DIY vs Pro Electric: Leave These Projects To The Pros

With the weather starting to get cooler, you may be looking around the house to see what kind of projects you’d like to knock out before winter arrives. If any of those projects involve electrical work, chances are it would be a good idea to call a professional. But are there electric jobs you could try on your own? In this post, we’ll discuss a handful of home electrical repairs you should definitely NOT try to DIY.


Don’t mess with the wiring. Updating the electrical wiring of your home, whether it’s old or new, is a job for licensed electricians only. Novice mistakes could easily lead to smoke or fire damage. It’s even possible that a home inspector could catch the mistake and dock your inspection. It’s just a safer bet to hire a pro.

Any changes to your electric panel definitely require a professional electrician. Older homes especially may need an upgrade to their electric panel or circuit breaker. This may be necessary to handle the electric overload as more and more electronics power our lives. But this is not a job for beginners! Even a mild mistake could lead to overheating and the potential for a fire.

Another common upgrade is adding or installing outlets around your home. You’ll need an electrician not only for the installation process but also to ensure that the circuits are providing the proper amount of power. Too much could fry your equipment, but not enough will leave you wishing for more power!

It may seem simple enough, but installing a fan is highly discouraged as a DIY job. This includes both ceiling fans and exhaust fans. Not only does this require manipulation of electrical wiring, but other issues can also arise. It’s important that fans are properly installed from an election, construction, and cosmetic perspective. Failure to do so could lead to a variety of hazards, including fans falling, fires, and even mold growth.


There are some electrical projects that are acceptable as DIY. But anything remotely complicated is best left to the pros. A little money spent now could save you major cash – and headaches – in the future. The Bosworth Company has a full team of certified electricians to respond to your electrical needs! Make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.


Simple Fuse Box Guide For Homeowners

The fuse box is the catalyst for all the power coming into your home. Sometimes called the breaker panel, it operates as a switchboard for your lights, outlets, and appliances. In this post, we’ll tell you a little more about fuse boxes, and why they are so important to your home comfort!


It’s important to understand the different types of fuse boxes. Here are a few ways to know what type your home has:

  • A traditional fuse box has disposable fuses that protect the circuit from overloading. Turning off a circuit actually involves removing the fuse. If the fuse itself blows or burns out, it will need to be replaced.
  • Breaker panels are in more modern homes, but are sometimes still called fuse boxes. Instead of using an actual fuse, circuits can be turned off or on by simply flipping a switch. Breaker panels are also set to automatically trip the circuit in the event of a power surge. Breakers can easily be reset following an outage.


Let’s take a look at the parts of a fuse box you need to be familiar with.

  • The main switch allows you to turn off power for your entire home.
  • Residual current devices will cause the circuit to trip in the event of a power surge or other potential hazard.
  • The fuses are lined up side by side. You can identify a blown fuse if it appears melted or scorched. Fuses are easy to replace, but make sure you use an exact duplicate. Like with all electrical work though, we recommend hiring a professional to ensure the work is performed safely.
    • Common types of fuses:
      • Type-T
      • Type-S
      • Cartridge
  • Circuit breakers are the beauty of breaker panels. They should be clearly labeled with on/off switches. When a breaker trips, it will flip halfway in between off and on. To restart it, turn it all the way off, and then back on.


The Bosworth Company offers a  full line of electrical services, including work on fuse boxes. Whether you’re in the market for an upgrade to a breaker panel, or are having an issue with frequent tripping, our certified professionals can help. Make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.


6 Reasons We Install Kohler Generators

No matter how secure you are in your home, it’s important to remember that a power outage is always a possibility. Who can forget the ice storm that ravaged the state of Texas in 2021? If you didn’t have a generator then, you probably wish you did. Have you considered investing in a generator? In this post, we’ll introduce you to Kohler generators, and why they could be a good option for your home or business.


Kohler generators are known for their power! They can power an entire home or business in a matter of seconds. Their generators are made to last and provide long-lasting power!


Kohler generators come in a variety of sizes and options to fit your needs! A smaller home may only need a 7kW unit, while a large business may need 20kW or more. You’ll also want to decide on the right size for you based on how much power you’ll need – and for how long – during an emergency. Since some appliances or other electric-powered devices in your home are more essential than others, you may choose a smaller generator just to fit your needs. If you want to be ready for anything, and don’t want to miss out on any of our modern comforts, consider one of our more powerful models.


Kohler generators are keeping up with the times. You can now manage your entire system remotely and in real-time by using a smartphone app! Features include the ability to turn the generator off and on, control the energy output, and manage various technical components.


Kohler generators come with their own warranty. Many of their generator models are guaranteed with 5-year, 2,000-hour warranties. There’s even an option for an extended warranty of up to 10 years! Additionally, Kohler generators have corrosion-resistant enclosures that are designed to last.


Kohler has been manufacturing generators for more than 100 years! With a track record like that, you know they must be doing something right.


Kohler is a name you know, and a name you can trust. Kohler not only provides backup power for homes nationwide, but its generators are also used for large businesses, hospitals, and even nuclear power plants!


The Bosworth Company is a fully-authorized Kohler dealer. Our technicians are fully trained on Kohler products and can help you find the one that’s right for you. Make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.

How Much Does My TV Add to My Electric Bill?

It’s a good life – you finally have the entertainment room of your dreams. The centerpiece is a state-of-the-art smart TV. As you can probably imagine, a 65, 70, 75-inch, or even bigger TV can use up a lot of energy. In this post, we’ll discuss just how much power it takes to use your home theater, and the potential impact it can have on your electric bill.


As TVs continue to grow in size, their energy consumption can also grow. Depending on the size of the TV and how much you watch, you could use as much as 500 watts over the course of a year. That adds up to about $100 in power bill costs for your TV alone. A seemingly small portion of your total power bill, but it all adds up.

Here are a few of the factors that will help you determine just how much power your TV uses:

  • LCD screens, or liquid crystal displays, are very common in modern TV screens and are considered pretty energy efficient.
  • For even more efficiency, try an LED screen. Just like with LED lighting, these are usually more efficient than traditional models.
  • Plasma TVs are going out of style, and one reason is that they use up much more energy. They also require more internal equipment, which adds to the power usage.


Ok, so just how much energy does your TV use? Energy Guides are now mandatory, so it should be easy to figure out your usage, and then calculate how much it will cost. Just look for the black and yellow label on the back of the TV for more info.

Of course, it’s important to remember that the Energy Guide generally represents a very conservative usage estimate. If you watch a lot of TV, be sure to account for that.


If you have a large new TV, especially if it’s a plasma, and you have a lot of screen time, it’s entirely possible you could see a jump in your annual bill. LCDs or LEDs will use less energy, and you can find out just how much by checking their Energy Guide label.


Televisions are just a small part of your home’s energy usage. During the summer in Midland and Odessa, your air conditioning likely uses the vast majority. The Bosworth Company has certified professionals for your HVAC, as well as licensed electricians who can review all the systems in your home to make sure you’re getting the most for your money when it comes to energy efficiency. Make an appointment online, or give us a call today at (432) 570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.

Troubleshooting Motion-Activated Security Lights

Motion-activated exterior lights are becoming more popular as a home security feature. But does it sometimes feel like they stay on forever, or for longer than intended? The “surprise” of the lights is less effective when the lights are on all the time, and it can be a waste of energy as well. In this post, we’ll discuss some ways to make sure your lights are working as they should!


If motion-activated lights are staying on longer than desired, the first thing to check is the settings. “Mode jamming” occurs when the light is set to the “always-on” mode. It’s a common feature that can be turned on without you realizing it.

One such scenario could be a power surge. The loss, then restoration, of sudden power can cause the settings to reset automatically. If a power surge has happened recently, this is a definite possibility.

Another way the settings could have been set to “always-on” is if the lights have been switched off and on too quickly. This can also inadvertently cause the settings to change.

If you find that your lights are always on, try cutting the power for about 30 seconds, then turning it back on. Your motion-sensor light should reset, so it will turn on for about two or three minutes, then turn off as it should.


Other issues surrounding motion-activated security lighting generally revolve around normal wear and tear. Some advanced systems have sensitivity settings that can make your system overly sensitive. An example would be a car driving past your property, but never coming on your property, causing the light to turn on needlessly.


Did you know that The Bosworth Company does more than just HVAC and plumbing? We are proud to provide a team of certified electricians for all your electrical needs. If you have a question about motion-activated lighting or are thinking about getting some to increase the security around your home, make an appointment online or call us today at (432) 570-5233. The Bosworth Company is Worth the Call. Always.


Why Do You Need Surge Protection?

Surge protectors are a critical part of safeguarding your home in the event of a power surge. In this post, we’ll explain how they work and why they’re critical to keeping your home and your family safe.


Power surges can happen in a couple of different ways. They’re typically caused by either a lightning strike or damage to a nearby power line. In either case, your home will experience an immediate and excessive surge of power. A surge protector works by diverting that excess power away from your outlets and appliances and to your home’s grounding path.


To understand the specifics, you need to understand two of the key terms used by electricians: Amperage and Voltage. Amperage measures the total amount of electrons moving through a current, while voltage measures the overall pressure that causes those electrons to flow.


If a wire has too much voltage or electric pressure, it will overheat and melt or catch fire. The surge protector constantly monitors the voltage, and when it detects a surge, it immediately reroutes it, preventing excess electricity from damaging your home. Devices used for managing the pressure include metal oxide varistors (MOV) and gas discharge arrestors. These allow your home to continue getting the proper supply of energy to operate while channeling the rest to grounding wires.


There are three basic types of surge protectors for your home, and homeowners can utilize one, two, or all three for maximum protection.

  • Whole-home protectors installed between the power lines and your home
  • Whole-home protectors are installed between your power meter and breaker box.
  • Point-of-use protectors are installed at individual wall outlets.

The trifecta of protectors will help guard your home against excessive surges that can’t be suppressed by an individual whole-home unit and also guard against in-home surges that can occur when appliances turn off.


Older homes with older wiring could often use new or upgraded surge protectors. The rerouting mechanism and the wiring need to be ready for an unexpected surge. The Bosworth Company has a fully licensed team of electricians who can assist you with surge protectors or other electrical needs. Make an appointment online or call us today at (432) 570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.

Why is My Electric Bill So High?

As with most things, the cost of electricity will continue to rise, so many families are looking for ways to keep power bills down. The good news is, that there are a few things you can do to easily lower your monthly bill. In this post, we’ll explain what you can do and how we can help.


Check your light bulbs. Are they LEDs or traditional incandescent bulbs? You can weigh the options, but LED bulbs will always win out over the long haul. That’s because they use less energy and last up to 40 times longer! It’s a positive double whammy that almost always makes up for the sticker shock from the initial price tag for LED bulbs. When you do spring for the pricier LEDs, you should see an immediate drop in your electric bill.


In Midland and Odessa, we enjoy relatively moderate temperatures year-round. Our winters are mild, and our summers, while hot, are dry and typically not absolute scorchers like those in places like Arizona. The problem is that our winters are cold enough that we need heat, and our summers are hot enough that we need air conditioning. Some times of the year, you may even need to run the heater overnight, but then blast the a/c in the afternoon. Since the air is seemingly always on, this can get very expensive.

One fix for this is making sure your home is properly insulated. This means not only keeping insulation in your attic but also sealing up cracks around doors and windows. This helps keep the hot (or cold) air from the outside out, and the air you want in!


Devices that are plugged in are using energy even when you are not actually using them. This can include:

  • Computers and computer equipment
  • Phone chargers
  • TVs and speakers/sound systems
  • Other devices that are left plugged in even when they are not in use

Try unplugging all your devices for a month, and see what a difference it makes in your electric bill! Just don’t accidentally unplug the fridge!


We all enjoy the conveniences of modern appliances. Even if you have a high-efficiency model, these can still be big consumers of energy. That’s why it’s important to get the most out of every use! Make sure your dishwasher or washing machine is loaded full every time! Depending on the age of your appliance, a newer, more efficient model can help lower your bills as well. Smart appliances, like thermostats, can be adjusted remotely, so you can make sure they’re not in use when you’re not home. Ask us about our Lennox iComfort Thermostat!


We hope these tips can help you reduce your energy bill. At The Bosworth Company, we’re experts at keeping you safe and comfortable at an affordable price. If you have questions about any of these tips or think it may be time to upgrade your HVAC, make an appointment online, or call us today at (432)366-3664. It’s Worth the Call. Always.

3 Signs Your Electrical Setup Isn’t Up To Code

When it comes to home improvements, it’s important to remember that any work you have done needs to be up to code! This is especially true for anything involving your electric circuit panel – including lights, appliances, your HVAC, and anything else that requires power to operate. Proper wiring is critical not only to meet code but to prevent dangerous shocks or even electrical fires.

A certified electrician will have the equipment and know-how to inspect your wiring and provide repairs if needed or perform the proper electric installation. In this post, we’ll discuss a few warning signs that your electrical setup may not be up to code.


Many homes in the Midland and Odessa area were built before the 1980s. Back then, aluminum wiring was a popular alternative to copper. However, aluminum is no longer used in electric wiring because it can expand and contract in extreme temperatures, making it more susceptible to loose connections and potential fire hazards. If your home was built in the 60s or 70s, you should make sure that all the wiring is upgraded.


Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters or GFCI outlets are an important safety measure in your home. They are commonly found in kitchens, bathrooms, or other areas that are likely to have sitting water. GFCI outlets work to shut off power automatically to prevent electrocution – and are required for homes to meet code. You know you have a GFCI outlet if it has a test and reset button. If you don’t have one in the necessary places (near water), call an electrician for an installation.


Circuit breakers are designed to trip as a safety feature. However, if they seem to be tripping all the time, it’s time for an upgrade. Frequent tripping can be a sign that your household is using more electricity than the breakers can handle. That in itself is a code violation. A licensed electrician can upgrade your entire panel to make sure you get the power you need without any of the risks.


The National Electric Code (NEC) is monitored by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. If any of the above are potential issues in your home, you could be in violation of these codes. Electricians at The Bosworth Company can give your home an electrical inspection, and fix any potentials that may arise. Make an appointment online or call us today at (432) 570-5233. It’s Worth the Call.  Always.

4 Important Electrical Services You Might Not Think About

At The Bosworth Company, we have certified professionals in plumbing and HVAC to meet your needs! But, besides being highly qualified HVAC experts, we also have certified electricians who can handle all of your home or business electrical work. In this post, we’ll discuss a few of the common electrical services needs that some homeowners may not know about.


You probably think of a surge protector as insurance for keeping your appliances and devices safe from a potential power surge. While that is the purpose of a surge protector, most are only made for one device, or a handful of devices, from a single outlet. At that rate, it could take 10 or surge protectors to guard your entire home! Instead of breaking it down, just invest in a single surge protector for your entire home. Whole-home surge protectors protect all your devices at once!


Like anything else in your home, breaker panels can get old and wear out. Outdated breaker boxes can even turn into bigger problems, such as a potential fire hazard. Breakers are supposed to trip in the event of a problem – so if it hasn’t happened recently, it’s worth getting checked. Old or broken boxes can be dangerous and present electrical problems.


If you seem to have power strips and/or extension cords cluttering your home, chances are you could use some new electrical outlets. Also, loose outlets can be a potential fire hazard in your home. Installing a new circuit for an outlet will make your home safer and more convenient for you. Have a licensed electrician from The Bosworth Company test the tension on your outlets and install new ones if necessary.


Many homes likely need to have ground fault breakers, or ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) breakers installed. These safety features are generally required on newer homes, but old homes may not have them. These are meant to protect homeowners from electric shocks and electrocution. They are generally installed in kitchens and garages.


Is your home facing these or any other electrical services needs? The Bosworth Company can help! Make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always

Thermostat Upgrade

There are a wide variety of ways to help make sure your HVAC is running as efficiently as possible. Things like regular maintenance and weather-proofing your home are obvious, but there’s a secret weapon that can work wonders in improving efficiency – especially with the hot summer months just around the corner. In this post, we’ll discuss how upgrading to a programmable smart thermostat will start saving you money right away!


A new thermostat could mean immediate savings of 10-15% on your monthly power bill. Here are a few of the features that will keep you cool and help you keep your cool when it comes to monthly expenses.

  • New thermostats can be programmed to adjust the temperature automatically when you’re not home. That way they aren’t running up the power bill, but are still ensuring comfort when you get home.
  • Just a degree or two can make a big difference, so when the weather outside changes, subtle changes on your thermostat program will adjust to save you money.
  • Newer thermostats can even monitor your HVAC system for you, to make sure it’s running as efficiently as possible.



Just like other appliances that are energy-efficient, a state-of-the-art thermostat can qualify as Energy Star qualified. This means you can get incentives to help pay for an upgrade, and even qualify for tax write-offs.


The Bosworth Company is proud to be a premier dealer of Lennox HVAC products, which include a variety of thermostats, including the Energy Star-qualified iComfort Smart Thermostat. This thermostat connects to your cell phone to detect when you’re home or away and adjust the temperature accordingly. It also has a humidity feature that adjusts the temp to make sure your home feels exactly the way you set it.


To reiterate, most people see thermostats as a convenience but don’t recognize the overall value for efficiency and comfort. Modern thermostats have the technology and capabilities to provide the best of both worlds. Give The Bosworth Company a call today to discuss some of the Lennox thermostat options. Make an appointment online or call 432-570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.