Just In Case You Might Have Some Questions

Q. What should I look for when I call an electrical contractor or an electrician?
A. The contractor or the electrician should be licensed to work in your community. Contact your local government office to determine the proper licensing requirements. Ask for proof of General Liability and Worker’s Compensation Insurance. Also, look for references or testimonials to be sure others are happy with the service they have received. Don’t hesitate to ask the contractor or electrician to see their license because reputable companies will be glad to provide it.

Q. Can I do my electrical work? A. Check with your local community agency to determine the regulations for doing your own work. Most local governments require you to have a permit to do any electrical work. Anyone performing the work must do it in compliance with the National Electric Code. When the property is sold, most municipalities require an inspection letter from a licensed electrical contractor. Electricity can be potent and dangerous if mishandled, and many injuries and even deaths by electrocution can be avoided by leaving the work to licensed professionals.

Q. How often should I inspect or test my industrial/commercial electrical equipment?
A. All electrical equipment used in industrial, commercial, or institutional settings should be checked regularly by a licensed professional. Electrical equipment should be inspected annually when used in a mild environment. Under severe conditions, the equipment should be checked as frequently as every 30 days in some situations. Keep written records of any inspections to keep track of any symptoms that could be signs of an impending failure.

Q. Why do you need to come out to give me a price?
A. Electrical wiring materials and methods have changed dramatically since home wiring first began, and the National Electrical Code changes every three years. Additional wiring has been added or changed in most homes after they’ve been built. Different acceptable wiring styles and material preferences among electricians of the same period also must be considered. There is no way to know exactly what will be required to resolve your problem without a visit to your home. Each home’s floor plan, size, foundation style, and attic accessibility are different than the next, even within a single neighborhood. Calculating the price to do any type of electrical work must consider all these variables. Be suspicious of estimates for repair given over the phone because they are rarely close to being accurate. Most that provide a low estimate over the phone do so to gain access to your home, and once the work is in progress, the situation changes, unforeseen problems arise, and they end up charging more than the estimate. It is in your best interest to have an electrician look at your job and give you an exact price they will stick with once the work begins, no matter what.

Q. Why do you charge a dispatch fee?
A. All home service contractors incur an expense to send a licensed, trained professional to come to your home, even if it is just to quote you a price or estimate. Most times, this fee is waived when the work is performed.