Thursday, December 31, 2015

Electrical inspection can save you big $$$

I'm GEN3  was called in for an electrical inspection after the home inspector had difficulty opening the panel cover. 

Hidden in the back corner of the panel was a piece of woven cotten wiring used as a feeder in knob & tube wiring systems. With the breaker turned off we found it fed the hallway and basement bathroom lights. 

After that we started to look for acessable locations where knob & tube wiring would be likely to be found. We could not open the outlets without damaging the paint. The were tested. For grounds instead. The outlets seemed to past this test but their locations were suspect. The outlets were also very worn out and due for a circuit restoration. 

The light fixtures were not painted shut we were able to take them down with out damaging the paint. In total we located 3 circuit that contains knob and tube. These 3 circuits powered over half of the homes general lighting and outlet. 

This was not doc closed by the seller and missed by the home inspector. In this case the electrical inspection save the buyer thousands of dollars. 

Look what we found during a circuit restoration

During a circuit restoration we located and repaired a potential fire hazard. We recommend the outlets and switches get replaced every 10 to 20 years. This is a great example of why. The connections in this outlet loosened up over time and slowly started to heat up. Problems like this are not apparent when devices are initially installed. This gives homeowners and handyman false confidence when switching out the devices. It is a good idea to have an electrician do a circuit restoration whenever buying a new home, every 10 years in high-traffic areas, every 20 years for the entire home. 
Replacing the devices in your home (circuit  restoration)will protect you from small problems that build up overtime in electrical equipment. Not doing this can be way more costly. 


Monday, December 21, 2015

Ductless HVAC For Additions

Your original living space wasn’t large enough to accommodate your entire family so you decided to renovate. However, once you began the project you realized that your existing hvac just wasn’t going to reach far enough to keep your addition comfortable. You started to panic. But don’t worry, we’ve got a solution - ductless hvac is here!

Lots of homeowners believe in the misconception that ductless is always a whole-home system. This is not the case. Sometimes you only need to heat or cool a newly renovated living space or addition. With technology that enables the indoor unit to point the conditioned air toward the hot and cold spots in the room, Mitsubishi ductless splits have enabled us to turn many seasonal spaces like this into year-round sanctuaries.

Take your new sunroom for example. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to sit in there during the first major snowstorm of the season and watch what’s going on outside without freezing? We can make it all possible.

Here’s why ductless is perfect for these applications:
  1. Sunrooms have an abundance of natural light and need to be cooled and heated differently from the rest of the house.
  2. Additions or outbuildings are often a little short on additional room and lack the space required for big, bulky ductwork.
  3. Some rooms are not regularly occupied and you can turn off the mini-split system and close the door to save money.

If this sounds like your home, contact the ductless pros at GEN3 Electric today! We’d love to help you with the perfect hvac solution for your home so you can enjoy any room all year ‘round!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

How To Heat Your Home For Less

We sure hope temperatures don’t drop to -13°F this winter, but you never know with the strange weather patterns we’ve been greeted with lately. And even if it does, we've got you covered. Homeowners are often faced with a major dilemma during the colder months - whether to throw on the layers to keep heating costs down or turn up the thermostat a few degrees to live comfortably. If this sounds like you, a Mitsubishi H2i Hyper-Heating INVERTER might be the answer.

Are you constantly filling your oil or propane tank during the cold winter months? These bills can add up quickly and leave you in a sticky situation. But with Mitsubishi's Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ you can lessen or eliminate your dependence on fossil fuels altogether, making ductless an affordable alternative to oil and gas.

Hyper-heat systems are a great way to save money on energy bills and here’s how:
  • INVERTER-driven technology results in substantial energy and utility savings for homeowners.
  • Zone control for improved comfort and decreased energy usage.
  • All MXZ H2i Systems are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Why heat the whole entire house at the same time? With this system, each room or zone operates independently with its own wireless or wired remote control, so people in different rooms can choose a temperature that makes them most comfortable.

For more information about ductless hyper-heat technology works or to find out how it can benefit your home, contact GEN3 Electric today!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

How To Avoid Counterfeit Electronics

Did you know that counterfeiting costs U.S. businesses between $200-$250 billion and results in 750,000 lost jobs each year? Believe it or not, consumer electronics was the top counterfeit commodity seized by U.S. customs in 2011. What does all of this mean for you? Purchasing and using counterfeit electronics can lead to serious health problems and even death so read below to find out you can avoid them:

When it comes to purchasing electronics if the price is too good to be true, it probably is. Oftentimes, counterfeit products are not put through testing by an independent laboratory and don’t comply with industry safety requirements. This is why reading the packaging and labels is extremely important.

Here are a few additional guidelines you should follow to make sure you’re avoiding imposters:
  1. Only use established vendors who supply products from genuine manufacturers.
  2. Avoid unknown brands and products.
  3. Look for the name and contact information of the manufacturer on the packaging.

Want to learn more about the dangers of counterfeit electronics? Contact the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Why Do Smoke Detectors Chirp?

On average, 8 people die in a home fire each day in the U.S. Did you know that a working smoke alarm can cut the chance of a fire nearly in half? It’s important to have your smoke detectors installed properly, check them regularly and understand what their warning signals mean. See below to find out:

Proper Installation
Believe it or not, there’s lots of planning that goes into the installation of smoke detectors. There should be smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. With today’s technology, smoke alarms are often interconnected so if one sounds the rest will sound as well.

We recommend having smoke detectors hardwired with a battery backup rather than just having one with a battery. They should be installed 10-20 feet from cooking appliances and 6-12 inches from the ceiling if they are mounted on the wall.

Proper Maintenance
When was the last time you tested your smoke alarms? You should do so at least once a month by pressing the TEST button. It’s also a good idea to dust or vacuum the cover of your smoke alarm to prevent any potential malfunctions.

Hear a chirping or beeping sound coming from the alarm? Don’t ignore it! Most of the time this signal indicates a low battery so be sure to check it right away.

GEN3 Electric is your go-to electrician for home protection devices. Keep your family safe and sound this holiday season by making sure your smoke alarms are working properly. Give us a call at 215-512-4102 today!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

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Need an expert electrician in Philadelphia? Look no further! Fully licensed and insured, Generation 3 Electric is a 3rd generation electrical and lighting services company. GEN3 Electric's Electricians Provide Electrical Repair & Installation in Philadelphia, Center City, Mt Airy & Surrounding Areas.

When you choose GEN3, you can rest assured knowing that we’ve been serving the Philly Metro area for three generations. Since we’re owned by and employ life-long residents of Philadelphia we are your Neighbors. We’re familiar with your neighborhoods, because we live here too!

We offer a full range of electrical services. Whether you’re in need of Surge protection, any kind of lighting upgrades or installations, knob & tube wiring replacement, short circuits, outlets, upgrades, code violations, or even whole house rewiring… We’ve got you covered. 

All of this is backed up with our 2012 Best Electrician award from the Best of Philly competition, and our Angie’s List Super Service Award, which we’ve now won the past 5 years in a row. So give us a call at (215) 512-4102 the next time you need service!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Indoor Holiday Decoration Safety

Now that you know how to decorate the outside of your home safely, it’s time to focus on indoor decor. Nothing says holidays like a beautiful tree, sparkling lights and scented candles, just make sure you’re not creating any hazards. Follow the tips below to decorate your home safely this season:

Still using the same lights from years back?  It’s time to switch to LED bulbs - they’re safer and can help you save on energy bills. Since they don’t produce heat, there’s less of a chance of your tree overheating and catching fire and the same goes for your walls and ceilings.

It’s also important to choose where you hang lights carefully. Keep them away from carpets, furniture, drapes and anything else that has the potential to catch fire.

Using electrical cords to plug in your decorations? Be sure to use ones labeled for indoor use inside the home and never overload an outlet.

Never run cords underneath a rug or across a doorway and make sure they are not placed at an angle or position that causes them to pinch.

If you haven’t done so already, it’s just about to time to set up your tree. Make sure to keep it at least three feet away from all heat sources including radiators, fireplaces and candles and always unplug lights and decorations when leaving the house or going to bed.

GEN3 Electric has been servicing the electrical needs of the Philadelphia metro area for three generations. Our technicians specialize in repairing, updating and servicing your home’s electrical wiring and lighting for indoor and outdoor residential buildings so give us a call at 215-512-4102 when you need service.