Electrical Repair

Santa Barbara Electrical Repair Contractors

Electricity is often taken for granted as it powers our homes and offices seamlessly. But malfunctions in electricity can—at best--put a serious crimp in our personal and business activities. At worst, the can turn into a serious safety hazard. Our Santa Barbara electrical repair technicians have over 30 years of experience giving property owners the peace of mind and quality service they deserve. 

Laughlin Electric serves customers throughout Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta, and the surrounding areas. Call us at (805) 590-2222 or reach out here online today to get an estimate.

Signs That Electrical Repair Is Needed

When damage to an electrical system is spotted early, it's more likely that a property owner can mitigate the costs of fixing that damage. Common signs that repair work is needed include the following: 

Flickering Lights

While occasional flickering may not be a cause for immediate concern, persistent or frequent flickering could indicate an underlying issue that calls for professional attention by our team. 


If sparks are noticed when plugging in or unplugging an appliance, it is crucial to address the issue promptly. Sparks can pose a significant fire hazard and may result in electrical shocks if left unresolved.

Strange Smells & Noises

Another indicator of potential electrical issues is the presence of strange smells or noises originating from electrical outlets, switches, or appliances. Unusual odors like burning plastic or a smoky scent may suggest overheating wires or electrical components. 

Similarly, buzzing, crackling, or popping sounds can also indicate electrical problems. These signs should not be ignored, as they can signify dangerous electrical faults that require immediate attention.

Ignoring any of these signs could potentially lead to more serious electrical problems or even electrical fires. Prompt action can prevent further damage, and hazards, and allow for the continued reliable operation of your electrical system.

How to Diagnose Electrical Problems in a House?

Diagnosing electrical problems in a house can be complex and potentially dangerous, so safety should always be the top priority. Here's a general guide to help you identify and troubleshoot electrical issues:

  • Prioritize Safety: Always turn off the power at the breaker box before starting any electrical work. Use insulated tools and wear protective gear.
  • Identify the Issue: Determine which part of the electrical system is malfunctioning. Look for visible signs of damage like burn marks or exposed wires.
  • Check Breakers and Fuses: Inspect the breaker box for tripped breakers or blown fuses. Reset tripped breakers or replace blown fuses as needed.
  • Inspect Outlets and Switches: Look for loose connections or damage at outlets and switches. Ensure wires are securely connected.
  • Test Voltage: Use a multimeter to check voltage at outlets and switches. If no power is detected, there may be a wiring issue or a problem with the breaker.
  • Verify GFCI Outlets: Check if Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets, especially in kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoors, have tripped. Reset if necessary.
  • Inspect Light Fixtures: Check bulbs and fixture wiring for issues. Replace bulbs and repair wiring as needed.
  • Trace Wiring: If problems persist, trace wiring from affected areas back to the breaker box. Look for damage or loose connections.
  • Consult a Professional: If unsure or uncomfortable with any step, seek assistance from a licensed electrician. Electrical work can be hazardous, so safety is paramount.

Remember, electrical work can be dangerous, so never hesitate to call a professional if you're unsure or uncomfortable with any aspect of the diagnosis or repair process.

Our Santa Barbara electrical repair professionals can be reached by calling (805) 590-2222 or through the use of our online contact portal. Estimates are available.

Hear From Our Happy Customers

Reviews & Testimonials

At Laughlin Electric, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our customers have to say about working with us.

    "Thumbs up all the way."

    We used Laughlin Electric to install StarLink satellite and assemble the wiring in a neat and efficient manner. I cannot say enough about these men who are friendly, polite, and well-educated in their field. We will use them again in the future!

    - Cynthi B.
    "Incredibly professional, courteous, and knowledgeable!"

    We called Laughlin for an urgent electrical issue that had left half of our kitchen nonfunctional. They came within a couple of hours, right at the promised time. Lucas was incredibly professional, courteous, and knowledgeable and quickly fixed our problem

    - Zadok S.
    "Very professional, knowledgeable and efficient!"

    The technicians were both very professional, knowledgeable, and efficient while being very nice, clean, and organized inside our home. I’ve had several electricians in the past and these were the most experienced I’ve seen by far.

    - Heather W.
    "I found my new go-to electrician with Laughlin."

    Laughlin sent Kurt out to add an outlet for my detached garage. He went above and beyond, explaining every aspect of his work to me. He even helped me find a new Tesla charger to install.

    - Antonio A.
    "Professional, efficient, and knowledgeable."

    Eamon at Laughlin Electric routed new ethernet cables in our house. He was professional, efficient, and knowledgeable. Now our bedroom looks a lot less cluttered and organized with our new cables. Thanks for all your help!

    - Nicole G.
    "The work was completed efficiently and the price was fair."

    We called Laughlin Electric to have power run to our motor home. They responded quickly and sent an amazing tech, Andy Hanson. Andy was very friendly and professional. The work was completed efficiently and the price was fair.

    - Savannah F.
    "Their customer focus is spot on!"

    The Laughlin team are exceptional at what they do the dedication to excellence and job completion is second to none. I have hired multiple companies over the years and their customer focus is spot on.

    - Tim M.
    "The whole experience was a good one."

    I had a great experience with Laughlin Electric. They arrived right on time and we discussed the issues I wanted solved. I received an estimate and agreed to the work which was done immediately. Highly recommend this service.

    - Helena B.

Staying One Step Ahead of the Curve

We strongly encourage our customers to call our Santa Barbara electrical repair team as soon as possible, so we can catch problems in their infancy. We also work to help home and business owners understand their systems better, so they can have a keen eye on what to watch for. And our routine inspection program is geared toward early detection and prevention, with the goal of saving the customer money in long-term repair costs and giving them increased peace of mind. 

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