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Your Electric Service

Moving is already complicated enough - turning on or off your electric service shouldn't be. If you're using our online Move Center to handle your electric service requests, or calling in your service request, below are answers to some common questions about your electric service.

Have questions about using the new online Move Center? Get answers here.

If you didn't find an answer for a question, give us a call at 1-800-655-4555 and we'll be happy to help.

Turning On, Off, or Moving Your Electric Service

How do I turn on service?

You can quickly and easily submit your service request online with our Move Center. We'll send you an email confirmation and updates as your service request is being processed.

If you prefer to submit your request over the phone, call us 24/7 at 1-800-655-4555 at least 48 hours before you'd like your service turned on (please note that we do not turn on service on weekends or holidays). A $6 service connection charge will be added to your opening statement.

To help us serve you faster, please have the following information available when you call:

  • Name for the account
  • Service address (where service is to be turned on)
  • Primary phone
  • Alternate phone number (work, answering service, etc.)
  • Social Security Number for customer of record (name on account)
  • Driver's License number for customer of record
  • Name of spouse or roommate
  • Mailing address (if different than service address)
  • Date you would like service to be turned on (Monday through Friday)


Also be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • Are there any access problems, such as locked gates, dogs, etc.?
  • Are the space heaters gas or electric?
  • Is there a central A/C unit at the property?
How do I turn my service off?

You can quickly and easily submit your service request online with our Move Center. We'll send you an email confirmation and updates as your service request is being processed.

If you prefer to submit your request over the phone, call us 24/7 at 1-800-655-4555 at least 48 hours before you'd like your service turned off.

To help us serve you faster, please have the following information available when you call:

  • Account Number
  • Name on the account
  • Service address (where service is going to be turned off)
  • Date you would like service turned off
  • Address where you would like us to mail your final SCE statement
  • Any access problems, such as locked gates, dogs, etc.
How do I move my service to another address within SCE's service area?

You can quickly and easily move your current electric service from one address to another within our service area using our Move Center to submit your request.

If you'd like to complete your request over the phone, call us 24/7 at 1-800-655-4555 48 hours before you'd like the service transferred.

To help us serve you faster, please have the following information available when you call:

  • Information from your current location:
    • ­Account Number
    • ­Name on Account (Customer of Record)
    • ­Service address (where service is going to be turned off)
    • ­Date you would like service turned off
    • ­Address where you would like us to mail your final SCE statement
    • ­Any access problems, such as locked gates, dogs, etc.
  • Information about your new address:
    • ­Service address (where service is to be turned on)
    • ­Primary phone
    • ­Alternate phone number (work, answering service, etc.)
    • ­Social Security Number for customer of record (name on account)
    • ­Driver's License number for customer of record
    • ­Name of spouse or roommate
    • ­Mailing address (if different than service address)
    • ­Date you would like service to be turned on (Monday through Friday)


Also be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • ­Are there any access problems, such as locked gates, dogs, etc.?
  • ­Is the space heating gas or electric?
  • Is there a central A/C unit at the property?
How can I get help with completing my request?

If you need help at any time during your service request, please call us at 1-800-655-4555.

When will I find out if my service request was successful?

You will receive a confirmation message after your request has been submitted along with an order confirmation number. You will also receive an email confirmation with your order details, as well as additional emails updating you on the progress of your request.

You can view the status of your request online. You can also click the link located on your confirmation email.

What if I can’t find my confirmation number?

Your order confirmation number was emailed to you on successful completion of your order. If you’re unable to find your email, call us at 1-800-655-4555 and we can help you with questions regarding your service request.

How do I change my turn on or turn off date?

To change your service request date, call us at 1-800-655-4555. If you change your service request date, we will send you a confirmation email with the updated details of your order.

How do I cancel a request once it has been submitted?

To cancel your service request, call us at 1-800-655-4555. If you cancel your service request, we will send you a confirmation email for the cancellation.

Do I have to pay a deposit when I apply for new service?

If you have not yet established credit with us, you may be asked to pay a security deposit. Our representative will explain the amount of your deposit. Deposits are billed to you on a separate statement, within seven to 10 days after starting service.
After you have paid your residential statements on time for 12 months, we will refund your deposit plus interest. The refund will be applied as a credit to your statement.

How is the amount of the deposit determined?

The amount of the deposit required to establish credit for a domestic account is twice the average monthly bill for SCE charges, which is estimated by us.

How can I avoid paying a deposit?

You can avoid paying a deposit through a number of ways:

  • Having a good payment record with us at a previous address
  • By providing a letter of credit from your previous energy utility
  • By providing a guarantor
  • By signing up for Direct Payment
I paid a deposit when I turned on my service. Now that I’m turning it off, when will I receive my deposit refund?

If you’re entitled to a deposit refund, we will mail it you along with your closing bill within 30 days of closing your account.

Is there a service connection charge?

If you're turning on service, there is a $6 service connection charge.

If you're reconnecting service due to non-payment, there is $6 service connection charge. If the service re-connection requires additional work, such as restoring service at the pole, the charge is $86.

Your Account and Other Services

What geographical area does SCE serve?

We serve 11 million Southern Californians in 749 communities, from Bridgeport in the north to Blythe in the south, from the Southern California Coast to the Nevada border. To find out if you live in our territory, please review our service area (PDF).

What services do you provide within the home?

Our services take place almost entirely outside the home. We own the wires, poles, transformers, and meter that serve your home, and we're responsible for maintaining and repairing them. It is the homeowner's responsibility to maintain and repair the main electrical panel, inside wiring, outlets, and other fixtures and equipment. If repairs are needed, check the Yellow Pages for a licensed professional.

What other electric companies are in my area?

Prior to deregulation, all energy utility companies were assigned service areas by the CPUC. In effect, you had no choice but to purchase your electricity or gas from the utility serving your area. With deregulation, however, there are a growing number of energy providers to choose from. To find out what other energy service providers or utilities provide service to your area, visit the CPUC website.

How do I change electric service to my name?

Call 1-800-655-4555 to change the name on your account.

How do I file a claim?

If you need to file a claim with us, please prepare and mail a letter stating the nature and extent of the damage. Include:
Date, time, and location of damage
Your name, address, and telephone number
Copies of all repair estimates or paid invoices for repairs that pertain to your claim

Note: This is neither an admission of liability nor an indication that Southern California Edison is responsible for your damages.
Mail the above information to:
Southern California Edison Company
Attention: Claims Department
P.O. box 900
Rosemead, CA 91770

What if I want to file a CPUC complaint?

Before contacting the CPUC, we request that you first call us at 1-800-655-4555. We will investigate your concerns and get back to you with an explanation. If, after an investigation by us, you are still not satisfied, you can contact the CPUC at 1-800-649-7570 or visit the CPUC website.

How to Contact Us

How do I contact you?

Customers can call 1-800-655-4555 For a complete list of contact information, visit the contact information page on our website.

What are your Customer Support business hours?

Customer Service representatives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-800-655-4555. Business customers can call 1-800-990-7788 from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday - Friday, and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturdays, excluding holidays.

Get a complete list of contact information.