What are the common electrical risks of doing your own wiring?

For many homeowners—especially recent first-time homebuyers—their home is “the house that YouTube built.” Having online videos, guides, and tutorials at the fingertips has empowered many homeowners to take on new projects and maintenance tasks in the home, from replacing drywall to painting their own cabinets. However, there are some projects that are still best left to the professionals, and that includes electrical and wiring work. There are many electrical risks that comes with seemingly simple tasks like hanging a chandelier or adding an outlet, and we advise that you make the smart choice by calling us for your electrical service needs here in South Louisiana.

Avoid electrical risks by hiring an electrician from our team.

Adding electrical outlets can be dangerous if done incorrectly. Avoid taking electrical risks by calling a professional electrician for your home rewiring needs.

What are common home projects that involve rewiring?

Any significant home remodel will probably involve some degree of rewiring or electrical work, but there are three common projects that most homeowners will tackle at some point in the next five years:

  • Adding light switches and outlets: Homebuilders 40, 30, and even 20 years ago could not have anticipated the degree to which we use electricity in our homes to power everything from smartphones and gaming consoles to alarm clocks and power tools in the garage. Many homeowners, when remodeling, make it a priority to add high-capacity electrical outlets and switches to the living spaces of their home.
  • Wall-mounted TVs: The advent of flat-screen televisions has made wall mounting a popular way of saving space in the home while also making the TV the centerpiece of the living room. Doing this requires running wiring behind walls to reach the television’s position.
  • Hanging lights and chandeliers: A classic home improvement project. Anytime a homeowner changes out a chandelier, there is some degree of rewiring involved. Adding new pendant lighting in the kitchen also requires running new wiring in the ceiling above the light.

What are the risks associated with doing your own electrical work?

  • Electrocution: When working with wiring or electrical systems in your home, you should always make sure the power to that circuit is off and that the wires are not live. As a general precaution, we recommend that homeowners turn off all power to the home when working with wiring. Your safety is paramount, and even a slight electrical shock while on a ladder can quickly turn into an extremely dangerous situation.
  • Fire: Installed incorrectly, electrical wiring can pose a serious fire hazard to your home. Faulty wiring is a major cause of home fires. Some warning signs include dimming or inconsistently running lights; an appliance that regularly trips the circuit; or an electrical outlet that cannot handle the electrical load that it should be able to.
  • Incorrect Installation: Even if you don’t end up hurting yourself or putting your home at risk of a fire, incorrect wiring installation can lead to your new outlet or light not working as intended. Then, you’ll need to take everything apart and start over again. It’s just not worth it.

Why hire a professional electrician?

For one, the peace of mind that the wiring was installed safely and correctly is priceless. You don’t want to be laying awake in bed at night wondering if that new chandelier is going to result in a home-destroying fire while you’re at work the next day.

Beyond just the safety component, an electrician will also do the job correctly, which means that the wiring will perform as expected and that there will be no damage to appliances, your television, or anything else you plug into the outlet.

The professional and experienced electricians at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning are here to help you with all your electrical and rewiring needs in South Louisiana. We’re proud to bring our expert electrical services to the homeowners of Morgan City and beyond. Don’t leave your home’s wiring to chance: hire a professional.

Spring is the time for a backup generator inspection

Here in South Louisiana, we all know the hazards that hurricane season can bring. Your home or business relies on a properly working backup generator to keep your power up-and-running if the power goes out. At Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer backup generator services, ranging from inspections and upkeep to repairs and installation. In fact, the late spring is the perfect time for a backup generator inspection here in Morgan City, Houma, and Thibodaux.

In this article, we’ll discuss some of the problems that your backup generator can face and why you should call us for services you can count on.

Call Bob's to schedule your backup generator inspection this spring.

Make sure your backup generator is ready for what’s ahead with a professional inspection from the Bob’s team.

What are the benefits of a backup generator?

A backup generator is a good fit for homes here in South Louisiana and an even better fit for local businesses. When the power goes out—especially as the result of a storm—you don’t know when it’s going to be restored.

If you have food in a fridge, that means it’s going to go bad very, very soon. If your business doesn’t have power, that means you’ll have to close until it’s restored. A backup generator solves these problems by kicking in when the main power supply goes down. In a perfect world, you’d never have to use your backup generator, but that’s not the one we live in. Things happen: it’s best to be prepared.

How do we maintain generators?

Most generators run on either natural gas or liquid propane. In the case of the former, a gas connection to your home might mean that the system never needs to be refueled. However, if your generator needs an external fuel supply, you’ll want to make sure you have the team here at Bob’s top yours off before the arrival of storm season.

A generator that has sat dormant for several seasons should really be checked out before you might need it. Some of the problems we see with local generators include:

  • Damage to wiring from rodents
  • Leaks of coolant or oil
  • Deterioration of belts and hoses
  • Old batteries unable to hold a charge

The last thing you want to be doing is trying to diagnose a generator problem in the middle of a gale when your fridge is already on the clock because the power has been out for hours.

Bob’s repairs generators, too!

That being said, if your generator is having issues, give our team a call. Our technicians have the tools and experience needed to address your emergency generator issues. We can get your generator back up-and-running so that your home or business can continue operating as usual.

Whether you need generator repair, maintenance, or installation here in South Louisiana, make the call to the experts at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re ready to help with your generator inspection needs!

Always have a professional help you with your electrical work

Thanks to the internet, the number of DIY resources have exploded in recent years. This phenomenon is both good and bad: while it does provide homeowners with more information for tasks like remodeling, it also can give them the courage to tackle projects best left to the professionals. A good example of this is electrical work: you’re better off leaving rewiring and other tasks to an expert, licensed electrician. That’s why Bob’s provides electricians in Morgan City, Houma, and beyond to help you with your electrical needs.

Here’s why you should call us for electrical services:

Electrical work isn’t always safe

It’s no secret that working with live electricity is dangerous, but it’s something that definitely bears repeating. Even a seemingly quick and easy fix or installation of, say, a ceiling fan can prove dangerous if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing or what precautions to take.

You’ll have all the fun

Just as there were likely subjects that you dreaded in school, electrical work isn’t always the most enjoyable. And just like in school, you may drag your feet when it comes to completing tasks involving your electrical system. Electricians get paid to do such boring tasks. Can you say the same?

All work is done according to the latest codes

Something else to think about with leaving the job to an expert is that you’ll know for a fact that all work is completed with regard to the latest codes. Complete the task yourself and you risk noncompliance, which results in the work needing to be done all over again, and possibly even fines.

The job is looked over by an inspector

To better ensure compliance, all electrical work should be examined by an official inspector. Even if you do the work yourself and contact an inspector to take a look at how you did, there’s still a possibility that everything will have to be done all over again. Pros know what inspectors look for and can make sure everything’s in proper order the first time.

You get exactly what you want

Depending on the project, you may need an electrical system or setup that’s a bit out of the ordinary. If so, you absolutely need to consult with a licensed electrician so that you can rest easy knowing that your custom system is safe, done to your specifications, and actually works.

Call Bob’s for electricians in Morgan City, Houma, and beyond!

Do you need some electrical work done around your house? While you can change a lightbulb perfectly fine on your own, know that your friends at Bob’s Heating & AC are here to help with more extensive electrical tasks. Contact us for professional help and peace of mind.

Why you should schedule marine HVAC service

Just like the HVAC systems in your home on land, the marine HVAC system aboard your boat is just as important to repair and maintain on a regular basis. It is important to maintain these items to maximize the life of both your HVAC system and your boat. When you need marine HVAC service, call the team here at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning

Pictured: When you need marine HVAC service for your boat here in Morgan City, call Bob's!There are many reasons to perform regular and necessary maintenance:

  • Ensure that your boating excursions are as comfortable as possible
  • Avoid marine HVAC repair later due to lack of scheduled and routine maintenance
  • Keep your boat operating safely

Required maintenance elements

There are many components to a marine HVAC system, and performing routine maintenance on them can prevent you from incurring large bills later. At Bob’s Heating and Cooling Services, we’ve seen the neglect of marine HVAC service turn into very expensive repairs.

This is some of the equipment you should examine and maintain to keep your marine AC repair items to a minimum and maximize the life of your systems:

  • Clean air filters at least once per month
  • Check chilled-water AC systems to be sure there is no air in water pipes
  • Upgrade to disposable filters that will capture debris in the air and system

HVAC Repair

Even with diligent maintenance, the time may inevitably come when you are required to perform marine HVAC repair on your vessel. When that time comes, it is crucial that you use a reliable service company (Bob’s!) to perform the repairs to your system.

Our company provides the following so you can be sure to get the service you need, when you need it:

  • Technicians who are certified through NATE (North American Technician Excellence)
  • Ability to work with many makes and models of boats
  • 24/7 availability to repair your vessel as needed

Schedule your marine HVAC service today!

Marine HVAC repairs are only going to get worse the longer they go unattended. Avoid waiting any longer to schedule your routine maintenance or necessary repairs to get your boat’s HVAC system up and running optimally.

Contact us today and allow us to help you with all of your marine HVAC needs. We’ve been in business for over 50 years and are ready and able to provide you with whatever assistance you need.

With these tips, keep your generator running safely during storm season

With hurricane season almost here once again, it is important to keep your generator running safely and confirm that it’s ready for the weather ahead. Here at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend a generator checkup before the storms hit so that the generator won’t give out at the exact moment that you need it the most.

Furthermore, it is vital to observe safety measures both while the generator is in storage and when it is in use. The following measures will allow you to enjoy the comfort and convenience afforded by your generator while you wait out the storm. To schedule a generator checkup, contact our team.

6 ways to keep your generator running safely during storm season

#1. Have your unit inspected

Generator maintenance is crucial, not only to keep your generator going through storm season, but to also extend the life of your generator for many seasons to come.

Pictured: With summer storms blowing in off the Gulf in the summer, it's important to keep your backup generator running safely and effectively.

Pictured: With summer storms blowing in off the Gulf in the summer, it’s important to keep your backup generator running safely and effectively.

#2. Change the fuel

When your unit has been in storage for nearly a year, remove the old fuel and dispose of it properly, then refill. After the generator has been running, remember to always let it cool down before refueling.

#3. Check the oil

If the generator is in storage, the oil should be changed at least once a year. When the generator is in operation, the oil should be changed every 8 to 24 hours.

#4. Operate the generator outside

Due to the danger of carbon monoxide contamination inside the house, the generator should only be operated outside and away from any household ventilation. Invest in carbon monoxide detectors inside the house so that if the toxic gas from the generator does get in the house, you’ll be alerted to the danger immediately.

#5. Do not connect the unit to the home’s electrical outlet

The generator is not equipped to power the entire house at once. Attempting to do so is a safety hazard that could damage your generator at the very least. Use a heavy-duty extension cord that is rated for outdoor use to connect appliances to the generator.

#6. Power only the essentials

There may be many appliances and devices that you wish to use during a power outage, but think in terms of what you need, not what you want.

For backup generator installation or checkups, call the team at Bob’s!

A backup generator can be your lifeline during a storm, and a seasonal generator check will help ensure you have the power you need no matter the weather. If you need generator maintenance, repair, or installation, contact us here at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning.

Never DIY electrical work in your home—call the professionals

In recent years, “DIY” (do-it-yourself) work has become extremely popular. From building gardening beds out of shipping pallets to painting your own walls, homeowners are making their dollar go farther by doing some professional services in-house.

Here’s where that line should be drawn, though: never DIY electrical work. As we’ll discuss in this blog post, it’s extremely dangerous for your home and your family.

Instead, call Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning for electrical services here in Berwick, Houma, and surrounding areas in Southern Louisiana.

#1. You’re putting yourself in danger

Electrocution is no laughing matter, and it’s more common than you think. Almost 30,000 Americans electrocute themselves every single year. Most of these incidents are minor, but many of them are serious, resulting in disability or death.

Many electrocution cases occur when a live, exposed wire is taken out of a wall for a project and the homeowner—either by accident or not knowing the danger—brushes against it.

Any kind of home rewiring project carries this risk. Honestly, as nice as it might be to add an outlet to your living room behind the couch, it’s not worth your life. It’s much easier and safer to call Bob’s for electrical services.

#2. You’re putting your home in danger

Incorrectly setting up a rewiring project doesn’t just carry the risk of electrocution. It could also result in improperly placed or grounded wires, putting your home in extreme danger of a future fire.

A professional electrician knows the right type of wires to use in a project, as well as how to arrange them so that they’re safely behind your walls, providing electricity to your home without being a constant source of danger.

There are many things that can cause your home’s electrical wiring to go wrong. Don’t let your own DIY electrical work be the root cause of the thing that destroys your home or puts your life in danger.

#3. You’re lowering the value of your home

If you’re able to pull off completing your own DIY electrical work without electrocuting yourself or sparking a fire, you’re still looking at a project that most home inspectors will probably notice was done by someone other than a certified electrician.

This matters when you go to sell your home. If the home inspector has reason to suspect that your wiring work isn’t up-to-code, that’s a huge barrier to successfully selling your home at its market value.

Never DIY electrical work. Instead, call in the electricians at Bob’s!

There’s many things that you can do yourself around your home. But, when it comes to your electrical, never take it on by yourself. It’s not worth your life or your home.

Instead, call Bob’s. We’ll send out a friendly, experienced electrician with the tools and skills needed to do the job right.

At Bob’s, we serve Morgan City, Houma, Thibodaux, and surrounding areas in Southern Louisiana. Get in contact with us online, or give us a call at (985) 384-0283.