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Power outages are unpredictable, so planning ahead is key to staying safe. This checklist helps you prepare with the right supplies and information.
3800 Crittenden DrLouisville, KY 40209
From Business: Hall Contracting of Kentucky, Inc. has been in business since 1954, providing construction services in the areas of heavy construction, civil, pipeline, highway a…
1608 Cristland RdLouisville, KY 40214
From Business: Beavin Electric Company is ranked number one for professional, friendly & prompt service. We handle residential & commercial service, & there's no job too big or …
5802 Fern Valley RdLouisville, KY 40228
From Business: Payne Electric, started in 1955, focuses on new construction in the commercial and residential fields. Its other focus is on service. The company also does remode…
342 Production CtLouisville, KY 40299
I am in the process of selling my home and I called Stansbury Electric to do some work in the house. I saw their reviews on Yelp and called them. Th…
Power outages are unpredictable, so planning ahead is key to staying safe. This checklist helps you prepare with the right supplies and information.
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I was ready to sell my 108 year old house in the Highlands. After replacing the windows, blowing insulation into the walls and getting a new AC and Furnace when I moved in eight years ago, I thought there was nothing more I could do to get my house warm in the winter, cool in the summer and get my LG&E bills below $400 a month! I have a business I run out of my house and it was embarrassing when my clients would come over that my living room and kitchen were always freezing and I ended up hiding in my small office all winter long. Then I called John Waters and they sent out Mike Becht (the Comfort Consultant) came out and he was great. He has an instant air of competence and down-to-earthness that made me trust him immediately. Then he told me what no one else had: Apparently 100 years ago, builders built the heating systems backwards (something about returns on the outside and registers on the inside walls). Eventually builders figured it out, but my house was going to need some new ducts. Of course he measured EVERYTHING - the windows, the doors, the ceilings - and he got down in the cellar and up in the attic to measure insulation. He asked me all kinds of questions and then ran some kind of heat loss thing and told me that my first floor furnace was a little undersized (but he recommended NOT changing it) and the 30 year old furnace in my attic needed replacing. I ASKED him to change over one of my 8 year old inefficient AC units to a Heat Pump because I am all about being green and I knew I could save money. He also recommended a humidifier (for ~500) and that has made ALL the difference. The whole duct things scared me, but that wasn't expensive at all and it changed everything. We added three new registers and partially closed the giant one in my interior bathroom and it was like MAGIC! Before I would set the thermostat to 71 or 72 and the furnace would blow dry air constantly to get it tolerably warm in the living room, but it would be HOT in my office. Now, I set the thermostat to 67 and it's comfortable everywhere. The humidifier makes it feel like its 69 or 70 and the new ducts work like a dream! Oh and did I mention my new LG&E bills are a fraction of what they used to be!! Mike was indeed a Comfort Consultant and I love my house now. Kevin (the installer) was incredibly professional (laying down tarps and wearing booties), too. I had one little problem because I wanted to keep my existing thermostat, but they fixed it right away at no cost. I love my house 12 months a year now and I am their biggest fan!!!
I first contacted John Waters a year ago when my A/C needed servicing. It was no emergency, but the repair man came at 7:00 pm and stayed until well after dark. He made my repair in a very short time, so he stayed around longer to perform some other helpful maintenance (and no, he did not gouge me for the extra service). My wife and I were pleasantly surprised when we saw the bill. He was an impressive representative of the company, and I knew I would call again. My most recent experience started when my furnance "burned up". It could be "fixed", but the repairs would be costly and the unit was 18 years old. The repair-man was extremely helpful in walking me through my options, which led me to purchase an new system. Mike, the salesmen, worked with me and explained my options. He just told me honestly what I'd be getting for the money I wanted to spend and never put any pressure on me to purchase more than I needed. He spent two hours at my house calculating my needs and reviewing the results with me. After agreeing to have the system installed, a pipe burst between the floors near the furnace closet. Mike and Kevin, the installer, worked with me and my plumber to get repairs done and old equipment removed so that my install would go on time. Mike and Kevin bent over backwards to help me (and my family), so that this wouldn't be any more stressful than it was. I can say without reservation that my experience with John Waters has never been anything but pleasant. Their sales staff and their installation staff worked with me to make the process easy and accommodating. The are friendly, honest, and hard-working. They have earned my trust and I would recommend them to anyone. Thank you to Mike and Kevin - thank you for your hard work at a time when we needed it most!
Tom Drexler is AMAZING! We first used them when we got tired of waiting for our plumber to call and let us know when he could fit us in two days after we called to schedule then calling 2-3 times to reschedule. In a small, older house with one bathroom and two small children, we kind of need reliable people when we need something fixed! One look in the Yellow Pages was all it took! Tom Drexler has done three large jobs for us in the last year with no worries! Our last call was something we thought to be small and turned out to be a little larger than what we thought. Mark L. was great in explaining that to us and getting everything fixed just right. He explained everything and gave us options for repair. He also offered us their yearly service plan, which we took without any hesitation! We look forward to having Tom Drexler take care of not only our plumbing needs but also heating & air and electric as well!
All Brite replaced and outdated electric panel for me. I am very pleased with the work that Mark and his crew did. Mark came out himself to give me an estimate and it came in a little lower than the other estimates I received. He also gave me 3 dedicated circuits with this panel, which no one else did. His guys arrived right on time and did the job professionally and also finished a few hours sooner than anticipated. There was not haggle with the price. I paid exactly what the written estimate that Mark gave said. All in all, a good experience and they did the job right. Mark also called after the job was done to make sure that I was happy with everything.
I needed an estimate for a home that required an inspection and permits to be pulled before a meter could be placed on the property. I called several companies and only 2 gave free estimates. My first estimate was for $ 21,000 from a large well know company. Mr. Johnson advised me that he was 6 weeks out before he could begin the work, however, he worked me in and completed the work in one week at 1/60th of the price. Permits were pulled, ground wire was installed and several other codes violations were corrected.
As a Property Preservation Contractor one of the properties I was working on required an inspection to be done before power could be restored. These guys were on top of it through the entire process. Professional, courteous, competive pricing and kept me well informed of the next process, returned my calls and finished in a timely manner right through to the finish. I would recommend this company for anyone whether they were private, business or commercially. They cover it all and always followed through.
We called All Brite Electric on a Saturday afternoon after some storm damage caused our power to go out. The repairs had to be made before our power could be restored. The larger companies wanted to charge a ridiculous amount (taking advantage of someone in need after a storm). Mark, the owner, came out the same day and fixed the problem at their standard rate. He was efficient, professional and very fair. We will definitely call All Brite for any electrical services in the future.
I called All Brite after a do-it-yourself job gone wrong. A qualified electrician was at my house within 30 minutes. He did excellent work, did it very well, and was very courteous. He even offered to help me with some extra things I was working on for no extra charge! When I got the invoice, I was surprised that it was so low! I'll definitely be filing away All Brite's number to use again the next time I have an electrical issue.
I got 4 estimates for a panel upgrade and 4 new dedicated circuits. Not only did All Brite come in on the low end of the estimates, but Mark was the most informative of the representatives with which I spoke. The crew showed up on time, did their work and cleaned up after themselves. After all was done, the final price was exactly the estimated price. I will call them for any future electrical work I need.
The guys at Johnson Electric went above and beyond on my job. I had them out to replace an old rusty A/C shutoff box and they actually set a post and relocated the box to it in order to bring it up to code. And once it was done, when the A/C still wasn't working, they took a look and found some loose wiring in the actual A/C unit that they were able to fix right then and there to get it working again.
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: