• Why hire a Certified Electrician?

Even the most experienced do-it-yourself home owner or handyman should hire a Professional Electrician to complete electrical tasks throughout the home. Electricity is dangerous and must be handled properly.  Safety is a major concern when undertaking electrical projects. Not only is there a risk of personal harm, without the knowledge of the Canadian Electrical Code you may also be creating an unsafe situation in your home. 

Home owners are surprised when it comes time to sell their home that the electrical repairs they performed themselves do not meet the Canadian Electrical code. In these cases, homeowners are required to have the electrical work redone.  Improperly done electrical work can cause risks to property and life.

A Certified Electrician will provide the peace of mind of knowing that the electrical repairs or enhancements being made to your home are being done efficiently, safely and correctly.

  • Why install LED lighting?

LED lighting is very cost effective. LED lighting provides several advantages over traditional incandescent lighting methods. There is over 50% reduction in annual maintenance costs due to bulb and ballast replacement.  LED’s provide low energy consumption, a reduced carbon footprint and a more natural light wherever they are installed. They are ecstatically pleasing and add a contemporary design element when installed.

  • Why does my circuit breaker keep tripping?

There are several causes for breaker tripping. Often there are too many devices plugged into the circuit. Each circuit is only designed to carry a specific load.  Another reason could be a short in the wiring, in this case the breaker should not reset. There is also a possibility the breaker is faulty and needs to be replaced. Once a Certified Electrician has evaluated the problem you may decide to add more circuits, replace the breaker or have the wiring replaced. A Certified Electrician will be able to advise what the best course of action is to meet your needs.

  •  How often should my smoke detectors be replaced?

There should be at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, including undeveloped basements. Regardless of the type of alarm or power source, it should be replaced every 10 years.

Why should I install combination carbon monoxide / smoke detectors in my home?

A combination unit supplies you with a dual level of protection.  Detectors can be wired together so that when one detector activates, all interconnected detectors will go off alerting everyone in the house to danger.  Since deadly Carbon Monoxide gas is colorless, tasteless and odorless (unlike smoke from a fire), detection in a home environment is virtually impossible without such a warning device. Give your family the highest level of protection when seconds count.

  •  Should I worry about aluminum wiring in my house?

Homes constructed between the mid 1960’s and the late 1970’s could have aluminum wiring. Fires have occurred when electrical devices such as switches and plugs that were designed for copper wiring were installed on aluminum wiring.  As with all wiring, aluminum is safe provided proper connections and terminations are made without damaging the wire and with approved materials. Replacement of receptacles and switches must be installed in compliance with the Canadian Electrical Code.

The Government of Alberta highly recommends that home owners hire a Certified Electrician who is knowledgeable in the special techniques required for working with and repairing aluminum wiring.

  •  Is Bertram Electric knowledgeable in the special techniques required for working with and repairing aluminum wiring?

Absolutely, we have years of experience dealing with all types of electrical situations including aluminum wiring.

  •  Should I upgrade my electrical panel?

With the growing demand for electrical appliances in our daily lives some older panels need to be upgraded. Often insurance companies require electrical panels be upgraded to at least 100 amps. Renovations and additions may overload your existing service, requiring an electrical panel upgrade. Air conditioners, hot tubs and kitchen improvements may simply require the installation of a Sub-Panel and not a full Electrical Panel upgrade. A Certified Electrician will advise you on how best to meet your electrical needs and the Canadian Electrical Code requirements.

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