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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.
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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.
Understand the different types of electrical outlets, as well as the maintenance they require, in order to keep your home or offic…
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They responded to my email inquiry within 1 minute. Although the website claims to offer free estimates, I was told on the phone it would be $25 to come out. They made an appointment convientient for me, came out on time and the service technician was very polite, immediately introduced himself and had a uniform on. However, once he got there, he waived the $25, and quoted $182 just to trouble shoot. We were not experiencing any issues, but were following up on a tip from a neighbor who did not think our wiring was set up correctly out by our pool. For peace of mind, I agreed. But I wish I had been told up front it would be that expensive to trouble shoot. He wound up giving me 10% off, so the total bill was "only" $164. And the best news he did not find anything wrong with our set up, except a white wire that should have been a red wire. But he took me back and explained everything to me in detail, showing me exactly what he reviewed. I felt like he was honest and I would definitely call them again if I experience any electrical issue. Just now I'll know there's no free estimate (I think they should take that off their website) it'll be more than $25 service call they tell you about on the phone (I think they should just be honest about how much it costs to troubleshoot an issue when they make the appointment.) I debated putting 3 or 4 stars here, but since I can't put a half star, and I would call them again, I put 4 stars. Especially since they did not find anything really wrong, I feel like I can trust them.
We had an amazing experience with All Star. Ben was our tech. First he came out at 10pm at night to give us an estimate. While most companies are trying to "get over" when you have a call during non business hours, they were EXTREMELY reasonable in the fee they charge. I honestly thought he dispatch misspoke. The estimate was fair and when we called back the next morning to get the work done, the same tech came out within 30 minutes of our call. Ben was a workhorse and literally did not stop until the job was completed. He was at our home from 10 -6:30 pm as it was a big job that required re-wiring, clearing out past bad jobs and installing a new panel to code. We offered several times to feed him and he just replied he wanted to continue on and finish the job. By the way, there was no heat or power and a high of 36. The work was excellent, clean and to code. I would recommend this company to everyone. We picked them based on 5 star reviews and they are obviously well deserved. Thank you so much, I plan to share your information with anyone that needs an electrician.
With the temperature reaching 100 degrees, I called All Star Electric yesterday (Saturday) at 9:15AM, spoke with a personable gent, "Erjon" who agreed to be at my home between 11 and noon. I needed a separate line installed for a bedroom air conditioner. Erjon arrived @ 11:15. I explained what I wanted done. He provided much appreciated professional suggestions and drew up a sales agreement with a reasonable rate. Then the shocker came when I asked when the job could be done. He said he could do it immediately. Wow!! Who would have expected that? His work was superior, going nonstop, setting up and climbing an outside ladder, drilling through bricks for the electrical wire, cleaning up as he went along. All being done in sweltering heat. Bottom line--Perfect, professional work, facts seldom found in today's society. I recommend All Star without reservation and give a special commendation to Erjon for his superior style of work. review provided from yelp.com
Affordable Electric is #1 for Electric Repairs as far as Prices, Workmanship and Fair Prices . We had another few companies out for a 100 amp service price and the highest was Lorwy Electric they use a book to give prices and its not the GOOD BOOK , Its a Devil Book, they wanted to charge us $5500.00 for a 100 amp service in my Pastor House. We had the 100 amp Service and four Air Con ditioner lines done for less than that.They can keep their book, their booties and their fancy ads my congregation money goes to AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC call Marty or Kris at 215 745 6666.The Lord said "Let There Be Light" and there was Affordable Electric Inc. at our door with fair prices for fair work ,Dont be a fool,stick with who we use at Good Shepard Baptist Church,Affordable Electric. John 3:16.AMEN! Pastor McHugh
Barry Fisher was recommend to us.We called him to hardware some ceiling fans that had erratic remotes and to fix outside outlets that weren't working. Barry looked at our service,discovered and showed me how nothing in our system was grounded and our service box was seriously overloaded. Other electricians and even a certified home inspector had looked at our electrical service and never told us of these potentially catastrophe problems.Barry grounded the system and put in a service box with more breakers and rerouted all the connections. Outside outlets then worked because they were grounded! Turned our only one fan needed slight adjustment. We didn't have to make an appointment for this. Barry did all this work immediately,the same day he first came to the house. We were satisfied.
Knowledgeable, Professional, Fair Pricing, Follows Codes/Regulations, Licensed and Insured. Mr. Barry Fisher was a blessing to our household at a very urgent time. Our 40+ year old electrical system overloaded, causing flickering and dimming lights. Mr. Fisher came out the same day and told us exactly what we needed to upgrade and get our system functional. He arrived on the day and time we scheduled and the only way we know he and his assistant George were here is because of the perfectly working lights and electrical sockets. We would DEFINITELY recommend Mr. Fisher for electrical work anyone needs. In our case he replaced a 100 amp circuit breaker box with switches, the external conduit, and repaired multiple electrical sockets.
We had a great experience with our technician from All-Star Electrical Services! The technician was on time and quickly fixed the electrical problem we were having. It was a minor problem but they came out the next day (after calling at 8pm the night before) and were able to complete the job on the spot. Our hallway light stopped working and we tried to replace it ourselves with no luck, the fuse kept blowing when we went to turn it on. But the technician knew exactly what the problem was and quickly installed a junction box for the new light fixture. He even recognized a few other electrical problems throughout the house (it's an older home) and gave us quotes on the spot to repair the issues. Overall it was a great experience!
To sum up Affordable electric in one word, EXCELLENT!!!! Steve and his helper were very courteous and right on with everything .I've dealt with a few electrical contractors in the past and they just came in didn't explain anything and weren't very "client friendly". these guys were the total opposite. Their prices were unbeatable, even though center point gave them a hard time they got the job done in the same day like promised. I am 110% satisfied from every aspect. I will use them on other work i need and will recommend them to every one i know. Thank you Steve for every thing you did for us, we truly appreciate it and can now sleep without worry because Affordable electric really knows their stuff !
While searching through countless electricians for my family's home in Philadelphia I finally came across a great company that provided us with professional service and quality while giving us the best price. Even when I compared them to the #1 company in the city "Affordable Electric", All-Star Electrical Services still provided us the same level of service at a lower price. So if you need a Licensed and Insured Professional Electrical Company that beats all the others prices, then call All-Star Electrical Services. (Hint): If you pay them in cash they will give you a good discount, but, if you talk to the owner "John" and haggle the price a little bit, he might give you a better discount!
Affordable truly is Affordable after Lorwy Electric tried to charge us 5500$ for a 100 amp Service ,Affordable Electric did that and 4 air conditioner lines for less than half of that! I recommend all to call Marty or Kris for the best deal since Salvation ! Take our word for it, as said in the other Book "a fool and his money are soon parted", thats what anyone fooled by fancy ads & some blue paper booties,for 3000$ you can keep the booties ,I would rather have the money to feed the poor.GOD BLESS AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC INC, Call them at 745 6666 ask for Marty tell him Pastor McHugh from Good Shepard Baptist Church told you to call.Praise the lord John 3:16
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: