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Is Ignoring Furnace Repairs a Safety Hazard?

February 19th, 2018

furnace system venting outdoorsIf we’re talking about damaged ductwork or a loose component that needs adjusting, then no, you aren’t in any danger—although we can’t say the same for your heating system, as even the smallest problem can grow into a bigger one if left ignored for too long.

Hopefully, you had maintenance performed before winter began, to ensure that your system was fully inspected, adjusted, and cleaned to enable peak performance. If so, you likely have nothing to worry about. There is, however, one Andover, MN furnace repair that should never be ignored, and that you’re at risk of experiencing if your gas-powered furnace isn’t properly cared for. And that’s a cracked heat exchanger.

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Is Your Home Connected?

February 5th, 2018

blue electronic animation of a home with wires/internet connectionThere’s no denying that technology has come a long way, even in just the past decade. Home automation has allowed homeowners throughout the country to remotely control a number of their home systems and devices, helping them do so more effectively and more efficiently.

When installed by a professional Andover, MN electrician, the right smart home devices can help you in a number of ways—from allowing you to set the temperature perfectly for your arrival when you get home from work to having certain lights turn on in the home as the sun goes down.

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Why Your Smoke and CO Detectors Should Be Hardwired

January 22nd, 2018

Common plastic white home smoke detector alarm, preventing an abnormal smoke in the room from perhaps a fire with a sound very loud. In the image, there is a big fire in the room and there is smoke that rises to the ceiling where is placed the equipement. This one is mounted on wooden ceiling. For example in France country, those smoke detector are required since march 2015. On the sensor is written that we should not paint it, and direction to open or close it, there is the test button because we need to check it regularly, and a red led indicating that the battery inside is always good.When it comes to increasing the safety in your home, one of the very first things you should do is have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors professionally installed by qualified Andover, MN electrical technicians, and test them on a routine basis. Doing so will ensure that at the first sign of trouble—whether it be fire or a toxic gas leak—you and your family will be alerted right away so you can get to safety.

Why do we recommend installation by an electrician? Well, because you should have both of these systems directly hardwired into your electrical grid. And we suggest using a pro who knows what they’re doing, for your own safety!

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How to Avoid Costly Winter Plumbing Problems

January 8th, 2018

How to Avoid Costly Winter Plumbing ProblemsIf somebody were to ask you what the most common winter plumbing problem is, there’s a pretty good chance you would answer, “frozen pipes.” This is certainly one of the most common problems we get calls for this time of the year, but certainly not the only.

One thing is for sure—when you do experience a plumbing issue during any time of the year, it’s a wise idea to call a professional Andover, MN, plumber, rather than trusting a general handyman or attempting repairs on your own. The latter could leave you with property damage, and potentially even injury.

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Is It Time for an Electrical Panel Upgrade?

December 26th, 2017

two electricians working on large electrical panelOf the various issues that can impact your home, electrical problems are perhaps the most concerning, given the safety hazards they present. While a plumbing problem can inflict significant water damage or an HVAC issue can make you uncomfortable for a bit, an electrical malfunction can cause electrocution and even house fires. It’s essential that you have a professional Andover, MN electrician check the wiring in your home at least once every few years. Without this inspection, you’re increasing the chance of running into a problem.

One of the most commonly neglected electrical issues is the need for an electrical panel upgrade. This may seem like a benign issue, but with the increased demand we’ve been placing on our electrical systems the past few years, it should come as no surprise that eventually, your circuit breaker box may not be able to handle the demand, and that’s where you run into potentially severe side effects.

But what are the signs that you are, in fact, experiencing electrical problems?

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Protecting Your Electronics is a Year-Round Priority

December 11th, 2017

Service technician testing a furnaceIf you’ve never considered having whole home surge protection, we urge you to consider it now. In recent years, many homeowners throughout the country have become increasingly dependent on electronic devices and high-efficiency appliances. As such, power surges pose a threat—more so than you may even realize—to appliances, electronics, and home. Many people think of surge protection as “storm protection,” but it’s much more than that.

You might think you’re doing just fine getting by with small, portable surge protectors that you can purchase at the hardware store (power strips). After all, you can conveniently plug in your TV, stereo, computer, lighting, and more, all into one area. Unfortunately, though, this isn’t enough to offer the level of protection needed for your home’s electronics and electrical system—in fact, overloading power strips is a fire hazard! Contact our team for reliable Andover electrical services, and in the meantime, keep reading to learn more about why you should make protecting your electronics a year-round priority.

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What Are You Doing to Protect Your Pipes This Winter?

November 27th, 2017

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoWe’ve officially entered the time of year known for chilly temperatures, falling snow, and, unfortunately, freezing pipes. Frozen plumbing can actually cause a good deal of damage if not addressed right away. The reason for this is because as water freezes it expands, which puts pressure on the walls of the pipes, increasing the chance that they will burst.

Managing leaking or ruptured plumbing is probably the last thing you can envision yourself facing this winter, particularly over the holidays. If you truly want to protect your pipes from such incidences, there are a few steps you can take. Read on to learn more, and contact our team to be put in touch with a professional Andover, MN plumber, whether you have damaged plumbing or would just like more information about preventive plumbing care.

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Merv who?

November 16th, 2017

No, Merv is not your grandfather’s new best friend. MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) is a rating system for the effectiveness of an air or furnace filter. In other words, how well is your air being filtered? This rating is measured by how small and how many particles the filter catches. As you can see on the chart below, the higher the MERV rating, the better the filtration. A MERV value of 16, for example, is catching the most and the smallest particles, where a lower MERV rating is only catching the biggest particles. So why does it matter? Well, in our business, we say you are what you breathe. So, breathe cleaner, healthier air with a higher rated MERV filter!

You can get ALL of your filters at our filter site!

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Why You Should Never Skip Out on Water Heater Maintenance

November 13th, 2017

technician performing maintenance on a water heaterThis is typically the time of year that homeowners schedule maintenance for their heating systems so that they’re ready to handle the colder temperatures. But there are other parts of your home that also deserve this type of attention—such as your water heater.

The water heater is one plumbing appliance that needs regular checkups and inspections, and this is the perfect time of year to arrange for it. Even though water heaters work on almost every day of the year, they do receive additional work stress during the winter. Plus, winter is typically the time of year when you least want to have your water heating suddenly break down and cut off the hot water supply.

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What Traits Should You Look for in an HVAC Contractor?

October 30th, 2017

male technician going over paperwork with female homeownerMany HVAC companies boast their good qualities, but do they all deliver? When you’re on the lookout for a company to install a heating system, fix a broken down air conditioner, or even give you tips and tricks on how to improve your indoor air quality, you want a Bethel, MN HVAC company that you can trust. But how do you know when you’ve found that company?

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