Are you buying a new home? Here's what to look for!

Congratulations on finding your New Home!

Let us give you a few helpful tips about what to look for in your new home's electrical system.

The Electrical Panel

Your panel Is the heart of your home, it works 24/7 to keep your home operating. When panels become outdated or breakers become faulty, it creates hazards and problems through-out the home.

What to look for:

  • Are the breakers warm or hot to touch?

  • Is there a City of Calgary Inspection sticker?

  • Is the panel labeled, or properly maintained?

  • Are wires neatly tied up and safely secured to the wall?

If any of these items are present we recommend you consult a local Licensed Electrician.

Aluminum Wiring

If your home was built in the late 60's or 70's there is a good chance you have aluminum wiring.

The main problem with aluminum wiring is a term known as “cold creep”. When aluminum wiring warms up it expands and when it cools down it contracts. Unlike copper, when aluminum goes through a number of warm/cool cycles it loses a bit of integrity each time. To make the problem worse, aluminum oxidizes or corrodes when in contact with other metals. Eventually the wire will start getting very hot, and can melt insulation, or a fixture and possibly cause a fire.

We recommend a Electrical Home Safety Inspection to diagnose any potential hazards. Yearly maintenance will help keep you and your family safe from an electrical fire.

It is very important to have a Licensed Electrician inspect your system if you have aluminum wiring

Other Common Deficiencies

  • Broken outlets & lighting fixtures posing a risk of shock.

  • Receptacles Improperly bonded ("Grounded").

  • GFCI's not installed according to code requirements.

  • Illegal basement developments.

  • Illegal Garage panel Installations.

On Point Electric's Home Safety Inspection

Remember you're making one of the largest purchases of your life! Consulting a licensed Electrician BEFORE you buy can save you down the road and will help keep you and your family safe!

On Point's home inspections cover a 150 point check list.

We check the home top to bottom, providing you with a detailed list of problems with a rating of how serious they are. This can be used in the final negotiations to be sure you get the best price.

If the home is 100% safe, we then issue an Electrical Safety Certificate to show your insurance company to be sure you're getting the best rate!

BUYING A NEW HOME? Give us a call: 587.319.0966

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