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Aren Electric Co., Inc.

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Aren Electric Co., Inc.

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Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 125 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i

Patricia L.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

1 of 125

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He was very helpful and he didn't rush the job. He put a lot of time and effort into getting the right parts for a job that no other company would take on.

They did an excellent job. They have a lot of knowledge and experience in regards to relay systems for older homes. They were on time and efficient. When I looked in the Diamond Certified Directory to find an electrical contractor, Aren Electric was the only company who had any sort of experience doing relay systems in my area.

Brian S.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

2 of 125

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They've been in business for quite some time, so there's really nothing in the electrical world that they can't do. I would recommend their services.

They don't 'BS' or upsell their customers. They're completely honest and there are no surprises when using them, which is fantastic.

Pasquale P.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

3 of 125

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He is very thorough, he explained everything, and he gave me options on how to fix different things. He did exactly what I wanted to do and he solved the problems.

I like his integrity. They worked very hard.

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Gerry Reyes, Owner

Aren Electric Co., Inc. provides a variety of electrical repair and installation services for residential and commercial clients throughout the Peninsula. In addition to handling electrical wiring circuits for appliances, lighting, receptacles and other household applications, the company specializes in electrical panel upgrades, performs comprehensive electrical safety inspections and more.

Owner Gerry Reyes says his favorite part of being an electrical contractor is interacting with clients and utilizing his electrical expertise to help them in difficult situations. “Having an electrical hazard can be very stressful for a lot of homeowners, so our goal is to handle the work professionally and safely so our clients can relax and return to their normal lives. At the end of the day, we want them to be 100 percent satisfied with our work.”

Aren Electric Co. maintains a fleet of service trucks that are fully stocked with thousands of electrical parts, which allows the company to complete repair and installation jobs as quickly as possible. “We call them our ‘mobile warehouses,’” says Mr. Reyes. “By having all those parts at our immediate disposal, we can effectively solve all types of electrical problems.”

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESEARCHED CAPABILITIES ON Aren Electric Co., Inc.

COMPANY CONTACT
Service AREA

the Peninsula

SERVICES PERFORMED

Electrical Repairs & Installations
Electrical Wiring
Electrical Panel Upgrades
Electrical Safety Inspections
New Circuit Installations
Electrical Switch Wiring
Outdoor Lighting Installations
Residential & Commercial
EV Charger Installation

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An Aren Electric Co. technician works on a residential wiring project.

Company Profile

Aren Electric Co., Inc. provides a variety of electrical repair and installation services for residential and commercial clients throughout the Peninsula. In addition to handling electrical wiring circuits for appliances, lighting, receptacles and other household applications, the company specializes in electrical panel upgrades, performs comprehensive electrical safety inspections and more.

Owner Gerry Reyes says his favorite part of being an electrical contractor is interacting with clients and utilizing his electrical expertise to help them in difficult situations. “Having an electrical hazard can be very stressful for a lot of homeowners, so our goal is to handle the work professionally and safely so our clients can relax and return to their normal lives. At the end of the day, we want them to be 100 percent satisfied with our work.”

Aren Electric Co. maintains a fleet of service trucks that are fully stocked with thousands of electrical parts, which allows the company to complete repair and installation jobs as quickly as possible. “We call them our ‘mobile warehouses,’” says Mr. Reyes. “By having all those parts at our immediate disposal, we can effectively solve all types of electrical problems.”

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Company Philosophy

“Customer service is our top priority, so we work hard to safely solve our clients' electrical problems and make them feel completely at ease. We understand the importance of listening to our customers–if they ever have a problem or concern, they know they can come to us and we'll immediately take care of it.”

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Comparative Summary

Maintaining customer satisfaction is a crucial aspect of any business, but it’s even more important for electrical contractors that have earned the prestigious Diamond Certified award. For Aren Electric Co., Inc., the key to achieving and maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction is simple: utilize its vast amounts of industry expertise to provide electrical services that create safe living environments and enable customers to feel at ease in their homes. “We always explain the condition of each electrical system before working on it so the customer knows exactly what to expect,” says owner Gerry Reyes. “Our biggest priority is ensuring the safety of our customers, and clear communication is an important part of that.”

Aren Electric Co. has been providing electrical repair and installation services for residential and commercial clients throughout the Peninsula and San Francisco since 1994. In addition to handling electrical wiring for switches, circuits, home entertainment systems and other household applications, the company performs comprehensive safety inspections, installs new circuits and outdoor lighting systems, and more.

Unlike less experienced electrical contractors that strive to maximize their workload volume and eschew a detail-oriented business approach in the process, Aren Electric Co. prioritizes quality on every job and takes the necessary time to ensure its work is as safe as possible. “For example, we really take our time when it comes to installing wiring,” says Mr. Reyes. “Putting in a wire and making sure the light turns on isn’t enough. We route all wires according to the National Electrical Code to make sure everything is safe and supported.”

Another attribute that sets Aren Electric Co. apart from its competition is its commitment to taking care of its clients throughout each phase of their projects, including after the work has been completed. “We normally provide a two-year warranty for our work, but we’ll continue to back it up after that if necessary,” says Mr. Reyes. “If a customer has a problem with work we did in the past, we’ll usually come out and fix it for them, which makes them feel happy and valued.”

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Industry Info

The importance of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). The average homeowner might not even know what a ground fault is, but when a house’s ground fault is compromised, it can put the entire property in danger. Basically, a ground fault is an inadvertent electrical path between a power source and a grounded surface. While all electrical devices and appliances are “grounded” to ensure they can be safely operated by consumers, devices can still lose their grounding and divert electrical currents to the nearest channel that provides a path to the ground: the body of the consumer.

This is where the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) comes in. A common safety feature that can be identified as two small buttons located in between the two sockets on an electric outlet, the GFCI’s function is to constantly monitor the power current flowing through a circuit. The moment the GFCI senses even a small disparity between the current flowing into the outlet and the return current, it intervenes by shutting off the power to that outlet. GFCIs are effective because they’re able to quickly sense dangerous situations and interrupt the current before it administers a potentially fatal electric shock. Because of the ever present danger posed by the possibility of a ground fault (particularly when water is involved), GFCIs are required by the electrical code for outlets in bathrooms and kitchens, on the exteriors of buildings, and near swimming pools.

If your GFCI gets tripped, you can just press the reset button to restore power to the circuit—however, it may not reset if an electrical problem is still present. If your GFCI trips frequently, it’s a good idea to call an electrical contractor to come take a look. “A GFCI shouldn’t trip at all unless there’s a ground fault or something that’s shorting,” says Gerry Reyes, owner of Aren Electric Co., Inc. in Daly City. “Either the outlet itself is bad or it has a faulty component, but either way, it’s telling you there’s something wrong that needs to be addressed.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can you come out on the day that I call?

A: It depends on our schedule, but sometimes we can come out the same day.

Q: What’s your approach to quality control?

A: Our approach to quality control is linked to the pride we take in our work. We make sure all our work is performed to the standards we would want in our own homes. We’re very thorough, and we always investigate each situation before we install a new outlet or breaker to ensure everything is safe and supported.

Q: I have a lot of electronic devices but not many outlets, so I use a lot of extension cords and power strips. Is this safe?

A: Not really. Using a lot of extension cords adds to the power load borne by your circuit, which can lead to overheating and cause the breakers to trip. In this case, we’d recommend adding some additional outlets to your home.

Q: It looks like rats have chewed off some of the insulation on my wiring. Can I wrap the wiring with electrical tape?

A: It depends on the extent of the damage. If it’s just a small area on the wire, electrical tape should be an adequate remedy. However, if the damage is more extensive, you should call us to replace the wire. A severely damaged or exposed electric wire is a major safety hazard—if you touch it, you could get electrocuted.

Q: Do I have to be home when you’re conducting a safety inspection?

A: Not unless you want to hear what the inspector has to say during the process.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTOR ADVICE & TIPS FROM Gerry Reyes

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  • Gerry Reyes is a 29-year veteran of the electrical industry and owner of Aren Electric Co., Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (650) 564-3636 or by email.

Gerry Reyes: A Helping Hand

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

DALY CITY – Gerry Reyes knew he wanted to be an electrician at a young age, but rather than getting his training through an apprenticeship, he opted for a more ceremonious route: the military. “When I joined the U.S. Air Force, I told the recruiter I wanted to be an electrician,” he remembers. “Once I was stationed in Texas, I received my training to become an electrical power production specialist. It was my responsibility to handle all the electrical power needs on the base.”

Following his stint in the Air Force, Gerry worked in a couple related industries before eventually striking out on his own. “My first job after the military was as a copy machine technician,” he says. “The company was going to send me to training school, but since I had a strong background in electronics, I was actually able to read the schematics and fix the machines without any additional training.” Gerry’s next job was working for American Airlines as a maintenance mechanic. “We took care of all the jet bridges, and we also repaired and maintained the x-ray machines and security devices.” After a while, Gerry decided to leave and fulfill his dream of starting his own electrical contracting business. In 1994, he founded Aren Electric Co., which he continues to operate nearly 20 years later.

Gerry hasn’t always lived in the Bay Area, or even in the United States. Originally from the Philippines, he immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 16 and made his way to the Bay Area, where his mother and several other family members were already situated. “I came here in 1982,” he says. “After the Air Force, I returned in 1988 and have been here since.” Gerry now has his own family—his wife, Eleanor, and their children Ashley, 24, and Matthew, 19. “Ashley just graduated college and wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps to become a physical therapist,” he says. “My son is studying bioscience at Dominican University in San Rafael. I’m trying to convince him to go into medicine, because it would be great to have a doctor in the family.”

While Gerry concedes that owning a business involves a lot of hard work, he finds the sense of independence it gives him to be very gratifying. He also draws inspiration from the variety of people he meets while on the job. “One of the things I enjoy most is meeting new people, talking to them and learning how they live,” he says. “Seeing other people who have been successful in life motivates me to work harder and strive for more.” Outside of work, Gerry enjoys taking part in outdoor activities like golfing, basketball, running and fishing on the bay.

Gerry says helping those in need is an integral part of his personal ethos, particularly when it comes to his occupation. “I like helping customers with problems in their homes. Occasionally, I’ll encounter a customer who is elderly or financially disadvantaged and has a problem that he or she simply can’t afford to have fixed. I’ll often fix those problems at no additional charge. It makes me feel good when I go home.” In the past, Gerry has donated his time to Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit that rehabilitates homes for disadvantaged homeowners, which he says is something he’d like to do more of when he retires. “It’ll be a great way for me to keep busy and help others in the process.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: An early bird.

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The San Francisco 49ers.

Q: If you had a warning label, what would it say?
A: “Watch out…Gerry’s in town!”

Q: What’s your favorite vacation spot?
A: Hawaii. Besides the weather, I really like the local people. I’ve made a lot of friends there, and I like to hang out and drink coffee with some of the retired folks.

Q: What’s your favorite season?
A: Christmas time. I like the songs, smells, food and family gatherings—just the whole spirit of the season.

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Expert articles
  • Understanding Your GFCI

    DALY CITY — Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) can be found in most residential bathrooms and kitchens, but not everyone understands the significance of the small buttons and little green light on the electrical outlets in their homes. In fact, GFCI’s are a very important aspect of home safety.

    “Ground fault” is a term for a disruption that can occur in the low-resistance grounding path from a tool or electrical system. In the event of a ground fault, the electrical current may take an alternate path to the ground through the user, resulting in electrical shock. A GFCI protects the user by sensing this disruption and shutting off the power before contact is made between the electrical current and the user. Since one potential cause of a ground fault is an electrical device coming into contact with water, GFCI’s are most often located in areas like kitchens, bathrooms and garages.

    All GFCI’s have a green indicator light to show that the power is on and the outlet is protected. If a GFCI’s indicator light isn’t lit, it may have been tripped, which shuts off the power to that outlet. To restore power, press the “reset” button. You should test the GFCI’s in your home on a monthly basis by pressing the “test” button—this will trigger an artificial ground fault, which should shut off the power. After testing, press the reset button to restore power.

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  • Video: Testing a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter

    Complete Video Transcription:

    DALY CITY — Host, Sarah Rutan: GFCIs or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters are important parts of your electrical system. Today, we’re in Daly City with Gerry Reyes of Aren Electric Co. to learn more about how test and maintain your GFCIs.

    Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Gerry Reyes: The GFCI receptacles have been found in the kitchen, countertops, which is a code and also bathrooms. garages, outdoors, and the purpose of it is it’s a ground fault. Something happens like a cord gets cut, this GFCI receptacle will turn off automatically by itself in a split second to prevent any injuries. You can test this monthly by pressing the test button, just what I did and then as you can see the light went off and that means this receptacle is off right now. Then you can reset it and it goes back to normal again.

    Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn from local top-rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org.

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CUSTOMER SATISFACTION i
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Helpful Expertise i

Each surveyed customer was asked, “If you needed any helpful expertise, did this company provide that expertise?” To calculate this score, total “Yes” responses were divided by total responses (excluding those that stated they hadn’t needed any expertise).

Company Credentials i
  • Workers Compensation
  • Liability Insurance
  • License Verification
  • Business Practices
  • Current Complaint File
  • Legal & Finance
Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 125 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i

Patricia L.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

1 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He was very helpful and he didn't rush the job. He put a lot of time and effort into getting the right parts for a job that no other company would take on.

They did an excellent job. They have a lot of knowledge and experience in regards to relay systems for older homes. They were on time and efficient. When I looked in the Diamond Certified Directory to find an electrical contractor, Aren Electric was the only company who had any sort of experience doing relay systems in my area.

Brian S.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

2 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They've been in business for quite some time, so there's really nothing in the electrical world that they can't do. I would recommend their services.

They don't 'BS' or upsell their customers. They're completely honest and there are no surprises when using them, which is fantastic.

Pasquale P.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

3 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He is very thorough, he explained everything, and he gave me options on how to fix different things. He did exactly what I wanted to do and he solved the problems.

I like his integrity. They worked very hard.

Kathleen C.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

4 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I would definitely recommend him, hands down.

I was in customer service for 35 years and Gerry is totally focused on the customer. He really works with you and he is a good person, talented. He goes the extra mile for you.

Charles D.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

5 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He is very smart, very thorough, and very fair with his pricing.

The thoroughness

Robert P.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

6 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He did great.

Knowledge of our ancient house, and he handled the whole COVID fiasco very well.

Charles S.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

7 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

One thing I observed is that he is proficient, knowledgeable, and patient. He took the time and went out of his way to speak to me. I did check him out on Diamond Certified before using him. It was a nice experience. He was very amicable and we even had a casual conversation.

The fact that he was very balanced in his personality as well as his knowledge. I observed how he was focused and could still carry on a casual conversation with me.

Linda T.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

8 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He treats you like family. He is great.

It is quality first.

Ethan A.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

9 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

The price is right. You pay for what you get. Quality work, he is outstanding. He is professional and a perfectionist. He also provides tips on how to do certain things if you don't want to hire someone.

The respect and professionalism, he itemizes his work and doesn't just blurt out a number. He breaks down how long it will take and what each thing costs.

Terry M.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

10 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I would recommend them. I thought they did a great job.

They were on time for their appointment and got everything done within a day.

Darren B.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

11 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Kind, courteous, and very knowledgeable

They got back to me quickly and showed up when they said they would. They worked cleanly and were easy to work with. He knew all of the building codes and researched the latest products. He didn't just put in antiquated stuff.

Nora Y.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

12 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Reliable, friendly, and helpful, he explained things in detail. I am really happy.

He tried to make things work. It was a difficult job and he found a work around it.

Susan G.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

13 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He is extremely knowledgeable, goes above and beyond, and really cares about helping you out. He is organized and efficient. I highly recommend him.

Gerry makes great recommendations on what to do. He has good advice and is just a great guy.

Roger W.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

14 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Would recommend

They are professional. They know electrical work.

Kristin A.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

15 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I have recommended them. They do very high quality work and have good ethics. They have connections to suppliers in other related fields. I really trust them. They are one of the best companies to work with when it comes to home improvement.

Good value and good quality, it's very clear that they care about their customers.

Aria H.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

16 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They came in and did the job well. They are a company I would trust to do work again if needed.

Experienced, very helpful, clean and just came in and did the work

Jeffrey S.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

17 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Friendly and efficient, they made sure we were getting what we needed.

Willingness to tackle our project and read up on it

Adrian S.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

18 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He does great work. I have used him for my electrical needs for a while now. I had him work on one of my apartments, knob and tube to modern wiring.

His work ethic

Andrea B.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

19 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were professional, responsive, friendly, and did a good job.

They were quick and friendly.

Connie R.

VERIFIED Aren Electric Co., Inc. CUSTOMER

20 of 125

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Very thorough, they know exactly what they are doing and it's top quality work.

The advice and the knowledge they have

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