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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a licensed electrician cost per hour?

An electrician’s average hourly rate is $75, but this price can range from $45-$120, depending on the complexity of the job and the materials needed. The total cost will also vary depending on how long your job takes and if the electrician charges for travel time.

Your location may also be a factor in determining the hourly rate of performing electrical work on your home. To get an accurate estimate of how much electrical work will cost you, contact the best electricians near you to receive free quotes.

What do I need an electrician for?

Electricians can help with a variety of electricity-related jobs around your home. If you have a new home, they can install new wiring throughout. Or if you have an old home, they can help with wiring repair. 

If your lights keep flickering, circuit breakers seem to be faulty, or outlets don’t have any power, electricians can assist in sorting out the problem. Your house is full of electrical circuits, wiring and sockets that may need repair or updating. These tasks can be safely completed by electricians in your area.

Contact the best electricians near you today to start receiving free estimates for your project(s).

How do I hire an electrician?

Go online to find a list of the best electricians in your area. View each individual electrician’s profile and learn more about their services and expertise. Then, read reviews from satisfied customers as well as any issues they may have encountered. This will help you find one with the right experience to work safely in your home.

You should also spend some time researching what qualifications and credentials they have. You might find information about their license on their profile, or you might need to check your local and state government’s website to verify their license. 

Once you’ve done a bit of research, ask to receive free estimates from several electricians in your area. Ultimately, hire the most qualified electrician who can complete your project at a reasonable price.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with an electrician during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To set up an appointment or consultation with an electrician during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensure that you are performing as much of the process digitally as possible. The best way to begin is by conducting an online search for local electricians. Ask if they can perform consultations over a phone or video call to comply with social distancing mandates. You should also discuss a strategy for how to complete the project during social distancing or whether the project should be completed once the pandemic has ended.

Do electricians do free estimates?

Yes, they do. Whether you’re looking for new electrical work or wiring repair, the electrician should offer you a free estimate. 

Go online to find the best electricians near you. After researching and finding a few pros who seem qualified for your job, go ahead and request a quote to find out how much those electricians will charge you.

What questions should I ask an electrician?

Here are a few questions you should ask any electrician you’re considering hiring:

  • Are you licensed or certified? A professional electrician should have this information ready and up to date. 
  • Do you have any references? Ask for references to learn about their work history from previous customers. You may be able to look online at reviews, but it’s also good to speak to someone to find out their experience with this electrician. 
  • What types of services do you offer? Whether you need repairs or installation services, make sure the electrician can perform the work you need.
  • How long will the job take? This will help you set expectations and rearrange your schedule (if needed).
  • Can you send me free estimates? Request a job quote or estimate. This will help with comparing different electricians. The numbers may vary, but be sure to factor in the experience of each person, as well as the scope of electrical work you’re asking about.

Contact the best electricians near you today to start receiving free estimates for your project.

Is it worth it to hire an electrician?

Yes, it's usually worth it to hire an electrician instead of doing the work yourself.

Electrical work can be very dangerous. The pros spend many years working and studying before they become licensed and certified. That knowledge and training can help them work safely and perform the job without harming themselves or your home. 

Even a small wiring repair job can be unsafe if not done correctly. Hiring someone that has specialized training on how to do each specific job is the safest choice.

Get free estimates from the best electricians near you today.

How can I find out if an electrician is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Guidelines are available from both local and federal government agencies to clarify which services qualify as essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. To determine whether an electrician is considered an essential service provider in your area, check your city or state’s government websites.

For federal guidelines, consult CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 page, which outlines 16 critical infrastructure sectors. But not that some, not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire an electrician when social distancing?

If you decide to hire an electrician, choose virtual platforms for consultations like calling or video chats. Avoid any physical contact with the electrician, wave instead of shaking hands, stay 6 feet away, sanitize shared surfaces and use digital payment apps instead of cash.

Does an electrician need to enter my home?

Whether an electrician needs to enter your home depends on the type of work that needs to be completed. Any work on receptacles, lights and more located on the inside or outside of your house will likely require an electrician to enter your home.

Ask electricians in your area to perform a video consultation instead of a traditional walk-through to assess the project. During the consultation, they should be able to tell you if they’ll need to enter your home or not. 

Reviews for Carlsbad electricians
Carroll M.
The electricians came timely, checked out everything and completed everything required, and cleaned up. Very happy with the work.
Finner ElectricFinner Electric
Georgina L.
Andy fixed what another electrician failed to do. We have a photosensor installed for our gate lights which is controlled by a light switch. The photosensor shorted and had to be replaced but the previous electrician said it cannot be controlled by the light switch and will always be on which we knew was not true. It only took Andy 5 minutes to wire it properly.
Ideal ElectricIdeal Electric
Matt B.
Wow!!! I've hired multiple electricians over the years and Mark is by far the best. Extremely responsive with top notch quality work. He seamlessly move an outlet for us to align with our new range hood and added another outlet for a undercounter microwave. Other electricians told me that I'd have significant drywall damage... not Mark. He's the real deal.
Mark Nguyen ElectricianMark Nguyen Electrician
Mat M.
Figured out our system after another electrician made some mistakes in the house. Super knowledgeable and professional. I'll be hiring them again for sure!
Mora-Data & Telecom ServicesMora-Data & Telecom Services
Edita R.
Hire Tommie! He is responsive, professional, efficient and does quality work. I have worked with a few other electricians and his service outshined them all. Already planning to hire him again for future jobs. Thanks, Tommie!
Reliable Electric LLCReliable Electric LLC
Halsey O.
Harry was a pleasure to work with! Not only was he extremely quick to respond (the job was finished within 24 hours of contacting him,) he took the time to explain the root of our electrical issues. Will absolutely be reaching out to him again the next time we need an electrician for our home. Thank you!!
Mathews' ElectricMathews' Electric
Kathy M.
Dejan was an absolute pleasure to work with. He is dedicated and efficient with attention to detail. There were plenty of unexpected surprises (and not the good kind) that he encountered while installing new ceiling lights and he handled them with dedication and a "Can-do" attitude. He will be returning to install a couple of vanity lights. If you are looking for a good electrician who takes pride in his work, Dejan is the one for the job!
Dejan BuzaninDejan Buzanin
Nancy C.
Granted it took awhile to get an appt because he’s in demand, BUT he immediately responded and worked at troubleshooting the issues, always getting back to me. Once here, so far, it looks like he may have fixed the problem two other licensed electricians couldn’t fix. Very professional, cleaned up and while installing new outlets in another area, left the walls in perfect order requiring no touch up.
Mark Nguyen ElectricianMark Nguyen Electrician
Minh L.
I had a different electrician come out to troubleshoot my home through my home warranty. They were unable to diagnose the issue and were trying to charge me to run a new circuit. Mark came out and took his time to find where the connections were cut and was able to to resolve the issue. He is very professional, thorough, and goes above and beyond. Because I was so confident in his work, I decided to have home come back to wire my kitchen island and add a few light fixtures.
Mark Nguyen ElectricianMark Nguyen Electrician
Jeff T.
Best Electrician Yet! Mark had lots of great ideas that helped complete the ideas I had for getting power in the places I needed. Mark and the Team worked together well and easily adapted to changes from me and more importantly the ones found in the walls. I added two extra jobs and they got them done flawlessly and even worked well into the evening to get everything done. My Garage is fully charged up, the Wifey has the power to run her Dubet and the under the stairs LED light makes everyone happy. OH and USB ports and sockets throughout the house. Value for the price was a win win.
Mark Nguyen ElectricianMark Nguyen Electrician
Kenneth B.
Unprofessional, unlicensed - STAY AWAY Zach, an unlicensed electrician, came out to my home to perform service on my electrical panel to upgrade to a 40amp breaker. Three independent, licensed electricians, all told me you need to upgrade to a #8 wire when upgrading to a 40amp breaker. From what I have been told, it is dangerous and a fire hazard to not upgrade the wire with the breaker upgrade. Handy men can do work that is 'inconsequential' (meaning my house won't burn down) Currently, there is a #10 wire to a 30amp breaker. Zach approached the panel on the side of the house, I explained what I needed, he took the panel off and explained how easy it was to replace the breaker. I asked him if we need to upgrade the wire to #8. He said, "No, you should be fine." (I already knew that he was incorrect here) I asked him if we were to upgrade the wire, how would you do it. Instead of answering the question, he said, "That would be a lot more expensive to do." Obviously, knowing that he, as a handy man, can only perform work up to $500, did not offer to upgrade the wire. He still wanted to upgrade the breaker to 40amp. I asked him the fee amount to upgrade the breaker. He said $240. I said, " Wow, that's a lot for that." We went back and forth for a little with the price. He stated that he is not even licensed and that he was just a handy man. Regardless of the price, at this time I knew that I couldn't trust him to do electrical work on my home. I told him I didn't want to use him for this service anymore. He requested his $50 on site estimate fee. I declined to pay the fee to an unlicensed, unknowledgeable individual that obviously does not care about the safety of me and my family. I asked Zach to leave my property several times (4-5 times). He insisted on being paid and told me no one has ever not paid him before. I contemplated performing a citizen's arrest for refusal to leave the property when being asked by the owner. I finally guided him towards the public right of way. Finally, Zach walked to the sidewalk where I believe he was trying to take pictures or call someone. I started to walk away towards my garage and looked back, and Zach began walking towards me on my driveway again (I believe in a mocking manner since I told him to stay off my driveway). I repeated to Zach to stay off my driveway and take pictures from the public right of way. I walked back to my garage about five feet from the door to my home and told him again, "Make sure to stay off my driveway." Zach responded," Shut the f*** up!" I wasn't quite sure but was pretty positive what he said. I said, "What did you say?" He repeated, "Shut the f*** up!" That's when I walked towards his direction from my garage and asked him if he wanted to do something about it. He showed me he was calling the police. He told the police I was threatening him and trying to fight him. I walked back inside and shut the garage. Police showed up and sided with me stating it was a civil dispute. They agreed that an unlicensed individual should not be working on electrical panels. I will be filing a police report to make sure Zach isn't performing work he isn't supposed to and not endangering any other families. Any internet search will yield what I am saying is correct about the wire upgrades and that handy men in California should not be performing this type of work.
Torco - Renovations and Building MaintenanceTorco - Renovations and Building Maintenance
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