Save Your Business Money & Boost Productivity By Retrofitting Your Lighting

Is the lighting at your business old and costing you money? Is dim lighting negatively affecting the moods and productivity of your employees? Then it may be time to consider retrofitting your business with energy efficient lighting to help save your business money and boost production in the workplace. Continue reading

Guide to Resetting a Tripped Breaker or Fixing a Blown Fuse

It is common for homeowners to run into a tripped breaker or blown fuse every once in a while. We often get calls to our service line asking how to reset one, and we are always happy to help! However, we want to give you a written step-by-step guide that you can come back to for future reference. Continue reading

Spring 2016 is just around the corner in St. Charles, Missouri and St. Louis, Missouri

Here we are in the dead of winter so who is thinking about spring? Your St. Charles, Missouri electricians at Grasser Electric have been thinking about spring already.
Even before the “big box” stores start displaying their patio furniture and bar-b-que grills for the new season, your St. Charles Electricians at Grasser Electric are getting ready for the severe weather season.
If you have been considering options for stand by power in your home when the storms start to rumble through our area, NOW is the time to make plans and talk to your Kohler Generator experts at Grasser Electric. Whether you go with very minimal power coverage or want to keep your entire house powered during a storm related power failure, your St. Charles electricians at Grasser Electric have the perfect solution for your needs and your budget.
We have teamed up with Kohler Generators to provide the industry’s best products, built in the USA. Take advantage of pre storm season specials and call your St. Charles generator specialists today and keep the lights on while your neighbors sit in the dark.

LIGHTNING – BANG!!!!!!! WHAT WAS THAT?

Every year we get calls from very frustrated homeowners and business owners here in the St. Louis and St. Charles, Missouri areas that have been affect by either a close or direct lightning strike. TV’s stop working, microwaves, computers, even furnaces and air conditioners. The extreme voltages that pass through your electrical system can and will totally cook electronic devices.

Just today, 10/2/14 a residence in St. Charles, Missouri burned to the ground and the cause according to fire department personnel was a direct lightning strike. A lightning bolt can reach temperatures of 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s hotter than the surface of the sun!

Anything subjected to that temperature even if for a millisecond will burst into flame.
Often these fires start on the roof or attic where the strike occurred. They can slowly work from a smoldering hot spot to a fully involved house fire within hours if not detected early.

All new houses in St. Louis and St. Charles are required to have smoke detectors in bedrooms, hallways and other areas. But what about the attic? What if a lightning strike occurs while you are sleeping or away? The only way you will know you have a fire is to look up in the attic or a passer by sees it. Often news paper delivery people or a passing police officer will observe these fires in the middle of the night which was the case earlier today.

We can install whole house surge protection on your electrical service panels that will stop the extreme high voltage surges generated by a lightning strike. In some cases the manufacturer offers a “money back” guarantee to off set insurance deductibles in the event of a loss with their equipment in place.

Grasser Electric also has Lightning Protection contractors at our disposal that can install lightning rods on your home. Old technology? Yes. Does it work, apparently so. Most all government and commercial buildings today are equipped with lightning rods. In Florida, the lightning capitol of the country, lightning rods are a familiar sight and according to folks there, they do work!

Call Grasser Electric to discuss protecting your house from the problems that can arise due to lightning.

Cooler Weather….what next?

It’s officially FALL. Say good bye to the heat and humidity and hello to great fall weather. However we all know what is next…WINTER!!!!!
Cold, Snow, Ice, and who knows what else.

Have you given any thought to what you would do if the power is out for more than a couple of hours? How about several days? An ice storm can cripple the grid and leave thousands of electrical customers in the dark and cold. Even if you have underground electrical services, the larger primary lines that feed your underground service can fail in an ice storm.

Grasser Electric, your local St. Charles and St. Louis electricians have teamed up with CK Power and KOHLER Generators to provide the most reliable standby generators available. These generators can start automatically on a power failure and are connected to your natural gas or propane supply. You can continue to live normally. Keep your furnace operating, refrigerators working, prevent frozen pipes due to no heat, and even enjoy your home entertainment equipment while everyone else around you is scrambling in the dark to figure out what to do.

NOW is the time to make your plans. If you are considering a whole home standby generator system, please call your St. Charles and St. Louis Missouri electrical experts at Grasser Electric. Together with KOHLER and CK Power, we will come up with a solution that will fit your budget. Call us today at 636-441-5200.

Thinking about Winter now? Why?

Now that we are in the second half of the summer season, your St. Louis electricians at Grasser Electric are already looking forward to the fall and even early winter months.
Though colder weather seems so far away we all know it will be here in the blink of an eye. Now is the time to begin thinking about your electrical needs as the days get shorter and the temperatures eventually start dropping.

We often get calls to obtain quotes for automatic standby generators in the middle to late fall. People begin to worry about winter storms, in particular ICE storms which can damage the power grid to the point that power can be out for days. We suggest you begin thinking about that NOW instead of later in the fall. From the time we provide your quote to the time the generator is on the ground, installed, tested, inspected and approved, four weeks can elapse. We can help you “budget” for a standby generator system and even provide financing assistance.

Other colder weather projects like installing outdoor outlets for Christmas lights are projects we can also assist with.

We are always thinking ahead so we are prepared for the problems we will be confronted with in the next few months. We want you to be prepared also. Give you St. Louis and St. Charles, Missouri electricians at Grasser Electric a call today.

MY LIGHTS KEEP DIMMING WHEN MY A/C COMES ON………..

Now that we are finally into the “WARM” St. Louis weather we have started getting requests for service to check out possible problems with residential electrical systems due lights dimming when the air conditioner kicks on.

In many homes, this is a “normal” occurrence. This happens because the lighting circuits share the same service as the air conditioner. When large motors such as air conditioner compressors start up, they require a higher voltage to “kick” them into motion. This is accomplished by electronics built into the air conditioner. This high voltage “kick” lasts only 1-2 seconds then the voltage drops to the normal 240V that the compressor is designed to operate on.

When this “kick” happens, it drains available electrical current to other devices on the same service. The result is seeing lights dim briefly. Sometimes older televisions would show the effect by the picture shrinking in size for a second. In fact every electrical device on the circuit is affected but you only notice the lights because you can see them.
It’s like a localized “brown out” but it lasts for a very short time.

There is no real fix for this other than to attempt to re-distribute circuits in your breaker box. But even this may not correct the problem.

Very rarely do we find a dangerous situation in the breaker box. If we do it’s either a breaker that is burning up or a loose connection. But 99% of the time, this dimming of lights an inconvenience and not a danger. As the air conditioner gets older, it gets harder to start and will even take more current to get it running. An HVAC contractor can check it and see if there is anything they can do to “help” it along. We can refer you to a qualified HVAC contractor if you do not have one already.