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[su_accordion] [su_spoiler class=”my-custom-spoiler” border=”solid” icon=”plus” open=”yes” title=”Can I do my own electrical work?“] Check with your local electrical inspection office in your area, before attempting any electrical work. In the province of Ontario, Canada, working without an ESA permit is against the law and is punishable by fines of up to $50,000.00 or jail sentence. I welcome you to check the ESA link it contains a lot of useful information.
http://www.esasafe.com/consumers/renos-and-repairs/safety-tips[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler class=”my-custom-spoiler” border=”solid” icon=”plus” title=” Where do I need GFI’s?“] In the province of Ontario GFCIs are required for exterior outlets, bathroom outlets, and in new kitchen construction/renovation where receptacles/outlets are being installed within 1.5 meters of the edge of any sink (wash basins complete with drain pipe), bathtubs or shower stalls.
Testing your GFCIs regularly usually once a month, this would ensure that they are in proper operating condition.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler class=”my-custom-spoiler” icon=”plus” title=” How often do I have to change my smoke detector?“] Each manufacturer is different, we recommend that you check with that manufacturer. Yet generally speaking  it can be as often as every 5 years to 10 years for the hardwired units, but the expiry date should be marked on the unit itself. Batteries should be changed when we reset our clocks for daylight savings time, twice a year. We can’t put a price on our family’s safety.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler class=”my-custom-spoiler” icon=”plus” title=” Can I connect my hot tub to any outlet?“] No, 120 volt hot tub should be connected to a dedicated GFCI protected circuit from your electrical panel. Also keep in mind that most of the larger tubs require 240 volts, with current demands of 20amp to 60amp. We highly suggest speaking with an electrical contractor before finalizing your purchase.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler class=”my-custom-spoiler” icon=”plus” title=” How can I tell if my receptacle is not safe?“] There are 4 indicators of an unsafe outlet.

  • If an receptacle can no longer hold a plug in snuggly.
  • If any of the parts of the receptacle is broken.
  • If the receptacle feels hot to the touch.
  • If the receptacle mysteriously work at random moments.
[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler class=”my-custom-spoiler” icon=”plus” title=” Can I hang a ceiling fan in a spot that has a regular light fixture in place now?“] Yes, but there are a few things to consider. First you should make sure that the electrical box in place is rated for weight of the ceiling fan. This box must also be properly braced. Check the new electrical fixture to ensure that they bear the mark of a recognized certification agency.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler class=”my-custom-spoiler” icon=”plus” title=” If my Circuit Breaker trips, can I just reset it?“] Fuses and circuit breakers are designed to interrupt the electricity to a circuit when the current flow exceeds safe levels. For example, if your toaster shorts out, a fuse or breaker should “trip” protecting the wiring in the walls from melting. As such fuses and breakers are primarily needed to protect the wiring. UL approval supposedly indicates that the equipment itself won’t cause a fire.

Breakers are fairly complicated mechanical devices. They usually consist of one spring loaded contact which is latched into position against another contact. When the current flow through, the device exceeds the rated value, a bimetallic strips heats up and bends. By bending it “trips” the latch and the spring pulls the contacts apart.

Breakers can be reset, yet each time they trip, or are thrown when the circuit is in use, some arcing takes place, which damages the contacts. Thus, Breakers should not be used in place of switches unless they are specifically designed for that purpose.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler class=”my-custom-spoiler” icon=”plus” title=” My Dimmer Switch is hot! “] Dimmer switches restrict the flow of electricity and can become slightly warm to the touch. If a switch, dimmer or outlet feels hot, it may be a serious condition and should be looked at immediately by a qualified electrical contractor.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler class=”my-custom-spoiler” icon=”plus” title=” How much is it going to cost? Can you give me an estimate?“] This is probably the #1 question on every client’s mind. Our client services department will listen carefully as you describe your particular needs or problem. In many cases they will be able to present you with options that may save you time and money. After a careful assessment and a plan of action is decided upon, client services will use Straight Forward Pricing to present you with the entire cost of your project, right down to the last penny. There are no hidden costs or unpleasant surprises at the end of the job. Guaranteed. Now, isn’t that much better than an estimate, which is really no more than a guess and usually results in much higher final costs anyway.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler class=”my-custom-spoiler” icon=”plus” title=” I own a condo on the third floor of a five-story building. I have neither basement nor attic space to work with; can I still install additional lighting in my home?“] Proper lighting makes a huge difference in making space more enjoyable to use. Relying on years of experience and some specialized tools, our electricians are experts in finding ways to bring power to difficult locations behind drywall. Should you have a concrete ceiling, there are options as well.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler class=”my-custom-spoiler” icon=”plus” title=” Do I really need surge protection for my house? Isn’t that little bar where my computer is plugged into enough?
“] YES. A careful assessment of your home may reveal that you own a lot more sensitive electronic equipment than you first realized. It costs approximately $8000.00 to $10,000 to replace the electronic equipment in the average home. This amount can double if you have invested in a sophisticated entertainment unit, new appliances, or if you work from a home office. Solutions Electric can advise you on how you can protect your investment from most power surges, spikes, and voltage impulses that are more common than you realize. A proper size surge protector for your whole house can save you thousands of dollars through a single incident.[/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]