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  • 3 Real Reasons for Spooky Flickering Lights in Your Home

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017


    If you’ve noticed flickering lights around the house, you might have a ghost! Or electrical issues.

    Even among more superstitious homeowners, flickering lights are likely to create feelings of horror — related to electrical issues, of course. It's never much fun to wonder if you're on the brink of losing power, and flickering lights might seem like a warning sign of impending darkness.

    Flickering lights can be due to many different reasons. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, one of the following possibilities might just be at the root of your problem.

    You Might Have a Faulty Electrical Connection or Switch

    It's possible for switches to get worn down over time. To check for this, jiggle the switch carefully to see if you're able to cause a flicker. If you determine that the switch is the culprit, it'll need to replacement to stop the flickering. If you're unsure of how to do this, don't risk electrical shock! Call in an expert before you do anything else.

    Flickering Bulbs Could Simply Be Loose

    It might seem a bit too easy, but your flickering lights could be due to light bulbs that aren't secure in the fixture sockets. If you notice the issue with only a certain bulb, it's worth making sure — just turn off the light and carefully tighten the bulb. If the problem persists, try out a new bulb. If that doesn't work, the issue must be somewhere else.

    Fluctuating Electrical Voltage

    If you notice flickering lights when you turn on certain appliances, the issue could be that the item has too high a wattage for the circuit it’s on. Voltage issues could also manifest themselves as bulbs that are either too dim or too bright, but regardless, you’ll need professional help at this point. Some fixes aren’t simple enough for amateurs, and the dangerous nature of electrical repairs means calling the professionals is always the smart choice.

    At Certified Electric, Inc., our team is always ready to handle your electrical issues, whether flickering bulbs or something more serious. Contact us today for more information!

  • 3 Signs Your Air Conditioning Is Not Working Efficiently

    Wednesday, October 04, 2017


    Heating and air conditioning troubles aren’t always obvious, but there are warning signs that may indicate decreased efficiency.

    If you’ve come to rely heavily on heating and air conditioning, it’s a good idea to stay aware of potential issues. Your air conditioner won’t come up to you and tell you if it has a malfunction, but there will still be certain signs that highlight efficiency problems.

    Strange HVAC Noises

    If you notice unusual sounds coming from the air conditioner, like grating or squealing, you likely have an issue inside the unit. Something as simple as a poorly lubricated part can cause noises, but even these small issues can have a harmful effect on your HVAC system's efficiency. Leaving the problem alone for too long will only make this worse, and could even lead to a total breakdown.

    Weak Airflow from the Air Conditioner

    If the air coming through your vents is weak or barely noticeable, it could mean the unit's compressor is having problems. If some parts of the house are getting more air than others, it might mean the problem is with the ducts. Either way, issues like these force your system to work harder to achieve comparable levels of cooling.

    Your Heating and Cooling Bills Are Trending in the Wrong Direction

    If you notice rising utility bills every month but don't know why, the culprit may be your HVAC system. As the air conditioner loses efficiency, it burns more power to get the job done. You might not feel any more comfortable, but the costs would keep going up — the longer this continues, the more extreme the differences may become.

    Tackling efficiency issues right away is the best course of action. At Certified Electric, Inc., our focus is on keeping your heating and air conditioning system working at its best. To learn how we can provide fixes that make your efficiency issues disappear, contact us today.

  • 3 Foolproof Tactics to Get the Very Most Out of Your HVAC System

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017


    You invested a lot in your HVAC system, so it makes sense to try to get as much as possible out of it with maintenance agreements.

    Interested in maintenance agreements for your home's HVAC? You're already on the right track. Your HVAC system has an important job, and it's a great idea to make sure it stays in good shape and doesn't run into trouble later on. Getting the most out of your system is easier than you might think — read on to learn three foolproof tactics to maximize your HVAC.

    1. Keep HVAC Air Inside to Maintain Indoor Temperatures

    The air you're paying to cool is all too ready to escape, if you let it. By sealing off the areas around windows, ducts, your HVAC unit and doors you don't use, you can avoid wasting the cold air produced by your system. Air leaks force the HVAC to work longer to maintain desired temperatures since the loss of cool air will make the house warmer.

    2. Use a Programmable Thermostat for Maintaining Ideal Temperatures with Minimal Waste

    Thermostats that allow you to set a schedule are a valuable asset. They give you the ability to avoid wasting energy cooling or heating an empty house, and they can be set to have different temperatures at night compared to during the day when the family is active. Notably, they can also turn on in time to have the house at a comfortable temperature by the time you get home from work. Why spend so much on HVAC only to wait around in discomfort, after all?

    3. Regular Scheduled Maintenance Keeps Your HVAC Running Better for Longer

    A big part of getting the most out of your HVAC is extending its lifespan by as much as possible. At Certified Electric, Inc., our maintenance plans keep our customers' units working more efficiently for longer, effectively delaying the need for repairs and replacements. You'll be able to avoid untimely breakdowns, and you can rest assured knowing the technician handling your maintenance is aware of your system's needs and the best ways of addressing them.

    To learn more about our maintenance agreements available at Certified Electric, Inc., don’t hesitate to reach out.

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