Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions everyone should ask any electrician before starting work:
Tienken and Sons LLC is a licensed bonded and insured electrical company servicing our clients residential, commercial, and industrial needs for all of Maricopa County and the surrounding areas and is licensed with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors, License Number 198221.
If a permit is required, Tienken & Sons will make the application on your behalf. Some municipalities allow you to do minor electrical repairs and installations if you first secure a permit and have the work inspected when complete. If you are not familiar with the permit and inspection process, allow us to do all the work for you.
Tienken & Sons will do a thorough preliminary inspection and provide you with a firm, accurate estimate of the work involved, along with the cost of fixtures or wiring that will be installed. If additional work is necessary, it can be negotiated and billed separately.
Unless you live in a very old home with antiquated wiring, you probably won't have to replace your existing electrical lines. However, if you require more electrical capacity in certain rooms, new wiring runs and additional outlets are likely to be needed.
The current National Electrical Code recommends a minimum l00-amp incoming electrical service. If you service panel provides less, it should be upgraded to this level or better to meet today's home requirements. Most new homes are wired with 200-amp service.
Ground wiring protects a home and its occupants in case of an electrical fault, such as a short-circuit. But grounding also protects expensive electronic equipment like computers and many appliances. An electrician can quickly check and add grounding capacity if needed.
Solid copper wiring is the material of choice for new homes of renovations. Although 14-gage wire is allowed for many circuits, it's smart to install heavier 12-guage wiring, which costs a little more but can handle more electrical current, making it safer and more energy-efficient.
Every tradesperson or electrician is only as good as his or her reputation. If you have never contracted with the electrician who answered you call, it's fair to ask for the names of other customers who have and to give them a call to check the contractor's work.