• Electrical Design – Electrical design entails planning, creating, testing or supervising the development and installation of electrical equipment, including lighting equipment, power systems, power distribution, fire and life safety systems, electronic components and voice and data communications infrastructure. Typically, workers in this field are electrical engineers with bachelor’s or even master’s degrees in electrical engineering.
• Load Calculation – A calculated load in electrical terminology is the sum of all of the loads that are connected to a system. To size a service distribution for a home all of the connected loads have to be calculated in. Some loads can be derated as per the electrical code. When the total amperage is calculated from the sum of all of the loads, the wire size and distribution can be sized to handle the calculated load.
• Panel Upgrades – When to Upgrade Or Replace? This information will help you make a decision. There are two main reasons you should upgrade your panel.
The panel is too small and not keeping up with your electrical needs.
The panel is unsafe and is at risk of causing a fire or causing an electrical shock.
• Surge Protection – You might have plug-in surge protectors on some of your electronics, but you probably don’t have them for appliances with electronic circuit boards. Those electronics are sitting ducks for power surges generated by lightning strikes (even if the strike is miles from your home). Most newer appliances, cable boxes, exercise machines and that new Bose Wave are all at risk. And it’s not just lightning. Damaging power surges on the grid are common even when there isn’t lightning around. It doesn’t take much of a power surge to wipe out delicate electronics. It often costs as much to replace a circuit board as it does to buy a new device.
• Commercial Installation – If you are a owner or builder who is planning to remodel or develop a commercial property, we can help you formulate the best construction plan. Our certified electrical experts can help you determine exactly what electrical wires and equipment need to be installed, as well as where to place those wires and pieces of equipment.
• Residential Wiring – Residential wiring is defined as any wiring or electrical system used in a home or its surrounding areas. The wiring process is fairly time consuming and requires planning for the varying power needs of electronics and appliances. In a home, the wiring system includes outlets, the main panel and meter base, and it is essential that all pieces are installed and function together properly to keep the home safe. With this in mind, hiring a professional is usually best to ensure that the process is completed safely and to code.
• Expert Troubleshooting and Repair – So What is troubleshooting? It is the process of analyzing the behavior or operation of a faulty circuit to determine what is wrong with the circuit. It then involves identifying the defective component(s) and repairing the circuit. Depending on the type of equipment, troubleshooting can be a very challenging task. What makes an expert Troubleshooter? One trait of expert troubleshooters is that they are able to find virtually any fault in a reasonable amount of time. Easy faults, complicated faults, they find them all. Another trait is that they typically replace only the components that are defective.
• New Home Wiring – Wiring a new home used to mean running home electrical wiring and home telephone wiring. A modern home needs more than just electrical wiring and telephone outlets on every wall. New home wiring also includes home networking, video distribution, home theater and whole house audio wiring. When building a new home it is important to lay the proper communication and entertainment infrastructure with category-rated cabling that meet todays needs, while laying the groundwork for the whole house media system of the future.
• T.I’s – The real estate definition of Leasehold improvements, also known as tenant improvements (TI), are the customized alterations a building owner makes to rental space as part of a lease agreement, in order to configure the space for the needs of that particular tenant. These include changes to walls, floors, ceilings, lighting, and outlets, among others.
• Electrical Code Corrections – Electric code violations pose potentially serious safety hazards for SD-area residents and should be addressed quickly by a qualified electrician. Issues can pop up for a variety of reasons—old equipment, material damage, even an unskilled contractor performing the job improperly. Fortunately, if you need code corrections for any electrical systems in your building, you can call MTrac Electric! Our team of licensed electricians understand National Electric Codes forward and back, and we can get you up to code quickly to improve the safety and security of your building.
• Home Automation Systems – Home automation is the use of one or more computers to control basic home functions and features automatically and sometimes remotely. An automated home is sometimes called a smart home.
Home automation can include the scheduling and automatic operation of water sprinkling, heating and air conditioning, window coverings, security systems, lighting, and food preparation appliances. Home automation may also allow vital home functions to be controlled remotely from anywhere in the world using a computer connected to the Internet. Besides the functions already mentioned, remote control can be extended to telephones and answering machines, fax machines, amateur radios and other communications equipment, and home robots such as automatic vacuum cleaners.
• Home Theaters – also commonly called home cinema or home theatre, refers to home entertainment systems that seek to reproduce a movie theater experience and mood using video and audio equipment in or outside a private home. As of 2015, system users typically use a large projected image from a video projector or a large flat-screen high-resolution HDTV screen, a movie or other video content on a DVD or high-resolution Blu-ray disc, which is played on a DVD player or Blu-ray player, with the audio augmented with five or more surround sound speakers and a low-frequency subwoofer.
• Home Appliance Wiring – It’s not as simple as plugging something into an outlet to get it to work. The bigger home appliances like microwaves and washers and dryers require a lot of power to function; therefore, it’s necessary to have dedicated circuits for these household items so your electrical system doesn’t overload. The licensed electricians at MTrac Electric will be able to install dedicated circuits and wire your home appliances to keep your electrical service running smoothly.
• Electric Heat – Electric heating has several advantages when compared to gas or oil furnaces and boilers. These include:
– The temperature can be controlled easily room by room or zone by zone.
– Electric heating systems are generally less expensive to purchase and install than others.
– If several space heaters are used, the house will not be thrown into a no-heat condition by the failure of one unit.
– Electric heat is quick to respond.
– Electric heat is clean (at least from the homeowner’s perspective).
– Electric heat can be added on a localized basis to heat specific cool areas.
– Electric heat can take up less space in the house than other conventional systems (assuming space heaters are used).
– There is no chimney, so there is no off-cycle loss when the system is at rest.
– The system is safe because there is no combustion process. There is no chance of flames starting a fire or having combustion products contaminate the air.
– Electric heat can be very quiet.
– In most electric heating systems, there are few moving parts.
• Sub Panels – An electrical sub-panel, also known as a service sub-panel or circuit breaker sub-panel, acts as a waypoint between the main service panel and branch circuits further down the line.
In essence, an electrical subpanel can be thought of as a mini service panel. Its basic structure is the same as a service panel, with a main feeder wire leading into bus bars and circuit breakers. Branch wire circuits lead off of the circuit breakers into various parts of the house.
Note that a circuit breaker subpanel does not provide additional electricity to the house; it is feeding off of the main service panel.
There are 2 major reasons why you might want to install a circuit breaker sub-panel: – If the main service panel does not have enough space to hold circuit breakers for the new circuits that you intend to install. The circuit breaker sub-panel can, in a sense, create new space for circuit breakers, but in a physically separate location.
– For the sake of clarity and separation of service. Usually, a circuit breaker subpanel will service one separate area that has a discrete function, such as a kitchen, shop, office, or addition. By installing a circuit breaker subpanel, you make it clear which circuit breakers and branch circuits apply to which parts of the house. It is easy to segregate the duties of all of the branch circuits by keeping them sequestered within the circuit breaker subpanel area.
• Complete Rewires – also called wiring upgrade can be messy and expensive, but there are times when it’s necessary to protect the safety, convenience, and value of your home.
The lights come on when you flip the switch, the TV works, and the refrigerator keeps food cold. That means the electrical wiring must be fine, right? Not necessarily. There may be times, especially if your house is more than 40 years old, when you need to upgrade electrical wiring for safety, or because the existing wiring no longer meets your family’s power needs.
Rewiring can be a messy and expensive proposition, but with a little upfront planning you can minimize the disruptions and even turn the job into an opportunity to add features that will increase the value of your home.
Safety issues with older wiring
Faulty wiring is the leading cause of residential fires, according to a 2009 study by the National Fire Prevention Association. And the older your house is, the greater the chances that the wiring might be outdated or unsafe.
Old wiring—even knob and tube wiring that dates back to the early 20th century—isn’t inherently dangerous, but unless you were around when the house was built, you can’t be sure the electrical system is up to code. Plus, materials such as wire insulation can deteriorate over time.
If you don’t know when your wiring was last inspected, it’s worth paying a licensed electrician to give it a once-over, especially if you have any of these warning signs:
– Breakers that trip or fuses that blow repeatedly
– A tingling sensation when you touch an appliance
– Flickering or dimming lights
– A persistent burning smell from a room or appliance
– Warm, discolored, or sparking outlets
– Two-prong ungrounded outlets throughout the house
No ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets in kitchens, baths, and other areas exposed to moisture.
Another reason to consider upgrading is that some carriers refuse to insure houses with older wiring, or charge owners higher premiums.
• 240 Volt Circuits
• Air Condition Wiring
• Hot Tubs Wiring
• Additional Circuits
• Control Circuits