Our trained staff will troubleshoot, diagnose and in most cases solve your electrical issues promptly and efficiently.
Our hours of operation are 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday.
This has been our specialty since 1996 and we generally always have at least one of these projects in progress. One of our strengths is that we will take ownership of the patching required to repair the holes made by the rewire itself. As a result, our holes tend to be more “patching friendly” and our projects are completed faster. We will always treat your residence as a home not as a jobsite.
The start of the process is a written, detailed quotation which provides an itemized list of individual costs for your consideration. We will take the time to help you make the right choices for you. The Canadian Electrical Code is the minimum standard which ALL Electrical Contractors must adhere to. It is lacking in many areas.
In the end, by choosing Global Sun Energy Inc. you will have found that we:
- Could be reached on the phone in a timely manner during our business hours to schedule a appointment for quotation.
- Arrived on time for the quotation
- Provided a written detailed quotation
- Scheduled a specific start and finish date and delivered sufficient manpower to make it happen.
- Arrange daily meetings or cell phone access with our Crew Leaders.
- Cleaned up daily and minimized power interruptions.
- Handled all arrangements with Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) and your Local Distribution Company (LDC).
- Walked you through your entire home to ensure that you are satisfied.
- Treated you and your home with respect and courtesy.
- Encouraged you to provide honest feedback so we can constantly improve.
Why Knob & Tube Wiring Is Dangerous?
If your home is running on Knob & Tube wiring that means it is really old as they were used from the 1880s through the 1940s. One more thing that makes them dangerous for today’s home is the amount of electricity that is required for the daily needs like refrigeration, television, air conditioning and more. So, if your home is running on knob & tube wiring that means its overloaded most of the time and posing a threat of electrical fires. The rubberized cloth that keeps wires to get in contact with anything nearby gets warned off with time and can lead to serious fires and other electrical disasters.
In many cases, insulation is installed over knob & tube wiring and that increases the chances for fire to break out. As the wires are quoted with rubber cloth for insulation, the extra layer of insulation does not leave any space for the heat to dissipate that gets build-up when the current is flowing through the wires. This can turn into a very serious hazard and might lead to the knob and tube rewiring.
Most problems with knob & tube wiring arise from improper alterations that occur through DIY fixes or the local handyman. As it is an old wiring system, the availability of the parts is also an issue and that leads to local handymen trying their luck that results in practices like using scotch tape instead of electrical tape. One of the worse situations is when a high ampere fuse is installed that can easily overload the circuit and lead to knob & tube rewiring or replacement altogether.
Absence of Ground Wire
The absence of ground wire also makes the knob & tube wiring unsafe to be used with modern three-prong appliances and other devices. This creates greater danger for the electronics and increases the chances of fire which can put your loved ones safety in danger.
Does Not Do Well With Moisture
Knob & tube wiring is not suitable to be used in moist environments. This makes them dangerous when exposed to wet areas, such as kitchens, bathrooms, laundry, utility rooms, and outdoors. They possess a high risk of giving a shock to anyone who is nearby.
- What is “Knob and Tube” type wiring?
A. This is the first generation of wiring in Canada. Shortly after the end of WWII, it was abandoned for “Two conductor/Cloth covered” type wiring. Click here to see photo’s. As you can see, this type of wiring uses ceramic knobs to support individual wires running along the wooden beams, and ceramic tubes to pass through wooden beams. The connections are done by splicing, soldering and taping. This is usually well done, however not very accessible for any future repairs/alterations.
- Why is it unsafe?
A. There is no ground wire. This presents a shock hazard, and could lead to an electrical fire. It has no temperature rating. This is why the wires above ceiling mounted fixtures are so commonly compromised. It is a free air wiring system and was never meant to be covered by insulation.
In being one of the four Electrical Contractors to participate in programs offered by both Toronto Hydro and Etobicoke Hydro in the past we have a wealth of experience in this particular area. Global Sun Energy Inc. will take the time to assist you in selecting the right panel to fill your current and future needs.
We will also take the time to explain the advantages of:
- Surge Protection on your entire electrical system of your home. This is the only practical way to protect ALL your electronic devices (Dimmers, Appliances, Furnace Circuit Boards, Computers, Home Entertainment Systems, etc).
- A Detailed Panel directory
- Proper grounding and bonding of your electrical system
- Eliminating the possibility of over fusing. This can be particularly important to landlords, as some tenants will change a 15 amp fuses to 30 amp fuses.
We represented Toronto Hydro as well as Etobicoke Hydro when these services were offered in programs to upgrade residential services and paid incrementally on your electricity bills. As a result, this is one of our major strengths due to high volume. Global Sun Energy Inc. can guide you through the entire process from arranging the Service Location layout with your Local Distribution Company, scheduling an isolation by your local utility, to scheduling the final inspection by E.S.A. (Electrical Safety Authority) and providing a copy of the Certificate of Inspection.
By choosing Global Sun Energy Inc. you can depend on a safe, professional, and well organized installation by a team of our well trained staff to complete the project and get your power restored with minimal inconvenience.
At Global Sun Energy Inc., we are the Greater Toronto Area’s trusted source for renovation wiring services, from relatively small projects like replacing toggle light switches and ceiling fans, to major projects such as reinventing your kitchen, bathroom, basement, or entire estate. No job is too small or too big for our experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly team of residential and commercial electricians.
Permits And Safety
Did you know that by law, virtually all electrical renovation work requires a permit? Furthermore, many projects can only be performed by licensed residential and commercial electrical contractors in Toronto. We will ensure that your renovation project is fully compliant with all requirements and standards set out by the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) and the Canadian Electrical Code. The safety of your family, assets, and property is our top concern.
Bringing Your Vision to Life
Our team of residential and commercial electricians will help you understand all your renovation wiring options, so than you can make informed decisions that achieve your needs and goals. If you are still in the planning phase, we can also help you custom design the wiring architecture and infrastructure of your dream kitchen, bathroom, basement, garage, or any other space in your current or future home. Simply put, we will help bring your vision to life!
Already Renovated? Call Us for a Second Look
If you have completed a renovation — whether recently or years ago — it is possible that the work was performed by unlicensed contractors rather than licensed residential and commercial electrical contractors in Toronto. It is also possible that the work may be substandard and below the minimum requirements set out by the ESA and Canadian Electrical Code. To get the peace of mind you need to keep your family, assets, and property safe — and avoid potentially having an insurance claim denied and your policy being cancelled — contact us today for a second look. After our inspection, we will confirm for you in writing if everything is safe and sound, or if repairs are recommended or required.
From the late 1970’s until the early 1980’s many builders used Aluminum wiring in the construction of new homes and at the time it was less expensive than copper and approved method of wiring a home. By the late 1980’s this practice of wiring in homes had become redundant therefore all the related devices in a home such as switches, receptacles, and light fixtures compatible with aluminum slowly began to be phased out. Fast forward to today and these devices with Aluminum rating are pretty much nonexistent and very expensive if available at all. This presents a very dangerous scenario as Copper rated devices are being installed in Aluminum wiring systems which can produce arcing at connection points and in extreme cases be the cause of a fire.
We can offer a solution whether it is:
- Rewiring and Replacement of all Aluminum Wire, or
- Check and Correct all accessible points of connection on your property in which all devices such as switches, receptacles, light fixtures, and junction boxes are opened and inspected for loose or improper connections and if necessary reconnected with copper wire tails linking the Aluminum wire with the approved joint compound and Wire Nut (connectors) to the copper rated devices.
On the completion of the job, we will also arrange an E.S.A. Certificate of Inspection as well as a letter for your insurance company if needed.
Why You Should Get Rid Of Aluminum Wiring?
As per the Canadian Standards Association, aluminum wires that were manufactured before 1972 are 55 times more likely to catch electrical fires and cause electrical failures. They are not considered safe when compared to the more popular copper wiring and because of that many insurance companies do not cover properties with aluminum wiring.
Get It Checked From Licensed Electricians
One of the things that we hear a lot is our customers telling us that they have not faced any issues with their wiring. With aluminum wiring in homes, it might take a long time for something to happen. But instead of waiting for something to happen, it is always better to be proactive and get your whole home assessment done through certified electricians.
Call an electrician if you face any of these situations:
- If the power outlets or faceplates are unusually warm and releasing strange odors
- Flickering of lights
- Unexpected static on Television or Radio
- Smoke or sparks near the switches
How To Maintain Residential Aluminum Wiring?
To keep your aluminum wiring in good condition, the very first step is to get it inspected by certified electricians regularly. The nature of aluminum wiring is to heat up and expand when the current flows and cool down and contract when it is not in use. This continuous expansion and contraction lead to the formation of gaps in the wiring which later gets exposed to the air and increases the chances of catching fire. To ensure that your wiring is working fine, you should keep an eye on unusual warm switches, bad odors, and sparks. Do this regularly and keep an eye on the wiring by removing the cover plate. Whenever you are getting the repairs done, ask the electrician to provide a certificate as they are needed for insurance purposes.
Our whole home assessment provides you with in-depth and accurate information about your home’s entire electrical system. You may need this information to ensure that your home is safe and in compliance, or your insurance company may request this information from you.
You may also find it beneficial to have our team conduct a whole home assessment in advance of a move, since electrical systems are a key part of a home inspection checklist. Identifying and fixing any electrical issues now can lead to a smoother, faster, and more profitable sale in the near future.
Our Whole Home Assessment Includes:
- Analyzing the circuit load for each individual circuit throughout your home, including attic, basement, garage, and backyard.
- Checking for any loose, corroded, or damaged (i.e. high impedance) connections, which commonly occur over time.
- Verifying that all receptacles (plugs and outlets) have the proper polarity.
- Ensuring that all circuits are properly grounded. This is critical to avoid shocks or fires.
Directory and Recommendations
In addition to the above electrical services, our team will create a detailed directory of your home’s electrical system. We will also provide you with a list of recommendations and a quote to resolve each identified deficiency, issue, or code violation. We will further highlight issues that are causing or are likely to cause dangerous or unsafe conditions, and therefore require your urgent attention.
A Word of Warning
It is critical to keep in mind that only licensed commercial electrical in contractors in Toronto can legally conduct an assessment of your home’s electrical systems. Choosing an unlicensed contractor will put your property and family at risk, and may lead to your home insurance policy being cancelled. You may also be subject to fines and lawsuits if anyone – including the unlicensed workers themselves – are injured on your premises.