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Residential Electrician Colorado Springs

Electrical work is daunting. Everybody knows doing DIY electrics can be dangerous, so most people put it off. But hiring a contractor is more expensive so it’s a tough choice! Considering hiring a residential electrician Colorado Springs? Then read on.

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DIY Electric Work Advantages

While we firmly believe that you should hire an expert residential electrician Colorado Springs, we recognize that DIY electric work does have advantages.

  1. Expert contractors available as soon as possible are thin on the ground. If you want to start work straight away, you can do so by doing the work yourself. There will be a learning curve where you figure out what to do, but at least you can start when you like.
  2. Safe, expert electrical work costs money. When you hire an electrician, you aren’t just paying for their time and materials. You’re paying for their expertise, safety training, and insurance. It’s cheaper to go it alone.
  3. Electrical work is safe, provided that you take the proper precautions. Turn off the circuit breaker and you won’t get shocked.
  4. Electrical work is clean. Working with wiring, you learn to keep everything neat. You aren’t painting, drilling or knocking things down. So you won’t be making a mess!
  5. You can follow a guide book. No matter what work you want to do, there will be a guide you can follow. It’s better to follow official guides or those from experts rather than anything you find online, though.

DIY work is a little easier than you might imagine, too. If you have a proper guide to follow, and you understand straightforward logic, you’ll be fine.

DIY Electric Work Disadvantages

But that doesn’t mean DIY is the best way to go. There are actually several reasons why you should avoid working on electrics yourself. These relate both to the job itself, and the safety of your family.

One big drawback is the time that DIY work takes. All projects take time, even ones that are simple. But besides that, you also have to learn how to do what you’re doing. Sometimes this will require a steep learning curve. But for an expert residential electrician, these jobs are second nature.

But the most important point is that DIY electric work is dangerous in a way that painting and decorating isn’t. When you’re working with electrics, you’re working with power. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you could easily get shocked. And that doesn’t just mean a light tingle—it could mean serious injury or worse.

You can avoid this by turning the circuit breaker off. But this isn’t the main safety concern. The real danger comes from your completed work. If you’ve fudged something, cut corners, or just didn’t know what you were doing… You could cause an electrical fire down the line.

There’s a reason why residential electricians have to go through extensive safety training, and acquire proper insurance and credentials, before starting work. If they didn’t, they would put themselves and your family at risk.

And of course, not everybody is comfortable doing DIY. So even if you can, that doesn’t mean you should.

Why Hire a Residential Electrician Colorado Springs?

Residential electricians will do anything that’s to do with electrical wiring in your home. That includes:

  • General electrics. If you need your electrical panel upgrading, or if you need to run wiring to a new room, an electrician will do it for you.
  • Rewiring. Rewiring is a complex job. If your house is getting old, your wiring is getting old too. Frayed wires caught on nails or chewed by vermin can pose a fire risk. An electrician can replace some or all of your old wiring for you.
  • Lighting. Lighting makes a room. If you’re looking to upgrade or change the lighting in your room, an electrician can help you plan the change and see it through.
  • Home theater. Home theaters are easy to set up, but difficult to get exactly right. They need a combination of wiring, lighting and sound. An electrician can help you get everything right first time.
  • Security. Security isn’t something you should cut corners on. An electrician can help set up cameras, alarms and more to keep your family safe.

So, basic jobs you can consider doing yourself. But for everything else, you should hire a professional—both for their expertise and speed.

Setting up a home theater might be fine, although an electrician can wire it for you so that all the wires are hidden! But rewiring your whole home isn’t a good idea, because if you get it wrong, it’s a major risk.

Why Hire WireWorks?

Still looking for a residential electrician Colorado Springs? There are three reasons why you should consider hiring WireWorks.

Professionalism

Our professionalism is what sets us apart. We treat your home as if it were our own—with respect. We understand what your home means to you, and we will do nothing to make you uncomfortable during our work.

Not only that, but our attention to detail is vital to safety and a clean end result.

Specialization

Because there are so many contractors to choose from, it can be difficult picking one out from the crowd. Most people rely on word of mouth. But if you can’t, how can you know which company to pick?

With our specialization, we hope to be that company. All of our electricians work continuously to learn more about their profession. We also look to use the most up to date professional tools available. As a company, we specialize in home theaters, smart home tech, security and lighting. We’re comfortable working with general electrics too.

Reputation

Last but not least is our reputation. Any good local business lives or dies on its reputation with customers. With decades of experience between us, we know what kind of residential electrician Colorado Springs is looking for.

So, what do you think? If you still a residential electrician Colroado Springs, why not give us a call today? Call (719) 492-6955 for a free consultation. Or get in touch through our online contact form!

TV Installation Colorado Springs

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Installing a TV isn’t usually something you need help for. But today’s TV’s mount on the wall, or come with a big extended stereo system that’s difficult to put together. So, why do you need TV installation Colorado Springs, and how could we help? Let’s find out.

Why Do You Need TV Installation Colorado Springs?

Back in the day, installing a TV used to be a case of sitting it on a stand in the corner of the room. But today there are a number of reasons why you might want to consider getting your TV, and the system that supports it, professionally installed. Here’s why.

Home Cinema and TV Installation Colorado Springs

Today’s TVs do have speakers included, as they always have. But some people feel that these speakers just aren’t good enough. So to improve their viewing experience, you might want to add:

  • Sound bars
  • Tower speakers
  • Wall mounted speakers
  • Small speakers that form part of a surround sound system

Some parts of these systems are easy to install. Tower speakers and sound bars, for example, simply sit next to your TV. All you have to do is plug them in.

But if you opt for wall mounted speakers and surround sound, that’s when things get more complicated. Wall mounted speakers can be tricky to install. They need a power source and a way of connecting to your TV.

Surround sound systems may require expert installation too. They aren’t necessarily complicated. But to achieve high quality surround sound, you need to know exactly where to put the speakers: how high up on the wall, and the exact location in the room for perfect sound. Hiring an expert home cinema installation team is the best way to go.

Wall Mounted TV

Home cinemas often have a wall mounted TV. But you can install almost any modern TV on the wall, even if you don’t want to ‘go the whole hog’ and get a big cinema system installed.

You can buy the bracket and other equipment necessary to install a wall mounted TV. But there are a few reasons why this might not be a good idea.

  1. These TVs are expensive. A simple DIY mistake with the bracket you’re installing could cost you thousands of dollars!
  2. The bracket itself could fail. You could install it perfectly, but if the bracket is badly made, then it could collapse anyway.
  3. If you don’t run the wiring through the walls, it will hang behind the TV and along the wall. That ugly look can ruin what you’re trying to achieve with your room.

In having an electrician install your TV for you, you could avoid these problems. We offer guarantees on our work, so you can enjoy peace of mind. Not only that, but we can run wiring through the wall so that it’s not an eyesore.

Complicated Wired or Wireless Systems

If you are planning on having a system with lots of speakers, the wiring for them could prove to be a real nuisance. It could be:

  • Difficult to figure out. Have you ever had trouble figuring out the wiring for devices or PCs? Installing a complicated wired system is similar, because you have to think both about power and running the system to the TV.
  • A tripping hazard. If you plan on having a surround sound system, the wiring running across the room could actually be a tripping hazard if you don’t tidy it away somehow.
  • Just plain ugly. Wiring doesn’t look good at the best of times. But if it’s hanging down the wall, crossing the floor at old angles, and stretching to reach outlets, then it can ruin the look of your room. You could opt for a wireless system, but that just means it doesn’t need to plug into the TV. It still needs wiring for power.
  • Sometimes, impossible to install. If you’re not experienced installing TVs and stereo systems, you might not realize that your designs won’t fit with reality. Every aspect of the system needs a power source. You might have to wire something in from across the room: and this might not be possible.

Relying on an expert is the way to go. A qualified electrician can help you both design your layout, and install everything you need for it.

To keep things simple, you could even opt for a wireless system. Wireless systems don’t require that you connect the speaker system to the TV itself. Instead, they connect through Bluetooth. That means you can place them anywhere you like in the room.

This makes things a lot easier. With wireless speakers, all you need to do is give them a power source. This still requires some rewiring, but not as much. You save in labor costs by paying more for the system.

Choose WireWorks for TV Installation Colorado Springs!

At WireWorks, we have years of experience helping people with home cinemas. We’re experts at installing home theaters, and have previously worked on projects including:

  1. Planning. We can help you plan your dream home cinema: everything from the location of each speaker, to the lighting, wiring and more. This will help you avoid common problems like speakers not fitting where you want them, and wiring not stretching far enough!
  2. Rewiring. By far the most important part of any project. We hide your wiring in the drywall so that you don’t have to! And all the wiring we use is high quality and durable, leaving you with nothing to worry about.
  3. Mounting TVs on the wall above fireplaces, dressers and more. Wherever you want your TV, we can install it for you.

And not only will you benefit from our experience, but from peace of mind. Our work is dependable and reliable, so you can rely on us to get the job done right first time.

So, what are you waiting for? You can give us a call today at (719) 492-6955. Or, if you’d like to leave us a message, you can do so through our online contact form. TV installation Colorado Springs is just a call away!

Hot Tub Electrician Colorado Springs

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Getting a hot tub isn’t as easy as picking which one you like the look of, and sitting it on your back porch. You have to get installed! If you need a hot tub electrician Colorado Springs, read on to find out how we can help.

Do You Need a Hot Tub Electrician Colorado Springs?

This is a great question.

Nobody really needs a hot tub. They’re just a way of relaxing after a long day. Ultimately, there’s only one person who knows if you need one or not, and that’s you. If you can afford it without breaking the bank, and if it would make a genuine difference to your quality of life, then you should go ahead and get one.

Where Should You Install a Hot Tub?

First, we’ll work together with you to pick the perfect place for it. Obviously there’s the question of whether you want it inside or outside. There are advantages to each. Having it indoors gives you more privacy, of course, but outdoors is more fun in the summer. More than anything, you have to pick somewhere that you’ll actually have room for it, plus a few feet either side to walk around it.

You’ll also need to pick somewhere that’s well ventilated. If your hot tub is an outdoor one, you’ll have no trouble with that. But indoors, you need ventilation or your walls and windows will get moldy. As such you should pick somewhere that’s near a window you can open, and that preferably has venting and a ceiling fan to circulate the air.

Finally, you should think of the weather. There’s no point having a hot tub outdoors if the weather only lets you use it twice a year. Having yours indoors means you can use it to unwind after a long working day, whether it’s summer or winter. And if you want to use it late at night, you could set the mood with specialist lighting!

Can You Be a DIY Hot Tub Electrician Colorado Springs?

It’s important to note that you can install hot tubs yourself. You can do anything you want with your property, provided you have the proper planning permission. However, there are two main reasons to avoid going the DIY route when it comes to hot tubs:

  1. You need to install electrical wiring. If you do this wrong, you could hurt yourself, start a fire, or worse. It’s not as easy as hammering in a nail or two! Water and electrics don’t mix, after all.
  2. Big projects like these tend to take longer than you think, especially if you’ve never tried before. The last thing you want is for a project like this to overrun, and leave your yard a mess for weeks.
  3. If you don’t have a foundation ready for it, you’ll have to create one. Otherwise, the weight of the hot tub plus the water and people inside it could actually make it tip, tilt or push into the soil underneath it. This is more work that you can probably do without.
  4. Hot tubs are big and bulky, and can be difficult to fit. You might need some help putting it in place, especially if it has to be plumbed in too.

Even if you’ve got a lot of experience with DIY, you should avoid working with wiring. Things can go wrong through no fault of your own, and your dream would turn into a nightmare! That’s why businesses like ours advertise our experience working with electrics.

How Do You Install a Hot Tub?

Before we install anything, you need planning permission to install a hot tub in Colorado Springs. These are issued by Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, which covers unincorporated El Paso County; the cities of Colorado Springs, Fountain and Manitou Springs; the towns of Green Mountain Falls, Monument and Palmer Lake; and in Teller County, the City of Woodland Park.

If the location of your hot tub is out in the yard somewhere, you might need to prep the site first. This means laying down a concrete foundation for it. You might also want to build a deck for it to sit on, depending on the style you’re going for. Then, you have to put the hot tub in place.

If it needs to be plumbed in, then you’ll need to run piping from your existing system to your hot tub. Fortunately, most modern tubs are self-contained. To keep the water clean, you use filters, cleaning powders and the pH level to stop bacteria from multiplying or algae from forming.

Next, we’ll have to wire up your hot tub so that there’s power for it. Otherwise, it’s a tiny pool that will never heat up! Most modern hot tubs are actually self-contained, which means they don’t have to be plumbed in. But hot tubs will always need power. We’ll wire it up to the mains for you, and install a new electrical panel if you need one.

Why Hire Us As Your Hot Tub Electrician Colorado Springs?

At Wire Works, there are three things that are more important to us than anything. They are our professionalism, our reputation, and our specialized knowledge.

  • We’re a local business, so our continued success relies entirely on our reputation. Without it, we’re nothing, because our business would dry up quicker than a hot tub with a leak! That’s why we pride ourselves on working to schedule and to budget. Everything we do, we do right, first time.
  • Not only that, but we’re professional—we treat your house as if it were our own home. That means treating you with courtesy, and leaving your house as we found it. We’re fully licensed and insured.
  • Last but not least, we specialize in a number of things, hot tubs included. Our specializations include home cinemas, security and lighting—which means that we work on lots of interesting projects with the people of Colorado Springs!

So, if you need a hot tub electrician Colorado Springs, give us a call and one of our friendly team will book you an appointment. Don’t delay—get in touch today!

Ceiling Fan Installation Colorado Springs

Looking for ceiling fan installation Colorado Springs? Well, you’re in the right place! Wire Works are Colorado Springs’ number one electrician company locally owned, and locally operated. But before we get into all that, let’s learn more about ceiling fan installation!

Ceiling Fan Installation Colorado Springs

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Can You Install Ceiling Fans Yourself?

Yes, you can! If you already have a ceiling outlet, then installing a ceiling fan isn’t too complicated. You usually need the ceiling fan itself, some wire strippers and wire connectors, electrical tape, a drill, a circuit tester, a screwdriver, some pliers and safety goggles. And, of course, you’ll need a ladder to actually get up there and install it!

There are a few things that mean installing a ceiling fan is more suitable for an intermediate or expert than a novice. First of all, you’re dealing with electricity. The electrics in older houses, especially, can be full of surprises. So, you might think you’ve turned off the supply… But you really haven’t! Or old cables might have frayed and become exposed. And you might have to upgrade your electrical panel, too.

Not only that, but you’re working at height, which is more dangerous than your average DIY. And what you’re doing is permanent and difficult to fix if anything goes wrong. That’s why most people opt for contractors for jobs like these, even if they usually go the DIY route.

How Do You Install Ceiling Fans?

The first thing you have to do is turn off the electrical supply to the existing light at the breaker box/fuse box. If necessary, remove any facing and expose the wiring, using a circuit tester to check if any of them are still live. Once you’re sure that the electricity is off, remove the fixture. If the existing electrical box is plastic, replace it with a metal box that’s suitable for ceiling fans.

Then you have to follow the ceiling fan’s manufacturer instructions (since all ceiling fans are different). Normally, this involves fixing the bracket either as-is or using an extension, before fixing the ceiling fan in place and wiring it up. This all assumes that there’s already an electrical connection, which there won’t be if you don’t have a ceiling light/other electrics in place.

The point of hiring a contractor is so that they take care of everything for you. If you aren’t comfortable working with electrics—and don’t worry, because plenty of people aren’t—then a contractor can do it all for you. Not only that, but you can have peace of mind that it was installed correctly. So who can you call…?

Call Wire Works for Ceiling Fan Installation Colorado Springs!

We’re Wire Works, a locally owned and operated electrician company here in Colorado Springs. We’ve got decades of experience between us working on projects just like these. So why should you call us, and how does hiring a contractor work? Let’s find out.

What Sets Us Apart From Other Contractors?

We pride ourselves on three things: our reputation, our professionalism, and our specialization.

Our reputation is something that we’ve earned over the decades. We aren’t part of any big conglomerate, and we aren’t a big nationwide business that couldn’t care less about the people we work for. Our business is built on good customer service, prompt and high-quality work, and repeat business from happy customers! To go along with our reputation, we’re fully licensed and insured too.

To us, professionalism means leaving your house exactly how we found it! Not only that, but we complete every single one of our projects with the utmost attention to detail. And finally, our specialization in things like ceiling fan installations, home cinema and sound, lighting and security mean that we can offer better quality service than any other contractors out there!

So how does hiring a contractor actually work?

Hiring a Contractor for Ceiling Fan Installation Colorado Springs

It starts with you. Give us a quick call, and one of our friendly team will answer. We’ll set up a time and date for a house call, so that we can see what work you need us to do. When the day comes, we’ll sit down with you and figure out exactly what it is that you want. We can then take a look around and figure out how long it’ll take, and how much it’ll cost. Then we can set up a time and date from the work.

Why Pick Wire Works for Ceiling Fan Installation Colorado Springs?

When it’s time for us to install your ceiling fan, we’ll leave your house exactly how we found it. We promise that all of our work is done as quickly as possible, with minimum disruption to your daily life! That’s not to mention all of the advantages that come from hiring a contractor rather than doing it yourself. Like:

  1. Because we work in teams, and because of our experience, we get things done more quickly than you could on your own.
  2. You don’t have to tidy up after you get your brand new ceiling fan… Because we’ll do it all for you!
  3. Although we’ve got no doubt you’re capable at DIY, fixing or installing something for the first time can still be daunting. So if you’ve no experience with ceiling fans, you can relax while we do it all for you.
  4. Because you had us professionally install it, you can be completely confident of a job well done!

And if that’s not enough, we offer estimates for all of our work. We’ll never leave you out of pocket and jack up our prices unexpectedly, because what you see with us is what you get! So what are you waiting for? Give us a call today for ceiling fan installation Colorado Springs!

 

 

Looking For a Commercial Electrician Colorado Springs?

You need a commercial electrician Colorado Springs business owners can trust. Well, stop searching—you’ve found what you were looking for. We offer absolutely everything you could possibly need, and more! Let’s take a look at what sets Wire Works apart, and why you should choose us, no matter what it is you need.

Looking for a commercial electrician Colorado Springs? We could help you with signage, security, upgrades, repairs and more. So give us a call! Image courtesy of Storyblocks.

Fully Licensed Commercial Electrician Colorado Springs

For starters, we’re fully licensed to work on both residential and commercial properties. So you don’t have to hire half a dozen contractors, when you can have us do everything for you! We’re fully licensed and insured too.

Aside from being licensed, though, we’re actually good at what we do.

Fast

We know how important it is to get electrical issues fixed quickly. Every minute that your business isn’t in full working order is more money lost—that’s just the way it is. If we couldn’t use our tools, then we’d be stuck in the same situation! That’s why we take pride in the speed of our service, whether we’re repairing an electrical fault or installing new signage or lighting in your commercial property.

Dependable

We’re the commercial electrician Colorado Springs turns to when they need dependable service. We’ve been working here in Colorado Springs for twenty years, and have a client base of customers who trust us. Because of the huge range of local electricians, it can be difficult to know who to pick… But our twenty years of good reputation run before us!

Professional

Whatever we do,we do to the best of our abilities. Not only that, but we’re completely professional. Whenever we work on somebody else’s property, we treat it as if it were our own. That means leaving it in the exact condition we found it, tidying up after ourselves, and making sure that you’re ready for business. It would be a terrible way for us to run our own business if we created such a negative reputation!

Knowledgeable

Because of our experience, we have knowledgeable experts who’ve seen it all, and done it all. There’s nothing you can throw at us that’ll surprise us, and no project that’s too big or too difficult to understand that we can’t handle. Not only that, but we have a number of electricians specialized in different areas that you can ask for help from. Every single one of our employees doesn’t stop at their licensing tests, but keeps learning and getting used to the most up-to-date technology. This gives us a competitive edge, and helps us prepare for whatever we might have to tackle next!

We Work With Any Business!

We love working with varied businesses across the Colorado Springs area. No challenge is too big for us, whether your business is a tiny bakery or a big office block. Businesses across the board have needs when it comes to lighting, repair, servicing and upgrades and we’ll be there for you no matter what you do. If your business is…

  • A bakery
  • A spa
  • An office
  • A big industrial building
  • A sports bar
  • A fancy restaurant
  • A takeout
  • A library
  • A Mom & Pop store
  • A gym
  • A club

…Then give us a call. Better lighting could help you no matter what your business idea, and everyone needs repairs once in a while. So bookmark us, save our number, or whatever you’d like to do—so that you can find us later!

We Install…

For any business, it’s important to stay secure. Just one robbery might be enough to put you in the red, either because of damage caused or goods/cash stolen. Both home invasions and robberies against businesses are becoming more common these days, but we can help.

Wire Works can install security systems for you that will monitor and protect your business. We’ve installed cameras in many homes and businesses around the Colorado Springs area, and without fail they help the owner/occupier find peace of mind at last.

Besides that, we also install digital signage. We don’t need to tell you how important signage is, or the positive effect it could have on your business. Branded signage can draw customers in and increase footfall, or help customers by displaying important information like opening hours. And we’ll install it all for you!

Wide Range of Services

We offer plenty of different services to Colorado Springs businesses. As such, we can be there for you whether you’re opening a brand new store, or whether you’re facing teething troubles getting your signage to work! At Wire Works, we offer:

  • New building wiring, done completely from scratch
  • Rewiring, whether partial or complete
  • Electrical panel updates, whether your old panel has broken or you just need it upgraded
  • Lighting design and installation throughout your business (we don’t need to tell you how important lighting is!)
  • Projectors and big screens for offices
  • TVs and audio for restaurants, takeouts and more
  • Ceiling fans for any business
  • General servicing and repairs

We especially love working on lighting design and installation, either for businesses that are just opening or have been operating for years. But if you need anything in the above list, or even anything besides that, give us a call today. We offer free consultations, so call us today on 719-492-6955… No matter what why you need a commercial electrician Colorado Springs!

Electric Colorado Springs: Repairs, Security and Lighting

WireWorks are Colorado Springs’ premier electric contractors. We work tirelessly until you’re happy, on both small jobs and large. Interested in electric Colorado Springs? Then take a look at what we can do for you, below!

Electric Colorado Springs

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Electric Colorado Springs

Our master electricians are some of the best in the Colorado Springs area. We work on a variety of electrical and lighting projects, including:

  1. New construction wiring
  2. Service/repair
  3. Remodels and additions
  4. Electrical panel upgrades
  5. Yard lighting

Electrical panel upgrades are especially important in older builds. They allow you to make the most of your home, and replace old panels that weren’t built for modern life. You might also need a more powerful electrical panel if you’re planning on an extension.

Repairs

You should never, ever put off electrical repairs- even if they’re minor. Needless to say, but wiring faults can be exceptionally dangerous. They don’t typically necessitate that you replace your entire wiring system, though. Just one short section is typically enough. Here are a few signs that you might need electrical wiring repair:

  • A strange, almost fishy smell. That’s the smell of electrical arcing
  • Feeling a shock when you touch a switch
  • Noticing that your breakers trip or your fuses blow more often than usual
  • Smoke
  • Discoloration on or around your switches and outlets

If you’re not certain whether you need repairs or not, it’s better to be safe than sorry. As we said above, frayed or broken wiring can be exceptionally dangerous. Electrical faults cause 51,000 fires each year, and almost 500 deaths. That’s no small number, especially considering that the majority of electric Colorado Springs repairs are so minor and affordable, even if you contact contractors like us.

Home Security

At Wire Works, we’re experts when it comes to home security. Unfortunately, there are around 16,500 ‘property related crimes’ in Colorado Springs each year. That’s 35 per 1,000 residents! Improving your home security system is normally enough to completely safeguard your property- the moment a thief spots that your house is properly protected, they’ll start looking for another house. So how can we help?

  • Lights… Having even just a small amount of movement-activated lighting is normally enough to deter most burglars. Making it obvious that it’s there, i.e. with a sign, also helps. Either way, if a thief knows that they’re going to be lit up when they’re trying to do their ‘job’, that’s enough to convince them to try a different house!
  • Cameras… Cameras go hand in hand with lighting. If the thief is still fool enough to try and steal from your home despite the lights, the cameras will mean you can identify them, even if they get away. Our cameras are wireless, easy to install, and affordable. You can even watch them from your computer, laptop or tablet so long as you have an internet connection.
  • Action! Last but not least, you have to think of your alarm system. The sound of an alarm isn’t just to alert you and your neighbors that there’s somebody there. It also confuses and distracts the thief. This can help you and your family get to safety, and gives you time to call the police.

So… Lights, camera, action! These three home security tools are more than enough to keep your home and family safe. We can help you with each of them, by sourcing the products, installing them, and helping you figure out how they work.

Home Theater

On a more pleasant note, we can also help if you want to set up a home theater. The right lighting and the right sound are essential if you’re thinking of setting up a home theater. Whether you’re thinking of a surround sound system, a wall mounted TV or a projector, we can help get the job done. So why should you consider electric Colorado Springs contractors instead of doing the job yourself?

First off, let’s get something straight: if you want a home theater, you don’t want to settle for anything less than the best, right? So let’s say you buy a big screen TV, an expensive sound system, some luxurious seats- great. But when you’re setting it up, you realize something: there are bunches of ugly wires here, there and everywhere! As electrical contractors, we can either run the wire through the wall, or use cable management to keep your home theater tidy.

Next, we don’t just help with installation. We can help you source your equipment, too, if you’d like. We only source the very best products, and at good prices too. And once we’ve installed them, we can help you get to grips with them, too.

Commercial Electric Colorado Springs

We also work with on commercial electric Colorado Springs business owners can be proud of. In the past, we’ve worked with:

  • Offices,
  • Spas,
  • Medical Complexes,
  • Industrial Buildings,
  • Sports Bars,
  • Restaurants,
  • Schools,
  • Libraries,
  • Shopping Stores,
  • Manufacturers & Factories,
  • Artist Studios,
  • Clubs and Gyms

You wouldn’t believe how much the right lighting can help your business. It makes your shop look warm and inviting, or relaxes the mood in a restaurant. It can make your gym seem energized and your sports bar the ideal place to watch the game. And for any business, the right lighting makes your business a better place to shop and work.

Give Us a Call Today!

So, if you’re in need of electrical repair or extensions, give us a call today. We’re BBB (Better Business Bureau) rated, and fully licensed and insured. That’s not to mention that we offer a free consultation, no matter what the job. So give us a call today at (719) 492-6955. We promise we won’t leave you feeling disappointed!

 

Why Should You Hire a Colorado Springs Licensed Electrician?

So, you’ve got some electrical work that needs doing around your home. It could be anything – from installing new lighting, to fixing an electric heater. Whatever the project is, should you attempt it yourself? Or should you hire a Colorado Springs licensed electrician?

There are pros and cons to taking both routes. However, when it comes to electrical work, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. It may seem appealing to attempt DIY work around your home, but is it worth the risk? If you aren’t a fully trained electrician, you could end up causing damage or hurting yourself.

There are five very good reasons why you should hire a Colorado Springs licensed electrician. Before you decide to attempt anything yourself, read our article. We’ll take you through these reasons so that you can make an informed decision.

Reason 1: Quality

One of the most tempting reasons for carrying out electrical work yourself is the cost. Many people like the idea of saving money by doing it themselves. After all, purchasing the materials and tools often work out cheaper than hiring a professional.

However, electrical work is not like regular DIY work, such as building bookshelves. If you aren’t a trained, qualified professional, you may not know how to spot a problem when you see one. It might be hard to tell if you’ve fitted something incorrectly. If you do something wrong, it’ll come at a cost. You could risk causing serious damage to your home, or even starting a fire. The amount you’ll spend on fixing the damage may end up being far more than what you’d have paid for a professional.

A Colorado Springs licensed electrician will complete the job to a high standard. Although you may pay more than doing it yourself, it’s well worth it.

Reason 2: Safety

Working with electricity is extremely dangerous. Everybody knows of the danger of electrical shocks and fire. However, would you know what to look for? A layperson – someone who isn’t a qualified electrician – may not be familiar with important electrical safety regulations. It’s not just a case of not mixing electricity with water, and covering plug sockets if there are toddlers in the house. There’s so much more to it than that.

For instance, many people don’t know that a loose wire inside a switch could potentially cause a fire. How do you know if you’ve tightened everything enough? And are you familiar with the proper protective equipment to wear when working with electric?

Licensed electricians are fully qualified to carry out electrical work. They’ve taken qualifications in electrical safety, and are familiar with all aspects of safe electrical maintenance. You can be sure that if you hire a Colorado Springs licensed electrician, you and your family will be safe.

Reason 3: Time

The third reason to hire a licensed electrician is that it saves you time. An unqualified layperson may take a lot longer to carry out electrical work than a professional.

It’s easy to imagine that something “simple” like installing a new light switch will be a quick job. But if you aren’t sure exactly what you’re doing, you may be surprised. Electrical work can be tiring, difficult and frustrating (even for the professionals, sometimes). If you do something wrong, the electrics can’t tell you why they’re not working. Sometimes, a job that seems like it’ll take half an hour can take a layperson days to get right.

Hiring a licensed electrician means you’re free to carry on with your life. While they work, you can spend quality time with your family. Run errands, look after children, or get on with another job around the home. Although you might spend less money doing it yourself, your time is worth more. A professional electrician will get the job done faster than someone inexperienced. This will give you more time to continue with the rest of your home renovations.

Reason 4: Insurance

Now to get on to the less obvious reasons. Have you thought about how attempting electrical work by yourself might affect your home insurance?

Working with electrics is not like working with wood, or laying a carpet. If you’re not a qualified professional, you may invalidate your home insurance by attempting it yourself. Many insurance companies will only cover you if all electrical work in your home is carried out by a licensed electrician.

Even if you do a great job, electrical appliances and wiring can develop spontaneous faults. If a fire starts in your home, your insurance company will want to know why. When they find out it was caused by an electrical fault, they’ll want to know who carried out the work.

A Colorado Springs licensed electrician will provide you with proper records of the work. So if anything does happen, you can prove the work was carried out by a licensed professional.

Reason 5:  The Law

Finally, it’s time to consider the law. In the United States, you can’t just carry out electrical work in your home at you please. What you can and can’t do by yourself varies from state to state. The state of Colorado requires homeowners to apply for permits for some types of electrical work.

If you carry out electrical work without seeking the proper permit, you might be breaking the law. When you come to sell your home, you’ll bear the brunt of this mistake. The buyer will want to proof that all electrical work was carried out by licensed electricians with the proper permits.

Hiring a licensed electrician will take all of this off your shoulders. They’ll obtain any required permits before they start the work, and provide you with a paper trail should you need to prove this.

Contact WireWorks today if you need a Colorado Springs Licensed Electrician!

If you need any electrical work doing in your home, contact Wire Works today. We’d be happy to chat with you about your requirements and give you a personalized quote. Our team of licensed electricians will be happy to work with you to the highest standard. You can be sure you’ll get the quality that you pay for.

 

Typical Cost To Upgrade Electrical Panel

Replacing your electrical panel is a complex job. It can make a real mess, necessitate repairs and replacements all around your home (not just your panel) and cost quite a sum too. Like we said, it’s a big job, but it’s a necessary one, especially if your house is more than forty or fifty years old. That’s the point of today’s post: below, we explain the typical cost to upgrade electrical panel and the wiring in your home, as well as all the reasons why you might need to. Take a look if you’d like to know more!

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Why Upgrade Your Electrical Panel?

First off, why should you upgrade, especially if the cost to upgrade electrical panel makes it such a big job? There are a few very good reasons.

  1. If the electrical panel in your home is decades old, then there is a good chance that it will be more susceptible to faults. Faulty wiring is a major cause of house fires in the United States, and you can’t put a price on the safety of you and your family.
  2. If you didn’t know, most houses these days use circuit breakers rather than fuses. That’s because fuses are one-time use. Once a fuse blows, it can’t be used again, whereas you can simply reset a circuit breaker. Older electrical panels use fuses, which may be a reason why you’d like to replace it.
  3. Electrical panels are designed to provide a certain amount of power, up to a maximum. That maximum is typically between 100 and 400 amps. Put simply, that’s the amount of energy that it can distribute at any one time. Any more and there won’t be enough to go around.

When Should You Upgrade?

You can upgrade your panel any time you want to. But while that may be true, it’s best to do it before you have to. There are a number of signs that you should pay attention to which will warn you that your electrical panel is out of date, the most obvious of which is that your appliances don’t work. If you plug in electronics and appliances like your TV, chargers for various devices, kitchen goods and so on, but they simply won’t work at the same time, that means that you’re overloading your electrical panel.

Similarly, if your lights are flickering then that means the same thing. There simply isn’t enough electricity to go around, and you’ll need an electrical panel that provides more. You should also think about upgrading if you’re about to add an extension to your home. If you’re about to add another room to your property, or even if you’re just upgrading your kitchen, you should consider whether your electrical panel will be able to handle the extra workload.

Cost To Upgrade Electrical Panel

So, let’s get down to business: how much does it cost to upgrade electrical panel?

First things first, it depends on how old your wiring is. If you’re simply adding a new panel in a home that was only built ten years ago, you won’t have to replace your wiring. If that’s the case, you won’t have to replace wiring throughout your home, which is costly and time consuming.

In that case, then, you’re looking at the cost of parts and labor for a smaller job. The typical 200 amp panel costs between $100-$200, and the job itself normally takes between 8 to 10 hours. Naturally, this depends on the location of your panel and how easy it is to access and work in the space around it. Working in a cramped space can make the process take longer! There may also be other repairs which are necessary for your safety which will extend the cost of parts and labor. Overall, the average cost comes to $1500-$2000, including parts, labor and permit fees.

Cost To Upgrade Electrical Panel And Wiring

Say for the sake of argument that your house is fifty years old, and the wiring hasn’t been changed since the house was built. If that’s the case, you can’t simply change your electrical panel and call the job done. As we mentioned above, the older your wiring gets, the more of a fire hazard it becomes. Not only that, but your outlets, fixtures and circuits may also be damaged. If so, we would 100% recommend that you have these replaced too.

Of course, this does mean that the job becomes more complex, time consuming and costly. But if you leave faulty wiring in place for long enough, the risk of fire only gets higher. It’s impossible to give a ballpark figure because the cost depends on the size of your home, the number of floors in your home, how easy to access your crawlspace is and the age of your home as well. If you need an estimate for a job like this, we recommend that you ask us for a free estimate. We can visit your home, talk with you about what you need and recommend what we think is best.

What Next?

Your next step should be either calling us at (719) 492-6955 or message us through our contact form here. We can arrange a service visit at a time that works for you, so that we can take a look at your problem. Once we’ve had a chance to look around, we can suggest what we think are your best options- the ultimate decision is up to you. We also offer an estimate for our work, so that you’ll never be left out of pocket.

What are you waiting for? Call today!

 

All You Ever Needed to know about 200 Amp Breakers

Not everybody is familiar with breaker boxes and what they do. In fact, the average person doesn’t know much about breaker boxes at all. But if you don’t, its important to educate yourself. Such boxes help to prevent circuits from overloading and causing wire damage or electrical fires. In turn, they are essential to safety in any home. If you don’t know much about circuit breakers, we are here to help! Here is everything you could possibly want to know about circuit breakers, and what exactly 200 amp breakers are.

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What is a circuit breaker?

You can find circuit breakers on your home’s electrical panel. These panels are what takes incoming electricity and redistributes it throughout the circuits in your home. Circuit breakers are essential to the safety of any home or building. Their job is to prevent circuits from overloading. In laymen’s terms, what does this mean? It means that anytime a home or building’s electrical wiring has too much electricity flowing through it, the breaker will cut the power. Power will remain cut until the problem gets solved. Without circuit breakers homes and buildings would be at much higher risk of potential fires, equipment failures, and other wiring concerns.

What does a circuit breaker do?

Before we can understand what a circuit breaker does and what  200 amp breakers are, we first need to better understand the concept of electricity. There are three major attributes that make up electricity; voltage, currents, and resistance.

Voltage = A force or pressure that makes an electrical charge move. They’re understood in terms of “volts”.

Currents = The “flow” of an electric charge. In other words, the rate at which the charge moves.

Resistance = Is the amount of resistance offered by the conductor

Voltage, currents, and resistance all work together – and you cannot change one without causing change to another. So what does this have to do with your circuit breaker? Electricity in your home is initially received from a power plant. Inside your home, this electricity moves through circuits. One end of the circuit leads to the power plant, and the other leads to the ground. Whenever this circuit is closed, current can move through it. Electricity gets delivered to your home at a steady voltage, but all electrical appliances within your home provide a different amount of resistance. This resistance is what limits how much charge can flow through the circuit. For safety reasons, appliances are generally designed to keep a low current. If too much current were to pass through, the wires would generate too much heat, and a fire hazard would be the result.

This is how electricity should work in your home. But occasionally, things can go awry. In some cases, problems can cause resistance to minimize, pushing huge amounts of current through the wires. In turn, it becomes a safety hazard as the wires can overheat and create a fire. Luckily, it is cases like there where your circuit breaker will come to the rescue. When too much current is being pushed through, the breaker cuts off your circuit until the problem gets fixed.

How does a circuit breaker work? What does it mean to have “200 Amp breakers”?

Fuses are the simplest circuit protection devices. This is simply a thin wire that plugs into the circuit. When a circuit is closed, any charge that flows through it also flows through the wire or fuse. If the fuse gets too hot or there is too much current flowing through it, it disintegrates. This causes the circuit to open and prevents any further damage. Heres the problem with a fuse; you can only use it one time. If you blow a fuse, you have to replace it. This is why so many people are now moving to circuit breakers. They hold the same function as a fuse (opening when there is too much current), but you can use them more than once. How does it work? Unlike fuses, circuit breakers don’t “blow”, they “trip”. When this happens, all you need to do to restart them is simply flip a switch.

Now let’s talk about Amps. An Amp is a unit for measuring electricity. It is the standard unit for measuring how fast an electrical current flows. Each circuit breaker will have a maximum Ampage marked on its handle. This number represents the maximum Amp that can flow through the circuit before it trips. Before the 1950’s, 30 Amp fuse panels were the norm. Travel into the 1960’s, and 60 Amp panels became more widely preferred. Nowadays, 100 and 200 Amp breakers have become the standard. In fact, 100 Amps are the minimum allowed, while 200 Amp breakers are the preferred option.

What are the different types of breakers?

There are 2 standard types of circuit breakers; single and double pole. Single poles probably make up most of the breakers within your box. They are single switches designed for delivering electricity to smaller appliances. Double poles are for operating the larger appliances like washers, dryers, and dishwashers. These resemble two switches joined together.

So, why should you choose breakers? Well, you could just choose a simple fuse. But why continue to replace fuses when you can just flick a switch? Circuit breakers are an important choice in any home because they control your safety. Breakers help to keep the electrical currents flowing properly in your home, shielding you and your family from electrical fires. In terms of Amps, 200 is the standard in most homes today.

Where can you buy 200 Amp breakers? At WireWorksCoInc.com. At Wire Works Co Inc, we can help you install electrical panel upgrades that will keep your home or business safe. With the help of our professionals, we can ensure your home never loses power or suffers the consequences associated with a bad electrical panel. Invest in your safety today!

Lighting Colorado Springs: Hire a Master Electrician Today

Are you thinking of having new lighting installed? Or your old wiring repaired? Then why not hire one of our very own master electricians? Every one of our employees has trained and gained experience in a huge variety of settings. So whether you want basic panel servicing or upgrades, or you want a residential wiring system installed in your newly built home, give us a call today!

Here are just a few of the things that our master electricians can help you with.

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Lighting Colorado Springs: new construction wiring

Wire Works have been servicing the Colorado Springs area for years. Over that time, our electricians have gained plenty of experience working on new homes and offices. Whatever you’re building, you should never  consider having wiring installed by either an amateur or an electrician who isn’t qualified and licensed to do so. Over the years to come, you’ll enjoy the safety and peace of mind of having had the job done right. Our Master Electricians have the know-how and experience to install your new wiring system!

Lighting Colorado Springs: existing residential wiring

We can provide new wiring for old homes, too. So if you’ve built an extension, or you want your old wiring replaced for safety reasons, we’re ready to help. Older wiring systems can fall prey to damage from the elements, or even vermin, over the years. That’s a safety risk, as frayed wiring can cause electrical fires. You wouldn’t believe the number of ‘accidents waiting to happen’ that we’ve seen over the years!

That’s why many residents of the Colorado Springs area are opting to have their existing residential wiring replaced. It might sound like the kind of job that you can put off, but it really isn’t- your home or livelihood could be at risk. Our electricians make the job simple, easy and affordable. If you’d like to know more about our wiring replacement service, you can always get in touch!

Lighting Colorado Springs: service and repair

So if you’re worried about your wiring, give us a call, and we can perform a full safety check and service for you! We can take a look at the electrical wiring in your house from top to bottom, to pinpoint potential dangers. Like we said above, loose and frayed wiring can be an accident waiting to happen. But maybe your wiring is fine apart from one section! That’s where our repair service comes in.

We can patch any part of your existing system. So, if your electrical wires have frayed around one corner of your home but nowhere else, we can fix that for you! And our regular service can stop problems like this from happening in the first place.

Lighting Colorado Springs: remodels and additions

Are you having a new bathroom or kitchen fitted? You can buy all the fancy kitchen islands and pizza ovens you like, but you’ll literally be in the dark if you don’t have your new kitchen or bathroom wired up first! And when you do have your new room wired up, it’s worth sticking with a professional, so that you can rest assured you won’t be experiencing electrical problems in the near future.

Remodels like this are the everyday work that keeps our electricians busy. We’ve been working on jobs like this in the Colorado Springs area for over twenty years. So why not trust us to do the job for you, and to do it right first time?

Lighting Colorado Springs: panel and service upgrades

If you’re living in an older house, your electrical panel might not be up to the job any more. Modern devices like computers and high-definition TVs use far more power than some old electrical panels can handle. And as we keep adding more and more devices to our lives, that need for more power is only going to increase. So if your panel is getting on in years- if it’s more than a few decades old, especially- you should consider having your electrical panel replaced.

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Lighting Colorado Springs: yard lighting

If you’re having your yard landscaped, the picture wouldn’t be complete without professional lighting! Your new outdoor kitchen or dining area can be made twice as nice with bright lighting. Or alternatively, your Jacuzzi or swimming pool can look classy with some low mood lighting! Whatever we install depends on your design. We listen to your needs- whether you want to entertain, spend time with your family, or with your partner- and advise you on what might work. These are some of the most fun projects to work on, because the right lighting really makes your yard come alive.

Lighting Colorado Springs: professional lighting design packages

Our Master Electricians are experts at working with your professional lighting design ideas. Before we start, we take in every detail of what you’re after: what mood or atmosphere you want to create, what parts of your house you want to accentuate from the outside, and how exactly to create the comforting family atmosphere you’ve always dreamed of. We take your ideas and turn them into a reality.

Our specialists will first tour your house, pinpointing each location where lighting would create the effect that you want. Remember, we’ve been working on projects like this for more than 20 years: so when it comes to advice about how to light your dream home, we know what we’re talking about! If there’s anything that you’re still not sure about, you can always ask our friendly technicians. And if you’re interested, give us a call today. We always try and answer in three rings- you could be talking to a Master Electrician in just a minute from now! So what are you waiting for?

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