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Renovation Readiness - Tips n' Tricks

Renovation Readiness - Tips n' Tricks

Have a basic plan. While this seems easy at first it there will be a 100 different things uncovered during the renovation that can very quickly take you off budget and into the ‘reno-weeds’. So be prepared for….

Reasons To Upgrade Your Circuits

Reasons To Upgrade Your Circuits

Your electrical system is often overlooking during upgrades and renovations, despite the fact that this is the heart of your home. Without a healthy electrical system, you run the risk of overloading your circuits, causing an outage, or worse, a potential fire hazard that puts your family at risk

What Do I Need a Permit for in Fort Saskatchewan Alberta

What Do I Need a Permit for in Fort Saskatchewan Alberta

If you are considering an upgrade to your property located in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta - here are some of the permits you might need when building or renovating your residential property…

Smart Thermostat Installation in Sherwood Park AB

Smart Thermostat Installation in Sherwood Park AB

Wireworks Electrical Services Ltd. is locally owned and operated and provides Smart Thermostat Installation in Sherwood Park AB.  Over the last few years, there have been many releases of smart thermostats that include innovative heat and AC devices that have emerged are all slight variations on the same energy-efficient, customization-focused theme. Each one does something a bit different in terms of features with apps ….

When Is It Time To Call In An Electrician?

When Is It Time To Call In An Electrician?

When is it time to call an electrician? Renovations and construction are always fun for those who like to take the bull by the horns and enjoy building something with their own hands.  There are many reasons we love these activities and yet there are times we are left scratching our heads wondering if we have just bitten off more than we can chew.  So before we blow the place up it is wise to …

Why is my circuit breaker tripping?

Why is my circuit breaker tripping?

Why do circuit breakers trip? Circuit breakers are designed to provide a level of electrical safety for your home or business and are installed in your Circuit Breaker Box (Electrical Panel).  Each circuit will have its own breaker where it’s sole purpose is to monitor the amount of electricity that is flowing.  When there is a surge of electricity, or an overload, the circuit breaker will turn off to prevent potential risks and further damage …..

Where Should You Spend Your Renovation Budget?

Where Should You Spend Your Renovation Budget?

If you are considering a renovation taking some time ahead of the project to allocate your spend is a great idea so you do not run into any surprises along the way.  But where do you spend your renovation budget?  The kitchen, bathroom and basement will always yield the best return on your investment dollars especially if you choose energy-efficient and eco-friendly options.  Planning carefully and and smart choices will go a long way….

Benefits of Air Conditioning

Benefits of Air Conditioning

Benefits of Air Conditioning Summers in Alberta often start out great!  We are often longing, almost begging for the sun show and to feel the warmth on our skin after our long and bitter winters. Soon into this reality though, the summer months go from Yay!! ... to the blatant the realization that we may not be built for this heat.  Extreme heat is known to have adverse effects on our intellect and physical activity…..

What To Ask Your Electrician?

What To Ask Your Electrician?

If you are gearing up for reno's this season and require electrical work, how does one start the process?  With so many changes and updates to the electrical code you may wonder what to ask your electrician?  What should you do prior to hiring your electrican to do your electrical work? Are they licensed for your community? Most municipalities and cities require the electrician to have a license to do work so they …..

How to Increase the Value of Your Home or Condo

How to Increase the Value of Your Home or Condo

If you are thinking of selling your property, then the question how do you increase the value of your home or condo has likely already popped up.  There are many ways one can increase their property value with out breaking the bank and still get good bang for buck.  Average home improvement or renovation costs will come in around 20 to 25 cents for every dollar spent and the rest of ….

How to Identify Aluminum Wiring

How to Identify Aluminum Wiring

How to Identify Aluminum Wiring 1 If you are doing home renovations or purchasing a home it is important for you to know how to identify aluminum wiring.  Aluminum wiring can be a red flag for many electrical issues and will require intervention from a qualified electrical professional for repair.   Aluminum wiring is a known cause for many electrical fires due to poor connections from years of use or even overheating . As a result…

Unique 2018 New Year's Resolution Ideas

Unique 2018 New Year's Resolution Ideas

#itsnotjustaboutme

#1. MAKE THIS YEAR A YEAR TO IMPROVE MORE THAN YOU.Small changes over time can equal huge $avings and help the environment at the same time. Swap out a traditional light bulb with an LED every month.  This small act will only cost you a few more dollars each pay period and the electricity savings will be noticeable by the end of the year.

Difference between GFCI and AFCI Breakers

Difference between GFCI and AFCI Breakers

To understand the difference between GFCI and AFCI one needs to understand the instance or application for each of these circuit interupters.  And there is a drastic difference between GFCI and AFCI breakers.  An AFCI,  Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter, protects the circuitry of your home or business and are a relatively newer product.  AFCI's are generally used in new construction and provide a higher level of protection than a standard circuit breaker by detecting and removing the

Do You Need To Upgrade Your Circuit Breaker Box?

Do You Need To Upgrade Your Circuit Breaker Box?

Do think you need to upgrade your circuit breaker box, ?  Here are some things to be aware of so you can make an educated decision.   If you think that you do need to overhaul your electrical system there are a few main components that need attention.  The first thing to consider is upgrade your panel to bring more power from the utility company into your home.   From there one could also identify if it's ….

Top Tech Gifts For Christmas 2017

Top Tech Gifts For Christmas 2017

Tech Gifts For Christmas 2017 For those who have friends or family who are absolute tech or gadgets geeks, we have compiled a list of the Top 10 Tech Gifts for Christmas this year.   The Best Selling Fitbit for 2017: New Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker  Track workouts, heart rate, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes and steps Monitor how long and how well you’ve been sleeping Receive texts and calls  Battery life last for 7 days ..

Utility Costs Breaking The Bank?

Utility Costs Breaking The Bank?

Utility Costs Breaking the Bank? If utility costs are breaking the bank and you are looking for ways to cut back on your energy and gas consumption, you aren't the only one.  Even though the government put a cap of 6.8 per kw hour on energy rates that carry over to June 2021, the transmission costs are increasing at an alarming rate, leaving Albertans wondering where they can reduce their energy bills….

Renovating Your Home or Business

Renovating Your Home or Business

Renovating Your Home or Business: Top 10 Electrical Items When renovating your home or business it is expected that there will be things that pop us as the project progresses.  There are a few electrical items to address throughout the project that may actually save you money and time over the long haul….

Are your customers engaged when they enter your business?

Are your customers engaged when they enter your business?

Are your customers engaged when they enter your business?  There are many studies that suggest and prove the more you can keep your customers engaged when they enter your business; the more successful and profitable you will be.  Sounds easy!!! Ha! For those business owners out there who are currently trying to find ways to continuously improve their business know that this is not the easiest objective to achieve.  Regardless if you are a retail ..

Key Differences Between Fluorescent and LED Lighting

Key Differences Between Fluorescent and LED Lighting

Key Differences Between Fluorescent and LED Lighting When comparing Fluorescent and LED lighting there are a few major differences that the average home or business owner should be aware of.  The first and most obvious of these differences is the lifespan and the energy usage, however both are considerably more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. The standard LED can last 6 times longer that a fluorescent light bulb, bringing it in…

3 Reasons Why You are Tripping Your Breakers

3 Reasons Why You are Tripping Your Breakers | Wireworks Electrical Services Ltd. Fort Saskatchewan and Sherwood Park AB

3 Reasons Why You are Tripping Your Breakers | Wireworks Electrical Services Ltd. Fort Saskatchewan and Sherwood Park AB

 REASONS WHY YOU ARE TRIPPING YOUR BREAKERS 

You have just renovated your kitchen. You feel like Gord Ramsay on fire when everything is working smoothly.  Here’s the clincher.  You have all these wonderful new stainless steel appliances and yet this upgrade has thrown the proverbial spatula in your ability to deliver a brunch masterpiece.   Your sweet new appliances, while be it awesome, also require a great deal more power.  For older homes that have not had their circuits and breaker box upgraded, means there is a chance that it is struggling to keep up with energy demand. This could be the reason why you are now overloading the circuits and tripping the breakers.

A circuit breaker will shut itself off to prevent further damage such as overheating or even an electrical fire.  If you have aluminum wiring in your home this is even more of a concern for you. ( See ‘Aluminum Wiring Concerns in Older Homes’ ).

There are typically 3 reasons as to why a circuit breaker will trip or shut off:

1. Overloaded Circuit

  • Too many devices, gadgets or appliances being used at the same time on the same circuit that require a lot of energy to run.

  • Overheating appliance.

Resolution:

  • Move the plugged-in items that were on the overloaded circuit to another all- purpose circuit to even out the electricity demand on that circuit.

  • Unplug or turn off some of the devices or appliances that are on the overloaded circuit to reduce the electrical demand.    

2. Short Circuit

  • This a more dangerous situation and requires the attention of an electrician.

  • You smell a burning odor.

  • Occurs when a hot wire ( black ) touches another hot or even neutral wire ( white ) in one of the outlets that you are using.

  • Check your outlets and plugs looking for brown/black discoloration.

  • Can be caused by a loose or poor connection in the box or receptacle.

3. Ground Fault

  • Similar to a short circuit, a ground fault will occur when the black ‘hot’ wire touches the bare copper ground wire on the side of a metal outlet box that is connected to the ground wire.

  • Should also have the attention of an electrician to confirm if there are other factors at play.

Always consult with a qualified and reputable electrical company if something doesn’t seem quite right.  Wireworks Electrical Services Ltd. can assist you with the upgrade of your circuit breakers and breaker box.    

We are available by phone at 780-289-1660, by email at ray@wireworksltd.com should you have any questions.  Or click here to request a free estimate today.