3614 Georgetown RdIndianapolis, IN 46224
From Business: Install Thermostats, Repair Thermostats
9992 E Washington StIndianapolis, IN 46229
From Business: Tucker Express Electricalis a family-owned company that has served hundreds of clients in the area. Our goal from day one has been to provide an excellent and eff…
He called me and spent a little time understanding the issue and was able to schedule an appointment first thing the next day. He was on time (a lit…
After I explained the issue to Miro, he recommended I contact the local electricity company, PG&E, first to make sure it's not an issue on their end…
I have always been very pleased with the results. I plan to have him install a chandelier in the dining room, once I find a good match from the man…
916 E Main StGreenwood, IN 46143
From Business: Clarkson The Electrician Mobileis a family-owned company that has served hundreds of clients in the area. Our goal from day one has been to provide an excellent a…
3996 Clarks Creek Rd Ste 500Plainfield, IN 46168
From Business: Rampling Family Electricalis a family-owned company that has served hundreds of clients in the area. Our goal from day one has been to provide an excellent and ef…
They were very timely, neat and fast. We ended up with great lights and at the end we got tips for good restaurants in the hood. We will work with t…
5122 W Us Highway 52New Palestine, IN 46163
From Business: James & Son's Electriciansis a family-owned company that has served hundreds of clients in the area. Our goal from day one has been to provide an excellent and ef…
They are just awful on service and I never received a bill and they say I was sent out 2 bills (ok) one that I payed the amount that was due for non disconnection and the next was for another payment for October 1st and that was sent out September middle of the month and now my service has been shut off because of their mistake and now I have to pay full amount that is due for reconnection service I never had a problem with any other light company until I got IPL anybody know any other light companies besides IPL that i can go with and when I signed up I never received contract or was told that the box was electronic so they don't send nobody out to read the meter but I did see somebody come out and read it and they say they don't then who was in my yard reading my meter in their uniform please explain that to me in there light company trucks with IPL on it to so if you know any other Light companies besides this one company for light let me know that has better service and that will send out bills on time thank you. Someone that can help me with budget billing as well and won't be based on my income or my credit.
Ratliff Electric was a pleasure to work with. We had them wire our 6-unit apartment building. It was a large job that required multiple electricians across several months. Curt's crew was very professional and always on time, while working long hard days. The crew did their best to ensure services was not interrupted as new units came on line. I strongly recommend Ratliff Electric.
Ratliff Electric is wonderful. My breaker box started making a noise. Not good. He came very quickly and fixed the problem, very economically. Plus they found a horrible problem that could start a fire. They saved my life most likely. My adult daughters were thrilled because they were worried about the wiring too. I recommend highly. They were so nice and thoughtful.
I was very happy with the technician that came out. He got here quickly and did a great job. He ran power for a new ceiling fan in my bedroom and had the whole job done in less than 2 hours. It looks great and the price was awesome compared to some of other companies I spoke with.
Ive had lots of electrical issues layely so i called them because the first two companies i called couldnt fix it. they were very timely, honest, and reasonably priced for what i needed done. I would recomend them to anyone in need of electrical work done!
Today was a great day I met a lady name Ms. Bryant who works for Indpls Power Light she was so helpful and polite we need more people like her when you call in to get help. Thank You Ms. Bryant
Mark did a fantastic job restoring electricity to two rooms in my home. He was professional and I could tell he really knew what he was doing. As a bonus, he was very warm and friendly.
Ratliff Electric has helped me get out of a tough spot 3 times at different properties I own. I will continue to call Ratliff for all my electrical needs. They provide the best service!
Had several different jobs done by Ratliff Electric. Always prompt and efficient. Professional company from the owner to his help. Completely satisfied with all the work completed.
Called to have a small job done. They were busy and couldn't schedule me, but referred me to another company close to me.
What To Ask Before Hiring
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.
How to Hire a Reputable Electrician
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.
Areas of Specialization
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.
Safety Tips to Keep in Mind
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:
- Do not operate any electrical equipment while sitting or standing in water.
- Don't overload extension cords or surge protectors.
- Put caps on your electrical outlets if you have small children.
- Call an electrician if you notice your sockets or switches are warm to the touch, discolored or if they make noise.
- Keep electrical cords away from stoves, ovens and other sources of heat.
- Do not use an appliance that has a frayed cord.
- Do not staple extension cords into place or cover them with carpets or furniture.
- When using extension cords, make sure to unwrap them before plugging them in.
- Don't overuse extension cords. Have an electrician install extra outlets if you need a power source closer to you.
- Only use light bulbs with the correct wattage for your lamps and light fixtures.
- Contact a licensed electrician if you frequently blow fuses, since this can be a sign of an electrical wiring problem.
- Have an electrician look at your fuse box to ensure you have the right size fuses and circuit breakers. The wrong size fuse or breaker can be a fire hazard.
- If you have fault circuit interrupters installed in your electrical panel, make sure you test them at least once a month by turning them on and off.