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How can you tell if your electrician is licensed?

There’s an old saying that goes, “A good man is hard to find.”  Thankfully, that doesn’t have to be the case when you’re selecting a Dallas Electrician to perform electrical repair.  By selecting a licensed electrician, you can be assured that you’re going to receive competent, safe, superior service.  So how can you find out if the electrician you’re considering is licensed?

Anyone who performs electrical work in Texas must be licensed, whether it’s general electric repair or specialty electric jobs.  There are various types of electrician’s licenses, including:

  • Master Electrician
  • Journeyman Electrician
  • Residential Wireman (only for wiring a home)
  • Residential Appliance Installer
  • Electrical Apprentice (Must be accompanied by a Journeyman and the Journeyman must work for a Master Electrician).

There are also different licenses for businesses, which require the inclusion of various levels of electricians, as well as liability insurance.  When an electrical business is licensed, they will display their license number on vehicles and websites.  This is perhaps the best way to find out whether the electrician you want to hire is licensed or not.  Thanks to the internet, it’s easy to look up a specific company and find their license number.  Your electrician should have his business’ license number displayed on his vehicle as well.  Be sure to look for a Texas Electrical Contractor License (TECL) number on the work truck or car. For example, our TECL number is listed right on our homepage and on all of our vehicles, so everyone who visits will know we’re a licensed, insured electrician Dallas residents can depend on.

Hiring a licensed electrician means that your home will be as safe as possible.  All licensed electricians are required to attend continuing education courses, so they have the most up-to-date information to service their clients.  So, the next time you need a Texas electrician, do a Google search or visit the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to find a properly licensed electrician who will do the job right.

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ElectricMan wants to send you and a friend to the Mavs game!

Okay Mavs fans, due to the overwhelming majority of you who participated in our last Mavs tickets giveaway, we have decided to do it again for the Mavs vs L.A. Clippers game on April 8th, 2011.

Come see your Dallas Mavericks take on Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers in style. All you have to do is “Like” the ElectricMan Inc. facebook page and tell all of your friends, and you could be entered to win lower-level seats to the game!

Terms and Conditions:

  • No purchase necessary to participate.
  • Must be 18 or older to win.
  • Winner must have a valid, government issued I.D.
  • CONTEST PERIOD:  03/24/2011 – 04/07/2011 11:59am CST
  • Winner must collect prizes at ElectricMan Inc.’s headquarters in Dallas by 04/08/2011 12:00p CST. ElectricMan Inc. will not mail or deliver the tickets to the winner.
  • Current fans are eligible; however, they must check blog.electricmaninc.com on 04/07/2011 12:00p CST to see if they’ve won. New fans will be notified via email or phone call.
  • All winners will be chosen at random.
  • Upon pickup, winner must take a photo of themselves with the tickets in front of the ElectricMan Signage. A photo release form will be provided.
  • ElectricMan Inc. reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice, as well as choose another winner if original winner cannot be contacted.
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Congrats to our Dallas Mavs ticket winner!

We first want to thank all of those who “Liked” the ElectricMan Inc. facebook page and participated in our Mavs ticket giveaway. We here at ElectricMan inc. really enjoy interacting with our Facebook community and hope you guys call on us whenever you have electrical problems in your home or business.

But enough with the sappy, boring stuff. The winner of our Mavs ticket giveaway is…

Oscar B. from Dallas, Tx.

Thank you all!

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

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ElectricMan Inc is giving away Mavs Tickets to Fans!

Want to win tickets to see the Mavs take on Golden State Warriors? Head over to the ElectricMan Inc. Facebook page and “Like” our page and you’ll be entered to win.

And if you ever need a high-quality Dallas Electrician — call ElectricMan!

Also, Don’t forget that it’s Dirk bobble-head night!

Rules:

Must be 18 or older to win
Winner must pick up tickets from ElectricMan Inc’s headquarters in Dallas, TX.
Winner will be chose at random on 03-18-2011
Must be a fan of the ElectricMan inc. page on 03-18-2011 to win

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Carbon Monoxide Monitor: Protect Your Family Today

Making sure your home’s carbon monoxide monitors and smoke detectors are up to date can be the best life saving tool you can have to protect your family.

ElectricMan Inc. is a high quality Dallas Electrician that only delivers the highest quality to their customers. They are insured and guarantee all of their installations, including Carbon Monoxide Monitors and Smoke Detectors.

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

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The Electric Car: Electric Cars Are Worth the Money

Electric Car Charging Station

There are several new models of electric powered cars becoming available as well as others in development.  These electric powered vehicles are the wave of the future.  But, right now, they are expensive (the cost upfront is still significantly higher than their combustion engine counterparts), and there are certain qualities about them that still make people a little bit hesitant to make the switch to a car that needs a charger rather than a tank full of gasoline.

No one can argue that these vehicles offer some significant advantages over cars that run on gasoline, which should seriously be considered high selling points if you’re considering buying an electric car in the near future.  They have the ability to significantly reduce air pollution in metropolitan areas because they have zero tail pipe emissions.  They also have the ability to help decrease our incredible dependency on oil.  It also turns out that electric motors are much more efficient than internal combustible engines – the amount of energy lost in the process of converting electricity into usable motor power is much less in an electric engine than in the standard engine.

The Electric Car

Some of the problems that these electrical cars have had in the past (and still make people nervous) have been overcome or are in the process of being overcome.  Initially, the small motors meant slow acceleration.  However, the current electric motors really don’t accelerate significantly slower than other motors.  The batteries that these cars use have also evolved over time and now offer a much better range than early models.

The issues of range anxiety and worrying about charging your car more often than is really convenient most likely won’t disappear completely until there are enough people out there driving electric cars to prove that charging them is no more inconvenient than having to stop at a gas station to fill up regularly, but these are the cars of the future, and the future is closer than most people realize.

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Pro Landscape: Tips for Improving Your Home’s Landscape Lighting

North Texas Landscape

Landscape lighting can add beauty to your home as well as provide increased safety on your property.  Lighting design can be used to light pathways, highlight your homes architecture, and deter intruders.  When considering adding lighting to your landscaping, it is important to find the right balance of lighting.  Focus on adding lighting to main activity areas like driveways, entrances, pathways, dark areas around windows, and stairs and main focal points such as fountains, trees, or statues.  The following landscape lighting basics can help make the most of your lighting.

Up-lighting: Up-lighting is placing a light facing upward toward an object to illuminate it.  This works well for highlighting the focal points of your landscape or home.  Use it sparingly to highlight objects around your yard like statues, trees, flag poles, and fountains.

Down-lighting: Down-lighting is used to illuminate large areas.  It works well for illuminating entertainment areas such as a patio or a deck.  It also helps to deter intruders.

Accent Lighting: Accent lighting is an excellent choice for lighting paths and stairs by placing lights along both edges of a path or a staircase.  This looks beautiful and has the added safety feature of helping prevent people from tripping and falling.  Accent lighting can also add focus to low-lying flowers, shrubs, and ponds.

Advantages of Low Voltage Lighting: As part of your basic landscape lighting, you have the choice between using 120v and low voltage 12v lighting.  Low voltage has a lot to offer in terms of landscape lighting safety as well not having to dig 18 inch trenches into your yard. Low voltage lighting can be neatly tucked away, just below your yard’s surface.  It is safer in wet conditions, and it offers more precise lighting effects.  Because the lamps (light bulbs) are smaller, it allows for smaller, less obtrusive fixtures.  It can also save you money by having lower energy costs.  Low voltage lighting requires a transformer to convert 120v to 12v which can cause voltage drop (dim lights) if it is improperly engineered.  For this, it is a good idea to ask a professional electrician for help.

These tips will get you started.  For more ideas, ask a lighting consultant for suggestions, and for any questions, don’t hesitate to contact www.electricmaninc.com to find the answers you need!

Think your home’s lighting is worthy of sharing? Post to our Facebook Fan Page!

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

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Heating Tips: Warm up This Winter

Icy House

Even in Texas, it can get chilly.  Having a properly heated home can mean the difference between a happy family and a cold one.  Thankfully, there are a few quick, inexpensive things you can do to make this winter more bearable.  Here are a few heating tips from local Dallas Electrician that can help you stay cozy this winter.

  • Program the thermostat: This may seem counter-productive, but for every degree you reduce your thermostat in the winter, you can reduce heating bills by 5%.  Use a programmable thermostat to make the most of your heating system and prevent unnecessary running of your furnace when you’re not home.
  • Insulate: A properly insulated home will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  Even little things like adding foam pads behind electrical outlets and switches can make a big difference.  If you’re unsure about how to perform this electrical repair, talk to a Texas electrician first.
  • Close the shades: A lot of your energy loss can happen through your windows.  In addition to making sure your windows are properly sealed, close your drapes and shades to better insulate your home.
  • Baseboard heaters: Baseboard heaters are a safe and efficient way to increase the temperature of individual rooms.  Consult a Dallas Electrician before trying to install this yourself.
  • Heat pumps: If it’s time for you to overhaul your heating system, consider installing an electric heat pump instead of a traditional gas furnace.  These ecofriendly appliances will reduce your carbon footprint while reducing your heating bill.
  • Use a Power Conditioner: Using a power conditioner can decrease the power bill by 25% for homes that have electric heaters.

These are just a few of the ways you can warm up this winter and make the most of your home’s energy.  If you’re interested in learning more about ways to efficiently heat your house, or if you have other questions about general electric repair, give us a call and we’ll help you design the electrical plan that’s right for you.

Have heating tips you’d like to share with us? Post a comment or post on our Facebook page.

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

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Troubleshooting Electrical Problems

There are many ways to do electrical work, but only a couple of them are approved methods.

Here’s what to look out for from a craftsman‘s point of view:

  • Flying Splices are joints or connections made on the electrical wiring that are not contained inside of a sealed box.
  • Breaker Trips and causes more than 8
  • Turning on certain appliances causes lights to dim and flicker.

These tips come to you from a Dallas Electrician that you can trust. We are available 24 hours, and have been serving North Texas residents and businesses since 2004.

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Electrical Contractor: What to Look for When Choosing an Electrician

 

24-hour-electrician

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

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