Residential Services

Residential Services

Your electrical panel is the heart of your home's electrical system, directing and monitoring the flow of electricity throughout your house. Having an electrical panel that is safe and efficient is of the utmost importance for any home-owner.

Old fashioned fuse panels use outdated technology, and were built to much lower safety standards than modern breaker panels. Having to replace fuses after a fault condition is not only inconvenient but also dangerous. It exposes you to the live electrical parts of your service panel, which if contacted could cause a fatal shock. It also leaves circuits vulnerable to "over fusing", seen far too often, which can cause wires to heat up and start electrical fires.

Unlike fuse panels, modern breaker panels facilitate the use of life safety equipment now required by the Canadian Electrical Code such as arc-fault, and ground fault circuit interrupting breakers, which protect you and your family against fire and fatal shock.
  • Partial Loss of power to your home
  • Flickering lights
  • Breakers tripping or fuses blowing
  • Switches not working
  • GFCI outlets not working
  • Burning smell at your panel area
We are concerned with your safety, so it is our priority to make sure the wiring in your home is safe, up to code and free of any dangers. While at your home, upon request, our technician will perform an inspection on the 5 major areas of your homes wiring to identify any electrical hazards or problems that may be present. At this point our technician will explain any issues, identifying which need immediate attention, which issues do not need immediate attention, and which ones would just be a good step towards a perfectly sound electrical system. The 5 major areas are:
  • Service Panel
  • Receptacle Grounding and Tension and Switch Operation
  • Ground Fault (GFCI) and Arc Fault (AFCI) Protection
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Surge Protection
One of our specialties is Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub wiring. We are confident in our ability to handle everything and anything related to pool, spa and hot tub electrical installation and maintenance. We have been involved with countless new pool and spa projects over the years with award winning pool builder Bonavista Pools, as well as many others. We are also Factory Authorized Service Technicians (F.A.S.T.) and a Contract Service Center (C.S.C.) for Zodiac Pool Systems Canada, servicing products by Zodiac Pool Systems, Jandy Pool Products, Polaris, Levellor, and Cover Pools. We are experienced in everything from your simplest backyard pool to your full scale water-park playground. We install and service control systems, salt water chlorinators, lights, pumps, and more.
Is it time to replace those outdated or damaged switches and receptacles with modern decorator style devices? Would you like to save money with energy efficient dimmers and at the same time enhance the light levels in any room? Have the professionals at E-Care Electric Services explain your options.

Did you know a major cause of house fires is the improper use of extension cords? We can add new receptacles in convenient locations so you can eliminate the need for these dangerous and ugly cords.

We also provide new circuits for appliances like over the range microwaves (OTR's), dishwashers, and garburators.
Add a little ambiance, elegance, sophistication, and even energy-efficiency to your home or outdoor area with our expert lighting services from E-Care Electric Services. We offer a wide variety of electrical lighting repair and installation services, from outdoor lighting and recessed lighting to garden lighting and under cabinet lighting.

To properly install home lighting, it takes more than a technical mind. A keen eye for design is also necessary when installing electrical lighting throughout your home and property. Our licensed electricians will survey your home's interior and exterior to provide expert advice on where to place additional lighting that will best suit the look of your home. Choose from garden lighting that will turn your backyard into a work of art, LED lighting that will help you save on your monthly energy bill, under-cabinet lighting for convenience and time-efficiency, and much more.
It is no secret that plug-in electric vehicles(EV) are becoming increasingly popular due to rising fuel costs and environmental concerns. In fact, industry forecasts predict an annual volume of 400,000 battery electric vehicles in North America by 2020. To support the vision of widespread EV, Ontario has announced a number of measures to help individuals, businesses and organizations choose clean and efficient vehicles, and to expand the battery electric vehicle market for manufacturers.

Due to the increasing popularity of these electric vehicles, a well developed residential, commercial and public infrastructure of charging stations is required to support the driver's needs for charging .
Consider the benefits of generating green energy from renewable sources such as the sun and selling it for a guaranteed price. You can be part of Ontario's growing green energy movement, make money and contribute to a cleaner environment.

If you are a homeowner, farmer or business owner, you have the opportunity to develop a renewable electricity generation project on your property. Under the microFIT and FIT Programs, you will be paid a guaranteed price.
How vital is electricity to your everyday life? Most of the time you don't realize it until it is gone. For our customers we offer a turnkey service from initial consultation, to system start-up, into a continuing service schedule to maintain your investment. We cover every component of the installation from fuel and electrical connections, to permits and inspections. All we require from the client is the desired installation date and what circuits within the home they want on stand-by emergency power.
One lighting storm could cost you thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home. Once a surge enters your home and damages your electronic equipment, electrical appliances, and even the wiring hidden behind your walls, the time consuming and frustrating journey begins. A homeowner can help protect against such costly damage with a comprehensive approach to surge protection.
It is estimated that there were approximately 450,000 homes in Canada wired with aluminum wiring in the mid 1960's to late 1970's. Over the past decade there has been increasing pressure from insurance companies to have aluminum wiring inspected and repaired or replaced as necessary. Reported problems with aluminum wiring have been related to the overheating and failure of aluminum wiring terminations. This is due to aluminums tendency to oxidize and its incompatibility with devices designed for use with copper wiring.

Warning Signs of unsafe aluminum wiring
  • Loss of power to part of home
  • Unusually warm or warped outlets and switch cover plates
  • Smoke or sparks coming from receptacles and switches
  • Strange odours in the area of receptacles and switches
  • Periodic flickering of lights
As mentioned above, where problems exist with aluminum wiring they are usually found at termination points. This requires the opening of all outlets (receptacles, switches, fixtures, appliance connections, and in the panel board) and visually inspecting terminations for signs of failure and overheating without removing or disturbing the devices or wiring. There should be no signs of overheating such as darkened or discoloured connections, melted insulation, etc. Where problems are found the damaged aluminum conductor should be cut back to remove the damaged portion and then the necessary repairs made.
Are you having your kitchen or bathroom renovated? How about finishing your basement or adding that addition you have always wanted?

Beware of renovation contractors who assure you that they can "take care of the electrical work" themselves, say things like "it's very simple". Most times they do not have an Electrical Contractor's License, and are not qualified or insured to perform electrical work. It is shocking how many dangerous code violations, and fire hazards we see associated with past renovations and additions. Any time you make modifications to your electrical system the work should be done by a Licensed Electrical Contractor. At E-Care Electric Services we are well versed in building construction and utilize all of the latest tools which allow us to get the job done promptly and properly.
Why Does My Home Need Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI)?

To protect you and your family against arc-faults, which can very easily turn into electrical fires. Statistics show that, on average, fire kills eight people each week in Canada, with residential fires accounting for 73% of these fatalities. And arc faults in a home are one of the leading causes for household fires. In 2002 the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) made a code change that required arc fault breakers be installed for bedroom circuits in ALL new homes. Since this technology was not required on most homes built before 2002, we recommend adding AFCI's to ensure safety and protection to your home.

An Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) is a special circuit breaker designed to prevent fires by detecting dangerous arc-faults and disconnecting the power before the arc starts a fire.
Older houses are often found to have 2 pronged outlets or ungrounded outlets. While it only takes the two wires to bring electricity to your appliances and have them work correctly there is a problem with safety. The third wire is a safety device built into your electrical system. It is the wire which is referred to as a ground and it is designed to provide an effective path to "earth" to help prevent electrocution hazards should an appliance or its wiring fail.

The following appliances commonly require a grounded receptacle or circuit for both safety and warranty reasons. For more information consult your manufacturer or warranty documentation.
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing Machine
  • Computer
  • Television
  • Surge protector strips
  • Power tools
  • Any piece of equipment with a 3-pronged plug
Do you have working Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors in your home? Many homeowners believe that they are properly protected when in reality they are not. Did you know that Smoke Detectors should be replaced every 10 years and Carbon Monoxide Detectors every 5-7 years? Even if they seem alright when tested, internal sensors can become weak over time leaving you unprotected. The date is on the back of every smoke and CO detector. When was the last time you checked the date on yours?