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I took my laptop for a fan replacement. They charged me $100 but I paid because I didnt have the tools and did not want to spend 2hrs doing it. First they broke one of the keys on my keyboard and when I told them they wanted to charge extra $100 for a keyboard replacement. On the same day, my computer fan started making worse noises than before. Took it there again and they "fixed" it. After 3 days again the same noises and had to take it there again (they said the fan was rubbing the case). It worked fine for 3 months and then the fan started making noises and stopped working intermittently. They said their warranty was only 3 weeks and wanted to charge $52 for a diagnostic. I declined and decided to replace the fan myself. When I opened my computer I found several surprises. 1) 2 of the screws were imposible to unscrew so I ended up breaking part of the case, 2) They used a LOT of glue on the keyboard that I almost had to break it to get it out (This was the reason the key was not working, I fixed that too). 3) When I got to the fan I realized the fan they used was horrible quality and I do not think the blades were the right size so they bent the fan case to make it fit. They just replaced the fan and not the heatsink, I bought the whole set and it was $15 and better quality. My fan has being working fine since I changed it myself.$100, several visits, and broken keyboard. I spent $40 (for fan ad tools) and 2hrs and not a problem afterwards.
Unskilled, unprofessional, incompetent, and barely capable of maintaining the level of active intelligence to put sentences together. While "fixing" my phone they managed to break it, then using the whole of their competence (roughly equivalent to that of a chimp with both arms in casts) "tested" the phone and either put that trademark ribbit computers competence on display again and didn't notice it, or just decided that I wouldn't mind having a broken phone and gave it back to me. Then to compound their error, they told me they couldn't fix it that day so I'd have to come back the next, well as it turns out they couldn't fix it that day either, because the tech needs a day off after a hard week of breaking peoples phones, so they tell me to come back the next day and that I'll be the first person in line since they have no other phones to fix. What they meant by that was they would actually bump me back a couple spaces because they didn't value my business, or one of their buddies needed something or whatever. Lets also not forget that they couldn't get the time quoted right, and something that was supposed to take 2 hrs. (which according to YouTube and other DYI sites should only take 30 minutes) somehow ended up taking over 4 hrs.Aside from the mobile department of their stores I can only say that the selection is lacking, and that what is there is incredibly overpriced. If this review doesn't dissuade you from doing business with them, then I hope that you will at least check the MSRP of the products you want to purchase while there. The prices are appalling, and they're trying to sell you overpriced crap. I asked a salesman (before the fiasco above^) if they had any APU's and where they kept their GPU's and he looked at me like i was speaking another language.Speaking on their computer repair side, while speaking to the manager of the store (who seemed embarrassed by her employees actions), I overheard them charge a man money to do a windows reinstall.
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They did a great job for us installing light fixtures. They were easy to work with. He listened to all our concerns.
Tec was good but charges way too much, 800 to put in maybe l6 inch line under the house, get more money out of you by sending a guy who finds the problem first than another 80 to send the fixer guy out.
If I could put negatives I would! They are EXTREMELY disrespectful and rude as well as VERY verbally abusive!!! Owner Alex Harb ripped people off so many times!!! He is a horrible businessman. Don't go to Meddys or Ribbit!
Joe was awesome! Brought my all in one down it had a fried motherboard. Decided I wanted to do the work myself. Only $50.00 for diagnostics and he gave me all the pointers I needed. Not may companies are willing to guide you once you decide to do it your self.... 5 stars
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Decker Electric offers superior, responsive customer service. Our company, Corporate Lodging Consultants, started using them a year ago and with each visit they have exceeded our expectations. One notable service was a next day install of a grounding bar for our computer room. We could not have completed our migration without it; they had it shipped and installed early the next morning. Their electricians and data techs are knowledgeable and communicate their process every step of the way. I recommend Decker Electric to anyone who needs professional service done right the first time!
They seem concerned with having satisfied customers. Though they don't mind charging hundreds of dollars and not fixing the issue they were hired to fix.
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: