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May 2014

For award winning electrical service, talk to Vons Electric first!

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red-light-bulbDo you need electricians you can really trust to maintain, upgrade, or install an entire new electrical system? Would you like to enhance your home or business by installing a ceiling fan, additional electrical outlets, or outdoor lighting? Are you wondering who installs Kohler generators or can bring your warehouse up to code compliance? Maybe your need is as simple as a dimmer for the dining room lights or a new dryer outlet.

Whether your focus is on beauty, safety, security, or practicality, talk to Vons Electric, Inc.

Since 2005, our team of licensed electricians has been providing top quality, electrical services for the homes, businesses, and industries of the Fox Valley region.

In addition to being a qualified and experienced electrical service provider, Vons Electric stocks a range of products that rival most electrical supply houses. Whether it’s for a big job or something very small, if you need an electrical product or accessory, we’ll supply it – or find a way to find it.

Vons also provides consultations for any customer and specializes in finding solutions. Expertise in trouble shooting means Vons team often finds the answers when no one else seems able to, no matter what the issue – or what the time.   We offer 24 hour emergency service and a tips list or phone advice to guide you if you’d rather handle the smaller issues on your own.

With a reputation for honesty, integrity, and professionalism, owner Vaughn Hazen and his team invite you to talk to Vons first and experience the type of customer service and satisfaction that is unique to Vons Electric.

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08

May 2014

24 hour emergency service

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It goes without saying, whether you are a home, a business, or involved with any type of industry, you need power 7 days a week 24 hours a day. Vons Electric knows that electrical emergencies don’t check the clock to see if it’s convenient. Whether it’s a weekend or outside our regular workday hours, if you face an electrical emergency, we’re ready to do what needs to be done.

Our contact page explains how to reach our on call electrician, quickly.

When do I call my local power supplier or the City instead of Vons? As a rule of thumb, your power supply company handles issues from their lines up to your meter. Vons can handle any electrical emergency that has to do with the power from your meter, within and through your home or other premises.

What constitutes an emergency? We presume given you’re reading this, there isn’t one happening now. If there is, jump to the list below! If not, you might like to read the TIPS section of this site.

  • Power to any vital piece/s of machinery or system is lost and you cannot restore it yourself or don’t know how.
  • Power required for running your business or for keeping you & others safe or healthy, is lost and you cannot restore it yourself or don’t know how.
  • You smell something ‘funny’ (of an electrical/hot metal smell) see major sparks or hear a fizzing/sizzling sound when you use an outlet.
  • Other situations when something you need immediately won’t work e.g. your Kohler generator has stopped or power to your garage door has failed.
  • Any time you’re very concerned / it feels like an emergency to you, and you think Vons can help.

We know you’ll use your best judgment. If it feels like an emergency to you, it probably is. Our goal is safe and satisfied long term customers, helping you avoid emergency call out rates whenever possible, but ensuring you have 24 hour electrical emergency service when you do need it.

Call Vons if you’re not sure! 630.377.VONS (8667) There’s no charge for emergency advice!

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08

May 2014

When you want to hire an electrician

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Whether you talk to Vons or someone else, these are the steps you’ll want to ensure are included in an inspection of the electrical system in your home or business.

Inspect interior and exterior wires. Damaged, frayed or unprotected wires can be dangerous, especially in basements, attics, and tight enclosed spaces. Wires that come into contact with hot surfaces or pipes are also a hazard and must be reported and remedied.

Check the installation and functioning of any GFCI outlets. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets are an important safety mechanism for any home or business and should be installed anywhere – indoors or outdoors – to replace an outlet that may come in contact with moisture or water. They are designed to shut off in the event the outlet becomes overloaded or short circuits. A licensed electrician can ensure new and existing outlets are correctly wired and can advise where you should replace ordinary outlets with a GFCI.

Test all outlets and wall switches. Checking the health of a wall switch or outlet can often reveal unsafe wiring hidden behind it, before it becomes a major and dangerous issue. An electrician can test for ungrounded circuits and reversed polarity, look for blackened, smelly or discolored (dangerous) outlets and replace any that are loose or damaged.

Inspect the electrical panel for moisture or damage (also known as the breaker box). It is critical that your electrical panel has sufficient clearance; the circuit breakers and wiring within it are “to code”; and there is no sign of overheating, corrosion, moisture, or oxidation. The electrical panel needs to be properly grounded and bonded to the water pipes. Never attempt to remove or inspect an electrical panel yourself as they can be dangerous.

Check the electric meter to make sure it was installed securely and that there are no signs of water damage. Rust at the base could indicate water entering the meter which increases the risk of water getting into your main electrical panel. The meter also needs to be checked for broken seals or other defects.

Vons would rather have a longstanding, satisfied customer than one quick job.”

Vaughn Hazen

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