to fixing or replacing the motor.

Damaged fans: Another problem that excess contamination in the air handler can create is bent and warped fan blades. This can turn into a serious issue if the fan blades begin striking other components, such as the sides of the cabinet or the motor fan belt.

Clogged air filters: To protect the internal mechanisms of a heat pump, an air filter catches debris. If an air filter becomes too clogged, not only could it trigger the troubles listed above, but it will also begin reducing the air flow. This will force your heater to work harder and wear down faster. (It will also probably cause a spike in your energy bills.) You should change the filter once a month during the heating season, but if the clog becomes too heavy, get a repair person in to handle the issue.

Most air handler troubles require expert diagnosis and repair. Don’t try to open the air handler cabinet and fiddle around with the interior mechanisms; this can lead to further damage. Call up G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. for heating repair services in Woodinville —we’ll handle your air handler!

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Your Heating Options This Season

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

If the title of this post grabbed your attention, then you may be debating a new heating system installation in your home to prepare for the fall and winter chill. Living in Washington can get uncomfortable during the late part of the year if you don’t have a sturdy heater to keep you toasty. Fortunately, heating technology has long advanced beyond primitive wood- and coal-burning stoves. You have many options for heating in Woodinville, WA. This list contains some of the most popular.

Keep in mind that no matter how wonderful a particular system sounds, it might not be the right fit for your home. Contact our expert technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. for professional help selecting and installing a new heater. We’re one of the top companies for heating in Woodinville, WA.

Furnaces: The good ol’ furnace is still the most common heater found in residential homes. Chances are good you grew up with one. Furnaces offer flexibility in size and fuel source, and are ideal for homes that already have ductwork. Add in a lower initial price, and you’ll see why furnaces continue to be popular with homeowners. Consult with a professional to see which of the many kinds of furnaces fit your specific needs.

Heat pumps: A device that can give you both warm and cold air is an attractive option. A heat pump functions like just like an air conditioner, except it can change the direction of heat exchange so that instead of drawing heat from your home to the outside, it moves heat from the outside and puts it in your home. During spring and summer, you can switch back to the AC. Heat pumps don’t have as much heating power as furnaces or boilers, but they usually suffice for Washington’s weather.

Geothermal heat pumps: If you want significant savings on your energy bills, geothermal heat pumps are a great solution. Using loops of pipes in the ground around your home, a geothermal system draws heat from the earth itself to warm your home. And, just like a standard heat pump, the process can be reversed to cool you down in hot weather. Many homeowners in Seattle have turned to this safe and clean way of controlling their house’s temperature.

Don’t dash off now and get the system that sounds the most appealing to you… every location has specific requirements to take into consideration before heating installation. Avoid getting hasty with your heating. Let the Woodinville, WA heating installation experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. put their 36 years of experience to work for you when choosing a new heating system.

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How an Expansion Valve Keeps You Cool

Friday, August 16th, 2013

In Woodinville, WA, air conditioning systems mainly work on hot days, then sit idle when our mild Seattle temperatures kick in. That means that faulty components can sneak up on you, alerting you to a problem only after a lengthy period of time has passed. It helps to understand the basic functions of each component, so that you can point a service technician in the right direction. Take, for instance, the expansion valve. What is it and how does it keep you cool? Keep reading to find the answers.

The expansion valve works as part of the system circulating refrigerant through your air conditioning system, as a part of the cycle that produces cool air. It’s connected to the evaporator coils and acts to regulate the amount of refrigerant that enters the coil. When the refrigerant reaches the valve, it’s in a highly pressurized liquid form. When the valve releases it into the coil, it evaporates: pulling heat from the surrounding air in the process. A blower fan then blows across the coils to push the cool air into the duct work and throughout your house.

Obviously, when an expansion valve experiences difficulty, it impacts your entire air conditioning system. If the valve won’t release the refrigerant into the coils, the air conditioning unit won’t do any cooling at all. Similarly, if it releases too much or too little refrigerant into the coils, the cycle won’t work the way it should. If the valve’s settings are too low, liquid refrigerant could enter the compressor or the suction line, creating a significant problem. (The compressor isn’t meant to compress liquid, only gas, which means that the compressor’s components can become seriously damaged by the liquid.)

A problem with the expansion valve needs to be diagnosed and corrected by a trained Woodville air conditioning technician. G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. handles air conditioning issues of all variety in Woodville and the greater Seattle area. We can examine your expansion valve and correct the settings, clean the unit or install a new valve safely and efficiently, with an eye on getting your air conditioning up and running again as quickly as possible. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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3 Reasons You Should Consider a Mitsubishi Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioning

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Are you considering going ductless? Whether you already have an AC in your home or are starting from scratch as you construct the home of your dreams, you should consider all of your options. While forced-air distribution systems such as central air and heat pumps are standard among homes, ductless systems are growing in popularity due to their high energy efficiency, near-silent operation, and versatile cooling capacity. Whatever type of AC you select for your home, you need to make sure that it is installed by a professional so that it gives you exactly what you need. Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today for detailed air conditioning services in Woodinville. We can make sure that everything runs smoothly with your new HVAC system.

  • Energy efficiency.One of the major perks of a Mitsubishi ductless mini split air conditioning system is the energy efficiency. Unlike forced-air distribution systems that require ductwork to circulate air throughout your home, a ductless system forgoes the intermediary and brings the cool air straight into the living space. The indoor air handler/evaporator unit sits directly in the living space, and multiple indoor units can be hooked up to a single outdoor compressor/condenser. A group of refrigerant, drainage, and electrical lines connect the two units.
  • Improved indoor air quality. For homeowners sensitive to allergens or who have respiratory conditions, indoor air quality is a critical point to keep in mind as you go shopping for your new AC. But its importance extends to everyone. Because our homes are so tightly sealed off to the outside elements, they can accumulate various airborne contaminants, and ductwork often provides a breeding ground. Ductless systems often cut down on indoor air quality problems because they avoid ductwork entirely. 
  • Built-in zoned cooling. Another benefit of installing a ductless mini split air conditioner in your home is that the multiple indoor units allow you to take greater control of how your home is cooled. Each unit can be controlled separately, so say hello to improve energy savings, and goodbye to family disagreements about the temperature in different zones of the home.

G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. is here to help install your ductless mini split air conditioning system. Talk to one of our friendly technicians today for further information. Call now for excellent air conditioning services in Woodinville, WA.

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Woodinville Heating Tip: What to Check if Your Geothermal Heat Pump Isn’t Working

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Are you having trouble with the geothermal heat pump system in your Woodinville area home? Call the heating professionals G& S. We can help you out any time, and we can go over some ways to prevent breakdowns and repair needs.

Here are some potential reasons you may be having issues with your geothermal heating system.

Common Issues with Geothermal Heat Pump Systems

Some common issues with geothermal heat pump systems are leaking underground pipes, malfunctioning heat pump, or mineral buildup in open loop systems. Mineral buildup is caused by hard water, and you may want to consider some sort of water filtration system. A leaking underground pipe in the loop system or broken heat pump will require a service technician. Call a contractor who is qualified to work with geothermal heating systems to make any repairs or adjustments with your system.

Heat Pump Not Turning On

If the heat pump itself is not turning on, make sure you have it in heating mode. If the settings are correct, then check to see if there’s been a blown fuse or other electrical issue. Some models require an extra step if the system shuts down at any time due to a power outage. Check your owner’s manual if you aren’t sure how to locate this or other safety devices. Call the technicians at G&S if none of these steps work.

Not Providing Enough Heat

If your geothermal system isn’t providing enough heat, make sure the thermostat is set at the right temperature. The thermostat may not be accurate and will need to be adjusted or relocated to avoid “ghost readings.” Also check the other geothermal settings and make sure you have them on the right ones for the heating mode.

The Woodinville heating technicians also repair and service existing geothermal systems, and we would be glad to help you decide if your old system is not providing enough heat, or if there’s another issue. Call G&S any time to answer all your questions about geothermal heat pump systems.

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Woodinville Tip: Why Do I Need to Upgrade my Fuse box?

Monday, November 12th, 2012

If your home in Woodinville has a fuse box, it was likely built many years ago. Fuse boxes were used to route electricity throughout your home. Upgrading your fuse box involves replacing it with a new circuit breaker. There are many advantages to replacing your fuse box which we’re going to discuss in this blog post.

How Fuse Boxes Work

The purpose of fuse boxes and circuit breakers is to first route power to your house and second to keep your house from burning down. Electricity produces heat as it passes through the copper wires leading into and out of the fuse box. If the wires get too hot they can start a fire which obviously poses a great danger to you and your family. As electricity flows into each of the circuits for your home, it has to pass through a fuse. Inside the fuse is a thin piece of metal (called a filament) that heats up. If the wire gets too hot it will melt the filament and break the circuit. Once a fuse has melted it can’t be reused.

Insurance and Code Compliance

In many municipalities an old fuse box isn’t within compliance of new building codes. This could also have to do with the old wiring that was most likely installed when the fuse box was. In order to be compliant, you may have to replace your fuse box with a new circuit breaker. However, many new breakers are very sensitive. The old wiring could case the new breaker to trip often which is a nuisance. Additionally, most mortgage insurance companies won’t cover a home that has an old fuse box because of the damage risk. Mortgage insurance is required by many lenders so in this case you will most likely have to replace the fuse box as well.

Safety

One of the main reasons to upgrade your fuse box is for safety. It was most likely installed about 50 years ago and is obsolete. If the fuse does melt, it needs to be replaced. Once the fuse is removed it leaves both ends of the contact exposed which can be an electrocution danger.

Power Available Power

When fuse boxes were installed, the electrical demands of a typical home were much less than they are now. Fuse boxes are normally limited to 2 or 4 circuits. Circuit breakers can potentially have room for us to 42 circuits.

If you have any questions about your fuse box or if it is continually breaking fuses, call G&S Heating immediately. We can help you figure out a good option for your home in Woodinville. We take pride in our workmanship and would love you help you get your home working well again.

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Woodinville Easy Tips: How to Improve Efficiency This Winter

Monday, October 29th, 2012

“So I heard that energy prices are going down,” said no one ever. With energy prices on the rise and no end in sight, we’re all dreading our monthly utility bills. That’s why people everywhere are looking for cheap and easy ways to make their homes more energy efficient. We’ve put together some simple ideas that are fast and affordable to make your home more efficient this winter. By keeping more of your heat indoors you can use your heater less and potentially save yourself some money.

Insulation

The first thing you should do is climb up into your attic and check the insulation there. Heat naturally rises and will collect in your attic. If your insulation is old or if you have holes in it, you could be leaking all of that heat energy to the outside. Insulation is given an “R” value that determines its efficiency. Replacing your old insulation with newer, higher rated insulation could help keep more that heat indoors. You can also check the insulation in your floors and in your walls. These are other areas where heat can escape.

Window and Door Frames

Another place where heat can escape is through the frames in your doors and windows. Having your windows and doors sealed is a great way to keep more of that energy inside. There are weather stripping products and indoor sealants that are specifically designed for this application. Particularly important is the door to your attic and the door to your basement. These can be places where heat easily escapes to the outside. There are also thin, transparent seals that can be applied to your windows to keep heat from seeping through the spaces between the glass and the frame.

 Insulate your Water Heater and Pipes

Another way to improve the efficiency of your home is to look at your hot water system. If you have a tank water heater in your basement you might be losing a lot of heat energy there. Your basement can get freezing cold and if your water heater is there, the cold air could be sucking heat out of it. Insulating your heater is a great way to trap more heat inside of it so that it doesn’t have to keep reheating the water. You may also want to think about insulating the water pipes in your house. Not only can this keep more heat in the water as it is en route to your faucet, but it can also potentially prevent damage to your home from frozen pipes.

If you have any questions about increasing the efficiency in your home, contact the heating professionals at G & S Heating, Cooling & Electric today. We offer comprehensive heating services in Woodinville and would be more than happy to talk with you about your home heating situation.

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