24-7 Emergency Electrical Repair:
Trout performs most electrical repairs, maintenance, enhancements, and upgrades during regular business hours, but keeps a “SWAT team” of electricians on call for emergencies. We’ll respond to any relevant electrical emergency in our service area, rain or shine, day or night, even on weekends and holidays.
Does it cost more for emergency repair? No, rates are exactly the same as rates for standard repairs. However, a broken outlet isn't an emergency. A smoking outlet is. If there's any doubt in your mind, please call us.
9 Electrical Emergencies & What to Do About Them
1. A power line is down outside your home.
What to Do: Never attempt to move the line yourself. Keep family members and pets clear of the area. Call your electrical utility company, which maintains most external power lines, to determine who’s responsible for the repair. Next, call emergency services (911), and finally, if you bear any responsibility for the repair, call Trout emergency services.
2. A breaker box is buzzing and humming.
What to Do: Noise from a breaker box is a sign of trouble. When overloaded, circuit breakers are designed to trip and shut off power to the circuit they control. If the breaker box is buzzing and “complaining,” the circuits aren’t tripping as they should, and this presents a very real fire hazard if the circuit overheats.
Turn off or unplug all appliances connected to the buzzing circuit and call Trout Electric. Immediately.
3. Your home or business has lost all power.
What to Do: Check to see if your neighbors still have electrical power. If they do, contact the power company to determine if electricity is still being delivered to your home or business. If you should be getting power, and all lines maintained by the utility company are intact, call Trout Electric to inspect your home or business power circuits.
4. Burn marks appear on power outlets and electrical switches, or switch plates are warm to the touch.
What to Do: Call Trout emergency services. Burn marks indicate a potential short circuit or overheated electrical line that could lead to fire.
5. Smoke or flames are emanating from an outlet or switch, or from wiring in your home.
What to Do: Call 911 and move all family members and pets outside. Cut the power to your home, if possible. Never throw water on an electrical fire! Once emergency services have determined it’s safe to do so, a Trout electrician can repair the damage.
6. You smell burning rubber, burning wires, or other unidentifiable burning odors.
What to Do: Call Trout immediately for advice and for an emergency diagnosis to pinpoint and repair the problem in your wiring.
7. A hair dryer, air fryer, or other common household appliance keeps blowing fuses or tripping breakers in your home.
What to Do: Your fuses or breakers are working as they should to prevent a short circuit. Here, the appliance could be the problem, and not the circuits in your home. But easily tripped breakers could also be symptomatic of underlying and potentially dangerous flaws in your electrical system.
While this scenario is more of a nuisance than a true emergency, you may want to contact Trout to inspect your home and give you a free estimate for an electrical upgrade.
8. Light bulbs burn out more frequently than you think they should.
What to Do: No light bulb lasts forever, but frequent burnouts could indicate problems with electrical wiring and circuitry, and if the burnouts are occurring with relatively new bulbs, you should contact Trout for an inspection.
9. Lights or appliances flicker on and off.
What to Do: This may or many not be an emergency. At best, it's a nuisance. At worst, it's a symptom of a serious flaw in your electrical system. Contact Trout to assess the severity of the problem. Treat it as though it's an emergency, even if the repair is simple to execute.
Why Trout Electric?
- We've installed thousands of EV stations in Southern California.
- We guarantee your satisfaction.
- We guarantee all work, parts and labor.
- We guarantee our pricing — the price we quote will be the price on your bill, and not a penny more.
- We've been in business since 1999.
- We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
- We're local to Southern California, and stock parts locally in our warehouse.
- We're qualified to perform any electrical job, home or commercial.
- All Trout electricians are trained to the highest standards, and must "apprentice" for a year before being sent out on their own.
- We offer 24/7 emergency services for those times the job can't wait.
- All estimates are free, whether or not we perform the job for you.
- We offer financing to qualified customers who request it.