Electrical Installation & Repair Services
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An electrical contractor plans, installs and repairs wiring in structures. He or she works closely with the home’s general contractor or remodeling contractor to determine the specific electrical needs for the project and to ensure that the wiring will meet building codes.
An electrical contractor’s job also includes installing and repairing fixtures, switches and other visible components of electrical systems.
With today’s technological needs and advances, many electricians also are trained to install fiber optic and coaxial cables for electronic equipment.
Certain electrical companies may design and install data systems and wire for security features such as alarms too.
Some electrical contractors specialize in specific areas, such as HVAC, low-voltage appliances and systems and more, so be sure to ask about their training to see if it fits your project needs.
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An electrical system is a must in any home, old or new, before your home can be considered legally “livable.” A home must have a breaker box sufficient to handle the expected electrical load on the house, and there are regulations covering the number and placement of switches and outlets.
Electrical Panels –
Also known as “breaker boxes” or “breaker panels,” they replaced the old fuse boxes, which were a serious fire hazard. Adding rooms to your home might require a new breaker box as the electrical demand on your house will increase.
Purchasing an older home also often calls for an inspection of the breaker box. A home built in the 1970s was not wired with the expectation of computers, recharging stations, USB ports, and other aspects of our modern lives.
Upgrading an existing breaker box costs around $1,000.00. It can take about 8 to 10 hours to complete. This cost can go up if the electrician notices worn wiring or other safety issues that should be tended to.
Lighting Fixtures & Switches –
Some fixtures and outlets require a bit more knowledge beyond the simple task of killing power to the switch and replacing it. Installing new outlets, fixtures, or switches involves regulations regarding the placement of these things such as height, proximity of other features such as plumbing, and what kinds of support will be needed.
Installing a new switch or outlet costs around $143.00, but as most electricians charge by the hour, you can often save money by bundling the installation with other small electrical jobs. Installing a new lighting fixture can cost around $541.00. Before buying the fixture, check with your electrician to be sure your house can handle the extra load, and make sure it will fit where you want it.
Large Appliances & Projects –
For the sake of practicality and time as well as safety, all large appliance installations and projects should be left to professionals. For example, switching from a gas stove to an electric one requires an electrician to wire the house to handle the added load as well as ensuring that the outlets are installed correctly. The cost of such projects and the time they take varies widely, so be as detailed as possible when seeking a quote.
Exterior Lighting –
Exterior lighting can be anything from porch lights to decorative landscape lighting. Many DIY products are available, such as solar lights to illuminate pathways, but custom lighting or lighting with specific purposes or requirements are often installed by a professional. The cost to install 6 exterior lighting features is usually from $350.00 to $700.00. Remember that they should be weather-proofed.
Adding Electricity to A Room –
If you convert your attic or basement into a livable space, you will be adding outlets and switches where there probably were none before. Unlike adding them to a bedroom or living room, new wiring must be run as well as installing the fixtures. This can cost about $235.00 for a single outlet. Determine how many outlets and switches you will need and discuss the total cost with your electrician. It may cost less to bundle a number of fixtures into the job.
Common Electrical Repairs
If you have electricity, you’re going to have electrical issues that need attention. While not all are life-threatening, they should all be seen to as soon as possible and, in some cases, immediately. Here are some common electrical repairs that you may encounter in your home:
Blown Circuits –
This happens when you have too many appliances plugged into one outlet. The wiring along that line can’t take the load and the breaker trips into the off position. The quick-fix is to unplug a few things and reset the breaker switch.
However, if you need more power, you need to contact an electrician who will contact the utility company and will replace your breaker box to handle the increased demand. He will also add any necessary outlets. The overall project can cost from $1,000.00 to $2,000.00 depending on the amount of extra power and number of extra sockets you need.
Redundant Wiring –
Some DIYers install their own electrical systems, making changes without removing old wiring. A light fixture that was moved may be wired correctly, but if the old wires weren’t removed they could be a fire hazard hiding within your walls or ceiling.
Removing old wiring involves cutting through the drywall, locating the redundant systems, and physically removing the wire. A home electrical inspector costs about $200.00, but you should budget up to $400.00 to cover larger houses.
If the inspector finds problems, the cost of repairing or removing dangerous wires varies according to how big the problem is. Electricians generally charge $50.00 to $60.00 per hour.
Warm Or Humming Outlets Or Switches –
This is a very dangerous situation that must be seen to immediately. Some houses are wired with aluminum and must have switches and outlets that are rated for aluminum. If your switch or outlet has an “AL” in a circle on it, it may be used for aluminum. A “CU” in a circle means that is rated for copper wiring. Some will have both and may be used in either situation. Using the wrong switch or outlet can result in a fire or electrocution. Electricians will most often charge by the hour for these jobs. The length of time it takes depends on how many switches or outlets need replacing.
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