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Smoke Detector Repairs & Installs

Smoke detectors are required by manufacturers to be replaced every 7-10 years. This is due to the amount of dust buildup inside units which can weaken or block the sensors. Smoke detectors should be properly tested and have the batteries changed every 6 months to ensure full functionality.

We highly recommend carbon monoxide/smoke detector combination units.  Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless gas that is lethal. A detector is recommended anywhere there is a gas appliance like a furnace, water heater, or fireplace. These units can replace a regular smoke detector at any location so there is no need to install new wiring.

Attic Vent Fan

Attic vent fans are necessary for two reasons:

  1. To ensure proper venting in the attic so heat doesn’t build up and cause the blower in your furnace to overwork and burn up
  2. To keep attics at a more controlled temperature which results in a more controlled temperature for any upstairs rooms

Most attic vent fans are to be set at 105 degrees so the motor doesn’t overwork and burn out. Vent fan motors are replaceable and you will not need to replace entire vent fan unit. Sometimes thermostats are required to be replaced as well. If your vent fan hasn’t been running for years or if it was not working last summer, call now and our technicians will get your equipment ready for those warmer months.

Grounding Systems

Most people are unfamiliar with a grounding system, but many people are affected by a faulty one. It’s not pretty, fashionable, or even noticeable, but it is more than necessary. Designed for safety and protection, a grounding system is a crucial part of any home’s electrical system. Electricity is always seeking a direct path to ground, and without the proper grounding system, that direct path could run through you. And while you are still at risk with a proper grounding system, the chances of an incident occurring are much lower.

Lightning is one of the most common reasons homeowners need a proper grounding system. Once lightning strikes, it needs a path to the ground to release the energy. Lightning rods, surge protectors, and whole house surge protectors are all important but useless without the proper grounding system.  To ensure your home is protected and grounded properly, call Socket Doctors today and schedule a full home inspection.

Whole House Fans

A whole house fan circulates air through your home. They are often used in spring when a door or window is open, thus cooling the home without the use of an air conditioner. Many homes 15 years old and newer do not have these, but they were very common in older homes.

Fan motors can burn out or quit working with age. Some were never installed properly to begin with. All units, no matter the age, are required to have a fire stat. This ensures that the spring switch will shut off the fan during a fire to prevent feeding the flames via air circulation. Socket Doctors offers repair and replacement services for whole-house fans, and we always check for fire stats during our home inspections. Call today to have your equipment inspected or serviced!