COMMERCIAL ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS

Cook Electric has electrical crews who specialize in commercial electrical services.

RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS

We perform residential electrical installations of all kinds.

ELECTRICAL SERVICE & REPAIR

Electrical services and repair work can be handled rapidly through our service department.

SPECIALTY ELECTRIC SERVICES

Cook Electric can provide expert advice, estimates and installation on a variety of specialties.

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Welcome to Cook Electric

Established in 1988, Cook Electric has grown to become a leader in all aspects of electrical contracting. We have developed a reputation throughout Central Maryland for fast, dependable service at a fair price. Our satisfied customers include builders, developers, realtors, bankers, landlords, restaurant owner, stores, offices and homeowners. We are professionals at providing information on lighting, generators, code issues and electrical safety. All this plus competitively priced estimates – FREE!

WHY CHOOSE US?

We are glad you asked!

About employing people who not only have the knowledge and skills, but are
polite and respectful.

We work hard to maintain our schedules, and to show up on the job within the
promised time frame.

By attending trade shows and electrical code classes as well as safety meetings.

We have a fleet of fully equipped trucks and well-trained employees, ready to service your electrical needs.

OUR SERVICE AREA

Providing Professional Electricians Since 1988

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Cook Electric Provides Electrical Repair Service to the Following Areas:

  • Annapolis, MD
  • Anne Arundel County, MD
  • Crofton, MD
  • Edgewater, MD
  • Glen Burnie, MD
  • Kent Island, MD
  • Severna Park, MD
  • Stevensville, MD

ELECTRIFYING IDEAS

Weekly articles about news, trends and ideas

Jan 2019
18th Jan 2019

Watch Out for Three Electrical Hazards this Winter


Maintaining and upgrading your home’s electrical wiring is crucial for safety, and this is clearly more the case during the colder months when people spend more time indoors. The following discusses three electrical hazards that you should be aware of during winter. Remember to work with an experienced licensed electrician for any type of electrical work in your home for safety and the best results.









1) Exposed Wires





The falls and winters of Maryland, especially for those who live near the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, can get rough. When there is harsh weather filled with sleet, ice, and snow, it is wise to ensure that every exposed exterior electrical wire is in good shape and functioning properly. Outdoor electrical outlets and wires can get damaged in a short time by the elements. Ensure that they will last the whole winter by checking that they are insulated properly.





2) Frayed Wiring





Perhaps the most common wiring hazard, fraying or frayed wires may not be spotted before they cause a fire. These faulty wires are capable of generating sparks that result in very dangerous electrical fires. What can help prevent this deadly hazard is scheduling annual safety inspections by a licensed electrician. Homeowners can play their part by checking the wires and plugs of all appliances. Space heaters, which are used most often during the winter, should get special attention.





3) Overloading Circuits





Many people like installing additional lighting to brighten their homes during shorter and darker winter days. Unfortunately, this may lead to overloading electrical circuits. Older houses are especially vulnerable because their electrical capacities are incapable of handling the extra load. In order to prevent blown circuits, power loss, and other issues, consider upgrading your electrical panel and installing additional wall outlets. Your home will be safer and now able to handle modern electrical demands.





Electrical Peace of Mind





Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs, including:





•Commercial & Residential Electrical Installations

•Marina & Residential Pier Wiring

•Electrical Service & Repair

•Specialty Electrical Services





For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.


10th Jan 2019

10 Typical Electrical Issues of Commercial Buildings – Part 2






As discussed in Part 1, commercial buildings require having their electrical systems undergo regular inspections, maintenance, and repair to ensure public and employee safety and maximize productivity. A proactive approach will pay off in the long run, allowing your business to expand, modernize, and handle growth successfully. Part 2 will discuss six more typical electrical issues of commercial buildings.













5) Incorrect Wire
Lengths





Regulations cover the stripping of wires to reveal their
metal core for creating a new electrical connection. An incorrect wire length
may lead to issues that lead to the interruption of the power connection and
result in short circuits.





6) Damaged Wiring





Using an electrician who is unlicensed is a poor decision, especially
when a non-professional may perform shoddy work that damages wiring, which may
create electrical system issues or even a fire hazard. 





7) Insufficient
Outlets





A company that is growing will regularly need to acquire or
upgrade equipment in order to expand. A basic requirement that is often
neglected is the addition of electrical outlets. Some companies opt for
extension cords and power strips to meet the greater electrical demand, but
this can increase the possibility of electrical fires.





8) Nonfunctioning
Outlets





Nonfunctioning outlets can result in decreased employee
productivity if there are a significant number that hamper operations. Call a
licensed electrician to repair the outlets that are defective.





9) Tripping Circuit
Breakers





When the circuit of an office is drawing too much
electricity, it can lead to overloading and a circuit breaker occasionally
tripping. This scenario can be a serious fire hazard. A licensed electrician
can perform an inspection and recommend either installing an additional circuit
or upgrading the electrical service panel.





10) Unprotected Wiring





The wiring of a commercial building should be both protected
and secured to prevent power supply problems. Owners need to comply with building
regulations that set forth requirements regarding the location of wiring and
how they should be protected from tampering and the elements.





Electrical Peace of
Mind





Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric
is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs,
including:





  • Commercial
    & Residential Electrical Installations
  • Marina &
    Residential Pier Wiring
  • Electrical
    Service & Repair
  • Specialty
    Electrical Services




For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.


4th Jan 2019

10 Typical Electrical Issues of Commercial Buildings – Part 1


Commercial buildings require having their electrical systems
undergo regular inspections, maintenance, and repair to ensure public and
employee safety and maximize productivity. A proactive approach will pay off in
the long run, allowing your business to expand, modernize, and handle growth successfully.









The following are 10 of the most typical electrical issues
that affect commercial buildings. Remember to call a licensed electrician to
get the best results for your company.





1) Burned Out Light
Bulbs





An office requires working light bulbs 24/7 to ensure
employee productivity. For safety, let an electrician handle the replacement of
burned out light bulbs, especially those located in inaccessible locations. A
professional can also spot faulty electrical equipment and handle the repairs.





2) Dim or Flickering Lights





Office lighting that is dim or flickering lowers
productivity and impacts the public image of a company. If replacing a light
bulb does not address the problem, there may be serious underlying issues that
should be immediately addressed for safety.





3) Electrical Fire
Hazards





Electrical fire hazards may result from the incorrect
installation of electrical wiring and equipment or the abuse of appliances and
devices. Regular electrical inspections for safety help keep a commercial
building safe for both workers and visitors.





4) Improper
Installation





When air conditioners, appliances, water heaters, and other large
equipment running on electricity in commercial buildings are improperly installed,
problems can arise in the electrical system and even cause electrical fires. Hire
a licensed electrician for major installations.





Part 2 will discuss
six more typical electrical issues of commercial buildings.





Electrical Peace of
Mind





Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric
is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs,
including:





  • Commercial
    & Residential Electrical Installations
  • Marina &
    Residential Pier Wiring
  • Electrical
    Service & Repair
  • Specialty
    Electrical Services




For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.


Dec 2018
27th Dec 2018

Standby Generator Basics for Small Businesses – Part 2






From 2000 to 2013, the U.S. averaged 200 reported power
grid outages annually. As discussed in Part 1, failing to plan for the loss of
electricity could lead to a small company losing business, communications with
clients or customers, inventory, and money. Businesses of every size can
prevent these potential problems by installing a standby generator on their
premises. Part 2 will discuss Capacity, Proper Operation, Noise, and Talk to
Experts.









Capacity





Prior to buying a standby generator, consult with a licensed
commercial electrician regarding your power requirements. Typically, a generator
will not be capable of generating adequate wattage for powering a whole commercial
building. Thus, it is important to carefully prioritize what should be powered when
there is a loss of electricity from the utility. Once your needs are narrowed down
and the required power capacity is determined, ensure the model you purchase
will meet those requirements.





Proper Operation





A standby generator must only be operated by following the
instructions of the manufacturer. Ensure compliance with local building codes
and obtain the proper permits for your commercial standby generator.





Regularly scheduled testing of standby generators will
ensure they are properly functioning and ready in an emergency. It is also
important for their proper maintenance. Like a car, they need to be started
occasionally.





Noise





A standby generator will generate a level of noise when
being used. There are some models that are quite loud and may disturb the
people in surrounding buildings and residences. Fortunately, a commercial
standby generator is typically more quiet than portable generators. In any
case, operate a generator only when it is needed. Schedule its automatic
testing during normal hours.





Talk to Experts





Do not hesitate to discuss subjects that you think may be
important regarding standby generators with a licensed electrician and
manufacturer representatives. Gather the information you need prior to
committing your company to installation.





Electrical Peace of
Mind





Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric
is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs,
including:





  • Commercial
    & Residential Electrical Installations
  • Marina &
    Residential Pier Wiring
  • Electrical
    Service & Repair
  • Specialty
    Electrical Services








For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and
conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.






18th Dec 2018

Standby Generator Basics for Small Businesses – Part 1


Natural and manmade disasters can cause long power outages
that greatly affect small businesses. A brief loss of power due to a utility
problem can also wreak havoc. Large corporations have several locations that
can compensate if one of its facilities is closed by the loss of electricity.
This can’t be usually said for a small business.









Every small business should prepare for the inevitable power
outage. Failing to plan for the loss of electricity could lead to a small
company losing business, communications with clients or customers, inventory,
and money.





Businesses can prevent these potential problems by installing
a standby generator on their premises. When electricity from the utility is cut,
the generator will automatically activate and restore power, allowing a company
and its employees to keep working.  





From a single entrepreneur to a fast-expanding small or
medium enterprise (SME), having a standby generator ready for emergencies
ensures that the negative effects of a power outage on a business will be
mitigated.





Two Main Types





  1. A standby or automatic generator is installed
    with a permanent connection to a facility’s electrical system. When a power
    outage occurs, this generator automatically activates and restores power, fueling
    itself with natural gas.




  • A backup or portable generator runs on gasoline
    or diesel and requires manual installation, activation, and refueling after a
    power outage occurs. Portable generators are generally less expensive than
    standby generators.




Safety Issues





The exhaust fumes from a portable generator will contain carbon
monoxide that is harmful at higher levels. As a result, they should never be
used inside a building. They should never be refueled while functioning or hot
to avoid a fire or explosion.





Most experts and manufacturers advise consumers that standby
generators should be installed a minimum of 10 feet from a building. This
distance will decrease the chance of toxic emissions entering a facility through
doors, windows, or another opening.





Part 2 will discuss Capacity,
Proper Operation, Noise, and Talk to Experts.





Electrical Peace of Mind Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs. For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.


OUR SPECIALIZED SERVICES

Here are some additional specialized services that we provide.

COMMERCIAL NETWORK CABLING

We install commercial and residential Cat5e, Cat6 and fiber cabling to provide data connectivity within your office or home. All projects are fully tested for continuity and come with a long warranty.

ENERGY EFFICIENT SYSTEMS

As we use more electricity in our homes, electric bills rise. Efficient products and energy-saving strategies can help you save money and energy at home. Cook Electric knows the latest technology to help make your upgrades payoff.

SPECIALTY LIGHTING

Specialty lighting fixtures and lamps include under cabinet, down, task and accent lighting, whether from LED or T5 lamp sources and they are designed by our staff to meets the exacting requirements for the look, feel and value you demand.

FACTS ABOUT COOK ELECTRIC

Providing Professional Electricians Since 1988