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1010 W Lynn StAustin, TX 78703
On July 7th, 2016 I had Bond's install a TV wall mount at my Mothers assisted living apartment. The Mount cost $139.95 from Bond's. The install had been quoted at around $250.00, a little high but OK. I got the bill for $495.00 labor and the next day got a call for an additional $99.99 they forg…
10815 N Lamar BlvdAustin, TX 78753
Our only 3 year old television went out and intially we just wanted to buy a new television, since calling the manufacturer was far from helpful. But after doing a search online for television repair, we decided to bring it in to Dean TV. They diagnosed it and said it needed a replacement moth…
11055 N Interstate 35Austin, TX 78753
I have a Samsung 46"" TV that the capacitors on the power board went out. This is a common problem with Samsung. Other TV repairs places wanted as much as $400.00 to come out and replace the board. I took the board to Flash Electronics and he replaced the capacitors while I waited. Fast and …
Just as there is no shortage of choices when it comes to home security systems, there is no shortage of opinions on their usefulne…
Homeowners looking to buy their first home security system or upgrade an existing one face an array of choices, thanks to the latest technology available.
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It was time to purchase a new TV since my old Panasonic was one its last leg. I decided that since I hadn't bought one in over 10 years it would be wise to do research on them to see what was out there. After spending 4-5 hours at several different large retail stores on of my friends suggested I go see Harlan at A&B. I met with Harlan & explained exactly what I was looking for. He showed me several very good deals on 65" TVs. He then asked if I might want to downsize to a 60" because he had a couple of last years models that he could really give me a deal on. The TV was over the top. A Sharp Aquas Quatron 3D SMART HDTV with all the hook ups you would ever need. Because it was last years model he was able to get me a deal that was $750. less than what I was willingly to spend on a TV that didn't have the features this one had. Harlan listened to what I was looking for, but gave me what I wanted. I was really looking for 65" TV, but he realized from talking to me that I was really wanting a great TV. Thanks Harlan.
I recently was experiencing trouble with my projection tv. After calling several larger tv repair companies I found Austin TV Repair on a search engine and gave them a call. Their price for a diagnostic was much less than anyone. They were friendly on the phone and had a very promt time available to come out to my house. I was given a 1 hour window that same day rather than 4 hours that some other companies expect you to sit around and wait for them to show up when it is convenient for them. They came to my house promptly during the time specified. The repairman was extremely curteous and fixed the problem promptly. The cost was much less than we anticipated needing to spend and he was also very helpful with other useful information. I am always leary of using companies without having much knowledge of their reputation, and this was a winning situation for us. I will highly recommend this company to anyone that needs TV repair help.
Superior Service - I brought my Samsung flat screen TV to your shop yesterday to have it repaired, which it was repaired very quickly, and I was able to take it home within hours. I just wanted to bring to your attention the excellent service that I received from your tv repairman and the secretary. He came out from the workshop to explain his tv repair to me, and not only was he informative and competent but he was extremely professional, courteous, and personable. He is an excellent representative of your company and if I ever need future service, I will definitely call Austin TV Repair. Too often in life we are quick to register complaints, but it is equally important to recognize superior service. Therefore, it was important to me to bring this to your attention. My TV was repaired very quickly and I feel very confident that your tv repairman did a great job for a very reasonable price.
I have used Dial One Electrical for years now on many projects. They have done small jobs such as change out light fixtures, added a phone line and ran power out to my pond. They also did a big home addition project including not only the electrical portion but they ran the data and cable lines as well. The technicians have always been very professional and knowledgeable and the prices have always been very fair ( not to mention my senior citizen discount they offer ). I will definitely be using them again and would highly recommend them for anyone looking for a good experienced electrician.
This store is pretty close to my house so I go there often for small batteries. Recently, I have had them rebuild a few rechargable batteries for my cordless tools. These guys might know too much about batteries/electronics. ha. Very informative and helpful. I also needed a battery maintainer for an optima battery so they set me up with the right charger for a great price. Before you order a battery tender online or replace your cordless tool battery, it is well worth your time to talk to these guys, first.
Lakeline Electrical has completed several jobs for our family. The owner, Robbie, is extremely courteous and professional. He always provides us with a quote prior to doing a job and shows up ON TIME, as scheduled. He works until the job is completed and charges us only what we were quoted. He stays to make sure his crew has cleaned the entire area before leaving our home. I would highly recommend Lakeline Electrical & Construction Services. They do an outstanding job every time!
I am a 21 year customer of Allsafe security. The owner installed my system. There seems to have been a billing issue a number of months ago. I talked to Sara to try to understand where the problem was.( I have automatic withdrawal ) Sara was extremely helpful and together we concluded where the problem was. Allsafe has done and excellent job monitoring my home and if they notice a system problem contact me ASAP. 21 year customer, What more needs to be said.
We've used Fox for years and they are one of the most reliable service providers around. They give you a specific appointment time (not a 4 hour window) and they've never shown up late. They stand behind their work and will come back at no charge if you're not happy with the work that was done. Only downside -- they're very expensive. Never had them show up for less than $200. I would give them 5 stars if they were a little more reasonable.
I had purchased a generator from Lowe's and needed it installed. I contacted several installers, but Scott seemed to know the most about generator installation. He came the day after I called, studied the project carefully and offered a reasonable and fair quote. We negotiated a contract and the work was performed quickly and professionally. I plan to use this company for all of my electrical work.
Karen is very reasonable, and trustworthy. She is my go to electrician. I have used her on many occasions, for small jobs and a kitchen remodel. I have also referred her to all my friends. Everyone who has contacted her for electrical services has expressed how happy they were with her work and her pricing is very reasonable. She is very detailed in her work and an excellent trouble-shooter.
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: