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Everything You Need to Know About Garbage Disposals

Everything You Need to Know About Garbage Disposals… and Why Your’s Might Not Be Working   Hidden away under your sink, rarely seeing the light of day is your garbage disposal. The garbage disposal is perhaps one of the least appreciated appliances in the kitchen that does the worst job. It’s designed for grinding up […]

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3 Tankless Water Heater Problems (and How to Solve Them)

Have a tankless water heater that’s giving you problems? If so, we’re here to help. In this article, we’ll share: 3 common tankless water heater complaints The problem behind these complaints How to solve those problems Need professional tankless water heater help? Just contact us. 1. “My tankless water heater runs hot, then cold, then hot […]

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Gas vs Electric: What’s the Best Tank Water Heater for My Phoenix Home?

In the market for a new water heater? Not yet sure whether you should go electric or gas? Well, we generally suggest a gas water heater-if the homeowner has a choice. But not everyone has a choice. Here’s what we mean: If you don’t have access to natural gas, your choice is made for you: […]

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Should I Turn Off My Water Heater When It’s Not in Use?

Many homeowners ask us if they should turn off their water heater between uses to save money. Our professional answer after crunching the numbers? No, unless you’re going on vacation for a month or longer, you shouldn’t turn off your water heater. Here’s why: You won’t see significant energy savings You’ll create more problems by […]

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How to Choose the Best Light Bulbs for Every Room in the House

The lighting in a room can make or break its ambiance and/or functionality. But so many options exist when it comes to choosing light bulbs. And the worst part is that every room in your home has different lighting needs. So where do you start? Don’t worry. We’ll provide a quick and easy guide to […]

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Are GFCIs Required in the Garage?

Yes, all garage outlets must be GFCI-protected-no exceptions. Since 2008, GFCI outlets have been required for “all 125-volt, single-phase, 15 and 20-amp outlets” in the garage. In fact, both the NEC (National Electric Code) and the IRC (International Residential Code) require this. The actual verbiage from the NEC states that GFCI outlets be installed in: […]

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Best Types of Pipes for Repiping in Phoenix

If you’ve recently found yourself in need of whole-home or partial repiping, you’re probably wondering what type of pipe is best for the Arizona area and your needs. Well, various piping materials are out there but, in our professional opinion, the best materials for repiping Arizona homes include: Copper PEX PVC CPVC To help you […]

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How to Reset an Electric Water Heater in Phoenix

If your water heater has suddenly lost power, you can sometimes reset it via the reset button (also known as the “high limit switch” or the “ECO“- energy cut off switch). But here’s the thing: your water heater’s reset button is basically a “safety feature” that shuts off power to the water heater in the […]

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How Long Does a Water Heater Last in Arizona?

A badly corroded water heater we replaced for an Arizona homeowner. The answer? Well, it’s significantly shorter than water heater lifespans in other areas of the country. In fact, in most places in the US… A gas tank water heater typically lasts around 10 years An electric tank water heater typically lasts around 11 years […]

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What Size Electrical Panel Do I Need for My Arizona Home?

The only true way to determine the size panel your Arizona home needs is to have a professional calculate your home’s electrical load. You see, every home has different appliances with different electrical needs so it’s impossible to give you a true answer without first inspecting your home and the appliances you have/don’t have. But […]

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3 Household Projects That Require a Professional

Are you a DIY kind of homeowner? If so, heads up-you’ll need a permit from the city to perform the following electrical and plumbing projects: Adding GFCI outlets (when mandated by code) Installing an appliance 30 amps or greater Replacing a water heater We know what you’re thinking: “Yeah, but just because something requires a […]

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Help! My Electric Water Heater Thermostat Keeps Tripping

First off, your electric water heater can actually “trip” 2 different safety features: The reset button: a red button located on the water heater itself (just above the thermostat) that trips when the water temperature exceeds 180 F. The reset button is sometimes referred to as the “ECO” (emergency cut off) or “high limit switch”. […]

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Ants in Your Outlet? Here’s How to Get Rid of Them

See ants coming out of your outlets? If so, that could mean that they’ve built a nest in your walls-in the midst of electrical wiring.  Unfortunately, that’s a problem because ants can eventually damage your home’s electrical equipment. Don’t worry, though. In this article we’ll explain… How to get rid of ants in your outlets […]

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Where to Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector in Your Arizona Home

As of December 2017, there are 38 states in the US that require carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in residential dwellings.  Guess what state isn’t on that list. That’s right-Arizona. But while Arizona doesn’t currently require CO detectors in homes, you definitely still need to install CO detectors throughout your home to protect your family from […]

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What is Water Heater Recovery Time?

Here’s the official definition: A water heater’s “recovery time” (also called “recovery rate“) is the amount of hot water (in gallons) a tank water heater can provide in just one hour after being completely drained. Recovery rate basically gives you an idea of how fast a water heater can heat water. Now, knowing the recovery […]

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5 Examples of Common Household Electrical Hazards

Every year we see homeowners make simple electrical mistakes that could lead to serious problems like electrocution or electrical fires. We’d like to see that change.  So, we’ll share a list of 5 common electrical hazards you should avoid… Leaving or using appliances near water Using the wrong light bulb wattage Overloading power strips and […]

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What to do when a Circuit Breaker Trips

A circuit breaker tripping happens pretty often if you have a lot of things plugged in and operating at once. When a circuit becomes overloaded, your system has a function in place to protect from damage or fire that will automatically cut power to that circuit. The overload is called a fault condition and the […]

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Do Surge Protectors Protect Against Lightning?

No, surge protectors by themselves won’t protect your home from a surge caused by a direct (or even a nearby) lightning strike. In fact, completely unplugging appliances from the outlet is the only way to ensure 100% protection against lightning strike surges.  That said, we know you probably aren’t going to unplug every electrical appliance […]

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Do Surge Protectors Drain Energy?

The answer? No, surge protectors themselves don’t “drain” energy. They simply monitor the amount of electricity flowing into the appliances they protect and absorb extra voltage if and when it comes along. But here’s the thing: while surge protectors don’t “drain” energy, the appliances they protect that are hooked into the surge protector DO drain […]

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How Often Do Tankless Water Heaters Need Maintenance?

Tankless water heaters should be maintained by a professional at least once a year. But, you may need to get your water heater twice a year if… The area you live in has hard water Your water heater is set to a high temperature We’ll go into more detail about these 2 points later and […]

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My Electrical Outlet Sparks When I Plug Something In

  If you notice a spark at an outlet when you plug in an appliance, you’re probably wondering if there’s a problem that needs immediate attention or if this is normal. Well, it’s most likely normal if the spark: Is blue Lasts only for a brief moment Is infrequent (doesn’t happen every time you use […]

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Why Is the Water in My Toilet Orange/Brown?

Wondering what’s causing that nasty rust color in your toilet? We’ll help you troubleshoot the problem. But first, do this: Turn on other cold/hot water taps in your house. Do you see that rust color in other plumbing fixtures (sinks/showers/etc.) as well? If so, you may have too much iron in your water. But if […]

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My Outdoor Security Light Won’t Turn Off

If your outdoor security light won’t turn off, it’s most likely because of one of these problems: The sensitivity settings are too high The duration settings are too high It’s stuck in auto mode Something in the light itself is defective Not sure which one is your problem? Don’t worry, we’ll help you troubleshoot a […]

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Do Chemical Drain Cleaners Damage Pipes?

If you use them as directed, chemical drain cleaners may help to clear a partially clogged drain.  But because they’re so powerful, we suggest using them as a last resort.  So, yes, chemical drain cleaners can cause damage to your pipes, especially when: You have older, weak metal pipes You use them incorrectly with plastic […]

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Why Is My Toilet Hissing?

If you hear your toilet hissing, you likely have one of the following 2 problems: Debris trapped in the fill valve A damaged float We’ll explain the 2 problems listed above, why they create a hissing sound and what you can do to fix it. Need a plumber to repair your hissing toilet ASAP? Just […]

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Do Whole-House Surge Protectors Really Work?

Yes and no. You see, when it comes to protecting your home from dangerous high-voltage surges, yes, whole-home surge protectors work. But here’s the problem: Whole-house surge protectors claim to be the “first line of defense” against electrical surges. But the reality is that they don’t stop all surges. You see, whole-home surge protectors are […]

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How Does a Water Softener Work?

A water softener works by stripping “hard” water of minerals such as calcium and magnesium and replacing those minerals with sodium or potassium. In other words, a water softener turns hard water soft. In this article, we’ll explain: What hard water is (and why many homeowners prefer soft water) How a water softener turns hard […]

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Do Surge Protectors Wear Out?

Yes, all surge protectors will eventually wear out and need to be replaced over time. So how do you know when your surge protector is worn out? Well, that’s the tricky part. But we’ll show you what you can do to get a better idea of when you need to replace your surge protector. First, […]

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Should I Change a Two-Prong Outlet to a Three-Prong?

Yes, if you have a two-prong outlet it’s an “ungrounded” outlet and is unsafe. A 3-prong outlet, on the other hand, is a “grounded” outlet and is a much safer upgrade for your home and family. In fact, in 1962 the NEC (National Electric Code) began requiring that all new houses be built with 3-prong […]

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Why Is My Outlet Burnt?

Do you notice charred marks around your outlet? Or do you smell an acrid burning odor near a plug?  Here’s what you should do first:  Shut off power (at the circuit breaker) to the burned outlet Call a licensed electrician for help A charred or burnt outlet is a sign that something’s not working right […]

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Is Limescale Harmful in Drinking Water?

The short answer? No. In fact, if your drinking water has a considerable amount of limescale, it’s considered “hard water” and hard water is actually healthy since it contains a high amount of minerals that we need in our daily diet.  But while it isn’t “harmful” to drink, tap water with a high amount of […]

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Should I Buy a Home With Polybutylene Piping?

The short and simple answer? No.  Why? Because polybutylene pipes will fail, it’s just a matter of when it will happen. And if you’re not home when a pipe bursts (and it will), this can result in thousands of dollars in water and structural damages. So, if you’re absolutely in love with a home with polybutylene piping, […]

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My Gas Water Heater Keeps Shutting Off

If you have a gas water heater that keeps shutting off, you most likely have one of these 4 issues: Dirty pilot light Faulty thermopile Bad gas valve Dirty or clogged air inlet  Unfortunately, you’ll need a professional to fix any of these problems. But we’ll explain how each of these problems can cause your […]

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Why Is My Outlet Hot to the Touch?

You go to unplug something into your electrical outlet, but you notice it feels warm. Should you be concerned? A warm outlet doesn’t mean your home is going to burst into flames or have severe electrical failure right away, but it’s a sign that something’s wrong. Think of a warm outlet as a symptom, like when you […]

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Why Is My Water Bill So High?

A shockingly high water bill is always a cause for concern. Not only do you end up paying more than you’d like, but now there’s the possibility of a plumbing problem that could end up costing thousands down the road. So what’s causing your higher-than-normal water bills? Well, if you received a water bill that […]

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Pinhole Leaks in Copper Pipes Explained

Uh-oh. You’ve heard about those tiny, destructive openings in copper pipes called pinhole leaks, and now you’d like to know what they’re all about. It’s good that you’re curious, because pinhole leaks can cause your home’s entire plumbing system to fail-not to mention cost you a small fortune on your utility bills. You’ve come to […]

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Why Is My Sump Pump Constantly Running?

  A sump pump that runs non-stop is problematic because it will: Eat up a lot of energy Overheat and require constant repairs Have a much shorter lifespan So what’s causing this? Well, it depends on the situation: If your sump pump runs non-stop and struggles to pump out water, you likely have one of […]

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8 Signs You Need to Repipe Your Arizona Home

It’s every homeowner’s nightmare: A pipe bursts somewhere, flooding the home and costing thousands of dollars that might or might not be covered by homeowner’s insurance. It sounds like a situation that should be easy enough to avoid, but do you know the warning signs that your home’s plumbing is about to give out? (Most […]

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7 Signs You Have a Slab Leak

Early detection is super important when it comes to a leak in your home’s slab foundation. If left undetected and unrepaired, a slab leak can eventually lead to thousands of dollars in water and structural damage to your home. So what should you be on the lookout for? Well, 7 signs that you have a […]

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Why Is My Water Heater Hissing?

If your water heater is making a hissing noise, it could be due to: Condensation hitting hot surfaces during refills Leaks or fractures in the tank The temperature being set too high Sediment buildup Don’t worry, we’ll take a look at each of the above situations and explain whether it’s normal or whether you have […]

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What “Backstabbing” an Outlet Means and Why It’s Dangerous

“Backstabbing” an outlet is basically a shortcut to securing the wires on an outlet or switch. It was a common practice in the 1970s and 1980s but now quality electricians avoid it at all cost! Why? Well, it turns out that backstabbed wires are pretty dangerous and have even been found to cause electrical fires. […]

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Why Does My Garbage Disposal Keep Backing Up?

So you’ve got a nasty problem: every time you use your garbage disposal, you’re left with a sink full of grimy, smelly water. What’s the problem? Well, if your garbage disposal is constantly backing up, you most likely have a clog somewhere in the drain lines. We’ll explain what likely caused the clog and give […]

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How to Tell if Your Circuit Breaker Needs Replacing

So you have a specific breaker that’s tripping pretty frequently. Now you’re questioning if that means it’s bad and needs to be replaced. Well, not necessarily. Replacing a breaker that’s tripping is like disabling a car alarm system because the alarm goes off. The alarm is most likely trying to prevent someone from breaking into […]

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3 Common Water Heater Problems (And How to Fix Them)

If you’re like most homeowners, you rarely think about your water heater. Until there’s a problem. And if your water heater is acting up, you don’t want to wait to get it fixed. To help, we’ve listed the 3 most common water heater problems along with some solutions that can help you protect your hot […]

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Wall Switch Will Turn on Fan, But Not Lights

Is your fan working, but not your lights? Don’t worry-we’ve seen it before. But before you call an electrician, there’s a simple diagnosis and repair you can do yourself: Make sure your light bulbs are working properly.  In the next section, we’ll walk you through the steps on how to safely check your light bulbs.  […]

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Water Heater Leaking From Top? Here’s What to Do

So your water heater is leaking from the top? Well, first off, relax. A leak at the top of your water heater is typically a much easier (and cheaper) fix than a leak at the bottom of your tank. But only if you find and fix the leak quickly! So, what’s causing your water heater […]

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Why Does My Outdoor GFCI Outlet Keep Tripping?

Most likely, your outdoor GFCI outlet is tripping due to one of these 3 problems: There’s a ground fault somewhere in the circuit. Moisture invaded the receptacle box. The GFCI outlet is faulty. So, how do you know which one is your problem? Don’t worry. We’ll show you how to determine what’s tripping your outdoor […]

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How Many Smoke Alarms Do I Need in My House?

Having the right number of smoke alarms in your home isn’t just a safety measure, it’s the law. In fact, Arizona follows the 2006 International Fire Code (IFC) with amendments when it comes to this question. So what’s the answer? Well, for the most part, the number of smoke detectors you need depends on how […]

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How Long Do Smoke Detectors Last?

According to the U.S Fire Administration, smoke detectors usually last about 10 years.  This is why Phoenix city ordinance G-5898-2014, section 1103.8.3.1 4 (titled “Smoke Alarm Replacement) says, “Smoke alarm shall not remain in service longer than 10 years from the date of manufacture.” So, what exactly happens if you don’t replace the detector after […]

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Water Heater Makes Popping Sounds When Heating? An AZ Plumber Explains

If your hot water heater produces a scary popping or bubbling noises, you’re probably wondering if that’s normal.  Definitely not… This noise means your water heater is costing you money. And if the problem isn’t fixed soon, it could eventually damage your water heater. You see, if your water heater is making a popping sound, […]

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Why Do My Motion Sensor Lights Keep Flashing On and Off?

Your motion sensor lights are supposed to give you a sense of security and peace of mind. Instead, they’re driving you crazy because they won’t stop turning on and off, regardless of whether there’s an actual intruder setting them off or not. If your motion sensor lights keep flashing on and off, you should try: […]

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Why Does My Shower Water Pressure Drop When the Toilet Flushes

So you’re enjoying your morning shower when you hear the toilet flush. You cringe because you know what’s coming next: a drop in water pressure followed by a short blast of slightly hotter water. It’s nothing dramatic, of course. You still have enough water to keep showering and in 30 seconds everything returns to normal. […]

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Heat Pump Water Heater vs. Gas Water Heater: Which Is Better?

If your home has access to natural gas, you might be wondering which water heater is better: a hybrid heat pump water heater or a gas water heater. Well, it really depends on what’s most important to you: energy efficiency and saving money in the long run? Or comfort? If comfort is more important, a […]

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Tips on Preventing Swimming Pool Electrocution

If you’re an Arizona homeowner, you likely have a pool you’re thankful for during warmer weather. But swimming pool electrocution is something every family should be aware of. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported 14 deaths related to electrocution in swimming pools from 2003 to 2014. So what’s causing swimming pool electrocution? According to […]

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Why Is My Main Water Shut-Off Valve Leaking? A Phoenix Plumber Explains.

If you’ve noticed that your home’s main water shut-off valve is dripping water, you’re probably wondering if this is a sign of a larger plumbing issue. Well, it could be that you have a standard gate valve, which is prone to leaking, corrosion and damage. The long-term answer is to replace it with a ball-valve. These […]

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Does my AZ Home Need a Sump Pump?

If you live in Arizona but don’t have a sump pump already installed in your home, you might be wondering whether you need one or not. Just because you live in Arizona doesn’t necessarily mean you need a sump pump. But with our infamous monsoon season, there’s a good chance you’d benefit from installing one. […]

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Is My Arizona House at Risk for Flooding?

In Arizona, we may not get much rain, but when we do, we get a lot. So, it pays to know whether or not your house has a high risk of flooding or draining problems. There’s a good chance that your house is at risk for flooding problems if: Parts of the house are lower […]

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How Can I Prevent Damage to My Appliances During a Power Outage?

As we head into Monsoon season, we may experience more power outages in Arizona than normal. The storms as well as the extreme heat are both common causes of Arizona’s blackouts. But the thing to remember with power outages is that the outage itself isn’t exactly what causes harm, it’s the sudden surge of electricity […]

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My Water Softener Is Running But Not Softening My Water

If your water softener is operating but not softening your water, you most likely have one of the following issues: Water softener settings are off Salt bridges or salt mushing Too much water in the brine tank Dirty resin bed Water softener is old and needs to be replaced We’ll go through each of these […]

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Who Is Responsible for Sewer Line Repair in Arizona: City or Homeowner?

Example of how tree roots can completely destroy your sewer line and leave you footing the bill.Photo source: George Brazil Plumbing  So all of a sudden you’re faced with a nasty (and expensive) sewer issue. But now you’re wondering who’s actually responsible for sewer line repairs. Every city has slight variations to this rule but […]

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How to Troubleshoot a Water Leak in Your Front Yard

Water leaks aren’t something to ignore.  If you’re suddenly paying higher water bills and notice water surfacing in your yard, the faster you act the better. Water leaks in your yard can cause damage to your home and cost thousands of dollars in repairs. The first step to fixing the problem is to find the […]

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What Size Generator Do I Need to Power My House During an Outage?

So you’re tired of getting left in the dark during these infamous Arizona summer outages and you’re ready to invest in a backup generator. But you have no idea what size generator you need. Luckily, you’re in the right place. We’ll go over everything you need to do to make sure your generator matches your […]

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Dead Electrical Outlet? Here’s How to Troubleshoot It

Have a dead electrical outlet in your home that you just can’t figure out?  You might be able to take care of it without hiring an electrician. We’ll walk you through an easy, step-by-step guide to fixing some of the most common reasons for a dead electrical outlet. Here’s all you’ll need: A small, working […]

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Why is My Garbage Disposal Leaking?

Have you noticed that your garbage disposal is leaking?  The good news is that it’s relatively easy to find and repair the leak. First off, there are 4 possible sources of your leak:  Garbage disposal body  Sink flange Dishwasher hose Drain pipe Not sure which one it is? Start by wiping the entire unit dry […]

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“Why Does My Circuit Breaker Trip Whenever it Rains?”

Everything works fine when the weather is dry. But you have a circuit breaker that trips every time it rains hard. And then when you try to reset it, it won’t reset. What’s the deal? Water is making contact with your electrical system somehow. If not corrected, this is a serious problem that should be […]

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Why Do My Light Bulbs Burn Out So Quickly?

Just like candles, all light bulbs eventually burn out and die. But even light bulbs with the shortest lifespan should last around 2,000 hours.  So if you find yourself replacing a bulb once a month or more, something’s wrong. Assuming that you’re using a bulb that is the correct wattage and size, the first step […]

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Why Is My Toilet Making a Vibrating Noise After Being Flushed?

Do you hear a loud vibrating noise for about 30 seconds after your flush your toilet? Does the sound reverberate through your plumbing like the noise is coming from the pipes in your walls or floor? It may even be more of a humming noise like a fog horn. The culprit of the vibration is […]

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“Can I Replace a 15-Amp Breaker with a 20-Amp One?” [FAQ]

A question we see often is “Can I replace my 15-amp breaker with a 20-amp breaker? My smaller breaker keeps tripping!” The answer: It’s possible, but not advisable without an electrician evaluating the situation. You should never just upgrade from a 15-amp breaker to a 20-amp one just because the current one is tripping. Otherwise, […]

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What Is a Water Heater Expansion Tank? (And Why You Might Need One)

A water heater expansion tank is a small tank that attaches to your water heater. It helps protect your water heater tank from leaking or bursting. To show you how this works, we’ll look at the problem of thermal expansion and how an expansion tank helps. The problem: Water expands when it’s heated Water has […]

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Do Circuit Breakers Ever Need to Be Replaced?

Yes, circuit breakers can wear out and need to be replaced. But, it’s infrequent.  We say this because we get this question a lot when a circuit breaker: Keeps tripping or Is in the “on” position, but there’s no power to your outlets In these situations, homeowners have a tendency to immediately blame the circuit […]

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How to Buy Surge Protectors for Your Home

Want to protect your expensive electronic devices (like that new 3D, 4k LED TV) from costly power surges?  You’re in the right place. In this article we’ll cover: The 2 types of surge protectors you need Where you absolutely need surge protectors (and where you don’t) How to find the best surge protectors So let’s […]

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Why Is My Electric Water Heater Tripping My Circuit Breaker?

The scenario: You noticed your electric water heater tripped the circuit breaker. So you went to your electrical panel and reset the breaker. But then a little later your water heater’s circuit breaker tripped again. So why’s this happening? The most likely causes are: Burnt out heating element Bad thermostat Wiring/electrical problem But before we […]

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Why Does My Dimmer Light Switch Feel Hot to the Touch?

First of all, is the dimmer switch hot or just warm? It’s perfectly normal for a dimmer switch to be a little warm when your lights are on (or partially on). But if it’s hot, there could be a problem. Dimmer switches get warm because they have electronic devices inside of them to take care […]

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How to Buy the Right Dimmer Switch for Your Arizona Home

Many homeowners choose a dimmer switch based on how it looks and the features it has. And those things are important. But the most important part is making sure the switch will work in the setup you have. After all, what good is a dimmer switch that looks great but doesn’t work? So in this […]

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Everything You Need to Get Your Backup Generator Installed

A home backup generator can restore electricity to your home automatically so you’re never left without power. Get a generator that can backup your entire home or just the most essential items. And we have options that can run on: Natural gas Propane Diesel Ready to get started? George Brazil installs generators all over the […]

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Tankless vs. Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heaters: Which is Better for Phoenix Homes?

Should you buy a tankless water heater or a hybrid heat pump water heater?  Well, that choice depends on the type of energy source you have available: gas or electric. If you have gas, a tankless water heater makes more sense. Even though a hybrid heat pump is technically more energy efficient, gas is generally […]

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Should I Preemptively Replace My Old Water Heater?

Your water heater is old, and you know it.  And now you’re faced with the question, “Should I preemptively replace my 10-year-old+ water heater, or should I just wait until it dies?” On the one hand, you want to avoid the potential disaster that is 50 gallons of water flooding your home or garage. On […]

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Should I Preemptively Replace My Old Water Heater?

Your water heater is old, and you know it.  And now you’re faced with the question, “Should I preemptively replace my 10-year-old+ water heater, or should I just wait until it dies?” On the one hand, you want to avoid the potential disaster that is 50 gallons of water flooding your home or garage. On […]

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Tankless Water Heaters: Gas vs. Electric for Phoenix Homes

So, you’ve got your eyes on a tankless (on-demand) water heater. But you’re not sure which kind you should get: gas or electric.  Answer this: Does your home currently have access to natural gas line? If so, then a gas tankless water heater is definitely worth considering.  If you do not have natural gas, then […]

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Why Is My Ceiling Fan Wobbling?

Uh oh. Is your ceiling fan looking a bit wobbly up there? Not only is it annoying with all the racket it’s making, but the vibration from the wobbling can damage the fan, shortening its life. Well, don’t worry. The problems are minor-as are the fixes! Ceiling fans usually wobble due to one of these […]

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Why Does Tap Water in Arizona Taste so Bad?

Pure water (H2O) has no taste. So that bad taste isn’t actually the water, but the other ‘impurities’ in the water.  In the Phoenix area, you’re most likely tasting one or both of the following: Chlorine Dissolved minerals (like magnesium, calcium and sodium) Let’s take a look at each of these impurities, how they get […]

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Here’s Why Your Microwave Keeps Tripping the Circuit Breaker

One question we see floating around is “Why does my microwave keep tripping the circuit breaker?” The answer: The microwave is overloading the electrical circuit. In other words, the circuit is rated to handle a certain amount of amps (unit of electrical current), and the microwave is exceeding that amount, causing the breaker to trip. […]

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Why Do the Lights in My Home Keep Flickering?

You’re annoyed. Multiple lights in a part of your home keep flickering, and it’s frequent enough to get you worried. What’s the issue?  Could be a few things, including… 1) Bulbs are bad or not screwed in properly The simplest issue is one you can fix yourself. The bulbs may have come loose and just […]

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Why Is a Burning Smell Coming from My Circuit Breaker Box?

If you smell a burning smell and hear a buzzing sound from your breaker box, then you need to act fast. Because your home could be in danger. This could be a sign of one of two things: A “bad” circuit breaker (one that no longer works) A circuit breaker’s wire isn’t connected properly Both […]

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Home Backup Generator Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose the Right One for Your Home

Want to make sure your home always has power, even during blackouts?  You need a backup generator. But there are so many options. How do you choose the right one? Let us show you. Step 1: Know your options: standby vs. portable There are 2 basic kinds of home generators: portable and standby. The right […]

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Buyer’s Guide for Smart Home Lighting

Shopping around for smart home lights?  Also called “remote lighting” and “connected lighting” these lights are one of the many ways our lives are turning into the Jetsons. Everything is simplified, automated, and at our fingertips.  (Now we just need robot maids!) Of course, shopping for this new technology is a pain because there are […]

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How to Choose the Best Light Bulb for Your Home

Have you tried to pick out a light bulb and been overwhelmed by the options?  It doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s how to navigate the light bulb aisle like a pro: Know your bulb types (LED, CFL and incandescent) Focus on lumens, not watts Match your light colors So let’s begin… The 3 […]

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How to Choose the Right Electrical Outlet for Your Home

Thinking of adding a new electrical outlet to your home?  Here’s our 3-step process to make sure you install the right outlet for your home and your needs. Step 1: Know if you need GFCI and AFCI outlets Most electrical outlets in your home should have some sort of built-in safety device. And there are […]

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Electrical Panels 101: A Homeowner’s Guide to Breaker Boxes

In this article, we’ll attempt to remove some of the mystery of your breaker box by explaining: What it is and why it’s important The different parts of the breaker box and what they do The different sizes of panels The lifespan of panels and circuit breakers What’s a breaker box? Electric panels take incoming […]

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Which Appliances Need a Dedicated Circuit Installed?

A “dedicated circuit” is a circuit that serves only one home appliance. You’ll need a dedicated circuit for each of these major appliances: Refrigerator Freezer Electric range Microwave Water heater Washer Dryer Dishwasher/garbage disposal Furnace Heat pump Air conditioner (central and window) Sump pump Hot tub/Sauna/Jacuzzi  The rule of thumb is this: If the appliance […]

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Why Do I Always Have to Flush My Toilet Twice?

Do you have a toilet in your home that seems to always require two flushes? Not only is it annoying, but it also wastes water. Probably more than you realize. But before we can explain why this is happening, we need to discuss how a toilet works. How a toilet works Most toilets use pretty […]

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Storage Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters for Phoenix, Arizona

You’re probably used to a storage tank water heater, but you’ve heard good things about tankless water heaters. Things like, they give continuous hot water and are more energy efficient than tank water heaters. But are tankless water heaters worth the investment? That’s the question we’ll answer in this article. We’ll look at these 5 […]

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Do I Need a New (Higher Amp) Electrical Panel/Box?

Does this sound familiar? Your circuit breakers randomly trip from using everyday appliances (like your microwave). It’s annoying and can potentially damage sensitive electronics. So maybe you think you need a larger electrical panel to handle more electrical devices in your home, right? Well, you may. But hold on. Upgrading to a new panel could […]

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3 Warning Signs You’ve Got a Clogged Sewer Line

“How can I tell if I have a sewer line clog or just a regular clog?” That’s the question we’ll answer in this blog. This is an important question because a sewer line clog can cause raw sewage to back up the drains and into your home, causing costly water damage. Let’s avoid that shall […]

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How Can I Tell If My House Needs Rewiring?

Do you have an older home? Your home may need rewiring for safety purposes. According to a 2008 study by the U.S Fire Administration (USFA), insulation around electrical wires are the leading cause (30%) of electrical fires in the U.S. These fires usually ignite in homes built 50+ years ago. So a house’s age is […]

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Why Does My Smoke Detector Keep Going Off for No Reason?

Do you have a smoke detector that sounds an alarm when there’s no smoke or fire? We’re sure that creates a few scary heart-pumping midnight false alarms. You could change the battery, but that usually stops a fire detector from “chirping” (signalling that the battery needs to be changed). In fact, the City of Phoenix […]

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Why Do I Run Out of Hot Water in the Shower So Fast?

It’s frustrating. All you want to do is relax in a nice hot shower. Too bad you’ve run out of hot water. Again! So what’s the deal? Here are a few common causes of this problem and what you can do about them. Water heater is filled with sediment Over time, a water heater fills […]

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Christmas Lights Safety: Use These 4 Inexpensive Tools to Prevent a Fire

It’s sad. Christmas should be a happy time. But many families get too gung-ho with their Christmas lights without taking safety precautions, which can lead to a fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “Holiday lights and other decorative lighting with line voltage were involved in an estimated average of 150 home structure […]

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Top 5 Tips to Prevent Plumbing Disasters During Thanksgiving

Say goodbye to your Black Friday money. Most homeowners have a severe plumbing problem during Thanksgiving due to all the extra food-related waste going down the kitchen sink. And since plumbers usually charge extra for a holiday call, you’re looking at repair costs of $100 to $600 to unclog a kitchen sink, toilet drain, or […]

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Why Arizona’s Hard Water Secretly Makes Your Life Harder (And What You Can Do About It)

Who knew your water had such a dirty little secret. Because the water in your home is “hard”: Your electric bills are higher than they needs to be You have those annoying streaks all over your dishes after you wash them Your water heater will die long before it reaches its intended lifespan. So what […]

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4 Resources to Combat High Water Bills in Arizona

Are your water bills out of control? Wondering what you can do to keep costs down and conserve water in your Arizona home? These 4 resources will give you everything you need to reduce water waste so you can save money. 1) Water saving tips from Watersense This Watersense article shows you how to save […]

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Whole-House Surge Protectors vs. Power Strip Surge Protectors

Your expensive electronic equipment is sensitive. No, we don’t mean that it’s easy to hurt its feelings. We mean the circuitry is easy to ruin via power surges. All it takes is one large power surge to ruin your expensive electronic devices like your: Computer Big screen TV Kitchen appliances (fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave, coffeemaker…) […]

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You Could Have a Ticking Bomb in Your Home – And You Use it Every Day

It sounds like an urban legend or a myth. Something people whisper about around the campfire after sunset. A water heater explodes, rockets into the air and decimates a home. People are evacuated. The remnants of the water heater are found 300 feet away from the home. But it’s real. This is exactly what happened […]

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2 Safe, Inexpensive Drain Cleaning Alternatives You Can Use Today

Got a clogged sink? Before you reach for dangerous chemical drain cleaners, read this first. While chemical drain cleaners, like Drano, may be cheap, they have caustic agents that can damage your pipes and expose you and your family to toxic gases. Here are 2 safe, inexpensive alternatives you can use, today, to unblock nasty, […]

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Your Water Heater Eats Energy!

Your water heater eats energy! We want to reduce its appetite. Water heating typically accounts to the second largest energy expense in your home at about 18% of your utility bill. Here are inexpensive things you can do to increase efficiency and cut energy bills. 1. Pro-actively Shop Before It Breaks or Leaks. Although most […]

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Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?

Going outside to mess with your tripped circuit breaker can be overwhelming if you don’t know what or why it happened.  If you’re not an electrician we’d suggest you contact one. Something may be seriously wrong with some electrical wires as to its overloading of current. A circuit breaker “trips” or shuts off the electrical flow to protect the […]

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The Importance of a Water Heater Flush

Did you know that for the best water heater efficiency and extended life, you should have maintenance performed 1-2 times per year, depending on your home’s water quality? If you didn’t know that fact, then you probably don’t know what that maintenance consists of, so we decided to outline and explain. Maintaining your water heater […]

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Lightning Proofing Your Home In Arizona

Thunder and Lightning storms don’t happen often in Phoenix, Arizona but when they do, the results can be brutal to homeowners. If your home is affected by lightning and you have minimal surge protectors for only specific appliances, you are only half way safe! Maybe you have a surge protector strip on specific outlets for […]

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