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.
Have you recently had a home inspection completed or are you getting ready to purchase a home and don’t understand the inspection report? A certified electrician at ElectricMan can help you figure out exactly what the inspector found and what it all means. Having your home inspection deciphered by ElectricMan can save you time, money and a lot of stress.
Here are some examples of the most common home wiring problems that a certified electrician can remedy:
- Outdated meter base and riser
- Outdated/Unsafe electrical breaker box
- Oversized fuses or breakers
- Double-tapped circuits
- Improper outdoor wiring
- Improperly spliced wires
- Incorrectly wired receptacles
- No ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) around all outdoor, garage, kitchen and bathroom areas
- Inoperable or missing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
- Wires resting on ductwork or pipes
- Frayed, brittle, melted or chewed wiring insulation that is a safety hazards
- Any ungrounded old style wiring from the 1920s or earlier
These problems may be eyesores, or perhaps you don’t notice them at all, but almost all of them can be hazardous and require immediate attention by a certified electrician. Before you start worrying about your latest home inspection and get knee-deep in all the repairs at once, ElectricMan can help you decode each project and give you a quote on needed repairs. Remember, it’s about your family’s safety, so it’s always best you pick your electrician based on the quality of work and his reputation rather than letting the seller pick the repairman.
If you suspect your home is subject to some of these problems, or for help interpreting your home inspection contact a certified electrician at ElectricMan today. ElectricMan is a trusted, local Dallas 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, Pinterest and YouTube.
Whether you have a scheduled lighting project or an emergency on your hands, there are plenty of situations when it’s appropriate to call in a local electrician. For your safety and sanity use a certified electrician that can provide quality work and can be counted on for years to come.
Installing Tamper-Resistant Outlets
For peace of mind and family safety, have tamper-resistant outlets installed. These have shutters over all openings that must be pressed at the same time to open, such as when inserting a plug. Having this type of devices installed where your children has access to them can prevent a shocking experience —without having to deal with annoying plastic inserts. To ensure correct installation, count on a local electrician for the job.
Learn what lighting projects around the house call for the skill and experience of a local electrician.
Repairing a Wire Damaged from Drilling a Hole in the Wall
Whether you’re hanging pictures, shelves or a TV mounting bracket—or any other reason you might be drilling into a wall—there’s always the possibility that you’ll hit and damage a wire. This is definitely a fix you want to leave in the capable hands of a certified electrician.
To prevent the problem from happening again, use a stud finder and aim for the center of the stud. Before drilling, use a small tipped screw driver to verify you are hitting the stud and not the side. Once you have verified, feel free to drill away.
Upgrading a Ceiling Fan
Many homeowners aren’t familiar with the specific requirements involved in hanging a ceiling fan. First you must have a ceiling fan rated brace and box. You need to also make sure the weighted blades are properly installed to the motor. The motor has specific wiring leads that must be connect to the proper power leads. If there is any question, it’s best to leave this project to a local electrician who has the experience from thousands of installs. The last thing you want, after spending hours on the project, is to have the fan wobble or come crashing to the floor, all electricians will agree, fans looks better on the ceiling.
Re-Doing the Kitchen Lights
Some popular kitchen light upgrades include adding recessed lighting and pendant lights controlled by dimmer switches. Under-cabinet lighting and above cabinet lighting is also an excellent way to indirectly light your kitchen. Your interior lighting project is guaranteed to go smoothly when you trust your home to a licensed local electrician. The upgraded lights add a whole new dimension to your kitchen for everyone to enjoy.
To work with a licensed qualified professional for your next electrical project, please contact a certified electrician at ElectricMan today. ElectricMan is a trusted, local electrician with 27 years of experience. For more information visit the ElectricMan website, and don’t forget to also ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.
Choosing a great electrician doesn't have to be difficult!
Solving electrical problems and doing electrical repairs can be risky things to do if you don’t know exactly what you are doing. Sometimes it is absolutely necessary to hire a certified electrician to do these things for you so that you don’t put yourself or your property at risk. Here are some key things you should keep in mind when choosing an electrician.
Certifications: You should always feel free to ask an electrician about their certifications; if they aren’t willing to answer your questions about it, they probably aren’t the right electrician for you. There are different levels of training that an electrician must go through before earning certifications. Typically, they start out as an electrician apprentice working under the direct supervision of a journeyman and the general supervision of a master electrician. A master electrician has the highest level of certification and more experience than an apprentice or a journeyman.
References: A good electrician should always be able to give you references if you ask for them. Any hesitation in this area is not a good sign. It is a good idea to check with the references that the electrician gives you before hiring them.
Insurance: It is very important to hire an electrician that carries the proper insurance. Without proper insurance, you could be responsible for any damages they happen to cause, such as an electrical fire or other accidents. Did you know that electricians are only required to have $300,000 worth of coverage? Be sure to confirm that you are hiring an insured electrician.
Communication: It is also important for the electrician you hire to have great communication skills. They should be friendly, courteous, interested in your problem, and listen to your concerns. They should also be upfront about costs and give you an estimate of how long the project should take.
Keep all of these things in mind as you seek out someone for electrical consulting. For Dallas electrical repairs, www.ElectricManInc.com offers 27 years of industry experience, and they are open 24 hours a day. They have a master electrician on staff, they are properly insured, and they offer free estimates.
About ElectricMan Inc.
ElectricMan Inc. is one of Dallas’ most trusted electricians. Nick Schaeffer, Mr. ElectricMan himself, has quite the resume for a master electrician. He started the company by himself in 2004 and hasn’t looked back since! For more information about Electricman’s list of electrical repair services, please visit www.ElectricManInc.com