Electrical Panel Upgrade Violations

Common Electrical Panel Upgrade Violations in Calgary

Electricians, in general, are trained to work as per the electrical code and usually, they will do their best to work without such mistakes. Our professional electricians always ensure that common electrical panel upgrade violations in Calgary are avoided and are up to the latest and current electrical code.

Our professional electricians will be glad to check any issue with your electrical system of the house/building and suggest you the right remedy according to the current electrical code.

Ampt Over Electric is a commercial and residential electrical contractor in Calgary. We have the knowledge and expertise needed to ensure your commercial property or residence’s electrical system is always up to code and operating smoothly and efficiently.

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But even what can seem to be a simple installation of an outlet or light switch can easily result in an Electrical Code Violation, which can cause difficulties when attempting to insure or sell a property.

Getting Your Electrical Permits – Electrical Panel Upgrade Violations

For all residential and commercial electrical renovations or installations in Calgary, if you (as the property owner) are not intending on carrying out the work yourself, an electrical permit is required. A certified electrical contractor like the journeymen electricians at A-Star must apply for the permit. To be successful, we must provide proof of having completed an Alberta Master Electrician certificate, plus hold a current City of Calgary business licence. Any electrical work carried out in Alberta must meet the minimum requirements of the Canadian Electrical Code.

Homeowners are able to carry out fairly extensive electrical works on their own and without a permit, such as:

  • Tying in to the main panel, but not the main breaker
  • Adding a sub-panel (only if there is a main breaker)

However, unless you have a fairly high level of expertise, it’s very easy to make an error. Working with electricity and home electrical wiring has the potential to be very dangerous. Not only can making an error result in having your property insurance withdrawn, there is always the risk of fire and even electrocution.

Common Electrical System Errors That Do Not Meet Code – Electrical Panel Upgrade Violations

Electrical Panels

  • Moving or altering your electrical panel without an electrical contractor and an electrical contractor permit.
  • Leaving branch circuits unidentified. Everything must be marked clearly.
  • Inaccessible panels. Don’t have them enclosed within a closet, stairway or bathroom.

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Light Switches

  • Not installing a three-way switch at the top and bottom of stairs.
  • Utility rooms that are not controlled by a light switch near the entrance.
  • Installing an inaccessible furnace disconnect switch that can’t be reached without passing the front of the furnace.
  • Light switches less than one metre away from bathtubs and shower stalls.

Outlets

  • Outlets installed less than two metres from the floor are not tamper-resistant.
  • Outlets placed more than 3.6 metres apart in open rooms.
  • Outlets placed closer than 1.8 metres from a door or closet.
  • A wall space of 90 centimetres or more in width without an outlet.
  • Hallways with outlets more than 4.5 metres apart.
  • In kitchens, behind-countertop outlets more than 1.8 metres apart and more than 90 centimetres from a sink, stove or endpoint.
  • More than 12 outlets on a branch circuit.
  • Outlets placed in cupboards or cabinets, unless for a suitable appliance, such as a microwave.
  • Laundry areas without their own designated outlet.
  • Dryer outlets that are not 14-30R with #10/3 AWG cables.
  • Bathrooms without outlets protected by a Class A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) within one metre from a sink.
  • Bathrooms without outlets protected by a Class A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) less than 50 centimetres from a bathtub or shower.
  • In garages, outlets placed more than one metre from a garage door opener and without a designated outlet for each vehicle.

Upgrade Your Electrical Panel

To summarize here is a list of the 20 most common electrical panel upgrade violations in Alberta.

  1. Moving or altering your electrical panel without an electrical contractor and a permit.
  2. Inaccessible or hard to access panel.
  3. Unmarked sub circuits and branch circuits.
  4. Location of light switches not as per code in bathtub/shower (within 1 meter).
  5. Missing three-way switch at the top and bottom of stairs.
  6. A branch circuit has more than 12 outlets.
  7. A wall space with 90 centimetres or more without an outlet.
  8. Hallways with outlets more than 4.5 meters apart.
  9. Dryer outlets that are not 14-30R with #10/3 AWG cables.
  10. Bathrooms without proper GFCI or AFCI.
  11. In garages, outlets placed more than one meter from a garage door opener and without a designated outlet for each vehicle.
  12. Utility rooms that are not controlled by a light switch near the entrance.
  13. Installing an inaccessible furnace disconnect switch that can’t be reached without passing the front of the furnace.
  14. Spliced wires outside a junction box.
  15. Outlets installed less than two meters from the floor that are not tamper-resistant.
  16. Outlets placed more than 3.6 meters apart in open rooms.
  17. Outlets placed closer than 1.8 meters from a door or closet.
  18. In kitchens, behind counter-top outlets more than 1.8 meters apart and more than 90 centimetres from a sink, stove or endpoint.
  19. Laundry areas without their own designated outlet.
  20. Wrong outdoor receptacles or covers or both.

Call the Experts: Ampt Over Electric is Your Commercial and Residential Electrical Contractor in Calgary

Journeymen electricians are trained experts in our field, highly knowledgeable about electrical codes and safety measures. Although we understand the temptation to perform electrical system repairs and renovations on your own, you don’t want to risk invalidating your property insurance and placing yourself and those you care about in danger due to easy-to-make errors.

For commercial and Residential Electric Wiring Service, hiring a professional is recommended. Not only can we navigate the permitting process with ease, we will ensure that all conditions are met and/or surpassed for both the rough and final inspections.

We at Ampt Over Electric can make suggestions that will not only meet all of the requirements of the Canadian Electrical Code, but will also make your electrical system more efficient and your life a bit easier.

Call us today  4038 621 782 for a free consultation and quote.

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