Why Choose a Licensed Electrician over a Handyman?

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Many homeowners are unaware of the difference between a handyman and a licensed electrician. As a result, they falsely believe that a handyman is just as qualified and equipped to perform electrical repairs as a licensed electrician. Many believe that the title ” licensed” springs from additional training but in essence doesn’t make much difference, which is also false.

In order to debunk these misconceptions, let’s take a look at what makes a licensed electrician different from a handyman, and why it’s wiser to hire a licensed electrician in Orange County, NY for all things electrical.


A handyman provides minor renovation and maintenance-repair services that are not part of nationally recognized and regulated trades, such as plumbing, electrical or gas installation. In other words, their work is not regulated by any state or national body and they require no formal training to operate. As a result, they perform maintenance, repairs or installations without a permit. The lack of permit means that they are not accountable for almost any aspect of their work.

The issue of accountability is an extremely important one. In the case of a handyman, you need to be aware that they don’t have any officially designated responsibility for the quality and safety of their work. In other words, the work they do is not inspected. If something goes wrong, you can rarely prove that it happened because of the poor service.

Licensed electrician

On the other hand, a licensed electrician has a strict educational path. They have to successfully complete four levels of apprenticeship training. After completing the training that involves four 10-week sessions of in-school academic training, along with practical and written assessments per level, and 6000 hours of supervised training, they earn the title of a certified journeyed electrician. The apprenticeship training typically lasts four to five years.

As with any other profession, licensed electricians have to undergo continuous training to stay at the top of their game. They need to keep up with the latest advancements in technology so as to provide their customers with the highest quality service possible.

What’s more, electrical trade is a Red Seal Accredited trade. It means that all electrical services, including repairs, installations, and upgrades, have to comply with the national Electrical Code. This especially applies to electrical installations. By imposing strict guidelines, the Code stresses the importance of faultless installation that, subsequently, reduces the risk of fires or other incidents.

Homeowner accountability

An electrical contractor is accountable for the work their licensed electricians perform. Also, they are responsible for their electricians. For that reason, they have to have an active Workers Compensation policy. In case of any mishaps or accidents an electrician might suffer while on site, the contractor is held accountable and not the homeowner in whose house the accident happened. In this way, both the electricians and homeowners are protected.

Hire a Licensed Electrician in Orange County, NY

Patriot Electric is a reputable contractor with a team of top-notch licensed electricians. We pride ourselves on the outstanding customer experience we provide, and on the superior skills and expertise of our electricians.

For all things electrical in your home, however big or small, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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