"My lights were off
but now they're on, I guess I don't need you"
Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!!
If power goes out and back on by itself it is a sign of a poor
connection somewhere in the circuit. This is the type of thing
that can build up heat to dangerous levels if not located
promptly and repaired.
Why do my bulbs
keep burning out?
can burn out from a voltage problem, but one of the main
causes We've seen is from vibration or loose bulbs. If you are
constantly changing the same bulbs try a "Rough Service"
type of bulb. These are more durable.
Can't you just put in a bigger Breaker?
The Breaker size is directly related to the size of
the smallest wire in that circuit. It is rated to ensure that
the current does not exceed the safe limits of the wiring. The
Breaker size cannot be increased without changing to larger
But it's been that way for years
That may very
well be that "it's been that way" but that does not make it
right. A Licensed Electrician is trained to know what is Safe
and Proper Wiring. When he is asked to repair something he is
bound by duty to do it right. Please don't ask him to do
I just need you to hook it up
times We come across a situation in which some (often
undisclosed) person has installed wiring in the hopes of
saving money, and requests that the Electrician "Just hook
it up to the Box" ... Well, very often this is not as much
of a money saver as people would like to think ... Any
reputable electrician will want to know something about what
he (or she) is being asked to hook up. This may take some time
to investigate, and very often if some violations are
discovered things may have to be done over again. (There goes
the "Savings") The Moral is: If any Electrical work is to be
done it should be done by a Qualified (Licensed) Electrician.
This often proves to be the money saving (and time saving)
Note: - In some instances an Electrician may
even refuse to work on jobs like this -
Can I get a FREE Estimate?
Now, it's understood that a Consumer wants, and has the
right to know what a particular product or service will cost
them, but in all fairness (to both parties) there are a few
things that should be understood. Giving an estimate on an
installation is sometimes easier than giving one on repairs. A
Contractor may be reluctant to come give an estimate on repair
work unless they are assured of getting the job if their price
is within some predetermined limits. If the answer to the
problem is not immediately obvious, you may expect to pay
something for these diagnostic services. Repairs may sometimes
have a very simple solution, but it may take some extensive
labor and troubleshooting procedures to find out what that
solution is, and the Contractor has a right to be compensated
- Recommendation: Choose a Reputable Local
Contractor (with references if necessary).