Home Service Electrician in Sydney: The electrical connections in your house are more than just for aesthetics; they also power most of your modern appliances.
Living your life in comfort and safety involves a lot of regular and out-of-routine work. Apart from cleaning your dishes and mowing your lawn one of the legs of your bathroom fittings can have leaks or the sink can get clogged. and if you are willing to do those ‘little jobs’ you can fix them yourself.
Problems arise when the little jobs call for professionals. When the ceiling fan, for example, stops without any power cut or the switch gets hot for no reason you probably would not dare to fix them because the slightest mistake can be life-threatening.
You’ll find several DIY videos and tutorials online on how you can fix basic electrical issues and save money. However, this might result in serious mishaps. You’d better count your life more precious than saving some bucks.
What Do They Do?
There is an array of responsibilities of an electrician. BSK Electrical Service in Sydney, for example, has got some of the most experienced electricians who would take the following responsibilities:
- For a new building, they make the master plan of the entire electrical system keeping every detail (like best ventilation spots, light fixtures and heating outlets) in mind.
- Study the whole building’s diagram and ensure that his electrical blueprint complies well with it.
- For any existing or new buildings, they set up the wiring and install the electrical systems for light, fans and other appliances.
- Their next job is to set up electrical circuits that connect all the electrical components and fixtures. After the primary completion of circuits, they test if there are any breaks or low voltage of electricity within the circuit.
- They install a wide range of control equipment and electrical distribution like switches, relays, circuit breakers etc.
- After completion of the installation process, they are necessarily responsible for the maintenance of the whole system to make sure they stay functional.
- When called for they inspect the specified electrical system for any fault or error and fix the problem. Nowadays they use so many testing devices that make their job fast and easy.
- The modern world is constantly changing. So are electrical systems and products. Every day, newer, safer and more efficient equipment is arriving in the market. A smart electrician has all the news and he offers to upgrade or replacing of the old and outdated systems, circuits and components.
- Finally, they train up new electricians assisting them in their practical jobs.
Before you Call any Electrician
You may not avail an electrician just whenever you need them. Don’t worry. Knowing the basics of electrical problems will save you from panicking in an emergency case, and you will be able to take care of minor issues before an electrician arrives.
Don’t Ignore Warning Signs
Whatever the problem is or however unimportant it appears, don’t count it a trifle. It may be a popping sound from an outlet or your breaker not resetting— try to pay your full attention.
The Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) is a sort of circuit breaker that activates and cuts off the power within a fraction of a second when electricity strays to an unplanned path to the ground. In most cases, the bathroom settings are not under any isolated GFCI and it may, therefore, kill the power to lights, outlets and everything else that are ‘downstream’ on the circuit.
This essential knowledge protects you from getting confused and you can perform a basic check-out.
Overhead Power Lines are Live
This point is for your safety. Overhead power lines are, by general rule, not insulated. Birds can safely perch on them only because they don’t have any connection to the ground to make an active circuit. Danger lurks when any pole of a power line falls with live wires. Get any licensed electrician as soon as possible.
Know your DIY limits
In the beginning, we warned, from a general point of view, not to deal with electrical settings. If you know how far you can go and where to stop you can take the primary measures and leave the rest of the job for the professionals.
As a DIY newbie, work only with electrical components outside the wall and inside your home.
White isn’t always neutral and Black isn’t always live
If any of your electrical switches or sockets go loose, you may discover a tangle of wires behind them. NEVER try to guess using the wiring code like white ones don’t have power flowing. You never know who worked there before and if he’d followed the code. So always use a non-contact voltage tester to verify a wire you intend to work on.
Other important points may include:
- Low voltage does not imply that there is no risk.
- Protective gear is only protective if it’s properly made
- Never tape or hold down a circuit breaker.
Choosing Your Home Service Electrician
There are a number of them right around you and ready to serve 24/7. But not all of them are worth calling. You need to consider some important criteria before deploying an electrician for your home.
If He is Licensed and certified
The License proves qualification. Though a legal paper doesn’t fathom the depth of his knowledge and level of his expertise, it is, at least, an official assurance that he has got enough skill to serve you and you can deal with him with clarity and confidence.
Michael Towns, a master electrician from Dawsonville, Georgia, reviews his entire professional life with the following words:
“In most cases, I had to fix what’s wrong with what the guy did before. And the guy that did it before was cheaper than a certified one.” Later he adds, “Certified guys have to go through a lot of training, a lot of hard work to get their license. That’s how they make sure they know their job perfectly. And that makes them costly.” a fairly logical evaluation, no doubt.
There are two types of licenses provided by the Australian Government ensuring professionalism in specific fields. They are:
- Electrician (General)
- Electrician (Special Class)
There can be a range of warranties that an electrician can provide. For example, with some general conditions and exceptions, he can offer you a limited time (3 years) workmanship warranty that should say that all the workmanship provided by him will be done complying with the National Electrical Code.
Also, they will be free from defects for that limited time and he will repair anything found defective within that time limit. The warranty, however, can be subject to limitations like
- Limited Lifetime Parts Warranty:
- Non-Durable Replaceable Parts
- LED light Bulbs
- Surge protection
- If He is Really a Professional
There are some ethics and professionalism that all electricians should have and should maintain. Some of them are as follow:
- They should ensure that the service he is offering is of the highest quality.
- They should detect and notify any dangerous electrical condition to all proper authorities.
- They should satisfy the contractor or their client in the best possible way.
- They should not exaggerate their performance or try to hide if anything goes wrong. Honesty and integrity are two traits that only bring respect.
If He has Got Good Reviews
Good reviews and reputation go together because this proves his expertise in his field. You can select even an unknown person only by the comments, testimonies and reviews he has achieved throughout his professional life.
The simplest form of a good review is the recommendation of a neighbor.
If He is Time-Bound
This is a sign of his professionalism. Being able to finish your job within the time you’d set is an essential part of your service because your client, based on that time limit, plans other appointments and personal schedules.
How Much Easy It is to Get Him
Some very famous professionals are too busy to communicate and you have to wait in long queues to get your appointment. There are, therefore, three basic parts:
- How easily you can communicate with him. The major two options are phone and the official website of the electrician.
- How promptly he responds to your knock.
- How early he agrees to serve you.
If He is Self Responsible
This comes under his ethics and professionalism. He must take the required safety measures not only for himself but also for his client and his properties. He should also clean up the mess (if there is any at all) after he has finished his job.
If He Offers a 24/7 Service
You could very well go with your cabinet’s loose knob for a couple of days but you wouldn’t want to wait even for an hour with your malfunctioning heater. Here comes the timely service of an electrician. Most of the electric appliances call for prompt repairs.
Range of His Service
A professional electrician has got the aptitude for learning all the sides that his profession covers. He also keeps himself well informed of newer issues and technologies. This increases his credibility.
Last but not least your electrician should be fair enough to charge reasonably. Some unethical people often come with ‘extra charges’ that throw their clients into trouble.
Electricity helps us in our everyday lives by powering our electrical equipment, in addition to supplying energy. Employing expert assistance when it has to be repaired or installed ensures full safety. So, if you have work that involves electrical dangers, don’t be afraid to call an expert. We hope you are in good hands.