Winstar Home Services (formerly Patriot Electric)
4th year as a Best Pick
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Based on 300 reviews
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Talbot Watkins III | President
Company Information
Services Offered
Winstar Home Services, formerly known as Patriot Electric, installs, maintains, and repairs residential electrical systems for hot tubs and spas; recessed and landscape lighting; motion detectors; home generators; fans; intercoms; communications; low voltage wiring; CCTV; basketball courts; residential renovations; and swimming pools. The company also provides energy-saving updates, free energy audits, aerial and underground repair and troubleshooting, emergency electrical services, and scheduled maintenance programs.
The company offers its 100 percent customer satisfaction Winstar Guarantee.
Company History
Company president Talbot Watkins III started Winstar Home Services in 1995 as a one-man business and has expanded it to over 60 employees and 30 trucks.
Talbot is a Master Electrician.
Areas Served
Washington, DC
A selection of 300 homeowner reviews:
“My experience with Winstar was fantastic. They installed a ceiling fan for me. They were on time, they cleaned up after themselves, and they did a great job. They get an A+.”
“Their quality of work was A+. Their customer service was great, and their expertise was really good. The tech had a lot of experience and knew what he was doing. He knew what was wrong right away and fixed it quickly.”
“I've used them multiple times, and they've always been on time. They've hung chandeliers, put in new junction boxes, and added some lights. They take care to lay cloth down and clean up after themselves. They're professional. I'd give them an A+.”
“Winstar did a great job. They changed out a couple of plugs and replaced a switch in my garage. They showed up on time, were courteous, and made sure to clean up. They're an A.”
“They did very good, so I'd give them a very high rating. They did electrical outlet work, and it was A+ work.”
“They were prompt and good communicators. They did what I asked and did a great job. They ran new electrical wiring to the garage for a higher amp capability. They're definitely an A.”
“He estimated the work to be done, and made clear the work that had to be done. For the last of the work, he showed me what he did, and I think it was working. I was moving from my house, so they tried to fix the problems they found during the inspection. He came and fixed those. The water pump hadn't been working for a while, so he replaced the pump. The microwave wasn't linked to the breaker, so he fixed that. I'll give them an A+.”
“They did heating and air conditioning and electrical work for me, and they worked on my water pump. They were very good, so everything is A+.”
“They came out, did a thorough assessment, and were very reasonable in their recommendations. They didn't recommend anything we didn't really need, so I thought it was an effective and smart solution. There were two different things they did for us. One had to do with a treadmill and the electric socket where it was going in that was shorting out. The other was adding an additional section to my panel, because I needed another gizmo in my panel. I'd give them an A+.”
“They did our living room lights. We got a quote, they came in, and they got it done pretty quickly. It was nice not to have our house torn up for multiple days. Another small thing was that they fixed an outlet outside that was not properly grounded. They earned an A+.”
“Winstar Electric put in a dimmer. I had a problem, so they sent an electrician to my house. Everything was fine. He put the smoke detectors all in my house together because I needed an electrician to switch out my smoke detectors, and then he also put the dimmer in because I asked him to. I'd rate them A+.”
“Winstar Electric checked my electrical system to make sure I had a dedicated outlet. They did A+ work.”
“The tech was positive and helped out with answering questions as far as what we needed. They did some lighting and electrical repairs. I'd give them an A+.”
“They gave me a good estimate. They are good, so I have no complaints. I asked them to inspect my well water and try to replace a pump, and then I also tried to get him to estimate how good my well water is. They'd get an A+.”
“They arrived when they said they would, and the guy knew how to fix what he had to fix. Then he did a review, a general look over, which he didn't have to do, of the entire system. He was very thorough. I'd give them an A+.”
“It was a great experience. They did plumbing work for me, and they were A+.”
“I probably called three different companies trying to get somebody to do the job they did for me, but nobody wanted to do home sprinkler system work. They were the first ones that said yes, so that was great. Then they showed up, were very professional, and got the job done pretty quick. They had to replace a backflow preventer on the sprinkler system, and they did an A+ job. ”
“Their workers were very pleasant, efficient, and did a good job. They corrected a leak under my basement sink and installed a pump. I'd give them an A+.”
“They did electrical work for me. I didn't have any complaints.”
“They did electrical work for me. I'd give them an A.”
“I had them out twice—once to do some electrical work, and once to do a minor plumbing fix. I'd rate them A.”
“They didn't do a big job, but overall I had a good experience. It was something about replacing an electrical box because of the outlets wasn't working right, and they fixed it. They were prompt, they were on time, and they did the work, so I don't have any complaints.”
“They did a good job on the electrical work that they did for us. I'd give them an A.”
“It was a great service. They did electrical work for me. I'd rate them A.”
“They installed smoke detectors. Then I had them do a double switch, one for the fan and one for the light. I'd give them an A.”
“The technician seemed very thorough. They did electrical work. They switched around some lights for me down in my basement. I'd give them an A.”
“They came out to fix the electric water pump. They were on time, they checked out the pump, diagnosed the problem, and put in the new part to get it back to working again. They're definitely an A.”
“They fixed the thing in the bathroom. They did electrical service. We didn't have any problems with it, and I was going to give them another call on a light I need fixed on the outside. I'll give them an A. Their quality of work was real good. I had no problems with their customer service, and they cleaned up behind themselves, so it was very nice and very good.”
“I needed some work done, and they responded very quickly. They came over, they were very quick and professional, and they didn't leave a mess or anything. They did a good job, and they were very quick about it. I think there was something wrong with the panel. It needed a new fuse or something. There might have been an outlet that wasn't working, so he had to test a few other outlets to try and trace it down, and he was able to fix that outlet. That's my recollection of it. He was polite and everything. They provided good service. These guys called very quick, and they were able to get out there pretty quick to get the work done. They did good work. I would give them an A+. They're very quick.”
“They were great. They had great customer service. They did exactly what I needed them to do, and they did it quickly and right the first time. They just did a great job. I had two things done. They installed a chandelier for me, and they installed a new outlet down to my basement for my deep freezer. I chose them because they are the electric company that the builder of my house used. I would give them an A+.”
“My electrical outlet was tripping every time I used my vacuum. Whatever they did, it fixed the problem. A couple of electrical sockets were making the power go out in a certain part of the house, and so they had to come and replace some things down in the fuse box or something to that extent. The house is relatively new, so whatever it was, it was under warranty. They changed something out or fixed something down in the basement, and that's pretty much all I know. He was very nice; he just wanted to make sure that I could still vacuum, and he made sure that it worked before he left. They did a good job. The property manager chose them, I think, because of the warranty. They called the people who put in the electric. I would give them an A+.”
“They did work around December of last year. They were prompt. They were here when they said they were going to be, and they did a good job. They just repaired the outside lamppost in front of my house. They called me, they scheduled it, and then they called back to make sure that everything was OK. They were great. I just chose them because they did the electric in our community. They were an A+.”
“They're very professional. They were up front about the charge that was going to be done. I needed to have some extra stuff done that I didn't request initially, and they were more than accommodating to go ahead and get that done the same day. They replaced an outlet that kept shorting on my back porch and disconnected a live electrical wire underground that was supposed to be done and wasn't done. They replaced our electric smoke detectors. They were more than willing to stay here and do extra work even though it wasn't on the scope of the work order when they initially came here. We would definitely use them again. Actually, we're thinking of getting some security lights put in, so they're definitely going to be the ones that we call. A lot of my friends had used him and said what good work he did, so I thought to give him a try. I would give Winstar Electric an A+ rating.”
“They were fine. They did what I asked them to do. They changed maybe three sockets. They changed some faceplates for me too. They did a big job for me four years ago, and they did a good job, so that's why I chose them. I would give them an A.”
“We were selling our home, and the real estate agent actually arranged for them to take care of some things that needed to be satisfied for the new buyer. They came when they said they were going to. They were reliable. I know they had to put in some GFCIs. We had a septic tank and a pump problem, and they fixed that. It was electrical. They were recommended by our real estate agent. I would say they're a solid A.”
“Everything was good. They did what they were going to do. It was just some minor electrical wiring. I don't have any negative complaints. They were the first company to call me, so they lucked out. I would give them an A rating.”
“They were on time. They matched the estimates that they gave me, and everything was completed. They were courteous and professional. I had some GFCI outlets put in and a few other electrical outlets. They just did a nice job. I would give Winstar Electric an A.”
“They were on time and polite. We had electrical work done. I chose them because I'm a repeat customer. I would rate them as an A.”
“They were friendly and accommodating to exactly what I wanted. I had cable outlets installed in three rooms of my house, and they had to run the cable from the attic through walls. They were friendly, and they cleaned up really well. I would say they were an A grade.”
“The technician that came was on time. He was thorough and polite. He was just hardwiring a plug for us. They were recommended by a friend. I would rate them as an A.”
“They were very friendly. When the problem didn't get fixed the first time, I called back, and they came out again. We had a short behind the dishwasher, so they had to repair that, and then they had to go through and rerun the wires. They had to rerun wires from our basement up to our kitchen. They were in the Best Pick Reports book. They get an A.”
“We needed an electrician, so I called and got them, and their guy came out and did a nice job. My daughter had them back like last week or so. She had a ceiling fan put in and a light fixture and something else. There was a wall plug that wasn't working properly, and it actually started to smell a little bit hot. I was worried about it. The fellow replaced that. We installed a ceiling light and an electrical outlet down in the basement near the washing machine. That was a couple of things that we had done. They came on time and did a good job. I would say they're an A. They were very good—reliable, showed up on time. It was very good.”
“Winstar Home Services did wonderful, excellent work, and they did it quickly. They hung ceiling fans for me and put some electrical outlets in a room that didn't have electrical outlets. They were prompt and easy to work with. They were excellent. I would give them an A+—the top mark.”
“We interviewed three companies, and we decided on Winstar based on the people they sent out and their level of expertise. We were very satisfied with the whole thing. They had to put in a new box and upgrade the whole thing. The people in the office were very personable and accommodating. I only have good things to say about them—they're an A+ company.”
“We've used Winstar over the years, and we recommend them. They've done little jobs and big jobs, and we like them. They do good work. They definitely get an A+—no question.”
“Patriot Electric fixed a few things around the house, and the quality of the work was excellent. The electricians were nice and pleasant. I'd recommend them, and I'd give them an A.”
“Patriot Electric did what they said they were going to do. They rewired our over-the-range microwave, and everything turned out well. I would give them an A+.”
“We live out of state, and my son resides in the residence. We happened to have been in town and called Patriot Electric for a problem. They were able to rework their schedule so the problem was handled while we were there. It was an issue with a street lamp, and they were able to do it in a timely fashion. I would absolutely use them again if I needed some additional work done. They're an A+ company. They were recommended to us through our builder. They were clean, courteous, and prompt, and they did very good work.”
“Patriot Electric is the company I call when I have an electrical problem. I've been using them for quite some time. When I called them to do one of my rental properties, they got the problem fixed, which hadn't been done before. Most recently, I had a freezer in the garage, and when the person came in to do the work, the whole line was dead. He said there was something wrong with the freezer, and it was shorting everything out. He unhooked the freezer and restarted the line, and everything was fine. I was pleased with his work—A+.”
“The experience was positive because the guy who assessed the job and the person who actually did the work went out of their way to do extra work and make the experience even better. I purchased a new home, and we were just trying to finish the electrical work in the basement. Everything is OK for us. As a matter of fact, we haven't had any issues whatsoever. I recommended them to my neighbor, and they actually did work for him as well. I'd give the company an A rating.”