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3 Dragons Every Electrical Company Slays Almost Every Day

Electrical companies are modern day knights in shining armor. 

Electrical Companies

Without proper lighting, your house can become a dark dungeon in no time at all. Are you lighting candles and creeping through the hallways? Are you a prisoner of relentless power outages, in the gloomy cave of your own home? Does all seem lost? It’s time to call an electrician and watch them save the day.

Calling in the cavalry might seem like a drastic decision, but if your home is experiencing any of the following problems, you have no better option.

1. Circuit Breakers Tripped and Fuses Blown? 

This is a prime indicator that an underlying electrical issue might be responsible for repeated power losses. If your system is getting interrupted too frequently, it means that the circuits are drawing more power than they can handle, and it’s time for an upgrade.

2. Flickering Lights and Power Surges. 

Some appliances draw more power than others. If you’re experiencing surges, these power-hungry gadgets should be routed along dedicated circuits to prevent them from drawing away from other electrical uses.

3. Shocking and Over-Heating. 

If your outlets are warm to the touch or have a tendency to give a little shock when you use them, it could be a sign that the circuit is overworked. It could also be an indication that the wiring is faulty or at least on its way to going bad. This can be very dangerous, but is a surprisingly common problem in older houses with outdated aluminum wiring. Have the wiring checked regularly if this is the case in your house.

Want to get in touch with an electrical company that will go to battle for you? Call 843-626-3689.

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Why Now's the Perfect Time to Shop for Electrical Companies for Your Commercial Property

Reliable electrical companies are a rare find. Why should you get in touch with one before your back is against the wall?

Reliable Electrical Companies

Here are a couple of good reasons to look for an electrical company long before you need one:

Under Pressure. 

The best time to make a decision is when you don’t have to. Shopping around for an electrical company before something goes wrong in your commercial space will allow you to make an informed decision without desperation or time sensitivity factoring in. Take the opportunity to check all the available options and get reviews from people you trust. Look into the company’s experience, training, and other qualifications.

No Day But Today. 

Choosing an electrical company for your commercial property is the kind of chore that could turn anyone into a procrastinator. Indefinitely. But there’s no time like the present! Taking initiative on small but important tasks like this now will protect your business from the risk of major hassle later. And it could even save money down the line, in the event that an emergency occurs and you need immediate response. Knowing who to call in a crisis is imperative, and it’s obvious that power loss in the 21st century can quickly escalate to legitimate crisis levels.

Yet another benefit to nailing down an electrical company to call your business’ own now is that once you’ve done it, you don’t have to think about it again. Of course, that’s assuming you chose well – but now you know how to do that.

For more information about the best electrical companies and services, contact the professionals at Cooper Mechanical Services.

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Do You Really Need Professional Electric Services, Or Is Yours a Good DIY Project? This Will Help You Decide

Where do you draw the line between weekend warrior projects and those needing professional electrical services?

Professional Electrical Service or DIY

You’ve possibly noticed the lights flickering whenever you switch on the vacuum cleaner or hear the A/C kick in. Maybe your electrical sockets have shocked you a few times recently whenever you go to plug an appliance in. Do these signal that it’s time to call in the big guns or is it just time for another weekend project around the home?

Diagnosis

When you see mounting electrical problems, they could mean that your system is on the fritz. Without expert insight, it could be impossible to pin down the exact culprit. If it appears to be a small issue, many homeowners are confident in their ability to self-diagnose and take care of it without professional intervention. This isn’t always the best idea, and could be unsafe for them and their homes.

Safety First

While making progress on the honey-please-do list is an admirable ambition, it’s always best to keep more important issues like safety in mind. Electrical work can be hazardous if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. Once you have determined the source of the problem, the next step is finding an appropriate fix. If it involves extensive wiring or circuitry, the danger increases exponentially. Getting electrocuted is a real risk of danger in this sort of repair situation.

Making It Worse

Even the most seasoned DIY handyman might encounter a problem that needs a professional touch. Professional technicians are safeguarded by important provisions, that include insurance and licensing. If they make the problem worse, their mistake doesn’t become your problem, and you won’t be further out of pocket getting the repair completed. If you make a mistake, however, you’ll definitely end up paying for it. Sometimes the risks involved in doing it yourself just aren’t worth the potential savings you might enjoy should everything go exactly as intended.

For more information about professional electric services, call 843-626-3689.

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3 Questions You Need to Ask Before Hiring a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Company for Your Business

Investing in reliable refrigeration and AC labor isn’t just a nicety in businesses; it’s an absolute necessity.

Questions about Refrigeration

Putting your money toward HVAC improvements? Make sure you are going with the best-trained and most effective refrigeration and air conditioning service professionals you can find. Identifying the team that best matches your needs begins with asking a few important questions:

1. What’s Your Availability? 

You need someone who will answer your call when all the chips are down. Technicians who are responsive and professional are lifesavers for any business, but their services become mission critical in some environments. When you have an emergency that needs professional attention, you need service that’s reliable and prompt. Waiting around for hours with a broken AC or malfunctioning refrigeration system in middle of the summer heat just isn’t an option, especially when your business concerns are at stake.

2. What Are Your Certifications and Warranty Policy? 

Because HVAC services are highly specific, training is very important. Make sure the company you plan to work with is licensed, insured, and bonded. Also, having a warranty that covers any parts and labor, that could be needed, for each appliance will protect your business from poor product performance. Sometimes after installation, even the best systems experience hiccups, and it pays to have accountability for the work performed and the products in question.

3. Experience and References? 

Refrigeration and air conditioning work generally takes place in personal spaces like homes or offices. Having a company with good references and relevant experience is important. Find out if technicians have worked with systems similar to yours in the past and how many projects of the same nature they have completed in the recent past. This kind of experience will make the process go more smoothly.

To get more insight about the best refrigeration and air conditioning company, contact us.

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3 Ways Your Business Can Win by Keeping Your Air Conditioning Systems Maintained

Treat your air conditioning system to the best maintenance, and you won’t believe how much your investment will pay off for your business.

Commercial AC MaintenanceTimes are tough for business owners everywhere, and many work hard just to keep their heads above water financially. Air conditioning systems can be a drain on your expenses, but only if you aren’t careful with your maintenance plan.

Most repairs that need emergency services can be avoided entirely with proper preventative maintenance. Investing a little bit of money on periodic inspections and upkeep will make it less likely that you’ll ever need horribly expensive emergency repairs.

1. Deal With Maintenance On Your Timeline. Scheduling regular maintenance visits from air conditioning professionals doesn’t have to be an inconvenience. In fact, the real inconvenience comes from unexpected emergency repairs, so take a look at your calendar now when you have more control over choosing days and times that work for you. Set aside time for your business to get a cooling unit maintenance inspection.

2. Keep Your Customers Happy. By scheduling maintenance now, you can be sure the impact on your customer’s experience will be minimal. On the other hand, an emergency cooling unit repair is never convenient, and can have a big impact on your customers and employees. Nobody wants to shop or work in a space that’s hot and uncomfortable.

3. Count It a Cost of Doing Business. Maintenance checkups might seem like an annoying expense, but in comparison to emergency repair costs they are chump change. Pay a little now to avoid paying a lot later. It’s a simple idea, but it’s one of the most important ways your business can win by keeping the cooling unit in good shape.

For more information about keeping your business air conditioning system maintained, call 843-626-3689.

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What ONE Problem Causes the Most Air Conditioning Service Calls? (And How Can You Prevent It?)

Air conditioning service problems come in many shapes and sizes.

Air Conditioning ServiceMany homeowners don’t know how to prevent this common service issue with their cooling units. While professionals are always available to help out in a crunch or with more complicated technical issues, a little know-how on your part could save money and time.

So, what’s the problem?

An AC unit that won’t keep the temperature you set on your thermostat.

You know how this goes: You set your thermostat at a comfortable temperature. Your air conditioner turns on, then runs, and runs, and runs. You’re sitting there sweating, double-checking your thermostat every few minutes because you’re not seeing any progress on the mission to cool your home down to a temperature somewhat cooler than the Equator.

Obviously, cooling is the basic function of an air conditioning system, and performance issues are generally related to ineffective cooling or total system shut off. Thankfully, there are a couple easy solutions you can try out to take preventative action in the future:

Don’t Sing the Thermostat Blues.

Be sure not to tamper too frequently with your thermostat, as this can cause shorts and create an electrical issue that affects the entire system. If that doesn’t seem to be the problem, and you notice an issue with your cooling unit you can also try tripping the circuit breaker.

Look Out for Refrigerant Leaks.

If you get the AC running again but notice it isn’t quite hitting the mark of temperature you set, it’s possible you can get to the bottom of this issue without involving the pros. Just check the refrigerant lines (two hoses at the back of the unit) to see if there’s a buildup of condensation or frost. If so, proper airflow isn’t being achieved and you can reset the system by turning the thermostat off and on again.

Calling an AC repair tech may not be your first instinct when something goes wrong – especially if you’re a fan of doing it yourself. But if you’ve checked these common issues and still can’t get your home to cool off, it might be time to call the pros.

To schedule repairs, or better yet, preventative air conditioning service maintenance, click here.

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What Questions Should You Ask an Air Conditioning Contractor BEFORE You Sign on the Dotted Line?

Here’s what you need to know to ensure you have an air conditioning contractor you can trust.

AC contractorMaking an important purchase requires planning and forethought. Signing up with an air conditioning contractor isn’t like signing your soul away, but it still deserves some consideration all the same. Researching the products and services available to you is all part of the decision making process, and you should get insight from experts you can trust.

Here are some questions you should ask:

Is My System the Right Size?

Getting a new air conditioning unit is an investment that your home will benefit from for a long time. So it’s important to get the details right before you take the plunge. Getting the energy and space specs right will save money and keep your home optimally comfortable even on the hottest of summer days. A professional technician can help you get a comprehensive picture of how big your air conditioning unit should be.

What is My Maintenance Plan?

Having a maintenance strategy right out of the starting gate is important. Your air conditioning contractor should help you plan for the regular upkeep of whatever unit you decide to go with. Taking all the factors of your household into consideration, you should be looking at maintenance plans crafted for your system, schedule, and budget.

What are My Financing Options?

Getting a unit in your price range is essential. It’s also important to be thinking of the impending utility costs and the energy consumption of the system you are planning to buy. Knowing these factors in advance will help you make an informed decision and keep your financial constraints in focus. Many air conditioning companies now offer financing options to help you spread out your payments over time, so you can get the unit you need without breaking the bank. Cooper Mechanical is happy to offer financing options to our customers, with approved credit.

If you’re looking for an air conditioning contractor you can trust, schedule your first appointment with the pros at Cooper Mechanical Services.

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3 Secrets for Extending the Life of Old Air Conditioners

Air conditioners don’t last forever, but if you know how to treat yours, it will serve you for years to come.

AC MaintenanceOld air conditioners can be a burden. As they accrue damage from long-term use and general wear and tear, they can become inefficient and more costly to run and repair. But investing in a new cooling unit is also daunting and expensive, so if you can extend the life of your system, that’s the way to go.

If your air conditioner is on its last legs, here are some general tips for getting more mileage out of those final months. Likewise, if you are just purchasing a new unit, take some of this advice early on and keep your unit running smoothly for years.

Keep your unit cool by planting shrubs or other coverage nearby. Your unit keeps you cool, so return the favor! It will use spend less energy on cooling and save you money. Just be sure not to plant so close to the unit that your service tech can’t access it easily.

Take time to perform regular maintenance. Keeping your unit clean will make a huge difference when it comes to preventing emergency repair situations. Changing the filters and doing a simple check-up make for a good investment in the long-term life of your unit. 

Take back-up precautions. You don’t generally need to run your cooling unit 100% of the time, and having a ceiling fan or a floor fan can be inexpensive alternatives on days when the heat isn’t so bad. Investing in some cheaper cooling alternatives also means your unit gets a break every now and then from managing an entire house.

Think about circulation – don’t put furniture or other obstacles on top of vents. The harder it is for cool air to circulate, the harder your system has to work.

For more information about prolonging the service life of your old air conditioner, or if you’re starting to think about a new system, call the pros at Cooper Mechanical Services at 843-626-3689.

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How to Know When Your Air Conditioner Unit is on the Fritz

Air Conditioner Units Should NOT Do This or That...And Certainly Not THAT!

AC System ReplacementThe inner workings of your air conditioner unit might be mysterious, but here are a few obvious signs that something isn’t right.

Fluctuating Temperatures

Here is some Air Conditioner Unit 101. If your thermostat is set to a temperature that your cooling unit isn’t quite hitting, you can bet there is something amiss. It could be a simple fix, but it definitely needs to get looked at before it escalates into a full-blown problem.

Noisy Operations

Has your air conditioning unit suddenly become very vocal? Does it complain loudly while carrying out tasks that it used to perform in total, blissful silence? Making excessive noise is one of the most obvious telltale signs that something isn’t quite right with your cooling unit, and depending on the frequency and volume of these sounds, it could spell trouble for your household if you don’t get it taken care of quickly.

Moisture and Odors

If you notice a leak around your cooling unit, this could be an indication of drainage or refrigerant issues. Either way, it deserves some attention from a pro. It’s also a sure bet that if you smell something funky emanating from your cooling unit, you should schedule a service appointment right away. There are a number of chemicals pumping through a cooling system, and any of them can be potentially dangerous if they aren’t being properly contained.

Contact us for more information about air conditioner units and understanding what they’re really trying to tell you.

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The 3 Smartest Times to Call for Emergency Air Conditioner Service

Air conditioner services keep your home safe and comfortable, on your schedule.

AC Emergency Repair

If your family is like most, you feel like there are never enough hours in the day to do all you’ve got to do. Working an appointment for air conditioner service into your already crowded schedule might seem nearly impossible. However, if you let it go too long, you might experience worse problems with your system. Here’s a quick guide to help you know whether it’s time to stop the clock and call for repairs.

1. When It’s an HVAC Emergency

If you have a medical emergency, you call 9-1-1. If you have an HVAC emergency, you call the quickest responders to take care of the problem. Taking advantage of professional service when the chips are down isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity. Trying to ignore an HVAC problem of this caliber can only make things worse. Trying to fix it on your own is a surefire way to cause bigger problems.

2. When You’re Facing Extreme Weather

Intense heat and cold are no laughing matter. Keeping your home at a safe and consistent temperature in seasonal extremes isn’t just an issue of comfort; it’s about heath and wellness. Getting rest in a house that’s too hot or too cold is impossible. Your family deserves a stable indoor environment to be at their best, so calling the experts when an emergency repair comes up is the smartest solution.

3. When You’ve Got a Time Crunch

It’s one of the universal laws – whenever it’s the most inconvenient for something to go wrong, that’s when disaster strikes. If you have an emergency repair that needs quick attention, maybe right before a big event or party, you need to have experts you can trust to be professional and courteous. Fast response can take the stress of your HVAC emergency back down to manageable levels. When comfort, safety, and convenience are all on the line you can’t afford to waste time on amateur hour.

Contact us today for more information about air conditioning services or to schedule an emergency repair.

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