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Typical Electrical Maintenance Services Offered in Downers Grove

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  • Setting up smart home automation systems
  • Upgrading your electrical panel
  • Installing a home generator
  • Installing new wiring and switches
  • Replacing outlets

Call an experienced electrician near Downers Grove for your next project or complex repair needs.

Frequently asked questions

  • An electrician’s cost per hour comes in between $50 and $100. It’ll vary depending on your location and the type or professional you hire. Areas with a higher cost of living can expect to pay on the higher end of that scale. Licensing level may also increase the price.
  • Usually you’ll pay a higher rate for the first hour. This covers their travel and time expense. Emergency or after-hours rates are usually higher too – expect to pay an emergency fee of up to $300 plus a higher hourly rate.

Electricians do a fair amount of larger remodeling and new construction projects but also common residential projects including:

For cost information related to the above tasks, visit our Electrical Cost Guide.

  1. Do you have a license to perform electrical work in this state?
    All states require an electrical license or work performed under a Master Electrician. You should also ask how many on the job hours of experience they have.
  2. Do you have insurance?
    Never use one who isn’t insured. You can ask to see proof of insurance.
  3. Do you have prior work references?
    You might skip this for small jobs like installing a light or outlet. For larger projects, always get references.
  4. What are your rates?
    Always ask up front. Getting a detailed quote up front is the best way to go.
  5. Who is going to do the actual work?
    Often, a Master Electrician will come out to diagnose and bid on projects, but they have their apprentice and journeyman electricians do the work. This isn’t a terrible thing, in fact it’s common practice. The Master’s license is on the line with any work he supervises.
  6. Is your work warrantied or guaranteed?
    Any reputable company or contractor warranties their work, usually for at least a year.
  7. Are you usually on time?
    Overbooking is a frequent problem with electrical work. Often, a service call goes long, and they end up showing up at your home late. This common complaint is easily remedied with an up-front and honest discussion. If they can’t be on time, make sure they’ll call.

1. Don’t Be Misled by an Electrician’s Hourly Rates

A truly skilled, well-equipped professional with a truck full of parts that charges $100 an hour can be a much wiser choice than an inexperienced hack, working with inadequate tools and no parts, but charging much less. Often, more experienced professionals get the job done quickly with warrantied work.

2. Compare Travel Charges

Rates reflect travel times. Travel charges can have a big impact on your costs and are in some ways easier to compare than hourly rates. Many electricians spend a third or more of their time navigating traffic on their way to a jobsite. Every contractor must find a way to pay for the expense of driving each day.

3. Bundle Repair Jobs Together

When you feel it’s time to call a pro, review your list and then conduct a mini-inspection of your home. Look for faulty switches and dysfunctional or crowded outlets. When the electrician comes, you’ll save money and time by getting everything taken care of at once.

4. How to Prepare & What to Know Before the Electrician Arrives

  • Be as thorough and detailed in describing your needs to your contractor. The more they know, the quicker the job will go.
  • Before they arrive, prepare a precise list of items you want serviced. Electricians have budgeted their time for a service call. They don’t have time for additional requests once they are on site.
  • Make sure the electrical panel box is accessible. You’ll pay for the time it takes to access it.
  • Clear away fragile items, knickknacks and furniture from areas where you expect the them to work.
  • If you have questions about the project, ask them before they start. Most are happy to run you through the problem and the process of fixing it.
  • Ask about potential issues after the work is complete. During a service call a professional will spot any potential hazards.
  • You’ll lose power to parts of your home while they work. Be prepared to pause anything you’re doing during the service call.
  • In most cases you’ll have the option to either pay at the time of service or have a bill sent to you. You’ll be able to pay with cash, credit and sometimes check.

5. Install Money-Saving Electrical Fixtures

  • By switching from ordinary incandescent light fixtures or bulbs to fluorescent or LED ones, you can substantially reduce energy consumption in your home.
  • Motion detector switches can help you save money on outdoor lighting while at the same time providing very cost-effective security to your home.
  • Creative landscape lighting and indoor accent lighting can make your home more appealing to you, your guests and potential buyers in the future.

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Downers Grove Electricians are rated 4.9 out of 5 based on 2,510 reviews of 72 pros.

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Recent Job Requests for Electricians in Downers Grove, IL

  • NewProject: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures
    Location: Downers Grove, IL
    Date: 09/28/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Historical Work: No
    Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Project description: Update or add a few fixtures, outlets or switches
    Property Owner: Yes
    Are you interested in financing?: No
    Comment: Expand electrical box to a secondary panel box, so we can install electric water heater (not purchase yet, but needed quickly) Primary Tasks 1. New Panel 2. Currrent panel is ~50ft from utility room...New 40ft wiring w/piping panel-->utility room for water heater lines 3. Hookup water heater electrical 4. Include plan for the additional electric hookups for rest of utility room Secondary 1. Move furnace, subpump, backup subpump, ejector pump, well to new panel, water softener 2. Estimate what would be needed for generator/battery backup options (mainly for subpumps/fridges) 3. Re-space out existing electrical panel
  • NewProject: Install a Fixed Generator
    Location: Downers Grove, IL
    Date: 09/27/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Property Owner: Yes
    Type of generator: Fixed Generator
    Are you interested in financing?: No
    Comment: Just install a back up generator
  • NewProject: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures
    Location: Downers Grove, IL
    Date: 09/25/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Is this an emergency?: No
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Electrical fixtures : Outlets
  • Project: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures - For Business
    Location: Downers Grove, IL
    Date: 09/23/22
    Location: Business
    On-going: No
    Is this an emergency?: No
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
  • Project: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures
    Location: Downers Grove, IL
    Date: 09/21/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Is this an emergency?: No
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
  • Project: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures
    Location: Downers Grove, IL
    Date: 09/17/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Is this an emergency?: No
    Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
  • Project: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures
    Location: Downers Grove, IL
    Date: 09/13/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Historical Work: No
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Project description: Update or add a few fixtures, outlets or switches
    Property Owner: Yes
    Are you interested in financing?: Yes
    Comment: electircal issues in kitchen - plug-ins aren't working - wiring issue probably
  • Project: Upgrade an Electrical Panel or Wiring
    Location: Downers Grove, IL
    Date: 09/07/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Project description: Electrical panel upgrade only
  • Project: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures
    Location: Downers Grove, IL
    Date: 09/07/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Is this an emergency?: No
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
  • Project: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures
    Location: Downers Grove, IL
    Date: 09/07/22

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