Things to check before you call an electrician

by Piper Electric Company, Inc.


In these tough economical times, you can save yourself money by taking a few steps before you call an electrical contractor out to your home. They may just solve the problem for you!


  • Do you have power to your home or building? Does your neighbor?
  • Is the GFCI receptacle, an outlet that has the button in the middle, that is closest to your problem tripped. Try pushing the button in to see if that fixes the problem.
  • Is the correct light fixture switch on? Have you double checked to make sure the bulb isn’t burned out?
  • If you have an appliance that is not working, try plugging it into a different outlet. Confirm that the appliance hasn’t stopped working first!
  • Do you have a tripped circuit breaker? To reset it you must first make sure it is completely off, then turn it on again..

Safety first, always have a professional look into issues that could be dangerous in any way. When selecting an appropriate electrician to perform any services for you, it should be one with integrity. They should provide a concise estimate for the work, not a "flat rate." This is an estimate that is usually marked up high enough to cover the worst case scenario.

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