Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Thank You Duke.

Albuquerque was founded well over 300 years ago in honor of Francisco Fernández de la Cueva who was the 10th Duke of Albuquerque.  Hence, some refer to our metropolis as “Duke City”.  Who exactly named the city?  That moniker was placed by provincial governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdés.  See…Si?

Today Albuquerque is the home of Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Laboratories, The National Museum of Nuclear Science and Industry, The University of New Mexico and so many other important things in our beautiful state.  If you are visiting ABQ or suburban Belen we hope that you will take part in our many attractions.

We at Daylight Electric and Appliance are headquartered in Belen, but we serve most of Albuquerque area with quality electrical work for homes and businesses.  If your needs include heating, air conditioning, rewiring, installation of appliances, etc. we are here to help.  From all of us at Daylight Electric and Appliance Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Defining an Electrical Contractor.

Here is a basic explanation… it is a business person or a company that provides electrical services.  They are also responsible for any work that needs to be constructed in relation to a particular design and the maintenance of any electrical systems.  This should apply to residences and commercial operations as well.

Contractors receive extensive training in preparation for entering the field and are required to be licensed depending on the regulatory standards and guidelines where they reside.  They pay an annual licensing fee and must obtain insurances as well as the necessary documents needed to keep their client safe.  Beware of anyone who is NOT licensed!

If you are looking for an electrical contractor who starts a project by completing estimated expenses for the client then you have come to the right place.  If you live in Belen or throughout the Albuquerque area and you need residential or commercial electrical work, please call Daylight Electric and Appliance at (505) 864-3980.

Dec 6th - Free admission 5-9pm at Explora during Old Town Holiday Stroll in Albuquerque

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  • 5-7pm, FREE Teen Science Café: Teens can meet a local scientist and find out about their work and career. Snacks included. Activity or demo included. 
  • Fun activities for children and adults.
  • Take a photo on our high wire bike with holiday props. 
  • Get tax-free shopping done while the kids have fun. Holiday discounts at Ideas, the Store at Explora! 
  • Two floors of hands-on exhibits are open for exploration.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Repair or Replace…That is the Question.

It is a question with an expensive answer.  Should you repair your whole-house heating system, or should you replace it altogether?  A healthy heating system can prevent burst pipes, provide good quality indoor air that encourages good health and efficiently heat your home.  You need to know when you can get by for another season with repairs instead of replacement.

You may need a heating professional to assess your system when –

1.  You start hearing abnormal noises.
2.  The system just keeps blowing out air.
3.  Power bills are going up and up.
4.  There is poor indoor air quality.
5.  Temperatures vary from room-to-room.

These (among others) are signs that it is time to call in someone like Daylight Electric and Appliance.  They are heating professionals who have been serving the comfort needs of the Albuquerque area out of Belen for many years.  Watch, listen, then call Daylight Electric and Appliance of Belen at (505) 864-3980.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

All of You Who Have Been Poisoned by Carbon Monoxide Raise your Hand.

What…no hands?  Of course not, people who were poisoned by this noxious gas CAN’T raise their hand!  It must be prevented from permeating your home at all costs.  Sure, safeguarding your home and family from a threat that you can’t see, smell or taste may sound like a tall order.  That’s why it is so important that the right detector is installed in your Belen home.

Here are some FAQs about carbon monoxide poisoning –

1.  What is carbon monoxide?  It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless.
2.  Where does it come from?  Appliances, generators, blocked chimneys, etc.
3.  What are the symptoms?  They are similar to the flu.
4.  What steps can I take to prevent it?  Properly equip your home with detectors.

Here is where we come in.  We are Daylight Electric and Appliance.  We serve the electrical and HVAC needs of the greater Albuquerque area from our home in Belen.  Properly installing a carbon monoxide detection system is NO insignificant matter!  Please trust us to do it right.  We are Daylight Electric and Appliance at (505) 864-3980.

Veterans Day 2019: What’s open/closed, events and discounts around New Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -  a list of events that are happening throughout the state for Veterans Day Monday, November 11. There’s also a list of things that are closed in Albuquerque on Veterans Day.  

Monday, October 14, 2019

Staying Wired.

No, this is not an expose’ about John Belushi.  This is about commercial wiring.  One of the first differences between residential and commercial electrical installation has to do with the type of wiring used for each individual building.  In residential homes, the main type of wiring used has a plastic sheathing around the narrow wires.

As it pertains to commercial buildings, the electrical wiring is run in open spaces to allow access, but the wiring is contained in tube-like conduits for protection.  Commercial buildings use three-phase power.  Three-phase power delivers a total of 448 volts which is two legs of 120 volts and a third called a “wild leg” that carries 208 volts.

How to wire a commercial building is a complicated job for a true professional.  The team at Daylight Electric and Appliance of Belen serves all of the residential and commercial wiring needs of the greater Albuquerque area.  When you decide to wire or rewire your business give Daylight Electric and Appliance a call at (505) 864-3980.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Ghouls on Parade: Halloween Festival & Parade 2019

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Ghouls on Parade is a festival and costume parade celebrating the spirit of Halloween.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Temperature’s Falling.

October is upon us and that means winter in Central New Mexico is just around the corner.  As the temperatures fall, many commercial building and home owners are starting to think about turning on the heat.  In order to ensure that your boiler or heat exchanger is ready for the cooler weather, follow these tips to prepare your boiler for winter.

1.  Turn it on for at least 15 minutes before cold weather arrives.
2.  Bleed out the radiators.
3.  Look for leaks, cracks, and the accumulation of soot.
4.  The flame should be clear blue.
5.  Make sure the pipes are insulated.

Being ready before you spend a night in Belen or the Albuquerque area freezing your (you know what) off affords great peace of mind.  A full inspection of your boiler is just the ticket.  That ticket is punched by the professionals at Daylight Electric and Appliance.  Don’t wait one day too long…give yourself some “daylight” by calling (505) 864-3980.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Breaker…Breaker 19.

Maybe you are a truck driver on the roads of The Great Southwest and you recognize that call immediately.  This breaker refers to any breaker box in your Belen area home that must be working properly.  We probably don’t need to remind you that adding a new circuit can be a daunting and even dangerous job!

Here are just some of the component parts of your home’s breaker box –

1.  The main lugs…they are always live even when the power is off.
2.  The main plugs…the black ones are always live as well.
3.  The main breaker…always switch it off before removing the panel cover.
4.  The breaker itself…usually a red or black hot wire.
5.  The breaker bus…(stay off the bus).  This distributes power to the individual breakers.

We won’t bore you with more details, except to say that the breaker box that distributes power to your home must be kept in tip-top condition.  For that, you should call on the services of Daylight Electric and Appliance serving the electrical needs of Belen and the greater Albuquerque area.  Just call (505) 864-3980.

SOMOS ABQ 2019: Albuquerque's Brightest Festival

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Sat, Sep 28, 2019, 12:00 PM –
Sun, Sep 29, 2019, 2:00 AM MDT

SOMOS ABQ is a city-wide festival showcasing world-class entertainment, food vendors, local restaurants, arts & culture organizations, nonprofits, tech companies, and so much more. Every year, for one day, let's illuminate everything that is great about the city we call home.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

How often Should your Water Heater be Inspected?

You may want to think that your home’s water heater is okay if it’s out of site, out of mind, but the truth is conscientious homeowners in Central New Mexico know that a professional should inspect it every year.  As with so many things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and preventing major plumbing disasters on your property is well worth it!

Here are some of the things that occur in an inspection –

1.  The possibility of running toilets that costs big money with increased water bills
2.  Water pressure should be checked
3.  Water and drain lines should be thoroughly inspected
4.  Washing machines, dishwashers, and other appliances are also inspected

Various other steps will be taken in a full inspection.  The result is that you will know if you have a strong, viable water heater for another year.  Fall is a great time to have your water heater inspected.  Please call Daylight Electric and Appliance.  They have been serving Belen and the greater Albuquerque area for many years.  That number is (505) 864-3980.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Summertime in Old Town thru August

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Old Town is the best place to be! With beautiful plazas, great food, unique local shops, and live music on the gazebo, it is the perfect way to spend a day with friends and loved ones.


Monday, August 12, 2019

HVAC Technology is Ever-changing.

As with most aspects of our life the world of HVAC is always changing and evolving.  Sometimes, homeowners in the Albuquerque area think that they can make their homes more comfortable without posing a risk to the environment.  With some eco-friendly changes that have come to the industry, that reality is getting closer.

Here are some of those changes –

1.  New energy analysis software
2.  Ice-Powered Air Conditioners reduces the total energy consumption of office buildings
3.  Geothermal heat pumps…not exactly new, but becoming more and more popular
4.  Radiant floor heating reduces energy costs while heating your home
5.  HVAC zoning…as you might suspect this divides your home into specific zones

It is all very exciting for us here at Daylight Electric and Appliance.  I am the president of the company, Justin Day.  I have years of training in the industry and we pride ourselves in staying ahead of the curve with the latest technological changes in the HVAC industry.  If you live in or around Belen NM give us a call at (505) 864-3980.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Underground Pedestals and Subterranean Enclosers.

No, this is not spelunking 101.  These are electrical devices that are needed for homes and businesses throughout the Albuquerque area.  Installing them safely and securely is just part of what we do.  When it comes to distributing power, pedestals enable the connection of underground cables to several customers within the cabinets.

Subterranean enclosers are switchboxes that are installed underground and are suitable for installing all types of equipment for either permanent or temporary conductivity.  They can remain underground both actively and passively.  Don’t worry, you do not have to understand all of this, because we do!

The ins and outs of electrical installation and repair are why we exist here in our home of Belen and around greater Albuquerque.  We are Daylight Electric and Appliance and as the name suggests if you need electrical work or appliances installed, we are the one and only call you need to make.  Call us at (505) 864-3980.

Downtown Summerfest 2019 - Aug 3, 2019

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This free family-friendly event features fun for the whole family including an artisan market, microbrew garden, food trucks and live entertainment from local and national acts in the heart of Downtown Albuquerque. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

It’s Hot in Here…No Kidding.

Sure, it’s hot in your house now, but that won’t last much longer.  Few feelings compare to walking into your warm house, with its efficient furnace, away from the piercing wind-chills and snowy winter weather outside.  I know it seems weird to talk about this in July, but you may be glad that you tackled your home’s heating system in late summer.

Traditional furnaces burn seven days a week, 365 days a year, which is why many ABQ area homeowners are asking, “Should I turn my furnace off over the summer?” The answer isn’t a simple “yes” or “no,” however.  It’s based on several factors, like your type of furnace and its household use, as well as your personal preferences.

Daylight Electric and Appliance of Belen wants you to stay on top of your home’s heating and air conditioning system.  None of us in the Albuquerque area want to wake up on one late September morning shivering because our furnace stopped working efficiently!  For your heating and air conditioning needs call Daylight Electric and Appliance at (505) 864-3980.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Zap…Wiring a Central A/C Unit.

A central heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, better known as HVAC, unit requires a dedicated circuit and wiring for the unit's electrical load.  Near the air-conditioning unit, someone must also install a power disconnect box on the same circuit that they wire the HVAC unit.  That’s electrician 101!

Here are some of the steps that a professional HVAC installer will take –

1.  It starts with locating the service panel electric box.
2.  Find the main switch.
3.  Turn it off.
4.  Find any electrical outlet to make sure that there is absolutely NO power.
5.  Use the right tools and clothing for working with electricity.

Zap, indeed!  That is what we are all trying to avoid.  This is a job for a professional electrician.  In Belen and the greater Albuquerque area those HVAC pros are found at Daylight Electric and Appliance.  No matter if it is a single home or a commercial job Daylight Electric is the right choice.  Give them call at (505) 864-3980.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Home Sweet Home.

Mobile homes often get a bad rap, but people of New Mexico are loving their mobile homes. They have decided that it is time to enjoy a simpler life.  Whether this is your first season of mobile home enjoyment or you have experienced several, there are certain things you must remember when hooking up your home.

Here are some steps to follow –

1.  Obtain the necessary permits for setting up your home
2.  Build footers for the foundation to make sure they are in place
3.  Secure the mobile home with hydraulic jacks
4.  Lower the home from the jacks onto the piers
5.  Install electrical, gas, water, and sewer lines

As it pertains to electrical hookups around your mobile home always rely on the electrical experts at Daylight Electric and Appliance.  For many years we have been serving the electrical needs of mobile homeowners, as well as businesses, and homeowners in the Belen and Albuquerque area.  Please keep our number handy for HVAC repair or replacement (505) 864-3980.     

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

What Happens if your Water Heater is Leaking.

A leaking water heater, is not unlike any other common problem in a home; it costs money, inconveniences you, and may cause damage. Unlike typical plumbing leaks, a leaking water heater has the potential to be dangerous and even deadly!  Here is all you need to know to address a leaking water heater in a safe, inexpensive and correct manner.

Your water heater will typically have many other plumbing pipes, fixtures, and elements surrounding it that COULD be the cause of the leak.  So, before jumping to conclusions, clean up any standing water and closely examine the surrounding pipes and other plumbing elements close to your water heater.

The consequences may be devastating.  That is why you call on the water heater repair and replacement professionals at Daylight Electric and Appliance.  They are Belen’s and the Albuquerque areas water heater experts.  They will troubleshoot your appliance and either repair or replace it with a reliable Rheem water heater.  Call today at (505) 864-3980.       

Monday, May 13, 2019

Stay Wired My Friends.

It might have been something that Timothy Leary would have said, but in this case it refers to the safety of the wiring in your home.  Outdated, damaged or otherwise poorly installed and maintained wiring is not something to take lightly!  There are hundreds of residential electrical fires in the Albuquerque area each year.

Here are some warning signs that demand your attention –

1.  Has a circuit breaker tripped?
2.  Be on the lookout for flickering lights.
3.  Look for any wiring that may be frayed or chewed.
4.  Search for any discoloration caused by smoke.
5.  Use your nose.  Sniff for odors of burning.

If any or all of these are prevalent in your home immediately reach for the phone and save the day!  Call Daylight Electric and Appliance Belen’s one of the Albuquerque area’s top home and office electrician.  They will come in and troubleshoot as well as repair your electrical problem giving you peace of mind again.  Call Daylight Electric and Appliance at (505) 864-3980.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Things are Heating Up Around Here.

It won’t be long now when Central New Mexico weather heats up and we will turn on our home’s air conditioner for the first time.  Waiting to see IF it works at peak efficiency this season could be disastrous if you have not followed some simple steps first.  This will give you some peace of mind going into June.

Before turning on your air conditioning –

1.  Check your thermostat.  Is it outdated?
2.  Look for exposed ductwork.
3.  Check the air vents.
4.  Look carefully at your drain line.
5.  Inspect the outdoor condenser unit.
6.  Does the electrical wiring show signs of wear and tear?

Before you begin these steps (and several others) do the smart thing!  Call Daylight Electric and Appliance serving Belen and greater Albuquerque.  They will do whatever is necessary to make sure that your home’s a/c cranks along at peak efficiency this summer.  Call them before things really heat up at (505) 864-3980.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Underground vs. Overhead Electrical Feeders.

First of all, you should never mess with either, but it may be beneficial to know about them.  When you deal with service entrance cables in new Belen and ABQ area homes the question often comes up about underground and overhead feeders. Are underground feeds better than overhead feeds? 

Underground is safer but may be much more expensive.  The advantage of the underground feed is that there are no visible wires present, virtually eliminating the possibility of damage by storms.  With overhead service the feeder cables are exposed and suspended between the power pole and your home exposing them to the elements.

There are other factors to consider, but only one company to choose when installing or repairing underground or overhead electrical feeders.  That company is Daylight Electric and Appliance.  They have served the electrical needs of Belen and the surrounding Albuquerque area for many years.  Call them today at (505) 864-3980.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Flush Once a Year.

No, not your toilet, of course (we don’t even want to imagine that!), but rather your home’s water heater.  Yes, your water heater should be flushed once every year.  What exactly happens when a plumber flushes your water heater?  Well, he empties it into an approved drain, then fills the water back up.

That is the how, what about the why?  Think of it much like changing your car’s oil.  In this case, your water heater needs regular maintenance for top performance.  A water heater flush clears out sediment and minerals, such as calcium and lime, that could impede your heater’s performance.  Sediment builds up in the tank and that insulates it from the flame.

The job is a simple one for a certified plumber with experience in flushing, and repairing water heaters.  That is the work of Daylight Electric and Appliance serving the plumbing and electrical needs of the Belen and Albuquerque area for many years.  It beats the cost of a new water heater!  Give Daylight Electric and Appliance a call at (505) 864-3980.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Look, but Don’t Touch.

No question, electricity is an important, everyday part of our lives, but it’s also extremely dangerous.  If you have a utility pole near your home, keep your distance!   If a downed power line occurs nearby, never approach the area.  It’s amazing how obvious this fact is, yet Americans die every year touching them.

Just what does a utility pole consist of –

1.  Transmission wires…they carry electricity at up to 500 kilovolts
2.  Communication lines…used for cable tv, telephones, etc.
3.  Distribution wires…they carry the power to your home
4.  Transformer…this metal cannister converts high voltage to low voltage

Look, it’s okay to be curious.  I am curious about lions, but I wouldn’t jump into their habitat at the Albuquerque zoo and feed one!  Whenever you see a downed power line call us immediately to fix the problem.  We are Daylight Electric and Appliance serving all of Belen and the ABQ area.  That phone number for any electrical problem is (505) 864-3980.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Hook ‘em Up and Keep ‘em Home.

What does that mean?  Well, as it pertains to RV’s and your driveway you CAN in many cases live in there without actually living in your Albuquerque area home.  Did you know that?  First things first, we are not advocating that you live in your RV for and extended period, but maybe these upcoming moderate weather months make it more practical.

You can hook up your RV to your home’s electrical system, but you probably won’t be able to run every appliance or use the electricity 24/7.  Your RV will need at least a 30/50 Amp hookup to power the rig.  Accomplishing this safely for the long haul is probably the work of a professional HVAC company.

At Daylight Electric and Appliance, we have hooked up power to RV’s for decades.  We are professional electric and appliance hook up experts serving our hometown of Belen as well as the entire Albuquerque area.  Before you decide to hook up your RV to your home’s power please give us a call at (505) 864-3980.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

What is Load Circulation?

Whether this is a brand-new furnace installation or you are getting ready to replace an older heating or cooling system, it is very important for you to get a load calculation done by a contractor.  The load calculation is an estimation of what exact size of a furnace is needed for your castle.

Here are some things included in the calculation –

1.  A complete inspection which includes walls, ceilings, and floors
2.  Assessing windows, doorways, and the size of the room
3.  Finding drafts
4.  Complying with building codes

A professional furnace installer knows all these things and much more.  In the long run you probably will be replacing your furnace with one of the same BTU rating.  Please allow us to help with this task from start to finish.  We are Daylight Electric and Appliance.  If you are replacing a furnace in the Belen and ABQ area just call us at (505) 864-3980.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Beware of Power Lines.

As one of Belen’s and Albuquerque’s experts at installing and repairing power poles we want you to always have a healthy respect for power lines.  If you encounter a downed line and think you can tackle it…you will lose!  These are potentially dangerous moments that may define the rest of your life.

Here are some tips if a power line falls on your car –

1.  Stay inside of your car if at all possible.  In this cell phone era it is a lot easier.
2.  Don’t touch anything on the inside of your car.
3.  Reach for that aforementioned cell phone and call 911.
4.  Warn people outside NOT to touch your car.
5.  Do exactly what the arriving officer tells you to do.

Here at Daylight Electric and Appliance we have a healthy respect for power poles and the lines that join them together.  When you need electrical work done in the Albuquerque area and especially Belen please give us a call.  Again, we are Daylight Electric and Appliance at (505) 864-3980.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Living on the Edge.

That may be a bit dramatic, but when your furnace is about to conk out you had better be ready to keep it humming along through a long Albuquerque winter.  Fortunately, there are warning signs that indicate your home’s furnace is about to “give up the ghost”.  Even one day without heat could be agonizing.

Here are some of those signs –

1.  How old is your furnace?  That’s the obvious place to start.
2.  Have your utility bills gone up?
3.  Have there been previous repairs?
4.  Is the flame yellow instead of blue?
5.  Does your furnace make strange noises?

Daylight Electric and Appliance understands.  A hard-working consistent furnace is a big part of your family’s ongoing comfort this winter and for many to come.  They have experience in all types of HVAC and electrical services.  This winter and in every season count on Daylight Electric and Appliance serving Belen and Albuquerque at (505) 864-3980.