People always ask us if it’s essential to have regularly scheduled maintenance on their electrical system. At Bickimer Electric – your number one Kansas City electrician, we believe it is one of the most important things to have done if you are a homeowner.
It is very beneficial to get to know your electrical system. If you have regular maintenance, you will be able to identify the type of wire was used to construct your network. Knowing the type of wire used is vital because many wiring practices used 10 or 15 years ago are now considered dangerous and a fire hazard. Many panels and breakers installed in the past are now considered obsolete and should be replaced immediately (for example, the Pacific and Pushmatic Panels). Some insurance companies will not insure your home if you have a specific type of wire or a particular brand of electrical panel. All in all, routinely having a Kansas City electrician check that your system is up-to-date and functioning will ensure you can identify minor problems now so that you can avoid significant repairs later.
With the Bickimer Electric SAFE HOME Maintenance Contract, we will come out to your home twice a year to make sure all your electrical system components are working correctly. We will provide a written report each time. We will make sure your smoke detectors are operational, change the batteries (annually), and test the ground fault protection in your home. We will also make sure that any wall fixtures, lamps and ceiling lights (no more than 10 feet) have working lightbulbs. We can replacement the lightbulbs with what you have on hand or provide a quote to replace with LED bulbs. We will conduct a complete panel inspection. You will get preferred pricing on any electrical work that needs completing, we waive our standard $75 trip charge, and we move you to the front of the line. We will guarantee an appointment for you within 24 hours of your service request. Call the electricians at Bickimer Electric, your number one Kansas City electrician, to schedule your electrical maintenance service.
Within our Blog titled: Navigating the NEC, we talked about how to evaluate and identify a Legitimately Licensed and Insured Electrical Contractor. Explaining to you the importance of your Electrical Company being up-to-date on the National Electrical Code (NEC). Making them able to pull permits and complete your job to code to avoid violations, fines and problems at the sell of your house.
Within this article, we want to review more important things to look for a when searching for a Licensed Electrician near you. Asking yourself these questions will help you find an Qualified and Reliable Local Electrical Contractor.
• Do they have a website with contact information? Do they have marked vehicles and uniforms?
Those are nice signs of legitimacy. You want to be able to get a hold of them. Avoid electricians who want you to contact them only through P.O.boxes, pagers and answering services. A reputable contractor should be happy to give you his permanent information. Contractors who show up in unmarked vehicles or without uniforms may be suspect.
• What do they do most often? Do they have any sub-specialties?
Compare that to what you need to be done! Know what you want before you talk to them. Does it match?
• Do they do more than just electrical work?
It is best to hire a company that ONLY does electrical work. There are many companies out there that do heating/cooling, plumbing, and electrical. Stay away from those. More than likely you will be paying for something you don’t need or overpaying for the electrical work you do need. Hire the specialist. Hire the Kansas City electrician that knows about electricity.
• Do they have insurance?
Can ask for a copy. Any insurance electrician will gladly be able to provide you with proof of insurance (certificate of insurance COI).
• Look at the quality and quantity of online reviews.
Do they have GOOD Google Reviews and Facebook reviews?
• Check disciplinary boards?
Do they have NO Better Business Bureau reviews? Customer’s only left BBB reviews when they have a problem.
• Of course, if you can get a reference, then that is even better than an online review.
Maybe from a friend, relative or co-worker? Any past clients or contractors, who can tell you if the Licensed Master Electrician does good work.
• We also recommend you get three Quotes or Estimates.
At Bickimer Electric, Quotes and Estimates are Free.
• Finally, payment issues. Does the Electrician ask for Cash or Apple Pay instead of invoicing through the business?
Fraud is a problem for any contractor company. You want to make sure you pay the company, not the electrician and get a business receipt showing invoice is paid in full. If the electrician is dishonest, you will find yourself in the position where the company will have no record of the work done. Thus, will not stand behind their work.