Electricity is a vital service that we rely on in every residential and commercial application. Whether you are wiring in a new hot tub, building a house or completing additional office space in your building, there is a variety of electrical components from alarm systems and lighting to electrical sockets that need to be implemented. With over 15 years of experience, your Kelowna electrician, Epic Electric, has some vital tips to keep in mind when you are searching for a qualified professional to help you out.
While it is fine to shop around to choose a suitable electrician as with any other service, take note of professional qualifications. Be leery of anyone who is quoting exceptionally low. A reputable electrician will be happy to share their status as a Journeyman or Master Electrician and hold an interprovincial Red Seal, where they went to school, how long they have been in the industry and what type of experience they have. Typically, an up to date business license is displayed in the office. Many may have a portfolio on their website that can enable you to view their recent work. Determine if your electrician specializes in residential calls, new construction or commercial applications to help you pick the right person for the job.
Avoid Faulty Wiring
Overloading circuits is very dangerous. Using the wrong components can lead to improper amperage being delivered; damaging electronics or appliance motors and becoming a fire hazard. Flickering lights and blown breakers from tripped fuses are indicative of problems that you do not want to ignore. Older homes and buildings may require extensive upgrades prior to installing the latest lighting, appliances and electronic gear, as they will not be compatible. Many electricians specialize in renovations and new construction. They will determine if installing an extra service panel will suffice for handling additional power demands by assessing the current capacity.
Obtain A Written Quote
It can be tricky to keep track of every item your jobsite requires, how many feet of wire will be snaked through the walls and all of the associated fittings. Having a written quote can be a great reference item to refer to, especially if you are dealing with a large project such as new construction. Written communication enables everyone to be on the same page and have something to fall back on in the event of a dispute or in case an unwelcome surprise occurs during a renovation. Budgeting effectively for your electrical work is essential for ensuring your job is completed on time.
You can view the service panel to see how the work is coming along. Ideally, wires should be streamlined and neatly organized as opposed to criss-crossed, droopy or messy. Safety is paramount with any reliable electrician. If the workmanship is shoddy, you have to wonder if any other corners have been cut and why. Attention to detail is of utmost importance with any electrical job.
Doing your homework ahead of time can be helpful for researching and choosing the right person to work with. If you can access your electrician’s online testimonials and ratings or speak with someone who has worked alongside them before, you can obtain a better idea regarding punctuality, quality of work and qualifications.
It is a pleasure to work with someone who is polite from the first phone call and who shows up on time. Asking questions such as which energy efficient choices will best suit your needs is a great way to obtain their expertise. Choosing energy efficient lighting and appliances and working with a professional who can explain different products can save you a lot of energy and money.
Call Epic Electric in Kelowna Today, 250-859-5195!
Epic Electric proudly serves the Okanagan Valley for all residential and commercial applications. Our team is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of everyone on site from start to finish. We are always happy to answer any questions or concerns and enjoy taking the time to educate our clients.