Does cranking the thermostat down cool my home faster?

August 13, 2014

Dallas heat is unbearable and when we get home from a long, sunny drive, we want our house to feel like a freezer! Out of habit, many people run to their thermostats to turn down the temperature, and they may intentionally decrease it from 80 to 65. This extreme decrease will not cool your home…

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Is it common for electricians not to give quotes over the phone?

July 17, 2014

Yes. It is pretty common for technicians to deny customers of an over-the-phone electrical repair quote. The reasons are frustratingly simple and once you see (or have personally experienced) both sides of similar situations, you have a better understanding of why project estimates are not always acceptable. “But you told me it would only cost…

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Is carbon monoxide poisoning common in the summer?

July 15, 2014

Yes. Carbon monoxide poisoning is just as common during the summer as it is in the winter because appliances such as lawn mowers, propane grills, camp stoves, and boats are heavily used during warmer seasons. Decrease your family’s risk of exposure Carbon monoxide is a deadly, poisonous gas whose dangers hide in everyday appliances used by…

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How can I make my light bulbs last longer?

July 15, 2014

Light bulbs obviously aren’t meant to last forever, but they should definitely have a decent lifespan, not a disappointing one. The electricians at Mister Sparky Dallas are here to give you a few tips to get the most out of your incandescent and LED light bulbs. Dimmers Light dimmers have become a popular solution for expanding…

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I know it’s summer time, but why is my house so hot?

June 30, 2014

If you’re living in Dallas or surrounding Texas cities, you’re familiar with how stuffy a home can get during these hot, humid summers. But is there anything you can do to keep them a little cooler that does not involve cranking up the air conditioning? Little tweaks, big difference Believe it or not, there are…

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Can hot weather cause power outages?

June 30, 2014

So the short answer this time is once again, yes. Power outages are actually more common during warmer seasons because energy demand and outdoor temperatures are so high. Because Texas is currently in a drought and experiencing hot, humid weather, this may be a great time to practice ways to try and avoid a power…

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What if my doorbell doesn’t work?

January 30, 2014

I have gotten a lot of questions about what to do if a doorbell doesn’t work, and how to troubleshoot the issue. One question I get a lot is, “Can an electrician fix my doorbell?” Of course, calling an electrician will fix your doorbell. But, there is an easy, fast and safe way to troubleshoot…

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Why do my light bulbs burn out quickly?

January 30, 2014

Light bulbs burn out quickly mostly because of there is too high of a voltage in the light socket. If you are having to switch out light bulbs every few days, this can be a sign of a dangerous situation. You may have too high of a voltage because the light was wired wrong or…

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Why do my lights get brighter when a motor starts?

January 28, 2014

Does your kitchen lights get brighter when you turn on the garbage disposal? When this happens, it may indicate the neutral wire in the panel is loose. This means that one hot wire is worth more volts than the other, creating an imbalance according to the ground. If your lights get brighter when you turn…

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What if my outdoor lights don’t work?

January 20, 2014

Most times when there are several outdoor lights that do not work, you can blame your GFCI outlet. The GFCI outlet has the black and red buttons that say “test” and “reset”.  The outdoor lights and outlets are normally connected on an electrical circuit that relies on the GFCI outlet to work. If you press…

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