Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dangers of Knob & Tube Wiring

Some people may look at old knob and tube wiring and say that it’s in good condition. But here’s the problem - old knob and tube wiring is insulated with rubber, which rots over time. This can cause major problems behind your walls, and you may not notice until it’s too late.

Watch this quick video to see an example of old wiring behind a wall that could have caused major problems. Good thing we found it before it had a chance!

Did you know that your insurance company may not cover this inefficient electrical wiring? Be sure to call your insurance company and find out today. Our GEN3 technicians are called to many older residential buildings in Philadelphia where the electrical wiring is still using the knob and tube method. So if you have this dangerous wiring system in your home, give us a call today at 215-512-4102.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Electrical Cord Safety Tips

Thinking about cutting corners by using extension cords as a substitute for repairing a building’s wiring? DON’T! This is a surefire way to cause a wide range of electrical hazards that can leave you with a larger problem than when you started.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical cords and temporary wiring account for over 25% of the estimated 81,000 electrical system fires that occur each year. In order to avoid becoming another statistic, follow the electrical cord safety tips below:

  • Don't use extension cords as a substitute for repairing building wiring. Doing so can cause the cord to overheat and potentially start a fire.
  • Inspect extension cords for broken connectors, damaged insulation and missing hardware before each use.
  • Extension cords are labeled for indoor or outdoor use. Make sure you adhere to the labels and keep in mind the maximum load your cord can handle.
  • Don’t try to repair damaged or broken electrical cords. Your safest option is to discard them and purchase a new one.

GEN3 Electric has been servicing the electrical needs of the Philadelphia metro area for three generations. Electrical safety is one of our top priorities so give us a call if you need electrical installation or repairs done by expert certified electricians. Don’t forget to connect with us on Google+!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GEN3 Electric: Servicing The Philly Metro Area For 3 Generations

How many times have you called a company with a question or concern only to reach the answering machine? Many service companies forget how important your emergency may be, but we understand that you can’t wait! At GEN3 Electric, you will never get a machine when calling our office - a friendly voice will always be there to assist you.

Watch the video below to hear from one of our very “impressed” customers.

GEN3 Electric has been servicing the electrical needs of the Philadelphia metro area for three generations.Our trained electricians understand any issues you have with the electric in your Philly home. Our technicians specialize in repairing, updating and servicing your homes electrical wiring and lighting for indoor and outdoor residential buildings. 

So give us a call the next time you need electrical work done in your home!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Fans and Fixtures Installation in Philly

When it comes to ceiling fans and lighting fixtures, you may want to think twice about installing them yourself. With high speed blades spinning above your head and lighting fixtures that have the potential to cause a fire if installed incorrectly - leave it to the professionals.

GEN3 Electric specializes in installing fans and lighting fixtures for every room, including bathroom and ceiling fans to help circulate air more efficiently.

The Importance Of Proper Ceiling Fan Installation
Ceiling fans serve more than one purpose. While they help to keep you cool in warm weather, they can also improve air circulation for uniform heat distribution in cold weather. But any fan in any odd location won’t do. As with most appliances, you’ll have fewer headaches when you buy a quality product, install it correctly and learn how to use it properly.

At GEN3 Electric we cover all bases of your ceiling fan installation including:
  • Clean & neat installation
  • Properly balanced installations
  • Secure installations for reduced vibration and noise control

Brighten Up Any Room With Lighting Fixtures
Nothing impacts the mood of a room more than lighting. The proper lighting can transform an ordinary room into a completely new oasis. Generation 3 Electric can help you decide on the right lighting for a specific room in your home, or choose separate lighting for each of your rooms.

We install all sorts of lighting fixtures, including:
  • Chandeliers
  • Wall sconces
  • Track and pendant lighting
  • Bathroom lighting
  • High hats
  • Outdoor lighting

So give us a call today to schedule an installation appointment. Don’t put your family’s safety at risk, leave it to us to service and install fans and fixtures in your home! Remember to connect with us on Facebook.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Who Is Responsible For Outside Electrical Equipment?

Who is responsible for outside electrical equipment, you or your power company? Well, it depends. There are some wires that are your responsibility to repair, but other pieces of equipment fall under the responsibility of your power company.

The wires coming down from your power company's main power supply are your responsibility. This includes the meter socket but not the meter clock. It is important to note that in most cases, electrical tape will not protect a damaged wire and you call on a certified electrician to perform the repair. You are also responsible for maintenance and repair of your weather head and insulator, meter box and main service panel.

On the other hand, your power company is responsible for maintaining and repairing overhead, outside electric lines to your residence and your electric meter. If you have underground electric service, your power company will take care of the utility poles and transformers and any problems with the electric meter.

Still unsure of what you are responsible for? Give GEN3 Electric a call and we’ll come out and look before you have to find out the hard and expensive way. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more electrical updates.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Baseboard Heat Installation In Philadelphia

A winter hat and gloves should only be needed when you leave your house, not while you’re inside of it. If you’re afraid of turning on the heat in your home as a result of extremely high energy bills, baseboard heat may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

How Does It Work?
They can be installed along the baseboard of any individual room and work by heating the air near the floor. This warm air then rises and circulates through the room, pushing cold air back down to the floor.

Watch our short video to find out more about baseboard heating and how it’s installed:

When you’re ready to upgrade your old inefficient heating system and replace it with a money-saving option, give GEN3 Electric a call. Have questions about any step of the process or how you can benefit from baseboard heating? No problem, we’re here to answer your questions and help you make an educated decision.