“I’ll have to troubleshoot it.”
While it’s a phrase that we often hear used by professionals, it’s one that comes with somewhat of an ambiguous impression when it comes to price. While many of us can understand the importance of troubleshooting a problem in order to find the best solution, it is understandable to worry that project troubleshooting will leave you with a large bill at the end of the day.
In this article, we will go over the basics of how much electricians charge to troubleshoot in Vancouver so that you will not become blindsided by costs.
How Much Do Electrical Contractors in Vancouver Charge to Troubleshoot?
It is important to preface any conversation about costs with one line: costs will vary.
This is because the services of a professional electrical contractor, like any other service, will vary based on time, project complication, materials, and more. While it can be frustrating to not be able to find a blanket cost to apply to your project, think of it this way: if your project was going to cost you less than the average price, would you still want to be charged the higher rate?
That being said, the average professional electrical contractor in North America (Vancouver included) charges anywhere between $50 to $100 an hour. And yes, this also applies to troubleshooting costs—they are different from a quote and not generally provided for free.
Is the Cost the Same for Residential Electrical Services and Commercial?
As BPM Electric provides both residential and commercial services, so it’s worthwhile to ask whether or not troubleshooting will be priced the same for these two services. In general, the pricing of your electrical services will vary based on the amount of labor involved as well as the complication of the project, as mentioned above. So while there are not necessarily “special” prices for either commercial or residential services, these factors will vary greatly depending on the nature of the services.
What Does Electrical Troubleshooting Entail?
In short, electrical troubleshooting will involve determining the cause of a problematic electrical socket through trying out different behavior and analyzing the results. Your professional electrical contractor will have a complex knowledge of possible electrical systems. This, combined with experience, will allow them to troubleshoot and pinpoint the problem that is causing any malfunction.
What are the Most Common Causes of Electrical Problems?
Although this is not an exhaustive list, there are some catalysts for electrical problems that are pretty common and more likely than not to be the cause of any under-performance. These include:
Circuit Breaker Issues — Interruption of Current
Circuit breakers are great to have around: they prevent the risk of fire and electrical shock by shutting off when overloaded. However, a circuit breaker that is constantly tripping can be quite annoying for a homeowner, and may not necessarily be a sign of a faulty circuit breaker but a faulty current.
Dead Outlets — Overloaded Circuit
If you live in an older home, you may often feel like there are not enough outlets in your home to use. So, you understand more than anyone the importance of ensuring that each outlet is in good working order. Sometimes an outlet will experience a short circuit if it is overloaded, which can result in a dead outlet.
Lighting Issues — Range of Causes
Lighting problems around the home can come as a result of a variety of different problems, and can always benefit from troubleshooting. Light underperformance could be due to anything from mismatch wattage in your light bulbs to frayed wires in the home or business.
Contact BPM Electric Today
BPM Electric is beloved among electrical companies in British Columbia thanks to our courteous and knowledgeable professionals and extensive service offerings. Get in touch with professional electricians today to discover how we can troubleshoot your electrical problems at a fair and transparent price.