Common Causes of a Tripped Circuit

November 15, 2019

Circuit breakers are essential electrical components. They prevent the wires in your residential or commercial property from overloading. If your property’s circuit breakers aren’t working, an overload could cause a fire. A circuit breaker’s job is to monitor the electrical flow. When it senses an electrical overload, it shuts off the electricity. Here are some of the common reasons your circuit breaker might trip. Appliance Problems A large appliance can cause a circuit breaker to trip. This is especially true when the appliance’s internal components are malfunctioning. Equipment that often contributes to tripped circuits includes air conditioners, washers, and dryers. A Short Circuit Short circuits are common in older homes with outdated wiring. These houses aren’t capable of handling the amperage in some new technology. Signs of short circuiting include melted power cords, burning wires, and discolored power outlets. If you experience a short circuit, our technicians at can diagnose and repair the problem. Ground Faults Ground faults are similar to short circuits. They occur when a ground wire comes into contact with a hot wire. The result of this contact is a tripped circuit. It can be tricky to isolate and repair a ground fault. That’s the reason repairing...

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3 Ways to Clean Your Furnace

November 8, 2019

Working with a professional heating and cooling service, like the team at in Seattle, is certainly important in addressing furnace repair and maintenance needs, but you can still do your part to ensure your system runs efficiently. Keep your unit clean. It’s really that simple! A furnace that’s caked in dust, dirt, and general grime isn’t going to operate as efficiently as a clean one. Here are three ways you can keep your furnace system lean, mean, and clean. 1. Change or Clean the Air Filter To facilitate proper airflow from your furnace to the rest of your house, you need a clean air filter in place. If your furnace is equipped with a reusable filter, take time every few months to remove it, gently vacuum out dust and debris, and run it under warm water. Once it’s dry, you can insert the newly cleaned filter. Many furnaces, however, have disposable air filters. In these cases, make sure that you replace the air filter every couple of months. 2. Declutter the Area Around Your Furnace Your furnace room might seem like the most convenient spot to shove all the unwanted objects in your home, but furnaces actually operate most efficiently...

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5 Signs You Need a Furnace Replacement

November 1, 2019

Replacing your furnace can be expensive and difficult, but sometimes, it’s the only option available. To help you figure out if it’s time for you to replace your furnace, keep an eye out for these five signs. 1. Your Heating Bill Is Too High If it’s been more expensive than usual to heat your home, then the problem may be your furnace. Furnaces become more inefficient as they age, driving up the amount you pay while not making your home any warmer. While it is possible that the problem could be a lack of maintenance and accumulated debris in the filter, you may also need to replace the furnace altogether. 2. Your Furnace Is Getting Old It’s easy to lose track of how old your furnace is, but the truth is that your furnace may be past its expiration date already. Most furnaces aren’t meant to last longer than 15-20 years, so if yours is older than that, then it may be giving you decreased performance and requiring maintenance more often. Upgrading may seem like a big investment up front, but the improved quality of heating and decreased maintenance could save you money in the long run. 3. Your Furnace...

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Electrical Dangers: What You Should Never Do

October 14, 2019

There is a certain pride that comes with owning a home and doing it yourself when it comes to repairs and upgrades. However, home maintenance involving electrical components is an area where we strongly advise against DIY. Serious injuries and even death could occur if something goes wrong. Keep reading to learn more about home electrical dangers. Regular Circuit Breaker Trips At , we often encounter homeowners who ignore regular circuit breaker trips. Even semi-regular trips can be a sign of a bigger problem. If you have a toaster or microwave, for instance, that has a tendency to trip a breaker, you should stop using that appliance for the time being and schedule an electrical inspection. Extending Extension Cords More than 3,000 fires begin each year due to extension cords. This can happen because cords were frayed but also because cords were linked to reach a greater distance. Extending cords in this manner lower the carrying capacity of each cord. Cords can melt and even ignite, and you run the risk of burning out electrical outlets and so forth. Old, Defective, and Improper Wiring Bad wiring is a significant issue that can lead to many problems and dangers. You should...

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Fall Indoor Air Quality Concerns & How to Prevent Them

October 7, 2019

The cooler weather is starting to hit, and if you’re an allergy sufferer, you’ve probably noticed the change in air quality. While you can’t do much about the climate outdoors, there are ways to improve the air quality in your home. Read on to learn more about how to avoid fall indoor air quality problems this autumn. Less Humidity Can Contribute to Poor Indoor Air Quality The reduction in humidity that fall brings is welcomed by nearly everyone. The only issue with this scenario is that when the heat gets turned on, the result is much drier air. This can lead to sinuses drying out. Furthermore, you may have to deal with more pollutants that are weakened by the humidity. To counter this problem, consider getting a humidifier for your home. It’s best to find the sweet spot — not too dry but not too humid. Change Your Air Filter Regularly Poor indoor air quality can also be affected by a lack of proper air filtration through your HVAC system. Changing your air filter every three months, installing a humidifier, and investing in an indoor air purification system can provide fast relief for allergy sufferers or those with other health...

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Signs You’re Overworking Your HVAC System

October 1, 2019

Homeowners rely on many appliances and devices to maintain their comfort. An HVAC system serves a vital purpose: It keeps the temperature in the home at a preferred level. Who wants to freeze in the winter and swelter in the summer? It is crucial to stay on top of your HVAC system’s performance. Be on the lookout for signs the system is overworking itself. You don’t want to see it die out unexpectedly. Here are a few signs that your heating and cooling system is working too hard. 1. One Repair Leads to Another Quality HVAC systems are built to last, but a part can wear out every now and then. Service professionals exist to help you when something goes wrong. How often are things going wrong, though? If your HVAC system requires numerous repairs, the odds are strong that it is under excessive strain. If the system works too hard to deliver the desired temperature, it will break down more frequently. Maybe you need a new system now? 2. Your Bills Keep Going Up A hardworking HVAC system relies on electricity or gas for support. When the unit works excessively hard, it draws more energy. As a result, your...

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Common Thermostat Issues

September 25, 2019

Thermostats are responsible for controlling the temperature in the building. Furthermore, they can determine how much energy is used to heat or cool the home. While thermostats are incredibly efficient with how they operate, certain problems can develop over time. Here are a few common thermostat issues you may encounter as a homeowner. 1. Short Cycling or Continuous Running Short cycling or continuous running can occur when the thermostat doesn’t sit level or has parts that become dirty. A poorly calibrated anticipator may also be the cause and can be fixed by lengthening the cooling cycle. You may also need to adjust the anticipator arm in single notch increments toward the longer dial. 2. Thermostat Breakdowns You may notice that the air conditioner stops working suddenly and without warning. You’ll need to take a look at the thermostat to determine if it’s lit. If you find that it isn’t operating, then it can prevent signals from being sent to the AC. You’ll need to hire a company like to diagnose the problem to get to the cause. A lack of clean parts may be the issue. Loose wiring or screws can also be the issue and should be checked out....

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Steps to Dog Proof Your HVAC System

September 13, 2019

Having a furry canine friend at home can be great. However, you need to make sure that their friskiness doesn’t wreak havoc on your HVAC system. Let’s look at what you can do to protect your central heating and cooling system from damage that can be incurred because of your dog. 1. Safeguard Wiring A dog looks for anything to chew on, and your HVAC unit’s wiring can be very tempting. A chewed-up wire can cause your home’s heating and cooling to falter. Even worse, it can be dangerous for your puppy. At , we suggest that pet lovers in Kirkland, WA, wrap their wiring with a material that a dog cannot chew through. The best way to prevent harm from being done to your HVAC system and your pet is to use metal conduit tubing for wrapping your wiring. Your dog will be safe from the electric current, and you can be sure to enjoy uninterrupted cooling and heating. 2. Clean Vents and Air Filters Some dogs shed more fur than others but any amount that gets trapped in your vents or air filters can be a nuisance. The quality of your indoor air, as well as the HVAC...

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3 Tips for Maintaining Your Air Conditioning System

September 3, 2019

Having your local cooling technician perform a regular tune-up on your air conditioning system is necessary. But there are a few things you can do on your own to guarantee the functionality and longevity of your unit. An air conditioner that receives the proper care can keep your electricity bill down while making sure your system works seamlessly throughout the hot summer months. Here are three tips for maintaining your air conditioning system that our NATE-certified technicians at advise our loyal customers in the greater Seattle area to perform. Clean or Change the Air Filters Keeping your air filter clean is a matter of health since the airflow through the air conditioner makes sure to trap particles that can wreak havoc on your respiratory system. Also, keeping your air filter clean will ensure that your AC unit doesn’t break down or operate inefficiently. If you’re not sure how to clean or replace your air conditioner’s air filter, ask the technician who performs your maintenance. He or she will be more than happy to tell you what you need to safeguard your indoor air quality. Clean the External Air Conditioner Unit The external unit is exposed to the elements and all...

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Our Company Partners With Hopelink

August 28, 2019

You know us for our timely turnarounds, trusted workmanship, and friendly service. However, did you know that supports local charities too? We believe in improving the lives of local Kirkland residents in any way we can. Our intention is to go above and beyond the great heating and cooling services we already deliver. Giving Back to Our Neighbors We’ve chosen to partner with Hopelink because of its broad-based services. As a nonprofit social services agency, this organization supports food banks, housing services, and family development programs. Hopelink has been serving local low-income and homeless seniors, families, and children since 1971. The goal of this organization is to provide locals with the stability they need to become more self-sufficient. Annual Food Drive Donations Our commitment to giving back and serving our neighbors has led us to create a series of annual food and supply drives. We work one on one with a community engagement specialist to coordinate our events. December is an especially tough month for the folks Hopelink serves. Our recent 5,000-pound food donation right before the holidays fed many local families and individuals. Hundreds of homes and thousands of people depend on the resources provided by Hopelink. Join Us!...

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