Electrical Contractor

When to hire an Electrical Contractor

Keep in mind that electrical issues require serious attention. They need the expertise of professionals to ensure safety and efficiency.

This is where Dollens Electric, your electrical contractor, comes into play. We are the experts who can handle everything from minor repairs to major electrical upgrades.

But when exactly should you hire an electrical contractor? What are the signs that you need their services?

We will help you understand when to seek professional assistance and cover the various services that electrical contractors offer.

D.E.C. is here to help homeowners, business owners, and property managers make well-informed decisions about their electrical needs.

So, let’s explore the world of electrical contractors and their crucial role in maintaining safe and efficient electrical systems.

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Dollens Electric
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Wanted to replace very old track lighting in living room with can lights. Submitted an estimate request on a Sunday night, Jason came out first thing Monday morning to check out the project and provided a timely and reasonable estimate later that day and followed up with a phone call. Work was completed today, one week later! Josh, Elijah, and Ricky were respectful of our home, took great care to keep things clean and were very pleasant. I don't know why we put this project off for so long! We finally have decent lighting in our living room! Will definitely use Dollens Electric for any future home projects/maintenance!
Response from the owner: Thanks for the review Katie! It was a pleasure to work with you as well!
Response from the owner: Thank you for your kind rating, Renee! We are thrilled to hear about your positive experience with Dollens Electric. If you ever need assistance with anything electrical in the future, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Punctual and thorough service with helpful future maintenance ideas.?
Response from the owner: Thank you for your feedback, We are always here to provide helpful maintenance ideas for the future. Your satisfaction is our priority!
I highly recommend Dollen Electric. I called two other electricians and left a message to call back. They never did. However, Dolan Electric immediately...
Trustworthy very much describes Dollens Electric. Jason and his team including Josh and Elijah are reliable, honest, and efficient. I have used Dollens for major and small jobs and they stand by their work and rightfully so. Don't be fooled by cheap quotes that lure you in with the thought of getting major work done for a cheap cheap price. You get what you pay for and with Dollens, you get a great job for a fair price. Dollens is my go-to electrician.
Response from the owner: Thank you for your kind words! We are delighted to hear about your positive experience with our team at Dollens Electric. We take pride in being reliable, honest, and efficient in every job, big or small. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we appreciate your trust in us. We look forward to serving you again in the future.
Trustworthy very much describes Dollens Electric. Jason and his team including Josh and Elijah are reliable, honest, and efficient. I have used Dollens for...
Response from the owner: Thank you so much for the 5-star rating! We are glad to hear that you had a positive experience with our services. If you have any electrical needs in the future, feel free to reach out to us.
Very professional and friendly.
This guys are great! I got some problems with my electric and called them, they just led me do something with it, figured out my problem just a minute, I didn’t spend anything, thanks
Response from the owner: Dear Aximu Aierken, Thank you for your kind words! We're glad to hear that you had a great experience with us. Our team at Dollens Electric is always ready to help with any electrical problems. If you ever need assistance in the future, don't hesitate to give us a call. Thanks again!
Response from the owner: Thank you so much for your positive rating! We appreciate your support and we're glad that you had a great experience with Dollens Electric. If you have any electrical needs in the future, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're always here to help!
Knowledgeable, effective, and efficient !!Excellent communication and professional!Highly recommend!Jason seemed to know the possible cause for the problem when I told him that the parts of the house were losing power gradually, and he was right!! He came out on the same day and fixed the problem (burnt crimp in junction box in the garage) within an hour!! Excellent!
Response from the owner: Thank you for your kind words! We are glad to hear that you had a positive experience with our services. Our team at Dollens Electric strives to provide knowledgeable, effective, and efficient service. We are glad that Jason was able to identify and fix the problem promptly. If you have any further electrical needs, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Great service -- all of the above
Response from the owner: Thank you for your review! We are thrilled to hear that you had a great experience with our service. Your satisfaction is our top priority! If you have any further questions or need assistance in the future, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
Prompt, and they explained everything in detail
Response from the owner: Thank you for your kind words! We take pride in our prompt service and strive to ensure that our customers fully understand the work being done. We appreciate your feedback and hope you will reach out with any future electrical needs.
Thank You , Jason & Joshua for your professional electrical service for replacing my outdated challenger electrical panel ! Just wanna let everyone know ,...
I have been using Dollens for all my electric work (both repair and installation) in my house for over five years. They work well and quickly, offer...
I have used Dollens for a few projects. The staff is excellent. Always on time and accommodating. The work is perfect. I would trust Dollens Electric for any electrical project.
Response from the owner: Thank you for your kind words, Farah! We are delighted to hear that you have had a positive experience with Dollens Electric. Our team takes great pride in providing excellent service and being punctual and accommodating. We appreciate your trust in us for your electrical projects.
Great experiece with Dollens knowledgeable professionals !
They went above board to make sure every thing was done to perfection !
Professional, fair pricing, and stayed late to get complete the job. Excellent workmanship and could not recommend more.
These guys are great. Had power fail at one of our outbuildings; they offered to come fix it on Xmas eve but I said after Christmas was fine. They came out on time, got it fixed, all good. Highly recommended!
Excellent service & very competitive pricing. Would definitely use Dollens again & recommend them to others.
Excellent service with courteous and knowledgeable men
They have helped us a couple of times now. Will continue to use them going forward.
I apologize for leaving a 1 star review earlier. I wanted to leave a review for another electrician service with similar name.
Response from the owner: I apologize for your poor experience. But I believe you maybe confusing us with another company. We have not provided an estimate or service to Ben Yu.
The guys who came out listened to what I wanted to get done and got right on it. I’m very pleased with their work. More business to come!
Very pleasant and professional, but very expensive for 20 minutes of work.
Dollens Electric is exceptional. They give an accurate read on what needsto be done. They are a safety-first companythat shows up energetic & work...
Amazing experience with Jason! Prompt, quick, and knowledgeable. He helped me resolve an electrical issue within minutes! If I ever need help in the future, he’ll be the first person I call!
Great experience, Jason was professional, courtesy and knowledgeable and was able to address our issue. He also advised us on how to better safeguard our home. Thank you
Very easy to work with. Good suggestions were offered. Work is always first-rate.
Josh & Elijah did excellent work in replacing our electric panel. They were polite, professional & answered any questions I had. The work area was cleaned after they left. They even cleaned out my rain gutter & spout - above & beyond service!!
Josh & Elijah replaced our electrical panel. They were both professional & answered any questions I had. Their work area was cleaned after they were done....
Arrived on time and very capable with the installation and fixes
Response from the owner: Thank You Trajan Market. Working with you guys was great. We look forward to the next project.
Dollen's Electric are our one-stop shop for anything electrical! Great family business! Give them yours!
Response from the owner: Stacie, Thank You. We appreciate your support and great review. You're awesome.
We recently bought a vehicle and I contacted Jason and he came right away. The next day his son Josh, cousin Elijah, and their friend came by to install our 240 volt outlet with precision and quality. I would go to them again.
Response from the owner: Thank you. We are so glad you are happy with our work. We really appreciate the review.
Highly efficient service. Provided the best solution to charge our new Tesla avoiding purchase of a costly charger. Installed a 50amp line and outlet. Highly recommended.
Response from the owner: Thanks Joel! You guys enjoy that new car!
We had a great experience with Dollens Electric—they helped us replace old wiring, install new outlets, and install bathroom fans in our home (including adding the vents through the roof). They were very personable and easy to talk to, and it was easy to see that they put a lot of care into their work. We're looking forward to working with them again soon!
The work was completed as contracted. They were very professional nice.
They are simply the best. Polite, on time, communicative, and always ready to help with even mundane concerns. I’ll never use another electrician. Jason and his team are the gold standard.
Response from the owner: Thank you so much James. It is always a pleasure.
Dollens Electric has helped me on several occasions. I highly recommend them.
Response from the owner: It was good to see you again! You are very nice and easy to work for. I hope you get to see those grandkids soon!
Installed a whole house fan that is quiet and effective. Greatly reduces A/C cost. Workers are fast and efficient and cleaned up 100%. Quality products.
This is the second time we've used Dollens, first being when they upgraded the wiring to the entire house. This time they installed an isolated circuit in our garage and some can lighting. Even though it was a smaller job, they treated it just as importantly as the bigger job.They answered all our questions, let us know and talk through our options and didn't do any additional work without letting us know and approve the price difference for our requests, rather than telling us at the end of the job.A+ work!
Response from the owner: Thanks Mathew. You and your wife were great to work for. I still want to steal your dog!
We had a ceiling fixture out. Jason came on out and diagnosed the problem and got it repaired very promptly. Courteous and friendly.
Response from the owner: Thanks Lynne! It was a pleasure to met you!
Response from the owner: Deepak! Thanks for the review. I got to say you held your cool. It is mid December and we had to replace a major costly piece of your electrical system right before Christmas! Because you were so level headed you made it a pleasure to work for you. Thanks and Happy Hollidays!
Response from the owner: It was a pleasure working for you, Thanks for the review! Josh and Elijah mentioned how smart and energetic your son is almost every time they came back to the shop!
Professional, on time service. High quality work. Definitely will use again.
Response from the owner: Thank you Khanh, I am glad we have such great customers to work with.
Excellent. Whenever I again need electrical assistance Dollens is the one I'll call.
Response from the owner: Thank you Lynn.
Response from the owner: Thank you Denise. It is always a pleasure to work with you.
Update 9/2020 - Upgraded some thermostat wiring for me with a difficult routing. Professional and quick.Update - Jason and Josh again came through for me. In the midst of a heat wave, they were able to come to the other end of the county and fix an electrical problem at my mother's house. Got the outlets for the portable AC and lift chair back working and made the wiring safer to boot.Original - Could not ask for better. Jason installed a new 40 amp circuit and an EVo charger for our car. (No more slow 110 charging. Yeah!) While working in our breaker panel he noted a dangerous situation left by a previous contractor who upgraded our air conditioning.(Side note kind of disappointing the inspector didn't notice that the other contractor put in a bigger breaker on a wire that was too small. Luckily the wire insulation had just started to bubble and it didn't catch fire.)Within a week they were able to fit us in to replace the faulty circuit as well as rewire our garage lighting to eliminate some creative but scary runs of extension cords and re-purposed outlets. Now I have bright lights and when I look up, I don't see wires draped everywhere.We connected with Jason of Dollens Electric through our equally excellent general contractor Dan Mackey. (Who by the way had nothing to do with the faulty circuit or the creative garage lighting.)Lastly a thank you to Jason's son Josh who got to do the crawling under the house.
Response from the owner: We could not ask for better customers. We are looking forward to their next project!!!Thanks Maggie and Jim!!!
Response from the owner: Thank you Dana, we appreciate you and your feed back.
I've had a few projects done by Dollens..would highly recommend them...very trustworthy & professional
Response from the owner: Thanks Cyndie! Call us anytime, you're a great customer! I hope you and your Neighbor Dave's Work we completed last you two a long time! Good Job with the lights BTW.
Jason always does a great job, thanks
Response from the owner: Thank you Lindsay. It’s always great to see you.
I had Dollens come out to bid on installing a standby generator and they were friendly, on time, and professional. They walked me through options, explained what they were looking out and why and asked lots of follow up questions to make sure i was getting a bid for everything i wanted and needed.
These guys are the best. Very knowledgeable when troubleshooting old problems from less capable electricians who were here for prior owners. Installed a new outlet in my hardwood floor that looks beautiful along with solving our "where to put the lamp" problem. Lastly wired up a cat6 network allowing us to move our router/hub into a closet off my desk.Call/use them; you won't be sorry.
On time, explains the work so you will understand what was done and why.
Jason, Josh, and Elijah were prompt, considerate, professional, trustworthy, and kind. The work for our recessed lighting project was done quickly and with care, precision, and high quality. Jason was very thorough in explaining what they had done and why. I would have no reservations with them and highly recommend them!
Response from the owner: Thank you Steve. We appreciate the feed back. It was a pleasure.
This company is great. They were always on time and great at communicating both time estimates and costs. They are very thorough, knew current codes inside...

The Difference Between Electricians and Electrical Contractors

The terms “electrician” and “electrical contractor” are often interchangeably used but refer to different roles. An electrician is an individual who performs electrical work.

On the other hand, an electrical contractor is a business that employs electricians. They manage more extensive projects and ensure they complete all work according to local codes and regulations.

When you hire an electrical contractor, you’re hiring a team of experts, not just one individual.

  • If you need electrical work done at your home or business, electrical contractors can help. They offer many services, including installing new outlets for emergency power outages and electrical fires. Companies can take care of routine maintenance and install complex electrical systems. They can also help with new construction or renovation projects, ensuring everything meets safety standards. Residential electrical contractors are experts in designing, installing, and maintaining home electrical systems. They can handle repairs, upgrades, emergency services, and energy efficiency improvements to make sure your home’s electrical setup is safe and up to date.

Recognizing When You Need Professional Electrical Services

Knowing when to call a professional for electrical issues is important since some problems may not be obvious but could be dangerous. If you notice any unusual electrical behavior, it’s best to call a professional to prevent more severe issues. Signs that your property may need electrical upgrades include flickering lights, old outlets, planning significant renovations, or adding high-power appliances. These factors can strain your existing electrical system, especially in older homes.

When to Call an Emergency Electrician

There are situations when you need an emergency electrician. These include power outages, electrical fires, and exposed wiring.

Call a Dollens Electric, your emergency electrician, if your property loses power and it’s not due to a local outage. We can identify and fix the issue.

If you have an electrical fire, call the fire department first. Then, call an emergency electrician to assess and repair the damage.

Lastly, if you see exposed wiring, don’t touch it. Call an emergency electrician immediately. Exposed wiring can be hazardous.

Licensing, Insurance, and Compliance: What to Look For

When hiring an electrical contractor, check their licensing and insurance. These are crucial for your protection.

A licensed contractor has met the necessary training and experience requirements. This ensures they can perform the job safely and correctly.

Insurance protects you in case of any accidents or damage during the job. Make sure the contractor has both liability and workers’ compensation insurance.

Also, check if the contractor complies with local codes and regulations. Non-compliance can lead to safety issues and legal problems.

Lastly, ask if the contractor will obtain the necessary work permits. This is a sign of a professional and responsible contractor.

Residential vs. Commercial Electrician Services

Residential and commercial electrical services are different. They differ in several ways.

Residential services typically involve work on smaller systems in homes. This might include installing lighting fixtures or repairing outlets.

Conversely, commercial services often involve larger systems in businesses or industrial buildings. This could include installing heavy machinery or maintaining large electrical systems.

Therefore, when hiring, ensure the contractor has experience in the service you need.

The Role of Electrical Contractors in Renovations and New Construction

Electrical contractors play a crucial role in renovations and new construction. They ensure all electrical work is done safely and correctly.

They might be tasked with updating old wiring or installing new fixtures in renovations. In new construction, they are responsible for designing and installing the entire electrical system.

Therefore, when planning a renovation or new construction project, hiring a skilled and experienced electrical contractor is a must.

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Improve the safety, function, and efficiency of your residential electrical system today by upgrading your electrical panel or sub panel with our team of licensed experts.

Electrical Wiring

Upgrade your home's wiring today and ensure the safety of your family and the seamless operation of all your modern electronics! Our expert team is ready to assist you with top-notch rewiring services.

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Tips for Locating Trusted Contractor Services

When looking for trusted contractor services, there are several strategies you can use. Here are a few tips:

  1. Ask for recommendations. Friends, family, and neighbors can often provide valuable insights.
  2. Check online reviews. They can give you a sense of a contractor’s reputation.
  3. Verify licenses and insurance. This ensures the contractor is qualified and protects you from liability.
  4. Get multiple quotes. This can help you understand the market rate and avoid overpaying.

Remember to take your time and do your homework. The right contractor can make all the difference in the safety and quality of your electrical work.

Electrical Contractor F.A.Q.s

  • What services do electrical contractors provide?

    Electrical contractors offer various services, including electrical repairs, upgrades, maintenance, compliance checks, energy efficiency improvements, new installations, and emergency services.

  • How can I find a reliable electrical contractor?

    To find a reliable electrician, check online reviews and ask for recommendations from friends or family. Ensure the electrician has a license and insurance, and ask for references to verify their quality of work.

  • Do electrical contractors provide free estimates?

    Some electrical contractors offer free estimates for their services. Getting multiple quotes to compare pricing and services is advisable before deciding.

  • What qualifications should I look for in an electrical contractor?

    When hiring an electrical contractor, ensure they are licensed, insured, experienced, and comply with local codes and regulations. Hiring a contractor with the necessary qualifications is important to ensure safety and quality work.

  • How long does it typically take for an electrical contractor to complete a project?

    The duration of a project varies depending on its complexity and scope. Electrical contractors should provide a timeline for completion during the estimation process, considering factors like permits, inspections, and material availability.

  • What should I do in case of an electrical emergency?

    In case of an electrical emergency, such as power outages, electrical fires, or exposed wiring, it's crucial to contact an emergency electrician immediately. Safety should always be the top priority in such situations.

  • Can electrical contractors work on both residential and commercial properties?

    Electrical contractors are equipped to work on residential and commercial properties. They have the expertise to handle the specific electrical needs of different settings, ensuring safety and compliance with regulations.

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