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When Do You Need a Licensed Electrical Contractor?

Have you ever had a problem in your house or at the office where the electrical sockets didn’t work when you tried to charge your phone? Or when an appliance or equipment suddenly caused a power outage? That is the perfect time to contact people dedicated to this field: electrical contractors.

Licensed Electrical contractor are those that perform particular construction work related to the set-up, design, and upkeep of electrical systems. It can either be a person or a firm that performs such work. All kinds of work include certain risks involved. As for electrical systems, if the one working on it doesn’t possess the necessary knowledge, experience, and suitability, that’s going to give you one severe headache!

Licensed Electrical Contractors (LEC)

These are electrical contractors that have passed and are deemed eligible by a governing body. They should also accomplish specific certification programs. They must also meet other requirements related to conducting electrical work, including safety requirements, supervision, and administration.

Qualified Electricians vs. Licensed Electrical Contractors 

If your construction project is under a general contractor and they had the electrical system subcontracted, here’s what you should do.  Ask them for their electrical contractor’s license number from the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) or the Electrical Contractor Registration Agency (ECRA). Also, they should be able to issue certificates of inspection. In some countries, only licensed electrical contractors are authorized to work on such.

What are the advantages of hiring LECs?

Electrical work is dangerous and risky. You may know someone who can do the job (for a cheap fee), but never disregard the cost if something went wrong. It is best left to LECs with the proper skill, equipment, and training to do the job safely. What are the advantages? Here they are:

  • They are fully insured
  • They will take care of the permits
  • They can provide references
  • They are qualified to perform the type of electrical work you require
  • They can offer a Certificate of Inspection

Electrical mistakes can be quite costly and expensive, as well as fatal. It would be wise to be careful of the people you let in.  It can be tough choosing between LECs or qualified electricians. Both have experience working on electrical projects and look qualified for the job. But, if your general contractor recommends them, you can somehow be assured that you’ll be fine.

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