Ploog Electric has over 43 years of experience wiring residential projects. Voted 2016 best electrical contractor by Mankato Magazine, we are proud to have created lasting relationship with our customers. We can handle everything from fixing up your starter home to building your dream home.

  • Our electricians can help you with any lighting project including installing, re-installing, changing light bulbs or adding hanging or recessed light fixtures.

    Incandescent light bulbs are a source of electric light that works by incandescence (a general term for heat-driven light emissions). An electric current passes through a thin filament, heating it until it produces light. The enclosing glass bulb prevents the oxygen in air from reaching the hot filament, which otherwise would be destroyed rapidly by oxidation.

    Compact fluorescent bulbs use less power to supply the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb. The light of a compact florescent is emitted by a mix of phosphors on the inside of the tube, which each emit one color. Modern phosphor designs are a compromise between the shade of the emitted light, energy efficiency and cost.

    Fluorescent lights or tubes are gas-discharge lamps that use electricity to excite mercury vapor. The excited mercury atoms produce short-wave ultraviolet light that then causes a phosphor to fluoresce, producing visible light. Unlike incandescent lamps, fluorescent lamps always require a ballast to regulate the flow of power through the lamp. While larger fluorescent lamps have been mostly used in large commercial or institutional buildings, you still find them used in garages, kitchens and recreational rooms in the home. Compared with incandescent lamps, fluorescent lights use less power for the same amount of light, generally last longer, but are bulkier, more complex and initially more expensive than a comparable incandescent bulb.

    LEDs are the most expensive type of regular light bulbs, but they do have advantages over the other types of bulbs. LEDs are the most energy-efficient. They use 90% less energy than traditional incandescents and can sometimes pay for themselves through energy savings in just a couple of months. LEDs claim to be ultra long lasting—lasting for 25-30 years, depending on which one you buy and how you use it. LEDs give out light almost instantly when you flick the light switch, so you don’t have to put up with dim light while they get going.

  • Ploog Electric installs and services a variety of exterior lighting including decorative lighting, motion sensors and more. Not only will you gain a sense of security with motion sensors but you can add ambiance to your yard by lighting up your landscaping, pool or walk ways and mark your driveway by adding a post light.

  • Ploog Electric electricians are experts when it comes to ceiling fan repair and installation. We can help homeowners with installing, re-installing, tightening, wiring and re-wiring fans of all shapes, sizes and models.

  • Ploog Electric specializes in Central Vacuum Systems to ensure that 100% of the contacted dirt, dust and allergens are removed from living area. These specifically designed tubing installed in the walls of your home to carry the dirt, dust and allergens away from living area to the central power unit commonly located in the garage, utility room or basement. Central vacuums have a self-cleaning filter that never needs to be replaced and a large capacity dirt bucket that only needs to be emptied about twice a year.

    Automatic dustpans, also known as sweep inlets and kicksweeps, are the most popular addition for central vacuum systems. Easily dispose of the hard to pick up debris, such as glass fragments, hair and crumbs by sweeping it into the dustpan inlet and activating the vacuum feature. They are perfect for kitchen and bathrooms.

  • While hard flooring surfaces such as tile or laminate can contribute a clean look to almost any home décor, they are often unpleasantly cold in rooms that are heated by central heating systems. Ploog Electric installs radiant floor heat to warm a room through the floors, thus warming one’s body through the feet instead of the air. Our systems are easily installed over plywood, concrete or cement backerboard subflooring and can be embedded in thinset or self-leveling underlayment. Out-of-the-box or custom, we have a solution for your floor warming needs. Floor warming line voltage thermostats are dual-voltage and energy-efficient to maintain the perfect floor temperature. Both programmable and non-programmable models have built-in GFCI protection.

  • Our electricians have  years of experience with installing and servicing smoke detectors. Newer homes are required by code to have interconnected alarms. When any one interconnected alarm is triggered by smoke, all interconnected alarms within the home sound an immediate warning. United States requires smoke detectors on every habitable level and in attics that are accessible and within the vicinity of all bedrooms. The National Fire Protection Association also recommends replacing smoke alarms every 10 years.

  • A Carbon Monoxide detector is an essential device to help warn you and your family of dangerous carbon monoxide levels in your home. Ploog Electric has experience in installing these interconnectable units to other devices such as smoke alarms and heat detectors on one wiring network, making your home a safer place for your family. The 9V battery backup provides continuous monitoring of carbon monoxide levels even during a power failure. The unit should also indicate a low battery warning by issuing a brief alarm chirp and the red LED will flash approximately every 15 seconds. It has a 10-year life and it shall also include a 10-year manufacturer’s limited warranty.

  • A permanently installed home backup generator protects your home automatically. It runs on natural gas or liquid propane (LP) fuel and sits outside just like a central air conditioning unit. A home backup generator delivers power directly to your home’s electrical system, backing up your entire home or just the most essential items. We have experts that can install your home backup generator safely to deliver power right to your home’s electrical panel. One of the clear advantages with an Automatic Home Generator System is that the unit turns itself on and off automatically without you ever having to leave the safety of your home. Automatic Home Generator Systems also exercise themselves once a week. You can even set the time when the unit will perform this diagnostics check. The generator will then be ready to run whenever needed.

  • The main electrical panel is the heart of your home’s electrical system and your distribution point for all the electric circuits in your home. As you add electrical appliances and circuits you increase the demand on your power panel. Depending on when your home was built and how much electricity you use, you may need Ploog Electric to replace the power panel or a add a sub-panel to keep up with demand.

    All of the power for your home comes through this panel from the utility company, to the exit wires that split off and service different parts of the house. Changing out or upgrading your electrical service is a job for an experienced electrician.

  • If your main service panel doesn’t have enough space to hold circuit breakers for any new circuits you may need an expert electrician from Ploog Electric to install a sub panel to create new space for circuit breakers. This can provide a sense of clarity and separation of service from the mail electrical panel. By installing a circuit breaker sub panel, you make it clear which circuit breakers and branch circuits apply to which parts of the house. It is easy to segregate the duties of all of the branch circuits and to facilitate sub panel repairs by keeping the circuits sequestered within the circuit breaker sub panel area.

  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters help prevent burns, electric shocks and electrocution. The ground-fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, is a fast-acting circuit breaker designed to shut off electric power in the event of a ground-fault. It works by comparing the amount of current going to and returning from equipment along the circuit conductors. If an appliance is working properly, all electricity that the appliance uses will flow from hot to neutral. A GFCI monitors the amount of current flowing from hot to neutral. If there is any imbalance, it trips the circuit. Ploog ELectric has experience in installing GFCI’s for the safety of the home.

  • Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters help prevent electric fires. AFCIs that are not installed or working properly are one of the leading causes for electrical wiring fires. Ploog Electric installs AFCIs to sense that electricity is leaking from the electric system and shut electricity off before overheating happens.  As of the 2014 version of the NEC, combination type AFCI circuit breakers are required on all branch circuits supplying outlets or devices installed in dwelling unit kitchens, family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, sunrooms, recreation rooms, closets, hallways, laundry areas or similar rooms or areas.

  • Our electricians are experts at tracking down electrical problems and making repairs on the spot if you are experiencing electrical problems. Common problems include flickering lights, warm or hot switches, dead outlets or tripped circuit breakers.

  • Ploog Electric provides service to trench new electrical lines to your unattached garage or shed, can help locate buried electrical lines and can locate damage to underground electrical services and pinpoint the exact location of the problem to make any necessary repairs.

  • At Ploog Electric, we comply with the local and national electrical codes as dictated by the National Electrical Code (NEC). The NEC is a United States standard for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment. While the NEC is not itself a U.S. law, the use of NEC is commonly mandated by state or local law. If you need to be code compliance or are selling your home and the inspector found some violations, we can help.