Electrical Rewiring

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

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.

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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:

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  1. Continually flickering lights
  2. Warped, discoloured, or overheating switch plates
  3. Blown fuses
  4. Burning plastic odour near switches
  5. Smoking/sparking near electrical outlets

Knob and Tube Rewiring Toronto

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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:

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  1. 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.
  2. If the insulation surrounding the wire breaks down, a serious fire hazard can present itself.
  3. Since knob and tube wiring is not actually grounded, it’s important to monitor the various electrical dangers that are associated.
  4. Many insurance companies may not actually insure a home with knob and tube wiring, and for those that do, a premium is often required.
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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.

Wiring Replacement

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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.

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A standard rewiring project will see the following items get completed:

  1. Upgrade the wiring system to a minimum of 100-amp capacity, this being the standard level required by most insurance companies.
  2. Install proper grounding wires and three-pronged outlets.
  3. Remove ungrounded switches and replace them with devices approved by the electrical safety code.
  4. 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.

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What’s involved in the electrical rewiring of a house in Toronto?

Electrical wiring is an essential part of any home, and it is important that the process is carried out correctly in order to ensure the safety of residents. In Toronto, the electrical rewiring of a house follows these 10 steps:

Step 1: Protection – All areas that will be worked on must be covered with dust sheets in order to protect surfaces from dirt and debris.
Step 2: Marking Out – Electricians will use tape or marker pens to identify where new routes for cables will be run. This is so that they can be easily found and followed when it comes to actually run the cables.
Step 3: Making Routes – Once the new routes have been marked out, electricians will use a drill or other tools to make holes through which the cables can be run. It is important to make sure that these holes are big enough so that the cables can be easily pulled through without getting stuck.
Step 4: Cutting And Chasing – After the holes have been made, the next step is to cut away any plaster or other material that might be in the way of the new cable routes. This can be done using a chisel or other similar tool.
Step 5: Tidy Up Any Mess – Once all of the necessary cuts have been made, it is important to tidy up any mess that has been made in order to avoid accidents. This includes sweeping up any dust and debris and making sure that all tools are put away safely.
Step 6: Electrical Wiring – The next step is to actually run the new electrical wires through the newly created routes. This can be done by fishing them through holes or by pulling them through gaps in walls. It is important to make sure that the wires are not kinked or damaged in any way as this could cause problems later on.
Step 7: Plasters Make Good – Once the wires have been run, it is time to fill in any holes or gaps that have been made. This can be done using plaster or another similar material. It is important to make sure that the area is completely filled in so that there are no spaces through which sparks could escape.
Step 8: Fit Out – The next step is to install any sockets or switch plates that will be needed in order to complete the electrical circuit. This can be done by screwing them into place or by using adhesive pads.
Step 9: Final Test – Before the declaration of completion, electricians carry out a final test in order to make sure that everything is working as it should be. This includes checking for loose connections, sparks, or other faults. Once everything has been deemed safe, the job can be declared complete.  
Step 10: Re-Instatement – The last step is to tidy up any areas that were disturbed during the course of work. This includes putting back any furniture or fittings that were moved and restoring power to any areas that were affected by the work.

I have aluminum wiring in my home. Should I have my electrical system rewired?

Aluminum wiring was used in some homes in the 1960s and 1970s as an alternative to copper wiring. While aluminum is a good conductor of electricity, it is also more prone to corrosion than copper. Over time, this can lead to loose connections and increased fire risk. If your home has aluminum wiring, you should have a qualified electrician inspect your electrical system.

If the wiring is in good condition, they may recommend monitoring it on a regular basis. However, if the wiring is showing signs of wear, they may recommend having your electrical system rewired. While this can be costly, it is often the best option for ensuring the safety of your home.

How do I know if my house needs to be rewired?

Here are 12 signs that your house needs to be rewired:

– Flickering or dimming lights
– Lightbulbs burning out in their sockets
– Regularly blown fuses
– Sparking outlets
– Discoloured outlets or switches
– A faint smell of burning
– Fluctuations in power
– A growing reliance upon extension cords
– An electrical shock when you touch a cord
– Tripping circuit breakers
– Porcelain fuses
– Outdated property and cabling

How much will an electrical rewire cost?

The cost of an electrical rewire can vary depending on a number of factors, including the size and age of the home, the extent of the damage, and the local labor market. In general, however, homeowners can expect to pay between $2,000 and $10,000 for a complete electrical rewire. A larger home of 3000 sq ft would cost approximately $16,000 or more to completely rewire.

While this may seem like a large investment, it is important to remember that electrical work is complex and dangerous. As such, it is best to leave the job to a licensed professional. Not only will this ensure that the work is done properly, but it will also help to protect you and your family from potential hazards.

How Long Does Home Rewiring Take?

Home rewiring is a big job, but with the help of a professional electrician, it can usually be completed fairly quickly The first step is to turn off the power to the house at the main breaker. Once the power is off, the electrician will remove all of the old wiring and outlets. Next, they will install new electrical boxes and run new wiring throughout the house.

Finally, they will install new outlets and switches. The entire process usually takes three to ten days, although it can take longer if the house is large or has complicated wiring. With careful planning and a skilled electrician, though, home rewiring can be a relatively quick and painless process.

Do I Need to Vacate My Property While it’s Being Rewired?

No, you do not need to vacate the property while it is being rewired. It is important to note, electrical work can be disruptive, and it’s often necessary to vacate the premises while work is being carried out. However, this isn’t always the case. For example, if your property is being rewired, you may not need to move out while the work is taking place.

The amount of disruption caused by rewiring will depend on a number of factors, including the size of your property and the extent of the work being carried out. In most cases, rewiring can be carried out with minimal disruption, and you should only need to vacate your property for a short period of time while the work is being completed. If you have any concerns about the work being carried out, please don’t hesitate to contact your electrician for advice.