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Red Deer Electrical Repair and Maintenance

Let our Red Deer electricians keep your electrical system in tip-top shape.

Electricity performs an important function in our homes. Without it, our to-do list gets much harder to complete and we are extremely inconvenienced.

Nobody likes nasty surprises, so keep them at bay with regular electrical system maintenance and keep on top of the smaller repairs before they become big problems.

 

The Gentlemen Pros can doing an electrical inspection

We pride ourselves on providing quality service to our Red Deer and Central Alberta neighbours (we service an area of up to an hour outside of Red Deer). Our team can tackle any electrical problem you have. We know having a problem and having technicians in your home is stressful. We do everything to make it as worry-free as possible for you. 

We thoroughly screen all our electricians before hiring them, so you can be comfortable with them in your home. Not only does this include verifying their training but it includes a criminal record check and drug testing. 

In addition, we will pull all needed permits and make sure the work meets all applicable codes, standards, and regulations. So you can rest easy in the knowledge your work is being done properly by trustworthy people.

Pick up the phone and give us a call at (403) 755-4914 and speak with one of our helpful customer service agents. Or book online.

DIY Electrical Maintenance

There are a few things you can do to keep your electricity flowing freely and safely.

Before proceeding, safety first. Remember working with electricity is dangerous and can cause serious damage and injury, even death. So if you are even a tiny bit unsure about working with electricity — don’t, call in the experts. It isn’t worth the risk.

If you are confident in working with electricity, remember to make sure all the electricity is turned off at the electrical panel to the branch circuit you are working on. 

Now you are ready to take a look at your electrical system.

Outlets

Three-Prong Outlets

First, look at all your outlets. You want all your outlets to be the three-prong variety. The third prong is the ground which protects you, your family, and your house from electricity that is where it isn’t supposed to be. 

If you only have two-prong outlets, you will want to replace them with three-prong outlets. This can be a pretty easy job that a competent DIYer can do. But it can also be a complicated job that only a qualified electrician should tackle.

What makes installing three-pronged outlets difficult? Well, your house may not be bonded and grounded. If your house was built before the 1950s, this could be the case. This means there is no ground wire in the walls to attach to the third prong, rendering the third prong useless and stripping it of its safety feature. 

So instead of a job of removing two-prong plugs and installing three-prong plugs, you now have a much larger job on your hands. Your entire house needs to be bonded and attached to the grounding system, and if your house isn’t grounded, that will need to be done too.

You will need a licensed electrician to properly bond and ground your house to all applicable codes. This job is too complex for your average DIYer.

Bonding and grounding your house are critical electrical safety measures and cannot be overlooked or put off. Give us a call.

GFCI Outlets

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets (or receptacles as they are also called) protect you from electrical shock. They should be placed in areas where water is used. At a bare minimum, They should be in your bathroom, kitchen, and laundry rooms.

They are another part of your home’s electrical safety system. They stop the flow of electricity to the outlet when a ground fault is detected.

A ground fault happens when the electricity in the circuit uses a path other than the circuit to get to the ground. A GFCI outlet detects a ground fault by monitoring the flow of electricity between the outlet’s hot wire and its neutral wire. 

If the electricity is taking another path in addition to the circuit, the resistance between the hot and neutral wires will drop. The GFCI outlet detects this change and quickly shuts off power to the outlet. As a result, it also stops the flow of electricity to the circuit downstream from the outlet.

When your GFCI outlet trips, you can reset it by pushing the reset button on the face of the outlet.

If your home doesn’t have any GFCI outlets, you, or an electrician, need to install them in the appropriate places.For more information on GFCI protection, check this article out.

Outlet GCFI

Wonky Outlets, Switches, and Lighting

While you are checking for three-prong and GFCI outlets, also check to make sure all your outlets, switches, and lighting are properly installed.

If any of your outlets, switches, or lighting are wobbly, emit a burning smell or a sizzling sound, give you a friendly zap every once and a while, or don’t work properly (e.g., plugs won’t stay in an outlet), they need to be looked at. 

If you decide to do it yourself, please make sure the power is turned off at the electrical panel to what you are working on.

How Does My Family Use Electricity?

While you are doing your maintenance walkthrough take the opportunity to think about how you use electricity in your house and ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I have a circuit that I regularly trip because I am using too many electrical devices on it?
  • Do I use extension cords to get power to where I need it?
  • Do I have areas of my house without adequate outlets or lighting?
  • Do I have any plans that would increase my need for electricity? For example, getting an electric vehicle and wanting to install an electric vehicle charging station.

If you answer yes to any of these questions or have any of the above concerns, one of our expert electricians can help. Many of the solutions are an easy fix.

Red Deer’s Gentlemen Pros can:

  • Make sure all your existing outlets, switches, and lighting are correctly and safely installed.
  • Identify the reason for the regular circuit breaker tripping and provide you with solutions.
  • Install more outlets in areas that need them. Let’s get rid of the extension cord tripping hazards.
  • Advise you on how your future plans will impact your current electrical system. You may need to upgrade your system to meet your future electricity demand.

Keep your electricity flowing safely and book one of our expert electricians. Give us a call at (403) 755-4914 to book or book online.

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