24 Hour Emergency Service
When you call Hough Electric you will speak directly to one of us, the experts. The benefits of choosing a small company like Hough Electric is we will be there seeing the job through to make sure you are getting the quality, care and workmanship that Hough Electric stands for.
The Services We Provide:
- 24 Hour Emergency Service
- Knob and Tube Replacement
- Service Upgrades
- New Construction
- Panel Updates
- Hot Tub & Spa Installations
- Aluminum Wire, Assessment, Device Change and Re-Wire
- Electrical Home Inspections
Knob & Tube
Knob and Tube was the standard method of wiring from the late 1800’s to the late 1940’s.
Is Knob and Tube Safe?
Knob and Tube has been proven over time to deteriorate. It is an ungrounded electrical system, which is a risk you should not take. The major risk of an ungrounded system is the shock hazard. You could run the risk of livening up devices in your house that require a ground.
Insurance Companies and Knob and Tube Wire
Insurance companies will no longer issue new insurance to a home that is wired with Knob and Tube wiring. Unfortunately when you are looking to either buy or sell your house this will be one of the major issues to be dealt with. Insurance companies don’t want to take risks either. This is why they will no longer insure homes with older wiring. It has been proven that most fires in homes are caused by old or tampered wiring.
Knob and Tube Replacement: Who Should Replace your Knob and Tube Wiring?
In Ontario, you can only have your knob and tube wiring removed by a provincially licensed electrical contractor. Electricity is complicated and mistakes can happen, and unfortunately when it comes to electricity the mistakes can be very severe. You can save yourself some money, but you can’t put a price on safety. Please contact us today for a free estimate.
Service Upgrade/ Panel Change
A service upgrade or panel change is when you wish to upgrade your service coming into your house from fuses to breakers, or to upgrade from 60 amperage (which is no longer insurable) to installation of a 100 amperage service. A 100 amperage service is the most common in residential applications.
You may also wish to upgrade to a 125 or 200 amperage service depending on your electrical needs.
How do you know if it’s time to update your electrical panel?
- Circuit breakers trip frequently.
- Your lights dim when you turn on other appliances.
- You have to use extension cords or adapters to create additional electric outlets for your home.
- Circuit breaker panels have a life span of 25-40 years. If yours is older than that; if it’s in poor condition; or if it’s old and has only a few circuits, and your breakers DO NOT trip can be danger signs as well.
- If you are adding high power-consumption appliances such as an air conditioner or a spa, it’s likely that your system will need an upgrade to accommodate the additional demand.
What are the benefits of an upgraded home electrical system?
The most important benefit of upgrading your electrical system is that your home will be protected from fire hazards caused by overloaded circuits. You can sleep better knowing your home and family are protected. You will be able to use your modern appliances safely and your expensive electronic equipment will be protected.
Updating your electrical system also can increase your home’s resale value.
Some houses built or remodeled between the early 1950s and late 1970s were wired with aluminum. This wiring can be identified by the letters AL or the word ALUMINUM stamped on the plastic covering or cable.
There are basically three reasons why aluminum wiring may be of concern:
- It has a tendency to oxidize which increases the wire’s resistance resulting in the wire overheating at the receptacle
- It is more malleable (softer) than copper and therefore easily nicked
- Because of its high thermal expansion, it has a tendency to change shape at the terminal screws and thus become loose or creep off
Given its incompatibility with fittings designed for other metals in the electrical system, improper connections may cause electrical resistance which in turn may cause overheating and fire. To overcome the incompatibility, the aluminum wiring may have been “pigtailed” with copper using proper connectors, (Marrette-brown; Ideal-purple)
WARNING SIGNS OF UNSAFE ALUMINUM WIRING:
- Unusually warm or warped outlets and switch cover plates
- Smoke or sparks coming from receptacles and switches
- Strange odors in the area of receptacles and switches
- Untraceable problems with plug-in lights and appliances
- Periodic flickering of lights