How To Choose A Good Electrician
Interested in finding a solar panel electrician to install new solar panels for your home? Here are a few guidelines to help you in your search. Keep these in mind and you’re more likely to hire the best possible solar electrician in your area.
Look For The Right Qualities.
What qualities are important for a solar electrician? For the most part, they are the same qualities that you want in any electrician. They include:
– Experience and expertise.
If you are considering a potential solar electrician and they don’t have all of these qualities, then you should continue your search. These are extremely important in their own way.
Experience and expertise must relate specifically to the installation, maintenance, and repair of solar panels. Just because they have ten years of experience as an electrician doesn’t mean they understand how solar panels work, the best ways to install them, or how to keep them maintained. It’s important to find an electrician with years of experience working specifically with solar panels.
Chances are if they have experience and expertise, then they have license and insurance as well. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still ask. You want to be 100 percent sure before bringing them onto the project. Otherwise, you could be liable for any accidents that happen.
Similarly, they are more likely to have certifications if they have plenty of experience. They will understand how important certifications, such as the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners(NABCEP) can be. If you don’t live in North America, there are still certifications specifically for your country. Find out what they are and then find a solar power electrician who has them.
Finally, if they have all of the other things, then you can ask them for a few references. These should be clients they have worked with in the past 12 months. Don’t just get the numbers. Actually, call them and ask about the electrician in question.
Begin The Comparisons.
If you look hard enough, you’ll find three or four solar panel electricians in your area that meet the above criteria. The next step is to compare them all so that you can choose the right one for the job. The first round of comparisons should focus on online reviews. Find as many reviews as you can for all of the electricians. If they’ve been in business long enough, then they will have a few.
Use the reviews to weed out any candidates that have negative reviews. Just one isn’t necessarily the end of the world, but if they have several negative reviews, then it’s definitely a bad sign.
The next step is to compare quotes from the remaining two or three candidates. This is the easiest part. The best quote is usually your best option if they are equal in all other areas.
That’s All There Is.
It’s as simple as that. If you have a positive experience with the solar electrician,t hen leave a positive review online to make the search easier for future clients. Likewise, if you have a bad experience, then let people know. Either way, you’re helping other homeowners in your area.