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    Whiteside Electric Logo
    Redwood City, CA·

    Electrical, Panel Upgrades

    "Very easy to work with, great communication! Professional! I am very satisfied with their work!"

    Marino X. in May 2022

    RK
    Santa Clara, CA·

    Electrical installations and repairs. Residential and commercial, Heating and Air-conditioning installations.

    "I thought my EV charger needed to be replaced so I was ready to do that, but they were able to repair it by replacing a damaged wire inside the charger. Glad to get more life out of my existing charger."

    Kevin G. in November 2021

    Arcadia Construction Logo

    "No surprises, Beh explained all costs and work needed to safely install and upgrade my electrical needs."

    Valia A. in March 2023

    ME

    "Jose was such a Nice guy and knew his business"

    JoAnn K. in December 2023

    Indaspec, LLC Logo
    San Jose, CA·

    Solar System Removal and Reinstall - Re-roofs, Electric Car Charging Stations - Service and Install, Residential Main Service Upgrades , and 2 more

    "Yep, Indaspec is a five start company. They were responsive and professional. The system we got has boosted our 2003 system and cost 1/5th the price. It will pay itself off in 3 years, possibly less. They were efficient in the installation - took about 1.2 days. The connection between our system and the app on our phones is super easy and now my husband and I have been high- fiving each other once we find out how much the new system is producing. Get the solar, Guys! This company is a gem! The office manager is a sweetheart and the bidding process was easy. The installer was a man of few words for me (I didn't really know anything about the tech part), but took time to speak to my curious and informed contractor husband. He was patient and explained everything so that my husband felt satisfied that he was doing right by our beloved and somewhat coddled home."

    Virginia L. in January 2018

    AM
    Hayward, CA·

    Electrical, A/C & Cooling Systems, Heating & Furnace Systems , and 2 more

    "Aaron is a pleasure to work with and did an excellent job of advising & installing our EV charger at a great price. Highly recommended."

    jay C. in December 2022

    WC
    Saratoga, CA·

    Instalation, Repair, Service Upgrades , and 1 more

    "Brian installed a Tesla Gen 3 wall connector and did a fantastic job. He took care of everything form supplying the charger, city permits, and helping me pick the best location for the Charger to be installed inside my garage. I couldn’t be happier with the Service."

    Mark R. in October 2021

    HE
    Fremont, CA·

    m-f 9-5

    "Chris is extremely knowledgeable, hard working and honest. He takes time to explain things to you so you can make an informed decision. He remodeled 2200sf of electrical: outlets, switches and sub-panel. Chris also installed ceiling fans, light fixtures and can lights. I highly recommend Chris at Hoerz Electric!"

    Stephanie W. in January 2024

    AR
    San Jose, CA·

    Full Electrical for Additions and Remodels, Outlets, Fixtures, and Switches, Wiring or Panel Upgrades

    "Ahmed, was professional, and friendly. I had an outlet burn up in my garage. I usually change out my own outlets and switches. But since there was an issue I hired Ahmed. He not only fixed the outlet he installed a designated outlet for my car charger and replaced a breaker. I would hire Ahmed in a heart beat to do any electrical work at my house."

    Maureen F. in October 2016

    RE
    San Jose, CA·

    "We hired Revolt to do the electrical on our house addition. They also installed a car charging station for us as well. Jay, the owner, was very knowledgeable and walked us through the whole project. Revoltâ s team showed up on time and weâ re all very professional. They completed our project on time and we have had no issues since completing our addition.. We would hire them again for any future projects."

    Janessa G. in April 2023

    Network Cabling Solutions, Inc. Logo
    Aptos, CA·

    Low Voltage, Phone Lines, Networking

    "The team understood the urgency of protecting our office building. A trespasser threatened the premises. They moved quickly to install cameras, and did followup on the weekend. We extremely grateful for quick response, installation and insuring we were protected. Highest Recommendation!"

    art B. in June 2021

    KR
    San Jose, CA·

    Electric Car Charging Stations

    "I hire KRL for my 240v outlet and EV charger installation at my garage. Cost was reasonable. They are ver professional and responsive on communication.They are very responsive in communication."

    Minsub L. in September 2021

    Power Circuit Electric LLC Logo
    Los Banos, CA·

    Electrical

    "Really good customer service and very accurate."

    Jorge P. in May 2022

    Service Champions Logo
    Rocklin, CA·

    Air Conditioning, Ductwork and Insulation Installation, Heating , and 2 more

    "Technician was on time and courteous. He repaired the AC unit by simply installing a new fuse and only charging for the service call, not the part. I would use them again without hesitation."

    Lloyd K. in July 2019

    JC Electric Logo
    San Jose, CA·

    "Estimate was very reasonable compared to others very understanding and polite which made communication very easy i had two outlets and two lights done in my patio they were super fast and cleaned up afterwards thank JC Electric"

    Chandra N. in October 2023

    New Design Electric, LLC Logo
    Burlingame, CA·

    Home automation, House rewires, Electrical , and 2 more

    "I can highly recommend New Design Electric. I contacted them to install a car charger in my garage. I knew nothing about this, and James explained what needed to be done and patiently answered all my questions. The job increased in scope when it was determined my electrical panel had to be replaced or a second panel installed in order to accommodate the new circuit. I was provided with clear explanations of the alternatives and cost estimates. James and his crew went above and beyond to put the charger exactly where I wanted it in the garage. The work was done in a very professional and timely manner. And, when my new car arrived sooner than expected, James accommodated my schedule and completed the installation the next day. I could not have asked for more."

    Janice M. in May 2021

    R & C Electric Logo
    Tracy, CA·

    Electrical

    "installed a 240v outlet in my garage for an electric vehicle charger. Was able to do the work on Saturday with just two day notice. Only took about an hour (didnâ t need to add another circuit in my electrical panel). Friendly and efficient."

    Hanson H. in May 2023

    Arteaga Construction Logo
    Newark, CA·

    Living Space Additions, Plumbing, Electrical , and 1 more

    "Integrity and good quality work sums it up. I always go with Arteaga Construction whenever I need anything done. He explained to me exactly what was wrong and walked me through everything that needed to be done, explaining In simple terms so I could understand everything. A+ work"

    Julio A. in November 2021

    Pacific Coast Home Services Logo
    San Jose, CA·

    "The person who set up my appointment was friendly and efficient. The technicians were friendly, competent, and prompt. The electrician handled a tough ground rod installation quickly, and everything looks great. I passed my San Jose electrical final inspection."

    Nate C. in December 2022

    L N S Logo
    Morgan Hill, CA·

    Computer Network or Wiring - Install or Repair, Surveillance Cameras - Install or Repair - For Business, Telecom cabling , and 2 more

    "Tao spent a lot of time troubleshooting, found the problem, then fixed it. He was very professional and competent while doing it. I would highly recommend L N S for any telephone and networking services!!!"

    Christina A. in November 2017

    Be-Well Electric Logo
    San Mateo, CA·

    elecric for major additions and remodels, panel upgrades, elecrical car stations

    "The technician took care of my issue and was in and out. Intellectual professional"

    Kenneth R. in May 2023

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How much do electricians typically cost?

  • Palo Alto, California Average
    $341
  • Typical Range
    $157 - $486
  • Low End - High End
    $100 - $952

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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Palo Alto Electricians are rated 4.9 out of 5 based on 510 reviews of 510 pros.

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Recent Job Requests for Electricians in Palo Alto, CA

  • Project Location: Palo Alto, CA
    Date: 01/27/24
    Location: Home
    Already Purchased Station: No
    Supports 220v or 240v load: No
    Comment: I would like to buy electric vehicle and will need level 2 240 V charging station at home. I am not sure if I have space on existing panels to accommodate this so this might involve upgrade to panel or new panel as well.
  • Project Location: Palo Alto, CA
    Date: 01/26/24
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Location: Home/Residence
    Already Purchased Station: Yes
  • Project Location: Palo Alto, CA
    Date: 01/25/24
    Location: Home
    Comment: Customer did not provide additional comments. Please contact the customer to discuss the details of this project.
  • Project Location: Palo Alto, CA
    Date: 01/18/24
    Location: Home
    Comment: fuse is out so heater and bathroom lights are out. Fuse replacement is normally simple but this is night time and I may not have a replacement fuse so a pro is best.
  • Project Location: Palo Alto, CA
    Date: 01/16/24
    Location: Home
    Comment: We lost power in half of our house (overhead lighting and outlets) - we would like help assessing the issue and repairing it.
  • Project Location: Palo Alto, CA
    Date: 01/13/24
    Location: Home
    Comment: TWO OUTDOOR GFI OUTLETS NEED NEW WIRING, ANOTHER TWO NEED GFI OUTLET REPLACED, EXTERNAL RECESSED LIGHT IN EAVES NEED NEW CONNECTOR,
  • Project Location: Palo Alto, CA
    Date: 01/12/24
    Location: Home
    Comment: Needs home inspection for potential shortage somewhere. We smell things like cables burned due to shortage but couldn’t figure out where the shortage is happening.
  • Project Location: Palo Alto, CA
    Date: 01/11/24
    Location: Home
    Comment: Install Tesla wall charger.

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