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Ways to Keep the Wiring in Your Home Safe: An Interview with Tingley Electric

By Kristen Bosse

Please describe a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Our company provides residential and light duty commercial electrical wiring. We specialize in service upgrades, back up generators, old homes, re wiring of knob and tube circuits in old homes, computer and internet wiring as well as flat screen tv installations. We offer helpful tips on how to be more energy efficient and can install products such as LEd light fixtures that are very efficient.

How did you get into this line of work?

I started in this business when I was 16 years old helping an electrician one summer.

What are common electrical mistakes new homebuyers make?

Potential home buyers should always hire a home inspector. One common mistake I see is that the home has really old wiring that should be replaced, or the outlets need to be upgraded. These type of things should be negotiated before the purchase. Another common mistake is trying to do much to the house before they move in. I feel that it some tomes take a few weeks or months to get to know the home and your electrical needs.

What are common electrical mistakes people don't realize they are making?

Common mistake home owners make are using adapters in un grounded outlets, which can increase a chance for a shock. They use to much power or to many appliances for the circuits. Another mistake I see a lot is trying to run window air conditioners on old wiring.

Are there any electrical services people should have done or checked out on a regular basis?

Every so often they should have the main panel checked for signs of wear or rust. The outlets should be checked and tightened as needed. GFI outlets should be checked for proper operation.

What electrical services should be checked out as soon as a new homeowner settles in?

Most of the electrical needs should of been addressed before the purchase. But if not the outlets should all be checked for proper operation and grounding. The main panel should be checked.

Do you have any tips for people looking to save on their electric bill?

To help save money on electricity people should replace the light bulbs with fluorescent or LED bulbs. The price is really starting to come down on LED bulbs. They should run the dishwasher in the evening during summer when A/C systems aren't working as hard. Installing dimmer help save money by reducing power consumed by traditional bulbs.

Do you offer emergency services for those that encounter an electrical problem in the middle of the night?

We can offer on emergency services over night, but it is not something we specialize in.

What is the most popular service you offer?

The most popular service is installing new lighting and dimmers.

What sets your business apart from other comparable companies? Is there anything you believe you do better/different?

Showing up on time with a happy knowledge electrician in a clean uniform ready to enter your home wearing booties to protect the floor. The electrician can communicate and listen to the customer and make them feel cared for. We strive to answer / return all calls with 24 hrs, same day if at all possible and offering a 3 year warranty on all labor and materials we sell and install and offering a 5 year warranty on service upgrades are ways we stand out.

For those looking to sell, how important is proper wiring in the value of the home?

Making sure your home is electrically safe and up to date not only makes it a safe for the current owner as well as a potential future owner, but upgrades like fuses to circuits breakers, new outlets, and lighting all add to the value of the home. Most of the time the cost of these improvements is made back during the sale.

What should customers look for in a good electrician?

A good electrician will have a good reputation in the town. They will most likely be listed on BBB. They always return calls and show up on time. They present accurate estimates and stand by their work.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you?

The best way for people to contact us is through our website www.tingleylectric.com. We of course answer and return all phone calls.

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