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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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My family bought a ham a few days ago and cooked it last night. Only to find out it was EXPIRED. Yes the date on it was Aug 7, 2015. That's right. Two year old meat in a warehouse. Unacceptable.
Very helpful and professional when my parents were selling house. Prompt and flexible. Very professional, much so will be now giving him my business
This contractor knows everything there is to know about old wiring, as well as new. Really nice guy, affordable rates, 100% recommend.
WORST. COMPANY. EVER. I purchased a refrigerator from Metal Men on 4/29/13. They delivered the fridge and picked up my old fridge. Within the 60 day warranty period, I notified them that the fridge was leaking water from the top portion of the refrigerated section. Metal Men made an appointment to have their repair man take a look at it within a few days. They never showed. After 4-5 more scheduled appointments at which the never showed, they finally had someone come out to say that the fridge was not able to be repaired, but that they would replace it. After at least a month or so, they finally delivered a replacement refrigerator. After plugging in the replacement, we stored our food in it. The fridge continued to get colder and colder each day until it began to freeze the food in the refrigerated portion. We attempted to adjust the temperature downward to no avail. We eventually turned the temperature to off, let everything thaw and tried again. After a few days the fridge froze again. We immediately contacted Metal Men to inform them that the replacement fridge was broken. They then told us that we would have to pay $50 for someone to come out and fix it plus the cost of the part. They refused to honor the warranty. We informed them that they agreed the original fridge was covered under the warranty and that they did not fix the original fridge per the warranty, but replaced it with a broken one. They still refuse to fix or replace this fridge. I just spoke to the receptionist - despite my repeated phone calls, the owner never called me back.
This contractor is very professional, I called him after another contractor messed up the wiring in my home and charged me a fortune. MG Denson Electrical contractors came in and fixed the mess the previous guy made. The price was very affordable, it was a bit hard to get onto the schedule as they were so busy, but it was well worth the wait. I will definitely hire them again and 100% recommend the company.
We bought a GE Cafe Gas stove that was vastly less expensive than the list price. But not only are we having a lot of troubles with the stove/oven, we can not get any help from Metal Men Appliances. They ignored our calls, can't find paperwork, and have been in general evasive. We're totally bummed out about the experience, and it looks like we'll have to take a soaking on repairs upwards of $800+. There is no model or serial number on the stove, which we've been told means that it likely was sold out of the back door of the factory and is an illegal item.
Don't go there ! We bought a washer and dryer from them and neither worked. It took over a dozen phone calls, two visits to their business and six weeks to finally get the washer fixed. Now, it's been three more weeks, we've called ten more times and still the dryer doesn't work.
GO ELSEWHEREI am a landlord and in the past year i have purchased 10 appliances from this guy and recommended friends to him. I never quibbled much about pricing and always got decent used appliances. Just about a week ago I purchased $450 worth of appliances from him. A refrigerator in a rental unit has been giving the tenant problems since I installed it. It was in service about two months when they finally informed me of the issue. I called and was told the unit was under warranty, but I should check and adjust the controls...which I did. Problem not fixed. I scheduled TWO appointments for repair and they did not show for either one...no call. I called again. They did not return my call. When I did reach them I could hear a huge argument going on in the store involving much yelling and flared tempers. The third time they scheduled repairs they did show and he wanted $50 plus parts to do the repair and when I questioned the charge he was immediately and extremely rude, accused me of wanting him to work for nothing and told me not to come back to the store. They left the fridge with a broken fan and adjusted the controls, replaced nothing and said nothing further. If you like being treated like this by all means do business with them, otherwise save yourself the frustration and money. GO ELSEWHERE
comment of 2013 deleted; business should be recommended as professional; doesn't need negativity; a bit on the expensive side but I'm sure experience has increased not only his customer service skills but also has made the company more personable.
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: