Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ ABOUT ELECTRICAL WORK

You might be wondering…

 

An AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter) is built for protection from fires that are inflicted by arcing faults. An arcing fault frequently happens within wires/cords that are not in good condition, which is often caused when wire insulation is punctured by hanging pictures or cable staples, outlets that are inadequately installed, cords that are stuck in doors or beneath household items, furniture that is pressed up onto plugs, natural aging, and cord exposure to heat vents and sunlight. On the other hand, a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) is built to prevent you and your family from getting intense electric shocks. A ground fault is an electric path that unintentionally diverts current to ground. This happens when a circuit leaks current. If someone’s body creates a path to the ground for the leakage, they can be seriously electrocuted.

 

Knob-and-tube wiring was a popular method of electrical wiring in buildings in North America from about 1880-1950. This method is known to be obsolete and it has the potential to be a safety hazard if handled incorrectly. During inspections, InterNACHI inspectors should ensure that they disclose knob-and-tube wirings. The Electrical Safety Authority suggests employing a Licensed Electrical Contractor if you’ve got knob and tube wiring in your house. You should tell the contractor to check the health of the knob and tube conductors. It’s important to ask for a home electrical system assessment. This is not the same as a standard home inspection because it solely addresses electrical. To make sure you’re safe, the contractor might suggest replacing the wiring.

 

Stab-Lok panels are very dangerous as they do not function properly as circuit breakers. Circuit breakers are used to stop damage from being inflicted to your electrical systems by disrupting the stream of electrical current when there’s a short circuit, overload, or other type of fault. The purpose is to shield your electrical systems from harm and help track electrical errors. The Consumer Product Safety Commission ran tests which prove that these panels have a rate of failure that is too high to accept. Their tests show that 1 in 3 fail. The circuit “breaker” – the switch meant to disrupt current flow, doesn’t work correctly in these panels. They aren’t suitable for tackling problems such as short circuits and overloaded circuits. Since the breakers might not do their job when an issue is detected, damage can be caused to the home electrical systems and increase the risk of starting an electrical fire. We highly recommend a service panel change.

 

There are many factors that might cause your alarm to sporadically chirp without a consistent pattern. The first cause is having a loose or improperly installed battery. Make sure that you’ve got the right type of battery, that the use-by date is no more than 5 years away, that the battery is totally “snapped in”, and that the battery compartment door is shut. The second cause is from environmental conditions. It can be caused by humidity, excess airflow, and extreme temperatures. If the alarm is properly installed and the environmental conditions aren’t a concern, then you can try resetting the alarm to solve the issue. If that doesn’t work, you may need to replace the alarm.

 

Yes, LED bulbs are up to 90% more efficient than incandescent bulbs.

 

Yes. It’s important to not ignore a circuit breaker that continues to trip over and over again. This is a common indicator that one of your circuits is being overloaded. Your circuits can only take up to a certain amperage level. Once it exceeds that amperage, you are at risk for an electrical fire. In order to fix the problem, we might suggest you upgrade your electrical panel if your home is 40+ years old. Today, the average household consumes much more energy than older generations. Another thing we might suggest (depending on your home) is a comprehensive rewiring of your home or an electrical panel update. You might simply require another circuit and circuit breaker.

 

Yes. However, you need to ensure that the electrical box is correctly braced and prepared for the weight/torque of the fan you’re looking to acquire. It’s the right course of action to have a professional electrician install your ceiling fan for optimal safety and functionality.

 

No. Aluminum wiring is safe as long as it’s correctly connected without damage to the wire. The Ontario Electrical Safety Code allows the installation of aluminum wiring. The ESA recommends copper pig tailing as some devices are not aluminum compatible.

 

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to immediately spot an electrical issue. Any good handyman will tell you that they can fix it themselves without a problem. Unfortunately, there is a problem. Handymen are not qualified to handle electrical work. Electricians have to undergo years of extensive training and certification processes to obtain his or her license. Sure, a license may seem like a piece of paper, but that paper is something that can save your life.

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to immediately spot an electrical issue. Any good handyman will tell you that they can fix it themselves without a problem. Unfortunately, there is a problem. Handymen are not qualified to handle electrical work. Electricians have to undergo years of extensive training and certification processes to obtain his or her license. Sure, a license may seem like a piece of paper, but that paper is something that can save your life. At Moon Tech Electric, we strongly advise against making your electrical repairs a do-it-yourself project. Below, we’ll list the reasons why.
 
You Risk Getting Shocked
 
Your home houses tons of electricity. Without knowing how to test for electrical currents, your risk of getting shocked soars through the roof. The last thing you need is to get electrocuted while you’re attempting to tackle a honey-do list.
 
You need a licensed and registered electrical contractor in Ontario handle the job. Whether you think you have a short or it’s time to upgrade your breaker box, there’s no sense in you getting hurt. Your electrician can have your system repaired in just a few short hours without costing you an arm and a leg. Electrocution is serious, and it can result in life-threatening injuries. Don’t put yourself at risk to save a few bucks. Let our team at Moon Tech Electric handle it for you.
 
You Could Start a Fire
 
It only takes one spark to start an electrical fire. If you have exposed wires in your home or something seems to be overheating, you need to step away from your electrical system and contact an electrician immediately. With the DIY craze in full swing, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos and think you can take care of things yourself. Sure, YouTube is helpful in some cases. Unfortunately, DIY electrical work isn’t a niche you should rely on YouTube tutorials for. You need a skilled electrician to assess your electrical system and help you make educated choices for your repair work.
 
You May Need a Permit
 
All electrical work in Ontario requires you to obtain a permit. If you don’t have an electrical contractor license, there’s no way you’ll be given a permit. Performing these jobs without a permit can result in hefty fines and even jail time. If your electrical repair or installation requires you to have a permit, contact the experts at Moon Tech Electric for help.
 
Safety First with Moon Tech Electric 
 
Whether you’re a pro at changing out the ceiling fan or not isn’t important. You need a professional to handle the tough work around your home or office to ensure your loved ones and employees remain safe. Call us now to schedule an appointment for rock-solid electrical repairs in Newmarket and GTA. When your electrical system is in top-notch condition in a timely manner, you’ll be glad you made that decision—289-395-1932!

Licensed Electrical Contractors are the only businesses, with certain exemptions, in Ontario legally authorized to do electrical work in your home or facility. 

All Licensed Electrical Contractors: 

  • carry liability insurance; 
  • have Workplace Safety and Insurance Board coverage; 
  • understand that they must arrange for an electrical notification to ESA; 
  • are qualified to perform electrical work to meet the Ontario Electrical Safety Code; 
  • can show an ECRA/ESA licence number

Always ask for an ECRA/ESA licence number to make sure you’re choosing the right electrical contractor. If you use a general contractor or other trade professional who subcontracts the electrical work, it must be done by a Licensed Electrical Contractor. Check the status of the person working in your home or find a Licensed Electrical Contractor herehttps://findacontractor.esasafe.com/

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https://esasafe.com/hiring-an-electrician-or-contractor/