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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 work for this company for over 35 years .good honest people to work for and has always done what they said they would do.
Their industrial plumbing team fixed a mess that another company left behind. First Class company! Highly recommend for plumbing!
I was stranded without A/C for my business on a Saturday. The Sack Company was my hero. Highly recommend.
I was the recipient of HA Sack services and had no idea that they were more than just an electrical company. They were on time throughout the project (and this was no small project) and catered to my needs. Will definitely use again the next school that we build.
Unprofessional, unethical, sexist & racist! Paul Roesel is very disrespectful and talks about employees behind their backs!
Great service on a Saturday Morning! Woke up with no air conditioning and expecting company! My husband said that no one would come on Saturday! We have always used Roscoe Laircey so I decided to give them a call! Within fifteen minutes someone returned my call! Twenty minutes later a service man was at my house! In a few minutes my air was working! This is the best service I have ever received from a company! I have told all my friends about this company that will do a sservice call on Saturday! Three cheers for Roscoe Laircey Company! Lenora Rozier
Always respond in a timely manner. They are polite and professional and will always explain any further costs prior to doing the work.
This company is a rip off. They did half hour work to fix an outlet and they charged for the whole hour of $80 plus $45 service. The repair crews waited in their van for half hour before they came out to give the bill of over $125. When my wife called the company to complain she was rudely answered and told this is the way we do business. My wife told them you just lost a customer and the lady esponded that is fine....!!
My complaint with Sack Co. does not concern their services. I am appalled by the manner by which they treat their employees, particularly female employees (this review coming from a man). It is despicable this day and age how a company can be chauvinistic. They are slave drivers who pay horribly and provide terrible benefits and hardly any paid time off. The politics are absurd, even to the point where they would use their clout to prevent someone from getting a job after putting in their resignation with company. I wish this company nothing but what they deserve - failure.
I bought a new house that had 2 current heat pumps installed by these guys. My parents have used them in the past, and even though they seem to break more at my parents than they fix, I thought I would give them a shot. My upstairs A/C went out in my house so I called them to take a look. They drove out (barely a mile) spent maybe 5 minutes on the unit and replaced a fuse worth 25 cent. I was charged $75 for the round trip service. I called them back less than an hour later to tell them the AC still wasn't working. They said they would send someone back out to take a look. I asked if I would be charged again, and they said I shouldn't be. The repairman came out, spent another 5 minutes on the unit and left, this time with it working. Shortly afterwards I got ANOTHER bill for $75. I called to let them know of their mistake and talked to the owner Wayne who said he would ask and call me back. Wayne's initial response was that it was not their responsibility to check and see if the AC works...WHAT?!?!?!?!? They charge to fix the AC but they aren't supposed to know if they've done their job or not? Wayne never returned my call, but they did keep contacting me about the $75 I owed them. I called back twice a week for 3 weeks and somehow Wayne was always too busy to talk and never returned a call, yet they still had time to constantly badger me about the $75 that they had no right to charge me. I ended up out $150 for 15 minutes of their time. $10 a MINUTE. I'm glad I didn't have anything major or I would have had to trade in a car on it. These guys are first rate scum. Stay away from these thieves at any cost.
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: