With more than 20-years of experience in the electrical rewiring space, Ontime Electric is your go-to service provider for any and all electrical rewiring services. To ensure that your home is in good standing and that no electrical risks are posed to you and your family, it’s critical that you have electrical inspections and repairs that you can rely on.
Especially in older homes, maintaining the electrical infrastructure of the building is vital to ensuring comfort and safety. All homes are wired differently, with the assessment and repair approaches to each being quite unique. The Electrical Safety Authority recommends the expert support of an authorized electrical contractor, and Ontime Electric works hard to be just that.
Aluminum Wiring Replacement & Repair
For homes built throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, electrical wiring systems relied on aluminum wiring as the go-to installation. At the time, it was a more affordable option than copper wiring that provided similar performance. Years later, however, countless issues with aluminum wiring have been discovered, some so severe that insurance companies won’t provide full coverage for the home. If you’re in a situation similar to this, Ontime Electric can help with assessing and replacing aluminum wiring.
Whether it be through a thorough electrical system inspection – which will typically be enough to get your insurance provider to offer complete coverage – or a rewiring repair project, Ontime Electric has the wiring system solutions you need. In addition to the repairs that may stem from a wiring system inspection, you may also require upgrades if you’re experiencing any of the following items:
- Continually flickering lights
- Warped, discoloured, or overheating switch plates
- Blown fuses
- Burning plastic odour near switches
- Smoking/sparking near electrical outlets
Knob and Tube Wiring Toronto
For homes built from 1900 into the 1940’s, electrical systems relied on knob and tube wiring. This old-styled electrical installation, named for the use of porcelain knobs and the tubes required to insulate and secure the wiring, were an affordable way to complete a residential property. Although archaic relative to modern day wiring technology, it’s still acceptable to perform replacement repairs and ongoing maintenance on your home’s knob and tube wiring system, working to mitigate the threat of electrical fires.
There are a few key items to note to better understand the knob and tube wiring system in your home, including:
- Knob and tube wiring only offers 15-amp ratings, with most modern devices and technology requiring more power than this to actually function. This can lead to issues with system overloading and fire hazards.
- If the insulation surrounding the wire breaks down, a serious fire hazard can present itself.
- Since knob and tube wiring is not actually grounded, it’s important to monitor the various electrical dangers that are associated.
- Many insurance companies may not actually insure a home with knob and tube wiring, and for those that do, a premium is often required.
With these items in mind, it’s important to note that knob & tube wiring is not inherently dangerous. With proper inspections and routine maintenance, the knob and tube wiring system in your home can function exceptionally well for years to come.
Ontime electric happens to be an expert service provider in this space, and we’re well prepared to handle any inspection and repair needs that present themselves.
If your home was built with one of these two older electrical wiring systems – aluminum or knob & tube wiring – there is always the option of having a complete wiring replacement done. This project is relatively large in scope, but will allow you to both free yourself from the burden of insurance companies that either won’t insure or require hefty premiums and alleviate the fire hazards risks posed by older systems.
A standard rewiring project will see the following items get completed:
- Upgrade the wiring system to a minimum of 100-amp capacity, this being the standard level required by most insurance companies.
- Install proper grounding wires and three-pronged outlets.
- Remove ungrounded switches and replace them with devices approved by the electrical safety code.
- Replace all outdated wires with modern copper wires, these being compliant with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code standards.
When it comes to keeping your family and home safe, it’s important that you rely on an electrical team with decades of experience. Our expert team will perform thorough electrical safety inspections, diagnose the issues at hand, and provide rapid, reliable, and affordable solutions. To learn more about our services and pricing, or to schedule a service appointment, contact us today.