Frequently Asked Questions
Over the years there are a few questions we noticed we get asked on a regular basis. Below are our most commonly asked questions.
Is my electrical system outdated?
If your outlets are loose, don’t have enough adequate lighting or still have an unsafe electrical panel etc. your home or building may be ready for some upgrading. Bringing old, outdated electrical systems up-to-date can not only improve the looks of your building, but also improve the safety and the value of your property.
Does my electrical panel need to be replaced?
If you have an older home or business, depending on when your electrical panel was installed, it may need to be replaced. Panels that are still using fuses rather than circuit breakers should be upgraded for convenience and safety. Another common reason to need a panel replacement is to upgrade your electrical system to handle demand for a greater load. This could be the result of getting a hot tub for your home or installing a piece of equipment for your business. Most residential electrical equipment has a lifespan of about 30-40 years, so many homes are past due for an upgrade.
Should I be concerned about aluminum wiring in my home?
Absolutely! Homes that have aluminum wiring are significantly more likely to have electrical fires than homes using copper wire. Aluminum wiring is found the most in homes wired between 1965 and 1972. The biggest issue with aluminum wiring is not the wiring itself but the connections. It is common to have electrical failures due to connections going bad. Homes that were wired with Aluminum are typically more susceptible to failed electrical connections, typically breaking, burning or overheating.
What is GFCI protection and when is it required?
GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt which means the outlet or circuit breaker is designed to sense when power is being leaked to ground rather than returning on the neutral conductor. When a GFCI senses a ground fault it opens the circuit causing a complete power disconnect. Where GFCI protection is required depends on state and local electrical codes but are usually required in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, unfinished basements, garages, outdoors and more.
When is an electrical inspection Required?
Electrical permits and inspections are typically a requirement when taking on extensive electrical projects. Every county or jurisdiction can have different requirements and limitations on what work may be performed without a permit. In this scenario, the inspector is appointed by the county to ensure all work is performed in a neat and safe manor. We can obtain permits in all counties throughout the Denver metro area, we require and encourage permits to be used for all extensive electrical projects.
Electrical inspections are also common in the process of purchasing a home or other real estate. Most home inspectors do not have any extensive knowledge pertaining specifically to electrical. Because of this, we always recommend having an electrical inspection performed by a licensed electrician. We have found many homes where countless electrical issues have been completely overlooked by home inspectors, this can lead to more unforeseen expenses at such an inconvenient time.
We offer Electrical Evaluations as one of our services, if we are already performing a different service, the electrical evaluation is complimentary!
How can I get a quote for my project?
If you are in need of our electrical services please fill out our contact form or give us a call and we will be more than happy to take a look at your next project.
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