03/12/2013
By: smpchan
Smart Choice Electric
As part of the important inspection phase for the purchase of my home last Spring, I found Smart Choice Electrical (SCE, Robert and his helpers) from the Internet (the usual Yelp, Google, etc.). I know I want an electrician that has been doing business locally (SGV) for a number of years -- meaning no legal problem and complaints, etc. that they have to move to other new turfs. [Disclaimer: due to time constraint at the time, I did not really perform much contractor license checking, business name changes, and other business background investigations so do your due diligence as usual.]I invited SCE and also an AC /electrical contractor that installed my folk's AC system (that also did a good job and other repairs but that is a different review all together). Both parties promptly accommodate my invitation and provided free estimate among other second inspections.As a typical 70 years old SGV home with outdated and somewhat dangerous tube and knob wiring and an often faulty electrical panel model, both contractors pointed out the obvious and provided rough estimates for what the home inspectors had reported.I actually chose SCE and his helpers over the competent AC folk because Robert impressed me with his understanding of local SGV electrical code and insisted on his solution to relocate the panel (pointed out by the inspector report and my intuition) even though it appears to cost more initially than the AC folk would quote. Before of their estimates, I was able to obtain sufficient fund in the escrow from the seller to pay for the panel relocation.Robert answered all my technical questions satisfactorily (I have a electrical / computer engineering background) and lots of not so relevant questions like smoke detector in the attic for safety, installation location choice/decisions tradeoff, lighting choices, etc. Robert even spent more than 1.5 precious hour helping me to decide where the new panel could be installed to allow for flexibility for future house expansion construction.After almost 1 year of installation with no issue whatsoever, I can truly say that Robert and his folks did an excellent job with the relocation and installation of the new panel (and also proper grounding. etc.) among other little bonus things that they also performed:Robert recommended and explained the advantage of LED bulbs including dimmer (probably not compatible with most existing dimmer unit); SCE also helped install the track lighting in the living room; they even replace the exterior AC wiring and the corresponding raceway cover; SCE finished all these within the original estimate/budget and slightly ahead of schedule so we could move in on time.I would definitely invite Robert and his crew back for the balance of the electrical work that I know I would like to do to bring the wiring up to date such as proper grounding for each sockets, replace tube and knobs completely for all lighting. I would definitely recommend Smart Choice Electrical to any homeowner who will want professional, courteous, and on-time electrical service with integrity.
07/22/2013
By: dmitry.sky.1
Magic Touch Appliance
800-315-9134 Sub Zero refrigerator repairAgoura HillsWhen I realized the food in my fridge was warmer than it usually is, I called my buddy (who lives in Thousand Oaks and has had his Sub Zero refrigerator worked on before) for a referral. He, very quickly, said to call Magic Touch Appliance repair because he’s been burned by other places before. Surprisingly, they came by as soon as I became available to let them in my place. Danny from Magic Touch Appliance repair checked it out and determined he needed a part specific to my Sub Zero refrigerator. Unfortunately, he didn’t have it with him, but he came back within minutes with the part in hand. My fridge has been working perfectly ever since. It was a very knowledgeable guy that services my area (Agoura Hills) as well as Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and Calabasas. I am very happy with the work.
07/04/2013
By: benjaminn107
Powell Electric
Luciano was one of the most thorough, polite, courteous, and respectful workers I have ever had in my home to do work. I really appreciate his knowledge and willingness to explain his findings and concerns. You are very fortunate to have an electrician of his caliber working for you. I hope you value him in your employment. He was great!
07/24/2017
By: John M.
Electricians in Sherman Oaks
A few days ago I called to Electricians in Sherman Oaks for rewiring in my house. It was my last hope cause other companies were not professional and can`t answer my questions when I called them.These guys were able to quickly inform me about time and prices that they needed for work.And after 2 days all work was done. Thank you guys!
02/05/2014
By: tbrett141
Powell Electric
Excellent and professional job. It was completed in a timely manner and everything was kept clean. All questions were answered and explained in a simple and understandable way. I would highly recommend Powell Electric to everyone. Thank you Powell Electric for your services well done.
02/12/2014
By: Andrew B.
USA Electrician
I was very impressed with the quality of work and the knowledgeable electricians. I called usa electric to troubleshoot some non working outdoor lights , they were able to send an electrician within 2 hours from my initial call .Thanks for a quick and affordable service.
07/19/2017
By: Anabel B.
Pacific Palisades electrical services
These guys were super professinal and polite. The fixed my bathroom vent and installed can lights very promptly and with no problems! If you ever have electrician problems in the house, call Pacific Palisades Electrical Services and forget about all of your issues!
12/03/2011
By: starr11
Los Angeles Electrician/ Go Green Electric
12/03/11Los Angeles Electrician / Go Green Electric did a great job!They gave me a home estimate and they were actually able to stick to their quote and did not come up withe excuses.They were always on time and they cleaned after, so my wife was even happier.
07/24/2017
By: Gregory A.
Pacific Palisades electrical services
Third time I choose you when I need help with electrical devices. And every time your work is cheaper than I can expect and than other companies offered. Thank you for staying the best electrician company in Pacific Palisades through the years.
07/15/2013
By: nathaell602
Powell Electric
The service team that came to my home were competent, knowledgeable and hard working. They were very neat in putting plastic down, answering any questions, and had good manners. We appreciate them for explaining things we didn't understand.
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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