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1093 Briggs RdKilleen, TX 76549
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517 S College AveTroy, TX 76579
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Serving the Temple Area.
Called the company and spoke to Darrell about rates, as I am interested in being a customer, and he was very patient and super helpful! He made it easy to understand and have me all the necessary information that I needed!!! It makes me comfortable that I am going to be a customer!!! Just plain …
8265 w fm 93Belton, TX 76513
From Business: Dr. Watts Electric is a full service electrical contracting company serving residential customers. From design to finish, our experienced estimators, project managers and technicians provide the expertise to ensure your electrical project is completed on time, on budget and up to code. We understand that service interrupti…
5120 S General Bruce DrTemple, TX 76502
From Business: Amos Electric Began As a Local Wiring and Appliance Repair Shop in 1948 and Has Been Building and Lighting the Community Since Then. Soon We Expanded to Provide Residential and Commercial Contracting, Lighting Fixtures, Electrical Supplies, Appliances and Local Service Work. Today, the Third Generation of the Amos Family S…
Temple, TX 76504
From Business: Hello and welcome to ABC ELECTRICAL SERVICES. For over 5 years, ABC Electrical services has served the temple and surrounding area with a commitment to service and value. We appreciate your interestand look forward to earning your business. ASSOCIATION The Texas Department Of Licensing And Regulation Tecl-22968
519 W Thompson AveTemple, TX 76501
I called AV Electric yesterday and he was able to come out within about 20 minutes. He explained to me the issue, gave me a fair price and asked if he could come back in the morning at 9AM. I just happened to look at the clock the next morning as the doorbell rang at 859AM. I love it when a b…
1315 S 23rd StTemple, TX 76504
We purchased a house that needed all new electric. We had a previous electrician that could not get the house to pass Inspection. Bel Tex Electric (Phil Price) took on the challenge. He fit us in immediately and passed inspection on the first try. He was very reasonably priced! I would highly re…
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I called AV Electric yesterday and he was able to come out within about 20 minutes. He explained to me the issue, gave me a fair price and asked if he could come back in the morning at 9AM. I just happened to look at the clock the next morning as the doorbell rang at 859AM. I love it when a business person comes when they say they will. He fixed our problem at the wall and in the breaker box and was on his was by 1010AM. I was impressed and happy. Now we have an electrician. An he was a nice guy to talk to also. Great personality.
We called Arnie on new year's eve and he came by within 30 minutes and had a loose wire in our breaker box fixed within minutes.
I needed to have several electrical updates and repairs done prior to putting my older home on the market. Mr. Vidana came right out to give an estimate and even worked us into his busy schedule right before Christmas while I was on vacation. He was spot on with regards to how long the work would take. His estimate was fair and the work was done in a very professional manner with excellent quality. He and the crew were also very neat and careful about damage to the house. He was honest with regards to what actually needed to be done in order to make the house safe and in compliance with codes. Very knowledgeable and discussed all the deviations from the initial assesment as new things were found that needed to be repaired. AV electric will now be my business of choice for all of my electrical work in the future. Excellent experience.
We have had nothing but a great experience with AV Electric. This this the third project Arnie has completed for us. This project was probably the most complicated. When we had our pool built, the electrical portion apparently went to the lowest bidder. The wiring/cabling was attached to a piece of plywood which obstructed a window. While my concern was the aesthetics, Arnie pointed out more serious workmanship issues. We were glad we called Arnie! He and his crew came out and in a single day, revamped the entire electrical panel for our pool equipment. It is now nice and neat and compact (see the pictures), and up to code. What we love about Arnie is that he is very professional and an expert at his craft. He takes the time to thoroughly explain what he plans to do and why in layman's terms. The cost (which is VERY reasonable) is discussed upfront and there are no surprises. He does an absolutely outstanding job. Then he cleans up and leaves the site in pristine condition. We are glad we have him in the virtual rolodex for any future electrical needs. Thanks AV Electrical!
Came quickly and resolved the issue. Took the time to show and explain what he was doing. Very helpful.
Accidentally sliced the 220 wire to my stove while remodeling and called AV. Arnie worked us into the schedule the same day. I opted to upgrade the 220 circuit, as it was pretty old. They did first rate job. I have new wiring, the new plug is now located properly and it looks much better to boot. I highly recommend AV - reasonably priced and Arnie cares about doing the job right.
Called 4 other electricians and no one would answer or come out on a Saturday. Called AV Electric and they answered right away, worked with our schedule and completed the job promptly ( we live in Salado). Price was more than fair. Would recommend to anyone and will use again in the future.
Arnie, with AV Electric, did a fantastic job working on several things that we needed fixed in our home! I would highly recommend their company. They were professional, they knew what they were doing, the price was right, and they did a great job. We would definitely use them again and would recommend them. Thanks AV!
Excellent service!! Fast and honest. I am very pleased with our service and the outcome. Will recommend to anyone!! Thank you!!
These guys are popular because they are super busy. When they called and said they were coming over, I think there was a knock at the door in five minutes. I wish I remembered the gentleman that came out to our house because I would like to compliment him by name. He was super kind, and polite. You know there are some people that come out to your house, and they seem aggravated that you have a problem? Even though it was the end of the day, he was happy to help and had a great disposition. I had a simple ceiling fan install, that I failed at miserably. Turned out, some wiring behind the switch plate was wrong. I wouldn't have been that brave to move those around. He got the fan working, and even installed it the rest of the way. I just needed him to fix the wiring issue I was having, and he just helped me out the rest of the way. I was glad to finally get that fan up and working. We all know that fans are pretty important in a Texas summer!
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: