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Ask The Electrician

ASK THE ELECTRICIAN. IT'S THE FAQ!

These are some of our frequently asked questions. Don’t see yours? Feel free to ask us.

Who is Seals Electric, LLC?

We pride our company on reliability, great communication, integrity, and quality work. We are experts in our trade and will do our best to keep you as educated as we can on your particular task or project. We look forward to earning your business! Seals Electric also specialize in electrical home inspection repairs, home inspection, panel installation, meter install, home rewire, basement wiring, and new addition wiring.

We offer our services to commercial and residential clients. Our licensed electricians are dedicated to completing the job on time and within your budget. When you want quality electrical work done at your home or business in laurel, MD, call on seals electric, we are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality of service.

Can I get an estimate or Price for my project?

At Handyman At Your Command we work on a time and materials pricing basis. You are charged only for the actual time worked and materials purchased. Though most companies do not allow it, Handyman At Your Command will advise you on materials to buy and help you make a shopping list so you can buy your materials and do not have to pay us for shopping time or warranty markup (or supplies) needed for your project.

The advantage of this method is that it is the least costly (estimates are always calculated at a higher hourly rate) and fastest way to have many small to medium sized projects done. Also, it is easy to expand your to-do list without changing any contracts. The disadvantage is that you do not a have a firm price up front, but rather an approximate time frame.

If you give us a call, however, we can give you an idea of how long your task may take.

How can I schedule an appointment with Seals Electric, LLC?

Scheduling an appointment with Seals Electric, LLC is easy, simply find the location nearest you and contact their local customer service representative through one of three ways:

  1. Call our office.
  2. Book your appointment with the Seals Electric, LLC Online Appointment System.
  3. Complete the form on our site.

Generally, we can get most jobs on the schedule within 2-3 days of your call!

How do I pay for service?

You can pay by check, credit card or by a debit card.

Do you work weekends and evenings?

Yes!  When you book your appointment with Seals Electric, LLC, the call service representative will make every effort to accommodate your schedule.

How do you handle emergency electrical issues?

We prioritize safety and customer satisfaction above all. Our professional and skilled electricians are always available to respond to electrical emergencies promptly, day or night. Like with any electrical work we do, we begin by assessing the extent of the problem, and then breakdown exactly how we will fix it, how long it will take, and the cost. We are transparent and upfront about our pricing so there are no surprises. If you have any questions or concerns, we will be happy to address them.

Can I trust the electrician in my home or office?

All of our electricians go through a thorough screening process.  Our Tier 1 technicians have a minimum of 10 years experience and their own hand-tools.  We know that trust is a major factor when you have someone coming into your home or business, so we make certain all of our electricians are prompt, clean, and professional!

Are you licensed, insured and bonded?

Yes, yes, and yes. We have our business license and general contractor’s license. We are fully insured with general liability and workers comp coverages. We are also licensed, insured and bonded.

Can you tell me exactly how much this electrical job will cost me?

In our years of experience, we have found that our customers prefer an accurate price based on their exact electrical issue. Most phone quotes are subject to change once the technician sees the job. We don’t think that is fair to you. By allowing us to diagnose the problem in person, you will know exactly what it will cost to get the job done before we begin work. Contact Seals Electric today for a quote on all of your electrical repair needs.

What is a GFCI outlet?

This type of electrical outlet is designed to protect you from electrical shock if moisture is present. They are commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, outdoor outlets and garages. They feature test/reset buttons. Depress the “test” button to turn off the GFCI. The “reset” button turns it back on after it has tripped. If it doesn’t reset, you’ve got a problem and will need an electrician.

Is my electrical panel unsafe?

An outdated electrical panel, often found in older homes, isn’t designed to meet the electricity demands of modern living. Today’s families love their appliances and electronics. If your home’s electrical panel is less than 200 amps, it’s time to enter the modern age with an upgrade.

Why do my light bulbs blow out frequently?

There are several reasons this could be occurring. However, one particular reason that should be ruled out, for the sake of fire safety, is overheating. A light fixture with poor airflow design will result in excessive heat buildup around the bulb. Having to replace bulbs again and again is not just an inconvenience, it’s also a fire hazard. Have your light fixtures inspected by an electrician if you notice that bulbs are constantly blowing out.

What is your company’s coverage area? Like Answer

We provide residential electrical services in:

Silver Spring , Bethesda, Rockville, Gaithersburg , Annapolis, Bowie, Hyattsville, Laurel, Upper Marlboro, Capitol Heights, Takoma Park, Ellicott City, Potomac, College Park, Glen Burnie, Greenbelt, Lanham, Germantown, Columbia, Chevy Chase, District Heights, Southern MD Facility, Kensington, Woodstock, Riverdale, Pasadena, Suitland, Beltsville ,Oxon Hill, Fort Washington, Olney, Temple Hills, Fulton, Barnesville, Accokeek, Highland, Friendship, Jessup, Mount Rainier, Crownsville, Brandywine , Spencerville, Marriottsville, Aquasco, Annapolis Junction, Lothian, Glenn Dale, Damascus, Glenelg, Cheltenham, Galesville, Clarksburg, Severn, Fort George G Meade, Churchton, Edgewater, Clinton, Linthicum Heights, Arnold, Gibson Island, Odenton, DHS, Brentwood, Severna Park, Ashton, Clarksville, West Friendship, Gambrills, Davidsonville, Crofton, Woodbine, Mayo, West River, Millersville, Beallsville, Lisbon, Deale, Savage, Hanover, Riva, Cooksville, Bladensburg, Harwood, Elkridge, Tracys Landing, Dayton, Andrews AFB, Glenwood, Shady Side, Simpsonville

Do you offer 24/7 service?

Yes! Just call our regular phone number at (240) 304-7031 and to get service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Why do my fuses blow?

There are many factors that could be responsible for a blown fuse. It could be an overloaded circuit, too many electrical appliances on one circuit. It could be that a fuse is blown due to a power surge. The fuse may not have the appropriate capacity for the device it is there to protect. Or it could simply be that the fuse has become old, ineffective and needs to be replaced.

What electrical services do you provide?

All electrical equipment and appliances need adjusting, maintenance, or replacing at some point. Our skilled electricians can assist with any residential, retail, or commercial electrical job, from wiring and equipment installation lighting retrofits and service upgrades to repair and routine maintenance to ensure optimal performance and reduce the risk of sudden shutdown or electrical accidents caused by standard wear and tear.

What are some signs that I need electrical repair work?

Generally, regular inspections, troubleshooting, and routine maintenance can help to reduce the need for major electrical work. However, unexpected problems can arise, in which case you can contact Seals Electric for emergency repair work. Some reasons to contact us include: Constant flickering lights Poor lighting quality High energy costs Installation, repair, or maintenance of equipment or appliances Power surges and regular tripping of circuit breakers Major home/property remodeling

How do you handle emergency electrical issues?

We prioritize safety and customer satisfaction above all. Our professional and skilled electricians are always available to respond to electrical emergencies promptly, day or night. Like with any electrical work we do, we begin by assessing the extent of the problem, and then breakdown exactly how we will fix it, how long it will take, and the cost. We are transparent and upfront about our pricing so there are no surprises. If you have any questions or concerns, we will be happy to address them.

What kind of electrical panel do I need?

Determine the amperage requirements. Calculate the total square footage of livable space, not including unfinished basement, attic, garage, crawl spaces. Inventory your electrical needs: heating system, air conditioning system, all electrical appliances (dryer, range, dishwasher, hot tubs, pools) etc., and then contact Seals Electric’s with this information.

Situations That Require an Electrician Include:

Fuses keep blowing or circuit breakers keep tripping GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlets are not installed in a kitchen, bathroom, garage or the outdoors Extension cords are required because there are too few outlets in a room or they are spaced too far apart on the walls There is rust on or near your main service panel indicating water damage Lights dim when appliances are turned on Electrical switches or outlets feel warm or tingly or do not function properly A need to add more outlets, switches or light fixtures in a room Appliances with 3-prong plugs can’t be used because outlets only accept 2-prong plugs

I reset my home’s breaker, but I still have no power. What should I do?

If you don’t have power after correctly resetting a circuit breaker, it may be a sign that the breaker is overloaded or that there is a short circuit or faulty wiring to blame. Seals Electric’s certified and licensed electricians inspect and test circuits to diagnose the problem. Breakers wear out over time. If a replacement is needed, we install a robust system with a new breaker panel and overload correction.

How do I know when an electrical outlet needs to be repaired or replaced?

Damaged or loose electrical outlets are not only a nuisance; they are a fire hazard. Electrical outlets need to be repaired or replaced if: A buzzing sound comes from the outlet, especially when plugging in appliances Outlets generate sparks or have loose-fitting plugs Outlet faces have burn marks

Why do my light bulbs blow out frequently?

There are several reasons this could be occurring. However, one particular reason that should be ruled out, for the sake of fire safety, is overheating. A light fixture with poor airflow design will result in excessive heat buildup around the bulb. Having to replace bulbs again and again is not just an inconvenience, it’s also a fire hazard. Have your light fixtures inspected by an electrician if you notice that bulbs are constantly blowing out.

How much does it cost to change my fuse panel?

Seals Electric, LLC provides you with a quote to complete the work at no charge. We must look at each panel location to provide this quote as there are many variables that must be taken into account. Things like panel location, electrical system flexibility, feeder cable length, and, most importantly, the decision to repair or completely replace the panel are important pieces of information we must find out before we begin a job. To provide an accurate quote without this information is impossible.

What Is a Surge Protector, and Do I Need One?

A surge protector is a piece of equipment that suppresses the excess voltage in your system to prevent it from causing harm to your appliances and devices. You should get some to protect your appliances and devices from power surges.

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