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Defect of the Month Archives

Each month, ESA publishes detailed information on a common defect found by ESA Inspectors over the last year.

 

2017

December 2017 – ESA Inspectors have issued over 1,100 defects related to tamper-resistant receptacles.

26-712(g) Tamper-resistant Receptacles

November 2017 – ESA Inspectors have issued over 1,900 defects related to GFCI requirements.

26-700(11) GFCI Receptacle Requirements

October 2017 – ESA Inspectors have issued over 1,700 defects regarding missing cover plates and unused openings in electrical enclosures.

Unused Openings and Missing Cover Plates

September 2017 – ESA Inspectors have issued over 1,700 defects regarding Receptacle Polarity.

Receptacle Polarity

August 2017 – ESA Inspectors have issued over 4,000 defects regarding non-metallic sheathed cable.

Installation of non-metallic-sheathed cable

July 2017 – ESA Inspectors have issued over 1, 200 defects regarding branch circuits for dwelling units.

26-722 Branch circuits for dwelling units

June 2017 – ESA Inspectors have issued over 5,500 defects regarding the use of approved equipment.

Use of Approved Equipment -- Rule 2-034

May 2017 – ESA Inspectors have issued over 500 defects regarding the bonding of non-carrying metal parts of pools.

Bonding of non-current-carrying metal parts of pools

April 2017 – ESA Inspectors have issued over 1,800 defects regarding the bonding of non-electrical equipment.

Bonding of Non-Electrical Equipment – Rule 10-406

March 2017 – ESA Inspectors have issued over 27,000 defects related to Rule 2-004 of the inspection process.

Rule 2-004 Application for Inspection

February 2017 – ESA Inspectors have issued over 2,000 defects regarding the installation of aluminum wiring.

Aluminum wiring – Rule 12-118 Violations

January 2017 – ESA Inspectors have issued over 9,000 defects regarding the maintenance of electrical equipment.

Maintenance of Electrical Equipment

2015-2016

ESA inspectors have issued more than 200 defects related to Rule 2-010 and plan reviews. 

December 2016 - Plan review – Rule 2-010

ESA inspectors have issued more than 1,800 defects related to Rule 10-406 and the bonding of non-electrical equipment. 

November 2016 - Bonding of Non-Electrical Equipment

ESA inspectors have issued more than 2,000 defects related to aluminium wiring installations, many in violation of Rule 12-118.

October 2016 - Aluminum Wiring Installations

ESA inspectors have issued over 5,700 defects related to Rule 2-034 and the use of approved equipment.

September 2016 - Use of Approved Equipment

ESA inspectors have issued over 27,000 defects related to Rule 2-004 and the inspection process. 

August 2016 - Rule 2-004 Application for Inspection

ESA inspectors have identified over 1,600 defects regarding missing cover plates and unused opening in electrical enclosures.

May 2016 - Unused opening and missing cover plates

ESA inspectors have identified over 2,000 defects regarding reversed receptacle polarity.

April 2016 – Receptacle Polarity

ESA inspectors have identified nearly 9,000 defects regarding the maintenance of electrical equipment.

March 2016 – Maintenance of Electrical Equipment

ESA inspectors have identified more than 10,000 defects related to the installation of non-metallic-sheathed cables (NMSC).

February 2016 -- Installation of non-metallic-sheathed cable

ESA inspectors have identified more than 1,400 defects related to the requirement for arc fault protection of receptacles. Arc faults are a leading cause of fires in homes.

January 2016 -- 26-722 Branch circuits for dwelling units

ESA inspectors identified more than 4,000 defects related to the marking of electrical equipment.

December 2015 -- Equipment Marking

ESA inspectors identified more than 3,000 defects related to the below GFCI requirements.

November 2015 – GFCI Receptacles

More than 1,400 defects written for Tamper-Resistant Receptacles last year. Learn more below.

September/October 2015 – Tamper-Resistant Receptacles