Top 10 Electricians in Oakland, CA

Porch Pro Headshot Alley Electric
Electricians
Serves Oakland, California
(355)
Alley Electric has been in business since 2000. Family owned and operated. Specializes in all aspects of residential electrical wiring. Free estimates!
Alley Electric has been in business since 2000. Family owned and operated. Specializes in all aspects of residential electrical wiring. Free estimates!
Porch Pro Headshot ASK JIM TO FIX IT
Electricians
Serves Oakland, California
(139)
HANDYMAN SERVICES, ELECTRICAL,PLUMBING,CARPENTRY,APPLIANCE INSTALLATION,TROUBLE SHOOTING,HAULING,WELDING GENERAL CONTRACTOR PROVIDING SERVICES TO RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL,RESTAURANTS HOMEOWNERS,LANDLORDS,HOA $80 PER HOUR I REPAIR AND FIX THINGS MOST CONTRACTORS WILL NOT TOUCH. WHY REPLACE WHEN WE...Read more about ASK JIM TO FIX IT
HANDYMAN SERVICES, ELECTRICAL,PLUMBING,CARPENTRY,APPLIANCE INSTALLATION,TROUBLE SHOOTING,HAULING,WELDING GENERAL CONTRACTOR PROVIDING SERVICES TO RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL,RESTAURANTS HOMEOWNERS,LANDLORDS,HOA $80 PER HOUR I REPAIR AND FIX THINGS MOST CONTRACTORS WILL NOT TOUCH. WHY REPLACE WHEN WE...Read more about ASK JIM TO FIX IT
Porch Pro Headshot A Quality Construction
Electricians
Serves Oakland, California
(91)
"The team of professionals from A Quality Construction were fantastic. During the work that they did at my house, I could see that they are detail oriented, hardworking and skilled. I have used A Quality Construction services for a kitchen and bathroom remodeling and they did the work remarkably bea...Read more about A Quality Construction
"The team of professionals from A Quality Construction were fantastic. During the work that they did at my house, I could see that they are detail oriented, hardworking and skilled. I have used A Quality Construction services for a kitchen and bathroom remodeling and they did the work remarkably bea...Read more about A Quality Construction
Porch Pro Headshot Sattler Electrical Service
Electricians
Serves Oakland, California
(91)
Sid has been working in the field for 35 years. He will recommend or bring in other qualifies professionals if necessary. He also measures electromagnetic fields (EMFs), and can advise you how to reduce your exposure by rerouting branch circuits and grounding or eliminating plumbing currents.
Sid has been working in the field for 35 years. He will recommend or bring in other qualifies professionals if necessary. He also measures electromagnetic fields (EMFs), and can advise you how to reduce your exposure by rerouting branch circuits and grounding or eliminating plumbing currents.
Porch Pro Headshot Momentum Electrical Contractors
Electricians
Serves Oakland, California
Get high-quality work and amazing customer service. Momentum is a smart, client-focused electrical contractor, serving the San Francisco Bay area. From residential repair to commercial services, Momentum can help you with all your electrical needs. Clients are amazed by our pricing and organization...Read more about Momentum Electrical Contractors
Get high-quality work and amazing customer service. Momentum is a smart, client-focused electrical contractor, serving the San Francisco Bay area. From residential repair to commercial services, Momentum can help you with all your electrical needs. Clients are amazed by our pricing and organization...Read more about Momentum Electrical Contractors
Porch Pro Headshot BACH Enterprises
Electricians
Serves Oakland, California
(25)
We offer exceptional air conditioning and heating services at the best possible pricing and provide products which will bring our customers nothing less than complete satisfaction. And when your family's health, safety, and comfort are involved, that means peace of mind. From the most complex instal...Read more about BACH Enterprises
We offer exceptional air conditioning and heating services at the best possible pricing and provide products which will bring our customers nothing less than complete satisfaction. And when your family's health, safety, and comfort are involved, that means peace of mind. From the most complex instal...Read more about BACH Enterprises
Porch Pro Headshot INNOVATION PLUMBING AND ROOTER
Electricians
Serves Oakland, California
Innovation plumbing and Rooter serving San Francisco and all Bay area, Professional Plumbers to your service.
Innovation plumbing and Rooter serving San Francisco and all Bay area, Professional Plumbers to your service.
Porch Pro Headshot Williams Electric
Electricians
Serves Oakland, California
(183)
Porch Pro Headshot A-1 Handyman
Electricians
Serves Oakland, California
At A-1 Handyman we are general contractors that do anything and everything to improve your home. Big or small we do it all.
At A-1 Handyman we are general contractors that do anything and everything to improve your home. Big or small we do it all.
Porch Pro Headshot Richard Elliott
Electricians
Serves Oakland, California
(1)
I owned and maintained a number of vacation rental homes in Tucson After moving to California, I kept up the maintenance on those homes by flying down every 6 weeks. A local friend asked me fix something here and I suddenly had a business. Virtually all word of mouth friend of a friend Came to....Read more about Richard Elliott
I owned and maintained a number of vacation rental homes in Tucson After moving to California, I kept up the maintenance on those homes by flying down every 6 weeks. A local friend asked me fix something here and I suddenly had a business. Virtually all word of mouth friend of a friend Came to....Read more about Richard Elliott

Frequently asked questions about electricians

An electrician repairs, designs, installs, and maintains electrical systems. There are different types of electricians to choose from, like those who specialize in residential electrical or those who work outdoors. Residential electricians work inside the home to solve wiring problems or do installs. Electricians who work outdoors focus more on the construction of buildings and the systems needed for those projects. Quality electricians tend to be critical thinkers.

Electrical contractors are responsible for planning electrical systems in new buildings, including outlets, lighting fixtures, and ventilation. They install wiring, lighting, and electrical systems according to the municipal code. This also includes installing hangers and brackets to support electrical systems. They read and interpret blueprints and circuit diagrams. They perform maintenance and inspections of these systems. Electricians also repair or upgrade faulty systems, including removing the faults.

Electricians need to go through a trades program specializing in the field. It takes over 2,000 hours, or four years, of hands-on experience in most states before an electrician is licensed and able to work independently. This number can increase for journeymen electricians or if the electrician wants to work on commercial projects. Some states require these tradesmen to pass an exam or receive certification. Beyond acquiring a license, electricians also need to have insurance. This protects the electrician’s equipment, tools and vehicles, and also insures them if something goes wrong.

When you think, “I don’t know any electricians near me,” don’t worry — Porch has you covered. All you need to provide is your ZIP code, contact details, and a description of the project involved, and Porch will match you with a qualified professional. They vet the contractors for you, so you can spend your time where it’s needed most.When you search for an electrician, it’s important to know what the job costs on average before contacting someone. From there, a simple Google search will give you the necessary information, but be sure to read reviews on the contractor before hiring anyone. You can sort reviews by the most recent first and see what people have been saying. A great contractor will have a high number of reviews, and maintain an average of 4.5 stars. Always ask the electrician about their licenses, how they bill, their estimated turnaround time, and whether they specialize in a specific type of job.Before you bring on a profession, check your appliances on other outlets to rule out faulty machines, and double-check that the breakers are on. The most common reasons to hire electricians are flickering lighting or faulty light switches (or if either of the two buzzes when activated). The circuit breaker could have an arc fault or trip whenever a specific appliance runs. Some circuit breakers are outdated, or the wires weren’t designed for the amount of power running through them. Hiring an electrical contractor is a great idea if you have an abnormally high electric bill or want more outlets in the home. A contractor will help you plan the best places for new outlets in the most efficient way possible.

An electrician generally costs between $60 to $100 per hour. The cost of an electrician will depend greatly upon the job, where you live, and what type of professional you hire. Higher costs of living and greater licensing fees also drive the price up. All that said, electrical work can be dangerous. A professional knows how to do the job safely, and they’re up to date on rules and regulations. There are several instances where an electrician may be needed. Common jobs are creating new outlets or light switches, installing phone lines and basic light fixtures, upgrading breakers and electrical circuits, fixing the wiring, installing a home generator, or even automating the home.

On average, a new light switch costs $125, and basic light fixtures cost between $80 to $200. Outlet installations can range from $200 to $750, while breakers and electrical panel installations range from $100 to $1,500. Adding a new phone line costs roughly $700, and recessed lighting costs roughly $800. Upgrading your electrical circuit can cost between $1,300 to $3,000, and installing new wiring can be anywhere from $1,200 to $18,000. Automating your home could cost between $5,000 to $9,000 while installing a generator costs around $2,000 to $10,000.

Some of these prices vary so wildly because no two homes are alike. An outlet that requires running wires through various rooms will cost more than a house where the wiring is simple and accessible. Old homes are harder to work with, and their electrical systems can be outdated. When you get a quote from a professional, be sure to ask him the reasons for the pricing. Materials cost more depending on where you live, which affects prices.

A switched outlet is a power outlet turned on or off via a switch. A variation of this is a half-hot outlet, or a duplex outlet, where the top plug is always ready to provide electricity, whereas the bottom plug doesn’t provide electricity unless you flip a switch. A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet can’t accomplish half-hot — it must be fully active or only run via a switch.

Before you do anything, turn the power off. If you’re modifying an existing outlet that’s more than a few years old, you might want to replace the outlet. Your outlet needs to match the amperage of your breaker. If your breaker puts out 20 amps, your outlet needs to be capable of handling exactly that. To prep the switch outlet, you’ll need to take the faceplate off and break the tab connecting the two brass screw-plates. Don’t break the one connecting the two silver screws.

In a nutshell, your hot and neutral wires (black and white, respectively) will both go to the switch. You’ll run a 14-3 wire from the box to the switch. You’ll need to pigtail the hotline and cap them with a marrette. Connect the pigtail and the remaining black wire to the outlet. Connect the neutral wire to the silver terminal on the other side. Each line has a copper line, which needs to be grounded to the grounding screw. Electrical work needs to be done correctly to work safely. If you’re uncertain about what you are doing, we highly recommend hiring an electrician. Electricity can cause a lot of damage if done incorrectly, and what seems like a simple task is often best left to professionals.

Outlet installations can cost, on average, $300. This price can be lower or significantly higher, depending on the job, location, and special features you need. Most of this cost goes to labor and ensures the job is done safely. A GFCI outlet will cost more to install, as materials are more expensive and more labor is involved.

Most outlets are generally cheap in terms of materials. A standard 120V outlet can be purchased for $4.00 on average. 2-Prong, 3-Prong, and higher voltage outlets (220V, 240V, 250V) range between $5.00 to $20.00 on the high end. A GFCI outlet, on average, is close to $20. Floor and smart outlets are more versatile, costing an average of $40.

If you want your electrician to replace the outlets, you expect a charge of around $55 per hour — but a skilled local electrician could replace as many as twelve outlets in a single hour. Installing new outlets takes up to two hours, depending on the location. Remember that you’ll also pay for the materials and wiring for new outlets, so these jobs cost roughly $150 to $225 per installation.

Many factors alter your costs. If your existing wiring is up to code and already in place, this will lower your costs. On the flip side, your costs will increase if your outlet is in a difficult location or needs more wiring, your costs will increase. If you need outlets to run large appliances, such as a dryer, or installing GFCI outlets, you’ll have a higher cost due to the expensive materials and the job’s complexity. Electricity is hazardous, and a professional is licensed and insured for the job. Beyond simply switching plate covers, it’s a good idea to hire an electrician.

The easy answer is yes, you can do some basic residential electrical work without a license. This answer varies state by state, so double-check regulations where you live. You can replace outlets, light switches, and even light fixtures. Regular switches are easy to replace with dimmer switches, and light fixtures are simple enough to replace with a ceiling fan. Other simple repairs include replacing a fuse or breaker inside an electrical panel. You can replace bathroom fans, hardwired smoke detectors, and appliances or install low-voltage outdoor lighting on your own.

Remember to cut the power before doing any electrical work. Most of these jobs require basic tools. For simple replacements, you can wire the new outlets or switches just as the old ones were. If you’re upgrading them, be certain to read and follow the directions. Replacing fuses and smoke detectors are quick and easy jobs, but replacing a breaker in your electrical panel is more complicated. Be cautious if you need to do this, as it’s often a sign of something wrong in the electrical system. It may be more efficient and effective in the long run to bring in a professional if there are underlying problems.

Not all residential electrical jobs can be done unlicensed. You’ll need a license if you want to upgrade or relocate your panel or upgrade to a 200 amp service. This is also true if you’re adding a new breaker or circuit or running new wiring for an outlet or switch. If you need to add a subpanel, you’ll also need to be licensed. For most electrical work, it’s imperative to stick with a professional if you’re uncomfortable or don’t understand the work. Electricity is dangerous, and you want to prioritize your health, your family’s health, and your home’s safety. Your local electricians will ensure the job is done correctly, which is worth every penny for the peace of mind.

Recent reviews for Oakland Electricians

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Jim showed up 10 minutes early and waited patiently in my driveway. He replaced/repaired the shut off valves in my laundry room and he installed my new Washer and Dryer. He was professional, thorough, clean and quick. Jim explained everything about the jo...

- Deb Hildebrandt
25198

I had a great experience with Jim from "ASK JIM TO FIX IT". Jim, did a modification on my kitchen cabinet to accommodate my new microwave oven he installed. He was prompt,informative and did an awesome job. I hired him to another job, installing recess...

- Steve Ojeda
89047

Very quick to respond. Sid was very nice and helpful. Will contact him in the future as needed.

- Elizabeth Schulz
80330

Great customer service. Quick response, we were happy Sid came through for us at our time of need when we needed him. Professional!

- Mahlet Girma
111269

We recently completed to remodel our first floor at our home. After our massive research, meetings and interviews, we decided to hire A Quality Construction to oversee and do the remodeling project. They couldn’t have been more skilled, hardworking, profe...

- Neil Outley
103149

A Quality Construction did a great remodeling job at our house when we were eager to remodel our bathroom and kitchen. They were in touch with us during the whole remodeling process and Sol was very professional and extremely knowledgeable!! He knew exact...

- Valentin Bluel
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A Quality Construction did an excellent job refinishing the hardwood floors in my home. They were able to remove years of wear and tear, leaving behind floors that look brand new. I'm thrilled with the results!!!

- Violet Stein
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A Quality Construction's dedication to safety is evident in every project they undertake. Their commitment to following industry standards and protocols ensures a secure and reliable electrical system for your home!!!

- Violet Stein
112463

Before I will write what my kitchen has become, I will write down some summaries about the company with my experience. In total I had scheduled 5 meetings with several people from A Quality Construction. All the people came on time and on the day it was s...

- Kimberly Ranah
97951

We hired Colin from A Quality Construction to remodel our bathroom and we were happy that they were able to stick on budget and not to pass it, on top of it, they communicated well and they did a great work. In our master bathroom, Colin and his workers t...

- Jerrilynne Glavaris
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A quality construction renovated 2 bedrooms and jack and Jill bathroom. The remodeling was one of the largest that I did for a long time. A good recommendation from a neighbor and a research about them, made me hire them for that work. In general, I spoke...

- Kerry Mahrer
97542

We saw a work that was performed by A quality construction at a friend’s house. After calling them, I decided to schedule a meeting with them and to see what they can do in order to remodel my kitchen. The meeting went smoothly and I met with Colin. Colin...

- Rebecca Talley

Everything You Need to Know About Oakland Electricians

How do I know that I found the right Electrician in Oakland for my electrical services project?

Finding the right electrician for your project can be stressful.... when you don't search with Porch. We've pulled together everything you need to know about Electrical Services in Oakland so you can have some peace of mind before starting your project.

Here’s what you need to know to choose the right electrician in Oakland:

  • Are they properly licensed? Oakland has 220 licensed Electricians Pros.
  • Check if they are they BBB rated: 44 are A-rated in Oakland.
  • Is the quality worth the price? Make sure to find the electrician that can deliver the quality you're looking for, without going way over your budget: On average electricians projects cost $189.00 in Oakland. Don't forget that every job is going to be different.
  • Speak with them over the phone: Contact multiple electricians pros to see if you’re on the same page when it comes to your project.

What should I check for once my Electrician in Oakland has finished working?

Every electrical services project is going to have different results, but here are a few things to check for once any electrical services company has told you they've finished the job:

  • Obviously you want to do a visual inspection. Even if you're unfamiliar with electrical services work, this gives you the opportunity to ask questions (even basic ones like, what did you do?).
  • Ask the electrician to describe what they did. Whether your electrical services project was a repair job or a building job, have them run you through what was done.
  • Compare the description provided on your electrical services project estimate to the work completed. Did the professional do what was promised?
  • Request that the electrician do a follow-up visit to check on the work. Most professionals are willing to do this, especially if you ask them.

What Oakland zip codes are served by Electricians?

Oakland has 1100 total Electrician companies that service multiple zip codes. We've put together a list of areas in and around Oakland with the most Electricians:

            All Electricians in Oakland, CA

            Porch Pro Headshot Pacific Coast Home Services
            Electricians
            Serves Oakland, California
            (8)
            At Pacific Coast Home Services your 100% satisfaction is our priority. We're a family-owned and operated 5-star rated company. We specialize in residential electrical, plumbing, heating & air services, and remodels. As our company grows, one thing will always remain consistent, which is to make su...Read more about Pacific Coast Home Services
            At Pacific Coast Home Services your 100% satisfaction is our priority. We're a family-owned and operated 5-star rated company. We specialize in residential electrical, plumbing, heating & air services, and remodels. As our company grows, one thing will always remain consistent, which is to make su...Read more about Pacific Coast Home Services
            Porch Pro Headshot Darius Kraus Electric Inc
            Electricians
            Serves Oakland, California
            We are a small electrical contracting company providing services to both residential and commercial customers. Our goal is to provide you with the professional experience that you would expect. To us this means showing up on time, explaining the work that we will be doing, doing the work, and c...Read more about Darius Kraus Electric Inc
            We are a small electrical contracting company providing services to both residential and commercial customers. Our goal is to provide you with the professional experience that you would expect. To us this means showing up on time, explaining the work that we will be doing, doing the work, and c...Read more about Darius Kraus Electric Inc
            Porch Pro Headshot Gill's Electric Co Inc
            Electricians
            Serves Oakland, California
            Gill's Electric Co Inc: domestic electrical work and redesigns of business electrical generators contractors in Oakland, CA. We are a proven qualified domestic electrical work provider, fully licensed, bonded & covered with insurance, registered to perform electrical work in the state of California....Read more about Gill's Electric Co Inc
            Gill's Electric Co Inc: domestic electrical work and redesigns of business electrical generators contractors in Oakland, CA. We are a proven qualified domestic electrical work provider, fully licensed, bonded & covered with insurance, registered to perform electrical work in the state of California....Read more about Gill's Electric Co Inc
            Porch Pro Headshot Tri Electric
            Electricians
            Serves Oakland, California
            (2)
            Founded in 2003 and based out of Oakland, Tri Electric is an electrical contractor and provides services such as electrical inspection, light switch installation and other services. In July of 2013, a property owner hired them for an electrical service upgrade in the Hoover-Foster neighborhood using...Read more about Tri Electric
            Founded in 2003 and based out of Oakland, Tri Electric is an electrical contractor and provides services such as electrical inspection, light switch installation and other services. In July of 2013, a property owner hired them for an electrical service upgrade in the Hoover-Foster neighborhood using...Read more about Tri Electric
            Porch Pro Headshot ABT Electric lic# 838378 & Bonded
            Electricians
            Serves Oakland, California
            ABT Electric is a full service electrical contracting company serving residential and commercial customers in the Bay Area area. We provide Wiring Services, Electrical Services, Lighting Services and other services for new construction, renovations, tenant improvements, service upgrades, exterior, ...Read more about ABT Electric lic# 838378 & Bonded
            ABT Electric is a full service electrical contracting company serving residential and commercial customers in the Bay Area area. We provide Wiring Services, Electrical Services, Lighting Services and other services for new construction, renovations, tenant improvements, service upgrades, exterior, ...Read more about ABT Electric lic# 838378 & Bonded
            Porch Pro Headshot Calif Construction
            Electricians
            Serves Oakland, California
            Booked up until January 2015. Kitchen remodel, Bathroom remodel , Finish and Rough Carpentry, Minor Electrical repair,Minor Plumbing Repair and installation, Handyman service,Tile work any design,Decks, Wood and plastic or composite materials. I am responsible with all my work ,flexible hours wit...Read more about Calif Construction
            Booked up until January 2015. Kitchen remodel, Bathroom remodel , Finish and Rough Carpentry, Minor Electrical repair,Minor Plumbing Repair and installation, Handyman service,Tile work any design,Decks, Wood and plastic or composite materials. I am responsible with all my work ,flexible hours wit...Read more about Calif Construction
            Porch Pro Headshot Massay Electric
            Electricians
            Serves Oakland, California
            (36)
            Porch Pro Headshot Lai's E & H Electric Inc
            Electricians
            Serves Oakland, California
            We are Lai's E & H Electric! Please give us a call for an estimate for your electrical project.
            We are Lai's E & H Electric! Please give us a call for an estimate for your electrical project.
            Porch Pro Headshot Quaweay Electric
            Electricians
            Serves Oakland, California
            Porch Pro Headshot B R Electric
            Electricians
            Serves Oakland, California
            Based in San Ramon, B R Electric is an electrical contractor. They provide services such as lighting retrofit, recessed lighting and other services. B R Electric is accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
            Based in San Ramon, B R Electric is an electrical contractor. They provide services such as lighting retrofit, recessed lighting and other services. B R Electric is accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
            Porch Pro Headshot B E S BYRON ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONS
            Electricians
            Serves Oakland, California
            B E S Byron Electrical Solutions is a bonded, insured electrical contractor located in Oakland. They offer light switch installation, new home wiring, lighting fixture installation, and electrical troubleshooting. B E S Byron Electrical Solutions is licensed by the state of California.
            B E S Byron Electrical Solutions is a bonded, insured electrical contractor located in Oakland. They offer light switch installation, new home wiring, lighting fixture installation, and electrical troubleshooting. B E S Byron Electrical Solutions is licensed by the state of California.
            Porch Pro Headshot DMG
            Electricians
            Serves Oakland, California
            Porch Pro Headshot Alfredo Electric
            Electricians
            Serves Oakland, California
            Porch Pro Headshot Gbrothrershandymanservices
            Electricians
            Serves Oakland, California

            Latest projects near Oakland

            Recent projects booked on Porch
            Orinda 94563
            Lighting Replacement
            Start Date
            Within a month
            Project type
            Replacement or upgrade
            What to install
            Outdoor lighting
            Install new or replace
            Replace existing lights
            Kind of lighting to replace
            Deck and home accent lighting
            How many lights to replace
            4-7
            Light fixture locations
            Exterior walls
            Already have light fixtures and supplies
            No, but I'll provide them