April 16th, 2018
Homeowners across the country are increasing the demands they place on their electrical systems, with the addition of high tech gadgets that require charging, high-efficiency appliances, home entertainment systems, and even home security systems.
Each of these is meant to increase home convenience and can make great additions, so long as they’re installed by a professional electrician in Andover, MN. What kind of electrical installations are you considering for your home?
April 2nd, 2018
Spring is officially here, and soon enough temperatures will begin to warm up. Hopefully, you didn’t have any major household problems over winter. One of the most common household issues we receive calls for during this time of the year is that of frozen pipes. There are a couple things you can do before winter starts to prevent this from occurring at all.
First, you should open your faucets to drain any existing water left in pipes that won’t be used over the winter. Second, you should insulate vulnerable pipes. But what if you didn’t know these tips, or were surprised by how cold the weather got and now you are, in fact, dealing with frozen pipes?
March 19th, 2018
When we tell our customers to replace their air filters every 1-3 months, we aren’t just saying it as a random suggestion. We’re offering this tip as a way for you to get the most efficient and effective use out of your HVAC system as possible. And considering how much you’ve had to use your heater this weekend, chances are that you’d like to do anything you can to prevent furnace repair in Maple Grove, MN.
One way to do this is by performing one small maintenance task—changing your air filter. You may be surprised to find just how important this small HVAC component is. It’s about more than protecting your indoor air quality. In fact, your furnace’s air filter isn’t even there to protect your indoor air quality. Keep reading to learn more.
March 5th, 2018
Most water supplies in modern homes have a high level of filtration and conditioning before they even reach your faucets. Plus if you use ground water—a private well—you probably have your own Andover, MN water treatment system in place on site. However, something many people don’t realize is missing from their property and plumbing system is protection from hard water.
Hard water is the name given to water that has a high concentration of minerals in it—namely, calcium and magnesium. These minerals are, fortunately, harmless to ingest, however, they can do a lot of damage to your plumbing system. Hard water needs to be managed with a water softener as it enters the home, so that it doesn’t put your pipes out of commission. Keep reading to learn the signs that your home does in fact suffer from hard water.
February 19th, 2018
If 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.
February 5th, 2018
There’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.
January 22nd, 2018
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!
January 8th, 2018
If 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.
December 26th, 2017
Of 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?
December 11th, 2017
If 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.