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Electrical Wiring & Panel Services in San Francisco, CA

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    FS Electric Logo
    San Francisco, CA·

    "Filip was so knowledgeable and wonderful to work with. I cannot recommend him enough. We will use him for all of our home projects in the future!"

    Elisa M. in October 2023

    John Buckley Electric, Inc. Logo
    Daly City, CA·

    Lighting Fixturers installation, Residential and Commercial Electrical, All upgrades

    "John Buckley visited my home on the same day I contacted HomeAdvisor. He determined what was needed to complete the job and returned the next morning to fix the electric outlet. Many thanks John."

    Patrick S. in December 2018

    JC Electric Logo
    San Jose, CA·

    "Electrician very knowledgable."

    Rochelle M. in December 2023

    Lightning Electric Logo
    Novato, CA·

    Internet & network system design and install. ( CAT5-6,Fiber optic,), Commercial Electrical Installation and Service, Home Automation Installation - voice control using ( Google home, Alexa ) , and 2 more

    "Tony is a total pro. Easy to communicate with and did a great job. What more can you ask?"

    Carrie D. in September 2021

    LE
    San Francisco, CA·

    Electrical

    "Joe was exceptional at trouble shooting my problem, clever enough to propose a safe solution that didn't require excessive work. He was very professional and completed the work within the time estimate that he provided.His work is extremeley high value; his rates were very competitive and his work exceptional."

    laura M. in September 2011

    Magee Electric LLC Logo

    "The team did a good job in a timely manner at a reasonable price. Scheduling happened quick and easily."

    Gregory W. in December 2023

    Five or Free Electrical Solutions Logo
    Livermore, CA·

    Electrical - Residential & Commercial

    "Five or Free Electrical Solutions is everything that they advertise that their company is about. Highly recommended for electrical projects."

    Andrew B. in December 2019

    BA
    San Pablo, CA·

    Audio/Visual

    "I had a great experience with this company. Edgar provided a detailed estimate, kept me informed all along the way and did a tidy professional installation. I would not hesitate to use him on my next project. I will recommend to all my friends that they, at least, get an estimate from Brains Automation."

    David K. in November 2022

    SI

    Electric Vehicle Station, Panel Upgrades, Electrical Addition

    "Shortbar did a tricky install of a switched connection to an existing J-box in the concrete ceiling of my condo. If youâ ve owned a high-rise concrete place before, you know that can be tricky, but Shortbar figured out how to hook my new light fixture up to an existing 3-way switch and patched the holes where they had to open up the wall."

    Caroline S. in February 2024

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How much do electrical wiring & panel services typically cost?

  • San Francisco, California Average
    $1,726
  • Typical Range
    $728 - $2,880
  • Low End - High End
    $178 - $5,500

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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San Francisco Electricians are rated 4.9 out of 5 based on 268 reviews of 268 pros.

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