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The History of Arnold Electrical Services

September 13, 2022 | Blog

A Message From Jack Arnold

Labor Day has passed, which means another summer is almost behind us. This year at Arnold Electric, we’re celebrating the holiday a little differently. Instead of just taking a day off work and firing up the grill, we’re going to reflect on why this is the work we chose to do!

My name is Jack Arnold and I was born in the town of Harvard, IL in 1982, but the Arnold Electrical Services story begins long before I was even born.

The Origin of Arnold Electric

My dad grew up in Chicago proper, and around junior high he moved to McHenry — my mother’s hometown. Jump forward a few years, they got married and bought a home a few miles north in Johnsburg. That’s where I grew up. 

My father founded the original Arnold Electrical Services around the time I was born, but by the time I hit high school the business had been dissolved. When I turned 18, as far as I was concerned, following my father’s footsteps into the electrical world wasn’t even an option.

What I really wanted to be was a chef. By my senior year of high school I had already put in time at a few kitchens as a cook and worked my way up to sous-chef, but had a change of heart when I realized the long nights and weekends didn’t line up with my plans to raise a family.

Immediately after graduating, I started a job as a “summer helper” doing electrical work on a residential housing project and had no idea it was laying the groundwork for the rest of my career.

When summer ended, I worked part time driving the Zamboni at our local ice rink and took a couple semesters of community college classes, but I (almost reluctantly) ended up back in the family business.  

And I wouldn’t change any of it for the world – not even after founding the current iteration of Arnold Electric in the middle of the worst recession America had seen in nearly a century.

A New Beginning

I made less than $10,000 that first year and barely stayed afloat for nearly a decade, but in 2017, I attended a weeklong business training class in Texas that changed my life forever. 

In less than a month, I had reworked my entire business model, eliminating all commercial and industrial work to focus on one thing: residential electrical services. 

That’s when I found my true purpose. By becoming specialists in homes — particularly the kind of old homes found throughout Chicagoland — it was an opportunity to work directly with people to improve their lives.

It also empowered me to change impressions of skilled labor by bringing more humanity and a personal touch to every project.  

You see, when it comes to tradespeople, most of us are great at the trade part… but lacking in the people area. By reimagining what electrical services can even be, Arnold Electric was able to become a business that provides great service and educates our clients  about services as well!

At Arnold Electrical Services, we pride ourselves in knowing that even if the homes we visit don’t select us for their repairs and maintenance, we’ve armed them with the knowledge to make the best decisions about what repairs they need in a way that fits their budget.

And we look forward to doing the same for you! Please contact our office if you have questions or need electrical services.

Why Choose Arnold Electrical?

Reliable Service
We believe in providing premium electrical services, all backed by our 5 year parts and labor warranty
Upfront Flat Rate Pricing
Emergency calls and regular service calls are performed on a flat rate. No surprises!
Quality Products
Safety is our mission. We only purchase the highest quality materials from trusted suppliers.

What Our Clients Say

Quick To Respond

Jeff M. and Derek H. were amazing! If ever you need any type of electrical work done in your home this is the company you can trust. Their knowledge and work shows how dedicated they are to getting the job done the right way. They really know their stuff and it shows! Not only are they quick to respond but they will get the job done the right way and it is backed by their guarantee. I am amazed! Thank you Arnold Electrical! 🙂

Lizette F.

Realtor Approved

The staff at Arnold Electric Service were on time for our appointment to assess the electrical needs of my client’s condominium and were very professional and thorough in doing so. Most appreciated was the fact that their staff electrician was absolutely honest with me about his ability to provide further services. I will most definitely refer this wonderful company to those needing their services going forward

Jane C.

Simply the Best

They are the best.

Tunya K.

Would Definitely Recommend This Company

First time using Arnold. Derek arrived early (after confirming it was ok) and was very professional. He fixed the problem and offered some recommendations. I appreciated that he wore a mask. Would definitely recommend this company.

Colleen M.

Easy To Work With

The staff is fantastic they have an attitude of “we can do that” “we can get it done”. The coordinator Mary is superb she is knowledgeable, a great listener, she is a winner, easy to work with. AES is one Chicago’s best businesses. A loyal customer

Cal W.

Courteous and Knowledgeable

The techs were on time, courteous and knowledgeable. They explained the issues they saw and recommended several pricing options. We plan on using this company again.

Stephen B.

Reliable & Professional

This company was great to work with. They arrived on time and worked tirelessly to get the job done ahead of schedule. We would highly recommend their service to anyone in need of electrical work.

Kristen N.