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How To Spot a Bad Electrician

At Got Watts Electric, we spend a lot of time helping our East Bay Area clients find out if they have indeed hired a good electrician. Since it takes one to know one, we feel comfortable giving you plenty of advice in this area. Based on some amazingly bad craftsmanship that we have witnessed by “professionals” who shall remain nameless – we also wanted to take some time to point out what identifies the bad electricians. 

Unprofessional demeanor. Everyone has a bad day, but in the service industries you cannot afford to bring a bad attitude to work. An unprofessional electrician is one who may cut corners, disrespect the client and fudge the numbers to get paid for work not done. Look for an argumentative electrician who loses his cool when the client asks questions or a rude technician who rolls his eyes when presented with a challenge.

Unprofessional appearance. Does the electrician wear a uniform? If not, is the shirt he wears clean and pressed? If he shows up in a shirt that looks like something he rolled out of bed in – and may display an inappropriate slogan from some heavy metal band – you know that taking pride in appearance is not one of this “professional’s” strong suits. What do you think this says about his craftsmanship?

Improper preparation. Lousy electricians – and contractors in general – waste your time by making frequent trips to the shop to pick up the odds and ends of the trade. A job that should only take about two hours now eats up four or five hours of your time. Why? The hallmark of a good electrician is his arrival in a well-stocked van that contains everything necessary to get the job done.

Unreliable scheduling. Speaking of respecting your time, if your electrician makes a 10 a.m. appointment and you are still sitting there at noon without a professional hard at work, you have found someone who is unreliable. While traffic jams can happen in the East Bay Area, a reliable professional will contact you as soon as it becomes clear he's running late. He will ask if it is convenient that he arrives a little later and will have the office call you to reschedule the appointment if you do not have additional time on that day.

Faulty craftsmanship. This is the biggest red flag of a lousy technician. Although he has the training and knowledge to do a job according to code, he chooses to cut corners and puts together a wiring job that is faulty. Homeowners may not always be able to pinpoint exactly what the problems are, but a shoddy job site with live wires left unprotected is a good hint. Neat electricians rarely commit code violations.

At Got Watts Electric, we are committed to a standard of excellence. We service all of your electrical needs in a professional and customer driven manner and your satisfaction is always our goal.


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Got Watts? Electric, Solar & HVAC

Got Watts? Electric, Solar & HVAC is a residential and commercial electrical contractor serving Pleasant Hill, Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga and the rest of the East Bay area of California.

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