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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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I set up an appointment with ElectriCity a week in advance. An hour after the scheduled appointment time, I called them to find out what was going on. Chuck called back a few minutes later, telling me that he was sick and couldn't make it. Sometimes life happens, but he should have called me to reschedule if he couldn't make it, rather than simply skipping his appointments.
Called sunday 7-16-17 came out monday gave quote by dave very attentive to our needs. Installed new ac unit tuesday at 430 pm finished at 1015 by bob and travis very professional workers explained everything. Wanted to up size unit said its a waste of my money and very costly. Listened to dave he was sure right , very happy with all southtown employees. Ive used this company for years, AAA+++++ RATING.
We had storm damage and we called Larkin Electric and they were amazing!! We are so impressed with their quality, the promptness and they are very fair priced! Dan Larkin came out the day we called and the electrician Tim got us back in our home much sooner than we thought! We HIGHLY recommend Larkin Electric! Mr & Mrs Sites of Kettering
They charge a $40 show up fee. They charge $50/hr labor.They were there less than 1/2 hr to instal a thermostat and check out the air conditioning and heating. I left for 25 minutes and they were gone. They initially charged $100.00. After I complained they knocked off $50 but the air conditioner and heating does not work. When I complained again they told me that I was rude and to go somewhere else for service. Very dishonest people.
First time I had them out, they did a great job installing an outlet and 2 ceiling lights but next time I scheduled them out, they did not show or call. Don't know if they are still in business or not. Second ceiling light fell through ceiling as it had not been anchored correctly.
Barker heating&cooling were very professional and friendly they did an Awesome job on installing my new air duct and central air unit I had 3 other companies give estimates but they couldn't compare to Barker they are a great professional team and I would recommend then to anyone. THANKS BARKER HEATING AND COOLING JOB WELL DONE !!!!
I gave him a call to ask for electric work and he told me over the phone that i must be a N**G*R. Very disappointing to find out that a business owner would resort to such FOUL and NEGATIVE language to another human being. I will not be giving him my business whatsoever.
I had a consultant out to my home and explained the project I was looking to get a bid for. He looked at my cape cod home in Kettering Ohio and made suggestions and said he would write up a proposal and I didn't hear back from him. I called the office and attempted twice more to get the bid from him and was unsuccessful. It's unfortunate that after spending thousands of dollars with this company I couldn't even get a proposal from them for my home. This is a very poor way to show your appreciation to previous customers. I just purchased a new home in Oakwood and can guarantee that I won't be calling this company back for any bids. I'll continue to work with Mcafee heating and air conditioning as they have replaced my AC unit and Furnace all work that would have went to Southtown had they been able to actually follow through with their promise of quality customer service.
Faced with uncertainty from a terrible experience from a different HVAC company Americool came to my house the within 24 hours even with being outside their service area.Extremely polite, professional and informative. Explain the full scope of all heating and cooler issues, future concerns and how the system works as a whole. They checked the previous HVAC technician's work in full detail and transparency.I highly recommend to anyone looking for professional informative service in the time of need to give them a call.
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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: