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From frayed wires to down powerlines, what can an electrician do to help your home get back on track.
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Dewey's Electrical provided excellent service. Very professional, and punctual. Explained the issue, and what would be done to remedy. Thank you.
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We had to have our gas lines tested, and Arnie's sent their tech Eric. He explained the procedure and got right to work. Afterwards he took the time to make sure I didn't have any questions. He also found a fitting that will need replaced and showed me the one he removed and explained why.
Ken has been our serviceman for more than seventeen years. Ken has been professional and thorough throughout those years. Ken has a knack for getting to the heart of the problem while working to keep costs low. Ken has earned our trust and respect...These days finding someone you can trust to "do the job right" can be a struggle - Ken is that man. Bob and Laura S., Ozark, MO
When searching for a generator, we had multiple companies (Lowes, Mr. Electric & Skywire) give us quotes on installing a generac generator. We chose Skywire because 1) they didn't have a slick "used car" salesman that gave us the highest quote and then asked to see what others priced and gradually knocked down the price, 2)they made a scheduled appointment and came when they said they would - yes, one company showed up without an appointment, and 3) they sat down and talked to us, asked about our needs and recommended a system. I trust them, they helped me out when MFA propane first quoted us for a second tank,because it was closer to our panel, and when I called to schedule them, I was informed that they didn't lease a tank for generators, and I could buy a used tank for $1,5000.00. Skywire came to the rescue and gave me different places to call. Thanks to Ferrellgas we now have two tanks for lease for $61.00 yr. They guys are great, professional, and respectful. Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions.
On time, affordable and reliable. I had a great experience with The service and attitude. They left no mess and got in and out in a profeesional matter. I can not wait for my next project.Susan Mcclain reviewed RLB Electric Remodel & Repair — 5 starJuly 30 · I have had Ricky out to my place several times including today to fix a pump he has come to my home and fixed wiring that was a fire hazard and he caught it and fixes it fast and accurately he installed an a/c that cut my utility bill in half my home is now comfortable again thank u so much for all your hard work guarantee he will be my first call for any Electric home repair !!!!
I am actually writing this review based on 16 years experience with Ken (First Service). Ken is a no non-sense business man with impeccable work ethics. His knowledge far exceeds most in the market, in other words, he does trouble shooting and repair on any and all HVAC units. He does not do installs for new, however, I would accept no one else to do a new install for me. He has worked on units for homes built in the 1920's that upgraded and added HVAC in the 60's. In fact, I had one rental that he took care of, fixed and maintained from 1966! There is not enough space to go on with details, since as I said, I have had 16 years experience and WILL ONLY CALL KEN (he is in my contact list!) When I say no nonsense I mean no fuss, solid, honest service that is reliable EVERYTIME. Karen and Bruce Rotton (clients for 16 years and still going--Thanks Ken!)
Arnie's Plumbing Service is awesome and totally worthy of 5 plus stars!!!I have had them service my furnace and water lines that were leaking in the basement.Both service techs that came out were very professional, they explained what was wrong, told me what I could do to keep the problems from happening again and cleaned up their mess.The office staff was very kind in setting up the appointments and calling me in advance to let me know that the service tech were on their way. I will continue to use their services for all my future needs.
Our house flooded and our insurance agency recommended Compass who contracted work to Arnie's Plumbing.Now, a couple of years later, we had our toilet replaced only to find out that the plumbing work done by Arnie's Plumbing has been leaking waste water into the floor and crawlspace ever since Arnie's re-seated the toilet.When contacted Compass passed the buck to Arnie's Plumbing and Arnie said they only guarantee their work for ONE year.Insurance may have paid for our flooded house but I had to pay $500 to have water and mold damaged floor replaced. Thanks, Arnie's, we hired you to clean up water damage and PREVENT mold, not INDUCE it for the next few years! It's also convenient to know that you won't guarantee a toxic leak that may not even be noticed until a couple years after your "1 Year" guarantee.
Mark put in a new system in my office.The new furnace saved me $100 a month onheating bills.You will not find a nicer and more trustworthy personthen Mark Hynes.Very happy.
These folks know their business and do the job RIGHT.
Wow, These guys were great we had an emergency situation on a commercial job. These guys were out and had it fixed before the end of the day! Thanks 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: