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The electrician arrived to the rescheduled service appointment on time. He spent 1 hour attempting to troubleshoot the root cause of my electrical outlets that had stopped working. He was very methodical and tested all the outlets and the circuit panel and used diagnostic equipment to send a signal through the wires but he said there was a lot of cross talk in the wires and he couldn't figure it out. He said some days are like that and that generally the diagnostic equipment is very reliable. I told him about the squirrel problem we had in our attic the year before that we had taken care. The squirrels had gotten into our attic right above my office that was experiencing the outlet problems. He didn't bother to check the attic and I didn't press the issue with him. After 1 hour he said he was giving up and that he wouldn't charge us for the service visit and that he'd like to know the root cause of the open circuit if I ever found out what it was. He said if it was his house he'd start drilling holes in the walls to physically
We hired another electrician from a different company to come out. He found the problem in 15 minutes. The squirrels that had gotten into our attic had chewed through the insulation on the electrical wires and caused a small fire that caused the wire to break. He said we were "this close" to our house burning to the ground! Thank goodness the new electrician bothered to get his ladder out and
Just before 3pm on the day of the appointment they called to say their current job was running late but they would be sending over an electrician who could be there in 30-45 minutes. At 3:30pm the doorbell rang and I was greeted by a nice gentleman who asked me to describe the problem. I informed them of all the details and the fact that I had previously hired another electrician from a different company to fix the problem but that other guy worked for 1 hour and failed to find the problem and gave up. That other electrician told me to let him know if I ever found out what the root cause was!
After 10 minutes of troubleshooting the technician from
I just purchased a house and had a number of electrical items I wanted repaired. To repair all the items would have cost over $2000. After the estimate, I agreed to have the three items above completed.
Installing the ceiling fan cost was pricey. I've seen other highly rated firms charge less, I'd recommend shopping around for this service.
Installing the three way switch cost nearly as much as installing the fan, but there was much more work involved. For the fee, the electricians removed three old sets of wire from the boxes, changed the former item the switch controlled (wall sockets in various rooms) to being always on instead of being controlled by the switch, and pulled in new wires. They noted that the old wire was bare in spots (it looked to have been stripped when previously installed). They had to go into the hot attic to remove the old wire / install the new wire. This repair was made professionally and with care to be aesthetically pleasing.
My issue is with the third item; troubleshooting another three way light. I noticed that the two switches didn't seem to talk to each other properly. The electrician opened both covers, pulled out the switches and in about 10 seconds noted the problem... that the wire connecting the two switches was disconnected from one of the two switches. He literally repaired the problem in 10 seconds, and charged over three digits $$$ for the service. That seems excessive, especially since this was the third item repaired, and they were there anyway. When I noted that the price seemed high, the electrician shared a story about an HVAC friend charging $600 to repair something at a commercial property that was similarly easy. He also said "you're paying me for my knowledge and experience, not my time." Though I appreciated the analogy, that doesn't really address the fact that the charge for this item is extreme based on the time of service on this repair. When asked, he did explain what he repaired, so I now have knowledge on how a three way switch works.
I know there's a cost for having an experienced electrician come to repair an item; that's why I hired an electrician, vice a handy-man service or other provider. Seeing the stripped wire from the earlier repair justified hiring an electrician, it's just the price from this provider that's the issue.
Again, great service; very high price.
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