FAQs - Thinking of Hiring an Electrician in OKC?
Ask a potential Electrician the following questions before making a decision on hiring an electrical contractor. Asking an electrician the following questions will help you make the right choice.
Consider calling our electricians if:
- You’re changing fuses too often or resetting circuit breakers frequently
- Your lights tend to dim when you turn on your air conditioner or other appliances
- You haven’t installed GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlets in your kitchens, bathrooms, garage, or in outdoor spaces
- You can smell electricity burning around your home or office
- If there aren’t enough outlets in your room and you need too many extension cords around the property
- If you have too many electronic devices going into a single outlet through your electronics center
- Your three-prong plug needs a two-prong adapter
When Is the Right Time to Call an Electrician?
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, it’s always recommended to call an electrician rather than attempt 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?
What steps should I follow to find a suitable electrician?
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.
Should I just choose the cheapest electrician?
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.
Do you hold current Oklahoma licenses?
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.
Are you bonded and insured?
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.
Can you share some references?
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.
What kind of experience do you have in the business?
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.
Do you offer a free estimate?
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.
Is my wiring up-to-date?
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.
What electrical terms should I be aware of?
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.
Keep in mind the following points:
- Did your electrician arrive on time for the appointment?
- Were they able to answer all your questions?
- Did you find their technical knowledge up to the mark?
- Did they inform you of the exact cost of your project or just give you a rough number? (If they keep the final cost pending to be disclosed after the work is completed, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise.)
- Were they able to explain all the work they would do in detail?
Usually, if you have a good experience during the first two or three meetings, you will likely have a great experience with the contractor when they begin the job.