Covenant Heating and Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Electrical’ Category

Exposed Wires? Here’s What to Do

Monday, May 20th, 2024
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Electrical problems are not something to ignore or postpone dealing with. The potential consequences of a serious electrical issue are simply too severe to risk. One of the problems that poses a particularly serious electrical hazard is exposed wires. Is this an issue in your home? How can you tell? What should you do?

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Why Are My Circuits Constantly Tripping?

Monday, April 8th, 2024
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It can be so frustrating: you try to turn something on and it acts like it has no power even though it’s plugged in. Or you’re trying to vacuum when suddenly the vacuum cleaner dies. You have to go to the electrical panel and reset the circuit breaker… again. How often has this been happening?

It’s normal for a circuit to be tripped on occasion. But when it happens a lot, you shouldn’t ignore it. Constantly tripping circuits can be an indicator of a variety of electrical problems. What could be going on? We’ll explain all about it.

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What’s the Difference Between a Breaker Box and an Electrical Panel?

Monday, February 26th, 2024
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It can be hard for homeowners—especially newer homeowners—to decipher all the information they should have about their homes’ systems. You may have heard a lot of terms about heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and electricity without knowing exactly what each one refers to. But the more you know, the better you can care for your home, so it’s worth doing the research.

Sometimes, with a little bit of knowledge, you’ll discover that things are simpler than you’d thought they were. You’ve surely heard of breaker boxes and electrical panels. What exactly are they, and what is the difference between them? Here’s what you should know.

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Leave Ceiling Fan Repairs to Professional Electricians

Monday, January 1st, 2024
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Many homes in Nashville, TN, use ceiling fans to both increase home comfort levels, boost aesthetics, and provide necessary lighting. A ceiling fan may seem like a simple system, but unlike a portable fan or a lamp, they’re more complex than they seem.

When it comes to ceiling fan repair, you should always rely on a professional electrician for their care. You don’t want to risk further damage to the ceiling fan itself or even worse–potentially injure yourself via electrocution or falling off a ladder. Leave the following ceiling fan repairs to us.

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Does Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Electrical Panel Replacement?

Monday, December 4th, 2023
Electricians identify a 20 amp breaker that has gone bad and replace it.

Your home’s electrical panel probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when considering home renovations. Although a new kitchen or bathroom are more exciting home upgrades, upgrading your home’s electrical panel can be a matter of safety. Most electrical panels last 25-40 years and then need to be replaced.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), around 13% of house fires from 2015-2019 resulted from an electrical failure and caused over a billion dollars in property damage each year. Electrical failures and malfunctions also accounted for 12% of injuries and 15% of deaths from house fires during the same period.

A common question we get from homeowners is whether their homeowner’s insurance will cover an electrical panel upgrade. Although you should always check with your specific homeowner’s insurer, let’s go over some general info on whether this service is covered.

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New Year’s Resolutions & Your Home’s Electrical System

Monday, November 20th, 2023
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New Year’s resolutions often have to do with personal health with exercising more and eating less often on the top of the list. When it comes to personal safety, electrical safety in the home is one that most people spend very little time thinking about.

Every home has an electrical system with the potential to cause electric shock, fires, injuries, and even death. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 50,000 fires are caused by faulty electrical systems in US homes every year.

So why not make some resolutions to help ensure your home’s safety for you and your family? Here are 4 resolutions to make for your home’s electrical system in the New Year.

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Is Outdoor Lighting a Good Home Investment?

Monday, October 23rd, 2023
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Have you been spending more time in your home’s outdoor spaces? You’re not the only one. A recent poll shows that a whopping 63% of Americans say they’ve been spending more time in their yards since the pandemic. More and more homeowners have come to recognize the value of getting out–even if that just means getting out to your own backyard. 

Having great outdoor lighting is an ideal way to extend the amount of time you can spend dining outside, barbecuing, sitting around a fire pit, and enjoying your property. That’s why there’s never been a better time to invest in outdoor lighting in your Nashville, TN home. Let’s look at all the ways professional outdoor lighting installations are a great investment.

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Why Do I Need to Upgrade My Home’s Electrical Panel?

Monday, July 17th, 2023

Your home’s electrical panel is what controls your entire electrical system. Also known as the circuit breaker panel, incoming electricity is routed to the different circuits through this hub. The breakers are designed to shut off circuits if there is a voltage overload.

Just like any aging system in your home, the electrical panel will need to be upgraded or replaced eventually. If you have an aging electrical panel or an even older fuse box, your home is probably overdue for an electrical panel upgrade. 

Most circuit breaker panels last between 25-40 years before they need replacing. How long it’ll last depends on how much the electrical demand of the home has increased, and if you’ve experienced any issues already. Read on to learn more about how to tell if you need an electrical panel upgrade!

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Are Standby Generators the Next Must-Have Home System?

Monday, June 19th, 2023

What do color televisions, air conditioners, and personal computers have in common? At one time in history, they were considered “luxury items” but are now commonplace in homes. As their technology increased and the cost went down, more and more households decided these were items they couldn’t live without. 

Standby generators are another home system that’s increasingly being seen as essential. No matter the cause, it’s a fact that the number of natural disasters and heat waves in areas that have never experienced extreme temperatures is increasing every year. 

And with additional demand on power grids and rolling blackouts, homeowners are experiencing more days–not just hours–without electricity than ever before. Let’s look at why standby generators are being considered the next must-have home system.

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How to Tell if You Need Home Rewiring Services

Monday, May 22nd, 2023

If the electrical panel in your home is the “heart” of your electrical system, its electrical wiring is the veins and arteries. When things start to go wrong with your home’s wiring, it’ll become readily apparent in many ways. 

If you live in an older home that was built 30+ years ago, then the risk of experiencing electrical problems is greater than if you lived in a new home. Early electrical wiring was not always well grounded or insulated, which means that older wiring has a higher chance of having issues and potentially igniting an electrical fire.

Also, modern-day appliances and usage make excessive demands on your home’s wiring that older home electrical systems aren’t necessarily used to. High-efficiency appliances, smartphones, and all modern electronics can be taxing to the system.

You should never attempt DIY fixes when it comes to your home’s wiring. Let’s go over some issues that require a highly trained electrician for rewiring in Nashville, TN to take care of it for you.

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