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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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Horrible utility service. They are not flexible and show no empathy towards their customers or their concerns. Communication is erratic and they take no responsibility for errors on their part.
Stay away from this guy at all costs. Connected with him in 2009 through another awful agency American Home Service (home warranty company provided by seller of our home) Had an electrical problem. Guy couldn't figure out whether it was power company problem or not. Obviously we didn't have him do any work. We didn't know he took out a permit anyway and never closed it. Now blocking valid electrical permit 8 years later. All he had to do was let Building Safety know he'd never done work. After repeated phone calls to his office (he was never there) two of his secretaries said they would take care of it. Never did! Never got a call back. His cell voicemail is full (obviously he never checks or deletes his voicemails) Stay away! Stay away! Stay away!!! Filed a complaint with State Professional Regulation. Plan to take this as far as it goes. Just wasted 4 hours at building safety trying to get this straightened out. STAY AWAY FROM RICHARD HORN!!!!!
This company is great. They were able to come out the next day & fix my problem. They also gave me peace of mind by checking for fire hazards even though they didn't have to. The tech was very knowledgeable. They warranted their work. I would use them again & recommend them to others!
Was forwarded to this business on Friday 8/7 by Home Depot, who highly recommended them. They could not reach them and left a voice mail. After a few hours I tried calling them myself, same deal, got a voice mail and left a message. As of today 8/10 I have yet to get a call back. I'm surprised considering how professional the company website is.
This is the second time I have used this provider. The first time some work was done incorrectly by them (through Lowe's) and they needed to send out a new electrician to fix the first one's error, and they did. I have no real complaints about that work as they corrected it free of charge.I should never have used them this second time though. The work they did was incorrect, and when I called a manager there to discuss it I had a very negative experience. First of all, he took over a week to return my call, and then insisted I call him back immediately or he would put a lien on my property. Really? Then, when I did speak to him, he was not willing to make any accommodations at all in regards to the possibly mistaken work on my pool. Rather than admit that there was the possibility that work was done incorrectly on my pool and offer to either fix the incorrect work or modify the bill, he told me if I did not pay it he would lien my property. When I indicated that I had already needed to pay another company to come out to try to fix the work they did, he insisted he knew it was done correctly b/c he had 25 years of experience in the business. However, he was not the one who did the work on my property, and he has never been to my property. His comment was "I can see from my tech's notes here that the work we did was correct" (despite the fact that I have never seen your system). I am now in a situation where I have a bill from Palmer Electric, I have paid another company to come out to figure out why my pool stopped working, and I now have to pay them again to come fix everything. I would warn you to be very cautious in working with Palmer Electric as this is my second negative incident. I would expect the manager to be willing to come inspect the work that another company is insisting was done incorrectly, but no such offer is available.
I have used this company for several years. I keep going back. Reiliable, honest and the electrician that recently came to my home has worked there for 10 years. I would definitley have him back.
I would actually rather have given zero stars but it makes you at least give 1. So pretend one means zero. The company sucks and they take you for your money. It is criminal what they charge for the little easy job/services that they do for you. The price they charged us per hour was ridiculous. Go somewhere else for electrical work.
Very respectful and very reliable and very solid work.
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: