Electrical News

  • BBB 2016 Torch Award Trophy - Blue Crest Electric

    2016 BBB Torch Award in Marketplace Excellence

    June 17, 2016

    It is such an honor to be awarded the 2016 Torch Award in Marketplace Excellence by the Better Business Bureau of Mainland BC on June 16, 2016. To be judged by an independent panel of business peers, who found Blue Crest Electric worthy of this prestigious award, is truly humbling. Our goal is always to provide the... READ MORE

  • The Purpose of an Electrical Permit

    March 28, 2016

    The purpose of an electrical permit is sometimes lost to some property owners. So in case you have also wondered why an electrical permit is so important, allow us to provide some incite. SAFETY – The Canadian Electrical Code sets the standard for the maintenance and installation of electrical equipment in Canada. This Code is published by... READ MORE

  • Windstorm - Blue Crest Electric

    Power lines downed by tree branches

    March 11, 2016

    Today is the perfect time to remind homeowners that tree branches, which span electrical power lines, can cause serious problems. While a beautifully treed yard may have wonderful curb appeal, trees that are not properly maintained may eventually cause problems during a storm. Over hanging branches can snap from the stress of ice, snow or high winds. From a homeowner’s... READ MORE

  • Eye Strain

    Poor Lighting Results in Eye Strain

    February 2, 2016

    Poor lighting, resulting in eye strain, is a common complaint in the work place. But did you know that this can also be a problem at home? The lighting in various task areas of your home such as the kitchen, laundry or bathroom, also needs to be bright enough to work comfortably in. But there is... READ MORE

  • Dangerous Wiring Hidden Behind Walls

    Dangerous wiring, hidden behind the walls, is a common find for a service electrician and can result in anything from a circuit power failure to a residential house fire. This problem is a ticking time bomb as the danger can sometimes lay hidden for years before a failure occurs. A fire requires three things to burn: an... READ MORE

  • Stormy Weather - Blue Crest Electric

    Stormy Weather may trip GFCI Protection

    December 8, 2015

    Our recent stormy weather seems to have tripped the GFCI protection in some Lower Mainland homes. This is usually an easy fix and a simple exercise that should be done periodically anyway. On the receptacle, press TEST, then RESET, and correct power should be restored. It’s always a good idea to test and reset GFCI’s... READ MORE

  • Electrical Safety For The Holidays

    November 26, 2015

      Every year fire departments across the Lower Mainland are called out to homes, set ablaze by faulty or over loaded electrical wiring, or malfunctioning holiday decorations. It is heartbreaking to hear about yet another family left homeless during what is supposed to be the most joyous time of year. In their enthusiasm to celebrate... READ MORE

  • Squirrel in Attic - Blue Crest Electric

    Uninvited Guests in the Walls or Attic

    October 27, 2015

    As winter approaches and the temperatures start to drop, birds fly south, large animals hole up to hibernate and smaller animals look for warm cozy places to escape the weather. Occasionally homeowners find themselves playing host to small uninvited guests who have chosen to ride out the winter in the attic or walls of their home.  Rodent damage... READ MORE

  • Mobile Home - Blue Crest Electric

    Mobile Home – Silver Label Re-certification

    September 3, 2015

    Re-certification for Mobile or Manufactured Homes Just like all homes built in Canada, a manufactured home must meet very specific safety standards before it can be sold to the public. An electrical design plan, specific to each manufacturer, series and model, must be registered and approved before production can begin. The manufacturer may not deviate... READ MORE

  • Electrical Outlet Testing

    Electrician Versus Handyman

    July 15, 2015

    When called in to make a repair, our electricians frequently hear the following comment, “but the handyman said he could do it.” This tells us that homeowners may not be aware of some very important information. Electrical (like Plumbing and Gas Fitting) is a Red Seal Accredited trade. This means that all electrical installations, repairs... READ MORE

  • High Bills - Blue Crest Electric

    Ways To Reduce The Electric Bill

    With the cost of electricity climbing higher every year, homeowners are looking for ways to shave a few dollars off that utility bill. Here are some things you can do to reduce the cost and amount of energy consumption in your home. Install timers so bath fans don’t run unnecessarily, “an hour per shower” is... READ MORE

  • Red Extension Cord - Blue Crest Electric

    Extension Cords

    Which Extension Cord Do I Buy? Occasionally our electricians are asked about the use and safety of extension cords in and around the home or business. Because of the extensive choice available on the hardware store shelf, it may be a confusing decision as to which one to buy. I am reminded of a customer whose... READ MORE