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WHY CHOOSE us

You’re not hiring an electrical contractor.
You’re hiring complete protection for your reputation.

We are a premier electrical services company offering support to residential, commercial, and industrial clients throughout Chicagoland. Since opening our doors 20 years ago, we’ve never stopped striving to provide the innovative, timely and cost-effective solutions our clients have come to expect.

  • Ability to design, install and test every kind of electrical system.  
  • A service arm to cover you for the long-haul on minor repairs and upgrades. 
  • A manager who can hire and oversee every technician on the job for you.

When 20 years of experience meets an unlimited passion for excellence, your project is in the very best of care. 

 

OUR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL SERVICES:

  • The highest quality general contractors and project managers 
  • Backup Generators  
  • Control Panels 
  • Complete system integration 
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Guard systems
  • Nurse call systems
  • Data / Networking 
  • Green Technology
  • Thermal Imaging 

EMF Electric was built for so much more than installation.

Demand more. Demand better. Demand EMF Electric.

 

INDUSTRIES SERVED
portfolio

The electrical services company
whose capabilities are anything but light.

 

 
INDUSTRIAL
INDUSTRIAL, Elk Grove Village, IL
SENIOR LIVING
SENIOR LIVING, Batavia, IL
MULTI- FAMILY
MULTI- FAMILY, Aurora, IL
NEW CONSTRUCTION MULTI- FAMILY
NEW CONSTRUCTION MULTI- FAMILY, Oswego, IL
RESIDENTIAL
RESIDENTIAL, Northfield IL
RESIDENTIAL
RESIDENTIAL, Winnetka, IL
faq
Can I do my own electrical repairs? Why do I need to hire an electrician?

In the U.S. alone, approximately 50,000 residential fires are caused annually by electrical malfunction, resulting in nearly 500 deaths. Most of these fires are caused by incorrectly installed or faulty wiring. Your home’s electrical system is complicated, and do-it-yourself mistakes can be deadly. Most repair jobs are best left to the professionals, since licensed electricians are knowledgeable about building codes and national safety standards. Call EMF Electric. We will give you peace of mind and guarantee our work.

Is EMF Electric licensed, insured and bonded?

Yes. EMF Electrical contractors are fully insured, licensed and bonded. To stay on top of changes in the electrical industry, our highly trained technicians continually upgrade their skills and knowledge through specialized training, certifications and professional development.

My utilities are very costly. How can I save money on my monthly electric bill?

By changing your day-to-day habits, you can downsize your monthly electric bill. Here are a few small steps that will make a big impact on your pocketbook:

  • Invest in energy-efficient light bulbs. LED and fluorescent lights may cost more initially, but they have a longer lamp life and use less energy.
  • Turn off lights.
  • Check for air leaks around the house. Leaky windows and doors allow make your heating and cooling system work overtime.
  • Program or adjust your thermostat so the air conditioner or heater is on only when you’re at home. This small change can save you 10-23 percent in annual heating and cooling costs.
  • If possible, replace appliances that are over 15 years old with energy-efficient ones.
  • Consider installing alternative sources of energy, like solar panels, which can reduce electric bills by 15 percent or more.
What is a GFCI, and where should they be installed?

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, proper use of ground fault circuit interrupters, or GFCIs, prevents thousands of accidental shock injuries and electrocutions each year. A GFCI looks like a normal outlet, except it includes a “reset” and “test” button. GFCI’s are designed to prevent electrical fires by cutting off the flow of electricity from current that has strayed from a circuit. The National Electrical Code requires that GFCI’s be installed where electricity and water can come in contact, like bathrooms, kitchens, outdoor receptacles and garage wall outlets.

How do I know when an electrical outlet needs to be repaired or replaced?

Damaged or loose electrical outlets are not only a nuisance, but a fire hazard.  Electrical outlets need to be repaired or replaced if:

  • A buzzing sound comes from the outlet, especially when plugging in appliances
  • Outlets generate sparks or have loose-fitting plugs
  • Outlet faces have burn marks
What type of light bulbs do you recommend for home and business fixtures?

Energy efficient light bulbs will save you money over time and reduce your carbon footprint. The most common types on the market today are LED (light emitting diode) and CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs. Both are much more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs. With a lifespan of approximately 25,000–35,000 hours, an LED bulb lasts 2 to 4 times longer than a CFL, and 15 to 25 times longer than a traditional incandescent bulb. In addition, the energy-saving LED bulbs only use 20-25% of the energy of an incandescent bulb. That translates to a cost savings on your electric bill. LED bulbs were once considered expensive but are becoming more cost effective all the time and come in shapes and sizes to fit a variety of home and business fixtures.

How do I keep children and pets safe from electrical injury?

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that approximately 2,400 children a year receive emergency room treatment for electrical shock. The natural curiosity of children and pets presents a major safety concern for parents, but following the tips below can keep your family—and four-legged friends—safe from injury.

  • Place covers on all unused outlets.
  • Keep appliances out of the reach of toddlers or pets.
  • Put a safety lock cover over power strips or surges to prevent fingers and paws from inserting into outlets.
  • Close doors to rooms with multiple electrical devices, such as hobby rooms, offices or home theatres.
  • Never let children play with kites, planes or similar toys around overhead power lines.
  • Ask a professional electrical service provider, like EMF Electric, about installing tamper-resistant receptacles in your home.
 
 
I reset my home’s breaker, but I still have no power. What should I do?

If you don’t have power after correctly resetting a circuit breaker, it may be a sign that the breaker is overloaded, or that there’s a short circuit or faulty wiring. EMF Electric’s certified and licensed electricians can inspect and test your circuits to diagnose the problem. Breakers can wear out over time, and if a replacement is needed, we can install a robust system with a new breaker panel and overload correction.

Where can I find more information about electrical safety?

Electrical-related injuries claim the lives of hundreds of people each year. Many of these cases could have been prevented, so it’s important to educate yourself on electrical safety. For helpful information about protecting yourself and your family, visit:

My smoke alarm keeps chirping. What does this mean?

There are many reasons why your smoke alarm may be making noise. Here are some of the most common:

  • The battery is loose, installed improperly or needs replacing.
  • The sensing chamber is dirty.
  • An electrical condition is interrupting the power to the unit.
  • Humidity, steam or other environmental factors.
  • The unit has reached the end of its life.

Smoke alarms should be tested every month. ANY smoke alarm that has reached the age of 10 years has lost much of its reliability and should be replaced.

Why do the bulbs in my exterior fixture burn out so often?

Typical causes of light bulbs burning out quickly are:

  • Poor environment (dirty, dusty, wet)
  • Overheating
  • Vibration
  • Short circuit
  • Loose connection
  • Corroded contacts
Why does my recess can light cycle on and off since I put a larger wattage bulb in?

Modern Recess Cans are rated for a maximum wattage bulb and are equipped with a thermal device that does not allow a bulb larger than that rating. If a larger wattage bulb is used, as the excess heat builds up, the thermal device will shut the can off until it cools. This is a safety device to protect your home against fire.

I have a 110 Volt Outlet on the Exterior of My Home. Can I Plug my Christmas Lights into It?

Yes. Within reason, if the quantity of lights creates a load greater than the capacity of the circuit breaker, the breaker will trip off. In this event, additional circuits may be required to accommodate your holiday display.

If I have surge/lightning protection on my main service should I use point-of-use surge plugins at my TV, stereo, computer, etc.?

Yes. Main line surge is no absolute guarantee and any additional surge protection down stream in the system offers a greater level of protection; though, nothing is absolute when it comes to the power of Mother Nature. 

I have surge/lightning protection on my home. Am I totally safe from lightning strikes?

No. Surge/Lightning Protection only offers additional levels of protection. Nothing can guarantee completely against Mother Nature and where she chooses to strike.

When my air conditioner cycles on, I notice my lights blink. Is this normal?

Yes. This is a common occurrence when large motor/compressor loads start. These devices cause a minor momentary voltage drop, demonstrated as the blinking in your lights. This has no negative effect on the electrical equipment within your house. 

I have a new home. Why does my refrigerator or freezer, located in my garage, keep going off?

Unless you made provisions with the builder for a dedicated circuit, the outlets in your garage are GFCI Protected per National Electrical Code. This device will not tolerate the additional resistance load created by refrigeration equipment. The GFCI senses there is a fault, and therefore trips off. The only cure to this problem is to provide a dedicated, non-GFCI circuit allowable by code.

Can I dim fluorescent lights?

Yes. But dimming fluorescent requires a special dimmer and special fixtures. You cannot place a typical incandescent dimmer on existing fluorescent.

Can I hang a ceiling fan where a light is?

Yes, but first you must make sure the electrical box is properly braced and rated for the weight and torque of the ceiling fan you are installing.

What does it mean when my fluorescent lights are flickering or cycling on and off?

Flickering may indicate impending bulb failure, minor power fluctuation, and/or improperly installed bulbs. Cycling on and off is usually a clear indication of ballast and/or bulb failure. It is recommended when replacing a ballast to replace bulbs as well.

How do I reset my breaker when it has tripped off?

First, disconnect any additional devices that may have caused the breaker to overload and trip. Go to the electrical panel and locate the affected breaker. Turn the breaker to the off position and then to the on position. Wait a moment to see if the breaker stays on. If the breaker does not stay on, there may be a more serious problem and you should call a professional electrician. Call EMF Electric!

What should I do if a light, switch, or outlet doesn't work?

Check to see if the outlet is on a switch. Check and reset GFCI outlets and circuit breaker. Check light bulbs and replace if necessary. If none of these are the problem, call EMF Electric.

Why does my circuit breaker trip?

An overloaded circuit is the most common reason for this issue. This happens when too many appliances or fixtures are operated on one circuit at the same time.  Other and more serious reasons include short circuits, ground faults or arc faults. These issues may often be hard to diagnose. If you think the cause is one of these later items, call EMF Electric to come investigate.

What causes the lights in my house to flicker?

A flickering light can be caused by many things: loose or bad bulb, old or incompatible switches, faulty fixture, or loose plug. The issues are usually easy to fix.

On the other hand, flickering lights can be caused by large appliances and HVAC units drawing a large current when they power on. This might mean the wiring to the appliance isn’t adequate or that a circuit breaker isn’t working quite right. You should contact a professional to make sure everything is working safely.

What is a GFCI device or breaker?

GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. In layman’s terms this device protects you from electrical shock. When it senses the slightest increase in resistance resulting from ground fault, (i.e., the use of electrical devices in or near water), it turns off to protect you.

What are the red and black buttons on my GFCI outlet?

The black button is a test button and when pressed, should deactivate the outlet and any other outlet fed from it – indicating a properly functioning device.

The red button is the re-set button that you depress to reactivate the outlet or outlets in the event of deactivation resulting from a fault.