COMMON ELECTRICAL QUESTIONS
What size of service do I have?
The service size for a residential home is typically marked on the Main breaker handle. Some older panels do not have main breakers and an electrician must come out to determine the size of the service by looking at the wire guage coming into the building
Why does my hydro bill seem excessive?
Generally BC Hydro meters do not fail and when they do it is usually in your favour. If you suspect something is wrong call BC Hydro and they will advise you how to read your meter to make sure there hasn’t been an error in billing.
Can I do the work myself?
The answer is yes a home owner is able to do his own electrical work himself provide that the work is on his own residence and that an electrical permit has been purchased. Commercial work or work on a home other than your own legal residence should be done by a qualified electrical contractor.
I am building a new house and would like to know what size of main service is required?
The size of the main service to any building is determine by a demand factor calculation which is based on size of building, heating requirements and other connected loads. If this is something you need to know please call us and we will gladly help you out.
I just bought a new Hot Tub can I wire it myself?
A hot tub is a popular choice for homeowners who want to create a backyard oasis. Correctly installed, this addition is a welcome retreat at the end of a busy day. Incorrect wiring can spell disaster, as water, electricity and people are not compatible elements. This is why we strongly urge you to call in a trained professional for this installation. Our technician will do a load calculation using the Canadian Electrical Code to check if upgrading your panel is required and make the necessary connections for you. Your new hot tub should give you years of safe and worry free enjoyment.
How come my breaker keeps tripping?
There can be many reasons for a breaker to trip but some of the typical reasons are:
- Too much load meaning you are drawing too much power on that circuit such as plugging in a small heater while the microwave is running.
- Short circuit meaning there may be a damaged wire , light , plug , or switch.