Residential

Entrust your home to us, your local electrical experts.

Need electrical repairs or renovations?

We’re here to help. Our team of licensed and insured electricians can help improve your home’s electrical system, regardless of your needs. Each member of our staff is highly-skilled and experienced, so you can feel confident in the advice and service they offer.

Building a new home?

Trust your new wiring to us. As part of your building team, we have the expertise to design and install your home’s electrical system.

Kraun Electric aims to provide comprehensive, responsive service in every circumstance. We’re available for all of your electrical needs – no job is too small!

We want to ensure customer care and safety above all else. That’s why we also offer 24-hour emergency service. If you need immediate repairs, we’ll be there.

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Panel Upgrades

Panel upgrades are a great way to add convenience and safety to the wiring in your home.

Old-fashioned fuse panels don’t meet the same safety standards as modern circuit breaker panels, making them more susceptible to circuit overloads and electrical fires if improperly maintained. In the last 50 years, the way we live in and use our houses have changed substantially, requiring more of your old, tired panel. Today’s panels, on the other hand, are built to support the technology in your home.

Why should I upgrade my fuse panel?

  • Added ability to add new safety technology, such as arc-fault breakers and GFCI breakers that are now part of the electrical safety code for all modern homes in Ontario.
  • Eliminate doubled-up circuits
  • Eliminate the need to replace fuses (this also eliminate the risk of installing a wrong-sized fuse))
  • Capacity to add additional circuits in the future
  • Increase the resale value of your home

Interior & Exterior Lighting

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Lighting adds safety, character, and ambience to your home. Typically, work areas require stronger, uniform lighting, while resting areas (such as living rooms and bedrooms) often look best with multiple, smaller lights.

Kraun Electric specializes in a variety of lighting systems, and can help you install the perfect fixtures for each area of your home.

When it comes to interior lighting, there are many options for improvement:

  • Use soft lighting to creating a relaxing atmosphere
  • Highlight specific areas of a room for a more dramatic feel
  • Add lighting beneath kitchen cabinets for better visibility while cooking
  • Create more options for the dining room’s mood with a dimmer switch

Exterior lighting also offers you more ways to enjoy your home:

  • Well-lit outdoor spaces increase safety and security
  • Energy efficient lighting easily brightens walkways
  • LED soffit lighting makes your home stand out

Whatever you want to achieve with your lighting fixtures, our electricians can accomplish it. Simply contact us, and we’ll work with you to find the right solution.

Aluminum Wiring

Most residential electrical systems have copper wiring. However, some systems still have aluminum wiring installed. While properly-installed and maintained aluminum wiring isn’t necessarily a cause for concern, there are clear differences between aluminum and copper wiring:

  • The biggest problem we find is that people install new, copper-only rated devices (plugs and switches) on aluminum wiring not rated for it. It also requires special anti-oxidizing compound and special wire connectors (marrettes).
  • Aluminum expands more than copper when heated. Routine heating and cooling of aluminum wires can cause them to creep out of place, slipping out of the terminal screws that hold them in place.
  • Aluminum oxidizes differently than copper. At some point, oxides will build up on the wires; however, copper oxides still conduct electricity. Oxidized aluminum does not perform nearly as well.
  • Generally speaking, aluminum is a softer metal, making it more prone to nicks and damage. Those nicks can lead to overheating in the electrical system.

If your home still has aluminum wiring, you have lots of options! While the absolute best option is to rewire the home with copper wiring, you can choose to have repairs or updates made instead. In certain circumstances, we can use a cost-efficient method commonly known as pig-tailing to correct the aluminum wiring. Regardless of your preferred method, we can help. Get in touch with us, and we’ll help you determine the best solution for your home.

Knob and Tube

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From the 1880s to the 1930s, people relied on knob and tube wiring to bring electricity into their homes. Now, homes need greater electrical capacity, which isn’t possible with an outdated system.

Unfortunately, knob and tube wiring just doesn’t meet safety standards anymore. Installing knob and tube wiring didn’t include safety grounding, which creates a risk of electrical shock and fire. Most insurance companies won’t provide coverage for homes with knob and tube wiring, not without fully rewiring your home.

If your home has knob and tube wiring, it’s wise to consider updating your home’s electrical system. The benefits are undeniable, especially when it comes to safety:

  • Your home will have a larger electrical capacity.
  • You can dedicate electrical circuits for certain appliances, which will keep breakers from tripping.
  • We’ll install grounded/bonded receptacles, switches, and light fixtures.
  • Keep children safe with tamper-resistant receptacles.
  • Ground fault circuit interrupters in washrooms and outdoor spaces improve safety.
  • Arc fault circuit interrupters in bedroom receptacle circuits also improve safety.

Each home is unique, so we assess each job on an individual basis. If you’re ready to improve your home’s electrical safety, contact us! As a licensed electrical contractor, we can help you update your home with new and improved safety standards.

Electric Vehicle Charger Installation

Niagara’s Only Tesla-Recommended Home Charging Installer

Did you know there are over 50,000 electric vehicles on Canada’s roads? Or that electric vehicle sales increased 68% last year?

If you’ve recently purchased an electric vehicle, you’ll want to get an Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS) installed in your garage, outside your home, or at your office.

We install all makes of electrical vehicle charging stations for all types of vehicles, including Tesla, Chevrolet Bolt, Hyundai IONIQ, Kia Soul EV, Nissan Leaf and more. Not sure if your electrical panel can handle the newly added charging station? Let one of our Licensed Electricians assess your situation and find the best solution for you. Your requirements will depend on the charging system in the car. Installing the right charger for your car will ensure that you can charge quickly and efficiently. In most cases, you will not need a panel upgrade, but in some high capacity vehicles you may need a panel upgrade to put your vehicle’s charging capabilities to full use.

Benefits of driving an electric vehicle and having a home charging station:

  • Driving an EV means no exhaust contributing harmful pollution into the air – which means it’s better for the environment
  • Electric vehicles have less moving parts than conventional gas cars, meaning less maintenance and servicing costs.
  • No more watching gas prices with fear – EVs have lower fuel costs.
  • Never worry about finding a charging station. Just plug in when you arrive home!

 

“I needed the old knob and tube replaced in my home and I’m glad I gave Kraun Electric a call. Being in the construction business myself I knew what I was looking for and these guys exceeded my expectations. They were on time, their estimate was clear and accurate and the workmanship by Brandon was excellent. They were professional to deal with, cleaned up after themselves, and honestly, I couldn’t have expected more. I would highly recommend Kraun Electric for any of your electrical needs.”

Jeff Mckay