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DONT TRUST ANYONE ELSEThis business is the best. Very professional, trustworthy, excellent work. Reasonable advise you what is in your best interest. Family owned father and sons. If you dont call this company your doing yourself a injustice.. Highly recommend them. wont go anywhere else. no need to. Im a very happy and satisfied customer. when I need my service upgrade they will get my business. WILLIAMSVILLE NY
They failed to get a permit to replace my furnace. The new furnace was oversized for my house and there were two code violations that put my family's health in jeopardy. The more important code violation is that they cut a large vent in my return air ducts to cool down the oversized furnace. This causes bad air from my basement to be circulated around rather than from throughout the house. There is a hot water tank a few feet away so that might even include some carbon monoxide, although none of my detectors have gone off. The second violation was with the exhaust and intake. They put them right above a window and next to a door, even after I asked them not to put it there. They need to be 3 or 4 feet from either one (I don't recall the exact number of feet). The HVAC supervisor repeatedly claimed they did not need a permit, the furnace was the correct size, that the issues I complained about were not in violation of the village code, and he was generally disrespectful to me. To be fair, I wasn't too nice to him either. I called the village inspector and he pointed out the violations and the need for a permit to do the job that they did. The HVAC supervisor admitted that the furnace was oversized and called me a liar when I pointed out he said it was the proper size and he also called me a liar when I quoted him about the intake/exhaust pipes being "well within code". I am following up with the Village of Depew on how to best proceed with Roy's. I am pricing competent companies to fix the work that Roy's did.
Omar and Sara were prompt, professional, and easy to deal with. Omar and his electrical crew provided good work at a fair price. Highly recommended as a licensed electrician in the City of Buffalo.
Just had the worst experience with a plumbing contractor of our lives. If you are looking for plumbing services do not use this company. You owe it to yourself to look at all the negative reviews on this company, they are extremely accurate. I would give 0 stars if it was available. Save yourself tons of time, aggravation and especially $$$$ by making that extra call. Do not get hooked by their so-called emergency services, just gimmicks to get you to call. If you happened to be a lucky one that gets a true technician the first time don't expect on service calls after.
we contracted jim hawco to replace our furnace and all of the duct work. we were told by jim hawco it wold be best if we had our entire duct work replaced, which we agreed to and paid for. we have a handwritten and signed contract by jim hawco with the details of the work. we paid jim hawco in full after the furnace was installed and was told he would replace the duct work which would complete the job on april 25, 2016. he came on the 25th but did not replace all of the duct work we paid him for. he is now ignoring our repeated phone calls to him about either finishing the work he was paid for or refunding our money for work he did not perform.
Charged me 103.31 to tell me my pipes are frozen and thaw them out with a blow dryer. When I called they never told me what the service call charge was going to be - when I questioned it the people at the office told me it was the correct charge and have a nice day - will never call them again - very bad customer service
Cannot recommend this compan highly enough - I called at 8AM, the electrician was here before 11AM, and it wasn't an emergency. I asked for Katie by name, she did the job efficiently and quickly, explained the problem, made the repair - and the price was less than we expected! I would not hesitate to recommend the company in general and, particularly, Katie. She rocks!
Joe the owner and Chuck the electrician were excellent! Efficient, quick, courteous, honest, and most of all, AFFORDABLE! Will utilize their expertise in the future as well as spread the word to neighbors & friends!
BEWARE!! Not reliable!! Left us without heat for 2 days and then cashed our check for doing nothing!! Do not use!!
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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: