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From frayed wires to down powerlines, what can an electrician do to help your home get back on track.
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They put in new expanded service, lowest price, asked for no up front money, did a terrific job on time. I cannot possibly give them a higher grade because if I could they would get it.
Called twice to have a new service pole installed on my property.Both times I was told the person in charge of doing estimates would call me back. A month has gone by and no call.If I could give zero stars I would. Time to look for another company.
Company Response: This is a home built in 1998 with an aluminum buss Challenger panel. The owner had a whole house instant hot water heater installed about 2 years ago. We could not find evidence of a permit or inspection for this work, so we are not sure if the work was done by a licensed contractor or not. After we installed a new circuit breaker for the boat lift the instant hot water heater stopped working. We examined the panel and discovered that the 2 pole 60 amp breaker feeding the instant hot water heater was burned, as well as the aluminum buss that it was installed on. My electrician got a new circuit breaker out of the truck and installed it on a clean section of the buss below the overheated section and reconnected the instant hot. He also installed blanks on the panel cover to fill the unused spaces. We left the job and received our city inspection for our completed work. After returning to the office he relayed the information to us and we reviewed photographs that were taken the day we did the estimate. Upon zooming in to the 2 pole 60 amp circuit breaker at the bottom of the panel we noticed that the exposed part of the buss was discolored, showing evidence of heating which we did not notice at the time of the estimate. We have done many panel changes over the years and especially with the older challenger and ITE panels we see evidence of overheating and burned buss bars where the circuit breakers clamp on, especially the breakers feeding high ampacity loads like ac units and air handlers with heat strips. In this case the whole house instant hot water heater draws a lot of current and over time if the conditions are not perfect, as is the case with an older aluminum buss panel, the breaker will begin to heat at the spring loaded connections to the buss. Over time the spring tension holding the circuit breaker to the buss weakens and eventually the circuit breaker will fail. In the process of doing our work on this panel we disturbed the already compromised circuit breaker and the customer has now expected us to replace this entire panel at no charge. The act of removing the panel cover alone is not enough to make a circuit breaker fail, and if it does it is proof that something is going wrong in the panel, which the photographic evidence proved. We are extremely aware and sensitive to having a great relationship and pleasing experience with all of our customers and I personally apologized to this customer for the time he had to wait for his job to be done. We also installed the new circuit breaker and panel blanks at no additional charge, and even offered a discount for his trouble, however I do not feel that we should be taken advantage of by having to replace a panel that was installed in 1998 and that we were the lucky ones to identify and correct a potential problem. Also, our electrician is a licensed journeyman who is qualified to work in energized panels. Occasionally with the older panels, when the main is turned off it sometimes will fail to reset, so if we don't have to turn off the panel to work on it we won't. The journeyman was taken by surprise when the owner quickly reached in to the panel before he could warn him to stop. Even with the main turned off there are energized parts in a panel, so never reach in to any electrical equipment unless you are qualified to do so.We hope that in this case the customer will reconsider his position and pay us so we can avoid legal action.If you have any questions about this or any other electrical issues please feel free to call me.Robert GrecoPresident, ACRA Electric, Inc.239-542-1624
Work Description: Hook up electric from garage to dock and wired boat lift. Acru electric was recommended to me by the dock builder. The quote took almost a week highest price of all 3 quotes Five weeks to finish a one day job no phone calls to let me know when they would start they arrived to start only after I called (two-three weeks after I accepted the quote) started the job one day then I had to call two weeks later to see when they where coming back to finish During the time the contractors were here I discovered they knocked loose a double 60 amp breaker witch caused an arc that melted my panel. After the work was performed my hot water heater wouldn't work, which was odd because it has worked fine for 2 years. I asked the electrician to take a look and he said the contact was loose and it arced as he was showing me the damage I touched the melted plastic to show him something and he said, "I’m not sure if you realize what you just did". Well apparently he did not turn off main breaker and the panel was live and all the wires exposed. I could have been electrocuted if my figure touch 1mm to the left. 200amps I asked the Electrician to fix the damage they had caused and he refused saying that I caused the damage. The electrician said that the manager would call but all I got was an invoice for $2087 the next day in the mail. I emailed the president with my concerns, he responded back and we meet the next day and he offered that I pay him $1800 and we close. $287 for a $1500 panel? I said I wanted my property to be the same as when they arrived and its not about saving money its about safety and he said "I will see you in court" I’m very disappointed to say the least.
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: