A New Homeowner’s Guide to Electrical Work

January 24th, 2022

Congratulations! To have bought a home in this economic climate is really an achievement to be proud of, so first of all, we’d like to say well done. Secondly, we want to personally welcome you to the neighborhood and reassure you that our team is always available to start new partnerships with residential customers throughout the area. You don’t even have to read the rest of this blog if you have an electrical concern, you can just call our team and we’ll be there to help!

However, as a new homeowner who now has a lot of electrical concerns to consider, we do recommend you read this blog. We’ll talk about what type of electrical work you can do yourself, and what is going to require a professional electrician in Algonquin, IL.

We’ll leave you with a hint: if you’re trying to save money in the long run and keep your home safe, then professional service is always a good choice.

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Is Your Furnace on Its Way Out?

January 10th, 2022

Look, your furnace doesn’t want to leave your home. It’s going to keep chugging along as hard as it can because that’s what it’s designed to do. If we could wave a magic wand and keep your furnace running effectively and efficiently forever, then we totally would! Unfortunately, things don’t usually end up like that in the real world.

If your furnace is having difficulties running efficiently and keeping you warm, then it could be in need of retirement. Since this decision is a big one, and it’s one that’s going to require a lot of financial planning, we’d like to take the more honest approach of informing you of how this process might work.

This blog post is all about informing you as to whether you’ll save more money in the long run from a furnace repair in Cary, IL, or a furnace replacement. Both services are great, but depending on where your furnace is in its lifespan, you might want to opt for the latter.

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Is Your Fuse Box in Need of an Upgrade

December 27th, 2021

We know the term “fuse box” is sometimes used colloquially to refer to both a fuse box as well as an electrical panel, but in this case, the difference is a big one. Fuse boxes are what most homes used to be installed with: they were actual boxes with large fuses placed inside them to provide a home with electrical power. Now, we use electrical panel systems that don’t exactly work or look the same way that old fuse boxes did.

So, the answer to your question is yes, if you have a fuse box in your home, then it’s in need of an upgrade. However, even if you’ve got an old electrical panel that you call the “fuse box,” you still might need an upgrade. Our team of licensed electricians in Palatine, IL can help you sort out what needs to be done and what you can skip.

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A Noisy Furnace Is a Bad Sign

December 13th, 2021

It’s December, which means two things: homeowners are starting to decorate their homes, and the grand holiday dinner is just around the corner! Also, you’re probably paying more than normal amounts of attention to your heating system now because you’ve seen enough disastrous holiday movies to know what a failed furnace means. Well, the good news is that your vigilance is likely to pay off. When you notice something out of the ordinary for your heating unit, be sure to call our team to have it repaired.

However, you’re not just here to learn that “bad things are bad!” You want to know what those bad things are, so you can get a better grasp on the condition of your heating system and how urgent the problem is. We completely understand! That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves as your local experts on everything HVAC in Cary, IL to provide you with a list of furnace noises and what they mean for your home.

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Here’s Why Furnaces Require Professional Support

November 15th, 2021

Many people choose to have furnaces installed in their homes for the simplicity of the systems and the hope they’ll be able to fix them on their own. While many DIY projects around the home can be done by homeowners who do their research and buy the right materials, work on a furnace doesn’t fit in that category. You’re going to be hurting your comfort, your budget, and potentially your safety down the line if you avoid professional furnace services in Algonquin, IL.

Furnaces require professional support in two ways. The first is through dedicated routine maintenance performed every single year, preferably right before the heating season starts. The second way is through targeted repairs that are called when a homeowner detects something wrong.

It’s not that furnace repairs are easier when they’re done by professionals, but they’re done correctly, which is the most important part for you and your budget.

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Why GFCI Outlets Are Important

November 1st, 2021

We could talk all day about how great it is to have grounded outlets throughout your entire home. The truth is that this might not be enough to truly convince homeowners they need to spend their money on such an improvement. Let’s be honest, you’ve probably got a ton of home improvement projects that might require immediate attention, so why should your outlets move up to the front of the list?

Well, to put it bluntly, not replacing certain outlets in your home with GFCI protected ones could cost you down the line. Also, avoiding this kind of work can lead to a safety issue as well. Grounded outlets are a vital part of home safety and efficiency, and today we’re going to show you just how important they are.

The team at Gold Shield Services can get you the help you need. Our electricians in Algonquin, IL are pros at GFCI outlet installation.

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Get Last Year’s Heating Repairs Today

October 18th, 2021

The timeline of heating repairs can be hard to grasp for some homeowners. These systems are expensive, and many of us are operating with budgets that are extremely tight. You can’t just afford to throw a thousand dollars at a repair need whenever it crops up.

That’s why we’d like to talk about heater repair in Algonquin, IL, and how to manage an expensive one. If a heater issue popped up at the end of the last heating season, then we’re happy you were able to make it through without a system breakdown. But the chances of your heater’s issue getting worse are high. That’s why we need to implore homeowners in our area to invest in heater repairs now, even if the problem began last year.

Problems that are allowed to persist will get worse and likely cause additional issues. Keep reading and we’ll explain how this happens.

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3 Reasons to Replace Your Home’s Knob and Tube Wiring

October 14th, 2021

We love old homes. There’s just something so magical about a home built at the turn of the century that has been fixed up and renovated to fit our modern needs. Old homes have character, and if you’ve got an older home then we think it’s something to be proud of! They take a lot of work to maintain, but we always find that it’s worth every penny.

One problem we get called a lot for in older homes is knob and tube wiring. We’re certified electricians in Palatine, IL, which means we’re more than capable of removing your home’s knob and tube wiring as you modernize the electrical system. However, if you’re finding yourself asking the question “what’s wrong with knob and tube wiring, can’t I keep it?”, then you’re in the right place.

Here are three quick reasons why you might want your knob and tube wiring replaced in your older home.

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Electrical FAQ: What’s the Worst That Can Happen?

September 20th, 2021

You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!

All movie references aside, this can be a tricky question to ask. When on a tight budget and looking to make some necessary improvements or repairs for your home’s electrical system, DIY work can feel like an easy way out. And while nobody will ever force you to call for professional electricians in Crystal Lake, IL, perhaps we’ll show you with our words why DIY work is such a gamble.

Let’s go over a few frequently asked questions we commonly get from homeowners looking to save money and cut corners on their home electrical work. We’ll talk about why these can be bad ideas, what might be a good idea, and why calling for a professional is usually the best idea.

Our team is available and has all the necessary equipment to perform electrical services in your home right now. Don’t hesitate to call us.

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3 DIY AC Fails We Recommend Avoiding

September 6th, 2021

We’re usually careful about using the term “fail” in our blogs. After all, when someone tries something and fails, that might not be as bad as we’re accustomed to thinking it is. Trying to paint a wall in your home or learning a new hobby is an amazing thing to do, regardless of how successful you are at the job. However, there are some things where failure can mean problems and expensive payments down the line.

If you fail trying to change your car’s oil, you might not be able to make it to work the next day. Some failures have consequences, and we think it’s important to talk about those honestly. So, when it comes to AC repair in Algonquin, don’t risk failure and discomfort in your home. Make sure you call our team before embarking on one of these DIY jobs that usually end up done incorrectly.

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