MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Electrical’ Category

Power Strips Aren’t the Same as Surge Protectors

Monday, March 18th, 2019

surge-protectorWhile in the hardware or electronics store, you may have seen fancy power strips labeled as “surge protectors.” While these power strips certainly do have some capacity to block low-level power surges from frying your most precious electronics, they shouldn’t be confused for a whole-house surge protector. And, quite frankly, the whole-house surge protector is the one that matters most; that’s the one that will protect your biggest and most essential appliances.

In this post, we’ll explain the danger of power surges and the (proper) way to deal with them.

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Portable Generators Just Won’t Cut It in Emergencies

Monday, January 21st, 2019

standby-generatorIf disaster strikes and your power goes out, you can be left feeling helpless. You might even be tempted to pull out the portable generator to see if you can power up some of your appliances. However, we seriously advise against it.

Instead, we suggest having an electrician in Overland Park, KS come to fit your home for a whole-house generator. Here’s why we don’t recommend using portable generators for emergencies.

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3 Electrical Appliances You Can’t Forget About

Monday, December 24th, 2018

electrical-outletRewiring your home isn’t something you’ll need to do every year. A good rewiring job will stay good for many years.

But that’s not to say the same is true for other kinds of electrical products in your home. Some of them may need replacement, testing, or frequent maintenance. In this post, we’ll talk about a few of those items that would be dangerous to forget about.

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Use Ceiling Fans to Lower Your AC Costs

Monday, August 6th, 2018

wooden-ceiling-fan-affixed-to-house-ceilingIf you’ve been using your air conditioner day and night throughout the summer so far, you may have noticed something:

That energy bill is really adding up!

If this is the situation you’re facing, there’s little else you can do but to just not use your air conditioner as much. Now I know what you’re thinking: “Not use my air conditioner? Then what’s the point?”

Luckily, there are ways that you can cut back on energy costs without having to compromise on comfort. One such method is to offload the burden from your AC by installing a ceiling fan, which we’ll go into more detail on below.

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Does Your Generator Need Repairs?

Monday, June 25th, 2018

technicians-servicing-generatorTime for a pop quiz.

Q: When’s the worst time to find out that your generator needs repairs?

A: During a power outage!

If you’re the owner of a generator, you probably already knew the answer. It might just be one of the most common fears held by generator owners. Shopping for the right generator, getting it installed, and having it fail to operate on the day you need it most would be too frustrating to bear.

To save you from that, we recommend biannual maintenance for your generator. Regular maintenance will ensure that all the generator’s components are up to working standards.

In between those times, you can always watch out for the signs that you need a repair.

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How to Tell Your Generator Needs Repair

Monday, June 11th, 2018

residential-generatorIf you’re a forward-thinking homeowner, you may already have a whole-house or standby generator. This is the Midwest, and you never know when an extreme weather event—be it a tornado or blizzard or something else entirely—may cause the grid to fail. A momentary power outage is little more than a brief headache, but an extended lack of power can eventually become life-threatening. You must be confident your generator will start when you need it the most.

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Electricians Can Assess the State of Your Home’s Wiring

Monday, April 30th, 2018

home-electrical-wiringFew components in your home are more important than your electrical wiring. Without them, you wouldn’t have electricity for lights, electronics, and vital appliances like your refrigerator and air conditioning. The wiring makes modern life possible. But like anything else, wires can wear out, and when they do, you may find yourself with a significant problem on your hands.

Furthermore, older homes can suffer from wiring problems with alarming frequency. We’re an old enough community to have houses that stretch back a century or more, and wiring systems that may go back to the Second World War or older. In such cases, the problem needs to be addressed before it causes serious damage.

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Let an Electrician Hide those Unsightly Wires

Monday, April 16th, 2018

electrical-repair-servicesWiring is a difficult business, and a professional electrician should be consulted anytime you’re dealing with anything more complicated than plugging something into the wall outlet. Electricity can be dangerous in the wrong hands, and without proper training and licensing, any attempt to work on your wiring could start far more trouble than it solves. If you have any kind of lighting issue in your home, you should always call in a professional service.

That principle applies to smaller issues as well as larger ones. For example, you might have wires or cables running along the floors to your home for a home entertainment service or a similar set-up that involves a lot of appliances. Those wires can be very unsightly at best and an active source of trouble at worst. A professional electrician can hide those unsightly wires and keep your home running the way it should.

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Let an Electrician Handle Lighting Issues

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Every home uses electric lights. It’s one of the features of modern living. And that, of course, depends on a reliable electrical system to do its job. When trouble arises, your lights are the swiftest and easiest way to determine if you have a problem. Unfortunately, because we’re all so accustomed to using electric lights on a daily basis, it can be easy to believe that any repair issues affecting them can be undertaken by the homeowners themselves. This is a terrible mistake. Electrical systems can be dangerous if not treated with the proper care, and even experienced laymen lack the expertise and tools that professional electricians bring to the job. If you’re having problems with your electrical lights, only trust professionals to handle it.

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Call an Electrician for Wiring Problems

Monday, 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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