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The Difference Between An Electrician And An Electrical Contractor

Commercial/Residential Electrician Service San JoseWhether you live in a home or condo, or you own or manage a Los Angeles County business, residential living complex, or any public or private industrial building, office building, or high-rise, the time will come when your electrical infrastructure is going to require attention.

When that does happen, you'll need to hire an electrician or an electrical contractor to get the job done. Here's what you need to know in order to make that decision:

People use the term electrician and electrical contractor interchangeably, but there are significant differences that can impact the quality of the work you receive and the safety of your family, staff or tenants.

When it comes to electricity and electricity-driven components, there is no margin for error. That's why it is critical you make the right decision the first time.

Before you hire an electrician for your next project, make sure your needs won't be better served by hiring a Los Angeles County electrical contractor instead.

Here's The Critical Differences Between Electricians and Commercial Electrical Contractors

The most obvious differences between residential and commercial electrical systems are that commercial applications require more circuits than the average residential application, and there is usually significantly higher voltages found in many of those commercial circuits.

Homes are typically wired for 110 and 220 volts A/C, while many Los Angeles County commercial and industrial buildings have high voltage requirements of 600 volts A/C or greater.

There are significant differences between low and high voltage systems. An electrical contractor understands those differences and works with high voltage regularly. Most electricians do not have the experience to work with high voltage systems.

While a electrician may install a new light fixture, electrical outlet, or a ceiling fan in someone's home, our electrical contractors in Los Angeles County can do all of that plus handle commercial applications like installing turbines, compressors, parking lot pole lights, conveyor belts, and a variety of other systems that a standard electrician may never encounter.

Electrical Contractors Know The Rules

Electrical Code requirements vary between residential and commercial projects. If a commercial electrical project is not performed to specific code requirements, you open yourself up to risks ranging from fines and penalties, to having your building shut down until the electrical project is brought up to code.

And whether it's a residential or commercial job, there is always the risks of fire, injury or even death resulting from improperly installed electrical devices.

An electrical contractor who handles both residential and commercial work has to be thoroughly familiar with all sections of California Electrical code.

Electrical contractors are always alert to pending and new code requirements. Plus, because of their familiarity with the electrical code, electrical contractors are better equipped to bring legacy equipment up to new code standards.

A Los Angeles county electrical contractor is the best choice for safe-minded home owners as well as commercial customers seeking the highest quality work, without the risks that come with hiring the wrong person for the job.

When choosing a Los Angeles electrical contractor for your next residential or commercial project, be sure the contractor holds a valid C-10 license issued by the California State Licensing Board, and is bonded and insured.

Y.E.S. Electric and Construction, Inc., is a bonded and insured California C-10 Licensed Electrical Contractor providing a full range of electrical services to residential and commercial customers throughout the Los Angeles County area.