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  • Hood River Electrical LLC

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    Posted by Roy A.on 16/09/2021

    I wanted to have a new 200amp panel installed to replace my existing 100amp panel. After calling several different electricians and getting the run around, I finally found Lon at Hood River Electrical. Lon, the owner, came out within a week to make a site visit. Together we reviewed my options and then gave a quote that I felt was fair. Lon put me at ease and I felt comfortable that the work would be done quickly and by the book. When PacificPower turned off the power and the meter box was removed, Lon discovered that it would need to be replaced. Knowing the tight timeline and my expectations, Lon went out of his way to get a new box and install it so that the power was on when I got home. Communication with contractors can always be difficult but Lon gave me consistent updates that gave me piece of mind while the work was being done. I highly recommend Hood River Electrical to anybody in the Portland area looking for an electrician. I plan on using Hood River Electrical in the future!

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Frequently asked questions

  • An electrician’s cost per hour comes in between $50 and $100. It’ll vary depending on your location and the type or professional you hire. Areas with a higher cost of living can expect to pay on the higher end of that scale. Licensing level may also increase the price.
  • Usually you’ll pay a higher rate for the first hour. This covers their travel and time expense. Emergency or after-hours rates are usually higher too – expect to pay an emergency fee of up to $300 plus a higher hourly rate.

Electricians do a fair amount of larger remodeling and new construction projects but also common residential projects including:

For cost information related to the above tasks, visit our Electrical Cost Guide.

  1. Do you have a license to perform electrical work in this state?
    All states require an electrical license or work performed under a Master Electrician. You should also ask how many on the job hours of experience they have.
  2. Do you have insurance?
    Never use one who isn’t insured. You can ask to see proof of insurance.
  3. Do you have prior work references?
    You might skip this for small jobs like installing a light or outlet. For larger projects, always get references.
  4. What are your rates?
    Always ask up front. Getting a detailed quote up front is the best way to go.
  5. Who is going to do the actual work?
    Often, a Master Electrician will come out to diagnose and bid on projects, but they have their apprentice and journeyman electricians do the work. This isn’t a terrible thing, in fact it’s common practice. The Master’s license is on the line with any work he supervises.
  6. Is your work warrantied or guaranteed?
    Any reputable company or contractor warranties their work, usually for at least a year.
  7. Are you usually on time?
    Overbooking is a frequent problem with electrical work. Often, a service call goes long, and they end up showing up at your home late. This common complaint is easily remedied with an up-front and honest discussion. If they can’t be on time, make sure they’ll call.

1. Don’t Be Misled by an Electrician’s Hourly Rates

A truly skilled, well-equipped professional with a truck full of parts that charges $100 an hour can be a much wiser choice than an inexperienced hack, working with inadequate tools and no parts, but charging much less. Often, more experienced professionals get the job done quickly with warrantied work.

2. Compare Travel Charges

Rates reflect travel times. Travel charges can have a big impact on your costs and are in some ways easier to compare than hourly rates. Many electricians spend a third or more of their time navigating traffic on their way to a jobsite. Every contractor must find a way to pay for the expense of driving each day.

3. Bundle Repair Jobs Together

When you feel it’s time to call a pro, review your list and then conduct a mini-inspection of your home. Look for faulty switches and dysfunctional or crowded outlets. When the electrician comes, you’ll save money and time by getting everything taken care of at once.

4. How to Prepare & What to Know Before the Electrician Arrives
  • Be as thorough and detailed in describing your needs to your contractor. The more they know, the quicker the job will go.
  • Before they arrive, prepare a precise list of items you want serviced. Electricians have budgeted their time for a service call. They don’t have time for additional requests once they are on site.
  • Make sure the electrical panel box is accessible. You’ll pay for the time it takes to access it.
  • Clear away fragile items, knickknacks and furniture from areas where you expect the them to work.
  • If you have questions about the project, ask them before they start. Most are happy to run you through the problem and the process of fixing it.
  • Ask about potential issues after the work is complete. During a service call a professional will spot any potential hazards.
  • You’ll lose power to parts of your home while they work. Be prepared to pause anything you’re doing during the service call.
  • In most cases you’ll have the option to either pay at the time of service or have a bill sent to you. You’ll be able to pay with cash, credit and sometimes check.
5. Install Money-Saving Electrical Fixtures
  • By switching from ordinary incandescent light fixtures or bulbs to fluorescent or LED ones, you can substantially reduce energy consumption in your home.
  • Motion detector switches can help you save money on outdoor lighting while at the same time providing very cost-effective security to your home.
  • Creative landscape lighting and indoor accent lighting can make your home more appealing to you, your guests and potential buyers in the future.

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Recent Job Requests for Electricians in Portland, OR

  • NewProject: Lightning Protection Install
    Location: Portland, OR
    Date: 12/04/22
    Square footage of house: 1000 - 2000 Sq ft
    Describe area around home: Urban
    Number of Stories: 2
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Comment: Power out in a wall
  • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
    Location: Portland, OR
    Date: 12/04/22
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Location: Home/Residence
    Is this an emergency?: No
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
  • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
    Location: Portland, OR
    Date: 12/03/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Is this an emergency?: No
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Electrical fixtures : Outlets
    Comment: One outdoor circuit for outlets is not working. GFCI won't reset. Voltage is present at the GFCI. Either the GFCI is faulty and/or one or more of the outlets is faulty. I have had this problem before. No obvious water damage. All outlets have a cover. This house was built in 1982, but has been remodeled.
  • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
    Location: Portland, OR
    Date: 12/03/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Is this an emergency?: No
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Electrical fixtures : Outlets
  • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
    Location: Portland, OR
    Date: 12/03/22
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Location: Home/Residence
    Is this an emergency?: No
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
  • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
    Location: Portland, OR
    Date: 12/03/22
    Desired Completion Date: Immediately
    Is this an emergency?: Yes
    Location: Home/Residence
  • NewProject: Electric Wiring Upgrade
    Location: Portland, OR
    Date: 12/03/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Project description: Electrical panel upgrade only
    Comment: We have an outdated electrical panel 200 amp that needs to be replaced.
  • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
    Location: Portland, OR
    Date: 12/03/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Is this an emergency?: No
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
  • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
    Location: Portland, OR
    Date: 12/02/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Historical Work: No
    Desired Completion Date: More than 2 weeks
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Project description: Update or add a few fixtures, outlets or switches
    Property Owner: Yes
    Are you interested in financing?: No
    Comment: 1) Electric range 40 amp - circuit needs to go under house through crawlspace. The shed is currently 50amp (240) but my idea is to step the shed down to 30amp, so we can use a 40/30 quad (40 for range, 30 for shed). The shed used to have more power requirements, now just a fridge and some lights. There is a 50amp double pole breaker in the shed's panel that would need to be switched to a 30amp double pole. 2) Hard wired "Charge Point" EV charger - 40 amp. Setup 40/30 quad breaker in AC (heat pump) slot. For this wire run we want to go up, through the attic, then down inside the wall (near the ladders/drill press in the garage picture). I can send pictures. I already bought the breakers.
  • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
    Location: Portland, OR
    Date: 12/02/22
    After Business Hours: No
    Historical Work: No
    Covered by Insurance: No
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    Desired Completion Date: Immediately
    Comment: I would like to get an estimate for wiring connecting to the home from the street is unsafe.
  • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
    Location: Portland, OR
    Date: 12/02/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Is this an emergency?: No
    Desired Completion Date: More than 2 weeks
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Comment: Ir uit from fuse box ot working.
  • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
    Location: Portland, OR
    Date: 12/02/22
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Location: Home/Residence
    Is this an emergency?: No
    Comment: add new circuit breaker and install sense energy monitor device.
  • NewProject: Electric Wiring Upgrade
    Location: Portland, OR
    Date: 12/02/22
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Historical Work: No
    Project description: Electrical panel upgrade only
    Location: Home/Residence
    Property Owner: Yes
    Are you interested in financing?: No
    Comment: I would like to get an estimate for electrician to check the electrical box
  • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
    Location: Portland, OR
    Date: 12/02/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Is this an emergency?: No
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Electrical fixtures : Other fixtures
    Comment: 1) Install 220v to kitchen island. 2) Install Ford Charge Station Pro
  • NewProject: Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installation
    Location: Portland, OR
    Date: 12/02/22
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Location: Home/Residence
    Property Owner: Yes
    Property type:: Single Family
    Supports 220v or 240v load: Yes
    Already Purchased Station: Yes
    Comment: I would like to get an estimate for a Installation of a out let Charging for my Electric Vehicle i already have one in that side of that house garege i want that new one next to it zip code 97223
  • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
    Location: Portland, OR
    Date: 12/02/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Is this an emergency?: Yes
    Desired Completion Date: Immediately
  • NewProject: Home Addition or Remodel Electrical Installation
    Location: Portland, OR
    Date: 12/01/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Project description: Complete wiring for addition or remodel
    Electrical Devices: Switches (standard)
    Electrical Devices: Dedicated circuits
    Electrical Devices: Wall outlets
  • NewProject: Generator Install
    Location: Portland, OR
    Date: 12/01/22
    Type of generator: Fixed Generator
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Location: Home/Residence
    Are you interested in financing?: Yes
    Property Owner: Yes

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