Electrical Services

in Saint John, NB

With home and business owners consuming more and more energy every year, it’s often necessary to upgrade your electrical service to accommodate the extra demand. Air conditioners alone use more power than entire households did 30 years ago. And if you’re running a business or an institution, the need for reliable energy becomes all the more crucial. In order for your electrical equipment to function at its optimal capacity, it is absolutely essential to heavy-up, or upgrade your electrical service. And Lloyd Francis Electrical Inc. is a leading provider of such services in Saint John, NB.

Efficient, Dependable Electricians

At Lloyd Francis Electrical Inc., we’ve developed a time- and cost-efficient electrical service upgrade process, which includes:

  • Permit acquirement
  • Removal of all existing equipment
  • Installation of new equipment such as cables and circuit breakers
  • Post-installation inspection and cleanup

Whether you need residential or commercial service, we can arrange for your upgrade. So when you need an electrical contractor you can count on, turn to Lloyd Francis Electrical Inc. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us today.

Residential Services

We offer several residential services including, Knob & Tube, Aluminum, Renovation & More

Service Upgrades

we specialize in residential services for older homes. An older electrical system may not provide the capacity required for modern living. 

Commercial Services

We offer a wide range of commercial electrical services

Commercial Services

Our list of services includes, but is not limited to:

  • Wiring new office construction
  • Installation of emergency lights, and smoke detectors
  • Systems wiring for office and store lighting
  • Lighting upgrades
  • Installation of signs
  • Office furniture
  • Dedicated circuits (printer, copier, server)
  • Isolated ground circuits
  • Lighting Contractors
  • Conduit for data systems
  • Panels and distribution equipment
  • Air conditioning power
  • Installation and hook up of Heat Pumps
  • Electric Furnace installation
  • Property Maintenace
  • And more

Residential Services

Services

We offer a wide range of residential services for older and new homes.

Knob & Tube Wiring
Did you know that more than 1.5 million Canadian homes were built with knob and tube wiring? It was an early form of electrical wiring that was used up to 1945.

What exactly is knob and tube?
Knob and tube wiring was the earliest standardized method of electrical wiring in buildings. It consisted of single insulated copper conductors run across interior walls or within ceiling cavities, passing through joist and stud drill-holes via protective porcelain insulating tubes, and supported along their length on nailed-down porcelain knob insulators.

Why should I replace the knob and tube wiring in my home?
Homeowners should have any active knob and tube wiring replaced and brought up to code for safety. Most insurance companies will not cover you if you still have knob and tube in your homes. Lloyd Francis Electrical recommends the removal and replacement of all knob and tube wiring to upgrade to current electrical standards.

Lloyd Francis Electrical can do this inspection for you and provide an expert opinion on replacement of your knob and tube.

How long does it take to replace the wiring?
A typical replacement for a full house will take approximately 2 weeks. During this time, there will only be a short span of no more than 2-4 hours when the home will be without power. Lloyd Francis Electrical will fully disconnect and remove (where accessible) the knob & tube wiring and replace it with a modern electrical system.

What else should I be aware of?
As a homeowner, you should have the peace of mind that your electrical system is safe. If you decide to replace your knob and tube, you should be aware that in some cases Lloyd Francis Electrical may need to cut into some ceilings and walls. This will mean that you may have to some minor repair work to be done. Our goal is to contribute the minimum necessary damage to your walls and ceilings.

To better understand how much repair work is involved, contact us for a free consultation.

Aluminum Wiring

Most electrical wiring is copper. In the early 1960’s the price of copper began to rise and aluminum wiring was commonly used for residences from the late-1960s through the mid-1970s. There are several million homes in Canada with aluminum branch circuit wiring.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF ALUMINUM WIRE FAILURE?
Signs of trouble in aluminum wiring systems include warm-to-the-touch face plates on outlets or switches, flickering lights, circuits that don’t work, or the smell of burning plastic at outlets or switch. Unfortunately, not all failing aluminium wired connections provide such easily detected warning signs; aluminium wired connections have been reported to fail without any prior indications or problems and these are the same symptoms found in problems with copper wiring. If you detect any of these symptoms, call Lloyd Francis Electrical Electrical immediately for a complimentary consultation.

WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL RISKS WITH ALUMINUM WIRING?
There is no problem with the aluminium wire itself within the walls; the problem is at the connection points. First, aluminium expands and contracts more than copper when it heats and cools. This can cause fasteners to loosen. More importantly, aluminium oxidizes easily and the oxide is a poor conductor. This causes overheating at the connection points (the main source of trouble). A further problem with some aluminium wire is fatigue. The wire becomes brittle and breaks if bent back and forth only a few times. Do not pull outlets and switches out of the wall to examine them yourself. Lloyd Francis Electrical can conduct an assessment of any potential risks and upgrade any problematic wiring that might be found.

These problems can create overheating and arcing at connection points which have led to fires resulting in injury and deaths. Research shows that homes wired with aluminium wire manufactured before 1972 are 55 times more likely to have one or more connections reach “Fire Hazard Conditions” than are homes wired with copper. “Post 1972″aluminium wire is also a concern. A change in the aluminium wire alloys in 1972 did not solve all of the problems.

Problems with connections are not normally visible on the faceplate. You need to check every connection throughout the house to know if a hidden problem is lurking somewhere (this is not included in a standard home inspection). Even if the home inspector does not report any other problems with the aluminium wiring it is prudent to consult with a licensed electrician who is thoroughly familiar with aluminium wiring problems for a more extensive evaluation. A standard home inspection is only a first step in reducing risk.

WHAT IS THE METHOD OF CORRECTION? 
Currently, only two solutions have been recommended. The first and the most sound solution is to replace the aluminium wiring with copper. The second solution uses a special connector to splice a short piece of copper wire (called a pig-tail) between the aluminium wire and the electrical device (receptacle, switch, light, etc.). Proper use of this method requires specialized training, and Lloyd Francis Electrical Contracting has years of experience in correcting aluminium wire failure.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REPLACE THE WIRING?
A typical replacement for a full house will take approximately 2 weeks. During this time, there will only be a short span of no more than 2-4 hours when the home will be without power. Lloyd Francis Electrical will fully disconnect and remove (where accessible) the aluminium wiring and replace it with a modern electrical system.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I BE AWARE OF?
As a homeowner, you should have the peace of mind that your electrical system is safe. If you decide to replace your aluminium, you should be aware that in some cases Lloyd Francis Electrical may need to cut into some ceilings and walls. This will mean that you may have to some minor repair work to be done. Our goal is to contribute the minimum necessary damage to your walls and ceilings.

Renovations & Other Services

Lloyd Francis Electrical can assist with any type of residential renovation whether you are building an extension to your home, renovating your basement, kitchen or bathroom, or installing pot lights in your condo. Need some new lighting for your deck or pool contact us for your Quote. We can do a lighting assessment to

Services that we offer include:

  • Electrical system (service panel) upgrades
  • Lighting upgrades
  • Knob and tube replacement
  • Electric Furnace installation
  • Motion detected security lighting
  • Changing fuses to breakers
  • Installation of receptacles for appliances (stoves, microwaves, washer/dryer)or cord end changes
  • Installation of ceiling fans
  • Systems wiring for outdoor lighting
  • Aluminium wiring replacement
  • Corrective wiring – Repairs or upgrades to comply with current code requirements
  • Installation of decorative or accent lighting (wall sconces, pot lights)
  • Systems wiring for smoke detectors
  • Outside GFCI circuiting and receptacles
  • Wiring for pool lighting, pumps and equipment
  • Landscape lighting
  • Electric heat
    And more…

Heat Pump installation

We now offer heat pump installation for all brands and we also sell and install all models of NOVAIR Heat pumps.

Each NOVAIR unit has:

  • 10 year warranty on parts, available extended 10 year warranty on labour.
  • Advanced DC inverter control for the compressor, outdoor fan motor & indoor fan motor.
  • Cooling Down To -20 Degrees Celsius & heating down to -30 Degrees Celsius assures operation year-round.
  • Self-diagnosis function continuously monitors the operation of the air conditioner & protects the system.
  • Refrigerant leakage detection can prevent the compressor being damaged by leakage or compressor overload.
  • The active Carbon filter ensures excellent performance to remove odour, pollen & ammonia.
  • The heating belt fitted on the base plate of the outdoor unit avoids the accumulation of rain, snow or defrosted water.
  • Hydrophilic aluminium fins of the indoor units improve the heat exchange efficiency in cooling & heating mode.
  • The crankcase heater wrapped around the compressor assures safe start at very low outdoor temperature.
  • Precise Electronic Expansion valve fitted in the outdoor unit secures an optimal operation in any ambient condition.
  • With the Auto-restart function, the unit resumes with the same settings before the electric power failure.
  • Environment friendly R410A refrigerant.
  • Infrared remote control RM 52 included.

Smart Home installation

We now offer smart home installation, offering a veriety of packages that include:

  • 24/7 intrusion monitoring
  • Heat/smoke monitoring
  • Cellular connection
  • Email and text alerts
  • Fluent Home App
  • 2-way voice
  • Remote arm/disarm
  • Lifetime Warranty

As well we have upgraded packages that include:

  • Video surveillance
  • Smart door locks
  • Smart lighting
  • Smart garage door
  • Video doorbell
  • Smart thermostat
  • Smart water-valve

Service Upgrades

Lloyd Francis Electrical Inc. specializes in residential services for older homes. An older electrical system may not provide the capacity required for modern living. Electrical capacity can be easily be increased by installing a larger incoming service and adding a larger panel board. New and existing circuits can then be fed through the new panel. This includes service panel upgrades such as 100amp, 200amp and 400amp.

Lloyd Francis Electrical Inc. can inspect your existing electrical system and provide an expert opinion on upgrading your electrical capacity. Contact us for your free quote!

Lloyd Francis Electrical  Inc. also offers these other residential services:

  • Electrical system (service panel) upgrades
  • Changing fuses to breakers
  • Installation of receptacles for appliances (stoves, microwaves, washer/dryer)
  • Installation of ceiling fans
  • Systems wiring for outdoor lighting
  • Aluminum wiring replacement
  • Corrective wiring – Repairs or upgrades to comply with current code requirements
  • Installation of decorative or accent lighting (wall sconces, pot lights)
  • Systems wiring for smoke detectors
  • Outside GFCI circuiting and receptacles
  • Wiring for pool lighting, pumps and equipment
  • Motion detected security lighting
  • Landscape lighting
  • Electric heat
  • Electric Furnace installation
  • Knob and tube replacement
    and more….

Contact us

for more information about our services.