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Which credit cards do you accept?

Visa, Mastercard, Discover/Novus and American Express cards are accepted. We do not accept debit cards which bear the Visa or Mastercard logo.

What other ways can I pay for work?

Residential customers have many options for payment for the work performed. We accept cash, check, money orders, or credit cards and noted above. Commercial customers have the option to set up an account with us prior to performing the work. Call to find out what kind of account set up you would qualify for.

Do you provide FREE estimates?

Yes, we provide FREE estimates on all new work. However we cannot provide an estimate for any repair work as time and material varies on each job.

How can I get emergency service after normal hours?

We provide 24-hour emergency service. Please call us!

What does a hot tub installation involve?

Hot tub installations have surged in popularity over recent years. Water and electricity typically don’t mix well – which is why it’s extremely important that you have your hot tub wired by a qualified contractor. It’s important that you understand exactly what hot tub wiring installations involve in order to ensure that you are safe during the process.

Why should I invest in outdoor lighting installation?

Outdoor lighting can showcase the beautiful characteristics of your home’s architecture and provide some extra security at night. It is a financially sound decision to invest in outdoor lighting installation.

Is excessive heating a sign of a serious electrical problem?

Excessive heating of electrical equipment is a sign of a very serious and potentially dangerous electrical problem that must be addressed immediately. Kolb Electric can detect such electrical problems through thermographic electrical inspections.

My house has aluminum wiring! Does this mean I need to rewire my entire home?

Of course not! However, there are certain situations where aluminum wiring can be dangerous. Kolb Electric can work with you to provide a plan to minimize the risks of aluminum wiring.

Can I do my own home electrical repairs?

Absolutely not – there are too many safety risks involved! This is a common question we receive here at Kolb Electric.

What is the most energy-efficient lighting today that will cut down on electricity costs?

There are many types of energy-efficient lighting that you can choose from, including LED, outdoor solar, fluorescent and more.

What is a ground fault interrupter (GFI) and its benefits?

You’ve probably noticed some electrical outlets throughout your home that don’t look like other outlets. They’re similar, but they also have “test” and “reset” buttons. These are known as Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFI). There are two reasons why they’ve become so popular: they save lives and they’re inexpensive. Once you understand how they work…

Why should homeowners have whole-house surge suppressors?

The MD, VA, and DC area is known for getting slammed with powerful thunderstorms and other extreme weather events year-round, which in turn causes electrical surges that can destroy your essential and expensive electrical items. These electrical surges can fry every electric item in your home. Fortunately, you can protect all your electrical items with…

Flickering Lights: What Causes It and How to Fix

Flickering lights in your home can be more than a nuisance—they can be a sign of a serious electrical problem. If you’re like most people you probably just tolerate flickering lights, assuming they’re just a normal occurrence. But under normal conditions, your lights should remain steady throughout the day. The next time your lights flicker, pay…

Why is my smoke detector beeping non-stop?

Smoke detectors have saved a countless number of lives when they are placed in a home or business, and if they're installed in every room, they add an extra measure of peace and safety. If you replace the batteries annually, it should continue to work properly. It’s possible, however, that your smoke detector beeps continuously, which is a problem.

What are the benefits of installing parking lot lighting?

Your parking lot lighting is one of the single most important aspects of your entire building, especially when it comes to the safety of your employees and customers. Kolb Electric can install parking lot lighting that is tailored to your needs. Allow us to explain all the benefits of installing parking lot lighting.

What are the differences between commercial fire alarms and residential fire alarms?

As a business owner, one of your top priorities is keeping your staff and employees safe. This means you should install a fire alarm system that keeps you, your employees and your building safe at all times. There are some important differences between commercial fire alarms that we install and the residential fire alarms you may be accustomed to.

Does my business need a standby generator?

Ready, an initiative launched in 2004 by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), focuses on business preparedness. Ready helps owners and managers of small- to medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations, and assets in the event of an emergency. If you own or operate a business in MD, DC, or VA, it’s important you understand some of the potential consequences that can result due to extended power outages, as outlined by Ready.

Circuit Breaker Tripping? What to Do About It

If you have a circuit breaker that constantly trips at your business, it’s probably due to an overloaded circuit. This typically occurs when you have devices that consume a lot of energy. Kolb Electric explains what you can do to solve this problem.

Does My Office Need a Security System?

Is your office equipped with a security system? Installing an office security system is essential in today’s world. With the ever-present threat of burglary, which could ultimately lead to expensive technology as well as sensitive, confidential information being stolen, keeping your office secure should be a top priority.

What type of commercial lighting is best for my business?

Choosing the ideal lighting fixtures for your business is paramount in terms of both functionality and appearance. Read more about this, and contact Kolb Electric to learn about different lighting options you have.

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