Tri State Electric in Frederick, MD with Reviews -
By: Bj W.
Ryan Electric
I put in a replacement a/c unit onto which we added a heat pump in our 3,000 sf home. After interviewing and doing backgrounds on 12, yep, 12, licensed electricians I chose Ryan because of their quick responses to my inquiries, and their very competitive bid. I am SO glad I did! They arrived on time, and got right to work. (No standing around in my driveway drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes while the 'wake up' on my dime.) They jumped right in. I have to say, the way people present themselves really is an indicator of their professionalism, and the two gentlemen who did our work were neat, clean and well-spoken people who kept their conversation highly professional and respectful.Of course, I wanted our newly-needed wires to go up two floors INSIDE our walls - not only were they happy to accommodate us, they helped us decide to do it, and the few small holes they had to make to do it were VERY neatly cut making the repair/patch/paint job very easy to do. (There was no price change for this.)Their work is prompt, highly professional, TOP NOTCH work with attention to the details that are important to the client. Their work ethic ensured incessant productivity, and cleanliness!! Their demeanor was noticeably far more professional than most.I'm having our kitchen re-wired this spring, and now, rather than going thru more, countless interviews with lots of bidders, I went ONLY to Ryan. I consider them MY electricians.I very highly recommend the incredible, proud, professional electricians at Ryan. (yeah, I really am a real person!) :)
By: Andrew P.
Ryan Electric
Ryan has been a client of ours for some time, so naturally when we were affected by hurricane Sandy, Ryan was on our short list of people to call for help. They had a backup generator spec'd, ordered, and delivered to our NOC within 3 days. If not amazing enough, Tim and his team were right behind, onsite, the day after! The entire power system was reconfigured with automatic fail over within 48 hours. Just...Unbelievably good work, customer service, and an infectious winning attitude. We've had them back numerous times since to address our data and power wiring needs. Nobody else will EVER touch our infrastructure.
By: twilliams09
Visual Electric
These guys are great ---Very Professional
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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