You likely have many questions and concerns about hiring an electrician. Electricity is a complex and technical concept, and it maybe difficult to understand the ins and outs of the electrical problems you are facing. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about electricians and electrical services to help ease your mind and clarify some important issues.
How are electricians certified? How much training is required to become an electrician?
Electricians do not need a college degree – a high school diploma is sufficient. However, electricians do have to become licensed. To do this, they must complete several classroom courses at a technical college, as well as an apprenticeship with a licensed electrician. Licensing requirements are different for each state.
How much does it cost to hire an electrician?
The cost of an electrician varies depending on the services you need to be performed. Simple fixes can cost under $100 while troubleshooting larger issues can cost several hundred dollars and are often priced by the hour. Contact your local electrician to get an exact quote on the services that you require.
How long does it take to fix my electrical problems?
Most problems can be solved in just a few hours. Contact your electrician early in the day to ensure prompt service and to inquire about a more specific time frame. Some problems will require multiple visits, especially if you have complex issues that require diagnostics and a major overhaul of your electrical system.
How can I save money on my electric bill?
There are many ways to save money on your electric bill. If you notice that your bills have been going up, evaluate your entire electrical system. If you have any loose circuits or old, inefficient units, you may be wasting a huge amount of energy each month. Your electrician can evaluate your system for you to determine exactly where you are wasting energy. Beyond that, cutting down on your use of air conditioning can save you a huge amount of money on your electric bill. Replacing an old unit with a more energy efficient one can make a huge change, and turning it off for a few hours every day also can reduce your bill drastically.
How do I reset my breaker myself?
A circuit breaker is a device that manages the amount of electrical current that flows through your system. Sometimes, you may need to reset your breaker to solve a problem. Push the circuit breaker to handle into the off position until you hear a firm click. This means that it has reset. You can then move it into the on position and continue to use it.
Why are my lights flickering or dimming periodically?
This happens when there is a large amount of electricity flowing through your system and is often caused by using several appliances at once. Try unplugging any unnecessary appliances, and consider hiring an electrician to replace your system with one that can handle a larger amount of electricity.