House Call Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Norfolk’

Why Do I Keep Tripping Circuit Breakers?

Monday, January 28th, 2019
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There are a lot of opinions that are arguable out there. If you’ve ever stumbled into the comments section on a popular website, this is probably obvious to you. That being said, there are certain opinions that no one can or would really argue against. The fact that electricity is an incredible resource in our homes, for instance. Unless you’re entirely off the grid, which relatively few people are, you depend upon the electric utility in your area for access to the electricity that you use.

Unfortunately, while your utility may be quite reliable, there are still plenty of ways in which you may run into trouble when using electricity in your house. Because electricity can be dangerous when it is not being used correctly, any such problems really do demand your immediate attention—and that of a professional electrician in Norfolk, VA. Today, we’ll look at the common problem of tripped circuits. Resetting a tripped breaker isn’t hard, but it’s not something you should be doing regularly.

What Causes Tripped Breakers?

Your breaker box is there in place of an old fashioned fuse box in order to make resetting circuits easier and more convenient. You should expect to have to reset circuit breakers occasionally. Any number of issues may lead to tripped breakers, including the following:

  • Circuit Overloads
  • Short Circuits
  • Ground Faults

A circuit overload occurs when you are trying to draw more current from a circuit than it is meant to carry. A lot of homeowners wind up doing this because they buy strip outlets and load them up with a lot of different electronics or appliances. If this is the case, cut back on your draw, relocate some items to different outlets, and see if that helps. Any major appliances should also be running on their own circuits.

A short circuit occurs when your hot wire touches another hot wire or a neutral wire in an outlet. That causes a surge in current flow, overloading the circuit. You may hear a pop or even see sparks if this happens. Faulty wiring, including wiring that was incorrectly completed, is a serious fire risk. Do not ignore such problems. 

You may also be running into a ground fault, meaning that a hot wire is touching either a ground wire or the surface of a metal box. This is of particular concern in areas where moisture is present. Installing GFCI outlets in such areas is advisable.

Schedule Your Electrical Services with Our Team

When you need electrical services of any kind, you need licensed, experienced electricians to do the job. That means working with our team. We’ll make sure that your wiring is in great shape, that the wires themselves are not compromised, and that your electrical system is set up to meet your demands.

You need to be able to use electricity reliably in your home, but safety is always the number one priority. Do not make any compromises with your electrical system or its breaker box.

House Call Company is here for your electrical service needs. Contact us and see how we can make you smile.

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Why Is My Heater Short Cycling?

Monday, November 19th, 2018

chilly-manDo you think that “good enough” is good enough when it comes to the way in which your heater operates? If so, we’ll be seeing you for heating repair in Norfolk, VA, before long. Don’t you think it makes more sense to have “minor” issues with your heater resolved before they inevitably become major issues? Because even those problems that you think you can live with or ride out are going to hit a point where they either become intolerable or they start to affect your system in a more severe way.

A prime example of this is short cycling. When it first starts, it is easy to say well, I’ll deal with this for the time being. What homeowners fail to realize is that, while their systems are still technically running, they’re not running properly. That leads to a lot of damages that could have been easily avoided if more prompt action were taken. So read on, and be sure to reach out if you have any concerns about your home heating system.

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Why Does My AC Keep Cycling On and Off?

Monday, June 4th, 2018

AC-toolsIt’s annoying, isn’t it? Your air conditioner starts up—you can hear it. It begins to cool your home—you can feel it. Then it abruptly cycles back down—you can’t stand it! So don’t put up with it! This is called short cycling, and it is actually a much bigger problem than many homeowners realize. As is so often the case, there are a few different reasons why your system may short cycle.

While these causes vary in terms of severity, the fact remains that a short cycling AC is not a happy AC, and you are not likely to be satisfied with its performance. When the heat of summer hits its zenith, you really need to know that your system is going to live up to your deservedly high expectations. That is why you may need to contact to schedule service with our Norfolk, VA air conditioning repair technicians. 

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Do You Treat Your AC as Well As Your Car?

Monday, June 5th, 2017

AC service technicianWhen you are driving your car, you probably see a little sticker somewhere on your windshield reminding you to schedule your next oil change when you hit a certain number of miles. Typically, the average number of running hours on a car engine between oil changes is about 100 to 150 hours. Typically in the ballpark of 2,000 hours!

You don’t let your oil changes slip by, and you’d best give your AC maintenance in Norfolk, VA the same type of attention. The air conditioner is doing a whole lot of work each and every summer season, and it is only getting tuned up once a year. Make it count by scheduling your air conditioning tune-up with the pros on our team. We’ll make sure that your system is ready for the challenges of summer, every summer.

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Don’t Make These Efficiency Mistakes This Summer!

Monday, March 13th, 2017

son-and-fatherIt seems like it’s been a long time coming, but spring is going to be here very soon. Once spring really settles into place, it is only a matter of time before the heat of summer returns. Before we re-enter the cooling season or welcome summer’s arrival, we want to remind you of a few ways in which you can protect your energy efficiency during the summer months. Any number of oversights and user errors can result in an inefficient air conditioning performance.

Keep this information in mind over the coming weeks and months, and be sure to contact our building science professionals if you have any questions about ways in which to boost your home’s performance. With our help, you won’t have to worry about sacrificing comfort for efficiency, or vice versa. We can help you to get the most out of your home and your air conditioner in Norfolk, VA this summer.

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Don’t Let Leaky Ductwork Negatively Affect Your Heating Experience

Monday, November 21st, 2016

With the coldest time of the year rapidly approaching, you really need to know for sure that your heating system is in prime working condition. That is why it is so important that you schedule routine heating maintenance. There are some problems that could negatively affect your heater that won’t be resolved with a basic tune-up, however.

One major problem that may plague your heating season this year is leaky ductwork. There are a number of different issues that leaky air ducts can lead to. If you notice any of the following symptoms, you should schedule professional duct sealing in Norfolk, VA right away.

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Prevent Excessively Dry Air This Winter

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Your heating system may not actively dry out the air in your home the way that an air conditioner can, but dry air is still a very real problem during the winter months. While the air in the summer tends to be humid, and dehumidified somewhat in the cooling process, the air in the winter starts out dry.

That means that you may be heating already dry air and redistributing it throughout your home again and again. That can have a seriously negative effect on your indoor air quality. Fortunately, it is a problem that you can resolve with the use of a professionally installed whole-house humidifier in Norfolk, VA.

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Winter Plumbing Tips: Preventing Frozen Pipes

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The coldest time of the year is still a number of weeks away. Why then are we talking about the effects that freezing weather can have on the pipes in your residential plumbing system? Because it gives you time to prepare, of course!

If you’ve not taken steps to prevent frozen pipes, now is the time to act. Just because you’ve been lucky so far doesn’t mean that this lucky streak will continue through this winter. Take the following tips to heart, and remember to schedule your plumbing services with professional plumbers on our team.

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Tips for Cooling Your Home More Efficiently

Monday, August 1st, 2016

It’s been a very hot summer so far, and there is still a lot more of it ahead of us. If you are starting to feel the financial strain of cooling your home to a comfortable temperature, then we have a few tips to help you in the future. You don’t have to replace your entire air conditioning system just to enjoy a more efficient home cooling experience.

Cooling your household is never going to come free of charge. The following advice should help you to optimize the use of your air conditioner in Norfolk, VA, though. Call our number with any questions that you may have. 

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Take Advantage of a Great Promotion and Protect Your Sump Pump!

Monday, June 6th, 2016

We cannot recommend strongly enough that you have a sump pump installed in your home, if it is not already equipped with one. Water damage from flooding is always one of the chief concerns among homeowners, and you really need to know that you’ll be able to pump water out of the lowest levels of your house as quickly as it can get in. If you do have a sump pump in place already, we’ve got a great offer coming up for you. For just $25, our plumbers will clean and tune-up your sump pump for you. That way, you can count on it being there for you when you need it most.

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