We get all kinds of calls with different electrical situations.  Sometimes it appears there’s a thin line on what kinds of things we can take care of, but here are a few pointers to keep in mind while you determine what to do.

You’ll need an electrician if…*

  • Your lights or sockets are not working (or you need new ones installed/upgraded)
  • Your circuit breakers continually trip
  • You’re buying or selling a home and need inspection items fixed
  • You are remodeling/renovating and want to update the outlets, switches and fixtures
  • You have a light bulb that keeps blowing out after being changed
  • Your ceiling fan or light will not come on
  • You need power to run your pool pumps
  • You want to run new wires/circuits, or add additional plugs and switches
  • You want to replace light fixtures or ceiling fans
  • You want to install a surge protector for your home
  • You want to upgrade your circuit panel to a newer model
  • You want to install landscape, garden, or artistic lighting

(*These are just examples, and not an all-inclusive list.)

The following items are not in the realm of the electrician, but here are a few tips on what you can do.

  • Appliances are broken/faulty -you will need to contact the manufacturer of the appliance, or an appliance repair shop.  If the problem continues, it could possibly be electrical, but call the manufacturer first.  This includes electric/gas stoves, microwaves, freezers, refrigerators, etc.
  • Your central heating units and/or thermostats don’t work – this is the responsibility of an HVAC contractor.  In some cases you may need electrical work if your devices are blowing out the power, but let the HVAC determine what needs to be done first.
  • The power cuts out and flipping the breakers doesn’t work – First, make sure there isn’t a general outage in the area, then call your utility company to see if you have been shut off (Austin area is 3-1-1).  If there are no issues, then we can step in.
  • Stereo Systems, Home Theaters, Security Systems – these are installed by an A/V technician.  The only thing we can do is run wiring for the electrical power, but we do not do the unit installation.

You’re more than welcome to contact us if you have any questions!