12/04/2012
By: wim.roefs
Columbia Electric Service
Columbia Electric Service, which we used for the first time, turned out to be reliable, and their work was of high quality. During the initial phase, when they came over to inspect the job and provide a quote, we were pleasantly surprised about how well they explained the technical intricacies of what needed to be done. They came in a little above the estimate but, it seemed, for all the right reasons. The pricing seemed fair. We would use them again in a heart beat.
06/22/2013
By: marius.valdes
Columbia Electric Service
It is so hard to find good service but these guys were excellent. They were on time, took their time to figure out a problem 3 other electricians could not, and fixed the problem. Clinton, the electrician, was very friendly, very professional, polite and answered all of my many questions even after they left the site. I will use them again for sure.
10/11/2012
By: brianlspence
Columbia Electric Service
Columbia Electric has been the most professional, reliable, and dependable Electric Company Art Smart Academy has used! They are ALWAYS here with-in 1 day of calling and they get the work done fast. We have had re-wiring done for 2 kilns and had a breaker replaced and we couldn't be happier. The price and professionalism combination is a winner!
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04/30/2015
By: Lorin A.
Columbia Electric Service
We upgraded the lighting in our kitchen/breakfast area. Their advise was excellent, their estimate was accurate, their work was of high quality, and they followed up to make certain we were pleased. I wish that all of my experiences with plumbers, painters, electricians, etc. were half as professional and pleasant!
07/10/2013
By: wandaelkins
Columbia Electric Service
I have used this service on two different occasions. The electricians were all very polite and very skilled. They did excellent work. They even cleaned up the debris from the work. They actually used a broom and dustpan, not the vacuum. Impressive company all around, including prices.
06/06/2013
By: erinbald
Columbia Electric Service
We've used CES multiple times, for emergencies and routine visits, and have always been very happy with their work. They are professional, polite, and just plain good. And Jessica (who makes their appointments) is the best at customer service!
10/31/2015
By: marleneh1
Electric Services Inc
Wonderful Company! Has always been my go to people for electrical issues, price is always right, workers are always courteous.
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03/30/2015
By: Austin M.
Columbia Electric Service
Everything went on-plan, on-schedule, on-budget.They are my new contractors for all electrical needs.
09/29/2014
By: Nate R.
Columbia Electric Service
Great company. They do great service, and then call you later to follow up!
Tips & Advices
Keep the following tips in mind:
  • Do not operate any electrical equipment while sitting or standing in water.
  • Don't overload extension cords or surge protectors.
  • Put caps on your electrical outlets if you have small children.
  • Call an electrician if you notice your sockets or switches are warm to the touch, discolored or if they make noise.
  • Keep electrical cords away from stoves, ovens and other sources of heat.
  • Do not use an appliance that has a frayed cord.
  • Do not staple extension cords into place or cover them with carpets or furniture.
  • When using extension cords, make sure to unwrap them before plugging them in.
  • Don't overuse extension cords. Have an electrician install extra outlets if you need a power source closer to you.
  • Only use light bulbs with the correct wattage for your lamps and light fixtures.
  • Contact a licensed electrician if you frequently blow fuses, since this can be a sign of an electrical wiring problem.
  • Have an electrician look at your fuse box to ensure you have the right size fuses and circuit breakers. The wrong size fuse or breaker can be a fire hazard.
  • If you have fault circuit interrupters installed in your electrical panel, make sure you test them at least once a month by turning them on and off.
It can cost from $40-$100 an hour depending on the job. This does not include additional costs for parts or trip fees. Make sure to ask in advance what they charge for or if they will provide a free quote.
In order to become a full-fledged professional, a person must undergo an apprenticeship with master and journeyman electricians. An apprentice needs 8,000 hours of practical work before graduating to the journeyman level. If an apprentice reaches journeyman status, he or she can complete most electrical work, but cannot design it until completing more testing along with 2,000 more on-the-job hours.
Yes. While all electricians need a license, not all of them do the same types of jobs.
  • Outside: These types of electricians work outdoors on electrical lines that connect to power plants.
  • Inside: Inside experts typically focus on commercial and industrial buildings that require a lot of power.
  • Residential: Residential electricians work with low-voltage systems and wiring to install fuse boxes and light fixtures.
Watch out for contractors that greatly underbid other electricians. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Also, always remember to get the estimate in writing before settling on a company.

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