Thea Miller

What Is a GFCI Outlet and Why are They Needed?

What Is a GFCI Outlet and Why are They Needed?

A GFCI outlet, or Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter, is an outlet that detects tiny electrical leaks that would not necessarily cause a circuit breaker to trip, effectively breaking the circuit and preventing electric shocks.

Why Do My Breakers Keep Tripping?

Why Do My Breakers Keep Tripping?

Breakers tripping can feel like a nuisance, but they are trying to tell you something. At first, you might think there is something wrong with the breaker, but this is actually the least likely cause of breakers tripping. The fact is, when breakers trip they are doing their job to protect you from harm.

What’s Involved in Completing a Service Upgrade?

What’s Involved in Completing a Service Upgrade?

The first important thing to understand is that there are three parties involved in service upgrades – you, an electrical contractor, and BC Hydro. Knowing where to start can feel a bit daunting, but never fear, there are only four main steps needed to get the job done.

Can I Speak to An Electrician?

Can I Speak to An Electrician?

It’s often the case that when you call an electrical contractor you will be speaking with an actual electrician. But on the other hand, if it’s a good-size company, this is pretty unlikely. That doesn’t mean the person answering doesn’t know anything. Chances are they know quite a lot and might even be able to answer some basic questions.

Upgraded service

Upgraded service

Upgraded service to 200amps on the customer’s pole with meter base and disconnect. Then underground to house. Just waiting for the connection now.

Yes, We Can !

Yes, We Can !

We are so excited to see the We Can we wired in place at Maple Pool. With two days to occupancy volunteers are working hard to get the covered deck done. So proud to be part of this important project.

Renovations

Renovations

Full re-wiring or partial renovations. Inside our out, we can handle it.

New Services & Upgrades

New Services & Upgrades

New builds or renovations. We can help you get the electrical service you need.

Installations

Installations

Light fixtures, heating systems, outlets, hood fans, exhaust fans, hot tubs, back-up generators, etc. You name it! We can install it.

24 Hour Emergency Service

24 Hour Emergency Service

When you need emergency service, whether after hours, on the weekends, and even on holidays, Barr Electric is commited to being there to help.

Who We Are

Who We Are

Barr Electric Company is an electrical contractor located in the Comox Valley, BC, founded in 1987. We are committed to “Doing it Right!” which defines how we approach the work that we do and how we operate.

Doing it Right! – Not Just a Catchy Slogan

Doing it Right! – Not Just a Catchy Slogan

Companies have slogans or tag lines for their businesses meant to describe in just a few words, what their core values are. They usually sound catchy and pleasing, but for us, at Barr Electric, our slogan is our promise to you – our valued customers.

Electrical Safety Inspections For Your Home

Electrical Safety Inspections For Your Home

With the recent uptick in home sales in the Comox Valley we at Barr Electric have had an increasing number of calls regarding electrical inspections. We have performed many of these inspections for a variety of reasons, including: to determine whether mistakes have been made in an installation, to assess whether devices and wiring have deteriorated and require replacement, to ensure the electrical service is the right size or amperage for your needs, and to identify old, possibly hazardous systems still in place, such as aluminum wiring or knob and tube wiring.

Why Does My Electrician Have to Leave to Go Shopping?

Why Does My Electrician Have to Leave to Go Shopping?

Why did the electrician have a look at our project and then leave to go shopping? Why doesn’t s/he have the materials needed in the van? Why didn’t s/he get the needed items on the way to my house?

We get these questions a lot. And the answer is simple. Or is it?

We Are Open!

We Are Open!

With everything that is going on, customers are having trouble finding electricians who are still working. So we just wanted to let everyone know that we are open and ready to help you with your project. Just give us a ding-a-ling or pop us an email and we will be there to schedule one of our fabulous journeyman electricians. Just a reminder that if you need us to come inside your home or office, we will be practicing physical distancing, will need to wash our hands in your facilities, and may be wearing gloves at times.