Electrical Evaluation Audit Brings Homeowners and Commercial Property Owners Peace of Mind

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An economical visual inspection of electrical “circuit breaker” panels can detect signs of wear and even potential emergencies with the trained eye of licensed electricians of Allstar Electrical.

Allstar Electrical Services, a full-service residential and commercial electrician and electrical construction firm serving Colorado’s Front Range, has instituted an economical new Electrical Evaluation Audit service that brings peace of mind to both homeowners and commercial property owners that their electrical service is safe and operating at a level that best serves the needs of the property.

Gary Stone, president and founder of Allstar Electrical, says the new Electrical Evaluation Audit was launched because homeowners in particular, but also commercial property owners in many cases, have no idea that their electrical service is in a state of disrepair or has just deteriorated with age.

“People call us to install lights or new receptacles and we point out to them that their electrical service panel is dangerously close to breaking down or in need of repair,” says Stone. ”Most people don’t check their electrical box unless a circuit breaks or power to the structure is interrupted. Our audit will either bring peace of mind that everything is ship-shape, or we can recommend repairs and improvements.”

Stone, a licensed Colorado electrician since the 1970s who founded Allstar in 2000, says the biggest potential electrical problem for residential customers is work that has been done over the years by a handyman installing outlets for a kitchen remodel, or new outlets for an entertainment system or any number of remodeling projects, who taps into the electrical panel improperly.

“We see it all the time,” says Stone. “Circuit breakers with the wrong amperage for the circuit, illegal wiring, panels that have been left open and moisture has crept in. The untrained eye simply can’t see the problems.”

In commercial properties the most typical problems to electrical panels are age, weather damage, and overloading of circuits, he adds, and the Allstar Electrical Evaluation Audit can raise any red flags before a service outage shuts down the businesses at the property.

Stone recommends an Electrical Evaluation Audit on any property older than 15 years, or on homes that have undergone remodeling or additions. Electrical codes, he notes, change over time, and with so many new electrical appliances and conveniences coming into common use over the last several years, it is important to ensure a home’s electrical service is up to the modern load demands. Too often, he says, older homes have electrical systems and breaker boxes that wouldn’t be allowed in new construction of the same size.

“Like plumbing, electrical service is one of those conveniences that gets attention only when it breaks down,” says Stone. “Not only is it more expensive and disruptive to deal with an emergency repair, waiting until something bad happens could also lead to more serious consequences. We’d rather get it right before disaster strikes.”

The cost is a flat rate of $150 for homeowners, and varies for commercial property owners depending on the number of electrical panels involved, for a visual inspection of the property’s electrical service box and circuit breaker panel. Allstar’s licensed electricians check for any potential hazards, such as undersized service (e.g. 100 amp versus 200 amp), loose connections, moisture intrusion, worn out or outdated circuit breakers, illegal or out-of-code wiring, and all issues that may affect the safety of the service or its ability to deliver adequate electrical to the structure.

Allstar Electrical personnel can also performs more extensive electrical audits in homes and commercial structures, checking lighting, receptacles and appliance connections for signs of wear or distress. Costs for these services would depend on the size of the structure, says Stone.

Allstar Electrical performs a full range of electrical services for homeowners, commercial and industrial properties, including new construction electrical installation, repair and maintenance, lighting systems, photovoltaic solar systems, and complete remodeling services. For more information on the Electrical Evaluation Audit and all of the firm’s services visit http://www.allstarelectrical.com or call 303-399-7420.        

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