Household electrical problems are well known to pose a hazard to families. Having regular electrical inspections is vital to ensure a home’s electrical safety. In Canada, the maintenance of such safety requires prompt electrical inspection services. Before commencing with such provisions, a homeowner needs to know the costs, and even get wind of the feasibility of DIY electrical repairs in line with inspection schedules.
This guide provides an idea of what it would cost to have electrical problems fixed in Canada. The price information is based on the average Canadian inspection and repair fees. With the information provided, a homeowner can make a reasonable choice as to whether or not it is cost-effective to repair a home’s electrical systems. The prices provided should only be considered as a guide, as they may considerably vary based on location, repair expert, and other factors.
How Much Do Electricians Charge on Average?
In Canada, the average electrician charges about C$408 for inspection and repairs of a home’s electrical system. Depending on the type of existing fault, the price could range from C$207 to C$649. Some electricians charge as low as $103, especially if the fault is minor, somewhere close to a DIY approach. For severe electrical problems, the cost could be a little over $1,000.
When it comes to DIY electrical work, the homeowner can expect to spend about C$50 to C$75 on a simple home electrical problem. But then again, this approach makes the individual fully responsible for the outcome, including potential risks and reoccurrence. DIY electrical work is not recommended unless a homeowner has advanced knowledge of the electrical field and has enough time to execute the project properly.
It is always better to get professional help, as the electrician has the right tools and skills to do the job right in one take. In addition, it is usually less expensive to repair a faulty electrical component than install a new one.
Electrical Costs by the Hour
It is typical to charge based on per hour. This means that the initial cost of the electrical repair or installation will be the largest part of the overall bill. Some licensed electricians add all potential expenses to create a comprehensive quote. Such costing could include supplies, travel expenses, and additional services. Whichever is the case, the hourly rate falls between C$65 and C$130.
Other factors that impact this range include the electrical project size, experience, distance, location, and accessibility. A consultation typically precedes the project, of which a client could pay within the same range specified above. Other times, the fees could skyrocket to C$195, but then only applicable to the first consultation hour. The reasons behind this high cost are expenses associated with travel, sourcing of parts, and more.
It isn’t uncommon to come across a professional that will include a no-show fee in the quote. This is meant to ensure that there is no conflict of interest should the client fail to show up.
Cost of Labour for Electrical Repairs
Depending on the service type and the technician’s license, labour could ramp up the hourly or entire project’s cost. Off-duty (holidays, weekends, and the likes) or emergency repair services could cost as high as C$260 per hour. This fee excludes additional expenses, such as travel.
Homeowners are advised to get a better estimate first before making an offer. An ideal budget will cater to potential services needed, time, and other costs to know what to expect from labour and equipment. Another important consideration is to know the type of license the professional has. This could either be Journeyman or Master.
The former has a considerable amount of knowledge and experience in the electrical field but can’t be compared to the former. A journeyman electrician charges an hourly average of C$71. The first hour will set a homeowner back by, at least, C$84, which is the same price as that of an apprentice. A master electrician, on the other hand, can charge about C$129, with the first hour hovering around C$195.
Electrical Repair Cost Based on Tasks
A service visit may involve the following common electrical repairs. These will help with the breakdown of what homeowners should expect from a professional in the field.
Home Automation Device Installation
This process entails installing home control devices that allow homeowners to control lighting, heating, and other aspects of home comfort. The installation can cost C$1,500. For this type of project, a DIY approach is never an option, except the homeowner is well-versed in this area.
An electrical wiring project is required where existing electrical panels and circuits need to be upgraded or altered in terms of size and capacity. This is an arduous task that will require professional help, and expect to pay a one-off price tag of between C$1,500 and C$5,000.
Generator Repair or Installation
Generators are usually used as a last resort in the event of a power outage when alternative options are exhausted. An appliance technician may need to perform some basic repairs to a generator’s internal components, which could cost about C$325. If the homeowner elects to purchase a new generator, the installation cost may range from C$1,290 to C$7,800.
Installing a new outlet is one of the more straightforward home improvement projects. Most residential properties will have the option of having more than one in-ground outlet installed, and this can cost between C$100 and C$200 per unit. Outlet replacement could range from $15 to $25. Adding a split cooking circuit could cost as much as C$300.
Light Fixture and Fan Installation
Light fixtures are an easy project that can cost between C$45 and C$70. Installing an LED replacement fixture could run as much as C$300. Likewise, the installation cost for fans could range from C$300 to C$750, depending on the type (attic or ceiling).
The Bottom Line
A home’s electrical system is an important part of the overall operation of one’s property. Without a properly installed and maintained system, the home can be a fire hazard. Even when that isn’t the case, the property’s value and energy efficiency can dwindle. With the right electrician on board, a homeowner can save thousands of dollars.