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From frayed wires to down powerlines, what can an electrician do to help your home get back on track.
From frayed wires to down powerlines, what can an electrician do to help your home get back on track.
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I have been using Brimson Electric since the 1980's. They are honest, show up on time, and get the job done as quick as they can. I used them again today and was extremely pleased with their work.
I'm Jorge A Cuervo, the owner of JCL Electrical Corp and I put this review in response to the review so bad that those customers wrote me, I do it this way because I have no way to respond directly to each review, what they say is not true , I gave them back their money, my estimate was to change the panel, but to have air conditioning they had to change the air compressor that was bad and they never understood that even if I changed the panel they would still not have air conditioning, they called me every 5 minutes literally and the son-in-law of the woman offended me by phone using bad words and believing that I was like a slave forced to do what they wanted because they had given me a deposit, in conclusion, I returned their money and told them to look for to another electrician.Soy Jorge A Cuervo, el dueno de JCL Electrical Corp y pongo este review como respuesta al review tan malo que esos clientes me escribieron, lo hago de esta manera porque no tengo forma de responderle directamente a cada review, lo que ellos dicen no es cierto, yo les devolvi su dinero, mi estimate era para cambiarle el panel, pero para tener aire acondicionado tenian primero que cambiar el compressor del aire que estaba malo y ellos nunca entendieron que aunque yo les cambiara el panel seguirian sin aire acondicionado, me llamaban cada 5 minutos literalmente y el yerno de la mujer me ofendio por telefono usando malas palabras y creyendo que yo era como un esclavo obligado a hacer lo que elos querian porque me habian dado un deposito, en conclusion, les devolvi su dinero y les dije que buscaran a otro electricista.
DO NOT CALL THESE PEOPLE EVER!! Their customer service is horrible. I called them to schedule a service and no one ever showed up. I called the office and spoke to a young lady named Jacky who informed me I was never added to the schedule. When they finally rescheduled me, the tech showed up late, mind you I was not informed he would be late ahead of time. He worked on my generator and 10 minutes and $180 later I was told my generator needed a replacement part that had to be ordered for him to do the repair. After waiting for over a month with no updates I call the office once again only for them to tell me that the part had not been delivered to them yet. My guess was they forgot To place the order. I got tired of waiting so I told them to cancel the order and I informed them I would take my business elsewhere. The young lady on the phone replied "ok do as you please" and hung up on me. This company is a total joke and a rip off. I took my business to another local generator company, received my part in less that a week and had my generator up and running in no time. BEWARE OF THIS COMPANY!!!
Very professional and friendly staff. The representative I spoked with has a very sincere and warming personality. I'm glad I came and I am looking forward to the new opportunities coming my way through ALL in ONE Employment Services. Highly recommended!
I moved to Florida almost a year ago now and when i got here i did not know where to start. I tried filling out applications all over the area and found nothing. I then googled "temp agency" and this location popped up. I decided to fill out the application and then call to follow up. I spoke with one of the representatives, so sweet on the phone and made my nerves go away. When i came in for my interview it did not feel like one. They are so welcoming and i am so glad i came into this location. Months later they are still just as amazing and now i work with them. ALL in ONE helped me 100% and i am very thankful for them.
Omar @ Light Speed Electric is extremely professional, punctual, courteous, and knowledgeable. He explains the project as well as the pros and cons of each item. What is most impressive is his honesty and integrity. He has turned down a job from me because I asked for him to update something. However, it was not up to code so he did not feel comfortable doing the job. he explained what the risk was to me and my household. I am glad that I took his advice because after several other quotes, he was the only one that pointed out the risk. I confirmed with city code and he was right. Needless to say, I went with his recommendation and have a huge piece of mind.
I called Light Speed Electric and they showed up the same day to the job. Technicians were very punctual and knowledgeable delivering a great service!! I would definitely recommend Light Speed Electric.
excellent team very clean and professionals , best service in residential and commercial work , give them a call
Company came to install a Rental Industrial Portable A/C, didn't know what they were doing and burnt the machine.The machine could not be returned until PYD fixed it and, on top of that, we were being charged while the machine was here, even though it was not being used.Took about a month for PYD to get the right parts. In the end, they fixed the machine and we were able to return it. After returning the machine came the bill. PYD did not want to pay the bill.After 5 months of fighting them to pay the bill, they paid less than a quarter of what was owed. We simply thought "Some is better than nothing".WOULD NOT RECOMMEND!!!!
Great! Great! Great! Amazing service, fast, and friendly. I totally recommend the technician they sent me. Freddy Martinez is an exceptional worker and very charismatic. He help my company with some electrical issues. Always making sure to double check so we don't have the same problem again. Not only a great job, also very fast!! We had a great experience. - Tamara Matha
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: