What You Need to Know When Hiring an Electrician

What You Need to Know When Hiring an Electrician

If you need electrical work done, it is important to know what to look for when hiring an electrician. Essentially, you want to find a licensed electrician who has the technical skills to deliver high-quality work, is a pleasure to work with and will deliver you honest service and advice from beginning to completion of the project. 

 

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What Tasks Can I Hire An Electrician For?

An electrician’s job is to plan, install and maintain electrical wiring systems across a wide variety of environments. These may be located in residential homes and commercial buildings, or even large pieces of equipment such as industrial machinery. Like with many specialties there can be huge variation in the paths that licensed electricians take, however there are a few aspects of electrical work that are common to all of them. In general, a typical electrician will:

  • Read electrical, architectural and mechanical diagrams or drawings.
  • Understand electrical specifications and electrical theory to determine job requirements.
  • Plan appropriate layouts for electrical wires and wiring systems.
  • Identify the right electrical equipment for a particular job.
  • Install lighting, power outlets, conduits, cable trays, ladder racks, circuit breakers and emergency lighting.
  • Carry out fault-finding.
  • Test, repair and maintain electrical equipment.
  • Connect electrical equipment and appliances.
  • Install motors and switchboards.
  • Install automated electrical controls.
  • Install voice and data cabling.

 

In addition, electricians are responsible for more specific jobs depending on their specialisations and the project requirements.

 

Looking To Hire An Electrician?

At 73 Electrical, we believe the best electrician will always be on time, and provide prompt personalised service at a fair price.  Just like you, we think any job worth doing is best done properly so we don’t take any shortcuts, meaning you can have peace of mind that the job is done right.

Based in Mount Gravatt East, Brisbane our home electrical services include:

  • maintenance
  • renovations
  • new home installations
  • full home re-wire, including new switchboard
  • ceiling fans
  • air conditioner installation
  • stoves / ovens
  • sensor lighting/security lighting
  • lights / dimmer switches
  • power points (indoor and outdoor weather proof)
  • phone & data cabling
  • fault finding
  • safety switches
  • surge protection
  • garden lighting
  • switchboard upgrades
  • mains upgrades
  • electric hot water systems
  • bathroom heat & exhaust fan systems
  • smoke alarm installation & testing
  • home safety inspections/test & tagging
  • and more.

 

Our licensed, qualified and professional electricians also provide electrical services including for:

 

How Do I Find A Reputable Electrician?

It is important to hire a professional and qualified electrician to help you whenever you have electrical work to be completed in your home or business. Electricity is extremely dangerous and electrical faults can have catastrophic consequences if not properly attended to by a professional electrician.

While you may feel that you are in a position to handle some minor electrical repairs or installations, the situation can easily get out of hand and endanger your life and everyone around you in the process. In fact, electrical faults are responsible for numerous fire accidents in many residential and commercial buildings globally. 

 

Factors To Consider When Hiring An Electrician

  1. Professionalism – It is important to work with someone who maintains high levels of professionalism for the safety of your home or business. You can always tell whether the technician you are about to hire is a professional or not from the moment you contact them. A good electrician will make you feel important without even meeting him/her in person. Take note of how they communicate with you, their attitude, flexibility, integrity, honesty, friendliness, appearance and courteousness among other things. If you’re gut tells you something is off then they might not be the right fit for you.
  2. Qualifications (Certified Electrician) – A good electrician will have the right qualifications and certifications from relevant authorities. It can be tempting to hire someone without any relevant qualifications to save a few dollars. By working with a highly qualified, skilled and certified electrician, you can be rest assured of getting value for your money.
  3. Experience- Besides checking for qualifications and permits among other credentials from an electrician, it is crucial to work with an experienced professional. Hiring inexperienced electricians can have many disadvantages for you. A highly experienced, skilled and well-trained electrician, on the other hand, will ensure that you receive quality work and service. Look for their customer reviews online as well as feedback on their official website or social media pages.
  4. Affordability- Electrical services should be affordable. Consider comparing electrical service charges from various electricians before making your final decision. Bear in mind that cheaper does not mean better and factor in their qualifications and experience. You should be looking for a fair price for the service you require.
  5. Insurance- A professional electrician should be insured. In this line of profession, anything can happen. For your own benefit, you should always insist on hiring an electrician who is fully licensed and insured. 

 

How Does An Electrician Charge?

When it comes to electrical work each property is different but we understand that everyone needs a starting point to be able to work out what things may cost.   That is why, to give you an idea on cost, we are happy to provide you with an estimate for your job over the phone or email.

 

Can I Get A Quote?

When you call 73 Electrical, you will speak with the owner operator, Dennis Vogler, a qualified and fully licenced electrician.  This means you can be sure the information you are being given is right.

We service all areas in Brisbane & the Gold Coast.

When choosing 73 Electrical, you can expect the following:

  • Electrician arriving on time
  • Professional electrical advice
  • Service times to suit you
  • Competitive pricing 
  • And we will even clean up after ourselves!

 

For a full quote on cost we will generally come out and look at what you would like done.  This is a free service and will allow us to provide a more accurate quote for your job.

We welcome any opportunity to beat other quotes to ensure you’re getting the best deal possible for quality electrical work.

To get an estimate on cost, or arrange for a free quote, call Dennis Vogler (owner operator) 0408 753 028 or send us an email .

Contact us for a free quote!

Tip #73.8 Get Appliances Tested Regularly by a Professional

 

DSC_2213-2-favIt’s important to regularly get a qualified and experienced professional to undertake a full inspection of your home or business and test all appliances to ensure they are fully compliant with safety standards. Implementing a regular test and tag program will provide you, your family and employees with the confidence that the building and all electrical appliances within it are as safe as possible.

Most electricians offer a test and tag service and it is beneficial to have all appliances and devices checked at least once a year.  An electrician conducting a test and tag inspection will, test all appliances and devices connected to power and ensure that they are safe.  They will then tag the device/appliance to show when it was tested and that it is safe for use.  Don’t risk having unsafe appliances connected to power at your place, have them checked today.

For information on 73 Electrical services check out our electrical services pages; home, business, rentals.

Tip #73.7 – What to do if your power goes out

There are a number of reasons your power may have gone out.  If you find yourself in the dark here are a couple of things you can check to work out what may be the cause:

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1.  Are you the only property without power? 

Do a quick check to see if your neighbours also have their lights out or whether the street lights are still on.

  • if you neighbours are also affected then it is likely your power outage is caused by a wider power issue.  To see if there is an outage in your suburb you can check the following link https://www.energex.com.au/media-centre/rss-feeds
  • if it appears you are the only property affected then it is best to call an electrician to see what may have occurred and get them to conduct a safety check on your property.

 

 

2. Did your power go out when you used a specific appliance?

If yes, then you have probably tripped one of your safety switches.  This can happen if the device is faulty or there is an issue with your switchboard.

  • If this happens it is best to immediately unplug and not re-use the device until a qualified electrician has checked it.
  • Not sure how to turn a safety switch back on?  Call a qualified electrician to ensure your safety.

 

3.  Did you have multiple appliances all operating at the same time?

If yes, the most likely reason for your power outage is you have over-loaded your switchboard.  To be safe the best course of action would be to contact a qualified electrician to investigate the fault and ensure your property is electrically safe.

If you find yourself in the dark for a while due to a power outage in your area energex have provided the following safety tips on their website.

  • Keep a battery-powered radio with fully charged batteries handy and listen to your local radio station.
  • Access Energex’s website from your smart phone for regular power restoration updates.
  • Turn off and unplug electrical items.
  • Use a torch for light and avoid using candles.
  • Stay clear of wet or damp electrical items. You may need to contact a licensed electrician to determine if safe to use.
  • If you can see or hear something that could help identify the problem, like fallen powerlines or a loud bang, stay well clear and contact Energex immediately.

Tip #73.6 When should you definitely call an electrician?

When working around your home or business, there are certain situations when it’s the phone you should be reaching for, not the screwdriver. These tasks should never be attempted unless you are a qualified electrician:

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  • Wiring any part of your home.
  • Installing lighting or switches.
  • Installing or moving power points.
  • Rearranging electrical wires.
  • Carrying out electrical maintenance.
  • Replacing frayed cords on appliances.

For information on 73 Electrical services check out our electrical services pages; home, business, rentals.

Tip #73.5 What to check before starting work around electricity

DSC_2391-2 favSometimes, contact with electricity can occur unexpectedly, simply because the source is concealed, it is therefore best to check the following before working around electricity:

Turn the power off at your switchboard before drilling into walls, floors and ceilings because there could be concealed electrical wiring. Be particularly careful when drilling around power points and light switches.

Look up and around you. When using ladders or carrying other tall objects, always look out for powerlines and take care to avoid them.
Avoid contact with underground cables. Check your switchboard for a diagram or call ‘Dial Before You Dig’ on 1100.

When painting eaves, replacing or cleaning gutters, avoid getting close to the electrical wires that connect your home to the power poles.
When changing a blown light bulb, make sure the power is off to avoid being harmed by exposed filaments.

Tip #73.4 Electricity safety when doing home maintenance

DSC_0834-favEver used an extension lead when attempting a simple renovation, home handy work, or even just doing the weekly chores?  There are many things we do around the home that we just simply don’t realise could be an electrical risk.  Before picking up your next extension lead make sure to check out the below electrical safety rules:

  • Always use an extension lead that is appropriate for the power loading you need. Check that it has three prongs and is approved to Australian Standards.
  • Extension leads with only two prongs are not ‘earthed’ and are dangerous. If an appliance is faulty, a non-earthed plug can cause power to flow through the body of whoever’s using it, with potentially fatal results.
  • Fully unwind extension leads before you use them so that they don’t run the risk of overheating.
  • When painting around light fittings, don’t remove the light plate as this will expose live wires even when the light is switched off. Mask around it instead.
  • When tiling around light fittings, switches or power points, get a licensed electrician to remove the lights and deactivate any exposed wires before you begin.
  • Safety switches need to be checked regularly to ensure that all power and lighting circuits are protected.
  • Portable power boards with in-built safety switches can be bought from most hardware stores and are recommended for protection when using power tools.

If you are ever unsure about whether what you are about to do is safe it is best to always call an electrician first and ask.  Most electricians will be more than happy to provide advice over the phone to ensure you are safe when working around your home.

Tip #73.3 Avoid piggy-back or double adaptor connections

Electrical overloading can occur if too many cords are connected to outlets designed for only one or two plugs.

DSC_2403-2-favThis is a common mistake that many people make. Just because there are plugs there doesn’t mean that you get to put as many items as possible in that outlet. Be smart about it. If you have an item that takes a lot of wattage, put it on its own outlet; that way, you won’t be overloading or causing problems for other parts of the same circuit. If you have a lot of electrical items, make sure to use high-quality surge protectors in order to keep everything flowing correctly and to prevent problems in case of a surge.  You should always use power boards with in-built safety devices to avoid a power outlet overload.

The best advice is never use more than one double adaptor in a single powerpoint, and don’t piggy back power boards to create more points.  If you need more power outlets get a qualified electrician to come and check your property as you may need a new power circuit installed in your home or business.

Tip #73.2 Safety switches save lives

Not a fan of electric shocks, well safety switches are your insurance against electrocution and are designed to prevent injury or death.

DSC_2468-favSafety switches are mandatory on all power circuits and recommended on lighting circuits.  As a general rule, electrical equipment should only be used when connected to a safety switch.
Safety switches monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit. They automatically shut off the electricity supply when current is detected leaking from faulty switches, wiring or appliances. This stops the chance of current flowing to earth through a person and electrocuting them.

Regular testing of your safety switches by an electrician is a good way to ensure your family or staff’s safety. Keep in mind though that the use of safety switches doesn’t mean you can be less careful when using electricity – you should always consider how you are using electricity in your home or business to ensure it is as safe as possible.  Some further hints on electrical safety are provided in tip #73.3 and #73.4.
Installing a safety switch is an inexpensive safety measure that protects everyone. For more information read the Queensland Government Safety switch saves lives brochure.

Tip #73.1 Smoke alarm batteries should be changed every 12 months.

DSC_0775-2-favIt’s a good idea to pick a memorable day like April Fools Day or show holiday and replace the batteries in your smoke alarm each year on that day.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service also recommend the following:

  • check the battery once a month by pressing the test button, normally found in the middle of the smoke alarm.
  • If cooking smoke sets off the alarm, do not disable it.  Although your instant reaction may be to wave a tea towel near the device to stop it beeping, the best way to silence a smoke alarm is to push the hush button located on the device itself.
  • Keep them clean. Dust and debris can interfere with their operation, so vacuum over and around your smoke alarm regularly.

Smoke alarms wear out over time. They should be replaced prior to the expiry date on the manufacturer’s warranty. You may want to write the purchase date with a marker on the inside of the smoke alarm unit. That way, you’ll know when to replace it.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service recommend that all smoke alarms be replaced after 10 years.

For more smoke alarm tips click here.