Chicago Painted Outlets/ Mystery Switch Experts

Do you have switches or outlets and not sure what they do?

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Painted over outlets, two-prong outlets, and mystery switches could be an indication of not only what is needed on the surface but what is also needed under the surface as well. Are these three things signaling more? What is a mystery switch you ask? If you have a light switch that you don’t know what it controls then you have a mystery switch. A mystery switch has power running to it and if you don’t know where the other end goes you don’t really know the risk of the mystery switch. Is the other end dead? Is it buried in a wall? Is it safe? At Arnold Electric we have seen mystery switches start house fires. Now just like mystery switches are unsafe so are two prong outlets and painted over outlets. Particularly painted over 2 prong outlets. The heat generated at a plug when used with a painted over outlet can cause the paint to ignite and is a fire hazard. With Arnold Electric specializing in older homes electrical systems, we know from experience these three items are surface indicators that portions of the electrical system need to be addressed and possibly rewired. A 2-prong outlet is out of date technology an indication of an old electrical system. Let Arnold Electric come to do a 32-point safety inspection to get to the bottom of this for you.

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Signs You Might Need A Rewire

We specialize in maintaining and repairing existing electrical systems in a home or business.
Here are some common problems that can lead to safety concerns.

  • Flickering Lights
  • Tripping Breakers
  • Blown Fuse
  • Cords Falling Out of Outlets
  • Mystery Switch
  • Ceiling Fans, Even in High Ceilings
  • Smoke Detectors
  • LED Lighting
  • USB Charging Outlets
  • Chandeliers, Even in High Ceilings)
  • Security Lighting
  • Smart Switches/Internet/App Controlled Switches
  • Flat TV outlets and installs

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About Our Pricing

Our estimates are individualized for each customer. We schedule an appointment and offer a free estimate. All final estimates follow a full site review, walk-through or blueprint review — with the exception of service work. As long as general pricing is understood and agreed upon we can set a good time to start working. Email estimates for pending real estate transactions (attorney review) will carry a small charge that will be rebated should you move forward with the work. All emergency calls and service work is performed on a flat rate. Pro Plus Members receive a discount.

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Jack is not the typical Chicago electrician. He was patient and answered all my questions. His electrical knowledge was helpful in diagnosing real problems the electric services. Everything is okay for now, and we plan on doing a complete remodel soon. 

Brian Kasallis

Jack’s team came in and did a complete home inspection and repaired a light above my wife’s sink. My marriage has been saved now that the light is fixed. Very fair pricing and excellent work!

Douglas Sheehan

Helpful and will get back you in a timely manner. They may not be the cheapest but they know their stuff and are willing to work with you and that is more important than price

Joshua Cruz

Very easy to work with, excellent work on jobs big (new underground line to detached garage) and small (changing interior fixture

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