Ask the following questions before hiring an electrician. Asking these 10 most common questions will help you make the right choice for your project and ultimately your safety.
Many residential and commercial property owners think of calling an electrician only when they’re constructing something new. However, if you need any kind of electrical repairs at your property, we always recommend hiring an electrician rather than attempting to fix it yourself.
Doing electrical work by yourself can be dangerous and can result in costlier repairs down the line. How much risk are you willing to take to save a few dollars?
Since homes and commercial spaces are one of your most precious assets, it’s important to maintain them properly at all times. Finding the right electrician to work on your property can be a daunting task. In fact, many owners continue living with frustrating and dangerous problems, as they are afraid of hiring a bad contractor.
One of the first things to keep in mind while searching for an electrician is to avoid just choosing the cheapest alternative. There are chances that the cheapest contractor will choose poor quality materials and offer zero customer service. Instead, look for honest, hard-working, and punctual electricians.
Check the license and make sure it is a Class A electrical contractor license. Class B licenses don’t allow the contractor to work on high voltage circuits, which might be a problem when they are fixing an outlet or rewiring your light switches. Ask the contractor for his license number (e.g. OK45209) and check if the license is up-to-date on the Oklahoma Department of Labor and Industry website.
All licensed electricians in Oklahoma must carry their contractor’s bond and liability insurance. This will protect your assets in case of any problems during the work.
Generally, customers who had a good experience with a contractor will be happy to testify for their work. If your potential contractor doesn’t have a list of references, it may be a sign of trouble. When you’re talking to the references, ask them if they were satisfied with the quality of work and if the contractor agreed to come back promptly in case of any additional problems.
When you ask a contractor how long they have been in business, you can gauge their quality of work. Generally, contractors with poor quality outputs go out of business quite early. Also, ask if the contractor has worked on a project similar to yours so that you’re confident in their capabilities.
Check if the contractor is willing to offer a free quote as per your individual requirements. Also, ask a lot of questions during this process so you get an idea of how they will perform.
Homeowners or commercial property owners may not be able to identify the age of their wiring. It takes a trained electrician to determine the quality of your wiring and make necessary changes. Old wiring has a tendency to dry rot and can lead to multiple problems. It is best to get your home inspected if it was built several years ago.
Service, Main or Electrical Panel:
This is the metal box from where electricity enters your home or commercial space from the power company. It enables power to be distributed to all the lights, appliances, and outlets in your premises.
Inside the panel, you will notice a set of fuses, or circuit breaks, which limit the amount of current that goes to every circuit. Generally, circuits are rated for 15 to 20 amps, with major appliances like air conditioners using larger circuits for 50 amps. Based on the size and power requirements of your room, there are around 1 to 3 circuits for every room.
GFCI – Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter:
These are life-saving devices that protect your property against an electrical shock. It is a special kind of outlet that shuts off automatically when it senses a short circuit to the ground. It is mandatory to install them in your kitchens, bathrooms, garages, as well as outdoors. They can be recognized by the reset or test button switches on them.
If there is a surge from the local power station, a surge protector can help protect your appliances and devices. If you have too many electronic devices like computers, LED televisions, or entertainment centers, it is recommended to have a surge protector so that your devices perform efficiently.
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