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475 Oak View RdNewcastle, CA 95658
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5831 Rosebud LnSacramento, CA 95841
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They repaired my ceiling fan quickly and were very knowledgeable. They even offered tips on something we could do ourselves to save money.
Did not show up for scheduled appointment and didn't even call. Left a message which they didn't return until the next day. They had no idea why appointment was missed. Then told me would not be able to come out until the following day! Really?! Baffles me how they are still in business.
Maybe if enough of you will file a complaint to the CA Contractor's Lic Board, someone will do something about Turner. The form is online. Turner doesn't use certified electricians and therefore, you get the 'service' we all got.
My home warranty Old republic home assigned Turner electric to fix my attic fan. First, it took them two weeks to call and set time, guy showed up and we talked about the problem. It is attic fan, so you do need to get in to the attic for that…. right. He did not bother to make any attempt to even get into the attic and complained that it is too tight and not enough space to work. He stood on the ladder for 15 min contemplating to climb or not and then call the insurance company that it is not accessible. He insisted on paying him the trade fee that I unfortunately did for no work. Terrible company and no one should hire them to do any work.
Did a fantastic job on an extensive remodel. Thumbs up. Bill R
Very reasonable rates and on time service.
Once again, another home warranty (First American) issue. My breaker was bad for my dryer and I knew it was bad. It was the older style installation of 2 breakers that were connected together with a metal clip on the switch. This is how it was done previously by "Certified Electricians." The guy they sent out to repair it told me he could fix it but needed authorization. In the mean time, he would go get the part and asked for the service fee. No Problem. Paid him by check and he went on his way. Within 30 minutes I got a call from the home warranty company saying that Turner said the older breaker was improperly installed because it did not meet current code and did not have a new style breaker on it. They also stated that there was no room for the new breaker to be installed. Really? No kidding? MORONS???? Hello? Yes, it was an older install with an older style, but it was not improperly done. Go to any older electrical box and you will find them just like this. Anyway, the warranty company then denied the claim since the old once was supposedly improperly installed. Turner had also told the warranty company that they had not collected any money until I called to dispute the claim. .Funny thing, I had left 3 messages for Turner to find out what had happened and they never returned any of my calls. Needless to say, the 4th message was quite verbal and ugly. So, be warned!!! Tuner is a very unprofessional company that is only out there to try and get you to pay for an upgraded service at their rate. DO NOT TRUST THIS COMPANY. THEY WILL CHEAT YOU OUT OF YOUR MONEY AND THEN YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REACH THEM AGAIN. Turner, if you don't like this review you can call me and perhaps you can even bring me a receipt for my money that you took that you said you would email me a receipt for which I still have yet to receive. You have my number. Oh, by the way Turner. A real electrician installed a new breaker for me this evening. Thanks for your incompetence and waste of time!!!!!
..Fabulous results in both my home and my new shop building....Showing tremendous finesse inside my home, very knowledgeable!....They picked high quality materials to use in my shop building....The work is all exposed, I expressed concern about the finished appearance before they started and they delivered such beautiful work....It's a work of art........They are both skilled electrical contractors and artists...Thank you...Thank you!
There are different kinds of electricians. Some mostly work with contractors to install and map out electrical circuits inside homes and commercial buildings while others lay wire for large projects such as telephone lines and traffic lights. Keep this in mind when narrowing your search for a professional. If you need a tradesperson to work on your home or building, contact an inside or house wire expert. These professionals specialize in designing and putting new electrical systems in place for houses and commercial buildings.
When you contact an electrical contractor, describe the job that needs completing. Maybe you have a large project, like a remodeling plan that requires new wiring, or a small one, such as replacing a light switch or socket. Let the electrician know. Not every person you call will have the training and know-how to do more complex work.
To further hone your search, make sure you ask electricians the following questions before hiring:
1. Are You Licensed?
Trades such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical work require contractors to carefully install complicated systems that could be hazardous if they're installed incorrectly. Therefore, most states require electricians to receive training and obtain a license before working. An electrician that's licensed is one that's competent and knowledgeable enough of his or her trade to install and maintain electrical systems.
Electricians must complete thousands of hours of training in order to get a license to practice their trade, so make sure not only the company you choose but the employees doing the work show you their license. When you view the license, ensure that it's up to date and that it's issued by your state.
2. Are You Bonded?
There's potentially a lot that can go wrong if a tradesperson like an electrician installs wiring the wrong way. To spare you and your home or office from subpar work, make sure the electrician is bonded. Being bonded means the professional has an intermediary that can pay for any damage caused to a property or foot the bill if the contractor fails to finish the job.
3. Are You Insured?
Besides a bond, you also need an electrician that's insured. Many states require contractors to carry some form of insurance along with their license. Insist that whomever you hire has the proper amount of insurance for the work you need done and call the insurer to check the policy.
See that who you hire for the job has liability and workers' compensation insurance so you don't end up paying for injuries or accidents caused by the company's work. Workers' compensation insurance means the business can provide for any of its employees if they're hurt on the job.
4. Is Your Business Licensed?
Not only should you check that the electrician is licensed by your state, you should also ask if his or her company has the certification to operate in your area. Both the electrician as well as the business he or she works for need licenses either issued by the state or local municipality.
5. Who Will Do the Work?
Ensure the person who actually comes out to complete the work is licensed, bonded and insured. You need to know not just the company that's doing the work but the person they're sending out to your home or building. Make sure the employee doing the job isn't an unsupervised apprentice. If it happens that the business uses a subcontractor, check with both the company and the tradesperson that the same kind of bond and insurance applies for that subcontractor as it would for an employee.
6. How Much Do You Charge by the Hour?
If you have a small and simple job that needs completing, such as a new light switch, then ask the electrician how much they charge for it before hiring him or her. When it comes to larger, more intensive and time-consuming work, you'll want to inquire about the contractor's hourly rate. Many tradespeople will offer to come out to your home or building, examine it and give you an estimate as well as tell you how much they charge per hour. It's best to get this in writing before proceeding.
While you're at it, call several electricians to come out to your home to give you an estimate on the work. This way you can get an idea of what the average price of the job will be.
7. Do You Offer a Warranty?
Many reputable tradespeople provide warranties for their work. Inquire if both the labor and parts the electrician uses are under warranty and how long the work is guaranteed for.
8. Do You Have or Need a Permit?
Depending on what kind of repairs or installation you need, your city could require a permit for the electrical work. Ask your electrician if the job calls for one and have him or her put the permit under his or her name. Ensuring the tradesperson obtains a permit will safeguard you from any blame if the labor turns out to be subpar.
Finding a trustworthy electrician isn't hard, but you must do your due diligence. Make sure whomever you hire is licensed, bonded and insured, and that the professional can show you proof of all three as well as get the necessary permit for the job. Besides these important factors, you can take further steps to guarantee you obtain a reputable tradesperson.
1. Get Referrals
Ask your family, friends or neighbors if they can recommend a professional to you and inquire if they're pleased with the work. Better yet, ask them if they can show you the project the electrician completed and ask them how long it took the worker to complete it.
2. Look Online
It can't hurt to also check electricians out online. Look for reviews, ratings and, most importantly, see if they have any complaints on file with your municipality or with your local business bureaus. If former customers filed grievances against them, you may want to steer clear.
3. Ask for a Quote
Reputable electricians will give you a quote for small work over the phone if you ask and will travel to your home to quote you a price for larger jobs. Be wary of one that declines to give you an estimate or insists that he or she charge you for coming out to your house.
4. Ask Them About Their Experience
Being bonded, licensed and insured is all well and good, but you also need an experienced professional to do the work. With that said, interview electricians about past projects they completed and how many years they've been in business or how much training they have.
5. Be Wary of Suspiciously Low Estimates
Watch out for contractors that greatly underbid other electricians. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Also, always remember to get the estimate in writing before settling on a company.
While all electricians need a license, not all of them do the same types of jobs. They are usually split up into three groups: outside, inside and residential.
Outside: These types of electricians work outdoors on electrical lines that connect to power plants.
Inside: Inside experts typically focus on commercial and industrial buildings that require a lot of power.
Residential: If you're a homeowner, you'll most likely need to hire an electrician that specializes in residential wiring. Residential electricians work with low-voltage systems and wiring to install fuse boxes and light fixtures.
Like many trade groups, electricians learn their craft by going to vocational schools and shadowing professionals on the job. In order to become a full-fledged professional, a person must undergo an apprenticeship with master and journeyman electricians. An apprentice needs 8,000 hours of practical work before graduating to the journeyman level.
If an apprentice reaches journeyman status, he or she can complete most electrical work but cannot design it until completing more testing along with 2,000 more on-the-job hours.
Many do-it-yourself enthusiasts might be inclined to fix electrical problems around their home, but they risk shock and bodily injury. It's always best to call a licensed electrician, even if you have something as small as an improperly working wall outlet.
Keep the following safety tips in mind: