Electrical Services

The Dangers of Hiring a Discount Electrician

Having electrical problems is never going to a good experience. We all rely on electricity for everything, and so it is understandable that you’re looking for service in a hurry. But before you go and make a huge mistake, the experts at Dowdy Electric have something to say. Hiring a cost-effective Electrician is great, but there is a definite line between cost-effective and CHEAP!


Discount pricing is all the rage these days. Well, all right, they have always been the rage. But particularly for Major contracting services like Electrical Work and HVAC, we’re seeing a huge surge of “budget” offerings. Big box stores do it, as do normal unlicensed folks with a bit of know-how.

On the surface it all sounds fine: the stuff gets fixed and you get to pay less. That is a win-win, right ?  Well no, unfortunately. There are risks that could threaten your biggest investment, your HOME. Today we would like to clue you in on those risks.

  • Making the problem worse.
    • The biggest danger, of course, is a botched job. Even the smallest electrical problems require years of training and know how to correct. A discount electrician usually is not licensed, bonded and insured, check for credentials. That means a simple breaker replacement becomes a panel replacement, or an appliance wiring becomes replacing your wiring. By saving a buck you end up spending more.
  • Getting a quick fix.
    • To all budget electricians time is money. And unfortunately this typically means that they care a lot more about getting paid than how the work turns out. As a result you often get a MacGyver-style fix. And once the paperclips and tape come off, the problem is back. Then you have to pay again to repair the same issue.
  • Unlicensed work.
    • Many budget electricians are actually not even licensed. This, of course, means that they are not insured either. So when the jobs results in damage, they get away scot-free and you’re stuck with all of the nightmare, added costs. Not a fun  place to be!

Why is Budget so risky?

What makes this choice sub-par?  Well it isn’t (usually) a malicious situation, really. More often it is  a failure to maintain or lack of training and the proper credentials. Electrical equipment, methods and Codes change very rapidly, meaning that a Professional Electrician has considerable routine training. Budget electricians won’t or cannot do this, so simply they are not Qualified.

So to re-cap, there is in a small way some ill intent in here too. Words like “discount” are very powerful in today’s market, and you do not have to be scrupulous to be savvy to the fact. Therefor words like discount should approached with real serious caution and lots of questions. Better words are UP Front or Flat Rate pricing. Knowing what you are getting with a Professional Service tends to work out a hundred times better than trusting just anyone to mess with your Indiana home’s electrical.


Dowdy is a family, Veteran owned and operated business serving the Central Indiana community since 1980. Our fast, friendly, knowledgeable staff of electricians install, repair, and perform regular maintenance check-ups. When you need an electrician in your home, let our family help yours! We provide a variety of in-home electrical services, including installations, repair, and routine maintenance. Not only do we offer high quality installs, we’ll also make sure your electrical system(s) continues to work efficiently and safely.

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historic home Dowdy is on your side. Our business model is predicated on Honest, On Time service, a proven track record with an A +    Better Business Rating and Angie’s List Super Service Award 22 years in a row.


FREE tip:  always check that your breakers are in the on position when experiencing a power outage, check those pesky GFCI outlets first too !


Thank you,   Bruce N. “Bud” Dowdy  Master Electrician  42 years.

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Electrical Safety

Your electrical system needs service too !  Most electrical repairs could be avoided if your system has regular checkups. Call Dowdy today for your inspection, we will inspect your breaker panel(s) and restore all connections in panel(s). ALL smoke detectors expire 10 years from date of manufacture, we will check all of your smoke detectors too !   Don’t wait, call today for your inspection.  Bruce N. “Bud” Dowdy-Owner

Air Conditioner clean and check

Beware of the $ 49.00 Air Conditioner Spring/Summer special clean and check !!  This is simply a way to get the phone to ring at your local Heating & Air Co. office.   A true clean and check takes about 2-3 hours and cost as much as $ 250.00, if they are actually performing a 23 point clean and check. Most larger and some smaller companies are merely using this low advertised price to come to your home with a goal of selling you something. If you still insist on purchasing one of these misleading “clean & checks” I suggest you actually watch the service tech, make sure that they connect the gauges to the system and truly check it out, you would find that connecting the gauges and performing just that part takes at least an hour, and then some.

In summary, you won’t get a real clean and check for $ 49.00,  try researching this fact for your self on the internet and you will see that the $ 49.00 clean and check is really a scam.


B. N. Dowdy