Planning a renovation or the construction of a new home? For electrical projects or services, all wiring and re-wiring should meet electrical code requirements.
New Home Construction and Home Renovation Wiring, North York
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do I know whether my wiring needs to be upgraded?
Wiring concerns can manifest in flickering lights, constantly tripping breakers, and sparking or scorched outlets. It’s imperative to address this as soon as possible as it poses a serious fire hazard. If you home still has knob and tube wiring or aluminum wiring, this is a sure sign that it’s time for an upgrade. Knob and tube wiring has been deemed dangerous, and while there is nothing necessarily wrong with aluminum wiring, the ESA recommends maintenance inspections every 3-5 years for houses that still have aluminum wiring. Getting an upgrade will reduce this need, saving you the hassle and the money in the long-run.
Do I need to upgrade wiring for new lighting?
Having energy efficient lighting installed can save you money. This can include pot lights (also called recessed lighting), which will require working with wiring during installation. It’s recommended during the process to also upgrade your wiring, as modern wiring will allow modern lighting to run safely and efficiently.
How do I begin with adding more outlets?
Before having more outlets added, a licensed electrician should first determine that your home has enough capacity. During renovations is a great time to have additional outlets installed, since you can also bundle that with a possible service/panel upgrade if needed. A licensed electrician can also install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI), which is vital for rooms where appliances are used near water, such as the bathroom or in kitchens.