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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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From frayed wires to down powerlines, what can an electrician do to help your home get back on track.
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All I can say is "Wow".... I had a project to do all new wiring for my closets and they also did some ceiling fans too. The Inheritance Group is so professional and very fast with their work and very very reasonable with prices. I would recommend anyone who needs any type of electrical job and an affordable rate.
We are impressed with the capabilities of the Romanoff Electric organization and are pleased to once again team with them on a project of this significance. Thank you very much.
We have a long and productive relationship with Romanoff Electric... They have passed every test with flying colors and we truly appreciate the "can do" attitude toward helping us.
We've previously engaged Romanoff based on their reputation for quality and budget-conscious electrical construction. They have time and time again proven that our faith in their ability to provide exceptional performance is well-founded. That trust has again been affirmed with our recent selection of Romanoff, to provide electrical construction services for our construction team on a similar project.
It is always challenging to perform effectively in a design-build environment, but Romanoff has taken each project modification in stride. We have been on a tight schedule to turn over both sections of this very large project to the owner, and the members of the Romanoff team are going above and beyond to ensure that the construction team meets these vital milestones. We are impressed with the capabilities of the Romanoff organization... we asked for Romanoff to once again be our electrical team leader. Thanks!!!!
Billing rate changed because AEP Energy did not complete the enrollment process. This error caused overbilling by AEP Ohio who isn't at fault.Overbilling occurred following May 5, 2015.[1st email from AEP Energy]Thank you for choosing AEP EnergyCongratulations, MICHAEL! You have completed online enrollment. We are currently working with your utility to finalize the switch. You have nothing more to do![REPEAT: We are currently working with your utility to finalize the switch. You have nothing more to do!]Step 1: COMPLETE You may now login to view your account.Username: firstname.lastname@example.orgStep 2. ACTIVATION - IN PROCESSWe will take care of the rest. We will send you an email within 10 business days confirming your account start date.Share Your Feedback Please click here to fill out a quick survey - We will use your feedback to improve the enrollment process. [end: 1st email from AEP Energy][2nd email from AEP Energy]Welcome to AEP Energyoldwoodmarket@yahoo.com, your account is now active and your anticipated start date is 05/05/2015[REPEAT: your account is now active and your anticipated start date is 05/05/2015]For reference, your AEP Energy account number is 1004946979 and your utility account number is 00040621024025372.Thank you for choosing AEP Energy![end: 2nd email from AEP Energy]I enrolled online thru AEP Energy to begin receiving residential energy based on their rates while AEP Ohio continues to provide the billing. AEP Ohio referred me to AEP Energy.Billing rate changed because AEP Energy did not complete the enrollment process. This error caused overbilling by AEP Ohio who isn't at fault.Overbilling occurred following May 5, 2015.AEP Ohio's (the servicer) KWH usage report: Date KWH Bill Total 4/6/15 1152 $60.97 5/5/15 602 $39.63 6/4/15 662 $85.57 7/6/15 841 $115.55*8/5/15 1041 $143.03 *estimated chargeSpoke with Sam Haq of Residential Customer Service. He said I was right that rates should have changed in May of that year. He also offered me $25 prepaid credit card.Reversal of rates during the period to AEP Energy's lower rate. [I was switched back to AEP Ohio's very high rate and have been overbilled the past 2 months.]Total overages:$50.53 662 KWH reading 6/4/15 $71.04 841 KWH reading 6/4/15$87.94 1041 KWH reading 6/4/15 *estimateBeen overbilled $209.51 thru meter reading 8/5/15
Not Impressed - - -I made an appointment almost a week out and they never showed up or called at the scheduled time?? I called them and they said they might be running late - we will have a manager call you. I called back after a while and they said they would send a person out later today??? In disbelief, I just cancelled this appointment.I will try someone else - you should too.
This is not the first time I have used Master Electrical Service and it won't be the last. I like their service, their timeliness, their experience, and the fact that they clean up after they have finished their work. Some may think they are expensive, but their knowledge and guarantees are worth the price. I recommend them to everyone who asks me about them.
They have AWFUL customer service! We attempted to switch our automatic withdrawal from one banking institution to another and it was an absolute NIGHTMARE. We had 2 different banking institutions listed on our account, so they tried to take our payment out of BOTH. Therefore, attempting to be paid TWICE, after they had already received our payment on the due date! Then they tried to charge us a late fee because one of the banks would not let them withdraw the payment. After several attempts this was resolved with very rude representatives over the phone. The following month they took away our ability to pay online without being charged a fee. When we tried to resolve this over the phone they were again rude and unhelpful. Why we should be penalized for paying our bill on time every month is beyond comprehension and seems quite backward. If you have a choice, do NOT do business with this company; seek other electric sources!
Have used them 3 times now and after these last 2 I have to say avoid them. They take longer than necessary on jobs and will charge you $60 every time they come out. On this last job I had them install an Ethernet line. It worked when they left then ~ 2 weeks later when installing my new computer to it (first time using the outlet after install) I couldn't get the plug into the outlet. I had to take the plate off and the ethernet connector was askew. After fixing and connecting...no internet. So I call to see about repair, sure we'll come look at it for $60 + whatever else we can charge. This is of course after 3 other calls, 1 with the owner, where we have set up the appointment, talked about possible issues and other things with no mention of a service fee. I'm sorry for a repeat, loyal customer to nickel and dime people like this when you just installed it is ridiculous. I will find a new electrician.
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: