What is an Electrical Repair Contractor?

What is an Electrical Repair Contractor

What is an Electrical Repair Contractor?

Electrical repair contractors are certified electricians who specialize in the installation, repair, and maintenance of electrical systems in homes and businesses. A reputable electrical contractor will give you a peace of mind as they work on your system(s), since they should have all the necessary training, experience, and tools to perform a wide range of electrical repairs. Electrical repair contractors should have years of experience serving clients in residential, commercial, and industrial settings alike.

Let’s talk about what makes a good electrical repair contractor:

Licensing and Certification

In most states, electrical repair contractors are required to be licensed by the state in which they work.

To obtain a license, they must meet specific requirements, including completing a certain number of hours of classroom and on-the-job training, passing an exam, and demonstrating proficiency in electrical repair techniques. Hiring a local electrical repair contractor in the Fox Valley area also ensures that the work will meet all applicable codes and standards.

Suburban Enterprises is licensed and certified to perform electrical repairs safely and effectively. Hiring our team can help you save time, money, and will ensure that the work is done right.

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Performing Repairs in a Home

Electrical repair contractors can perform a wide range of repairs in a home, including:

  • Fixing faulty wiring
  • Replacing electrical outlets and switches
  • Installing new lighting fixtures, and
  • Upgrading the electrical system to accommodate additional appliances or devices.

They will first inspect the electrical system to determine the source of the problem and then provide an estimate for the repair.

Once you, the homeowner, have approved the estimate, the electrical contractor will proceed with the repair.

Performing Repairs in a Business or Industrial Setting

Repairs for a business or in an industrial setting may include:

  • Diagnosing and fixing large industrial electrical systems
  • Replacing transformers
  • Upgrading electrical service panels, and
  • Installing new electrical equipment.

Your electrical repair contractor will first consult with you, the business or industrial owner, to determine the scope of the repair and then provide an estimate for the work.

Following an approved estimate, the contractor will proceed with the repair work.

Common Electrical Repair Problems a Contractor Will Fix

Flickering Lights or Faulty Light Switch

This can be caused by a variety of issues, such as loose wiring, a faulty light fixture, or an overloaded circuit. A trusted electrical repair contractor in the Appleton, WI area can diagnose and fix the problem.

Tripping Circuit Breaker

If your circuit breaker is tripping frequently, it could be due to an overloaded circuit, faulty wiring, or a malfunctioning appliance. If you notice a circuit breaker tripping a lot, you should reach out to an electrical contractor to resolve the issue.


Faulty wiring can be a serious safety hazard and can cause a range of problems, such as power outages and electrical fires. A local electrical repair contractor in the Fox Valley area can identify and repair or replace any faulty wiring within your home or business.

At Suburban, we highly recommend that you schedule routine maintenance checkups to assess the condition of your wiring. More here in our 3 reasons why you should schedule electrical maintenance article.

Service Panels

Service panels are the hub of your electrical system, and if they are outdated or malfunctioning, they can cause a range of issues. A routine maintenance check from your local electrical company can help to prevent the issue of an outdated or malfunctioning service panel.

Surge Protectors

Power surges can damage your electrical appliances and devices. An electrical repair contractor can install a whole house surge protector, helping to protect your electronics and appliances from any possible damage during a thunderstorm. Read more here about how surge protection works.


If you live in an area that experiences frequent power outages, a whole house generator can provide backup power for your home or business. An electrical repair contractor can install and maintain a generator that meets your specific needs.

In addition, an electrician can also perform a maintenance check or repair on your generator to ensure it’s ready in case of an emergency. More here on how often to perform generator maintenance.

Outdoor Lighting

Lastly, an electrical repair contractor can handle all aspects of maintenance and repair for your outdoor lighting. While your lighting can enhance the safety and beauty of your property, it can also be vulnerable to weather damage and other issues. An electrical repair contractor can routinely perform a maintenance check, or repair/replace your outdoor lighting whenever needed to ensure that it is functioning properly.

Related: When Should I Hire a Commercial Electrician to Inspect My Business? 4 Factors to Consider

Hiring an Electrical Repair Contractor vs Performing DIY Work Yourself

While some electrical repairs may seem simple enough for a homeowner to perform themselves, it is always recommended to hire a professional electrical repair contractor. You should know that electrical work can be dangerous and complex, and mistakes can lead to more costly repairs in the future, and even serious injury.

Additionally, performing electrical work without the proper licensing and certification can lead to fines and other legal consequences. Read more here about reasons why you shouldn’t DIY electrical work.

When you hire an electrical repair contractor, you can have peace of mind knowing that the work will be done safely and correctly. Certified electrical repair contractors have the necessary training and experience to perform electrical repairs safely and effectively, and they carry insurance to protect themselves and their clients.

Not only that, but a good, licensed electrician will be willing to answer any questions you have and what to expect during an electrical repair project. Here are 10 important questions to ask your electrician.

Read More: Frequently Asked Electrical Wiring Questions

Why Choose Suburban Electric?

Need an electrical service ASAP? The electrical repair contractors at Suburban have decades of combined experience in the industry. Since 1960, we have proudly served the Appleton and Fox Valley community. We have four divisions: Suburban Automation, Electric, Fabrication, and Technology and serve residences and businesses alike.

Our electricians can perform a wide range of electrical repairs in homes, businesses, industrial, and manufacturing settings. Our work ranges from winterizing businesses and electrical service and support, to EPM assessments and machinery installation.

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