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Home Generator Installation

By Springdale Electrician,

 

 

Is a Home Generator Right For You?

Making this big purchase can come with a lot of questions, so Mister Sparky put together a list to help you make a decision about your purchase, and your home generator installation.

1) Know your surroundings

Do you have neighbors that are relatively close? Will you be installing a home generator on the same side of the house as your bedroom or main living area? If so, then be sure to look for the quietest unit possible. The decibel or loudness rating of each generator is readily available usually. You can find extremely quiet units that are as quiet or quieter than a typical outdoor heat pump.

2) Do you want the generator for whole house or most of the essentials?

Remember as the size of the generator gets larger, the bigger of an investment will be required. However, some must haves that can be powered via generator include a heat or cooling source (lots of ways to accomplish this depending on what type of heat you have), water (well and or electric hot water tank), refrigerator, freezer, septic system, cooking source (microwave and or small burner plate works great and can save you from a larger generator), communications (like phone, modem and routers), lights and receptacles to get you ready in the morning. And of course the coffee pot!

3) A professional should perform your home generator installation

You could purchase the best system in the world, however the most important day in the life of your new whole house generator system is the day it’s installed. Make certain the installer is licensed and bonded, and make sure they have done lots of these installations. Then, ask to see other projects they’ve done or if you can call the past 2-3 customers they installed generators for like yours, do so.

Some of the things you should be finding out include whether they seem thorough and intelligent about the product and if they are able to offer solutions to problem area. Ask if they take down calculations for the gas appliances and make sure your gas meter or propane tank will accommodate the new home generator system. If they are not asking these things, find a different installer. Making sure your new generator will work with your existing natural gas or propane system is possibly the most important solution electricians should be able to answer and solve.

4) Compare warranties and guarantees on generator AND installation

After the installation is done, can your home generator electrician support you if there is a problem? What assurances do they give you? Do they just want to install it and then not service it? If so, I would stay away from that installer and go with one that will take care of you and support you through the life of your system.

5) Make sure you have whole house surge protection installed

Make sure you have whole house surge protection installed not only on your home electrical panels but on the emergency back up generator panel that is controlled by the generator as well. While home generators today deliver very stable and reliable power quality, you never want to take a chance with all your homes electronics on the system. It’s a fairly inexpensive item that provides a very large amount of protection. They also have their own warranty that will give you lots of peace of mind as well.

 

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Home Smoke Detector Maintenance

By Springdale Electrician,

How much do you know about the smoke detector maintenance necessary to keep your home safe? Check out Mister Sparky’s informational video!

 

 

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Repair Flickering Lights

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When the lights are flickering, panic sets in. Is it an earthquake? Is there an electrical panel problem? How much does it cost to repair flickering lights? Mister Sparky understands your concerns and we’re going to address them on the blog to put you at ease. We’ll talk about different causes of flickering lights before educating you about different situations that would require our emergency electrician services.

A few causes of flickering lights include bad light bulbs, bad electrical connections between bulbs and sockets, large power-sucking appliances, loose conductors in the electrical panel, or problems with your electric company. We realize that’s a lot to worry about, but again, that’s why we’re writing this blog for you.

First, it’s inevitable that light bulbs will eventually burn out. If a single light bulb is flickering, try replacing it with a new one. If the newly installed light bulb is still flickering, you may have a circuit breaker problem. In this case, call Mister Sparky to come out for a complete circuit diagnosis. A faulty circuit with loose hot or neutral conductors is nothing to leave alone, as it can be dangerous. Please make sure and call to get us out to your home. After the diagnosis, our licensed electricians will find the problem and fix it only if you want the work done.

Appliances that use lots of electricity also lead to flickering lights. Many homes’ electrical panels only carry up to 200 amps so when appliances that draw 100+ amps are first started, of course lights will flicker. To fix this problem, call Mister Sparky to rewire your outdoor A/C unit for max capacity while also checking for problems with wire size or fusing. Lastly, there are problems that arise due to unforeseen circumstance with your electric company.

For example, when your neighbors are telling you they are experiencing flickering lights while you are too, it’s almost always an electric company problem. It could be a downed power line or that something was fried by an electric strike. However, it could also be an issue with wildlife messing with electrical equipment or tree limbs resting on power lines. In situations like these, call your electric company and let them resolve the problem.

There you have it! Now when you encounter a flickering light problem in your home, you’ll know how to address it. Just remember not to panic if you have an emergency electrical problem or electrical power outage.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Make A Difference Summer Giveaways

By Springdale Electrician,

Could someone you know use a $2000 home upgrade? Here’s your chance to make a difference with our summer giveaways!

Exciting things are happening at Mister Sparky. We just launched our Mister Sparky Makes a Difference campaign, and we wanted to give you all the details about it in case you have not already heard about it.

This summer, we’re giving away $2000 worth of home improvement services including general electrical maintenance, rewiring, generator installation, lighting installation, ceiling fan installation and more. Why? Because we care about our local communities, and we want to put a smile on someone’s face.

Some people either don’t have the resources to maintain a home or they spend the funds they would normally use for home maintenance to help others out. These are the people we want to assist. However, we need YOUR help to do this.

First, visit mistersparkyhelps.com. Once you’re there, we’re asking you to nominate deserving family, friends and humanitarians for the $2000 prize by typing a short blurb explaining why Mister Sparky should select your nominee. It’s that simple! Nominations for the $2000 prize opened on June 14, 2015, but they will close on June 30. Mister Sparky announces a winner on July 8.

Thank you for your continuous support of Mister Sparky. We enjoy serving you. Check out our Facebook page for more information, and please spread the word about Mister Sparky Makes a Difference via social media with the hashtag, #MisterSparkyMakesADifference. Have a great summer and thanks for helping us make a difference!

 

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

 

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May is National Electrical Safety Month

By Springdale Electrician,

At Mister Sparky, safety is important to us no matter the time, day, month or year. May is National Electrical Safety Month, which gives us a special opportunity to further discuss electrical safety practices with our friends and family. Mister Sparky electricians pledge to maintain a clean, safe, respectable and reputable place of business that reflects the high standards of the Mister Sparky brand every day. Safety is a part of our Code of Ethics. We don’t just talk about safety, though. We are committed to it. Did you know that every Mister Sparky electrician completes more than 150 hours of training per year? We do this to ensure your safety and ours alike.

Did you know that since 1992, fatal electrical injuries have declined by more than 50% on an annual basis according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)? We like to think that the decrease in accidents we’ve seen is due to an increase in electrical safety knowledge. To ensure a continual decline in electrical injuries over time, more safety knowledge is key.

Instead of boring you with a long list of electrical safety tips, we suggest you go check out ESFI’s 360-degree-rotating, virtual home to brush up on your electrical safety knowledge or better yet call us to schedule your own in-home electrical safety checkup today!

Celebrate National Electrical Safety Month while learning more about electrical safety practices here:

http://virtualhome.esfi.org

 

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

 

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