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Top 5 of the World’s Biggest Power Outages

To almost everyone, a power outage is not a new experience, most of us have been trapped in elevators, used the light from a candle to read or stumbled around clumsily in darkness in our homes. Power outages almost always lead to catastrophic and unsettling economic and social consequences but with the many causes of blackouts, it is almost difficult to avoid them. More often than not, power outages occur due to human errors and technical faults but natural calamities such as earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, lightning strikes and flooding have taken their toll as well. Here are the top 5 biggest power outages across the globe.

  1. India, July 2012

This is the biggest power outage in history. It occurred on the 30th and 31st  of July, 2012 affecting the northern part of India. On July 30th, over 300 million people living in nine major states including New Delhi were affected. A bigger blackout followed on July 31st affecting the northeastern, western, northern and eastern grids. In total, over 700 million people in 20 Indian states were affected by this blackout.

The blackout caused traffic lights to shut down causing an uncontainable traffic jam and train failures. Mining and construction work in the northern region were also stopped and surgical operations canceled. This blackout was cited to have been caused by weak inter-regional power transmission cables and overdrawing of electricity in some cities.

  1. India – January 2, 2001

The second largest power outage was again witnessed in India on January 2nd. It affected over 230 million Indians. It resulted in the closure of services and business throughout the northern region and over 80 trains were stranded. This power outage was caused by the collapse of a sub-station in Uttar Pradesh. The use of inadequate and poor transmission equipment also contributed to the blackout.

  1. Bangladesh, November 2014

On November 1, 2014, Bangladesh experienced the third largest power outage in the world. It affected over 150 million people and lasted for 10 hours. This power outage was caused by the failure of the main power transmission line from India to Bangladesh.

  1. Indonesia, August 2005

In August 2005, a massive blackout occurred across Indonesian islands of Bali and Java. It affected 120 million Indonesians, almost half of the population in the country. Jakarta, Indonesian capital city was completely blacked out as well as parts of East Java, West Java and Central Java.

As a result, transport services across the region including domestic and international flights were canceled and businesses closed.

The cause of the 24 hours power outage was linked back to the failure of the power grid connecting Java and Bali that had a capacity of 19,615MW due to the failure of a 500kVolts transmission line between Saguling and Cilegon in West Java.

  1. Brazil, March 1999

In March 1999, the southeastern part of Brazil experienced a power outage for close to six hours after the electricity sub-station in Sao Paulo was struck by lightning. It affected over 97 million people. The incident also resulted in the failure of Itaipu, a major source of hydroelectric power in the world.

This blackout halted business and services in San Paulo and Rio-de-Janeiro, two of the largest cities in Brazil for six hours.

If you are in need of any type of electrical repairs or installation, call Penna Electric. Our knowledgeable, experienced staff will get your electrical work done right the first time every time.

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How to Prepare Your Home for Severe Storms

It’s that time of year again…storm season. Temperatures are cooling off and jet streams are changing which sometimes can stir up some nasty storms, especially if you live near a large body of water. We want to make sure that you and your family are safe during severe storms, so we have provided you with some of our best tips for preparing your home for storm season.

  1. Make sure that you have an emergency kit within reach at all times. It should include all the necessary things like batteries, mylar blanket, and a flashlight. Don’t forget to stock any first aid supplies you may need as well such as band-aids, peroxide, gauze, and tape.
  1. During severe storms, there is a high probability that you will lose your power. Make sure that your cell phones are charged and that you can survive without having to charge anything for a good amount of time. It is a good idea to have matches and a stove ready so that you have a feasible way of preparing meals. Stock up on as many canned foods as possible and have some easy to prepare meals on hand just to make life a little less complicated during the storm.
  1. If the storm is severe enough, there may also be a water shortage. Purchase flats of bottled water as well as jugs of purified water you can use for washing, drinking and cooking purposes. Don’t forget to include a little extra water for any pets or animals you may have.
  1. If you are living in an apartment, you should know the location of all the emergency exits. You should also know the exact location of your fuse box in case of an emergency. The possibility of a fire starting will increase if there is damage to electrical wiring, so go over your family’s fire exit plan as well as the locations of all of the fire extinguishers in your home. It’s also a good idea to do a little refresher course on how to use the fire extinguishers. Make it a habit to regularly check the expiration dates on your extinguishers as well.
  1. Take a moment and look out for hanging branches from any nearby tree which may fall on your property or even more important, your house. Trim any branches you feel may cause danger to you or your home.

During the storm, you will also want to take some precautions like:

  • Unplug all major electrical appliances and gadgets such as computers, televisions, DVR’s and stereo systems.
  • If you see a power line lying on the ground, stay away from it. Immediately dial 911 and inform them. Coming into contact with a downed wire can cause serious injury and even death.

In case there is an outage, do the following:

  • Call the helpline number to your power company and inform about the outage.
  • If the storm happens during the winter months, it may get really cold quickly. Wear as many layers of warm clothes as possible. Also, close all the doors and the windows. A candle won’t be enough to keep you warm. You can, however, use it as a light.
  • Make sure to leave at least one light on, so that you know when the power comes back.
  • Finally, when you have ensured your safety, it will be a nice gesture to check out on your neighbors and ensure that they are also safe, especially homebound or elderly neighbors.

When the power finally comes back, keep in mind the following things:

  • Slowly turn on your electrical appliances one by one. If you turn everything on at once, then there may be another outage or surge.
  • Check your property for any damage.
  • Call Penna Electric if you need any repairs done to your wiring or electrical system.

If you are in need of any type of electrical repairs or installation, call Penna Electric. Our knowledgeable, experienced staff will get your electrical work done right the first time every time.

 

Is a Surge Protector Really Necessary?

Whether you are looking to increase the number of power outlets in your home or you just want to add a protection layer between the outside world and your devices, it’s a good idea to consider purchasing a surge protector. A surge protector does more than just increase your power outlet accessibility, it plays a major role in maintaining the safety of your electronic devices such as laptops and tablets.

How a surge Protectors Works

Electricity moves from an area of high electric potential to an area with low electric potential, that is, from one end of the wire to the other end. Voltage is the measure of the electric potential energy. When the voltage goes above the normal level for more than 3 nanoseconds, it is referred to as a surge. If the surge is too high, it leads to wear and tear of electronic devices or can possibly even destroy them. A surge makes the electric wire heat up and if it is too hot, it can burn the wire rendering it useless.

The main purpose of a surge protector is to detect excess voltage then divert it into a grounding wire. This explains why all surge protectors have a grounding pin and they must be plugged into a grounded outlet in order to work as intended.

When to Use a Surge Protector

Most people often think that the main culprit of electrical surging is lightning which is not true. Though lighting causes electrical surges, the voltage from lightning is too great and a surge protector will not be able to withstand the power. During a lightning strike, the only way to protect  electrical devices from being surged is to unplug them.

Electrical appliances that require a lot of power to operate or those that make the lights  flicker when the lights are switched on and off, such as an air conditioner, are the major causes of surges. This is because they use up a lot of electricity which in turn strains the grid causing surges.

You should be using a surge protector all the time, but which devices should you connect to a surge protector? To determine this, think of it this way, if an electrical surge destroys electrical devices in your home, which device would pain you the most if you lost it completely?

You may not need a surge protector for standing fan or a desk lamp but you will need to connect your expensive electrical devices like stereo systems, televisions, computers, high-tech kitchen appliances, and media centers to a surge protector.

Choosing the Right Surge Protector

The first thing that you should look for in a surge protector is an indicator light. It lets you know that the surge protector is working properly. As for the power, check for the UL rating on the surge protector. This rating is put out by Underwriters Laboratories and it tests the safety of the device. Do not buy a surge protector without a UL rating.

Other considerations to make when buying a surge protector include:

Clamping voltage

This is the measurement of voltage that prompts the surge protector to redirect the excess electricity away from the devices. A lower clamping voltage rating will protect your devices better

Response time

This is the time it takes for the surge protector to detect an electricity surge. The lower the response time, the faster the response which reduces the time the devices are exposed to a surge, thus providing better protection.

Joule rating

This is the maximum energy the surge protector can absorb. If the surge exceeds this limit, the product is damaged. The higher the joule rating the longer the lifespan of the product.

Electrical surges are common and they can damage electronic devices hence the need to use surge protectors to ensure your devices are safe. Use a surge protector for the valuable electronics and check to see that you choose one that is rated for your needs.

If you are in need of any type of electrical repairs or installation, call Penna Electric. Our knowledgeable, experienced staff will get your electrical work done right the first time every time.

 

Read This Before Running Electricity to Your Workshop or Outbuilding

The electrical system inside of a home is similar to that of an outbuilding in that it is a collection of wiring and components that deliver power to every outlet and fixture in the house. An electrical system that is not adequate will not supply enough power to keep everything working without encountering problems on a regular basis. Upgrading a system far beyond the needs of the residents could be unnecessarily expensive and wasteful. Homeowners will need to look at several areas of the house to determine the adequacy of the electrical system. A home that requires more power will need help from a professional electrical service to upgrade capacity and potentially install more panels, circuits or even outlets.

The same holds true for providing electrical service to any outbuildings or workshops on your property. On average the cost of wiring a brand new outbuilding can range anywhere from $2,500 – $3,500 depending on the size of the building and your specific needs. Don’t forget to plan for the possibility of adding on to your existing building. This may cost you a little more to run wiring for future use. It’s considered a good investment to wire an outbuilding, especially if you intend to make use of this space frequently and if there is any possibility of a move in your future. Wiring in outbuildings can increase your resale value of your home significantly.

If you ever have any questions about how you are going to get things done, it is critical that you start with a good electrical contractor, but even the most advanced contractor simply cannot resolve all of your issues if you are not certain what needs to be done. You have to take some time and look at all of your options. This means that most people are going to have to analyze their needs carefully and decide specifically what they would like completed and how they intend to use the outbuilding.

Professional contractors agree: more lighting is better. You can always decide what lights you want to turn on, but if you need more light than what is installed you’re in trouble. They also agree that you can never have too many outlets. Contractors suggest installing at least as many outlets in your outbuilding as you would in a similarly sized room or rooms of your home. You want the outlets to be conveniently located but still adhere to safety codes. Keep in mind, it’s much easier and more affordable to have wiring (lights and outlets) installed initially than to have an electrician come back to upgrade an installation.

The type of electrical installation you will need will depend largely upon the primary use for the space. If you intend to use your outbuilding as a workshop, you’ll need to consider installing 220-volt receptacles for your larger tools. You also may need to consider additional lighting options as well as fan placement depending on where you live. If you have an office space in mind, you will want to strategically place outlets and internet cable connections for easy access where you are planning on placing your desk. A craft studio will need good ventilation and additional wiring for things like kilns and such. These are all important points to consider when planning your wiring and discussing this plan with your electrician.

Planning ahead and preparing for a project like this is one way you can save a little money in the long run. Talk about your needs versus wants for your outbuilding’s wiring with your electrician and ask about ways you could possibly get what you want for the price of what you need. There may be some things that will be easy to add later on that you can possibly forgo now. That’s always an option. Make certain you choose an electrician who is licensed and strictly adheres to building codes. It would be unfortunate to go through all of this work only to find out it’s not up to code.

If you are in need of any type of electrical repairs or installation, call Penna Electric. Our knowledgeable, experienced staff will get your electrical work done right the first time every time.

Tips for Planning The Lighting in Your Home

Lighting can make a noticeable difference to your home’s interior environment. Good lighting not only helps you see better but also enable you perform tasks more easily. Lighting provides security, safety and comfort. Also, lighting and lighting controls provide you with the flexibility to adapt and adjust the ambience and the mood around your home. Below is a lighting guide for living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.

Living Room Lighting

• Under cabinet lighting normally used in display cabinets offer accent lighting for showcased objects. These lights are not only visually appealing but can also offer the focal point basically in any room they are used.

• Portable lamps deliver ambient lighting and at the same time give you the flexibility of moving light anywhere you want.

• Chandeliers add decorative focal points and style to just about any room in the home.

• Ambient lighting offers overall illumination to the living room. It radiates agreeable brightness levels without too much glare and enables family members to walk about safely and see properly.

Dining Room Lighting

Dining room lighting should not only be beautiful but also functional. You can accomplish this by a combination of ambient, accent and task lighting. These different light layers establish the mood for various kinds of functions, which include dining, family bookkeeping and homework. Using dimming controls, you can vary light for each function. Use the tips below:

• Recessed or track lighting offers ambient lighting and at the same time enables you to highlight your most important possessions throughout the room. A row of 4 recessed down-lights around your dining table will supplement lights from the down-lights while at the same time providing accent lighting for the tableware.

• A sideboard or a buffet can be accentuated with recessed down-lights in the ceiling installed 24”-36” apart and 9”-12” from the wall.

• Chandelier: Hung over the dining table, a chandelier serves as a decorative element that accentuates the beauty of your furnishings. In case of a dim light, a chandelier creates a soft glowing atmosphere like that of candlelight.

• By installing track lighting above cabinets, you can turn them into showplaces for your most important collectibles.

Bathroom Lighting

• For small mirrors, use decorative wall fixtures put on each side of the mirror to provide the even facial illumination required for daily grooming tasks. In order to get the best results, have the fixtures mounted at least 28 inches apart and 60 inches off the floor.

• For large mirrors, use a strip of horizontal vanity lights to give each person adequate light. The strips should be mounted 78 inches above the floor.

• The lighting of shower and tub need to be adequate for shaving, applying makeup, reading shampoo labels and for cleaning. Select recessed down-lights meant to be used in wet areas.

Bedroom Lighting

When it comes to bedroom lighting, it is important to create a general atmosphere of quiet relaxation, and at the same time ensure there are bright spots for activities such as reading. A mix of task and general lighting that considers the lifestyle and age of the occupants is required. Note that dimming controls give you flexibility to vary light so as to suit every different activity and mood.

Whether you want a bedside lamp, a dining room chandelier, a whole room full of lighting or just bathroom fixtures, chances are that you want the fixtures you select to fill the room with enough light and also look stylish. The above are a few tips to get the most of your lighting fixtures.

If you are in need of any type of electrical repairs or installation, call Penna Electric. Our knowledgeable, experienced staff will get your electrical work done right the first time every time.

 

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5 Ways to Lower Your Power Bill While Cooling Your Home This Summer

As the temperatures hit the roof this summer, the power bill seem to do the same. But there are certain things you can do to stop them from robbing you blind. Fortunately, cutting electric bills does not necessarily mean buying expensive gadgets and spending lots of money on star rated energy systems. With just a few simple tricks and minor adjustments on how you operate certain appliances in your home, you can significantly reduce the power bills. The following are 5 low-cost ways you can cool your house this summer and save money in the process.

Replace Air Filters Regularly

One of the quickest way to reduce power bills is to regularly clean or replace the air filters. Air filters not only keep the air clean but they also protect the air conditioner from getting damaged. If the air filter gets clogged, the system will have to work harder to do its job and in turn consume more energy than it should.

Depending on your system, the filters can either be reusable or one-time use type of filters, if they are a one-time use, you should inspect them monthly and have them changed at least once in every three months. However, if you have pets, you should replace them more regularly since pets shed fur that easily clogs the filter. Also, if you hear a whistle sound coming from the filter before the three months, consider changing them even if there are no pets around.

Adjust the Thermostat When You’re Not Home

A thermostat helps to keep the temperatures the same, when the house is too cold, it switches on the heating to warm the home up and when the temperatures reach the set level, it automatically switches the heating off. According to research lowering the thermostat by 2 degrees can help to save about 5 percent on your power bills and lowering it by 5 degrees will help you save up to 10 percent of the heating and cooling bills.

Close Shades, Blinds, or Curtains During the Day

While you may want to open the blinds to allow the bright light in the house, you could be unconsciously heating your home in the process. Keeping the blinds closed completely will help reduce heat gain by about 45 percent.

Try and use light colored treatments; the lighter the shade, the more they will deflect the scorching rays of the sun. Also, hang the blinds close to the windowpanes so that they can also block the outdoor heat from radiating inside.

Seal Air Leaks

Air leaks can waste a lot of money in terms of energy loss,  and the quickest energy saving task you can do is seal, caulk and weather strip all the cracks, seals and openings to the outside. According to the energy star site, this can improve the cooling system by about 20 percent.

To test your home for air tightness, hold a lit incense stick on a windy day next to the doors, windows, plumbing fixtures, electrical boxes, attic hatches, ceiling fixtures and other places where there may be an air leak. If the smoke travels horizontally, the area will need sealing, caulking or weather-stripping.

Use Fans to Cool Your Rooms

Air conditioning systems use about 50 times more energy than fans which is why it is advisable to choose a fan over an air conditioner if you are looking to cool a room and save money at the same time. However, a fans cools you down by making the breeze around you feel cooler without affecting the temperature of the room. Therefore, ensure that you turn it off after you leave the room.

With a fan running, you can increase the thermostat by about 4 degrees without reducing comfort. Increasing the temperature will significantly reduce electricity bills.

With the above five tips on energy saving, you can stay comfortable throughout the summer while keep your energy bills low. If you feel you are in need of electrical repairs that will also help reduce your power bill, call Penna Electric. Our knowledgeable, experienced staff will get your repairs right the first time every time.

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When Is It The Right Time For An Electrical Hermosa Beach Panel Upgrade?

Do you know the purpose of home’s electrical panels and electrical service size? Do you know how to figure out whether or not you need Hermosa Beach panel upgrade? In this article, we’ll focus on improving your knowledge about electrical panels and what it is the best time to get an upgrade.

Let’s start by defining both the electrical service size and the electrical service panel – two different and most important components of your property’s electrical system. Both the components work together all the time to provide you with safe and efficient power supply throughout the home.

Los-Angeles-Panel-UpgradeElectrical Service Size

The size of electrical service is basically the capacity of power that is measured in amps. It determines how many electrical devices can be operated at a time. In simple words, electrical service capacity is determined by measuring the capacity of 3 primary electrical components. These components are:

  • Service entry cable from electrical company supplying electricity to the home.
  • Main service panel
  • Main service disconnect

When the electric system is properly designed, all these three components will be used in identical sizes. However, when we talk about older homes, it should be noted that they have had got the piecemeal upgrades many times, and thus the general case scenario may not be applicable for them. Typically speaking, homes with all the three components will have a electric service size between 100 and 200 amps.

Electrical Service Panel

Undoubtedly, the significance of home’s electrical service panel can’t be overlooked. Indeed, it is the most important part of electrical devices in a home, responsible for supplying power from electrical company to home’s power outlets. A properly functioning electrical service panel is very important and thus, it is important to maintain the efficiency by regular Hermosa Beach panel upgrades.

A service panel is also commonly known as “Breaker Box”. This breaker box takes the power supply from electric company and transfers into the main breaker. This is then followed by the individual circuit breakers for distributing power in the home. The individual circuit breakers may be sized between 15-200 amps. Generally, circuits supplying lighting fixtures can be of 15 amps, circuits supplying power to major appliances can be between 30 and 60 amps and circuits supplying power to outlets can be of 20 amps. Apparently, the biggest circuit breakers are rated 60 amps and above.

Why Do I Ned Hermosa Beach Panel Upgrade Or Replacement?

Now that we’ve already discussed a detailed overview of what electrical service size implies and how electrical service panel is used, let us discuss why you need an Hermosa Beach panel upgrade and/or replacement. To begin with, a person may wish to get an upgrade of his/her electrical service panel or size for any of the following given reasons.

Fuses And Fuse-Panel Replacement 

Homes that were built before 1960 use fuses and the fuse panels, rather than service panels and circuit breakers. These fuses used to distribute power throughout the house. While fuses and the fuse panels are not always dangerous, it can be risky to supply power to the circuit along with a fuse of different size. In past, when fuses used to go bad, homeowners used to simply replace the broken one with a new one. This replacement was often made with high-rated fuses with a view to improve the capability of the fuse to manage load on circuit. Unfortunately, incorrect size of the fuse allows too much current to flow through the wire system designed for lower load. When such things happen, the wire system starts getting hot, leading to overheating and potential fire.

Good news is that with electrical service panels and circuit breakers, the risk of fire was mitigated as the breakers and the circuits are more complex to change. These forces homeowners to hire only experienced and licensed professional to perform the task. Hiring professionals can dramatically reduce the potential risk of the electrical fires and modern circuit breakers come with absolute standard guarantee for any new installations. Since fuses and the fuses panels are considered to be of high risk, they should be replaced. In fact, most insurance companies will deny coverage on home having old fuses and the fuse panels installations

When Electrical Service Panel Can’t Be Repaired 

While Hermosa Beach panels upgrade are very reliable, many people do not give proper attention to this matter. It is worth noting that electrical service panel can certainly become damaged after certain period of time. In fact, the process of water infiltration caused by plumbing leaks is catastrophic for these panels. It can electrical shorts and risk of potential corrosion.

Corrosion is caused due to higher electrical resistance that results in creating overheated areas leading to electrical fires. On the other hand, electrical shorts are themselves significant fire hazards.

Circuit breakers in the electrical panel may also stop functioning properly. This can be due to loss of ability to trip during situations like overload or short. When such things happen, electrical wiring becomes susceptible to fires and hazards. They become hot and may even create electrical fire hazard.

Improperly sized circuit breakers can also create fire issue, causing overheating conditions. For example – higher capacity circuits are installed lower capacity circuit. In such a case, insurance companies will rely on home inspectors to determine the potential risks when insuring and if any of the above mentioned conditions is likely to cause home to fail the inspection.

When Additional Electrical Capacity Is Required

Last, but not the least. With increased reliance on electricity and power consuming electrical appliances, homeowners often find themselves in a situation when they feel the need to get larger electrical panel to deliver adequate amount of current to additional appliances or devices. Generally, most homes have service size of about 100 amps or less. But with increase in demand, they may require more 200 amps to accommodate daily use items like computer, multiple appliances, spas, pool and other room additions. This is the reason why you might need to hire a professional to get Hermosa Beach panel upgrade.

Now that you are aware of all situations under which you might need a electrical panel upgrade or replacement, you should not waste anymore time and call for professional guidance as soon as possible. If you suspect any kind of overheating, it’s the best hint to call for professional inspection today!

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Hermosa Beach is a beachfront city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Its population was 19,506 at the 2010 census, up from 18,566 at the 2000 census.

The city is located in the South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles area and is one of the three Beach Cities. Hermosa Beach is bordered by the other two, Manhattan Beach to the north and Redondo Beach to the south and east.

The city’s beach is popular for sunbathing, beach volleyball, surfing, paddleboarding and bars. The city itself extends only about 15 blocks from east to west and 40 blocks from north to south, with the Pacific Coast Highway running down the middle. Situated on the Pacific Ocean, Hermosa’s average temperature is 70 degrees in the summer and 55 degrees in the winter. Westerly sea breezes lessen what can be high summertime temperatures in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the county and help keep the smog away 360 days of the year.

A paved path, called The Strand, runs along Hermosa’s beach from Torrance Beach in the south approximately twenty miles north to Santa Monica and the Hermosa Beach pier is at the end of Pier Avenue, which is one of the beach community’s main shopping, eating and partying areas.

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Tidbits about Hermosa Beach Residential Electrician

Are you looking for a Hermosa Beach Residential electrician? Electricity is important, almost a basic need for any residential building. Many things can go wrong , day or night plunging the house into darkness and interfering with heating, air conditioning as well as other things powered by electricity. For this reason, you need to have a general electrician close by so that your electrical repair, maintenance and installation needs ate taken care of.

Hermosa Beach Residential ElectricianWhat Is A General Electrician? 

A general electrician is defined as a tradesperson specializing in electrical wiring of commercial and residential buildings, stationery machines as well as other electrical equipment and appliances. Los Angles Residential Electrician is tasked with the responsibility of installing new electrical components and/or repair and maintenance of preexisting electrical infrastructure in residential buildings.

To be a residential electrician in the United States, individuals need to have gone through the three categories of basic skills. These include master, journeyman as well as apprentice trainee. All these categories must follow the National Electric Code. Apprentice trainees work under the supervision of a master electrician. Journeyman electricians work may work under the supervision of master electrician but may also work unsupervised but must follow the guidelines of the master electrician.

How to Choose the Best Hermosa Beach Residential Electrician 

In the Hermosa Beach area alone, there are thousands of general electricians making it difficult for people looking for one to find the best. Even more confusing is the fact that each professional promotes himself or herself as the best there is in the market. Most of these people are out to make money through shoddy jobs that leaves you and your family in danger of poorly finished circuits.

Nevertheless, if you take precautions you can find the best residential electrician who will give you the best services.  Here are the most important factors to consider when looking for the best Hermosa Beach residential electrician:

Academic Qualifications

One of the foremost and the most important things consider is the academic qualifications of the electrician. While apprentice trainees may have gone through the course and may be proficient under supervision, they are not the suitable choice when you want to electrician services. It is best to seek the services of master or journeyman electricians who do not need supervision. Make sure he or she has obtained the qualifications from an accredited institution and that he or she has the necessary licenses to practice as electrician in Hermosa Beach.

Level Of Work Experience 

Besides qualification, the electrician is supposed to have enough work experience in the field. This helps to master the skills over time and do a greater job. Some people concentrate more on studies and attain the best academic qualification but do not involve themselves in work experience to boost their skills.

Academic qualifications are desirable but they must be accompanied by necessary experience to ensure that the job outcome is all round. Shortlist a few electricians in Hermosa Beach based on their experiences and use other factors described here in to ensure that you find an all-round electrician to help you with your electrician needs.

The Quality Of Services Offered 

It may be difficult to decipher the quality of services offered before using such services in the first place yet it is important to know the quality of the services offered before you can pick the best Hermosa Beach residential electrician to help you with your electrical repair and maintenance needs. The best way to go about it is to carryout adequate research.

Most Hermosa Beach electricians have online presence where they describe the services they offer. You can visit these websites and ask the electricians pertinent questions in regard to the quality of services they offer. Better still, you can visit the many user forums in the internet and read their comments and experiences. Some forums provide opportunities for people to ask questions and get answers that can help such people make informed choices.

The Cost Of Electrician Services

Many speaks volumes when it comes to access to any number of residential services including electrical installation, repair and maintenance service. You cannot seek the services of a Hermosa Beach residential electrician charging exorbitant service fees even if his or her services are excellent. Expensive are not always quality and quality services do not always have to be expensive.

You can access the best residential electrician services without having to spend too much. The best way to go about is to carry out market research to compare prices versus quality. Do not compromise quality of electrician service because of affordability. It is better you pay a little bit higher service fees but get impeccable quality electrician services.

Customer Care Service Or Support 

Damage to your electrical systems can happen at any time of the day or night. This means you need a Hermosa Beach electrician who is available at all times to help you take care of your needs. The electrician needs to be friendly, quick to respond and have good work etiquette. You cannot possibly know this without having firsthand experience.

This again means that you visit the user forums over the internet and read their real life experience with different electricians in Hermosa Beach. Pay keen attention to what they write concerning to customer care services. Are they available 24/7, how quickly do they respond to email or calls and how long do they take to reach the site? Pick the electrician who is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and respond rapidly to customers’ needs.

Conclusion 

I bet the above discussed tips on how to find the best Lost Angeles electrician will go a long way in helping you get the best services there is in the market. If you are not sure then you can also speak with a neighbor or someone close to you who knows about these professionals to help you with decision. However, the internet remains to be best source of information that will help you make the right choice.

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Hermosa Beach is a beachfront city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Its population was 19,506 at the 2010 census, up from 18,566 at the 2000 census.

The city is located in the South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles area and is one of the three Beach Cities. Hermosa Beach is bordered by the other two, Manhattan Beach to the north and Redondo Beach to the south and east.

The city’s beach is popular for sunbathing, beach volleyball, surfing, paddleboarding and bars. The city itself extends only about 15 blocks from east to west and 40 blocks from north to south, with the Pacific Coast Highway running down the middle. Situated on the Pacific Ocean, Hermosa’s average temperature is 70 degrees in the summer and 55 degrees in the winter. Westerly sea breezes lessen what can be high summertime temperatures in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the county and help keep the smog away 360 days of the year.

A paved path, called The Strand, runs along Hermosa’s beach from Torrance Beach in the south approximately twenty miles north to Santa Monica and the Hermosa Beach pier is at the end of Pier Avenue, which is one of the beach community’s main shopping, eating and partying areas.

Best Electrician In Hermosa Beach

Tips For Finding The Best Electrician In Hermosa Beach

Finding the best electrician in Hermosa Beach can be a bit tricky because it is a very large city. But this does mean that it is impossible. You will just need to have a bit of patience and creativity in your search to find the best professional to work for you. You will also need to understand what qualities a good electrician is supposed to have.

The best electrician should be able to serve your needs to your satisfaction. They should be careful to service your electrical system without damaging any other parts of your house. The electrician should be able to listen carefully to your situation and give you an honest report on what to expect as well as their capabilities. It is also be very important for you to clearly communicate your needs so that the electrician can effectively take care of them.

Best Electrician In Hermosa BeachWhen it comes to looking for the best electrician in Hermosa Beach to work on your electrical system, you can start by using the phone book. The good thing about the phone book is that it includes coupons that could help you save some money. You can also search for the best electrician on the internet. The web has a wealth of information that will help you find dozens of results for best electricians in the Hermosa Beach area.

Even though you are going to find a lot of results for electricians around Hermosa Beach when you search on the internet, not all of them may have the professionalism or expertise that is needed to handle the problem that you have. You will need to assess the different websites, companies and individuals you will get in your search results and see if they have the right credentials to work on your electrical system.

Customer reviews will also be handy when you are looking for the best electrician in Hermosa Beach. Check out reviews for particular companies and individuals and find out what other people say about their services. If a lot of people that the company or individual has worked for express satisfaction in their services, you can go ahead and hire them. But if there are a lot of complaints from customers concerning the services they got from a particular company or individual, you should avoid hiring them since they may not be able to give you the satisfaction you need.

You will also need to make sure that the electrician you are hiring is licensed. It is a requirement of the law to hire a licensed electrician to perform electrical services in your home or business. Also, the fact the person took time to go to school is an indication that they are dedicated as well as educated in their craft. You should also make sure that the electrician is insured. This will protect you if an accident occurs or something goes wrong when the electrician is working in your home. If you find an electrician that can help you get the job done, make sure that they are licensed and insured.

It is also important to ask for references for the electrician that you are hiring. If they have successfully worked on other projects, they should be having references for those projects. Find out from the electrician if you can check their references. If they do not have a problem giving you the information, it could be an indication that they have a good reputation. If they refuse to give you the references, you should not trust them since they might have something to hide. Make sure that the references that the electrician gives you are related to the job that you want them to work on. There are some companies or individuals that might do great in one area but fail miserably in another area.

Another consideration you will need to make when choosing the best electrician in Hermosa Beach is how they are going to charge you for the services they will offer you. You will need to compare rates from different companies and find out which one is going to be much affordable to you. But you should not just choose a company or individual because they are charging lower. Other factors such as their reputation and how long they have been inexistence should also be considered alongside the cost. You do not want to choose company or individual who promises to provide the best electrical services at a cheaper rate but then end up being disappointed with the results you get from them.

Another thing you will need to look for when hiring the best electrician in Hermosa Beach is the equipment that they will be using to do the job. The electrician should have proper tools to do various electrical jobs. The tools should be up to date for you to be assured that you are going to get great results from them. Tools that are out of date may end up causing a lot of problems instead of helping fix your electrical system. It is therefore very important to do a thorough analysis of the company and be sure that it has the proper equipment before you hire it.

There may be some electrical problems that might appear very easy to handle on your own, for instance replacing a light switch. However there are some areas that can be very dangerous to attempt fixing them on your own. You should not try to fix the electrical problems if you do not understand the electrical units well enough. When a problem arises in your home, always make a point of calling an expert to avoid a situation where you may be required to pay for serious injuries or damages as a result of attempting the repairs on your own.

If something goes wrong with your electrical system and you decide to handle it on your own, there will be no insurance that can protect that mistake. However, if a professional is working on the system and then something goes wrong, the problem can be fixed quickly without spending a lot of money. So always make a point of seeking help from the best electrician in Hermosa Beach when you are faced with electrical problems in your home.

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Hermosa Beach is a beachfront city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Its population was 19,506 at the 2010 census, up from 18,566 at the 2000 census.

The city is located in the South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles area and is one of the three Beach Cities. Hermosa Beach is bordered by the other two, Manhattan Beach to the north and Redondo Beach to the south and east.

The city’s beach is popular for sunbathing, beach volleyball, surfing, paddleboarding and bars. The city itself extends only about 15 blocks from east to west and 40 blocks from north to south, with the Pacific Coast Highway running down the middle. Situated on the Pacific Ocean, Hermosa’s average temperature is 70 degrees in the summer and 55 degrees in the winter. Westerly sea breezes lessen what can be high summertime temperatures in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the county and help keep the smog away 360 days of the year.

A paved path, called The Strand, runs along Hermosa’s beach from Torrance Beach in the south approximately twenty miles north to Santa Monica and the Hermosa Beach pier is at the end of Pier Avenue, which is one of the beach community’s main shopping, eating and partying areas.