Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What Are Your Neighbors Saying About GEN3?

From old buildings to brand new construction, our licensed technicians are trained, certified and current on all electrical standards, ready to solve the myriad of residential electrical problems. At GEN3 Electric we feel that knowledge is power, literally and figuratively! So before you hire your next electrician, consider what some of our recent customers have said about our work - it may change your decision!

“Had 2 fans installed by Dave and his team. Fast, professional, clean. Would def recommend for future work.”

- Abby W.

“Very good professional work. Done in a timely manner, cleaned up at the end of the job each time. Jose and Kevin were wonderful to work with, polite, friendly and incredibly helpful. The only thing I would have liked to improve on was receiving an invoice email after the job was complete. I was told it would come pretty quickly but have been waiting a few weeks.”

- Sarah M.

“Dave C and the whole GEN3 team were very professional and, most importantly, willing to communicate about the work to be done. The consulted with me about short- and long-term approaches to several electrical needs. Nice to meet a contractor that considers the needs of their clients and is willing to hear the customer's suggestions - not to mention be patient when asked a lot of dumb questions! Highly recommend GEN3 and Dave C. Thanks!”

- Douglas B.

We’re ready to take care of any and all of your electrical needs in the Philadelphia area so give us a call today at 215-512-4102 to schedule an appointment!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Knob and Tube Wiring: Is Your Home Safe?

Do you know what kind of wiring was used in the building of your home? Chances are you don’t, but if you know how old your house is it’s not too difficult to figure out. Knob and tube wiring is known as the earliest form of residential wiring and if it’s still being used in your home today, it can be a serious hazard.

What is Knob and Tube?
This early form of residential wiring consists of a cloth-covered wire and a neutral wire, that run parallel to each other. To secure the wires to the framing of your house, ceramic knobs are used and ceramic tubes are used where wires cross or penetrate framing.

Why is it Dangerous?
As with most things in life, when knob and tube wiring grows old it tends to break down. This type of wiring cannot be grounded or spliced into a grounded circuit. What does this mean? It means that its connections can melt if too much current flows through them which can lead to an electrical fire. Building insulation can also cause knob and tube wiring to overheat, so if you still have it in your home it’s time for an upgrade.

At GEN3 Electric, our highly skilled electricians can complete every electrical service or installation you need. From home rewiring to electrical service upgrades and knob and tube replacement, we’ve got you covered! Give us a call at 215-512-4102 today to get your home the electrical attention it needs!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Gen3 was at the Delaware County Job Fair!

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Gen3 enjoyed meeting future employees at the Delaware County Job Fair on Wednesday.
We are always looking for new talent to join our growing team of professionals.
Many of our current employees live in Delaware County and lots of our customers do too.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Smart Kitchens Are Taking Over

Smartphones and smart lighting solutions have made a giant impact on our lives, but now the smart kitchen is taking over. What do we mean by smart kitchen? See below to find out:

With whole bunch of foodie-friendly gadgets hitting the market, you may never have to step foot in your kitchen to cook a meal again. Well, at least they will make cooking much easier.

Smart Thermometers
Ever leave something in the oven too long, or not long enough, because you weren’t sure what temperature the food was cooked to? If this has happened to you, or if you forgot about food that was in the oven because you went in the living room to catch a glimpse of the evening news, smart thermometers are the perfect solution. They will send notifications to your smartphone, including an alert for when the food is ready to come out.

The days of turning a dial to adjust the heat on your cooktop may be limited. New options are available, like Monogram Induction Cooktop from GE, come equipped with a Bluetooth-enabled temperature sensor that cycles the heat on and off to maintain a precise temperature.

We’re excited to see where the future of kitchen appliances takes us, but for now we want to remind you how important it is to check for frayed or damaged wires and hazardous outlets. If you notice any electrical problems while cooking, give GEN3 Electric a call right away and we’ll stop by to correct them.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How To Properly Power Your Window Air Conditioner

As soon as the first hot day rolls around you’re going to crank up the air conditioner and turn on your fans, right? Well, did you know that using an extension cord or plugging your air conditioner directly into a wall outlet can overload the circuit? Don’t end up with a blown fuse, a broken unit, or worse, a fire. Find out the proper way to power your window air conditioner below:

Some outlets, especially those installed in older homes, were not built to withstand the amount of electricity needed to power a window air conditioner. Think about it - old outlets could have possibly been built before air conditioners were even invented.

How can you test your outlets? If you can’t vacuum, cook or blow dry your hair and run the air conditioner at the same time your circuits are overloaded. What can you do if this is the case? Call GEN3 Electric right away and we’ll run a dedicated A/C line and install a new outlet so you can safely power your unit without overloading the circuit or using an extension cord.

At GEN3 Electric, we’ve been servicing the Philadelphia Metro area for over three generations so you know you can count on us! Give us a call today at 215-512-4102 to schedule an appointment today and remember to connect with us on Twitter for all of your electrical needs!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Wireless Lighting Controls

Smartphones, smart televisions, why not smart lighting controls? The days of wishing that you were able to turn your lights off and on from a remote control are over, it’s now a reality! Better yet, you can control them from your iPhone!

Smart Switches
We’ve all wanted to be able to watch television and turn the lights in the room on or off without getting up from the couch, right? This is now possible with smart switches. How does it work? The switches on your wall receive a signal from a handheld remote that allows you to control the lighting in the room.

Don’t like the idea of adding another remote to your collection? No problem. You can control smart switches from your smartphone instead. Learn more below:

It’s time remove yourself from the past and get up-to-date with the latest technology. GEN3 Electric can install smart switches throughout your home that can be controlled wirelessly or with a smartphone for your convenience. Give us a call today at 215-512-4102 to learn more and don’t forget to connect with us on Twitter!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Electrical System Checklist For Spring

The snow is finally melting, the birds are beginning to chirp and warmer temperatures are finally making an appearance. Now that spring is officially here, it’s time to make sure your electrical equipment and devices are ready for the new season. Here are a few things you can add to your spring cleaning checklist to ensure a safe start to spring:

  • Your oven and stove have been collection grime and grease all winter long so it’s time to give them a deep cleaning. In addition, clean the exhaust hood and the duct over the oven regularly to allow for proper ventilation.
  • Make sure all appliances are located away from the sink and make sure all countertop appliances are plugged into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet.
  • Check to make sure that all major appliances are working properly. If you receive an electric shock, this could indicate a major problem with the appliance’s wiring. Turn the power off and contact an electrician immediately.

  • Check to see when the last time you had your electrical panel inspected was. If the next inspection date has passed, contact your local electrician to schedule an appointment.
  • If your washing machine or dryer is showing signs of excessive vibration, it can put stress on the electrical connections. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, notify us right away.
  • Keep the area around the dryer free of clutter, dirt and debris. Also keep in mind that failure to clean the lint filter after each load of laundry can lead to a fire.

If you notice any additional problems with your home’s electrical system while performing your spring cleaning chores, call on GEN3 Electric. Our expert electricians are always ready to help, so give us a call today at 215-512-4102 to schedule an appointment.