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Outdated Electrical Wiring Poses Safety Risk

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Outdated Electrical Wiring Poses Safety Risk

What do you think of if you hear the words knob and tube? We don’t know if anything pops into your mind, but when we at Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air hear those words we get worried because we automatically think of knob and tube electrical wiring in homes.

Let’s start with a little history lesson. We are celebrating our 110th anniversary this year, which means Dixie was there when Continue Reading →

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Smelly Problems can Mean Indoor Air Quality Issues

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Smelly Problems can Mean Indoor Air Quality Issues

Everyone appreciates the visual beauty of snow-capped mountains or a gorgeous sunset. For many people, the beautiful sounds created by an opera singer or a concert pianist can move them to tears. But psychologists tell us smell might be the most powerful of the senses. Especially in the way it’s linked to memories.

Where are we going with this? Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air knows not all smells are pleasant; and bad smells can often indicate a ...

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What You Don’t Know About Condensate Can Hurt Your Home

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What You Don’t Know About Condensate Can Hurt Your Home

Imagine this experience. You own a two-story house, and one day you walk into the upstairs bedroom and you see water dripping from the ceiling and the sheetrock on one wall looks decidedly soggy. You are stunned because there’s no plumbing in the attic and there have been no recent rain storms, so where is the water coming from? The homeowner was surprised to learn it came from his 2nd floor air handler ...

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LET OUR ELECTRICIANS FIREGUARD YOUR HOME

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LET OUR ELECTRICIANS FIREGUARD YOUR HOME

The great state of Alabama is known for a lot of wonderful things, including sweet tea, college football excellence, exemplary southern hospitality, peanuts and rocket scientists. Yes, that last one is really true: the rocket engines that carried NASA’s astronauts to the moon were engineered and built in Huntsville.

Unfortunately, our state also ranks very high in the nation in the number of electrical house fires. This is primarily caused by the age of aluminum electrical wiring ...

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SAVE WATER & PROTECT YOUR HOME WITH A PLUMBING INSPECTION

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SAVE WATER & PROTECT YOUR HOME WITH A PLUMBING INSPECTION

It is truly amazing how loud a faucet drip is. We have all experienced lying awake in bed at night and hearing the distinct sound as a drop of water splashes down into the sink below. Then again, every 7 seconds thereafter. So, you finally get up and go into the bathroom and twist the faucet handle a little tighter in the off position. That will probably work the first few times you do it, then the handle ...

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DON’T IGNORE SIGNS OF REFRIGERANT LEAKS

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DON’T IGNORE SIGNS OF REFRIGERANT LEAKS

There simply is no other way to say it: leaks are bad. Here are a couple of things to remember when talking about leaks. First, they usually do not go away on their own. That is, they will continue to leak until the leak is stopped. Second, small leaks can turn into big leaks rather quickly. Given these characteristics, it is a good idea that once you spot a leak, you fix it as quickly as possible. Good ...

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ELECTRICAL ISSUES CAN LEAD TO POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARDS

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ELECTRICAL ISSUES CAN LEAD TO POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARDS

There are many wonderful things we take for granted. Our freedom, the fact that the sun is going to rise in the east every morning, and a juicy cheeseburger and fries are a few that come to mind.

Electricity is another facet of everyday life in this modern world that we take for granted. We assume when we flip a power switch that whatever electrical device or fixture that it controls will come on. We can’t imagine ...

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YOU ARE READY TO SELL. IS YOUR HOUSE?

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YOU ARE READY TO SELL. IS YOUR HOUSE?

Life is full of those significant moments that you mark in time. Graduations and birthdays, marriage, the birth of your children. Your first home. Selling that first home or perhaps the home where so many of those other life-changing occasions took place also has a place on the list. So, when you decide to sell that home, no matter the reason, it is a major move.

So, you and your spouse have made the decision, which means ...

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RECIRCULATING PUMPS DELIVER INSTANT HOT WATER

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RECIRCULATING PUMPS DELIVER INSTANT HOT WATER

OK, you forgot to set your alarm last night and woke a little bit late this morning. You’ve had your cup of coffee, now it’s time for a quick hot shower and then off to work. You turn on the shower and a few minutes later, you stick your hand under the water. Still cold. A few minutes later, same thing. “I don’t have time for this,” you’re thinking.

We’ve all been in that boat, waiting for ...

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OUR FINANCING OPTIONS CAN HELP WHEN DISASTER STRIKES

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OUR FINANCING OPTIONS CAN HELP WHEN DISASTER STRIKES

We have all been there. The budget is set and the family vacation has been planned and booked for months. Then, out of nowhere … disaster! The compressor on your home’s aging air conditioning unit unexpectedly goes out. Or maybe your water heater broke down and flooded your basement. You don’t have the available cash to pay for a new A/C ...

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