ServiceMax Blog: Archive for the ‘Electrical’ Category

You Need a Reliable Smoke Detector During Heating Season

Monday, November 28th, 2022

We’ve all heard stories of a smoke detector rousing a person just in time to help them exit a burning home. But (hopefully) this isn’t a situation you are too familiar with. More often we view our smoke detectors as something that overreacts when we burn dinner.

Don’t be fooled though. Smoke detectors can keep you safe, prevent safety hazards from putting your life at risk, and can even mean the difference between a burnt outlet and a burnt home. So yes while your smoke detector might add insult to injury when it goes off due to a burning dinner item, we’d still advise keeping yours in optimal condition.

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 5 Ways to Save Energy This Summer

Monday, September 5th, 2022

We all want to enjoy a comfortable and convenient home. But there is a price attached to using the energy needed to operate appliances, such as your home’s lights and air conditioner. The question that everyone is going to be afraid to answer though is how big that price tag is going to be.

There is more than one way to try to save energy while being able to still use all of your home’s appliances. We like to do everything we can to help ensure that you can save money and minimize energy use, which is why we’re offering these tips to help you out.

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AFCI vs. GFCI Outlets

Monday, July 25th, 2022
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Using an outlet in your home isn’t something that the average person second-guesses. You need to use something that runs on electricity and all you need to do is plug it in to get things running. But what happens if your outlets are giving you problems?

Outlets are vital to your home’s electrical system. Without the right outlet being installed correctly, you are going to encounter trouble trying to use anything that needs to plug in. That is why it is vital to talk to an electrician in Winnetka, IL to ensure that your outlets are set up right.

Start out here, by discovering the importance of the different types of outlets you might need in your home.

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Invest In Better Outdoor Lighting Today

Monday, May 16th, 2022

It won’t be an exaggeration to consider lighting as one of the most critical components of any house. Be it indoors or outdoors, great lighting improves safety, and adds to the beauty of the home.

Outdoor lighting specifically adds a lot of character to a house. Warm lights, bright lights, colorful lights, can all be used to improve your use of your home after the sun sets. They can also add to the atmosphere of your house.

Let’s look at some benefits of adding some outdoor lighting and why you can count on our team to install any hard-wired lighting around your home.

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4 Issues That Cause Frequent Circuit Trips

Monday, April 18th, 2022
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A circuit trip is the result of safety measures put in place to protect your home from electrical fires and to protect you from electrocution. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t frustrating, especially if your electrical panel is outside of your home.

When a circuit breaker trips, it means stopping what you were trying to do to go reset that circuit. Frequent trips are bothersome because you will spend more time going back and forth to your electrical panel than doing the things that need to be done.

If you are experiencing frequent circuit trips, you may want to contact an electrician in Evanston, IL to address the core cause behind the problem. Let’s look at some of the issues that could cause frequent circuit trips so you know what to expect.

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Do You Need to Upgrade Your Electrical Panel?

Monday, March 21st, 2022
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Your electrical panel, commonly referred to as a circuit breaker is a critical component of any household. Anything that uses electricity needs an electrical panel to work properly and safely. But how do you know when it’s time to upgrade it?

The average lifespan of an electric panel is typically 25 to 40 years. Various factors affect the lifespan, like power surges, general wear and tear, and damage caused by outside factors. Here are some warning signs that you need to update your electrical panel. Use these indicators to help determine if you need to reach out to one of our expert electricians.

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Why Is Maintenance of Electrical Systems Important?

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Do you only contact an electrician when you find a problem in need of professional attention? Spoiler alert! You can avoid most electrical problems by scheduling regular maintenance with an electrician in Glenview, IL rather than waiting for trouble to pop up.

It is common knowledge that one problem in your electrical system could cause the whole system to fail, or worse, bring harm to you and your family. However, you can avoid future mishaps by scheduling maintenance services regularly. Let’s take a look at the difference that professional maintenance can make:

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3 Signs Your Generator Needs Repairs

Monday, October 21st, 2019

emergency-home-generatorThe wind is howling and an ice storm has begun. Thankfully you and yours are snuggled up within your home, safe and sound and warm. That is, you were warm before the power went out. But wait! You have a working generator!

The situation above is one that residents of Chicago are familiar with. They are also likely familiar with the (ironically) icy feeling of dread that creeps up the spine when their generator won’t turn on and things are getting colder by the minute in the house.

Even if your generator is working, if it is in need of repairs, it won’t be the reliable power provider that is usually is. This is why repair needs should be addressed as quickly as possible once they are identified.

But how do you know your generator needs repairs?

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Why Should I Care About My Local Electrical Code?

Monday, October 7th, 2019

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Picture this: You move into a new home and your good friend John Doe—who enjoys learning about residential electrical codes—has pointed out an electrical code violation or two. You shrug it off because it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal to you. The police won’t give you a ticket over faulty wires!

The issue with the tale above is that there is, in fact, a big problem with having an electrical code violation in your home. Why? Because it puts everyone in the home at risk. At a minimum, you will encounter short-circuiting galore; at the worst, your home could burn down.

John Doe’s knowledge of local electrical codes lets him know when he needs to call for electrical repair in Chicago, IL because of a violation. Simply being aware of common violations that happen every day can make a huge difference in keeping you are your loved ones safe.

But what do you need to know? Continue reading to find out.

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