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Electrical Wiring & Rewiring

Trust our Red Deer electricians to skillfully upgrade your current wiring or install wiring in your new build

Are you planning a new renovation or have a new build that needs the electrical installed? Or are you not confident in the performance of your currently installed wiring? Not sure where to start? Are you feeling a bit or a lot overwhelmed?

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Electrical Rewiring your home in Red Deer

We get it and we can help. Our fully qualified and insured journeymen electricians and apprentices will guide you through the process, answer all your questions, and ease your stress. Oh and expertly install your wiring to a standard that meets or exceeds all applicable codes, standards, and best practices.

We are so confident in our Red Deer electricians we have a customer service guarantee. If our work isn’t done to relevant local, provincial, and national guidelines, we will refund you your money. We know you’ve worked hard for it and we will work hard for you!

If you aren’t sure if you need new wiring, here are a few hints. The first one is pretty obvious.

  • There isn’t any wiring installed and you need electricity. We can design and install your electrical in your addition, renovation, and new build for residential properties.
  • Your property still has knob and tube wiring or other outdated wiring.
  • Your home has a mixture of aluminum and standard wiring.
  • Your household’s power requirements exceed what your system can supply.
  • You don’t have confidence in the safety of your electrical. For example, you get a shock every time you turn on that one light.
  • Some or all of your outlets and fixtures are not working or working poorly.
  • Any part of your electrical system is making funny noises, emitting weird smells, or sending out sparks or shocks.
  • You rely on extension cords to take power to the areas of the house where you need it the most.

We will leave you confident in your electrical system’s safety and reliability and the knowledge the work was done expertly and safely. Plus we clean up after ourselves.

If you want professional, friendly, and respectful electricians doing your work, give us a call. 

You can reach our helpful customer care representatives at (403) 755-4914 or by selecting the Chat With Us button in the bottom right-hand corner of this page. Another option you have is to fill out our online Contact Us form.

What’s Involved in Rewiring My House?

Rewiring your house isn’t just ripping out old wires and cables and installing new ones. Just like with a new build, you need to understand what your electrical needs are and what they will be in the future. You don’t want to complete this type of job and a year down the road find out you didn’t put in enough outlets. 

Though the process of upgrading the wiring in your house is similar to wiring a new build, it can sometimes be a trickier proposition. There are a few reasons for this:

  • The old wiring has to be removed and access to it could be difficult. 
  • Sometimes the old boxes and fixtures (outlets and switches) need to be removed as well.
  • There is no longer easy access behind the walls to run the new wiring and install the boxes. Opening up some of the drywall might be required to remove old wiring and run new wiring. Once the drywall is opened, it will need to be patched. This adds to the time and the cost of the job.
  • The old wiring might not meet current electrical and building codes and requirements. So adjustments will need to be made to the current layout and design to meet them.
  • Newer requirements could mean you need to add more outlets and switches or change their locations. They could also mean you need to install GFCI outlets when you currently have none.
  • The electrical panel might need to be replaced to allow for more amperage and to increase the safety of the electrical system.

Steps to Rewiring Your Home

Step 1: Make a wiring diagram

Before you remove or install anything, you need to how you will use electricity in each room and how much electricity you will need. 

Start with the current wiring diagram and decide what works for you and what doesn’t. This will help you determine what changes need to be made.

Two main things impact your wiring diagram:

1. How a room will be used.

Think about how you use a room. This will help determine the number, type, and location of outlets, switches, fixtures, and even the number of circuits in the room.

2. Codes and regulations.

Codes and regulations have minimums for the number of circuits and receptacles needed in various rooms. Plus the location for outlets and switches. For example, the Canadian Electrical Code requires a kitchen to have two circuits even if the kitchen only has two outlets. 

Now you can create your new wiring diagram.

Step 2: Prepare your home

Upgrading the wiring in your home is not a small job. It could take several days depending on how many rooms are being done and how old the current wiring is.

Remove furniture and decor. Items you can’t move, cover with drop clothes. The purpose is two-fold. One, the electrician needs to have easy access to various parts of your house, so you want to get things out of their way. Two, this is a construction job so you want to protect your belongings from dust and debris.

You will also want to plan for being without power and access to some rooms for a few days.

Step 3: Removing the old wiring

The old wiring and components need to be removed. The removal of the old parts (wires, boxes, junction boxes, etc.) and installation of the new parts are usually staggered. This means you don’t remove all the wiring from the entire house and then install the new. The rewiring is usually done a couple of rooms at a time.

This step usually starts with the removal of all the face plates and disconnecting and removing the sockets, switches, light fixtures, and other hard-wired items.

The decision on the best places to cut holes into the drywall is next. These holes will be used to take out the old wiring and back boxes. The new wiring and boxes will also be installed through these holes.

The holes are cut and the old parts of the electrical system are removed.

Step 4: Installing back boxes and running wire

Now the back boxes (the metal boxes outlets and switches sit in) can be replaced. Once that is done, new wiring (or cable) is run and connected to each back box.

Once everything behind the walls is done, the drywall can be patched and painted.

Step 5: Installing items outlets, switches, and fixtures

After the drywall has been repaired, the finishing touches can be done. This is when the new outlets, switches, fixtures, etc., and their faceplates are installed.

Step 6: Putting everything back in its place

After your tradespeople clean up the construction mess, you can remove the drop clothes and bring your items back into your rooms.

Once this is done, all that’s left is for you to sit back and enjoy your upgraded electrical system.

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