MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling Blog

Call an Electrician for Wiring Problems

March 19th, 2018

electrical-repair-servicesOur electrical systems are perhaps the most important components of our home: providing power for everything from lights to refrigerators or computer systems. Without it, modern life simply wouldn’t be possible. And yet most of us take our electrical systems for granted, and assume the wiring is in good shape right up until the moment there’s a serious problem.

When that happens, you need a trained professional to ascertain what the trouble is and how best to treat it. (Laymen should never attempt electrical repairs themselves; it requires proper training and licensing, lest it result in a short or even start a fire.) A good service can move quickly and take care of the problem properly, before it disrupts your daily life.

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Never Attempt Furnace Repairs Yourself

March 5th, 2018

new-heating-systemAs we approach the end of heating season, furnace repair jobs tend to take a big spike. Heating systems have needed to run throughout the ups and downs of our wild Kansas weather, and daily use for months is common during the winter. That means that furnaces–especially older furnaces–tend to run into trouble during the final weeks of the season, and repairs are not at all unusual.

Because we’re approaching the end of the season and your furnace may not be in use for that much longer, enterprising do-it-yourselfers may be tempted to fix problems with their furnaces themselves. That is a mistake. Repairing a furnace requires formal training, and while a given homeowner can do some basic troubleshooting–such as checking the thermostat and the breaker box to see if the problem is easily correctable–you should always call in a trained repair service if that doesn’t restore power to the system.

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Need Furnace Repair? The Air from Your Vents Can Tell You

February 19th, 2018

signs-heating-repairMost homes in the area keep warm by using forced air furnaces, which heat the air in a single location and then distribute it throughout the house via a series of ducts. Furnaces are dependable and inexpensive to operate, which is one of the reasons why they see so much use. But they also run into problems from time to time, like any system does, and when that happens you need a trained technician to perform repairs.

We often pride ourselves on self-sufficiency around here, and many homeowners like to conduct little do-it-yourself repairs around their homes. In cases involving your furnace, this is a big mistake. Heating systems are complicated and delicate, and most involve potentially dangerous components such as gas lines and flame burners. That means that you need training and licensing even to perform a diagnosis, much less repairs.

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Electrician Services Can Add Lighting to Your Yard

February 5th, 2018

family-playing-soccerWe’re in the midst of winter right now, which means that any big projects for your home are going to need to wait until spring. Proper planning often makes a huge difference when it comes to a big household upgrade. Even outdoor projects—which simply aren’t going to happen while the weather stays below zero—can benefit from early planning. Outdoor lighting, in particular, is an addition that almost any home can benefit from. And with the right team in your corner, you can be ready to go the minute the weather takes a turn for the better.

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Look for Quality Electricians to Rewire Your Home

January 22nd, 2018

electrical-rewiring-houseYour home’s electrical system is one of the most important components it holds: providing safe, reliable electricity to power lights and essential appliances. Without it, modern life simply would not be possible. Electrical wiring is designed to last for decades, and with judicious use you shouldn’t have any huge problems for quite a while. And when problems do crop up, a good electrician can usually handle the issue, including replacing damage wiring with new wires and installing new outlets.

Sometimes, however, more is required. We have a number of older homes in the area, which means older electrical systems that may be in dire need of rewiring. When that happens, you need the right team on your side to take care of the rewiring project. What does a quality electrician bring to the equation? Here’s a short list of things to look for.

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Could Your Home Benefit from a Heat Recovery Ventilator?

January 8th, 2018

signs-heating-repairWinter has arrived, and while the East Coast suffered a serious bout of cold weather last week, we here in Kansas concede nothing in the brutal winters department. Your heating system needs to perform every day in order to keep your home warm and comfortable. But it goes further than that. You want your home to be as energy efficient as possible in order to lower the strain on your heater (and lower your monthly bills as well).  Then there are other considerations such as indoor air quality, which can take a big hit when you button up your home to fend off the cold.

We recommend the installation of heat recovery ventilators, or HRVs, in homes with concerns about indoor air quality, as well as those that want to help their heater do its job more efficiently. How does it work and what can it do for your home? Read on for the answers.

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Furnace Repair Services Must Approach Different Systems Differently

December 25th, 2017

new-heating-systemFurnace repair services are becoming increasingly common as the weather gets colder and we start the first week of winter. Now is the ideal time to check your system for signs of trouble and call a repair service if you spot a problem with it. This allows you to treat the issue before it gets any worse and ensures that it won’t cause further trouble later on in the winter. (It also tends to be less expensive than repairs conducted later in the season, since the issue hasn’t had as much time to cause further damage.)

A good furnace repair service will respond quickly to any calls for heating repair, even if it arrives in the middle of the night or on weekends. But a great repair service will do more. Just as every home is different, so too is every heating system unique: tailored to address the specific issues of your home. Quality furnace repair services will take the specific factors of your furnace into account, and thus improve the efficiency of their repairs a great deal. What kind of factors? We’ve provided a brief sampling below:

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Furnace Repair Calls Can Come at Anytime

December 11th, 2017

heating-repair-servicesTemperatures in Kansas tend to be all over the map this time of year, but we all know that freezing weather will soon be settling in for a good long stay. Your heating system is going to be put to the test every day, and with the snows falling outside, keeping your home warm and comfortable is more than just a luxury. When the system runs into trouble, you can’t afford to wait for repairs. The sooner you can get a problematic furnace fixed, the better.

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Potential Causes of Heating Repair Calls

November 27th, 2017

heating-maintenance-inspectionYour heating system is far more than a luxury during the winter, when temperatures drop far below freezing. Without a reliable furnace or boiler, your home will soon resemble an icebox, which creates a health and safety risk above and beyond the comfort of your family. If you experience any kind of heating problem this winter, you should turn off the system and call in a repair technician immediately.

It’s also important to note that you should never attempt to diagnose or repair a faulty heating system yourself. Doing so requires proper training and licensing, and without those things, even the most enterprising layman will likely end up doing more harm than good. It’s enough to simply note that your system is having trouble—and anything that doesn’t correspond to the system’s normal functioning means trouble—then call in a professional to help.

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Electric Furnace Repair Differs from Gas Furnace Repair

November 13th, 2017

furnace-repair-servicesWe tend to get a lot of furnace repair calls this time of year, which is actually a positive thing. People in the area have had good cause to run their heaters already, which can give them an idea if anything’s wrong. And spotting those problems now gives you a chance to get the issue repaired before fall turns to winter, and the weather gets cold enough to demand serious use of your heating system. If you suspect a problem with your furnace—anything marked as out-of-the-ordinary—you should turn it off and call in a repair service immediately.

Having said that, not all furnaces are the same and some require different methods to repair. Gas furnaces, for example, operate according to different principles and thus require different skills to address. Make sure the repair service you call has the skills necessary to handle whatever the issue might be.

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