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Always Call a Professional for Electrical Repairs

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Here in Huntsville, TX, we pride ourselves on self-sufficiency, especially homeowners who often parlay do-it-yourself skills into money saving repairs around the home. If you’re such a homeowner, then more power to you. When it comes to your electrical system, however, you’d be well advised to avoid conducting repairs or replacement operations yourself. Electricity is dangerous and even the most skilled do-it-yourselfer needs to turn to a qualified professional to do the job right. Why? Here are some very good reasons. (more…)

Why You Should Consider an Electrical Panel Upgrade

Friday, February 20th, 2015

The amount of power coming into your home from the main electrical lines is controlled by your home’s electrical panel. Without the electrical panel, electricity would flow unfettered into your home’s electrical system and overload it. Over the years, the electrical demands of households has grown, thanks in large part to larger and more abundant appliances. This means that if you have an older home, your electrical panel may not be updated enough to handle your home’s current electrical needs. How do you remedy this? Schedule an appointment for an electrical panel upgrade for your Huntsville, TX home.

Reasons to Upgrade

Here are some of the reasons why you would want to consider upgrading your electrical panel:

  • You are still using fuses – fuses were some of the first home electrical box components around, and as such, they are outdated and not made to handle the electricity load needed for today’s homes. If your electrical box still has fuses, you will want to strongly consider upgrading to a box that has circuit breakers.
  • You are expanding or remodeling your home – a new bathroom or great room expansion can increase your home’s electrical load, making it necessary to upgrade your electrical panel.
  • Your amperage is too low – today’s homes carry an average amperage of 200 amps; if your electrical box carries an amperage lower than this, it’s time to consider upgrading.
  • Your circuit breakers keep tripping – when you have multiple circuit breakers that keep tripping, it is likely that the various room of your home are drawing too much electricity. It isn’t good to keep operating your home with constantly-tripping breakers, so if yours keep tripping, it may be time to upgrade.
  • Your existing panel has damage – any damage to an electrical panel should be taken care of right away; if your electrical panel has been damaged, call for assistance immediately.

Just as the Hoover Dam helps control the flow of the Colorado River, your electrical box helps control and manage the flow of electricity into your home. If your electrical box is outdated, underpowered or damaged, it won’t be able to do its job.

Call Ardon Maintenance today and schedule an appointment for an electrical system upgrade with one of our experts!

How Do LED Lights Differ from Incandescent Bulbs?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

LED lighting is becoming more and more popular for home use, but it can be a little confusing to understand how LED lights work, especially when compared to a regular incandescent bulb. However, some of the benefits LED lighting can offer make it worthwhile to know what these lights can do for you and your home. Let’s take a look at how each type of light works and what an LED lighting installation in your Midway, TX, home can do for you.

How an Incandescent Light Works

An incandescent light, which are the kinds of light bulbs that have been around for years, work fairly simply: when turned on, electricity passes through the bulb’s connection area and to the thin, grey wire inside; this grey wire is tungsten and is known as the filament. As it charges, it heats up and gets so hot that it glows. Light bulbs are vacuumed-sealed or filled with gas to keep the tungsten from burning away, as it does when exposed to oxygen.

How an LED Light Works

LED lights don’t light by using a filament; instead, they use a component called a diode. A diode is a semiconductor with two terminals that allows electricity to flow only one way. The way light is generated in a LED light is that the natural electron imbalance that exists in the diode creates energy in the form of photons; these photons become visible with the right kind of semiconductor material, known as visible light-emitting diodes (VLED).

Benefits of LED Lighting

One of the biggest benefits of LED lighting is their lifespan. Because these kinds of lights do not use a filament to generate light, they have an average lifespan of about 50,000 hours of light. Comparatively, an incandescent light has about 1,000 hours and a CFL has about 8,000 hours. Another benefit is the small amount of wattage LED lights use. An LED light can produce the same amount of light as a 60 watt incandescent bulb but can do it using only 6-8 watts of energy. Lastly, they do not contain mercury and are good for the environment.

LED lights can be initially more costly than other light bulbs, so this should be taken into consideration when looking at LED lights for your home.

Have questions about installing LED lights for your Midway, TX, home? Call Ardon Maintenance today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

When Does a Commercial Service Panel Need Replacement?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Having the correct amount of power for your business is critical to daily operation. Without it, your employees and/or business space won’t be able to function correctly or at all. The control point for all your commercial space’s power lay in the electrical service panel. The panel controls the amount of electricity that is dispersed to your commercial space. However, if the panel is no longer adequate, your business space may not be getting the power it needs – do you need to replace it? Here are some signs that it may be time to call the commercial electrical service experts at Ardon Maintenance:

  • Dimming/flickering lights – if you have constantly dimming and/or flickering lights in your business space, this can be an indication that too much power is being drawn on the electrical panel.
  • Age – if your business space has some age to it, your electrical panel may, too. This can be problematic for two reasons: first, the breakers and wiring may be dated and/or corroded, and second, the box may not be wired to carry the amperage you need for your commercial space.
  • Breakers are warm to the touch – a breaker that is warm to the touch is not a happy breaker; the heat indicates that the breaker is working too hard and as a result, is overheating. This can be a potentially dangerous situation and calls for attention immediately.
  • You’ve expanded your business’s space – new space needs to be powered, too, and your current electrical panel may not have the amount of power needed.
  • Faulty or malfunctioning breakers – if you have a number of breakers that are faulty or malfunctioning, it may be time to consider re-doing the whole box to ensure safety.
  • Too many repairs – if you have had to call for electrical repair for your panel too many times, it may be more cost-effective to replace it.

When the electricity in your business space isn’t dispersed at it needs to be, safety issues and operational issues come to the fore. Don’t compromise either with an outdated and/or malfunctioning electrical panel.

Call the commercial electric repair specialists at Ardon Maintenance and schedule an appointment for your Huntsville, TX, business.

When an Upgrade to Your Commercial Electrical System Is a Good Idea

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Has your business remained in the same location for many years, or is it housed in an older building? You might have an inferior and outdated electrical system for your company that isn’t capable of handling your growing demands. But even newer buildings can have poor wiring due to sloppy initial installation. For the sake of safety, efficiency, and productivity, you should engage commercial electrical specialists to look over your wiring, electrical panel, outlets, fixtures, and other components of the electrical system to see if you will benefit from a system upgrade.

It’s important to rely on experienced commercial professionals for any commercial electrical installation in New Waverly, TX and other parts of the Madisonville and Huntsville areas.

When to upgrade your commercial electrical system

  • Repeatedly tripped circuit breakers: If you have sections of the workspace that frequently lose power due to tripped circuit breakers to the point that employees are trying to carefully balance how many appliances they can have plugged in at once, you should look into an update to the system so the circuits can handle the higher voltage. This is particularly important if your business is expanding and you are placing higher power demands on the system.
  • Older building: If your company is housed in a “vintage” building, which could be anything pre-1970, and especially pre-World War II, then the electrical system is probably far out of date with copper wiring that will not be able to handle the modern demand for voltage. Older wiring is also at risk for electrical fires, so have an electrician look over the system to see if it needs improvements to stay up to code and keep your employees and customers safe.
  • Relocating to a new building: Just because the building your company is planning to move to is newer doesn’t mean that it has a sturdy electrical system. Poor installation from an amateur contractor willing to cut corners could mean an electrical system that will give you constant problems and high bills. We advise that you have a professional commercial electrician check over your new building’s electrical system to see if it should have an upgrade.

The commercial sector is not a place for amateur work; if you believe your business will benefit from an upgrade to its electrical system, only hire on commercial specialists to do the job. Ardon Maintenance has seasoned and NATE-certified technicians available to inspect your business’ electrical system and see what upgrade you may need.

Ardon Maintenance can handle your needs with our skilled technicians, and we back our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call us today!

How Commercial Electrical Repairs Differ from Residential Electrical Repairs

Monday, July 7th, 2014

If your company has issues with power loss, surges, failed outlets, or circuit breakers that continually trip, you must call for repairs from a licensed electrician with extensive experience in commercial electrical repair in Madisonville, TX. It is crucial that the electrician has a commercial background, since there are a number of vital differences between residential and commercial electrical repairs.

At Ardon Maintenance, we hold our technicians to the highest standards of service and make sure they remain on the cutting edge of technological development.

Ardon Maintenance technicians are fully qualified and certified to handle your commercial repairs, and you can call upon them 24 hours a day for emergency work. Call us today!

Here are some of the ways that electrical repairs are different from the ones done for homes:

Keeping a commercial building “up to code”

Perhaps the most crucial difference with electrical repairs for a business when compared to residential repairs is the necessity of keeping the business within “code.” The National Electrical Code is a voluntary set of safety guidelines for electrical systems; any state, city, or municipality can choose to adopt the code in whole or part and make adjustments to it. Professional commercial electricians will be familiar with the local code restrictions and how to keep buildings within them. Although homes must also remain within the code, the danger to a business of a forcible shutdown due to code violations is a serious concern, and electrical repair technicians will make staying within the code a vital part of their job.

Three-phase power

Commercial buildings use three-phase power from the municipal system, which is different from single-phase that homes use. Single-phase power uses two 120-volt legs and a neutral wire. In commercial buildings, they use two 120-volt legs, a 208-bolt wild leg, and a neutral wire. The reason for this is to power larger appliances, which will only run smoothly and efficiently using three-phase power. Commercial electricians know how to repair issues from three-phase power.

Specialized wires

The types of wires used in commercial buildings varies considerably compared to those in residential. A common kind of wire used in commercial buildings that is uncommon in houses is THHN wiring: thermoplastic, high heat-resistant nylon coated. Commercial wiring also has special insulation designs to tolerate exposure to gases, volatile substances, and liquids. Many wires in commercial buildings run in exposed areas and are protected with a conduit. Commercial repair workers must know how to deal with the different wires and know the right type of wire to replace when necessary.

The qualified team for commercial electrical repair in Madisonville, TX is ready to assist you whatever issues need fast repair for your company. You can reach us any time of the day or night. Call us if your business is in need of commercial repair.

What Are the Benefits of LED Lighting?

Friday, June 27th, 2014

LED stands for “light emitting diode.” It could also stand for “less electric dilemmas,” since switching over from traditional lighting methods to LED lights in your home will bring you enormous benefits that mean fewer light replacements and greater energy savings. Thanks to advancing technology, LED lights are no longer limited to narrow-beam use and can replace most of the incandescent lights you currently use for illumination in your home.

Our team at Ardon Maintenance advocates that you investigate the installation of LED lighting in Madisonville, TX if you’ve grown weary of watching rising energy bills to light your home. There are many benefits to replacing standard lights with LED lights; here are some of the major ones:

Unmatched longevity

The diodes of LED lights last far longer than the filaments found in standard light bulbs. Most LED light bulbs have a lifespan estimate of 100,000 hours, which means that if you kept a bulb on and never turned it off, it would burn for 11 years. If that same light remained on 8 hours a day, you could expect it to last for 20 years. On the other hand, many incandescent light bulbs are lucky to last 3 years before abruptly burning out.

Efficient performance

Here’s where you’ll save money on your utility bills. LED lights convert 80% of the energy sent to them into light, and lose 20% to heat. Traditional light bulbs are the reverse, losing 80% of their energy to heat, and using only 20% to actually illuminate. When you combine this high efficiency with the life of the bulb, you can see how much the savings with an LED light will start to accumulate: four times the efficiency over almost ten times the life.

Reduced heat

As part of LED lights’ efficiency, they also produce far less heat. This means a much more comfortable home, and during the summer you won’t need to run your air conditioning system as much to overcome the higher heat level sent into your living space from the bulbs.

Good for the environment

If you are interested in finding greener ways to power your home, LED lights are a great option. They do not contain harmful elements like mercury that will damage the environment and they are completely recyclable. Their long lifespan means that they can save on the production and eventual waste of 25 incandescent bulbs.

It’s true that LED lights are more expensive to install than incandescent bulbs; however, this initial price tag is minimal compared to the savings and advantages listed above. When you invest in LED lighting in Madisonville, TX, you are really making a decade-long (at least!) investment in energy savings and the environment, as well as quality lighting with little UV radiation.

To find out more about how to have LED lighting installed throughout your home, call the expert electricians at Ardon Maintenance today.

The Benefits of LED Lighting in Huntsville, TX

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Light emitting diode (LED) lights are growing in popularity now as a replacement for standard incandescent bulbs. LED lights cost more than the old standby lights, but people have discovered the enormous benefits that they provide far outweigh this small upfront charge.

Let’s look at the some of the ways LED lights will save you money and improve your home’s lighting. For all electrical services in Huntsville, TX, contact the team at Ardon Maintenance today. We can help you convert your home to LED lighting.

Reasons to Look Into LED Lighting

  • Energy efficiency: The main attraction of LED lights is that they use less electricity than standard halogen and fluorescent lights. The average LED light bulb has 80%–90% energy efficiency, converting most of the electrical power into lighting and losing only 10%–20% of that energy to other forms—such as heat. These efficiency ratings are nearly the reverse of incandescent bulbs, which average a mere 20% efficiency. This means significant savings on your energy bills if you switch.
  • Longevity: You’ll have plenty of time to receive energy savings, because LED lights can run for approximately 11 years of continuous operation. Instead of burning out light standard bulbs, they instead eventually become less bright.
  • Environmentally friendly: Standard incandescent light bulbs contain many different toxic chemicals which are harmful for the environment, such as mercury. LED lights contain none these chemicals, and they are also recyclable. Combine that with their longevity, and LED lights are great for the planet.
  • Better for lighting design: If you are looking to create a new look for your house with lighting, LED lights give you many more options than incandescent lights with more dynamic controls for dimming and color distribution.
  • Lower heat output: As part of being energy efficient, LED lights release far less wasted energy as heat. This means that they won’t contribute to making your house too warm, which is a great benefit during a Texas summer.

Ardon Maintenance has LED lighting professionals on staff if you are interested in having new installation for your home. You’ll need professional services to help adapt your Huntsville, TX electrical system for the new lighting, so make sure you call up a company with the right experience. Call us today and schedule your next lighting installation with our qualified electrical experts at Ardon Maintenance.

Now Is the Time to Install a New Generator for Your Madisonville Home

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Have you ever stopped to think about the near-miraculous nature of electricity flowing into your home at the flick of a switch? Probably not often, because running electricity is something we take for granted: the power is simply always there. You need light? Flip a switch, presto, there you go. Power a steam iron? Plug it in, voila, done.

But there is one time when people do ponder the amazing convenience of electricity: when the electricity fails. Suddenly, many basic household tasks become impossible, and life will quickly turn uncomfortable—especially if the outage occurs during a rough Texas summer heat and your air conditioner won’t run.

Installing generators in Madisonville, TX will take away the stress of abrupt outages that can occur, and they are especially helpful for black-outs that last more than a few hours. Call Ardon Maintenance today and speak to electricians about how to set up a generator for your home so you’ll have one more thing you won’t need to worry over.

The Reason to Schedule Generator Installation Now

On the east coast of the U.S., and in the upper Midwest, the winter is the period when generators prove the most helpful: protecting homes when storms and deep colds strike. For Texas, the time of the year we need to prep for is summer and its sometimes punishing heat. Losing your air conditioning is the most inconvenient aspect of a Texas power outage. Spring is the best time to install a generator to prepare for summer.

You’ll need more than a small portable generator for the job. Portable units work well for car trips and camping—not so much to power a home. Instead, you should call professional electricians to set up a whole-house generator. You’ll have a number of different options for generators, such as size and power. You can choose a smaller generator if you only want to keep a few vital systems operating, or go for a larger system to keep your whole house running. Installers will match a generator to your power requirements and make sure that the system won’t cause blown fuses and tripped circuit breakers with excess voltage.

Make sure you schedule electrical maintenance for your generator after you have it installed. Because you don’t use a generator every day, it can develop problems without you knowing about it. A yearly inspection from a technician will make sure it’s ready to protect your power supply whenever necessary.

Take advantage of the spring weather and call a company that handles generators in Madisonville, TX. Ardon Maintenance is an Eaton-certified electrical contractor, and our technicians will make sure you receive the right whole-house generator.