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A large amount of the calls we go out on are for lighting fixture replacement/changes. A lot of the customers say “I usually do this myself,” but I don’t have time to take care of this right now. Another common quote we hear is “We have been working on this all weekend, and can’t get it to work.” Last but not least, a favorite quote of mine that I hear is “I am so tired of this outdated looking lighting that exists in my home. Can you please bring it up to date?” Usually this is where I chuckle and say “ElectricMan to the Rescue!” – Nick Schaeffer
If you’re planning to replace or make changes to your lighting fixtures the ElectricMan have some very helpful tips:
- Understand the way your home was initially wired. Usually the wiring is signified by “hot” being the black and “neutral” being the white colored wires. In older homes, this coloring is not on the wires and a top electrician should take it from there. If you are still game, even though these wires are not properly colored, you can figure out which wire is the “hot” with a transient voltage tick tester. This type of tester will tell you which wire the power is on. The other wire would then be the “neutral”. Be careful when doing this testing with the power on, you may be subject to a “shocking experience”. When in doubt, call a top electrician!
- If you are installing a chandelier replacement, the wiring that comes on the fixture from the manufacturer is what we call “zip cord” and is not colored white and black. The way they identify this type of wire is the “hot” is the smooth side and the “neutral” is the side with ridges. So if you feel this wire with your fingers, you will notice one side is smooth and one side has ridges. This will tell you how to hook these wires up independently. If this is not properly hooked up per side, you could potentially get a “nasty shock” when you change out a light bulb.
- Pendant lighting seems to be all the rage right now. This type of lighting can be used to decoratively light up kitchen islands and kitchen bar-type counters. This is a creative way to separate your kitchen from your living room. Typically, homes are not pre-wired for these lights, and wiring will have to be added before they can be installed. I highly suggest when wiring for these lights, that a new switch leg be installed for independent control. As always, installing new wiring to your existing electrical should be done by a top electrician.
- Recessed cans can clean up your ceiling and do away with unsightly light fixtures installed everywhere. When installing a recessed can, the type of trim is essential to maximizing the amount of light that you can get in an area. A baffled or recessed trim will turn a light into a spot, whereas a flush mount trim allows the light to start at the ceiling and move throughout the room. This gives a much more even look upon the finished product. Any electrician that has done a lot of installations should be able to guide you in the proper direction so that the style of lighting that you are looking for will be achieved. Be careful attempting these by yourself, drywall will need to be cut for installation, and you never know where a wire or plumbing pipe may be hiding.
Chandelier replacement, pendant lighting and recessed cans are cheap and affordable ways to completely change the look of your home. If you are attempting this on your own, and run into a problem, a good-hearted electrician will be happy to discuss with you where you went wrong and what it is going to take to fix it. Most electricians are happy to do free estimates, and help design a quality finished product. Whether you have a general repair or an electrical emergency, you can trust ElectricMan to get the job done right. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.
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Learn what to look for when choosing an Electrician.
In my 27 years, I have heard these questions a lot: “Why is it so hard to find the top electrician for my electrical repairs? There are so many choices and my problem seems so easy, any electrician should be able to do it. Does it matter who I call? Aren’t all electricians the same? How do I find an expert electric man?” – Nick Shaeffer
The answer is no – not all Dallas electrician technicians are the same! Many electricians like to think they can do everything electrically because they wired a store, or a big industrial complex. Truth be told, a tested, top electrician has done that – and multiple other things, making him well-rounded. To be well-rounded takes time and opportunity. Sufficient home and business electricians have to develop knowledge that can only be obtained with hands-on experience. Every home or business built through the decades has been wired differently. Along the way, they have been altered or added to, using multiple techniques of wiring. This can be confusing to an inexperienced, common electrician trying to investigate a home electrical repair.
A well-rounded electrician is “the key” to customer satisfaction. But how do you find one? Here at ElectricMan, Inc., we’ve developed and written a 2 page pre-employment competency test to ensure the employment of only expert technicians. This must be completed before we even review their application. This test tells us exactly what an electrician has done and seen. It cannot be passed correctly with just knowledge out of a book. If the electrician has been doing all levels and types of work, this test will show it. After passing this test, an extensive local, state, and nationwide criminal and sex offender search is done. Once we know what kind of electrical talent and type of person we have, a 90-day probationary period starts. All of this “due diligence” is done for the safety and security of a customer who has no idea who they are relying on. Not all companies go through these necessary steps! The referral from “a friend of a brother’s neighbor” definitely doesn’t provide the peace of mind you need when a stranger is in your home.
Another important area that a consumer should investigate when considering an electrician, is insurance! “Does my electrician have the “state minimum,” or are they capable of covering everything – inside and out?” This is very important! The State of Texas only requires $300,000 to be licensed. Add up the value of your home or business; is the Texas requirement really enough to cover your losses if a home electrical repair mistake is made and your home is damaged?
So, it is easy to see that if a couple of critical points are not verified, there is no telling what type of electrician might ring your doorbell! Avoid the possibility of getting an under-qualified electrician and instead get the expert electrician in Dallas when the safety and security of your home, business, and family is counting on you. Whether you have a general repair or an electrical emergency, you can trust ElectricMan to get the job done right. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.
ElectricMan Inc. Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
ElectricMan Inc. has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.
This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.
“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the Electrical Contractor companies in Dallas/Fort Worth market were able to do it.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
“We put the word ‘service’ back into ‘customer service.’ Well-trained technicians put your safety and needs first, not end-of-week quotas. Our employees are not on commission. We are your trusted source for all electrical needs and cutting-edge technology. Service and respect with family-owned values is what we do.”
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.
For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.
“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”
Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than 4.5 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.
When choosing a home electrician, where do you begin? Some people call the first name that comes up in their online search, others pour over reviews, while still others look to the recommendations of friends and family to help them find an electrician. When you’re looking for an electrical service provider, you want to choose one that is referral based and a true craftsman- not just a fly-by-night contractor who hasn’t been trained to safely provide electrical services. What should you look for in a home electrician? We find this list of four qualities to be both compelling and useful.
- Integrity. Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, once said that the top quality he looks for when hiring is integrity. The next two qualities are high energy and intelligence, but it’s integrity that’s most important. You need an electrician with a reputation for integrity, which translates into following through on what is promised and providing high-quality work.
- Intent. What is on your electrician’s list of top priorities? Is the business geared more toward making money or meeting the customers’ needs? Is quality the company’s primary concern? Choose a home electrician committed to providing superior service and maintaining a staff of well-qualified professionals, licensed, certified and background checked.
- Capability. You want a home electrician who is a true craftsman, not someone who just decided that electrical work was a good way to make money. Ask about the electrician’s educational background and whether he or she has been trained properly. Choose a company that’s licensed,insured and adheres to NEC standards.
- Results. A craftsman is known by his results, and the work he’s already done speaks to the work he’ll do in the future. Read reviews and look carefully at what’s being said. Are there satisfied, repeat customers? Is your home electrician very busy because of all the ongoing projects from happy customers? Paying attention to reputation is important when you’re trying to find an electrician.
No matter why you’re seeking a home electrician, ElectricMan is a source you can trust. A family-owned business, we offer quality electrical services because we only employ professional, licensed, certified electricians. Whether you have a general repair or an electrical emergency, you can trust ElectricMan to get the job done right. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.
If you’re a homeowner, you’re probably looking for ways to save energy and money. There are so many hidden costs involved in home ownership, and if you’re not careful, your electrical consumption can be a big factor in those costs. However, it’s easier than you might think to save on energy if you just follow a few simple tips.
- Look for ways to cut your energy costs. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs and turn off lights that aren’t in use. Wash your clothes in cold water and hang them to dry instead of using an electric dryer. Perhaps the simplest way to save energy is to turn things off when you’re not using them because there is less electrical consumption involved in turning things back on than in leaving them running.
- Increase your family’s safety in a cost-effective way. First, install ground fault circuit interrupters, especially in your kitchen and bathroom. These are simple, effective devices that prevent accidental electrocution. Install arc fault circuit interrupters too, because these innovative circuit breakers cost less than $100, detect electrical problems and can prevent electrical fires. Other simple, cost-effective safety measures include child safety outlets, whole house surge protectors and smoke detectors.
- Find easy ways to update an older home. It may sound daunting to update the electrical system in your home, and in fact, it does require an investment and professional workmanship to bring your home into the modern era. However, there are simple things you can upgrade without breaking the bank, including the installation of outdoor motion sensor security lights and a dedicated grounded circuit to protect your electronics. Once your home is better able to handle the electrical load you’re asking of it, you’ll not only be safer, but you’ll also save energy.
- Plan for shifts in technology. Knowing how much more electricity we use now than we did in the past, we can assume we’ll need even more energy in the future. It’s good to think ahead and prepare for this, and one way to do it is to install a power conditioner, which cleans the electrical signal entering your home in order to provide more reliable energy. Another good idea is to hire a qualified electrician to help you identify shortcomings in your current electrical systems, as well as provide you with information about innovations that can help you save energy.
- Choose wisely when shopping for a technician. How do you find such a qualified electrician? Look for referral based companies with a reputation for integrity, reliability and a commitment to putting the needs of their clients first.
If you’re ready to save energy, ElectricMan wants to help you figure out how to do it! We want to be your go-to source not only for electrical service but also for advice and information on all things electrical. A family owned business, we offer quality electrical services at low prices, and we only employ professional, licensed, certified electricians. We’re here to fix any electrical repairs you may need and if an electrical emergency should happen, we’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Visit the ElectricMan website to learn more, or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google Plus.
You use it every day, but do you really understand electricity? It’s important, because, without understanding electricity, it’s hard to maintain electrical safety in your home. In order to understand electricity, you basically need to grasp five key concepts; we like to call them the five hidden mysteries of electricity.
- Mystery Number One: The kWh and understanding your utility bill. Do you know what a kWh is? A watt measures the amount of energy a device is using, and 1000 watts add up to a kilowatt. When you use 1000 watts of energy for an hour, it adds up to a kilowatt-hour, abbreviated kWh. Your electric company measures your kWh to determine your energy usage and, by extension, your cost. Often companies charge a higher rate per kWh for those who use more energy overall, so it’s a good idea to take a look at your bill and see how you’re doing, month to month.
- Mystery Number Two: The importance of turning off the lights. “Turn out the lights” is more than just the favorite saying of dads around the world; it is a reliable way to save energy and money. However, what your dad may not have told you is that there are many other much more effective ways to cut down on energy consumption. For instance, in addition to turning off your lights, make sure you replace old incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs, which cut energy costs by about 70 percent. You can also save money by bumping up your thermostat, turning off appliances that aren’t in use, choosing Energy Star compliant appliances, running your dishwasher only when it’s full and washing your clothes in cold water whenever possible. These are just a few of the many ways to save on electricity, but if you can remember to turn off the lights, you’re making a good start.
- Mystery Number Three: The dangers of electricity. We learn from an early age that electricity can be dangerous, but what does that really mean? Electricity is a powerful force, and when it flows into your home unchecked, it can cause serious damage and even a house fire. That’s why you need to be sure your circuit breakers are in working order and the electrical system in your house is up-to-date. Another important aspect of electrical safety is understanding its conduction. For instance, water is a very effective conductor of electricity, so it’s crucial that you keep all plugged in appliances such as hair dryers away from water. If you’re ever in flooded conditions, avoid walking into flooded areas until they’ve been cleared by the utility company.
- Mystery Number Four: The power outage. Power outages and surges are usually caused by lightning strikes. The lightning doesn’t need to strike your home to knock out your home electricity; it can be a half-mile away and have the same effect. Unfortunately, the electronic devices in our homes are extremely vulnerable to damage from power surges and outages, so it’s important to take steps to protect them. Unplug electronics that you aren’t using, especially in stormy weather.
- Mystery Number Five: Installations, electricians and intentions. Does your electrician really have your best interest at heart? Whenever there’s a housing boom, there are people who jump on the “contractor” bandwagon without the necessary experience or ethics to provide high-quality service. Look for a referral-based company with licensed, certified electricians and a reputation for good work and reliable service. A true professional will work not only to make your home safer and help you save energy but also to help you understand electricity so you can be an informed consumer.
We hope we’ve made electricity a little less mysterious and provided information that leaves you better able to understand electricity. At ElectricMan, we want to be your go-to source, whether you need information about electricity or professional help with an electrical installation, project or service. A family-owned business, we offer quality electrical services because we only employ professional, licensed, certified electricians. Don’t ever hesitate to call. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Rain or shine, we’ll be there to fix any electrical emergencies that may come up! Visit ElectricMan’s website to learn more, or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.
When you own a home, it’s easy for household expenses to spiral out of control. Every year, the average homeowner is in the unenviable position of spending thousands of dollars on owning and maintaining a home- and that’s just when everything is going well! If an emergency hits, many homeowners have to make sacrifices they can ill afford just to keep the home up and running. The best strategy to avoid disaster is to work on cutting down the everyday household expenses associated with owning a home.
So where does the money really go? On average, American homeowners spend about 34 percent of their income on home expenses. Paying for the house itself, of course, is the largest chunk of that expenditure, but does it surprise you to know that utilities make up the next largest amount? Most Americans spend about seven percent of their income on utilities; that’s more than what they spend on entertainment, clothing for the family and even health care! Obviously, that’s an area where it makes sense to find ways to scale back. If you live in Texas, it’s even more important than it is for people in other states as Texas electricity rates are 30 percent higher than rates elsewhere.
To save money on electricity, you need to understand it. Electric companies measure energy usage in kWh, which is a measurement of the hours you spend using 1000 watts. By lowering your kWh, you will, of course, lower your electricity cost, but where do all those kilowatt-hours go? Appliances can be huge energy hogs but so can game systems, televisions and computers. Older homes are often ill-equipped to handle the energy demands of a modern lifestyle, and this can be not only costly but dangerous, as faulty electrical systems can lead to house fires. Modernizing your home can save on more than just household expenses- it might also save your life.
Fortunately, there are some easy ways to save on energy (and its associated costs). If your home is more than 20 years old, get your electrical system checked out by a professional to determine if you need any upgrades. Buy ENERGY STAR compliant appliances whenever possible, and turn off anything you’re not using, from lights and appliances to your Xbox 360.
Are you ready to lower your household expenses? It helps to find a company such as ElectricMan, committed to providing low-cost electrical services without sacrificing high-quality service. A family owned business, we offer quality electrical services, and we only employ professional, licensed, certified electricians. And we’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether it’s a general electrical repair or an electrical emergency, ElectricMan has you covered! Visit the ElectricMan website to learn more, or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.
Each season comes with its set of reasons to call an emergency electrician. While you hopefully won’t be affected by all of these problems this year, there’s always the possibility that you’ll need to phone a 24-hour electrician to take a look at one or two emergencies on this list.
- Air conditioner stops working: Check to see if the breaker is tripped. If the breaker is tripped, go to the thermostat and turn off the cooling unit. After you have turned off the thermostat, go back to the breaker and turn the breaker all the way off before resetting it to the ‘on’ position. If the breaker trips again, call an emergency electrician. If it doesn’t trip, turn the thermostat back on. If the breaker trips once the AC is on, you will need to contact an AC repairman.
- Window AC unit trips circuit breakers: Air conditioning and refrigeration consumes a hefty amount of electricity. Running a hair dryer or vacuum on the same circuit as the window AC unit may be enough to trip the circuit breaker. To prevent overloading the circuit, use the labels in the breaker box to connect high electricity-consuming devices to outlets on a circuit other than the one the window AC unit is on.
- Trees fall on the electric meter boxes and risers: The weather is unpredictable in the spring and fall, which can lead to a downed tree on your property. Even if it barely scrapes your home, this could be enough to rip the electric meter base and riser off of the outer wall of your house. An emergency electrician is the person you trust to get things sorted out and fixed in order to get the power turned back on to your home.
- Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) replacement: The spring and fall are as good a time as any to test GFCIs. If you have old outlets in your bathrooms or kitchen, replace them with GFCI receptacles as soon as possible to prevent potential shock. Don’t wait until it’s an emergency; call an electrician for this task.
Learn what common seasonal electrical emergencies call for an emergency electrician to come take a look.
- Portable electric heaters trip circuit breakers: Portable heaters consume quite a bit of electricity. If they are plugged into an outlet on a nearly maxed-out circuit, perhaps one poweringChristmas lights, they could overload it and trip the circuit breaker. Circuits trip to prevent damage to the wiring of the electrical system, but knowledge of which outlets are on a circuit can prevent this from happening.
- Wet electrical connections could cause your GFCI to short out: Electricity and water don’t mix. If any electrical device in or outside your home gets wet it could cause part of your home to short out. Knowing where your GFCIs are located and which outlets they control, can remedy this problem. If not, an emergency electrician is your best bet for pinpointing and correcting the problem.
If you’re experiencing an electrical emergency, please contact ElectricMan today. ElectricMan is a trusted, local emergency electrician with 27 years of experience. For more information visit the ElectricMan website, and don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Sometimes, an electrical emergency can’t wait; sometimes, you need a 24-hour electrician to stop in as soon as possible. Here’s a look at some electrical emergencies that require immediate attention.
Learn what common emergencies need to be fixed immediately by a 24-hour electrician.
Air Conditioning/Heating Stops Working
On sweltering Dallas summer afternoons or chilly winter nights, you just can’t wait for regular service hours to have your malfunctioning HVAC system examined. If the air conditioning or heating stops working, it could be an electrical problem, not an A/C or furnace problem.
Before you call a certified electrician, check to see if the breaker is tripped. If the breaker is tripped, go to the thermostat and turn off the heating and cooling unit. After you have turned off the thermostat, go back to the breaker and turn the breaker all the way off before resetting it to the ‘on’ position. If the breaker trips again, call a 24-hour electrician. If it doesn’t trip, turn the thermostat back on. If the breaker trips once the AC is on, you will need to contact an AC repairman.
If the power goes out in your home, the problem could be on your side or with the power provider. A good 24-hour electrician can discuss with you which one is the case. If your entire block loses power, it’s undoubtedly a problem with the provider. If power goes out only in your home, there’s a greater possibility that the problem is on your end. This is where a certified electrician can discuss which specific parts of your home are out and determine if you need an electrician or if you need to call your power provider.
Sparks and Flames
No matter the fire’s cause, your first call should be to the fire department. If an electrical malfunction caused the fire, your second call should be to a 24-hour electrician.
ElectricMan to the Rescue
You know you can count on ElectricMan as your certified electrician of choice. We’re always on call 24/7 to help solve electrical problems. For example, a few years back, during Super bowl week in Dallas, the American Red Cross’ power to their refrigeration system where they store their emergency blood supply went out. ElectricMan tackled the snow and ice storm and were able to fix the issue within 40 minutes of being on site; crisis diverted!
The Red Cross retweeted their appreciation to ElectricMan calling them their ‘heroes.’
If you’re experiencing an electrical emergency, please contact ElectricMan today. ElectricMan is a trusted, local 24-hour electrician with almost three decades of experience. For more information visit the ElectricMan website, and don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also find us on YouTube and Pinterest.
A home inspection covers a number of areas, not the least of which is the electrical system. ElectricMan, a trusted Dallas electrician, wants you to know how to spot a quality home inspection report. After all, while the façade may be beautiful, what’s behind the walls is what truly matters. Save yourself a heap of trouble by knowing what to look for on the electrical portion of a home inspection, according to this certified electrician.
An electrical system inspection includes looking for any aspects that make the home unsafe. A good report features the following most common items:
A Dallas electrician explains what to look for on a good home inspection report before you decide to buy.
- Overcurrent protections present
- Grounded receptacles present
- Electrical box location and condition
- Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) present
- Fuses and breakers sized correctly
- Proper main grounding installed per code
- Smoke detectors functional and placed correctly
- Enough outlets in each room
- Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) present at outdoor, garage, kitchen and bathroom areas
- All wiring installed properly
- No wires resting on ductwork or pipes
- Wiring insulation in good condition
- Ceiling fans stable when operating
- Exhaust fans operable
- All outlet covers and switch plates securely attached
- No broken light fixtures
- Proper electrical connections for all appliances
With all of these points checked off the list, you know you have run across a home with a sound electrical system. It’s a great feeling knowing you’re moving into a home that won’t present trouble around every corner. That’s why it’s so important to have an inspection conducted by a qualified professional before you buy.
If you have any questions about the electrical system aspects of a potential new home’s inspection report, please contact a certified electrician at ElectricMan today. ElectricMan is a trusted, local Dallas electrician with 27 years of experience; we have the knowhow required to answer your important questions. For more information visit the ElectricMan website, and don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.