Kolb Electric, Inc.
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Kolb Electric, Inc. has received 5 out of 5 stars (A-rating) based on 296 customer surveys conducted by Best Pick Reports.
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"Kolb Electric has been a family-owned-and-operated company serving our customers locally for over 90 years. Our mission is to provide the best in quality and customer satisfaction on all jobs, big or small, from our family to yours."

Lauren Kolb | Director of Administration
Company Information
Services Offered
Kolb Electric, Inc., is a full-service electrical contractor providing services that include troubleshooting, circuit breaker replacement, panel upgrades, and surge protection. The company also offers installation of ceiling and attic fans, outdoor lighting, light switches, dimmers, and light fixtures.
Kolb Electric guarantees all parts and labor.
Company History
The company was founded in 1925 by Walter Kolb. Kolb Electric is now a fourth-generation, family-owned-and-operated business presided over by Paul Kolb and Richard Kolb Jr.
Employee Information
The company conducts drug tests and background checks and supports the continuing education of employees. Paul Kolb and Richard Kolb Jr. are Master Electricians.
Areas Served
Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Montgomery Village, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring, Columbia, Elkridge, Ellicott City, Laurel, Annapolis, Crofton, Glen Burnie, Odenton, Pasadena, Severn, Severna Park, Bowie, Hyattsville, Lanham, Laurel

“Kolb Electric's promptness and ability to fix the problem made it outstanding. They did electric work. I'd give them the highest rating. I assume everything was fine.”

“They showed up on time. They did the work. They cleaned up. They did a good job. We've used them twice. They were fine. The work they did was put in ceiling fans, connected them up and all through the attic and they also rewired some stuff in the kitchen where we were having a problem. They did a great job at the time. I would grade the overall experience with an A. I would highly recommend them.”

“He was polite. He was courteous and he got the job done. The neighbor and I share some kind of thing and it fell down and my neighbor wouldn't do anything. It came out of his house, but when it stuck to the wall it was both. Another company wouldn't do it so he reattached it and took down an antennae that fell from someone else's property onto mine and no one else would touch it. I'm satisfied, very much so. Their customer service was good, very good. I'd give them an A rating. They were all excellent. He came when he said and he did the job. I think I would go with them before another company. I'd recommend them.”

“I didn't complain. I'd have to look back through what happened. If I used them, and I didn't report anything wrong. It might have been a ceiling fan installation. They did a great job. I'd give them an A.”

“They did a great job. They fixed the outside light and they fixed the inside light. Everything is great. I'd give them an A on everything.”

“Any experience I've had with electrical workers has been a positive one. I never had any problems. I don't remember the specifics of what they did, but it was fine. I'd give them an A. I would be very likely to recommend them.”

“I wasn't actually there when they did the work. My husband was. This was quite a while ago. I can't recall what they came in for. I can't remember. I would recommend them, and I did have a positive experience.”

“It was a good experience. I just remember they did a good job. It was overall electric work, just general stuff. It was positive.”

“It was done in no time. It was something really simple that we needed done. They just put in another socket. I'd give them an A grade overall.”

“Kolb Electric was very professional. They were very knowledgeable on the subject. I added a bathroom in my basement and they did the lighting. They did the wiring to my bath fan and did the circuiting for it, and it had a light with it as well. And then they added an optional receptacle. Everything is working up to my standards. I would give them an A rating overall. I would definitely recommend them.”

“The fellow they sent was very nice. He was pretty neat in doing his work. He put in some pot lights and had to cut several holes in the ceiling and he was pretty neat, where the droppings fell. He cleaned up after himself. He was just generally a very admirable guy. I'd give them an A overall, absolutely. I have no complaints about the quality of work and customer service at all; everything looks good.”

“The gentleman that came out was professional. He took his time. We had a problem with one of the fixtures, but he did as much as he could and explained what we had to do just to finish up the job. We had purchased a fixture and the covering was cracked, so he installed the electrical part and we just had to go back to the store and exchange the cover. Everything met my expectations and standards. Overall, I'd give them an A.”

“They just got the job done when I wanted. I don't remember exactly what the job was. I think they hung up lines for me to hang my TV. It worked out good. I'd give them an A overall.”

“They worked for me twice. They actually took care of my kitchen light that was not working and replaced it, and he was in and out and very businesslike. Everything is working up to my standards now. I'd give them an A rating overall because we used the company before when we moved, and they moved a wire for the chandelier, so that's why we stuck with them.”

“We had a ceiling fan installed a while back. Everything's fine. Customer service was fine. Everything was fine. We were satisfied with the work. I'd give them an A. We would recommend them.”

“Kolb was fantastic. They installed a ceiling fan. They were fast, and they needed very little guidance. I literally let them in the door, and they completed the job. I would grade them an A.”

“It was a real good experience. They put a new line in the garage, and they fixed one of the circuit breakers. It was excellent work, and I have already recommended them.”

“They are great. They did a circuit breaker, installed a line, and installed an outlet. I would grade them an A, and I would be extremely likely to recommend them to others.”

“They were replacing a ceiling fan. The electrician was very honest. He found a flaw in the way the original one was hung, and he corrected that for us. He was very courteous. I would give Kolb an A+.”

“They were great and did excellent work.”

“We had a better experience with them than the other electric company. I got an estimate for another job, specifically siding, and the contractor wouldn't touch the wall because the insulation was off the power cables. It's been up since the house was built, which was about forty years ago, I think around 45 or 46. So that was to replace that cable, from the top of the cable on down into the house, which had to installed by a contractor and then has to be inspected by the power company. That's what we are waiting for now to get the word. They will come out again once they get the word from the power company, who takes off the old power cable, which will be disconnected and goes in a hole, they have to put in the ground. But everything was done fine, I would grade them an A+. I would recommend them to someone else.”

“They did electric work for me. I think the last time they were here they installed an attic fan. I would grade them an A+.”

“They did outside lighting. They were professional and prompt. I would grade them an A.”

“They were checking an outlet that had gone out and was smoking. I liked that they were prompt and I got taken care of promptly. I would grade them an A.”

“They were doing wiring in our kitchen. We remodeled our kitchen and needed new, different outlets for refrigerator and stove. I think their estimates were correct, they came out, were on time and courteous. I would grade them an A.”

“They put in an attic exhaust fan, I had a fan up there already but it died. It was probably more than 30 years old. They also installed a ceiling fan on my porch and there was one more thing they did. There was one thing that I wanted them to do, when they came out and looked at it, it's work under the deck. The deck is so close to the ground that they couldn't really see under it when the guy came out initially. It turned out once that when someone was able to take a look, it was going to take more work and they would need two people. So we postponed that for a little while. They did everything that they said they were going to do. I'm satisfied with them and they cleaned up well. I would grade them an A.”

“He installed two chandeliers in the bedroom. I liked that they did what I wanted. I would grade them an A. I have already recommended them.”

“They had to mount chandelier in our foyer. They were nice, polite and did what they were supposed to. I would grade them an A.”

“I remember that they were very professional. I would grade them an A.”

“It was a positive experience.”

“I would recommend them to someone and had no complaints.”

“They worked on the ceiling fan. They were very good and solved the problem. I would grade them an A. It was pretty good.”

“I've used them multiple times and it's always been good. They helped us install the first generator and we had to run a new line for a fireplace. They did both of those jobs. They seem reputable and provide good service. I would grade them an A.”

“They've worked for me a couple of times. I believe it was installing some switch plates in the bedroom and dealing with some wiring for a ceiling fan. I would grade them an A. I thought the quality was good and timely. Their customer service was good. I liked the way I was able to answer questions.”

“I had them replace my electrical panel and install some outlets and some other general wiring. I would grade them an A. I've got no issues at all. They had to reschedule and then they were a little late.”

“They did a great job and I would recommend them.”

“One guy came, he put my light in, and he put a new socket in. I had them put a light up in my ceiling and the other guy came and changed my air conditioner plug for me. I would grade them both an A from me. I would recommend them. My sister told me to call them. They were very professional and polite.”

“It was very good. They repaired some electrical outlets in the kitchen that did not work or were not working properly. A gentleman came and fixed it. He was very personable, and seemed to do a good and efficient job. I was pleased. I would grade them an A. There has been no problem with the outlets. The work in the kitchen left a mess, I offered myself to clean it up so it was not on him. He was willing to do it. I would be very likely to recommend them.”

“I had an attic fan that needed some work. It needed a new motor or whatever. I would grade them an A. Their customer service was fine. They showed up on time.”

“I have already recommended them to a friend.”

“They are very good, I've been with them before. I would grade them an A and recommend them to a friend.”

“We had all our smoke detectors replaced. I would grade them an A. It was very good. Their quality of work was fine. They were timely when they came out.”

“The electrician was very pleasant, and I didn't feel like I was being ripped off. He was up front and honest with me. I had tried to tackle the electrical issue myself, and he showed me what I did wrong and fixed it. It was very simple, so he was able to clarify all of the questions that I had. He was in and out; he was really professional. I'd go back to them again because of that service. I'd just gotten a circuit breaker in my breaker box, and the breaker I had wasn't the proper voltage, so he installed one with a higher voltage that could properly handle the bathroom fixtures. My choice to use them probably had a lot to do with their scheduling. I'd give them an A+.”

“They were very prompt and up front about the work. They came to identify an issue with the power going into my house. They weren't able to resolve it, but they pointed me toward the people that I would need to contact to get the power company to address it.”

“I've used Kolb Electric three or four times over this past winter, and it's always been a very positive experience. They came on time, they completed the work as asked, and they were very tidy. They installed some lighting for me, and they also moved some electrical outlets. My interior designer looked for someone who was local and who could do work in pretty short time, so that's how we picked them. I'd definitely give them an A.”

“They came to change my fire alarm. It was very easy to schedule, and the person taking the call was very efficient. It wasn't an emergency or life-threatening situation, but I needed someone right away, and they came within an hour. I would give them an A, definitely.”

“An electrical outlet was burned out, and the electrician from Kolb Electric fixed the problem. I'd grade them next to very good—it was good work. There weren't any issues that came up.”

“They came in, got the work done, and left—that was important to me. I live in a condo, and there was water damage from another unit. A lot of the damage was behind the walls, so my circuit breaker box got wet. He had to go in and do some work in there. Then, all of my smoke detectors, in particular the two closest to where the water came down, emitted a signal all the time. They just didn't stop, so he had to replace them. I'd give them an A.”

“They got it done with no fuss. They did something with wiring in the kitchen. I got their name from a friend, and I'd grade them an A.”

“There was a very quick turnaround. It was a quick installation service. It was a pretty quick, easy job, and it was very prompt. I had a three-way switch where one switch had to be rewired. I think I had used them before. I also had a ceiling fan that I was debating replacing the pull chain on, and the guy was very honest and said, 'By the time I do that, you could just install a new fan.' They were very honest about assessing the other issue as well. It was very good. They deserve an A.”

“Kolb Electric's work was all right. It was done very well, and I was happy with it. They had to put in an outlet. I used them before, too; I had a rental house, and they did something for me down there a long time ago. They did a good job both times. They're efficient, and they get it over with. I say it's an A for them—they were very good.”

“They were friendly, timely, and knowledgeable, and they did a good job. The main reason I chose them was because they're local. They replaced a dimmer switch in the kitchen. They'd get an A from me.”

“They fixed a blown fixture that had turned off the electricity for that particular fixture. They went right to it and got it done. It was a lot of fun. I liked that they went right to it immediately, figured out what was wrong, and diagnosed it and fixed it up for me. I would give them an A, particularly the guy who showed up. He was a fun-loving character.”

“Kolb Electric did work for me. We were remodeling the kitchen, and we needed some wires rerouted, so it was a pretty big job. It took all day. Rodney was very thorough and very professional. He knew what he was doing, and he spent as much time on the work as he could. He also found another electrical issue in the adjoining room that we didn't even know was a problem. He said, 'This is a fire hazard, and I'm going to fix it right now.' Rodney was great. I'd give him an A.”

“We had an outlet replaced by Kolb Electric. I liked that there were no surprises. An A is fine for them.”

“They came on time and put in some new lightbulbs in most of the house. Then, they did the water heater. I would give them an A.”

“They were good. They were courteous and did a good job. They replaced outlets and put in lights and a ceiling fan. I chose them because friends of ours had used them before. I'd grade their company an A.”

“I liked that they came right out. I've used Kolb Electric before many times, so I've dealt with them for years. They're a good company—I like them, and I've had no problems with them. They came and replaced a fuse box that had burned up. It's an A-grade company.”

“They did good work, and they were responsive, on time, and friendly. They replaced a whole light switch component that was sparking. I found them in Best Pick Reports. I think an A is fair for them.”

“My experience with Kolb Electric was amazing. The technician was top-notch from beginning to end. He was very professional, prompt, and honest, and he gave a courtesy call before he showed up. He was a really nice guy. I'd grade Kolb an A+.”

“Kolb was excellent. Everything was perfect. The person who came to my home was very respectful. I had a problem with my electrical system, and they fixed it. I would give them the highest grade—the best grade I could.”

“Kolb Electric installed light sensors in my outdoor lanterns, and everything was great. I'd rate Kolb Electric an A for the quality work they did.”

“Kolb Electric was excellent. They put in a new light fixture and changed something that was broken on the wall. It was perfect. I'd give them an A grade.”

“I would say they deserve top ratings—I didn't have any troubles. They replaced the end of an outlet. I've used Kolb in the past, and I would give them the highest grade possible.”

“The guy from Kolb Electric was on time and got the job done quickly. He showed me exactly what the problem was, and everything is holding up perfectly. I've used them in the past. They're A+.”

“They were professional and excellent. I would recommend Kolb to anybody. The electrician was on time, and he did excellent work with no problems. I would give them an A+.”

“It was an excellent experience. The electrician was very, very knowledgeable, and the quality of the work was excellent. I most definitely would recommend them. Kolb gets an A+.”

“I had a light switch in my downstairs bathroom that was sparking. The switch itself had burned out. The electrician told me exactly what he was doing and explained the process. He was very quick, and it was great. The customer service was wonderful. I'd give them an A+.”

“Kolb Electric was terrific. The guy seemed to know what he was doing. He was courteous and came on time, and he charged what he said he would charge. They deserve an A.”

“Kolb Electric did fine. They showed up very quickly and took care of an electrical problem I had. It was complex. They were very businesslike—I thought they were very professional. I'd give them an A+.”

“Kolb Electric came to fix some switches for me and do some additional work—the same gentleman came twice. He did a really nice and professional job. I was very pleased. I chose them because we moved into town and talked to neighbors, and they recommended Kolb. They earned an A+.”

“The gentleman was very nice and good at what he did. He fixed a switch to a light that wasn't working outside. He put in a new switch. I'd give them an A+.”

“I had an electrical problem, and they were pretty expedient and explained the issue. It turned out to be a problem from the electric company. It was my first time using Kolb, and I would use them again. They're A+.”

“We had one or two electrical outlets that were dead, and we also had an old disposal that never worked. We got rid of it, but the live wire was hanging underneath it. An electrician from Kolb Electric turned the switch off for the disposal and fixed the other box that wasn't grounded. He fixed all the outlets, too. Kolb gets an A+.”

“Kolb Electric finished the job in a very reasonable amount of time. I discovered them in my neighborhood, and this summer was my first time using them. I would absolutely use them again, and I would recommend them. I would give them an A+.”

“They found the problem, and they did quality work. I would recommend Kolb, and I'd give them an A+.”

“They did a good job for the price they quoted. They installed a flat-screen TV on the wall and did the wiring. Kolb Electric is A+.”

“Kolb Electric upgraded my circuit breaker box to a larger service, and they did some wiring on my side porch. It was my first time using their services, and I would recommend them. I'd give them an A+.”

“Kolb Electric did some minor work with the electrical panel. We had no problem with the repair. The electrician was good. I would recommend them—A+.”

“It was great. We were able to get in as soon as possible, and they came and fixed it all up. Everything is holding up great—there are no problems. The electrician was great. My daughter found them, and I absolutely would use them again. Kolb is A+.”

“Kolb Electric installed a new supply line from where the power company runs the wire over to my house down to the electric meter on the side of the house, and then they put in a new circuit breaker panel. The electrician was good—he followed up, and he did what he said he was going to do. He had to deal with some pretty ornery county inspectors here where I live, and he took care of that all very well. The time frame was lengthy, but it was not their fault—it was the fault of the county inspectors. Kolb did everything they said they were going to do within the time frame that they said they could do it, but they got held up on several occasions by the county, which kept changing its requirements. They were doing the work because the house was being sold. I have not heard anything from the new owners regarding any problems, so I assume the work was fine. I would use their service again. They earned an A+.”

“They came out fast, and the electrician was nice. I had an electrical socket that didn't catch on fire, but it did mess up the wall, so he replaced that inside part. The time frame was very fast. I would use Kolb in the future—they're A+.”

“I had a kitchen fixture installed—the old one was taken out and the new one was put in. This was my first time using Kolb, and I would use them again. The worker was really nice, and he cleaned up well. Everything was fine. I'd give them an A+.”

“Kolb Electric installed a light fixture for me. I tried to adjust one of the lights, and the fixture came loose, so I called, and they came back and fixed it with no questions asked. Everything is holding up just fine. Both technicians were fine. It was my first time using Kolb, and I would recommend them. I'd give them an A+.”

“My breakers kept flipping off, so Kolb Electric came and put them back on. They did a good job. The breakers have been holding up since they fixed them. I would use them again in the future, and I would recommend them to others. They get an A+ from me.”

“Kolb Electric did something that had to do with the receptacle out in the garage. It didn't take them long to find out what was wrong, and everything has held up fine. I would use them again in the future, if needed. I would give them an A+.”

“The gentleman from Kolb knew what he was doing. He was professional, and everything has been fine since. I would use them again, and I'd recommend them. They're A+.”

“Kolb Electric's customer service was great. I would recommend them to others, and I'd use them again. I'd give them an A+.”

“I'm going to have them again to install an outlet next to my motion light. I'm sure they'll do a good job, because that's what they do. Their customer service was fine. I'd give them an A+.”

“The electrician from Kolb fixed a circuit breaker box. He knew what he was doing and fixed the problem. I'd say they're an A+.”

“Kolb was efficient. They installed a ceiling fan. It was my first time using them, and I would give them an A+.”

“They put in electric lines from the house to the gazebo. I thought it was good—it was professional. They showed up when they were supposed to, and they did the job right. This was my first occasion using Kolb. I think they responded positively, and when they came and did the work, they did it well. I would use them again. I would give them an A+ in every category.”

“They came on time, and they finished the work. It was quality work. They were conscientious of what they did, so I would recommend them. Kolb Electric gets an A+.”

“They did recessed lights. The electrician did great. He's been in the company for 30 years. I'd give them an A+.”

“The electrician from Kolb came out because I had a power outage upstairs. He was very polite and courteous, and he resolved my problem as soon as he came here. He reset my upstairs power. I would use Kolb again. They're an A+.”

“It was great. I liked how fast and courteous they were. They came to fix the ceiling fan that I thought was broken—they showed me how to work the remote, and then they put in some outlets. They completed the work in a very reasonable amount of time. This is my first occasion using Kolb Electric, and they gave great service. I would grade them as an A+.”

“Kolb Electric was on time and didn't leave until everything was resolved. They replaced one of my outlets outside and installed outside lights. Everything has been holding up fine. I found out about them when they did work at my church. I'd give them an A+.”

“They did a great job, and I am satisfied. I would use Kolb Electric again—they're A+.”

“I would use them again. They did some circuit breaker work, and everything is working since they came out. The workers were on time and professional. I would give them an A.”

“Kolb Electric came on time, and I thought they were efficient. The first time, the problem wasn't totally solved, but they came back and solved it. The source of the problem wasn't very apparent in the beginning. They followed up and fixed it, and everything is fine. They put a switch in, thinking that the problem was with the light above the ceiling light. The ceiling light was really the problem. There was a wire that was loose. The first gentleman thought it was just the switch on the wall. The light kept flickering on and off, but mostly just stayed off—we just didn't think it was a safe issue. The second gentleman found that it was a wire that was loose in the ceiling fixture. I would give them an A.”