Doing electrical work yourself

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Doing electrical work yourself

Many of our clients wonder what they really have the right to do as work at home. In fact, what you need to know is that by law, no one is allowed to do electrical work at home or elsewhere without a licence. What is electrical work?

  • Replace a power outlet
  • Replace a fixture
  • Make an electrical connection
  • Install a recessed light
  • Switching electrical wiring
  • Install or replace a thermostat
  • Replace a heater
  • Etc…

The law affects any work that requires electrical power to more than 48V; including the installation of all related equipment. In fact, 3 types of installation ALWAYS require a license and they are electrical installations, gas installations and oil equipment installations.

What if I decide to do my electric work myself anyway?

So this is your choice. The main problem is your home insurance. Indeed, if you are illegal or have committed an act that does not comply with the law, you could undoubtedly be denied a claim (Loi sur les maîtres électriciens). So if there was a problem with work you’ve done, you could be in a lot of trouble!

Watch out for new devices!

If you purchase a spa, sauna, wall air conditioner or other expensive new appliance that requires an electrical installation, your warranty could be void if the device is not connected by a proper electrician. Check the details of your warranty as this is often the case!

Responsibility insurance

The electrical contractor must have professional insurance (civil liability) of a minimum of $2,000,000. This protects everyone in the event of a problem. Imagine if you live in a condominium and you are replacing your thermostats yourself and a major problem was occurring. You did not comply with the law by doing your work yourself, you damaged the building and perhaps the common areas or other condominiums and your insurance will not compensate you.

Trusting pros is advantageous:

  • Protect your family and ensure safe facilities
  • Access to damage insurance
  • Make sure your electrical appliances work properly
  • Get sound advice
  • Ensure that your facilities are up to date
  • Ensure the longevity of your electrical installations
  • Ensure peace of mind when selling your property (if any)

Contact a master electrician!

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