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Modern Age Electric

Modern Age Electric aced our ratings for work history and variety of service options. We like them for electrical installation, wiring and electrical repair, and installation of electrical panels and EV chargers in your home.

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Vargas Electric
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Vargas Electric was called “honest, professional and reasonable” in a current BBB review. Luis is a skilled licensed electrician you can call in a pinch for virtually any residential electrical problem.

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If you think it’s hard to find a quality Dallas electrician, you’re not crazy. The Texas State Senate noted a severe shortage of electrical contractors state-wide last year — it’s most severe in major cities like Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

The shortage of Texas electricians means it takes longer to get appointments booked — and many pros are raising rates due to high demand. So how do Dallas area residents find the best electricians who charge fair prices for quality labor?

HOMR ranked every Dallas electrical company on expertise, service and price to determine the 2 best service providers for most homeowners. We chose Modern Age Electric as the best overall Dallas electrical contractor, and Vargas Electric as the best sole proprietor for DFW electrical services.

Here’s what we’ll cover in this HOMR Buying Guide for Dallas electricians:

  • The 4 Most Common Electrical Problems in Dallas: How do Dallas homeowners cope with brownouts, power surges, and faulty wiring in historic homes?
  • The Data: Why Trust HOMR’s Experience?: HOMR managed 91 electrical projects for Dallas homeowners last year.
  • How We Chose the Best Dallas Electricians: HOMR prefers contractors with over 8,000 hours of on the job training with a Texas state electrician’s license.

The 2 Best DFW Electrical Contractors Are… We chose Modern Age Electric and Vargas Electric as the two best electricians in the DFW Metroplex.

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4 Electrical Issues Every DFW Homeowner Knows (and Hates)

For Dallas homeowners, few feelings are worse than the lights flickering during a summer heat wave. The brutal summers (and increasingly cold winters) put a strain on our home electrical systems. That strain leads to common issues every DFW resident knows far too well.

Here are the 4 most common electrical problems faced by Dallas homeowners:

Overloaded and Tripped Circuits

A countertop with surge protectors and lots of wires creating a overloaded circuit that may trip and create electrical issues.

ONCOR reported higher than average circuit issues in 2023 due to overloaded electrical systems in Dallas homes. If you run multiple appliances and systems at once — AC, lights, appliances, TV, power tools — that’s a recipe for a circuit issue.

Faulty wiring is often a hidden culprit of home circuit problems. If your circuits trip on a regular basis — even without many appliances and lights working — call your electrician to inspect your home’s wiring immediately.

Power Surges

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the #1 cause of North Texas power surges is stress on electrical equipment. This stress is caused by an aging electrical infrastructure, coupled with an increase in severe weather events like freezes, hail storms, tornadoes and floods.

If you experience a power surge, reset, unplug and power on all home electronic devices before you reset your circuit breaker. You’ll avoid major damage to your electronics.

Many homeowners are turning to solar panels as a renewable energy option to avoid the increase in Dallas power surges. 

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Brownouts

It seems like ERCOT releases a summer brownout warning every year. A brownout happens when the voltage sharply drops in your electrical power supply system. 

Brownouts are dangerous, as they can damage the motors in your refrigerator, washing machine and other major home appliances. It can also cause damage to the insulation around these electric motor components.

Turn off all unnecessary and small appliances during a home brownout to avoid damage.

Faulty Wiring in Older Homes

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Older homes (like this Victorian house in Waxahachie) often have faulty and frayed aluminum wiring.

Historic Dallas homes have older wiring that may be stripped, frayed or damaged. The wiring in your old home may also be out of code. This generally pertains to old aluminum wiring, which is susceptible to cracks in sheathing over time. This causes a serious fire hazard near your insulation.

If your home was built before 1990 and the electrical system hasn’t been updated, you may have outdated wiring that won’t pass the current building code. Check your home’s wiring immediately if you live in the following neighborhoods:

  • Old Lake Highlands (many 1960s homes)
  • L-Streets (1970s construction)
  • Merriman Park (1980s homes)

Here are 4 warning signs of old or faulty wiring in your Dallas home:

  • Frequent tripped circuits
  • Your electrical panel appears rusty or worn
  • Your electrical panel is warm when touched
  • Lights flicker when other appliances are turned on
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The Data and Research: Why You Should Trust Us

HOMR completed 91 DFW residential electrical service calls in the last 12 months. We quoted 145 different electrical projects, including:

  • Upgrading breaker boxes
  • Installing outlets
  • Installing EV and Tesla chargers
  • Pigtailing aluminum electrical lines (an important safety item in older homes!) 

HOMR noticed an uptick in service projects involving EV charger installation and other modern electrical home amenities. The US Department of Energy notes that installing an EV charger can increase your home’s value by 1-3%.

We also observed a strong correlation between the best Dallas electricians and their relationships with trusted manufacturers. For example, Modern Age Electric works closely with Generac for home generator installation.

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How We Rated Every Dallas Electrician

The most important factor in hiring an electrician is experience and education. It takes the following experience to obtain your Texas state electrical license:

  • 576 classroom hours with passing grades
  • 8,000 hours of on the job electrical training
  • A passing grade on the State of Texas journeyman electrician’s exam.

HOMR only considered Dallas electricians who completed all of these requirements — roughly 4 years of education and training.

We gave extra marks to Dallas contractors that qualify as Master Electricians. A master electrician in Texas must complete the following steps beyond journeyman status:

  • 12,000 hours of on the job training under another master electrician
  • 2+ years as a journeyman electrician
  • A passing grade on the Texas state-issued master electrician’s exam

HOMR prefers DFW electricians with specific residential experience. This proves your electrical contractor is comfortable working in homes and understands how to respect you, your family and your living space.

We eliminated any electricians that did not offer warranties on labor and materials. Electrical contractors should stand behind their work after the project is completed for at least 1 year.

Finally, HOMR reached out to our top-rated service providers. We prioritized contractors who answered our calls (or returned them quickly). Your electrician should provide a single, direct point of contact during your initial estimate.

Green Flags

Licensed electrician status as a journeyman or master electrician

Specific residential electrical experience working in Dallas area homes

Material warranty and workmanship/labor warranty options offered

Budget-conscious service providers with financing options and free quotes

Single direct point of contact provided during your estimate

Red Flags

🚫 Apprentice electrician status (has not completed full training)

🚫 Primary focus on commercial electrical projects, not residential

🚫 No warranty offered on workmanship and labor

🚫 Project quotes more than 20% above or below industry averages

🚫 Difficult to directly reach your electrician or project manager

Above and Beyond

Dallas electrical contractors that provide financing and budget-friendly options exceed our expectations. We also love electrical companies with a wide variety of modern service amenities. For example, Modern Age Electric offers expert installation of home EV chargers.

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Our Picks: The Top 2 Dallas Electrical Companies Are…

HOMR selected Modern Age Electric as the best overall Dallas electrical company. Luis Vargas of Vargas Electric is our pick for best sole proprietor.

Modern Age Electric: Best Overall Dallas Electrician

Why We Like Them: Modern Age Electric holds 5-star customer review ratings on Facebook, Yelp and Thumbtack, and is a current Neighborhood Fave on Nextdoor. Customers like their variety of service options, including installation, electrical repair, new wiring, electrical panels and EV chargers.

Modern Age Electric serves the Greater Dallas area with specific focus in the Balch Springs and Mesquite suburbs. A large concentration of their customers lives in Garland.

Non-Negotiables: Modern Age Electric offers a 1-year warranty on both parts and service — our members like that level of assurance the work is done properly. They also offer a free estimate and project quote to all Dallas-Fort Worth homeowners.

Vargas Electric: Best Sole Proprietor Electrician

Why We Like Them: Luis Vargas is an excellent choice for homeowners who want to work directly with one electrician. Vargas Electric offers the security of knowing the same excellent contractor will show up day-after-day at your home.

Non-Negotiables: We like Luis’ direct line of communication and transparency when it comes to scheduling and pricing. Homeowners know they’re getting the same qualified electrician every day of their project.

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Best Overall
Modern Age Electric

Modern Age Electric aced our ratings for work history and variety of service options. We like them for electrical installation, wiring and electrical repair, and installation of electrical panels and EV chargers in your home.

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Best Sole Proprietor
Vargas Electric
$135 trip fee - waived with HOMR membership

Vargas Electric was called “honest, professional and reasonable” in a current BBB review. Luis is a skilled licensed electrician you can call in a pinch for virtually any residential electrical problem.

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Carrolton
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Honorable Mentions

There are more than 2 good electricians in Dallas. The following DFW electrical companies just missed out on our top honors, but we’d like to highlight them in our Honorable Mentions.

We update our rankings and data frequently. Check back with this HOMR Buying Guide on a regular basis and see if our top Dallas area electricians change!

Light It Up Electric: Light It Up Electric was recently voted the best electrical service in Frisco, TX. They specialize in electrical upgrades, repairs and new installation. 

HR Phoenix Electrical Services: HR Phoenix Electrical and Plumbing is based in Richland Hills, TX. We like their expertise and extensive list of quality client reviews. Their customer base also extends to commercial clients.

Mr. Electric of Dallas: Mr. Electric is a well-known electrical service, with 238 locations across the United States. We preferred specific local providers for our Dallas buying guide.

Conclusion

The best Dallas electricians bring years of education and over 8,000 hours of on the job training to your residential installation or repair project. Here’s what we learned in our Buying Guide:

  • The most common Dallas electrical problems are caused by overloaded circuits, brownouts and power surges.
  • Only hire an electrical contractor that has passed the Texas state journeyman electrician or master electrician exam.
  • The most reliable Dallas electricians provide warranties on both parts and labor.
  • We think Modern Age Electric is the best overall Dallas electrical company, and Vargas Electric is the best individual proprietor.

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