5 Common Electrical Problems And How To Solve Them

There are many jobs around the home and worksite that a keen DIY person can do themselves, but electrical work is not one of them. Between 2014 and 2016 over 70 percent of deaths from electrical shock occurred in the home. Electricity is the greatest threat around the home or workplace as it can’t be seen or easily detected. Always get an Electrician on the Gold Coast to check or disconnect and areas you want to work on.

Five common electrical problems and the safest way to deal with them are suggested here:

  1. Your lights or power points suddenly don’t work

This can be rectified by going to your switchboard and resetting the circuit breakers or replacing a fuse. If the circuit breakers trip out again, it is a sign that something is wrong, disconnect any appliances connected to that circuit and try again. If it still trips out, then you need to seek help from a qualified and licensed electrician on the Gold Coast. If it doesn’t the inspect all the appliances or have them tested

  1. Your lights flicker

This usually happens because the bulb you are using requires a higher wattage than the wires in your circuit or fixtures are able to carry. This is called ‘overlamping” and can be dangerous as it may cause fixtures and wiring to heat up often resulting in connections melting and/or becoming loose. They then start to arc causing sparks to jump gaps and around the wires. Because the fitting are damaged, they need to be replaced as even if you place a lower wattage bulb in them, they can still get hot and arc posing a substantial fire risk

  1. Hot Power Points-Outlets

Under normal circumstances power points should never get warm or heat up. If they do, it may be because you are using an appliance with a built-in reduction transformer such as a laptop or cellphone.

This can cause the outlet or plug to heat slightly as the power is converted from AC to a DC current. Try the power point without these appliances, if it still heats up, then call your local electrician on the Gold Coast to fix the problem as it could be broken wires, old, lose connections or your wiring circuits are overloaded and need replacing

  1. Electric plugs keep falling out

This can happen for several reasons, the most common being the contact areas inside the outlets have become worn from constant use. Another reason is if there are too many appliances on an individual outlet or circuit (overloaded) they can heat up and stretch. When the plastic components get hot they can deform so need to be replaced

  1. A high Electric Bill

Many older buildings have a wiring plan that was not designed for the numbers and types of appliances in use today, so can’t easily cope and tend to overcompensate raising your usage and charges. Always unplug and devices you’re not using as even on standby they consume power

Ask your local Electrician on the Gold Coast to check your building’s wiring, outlets and switchboard for safety issues and never attempt to do your own repairs or alterations. Always use a qualified and licensed Electrician.

Reasons Why Should You Upgrade Two-Prong Outlets

If you have any old type two pronged outlets in your home, then it is important for your families’ safety that you have an Electrician on the Gold Coast upgrade your wring and Switchboard

Additional Protection

Prevention is always better than the problems that can happen through faulty wiring. Electrical accidents and fires can and do destroy many properties each year. Old switchboards and wiring can cause shocks and loss of life.

Government Standards

The Queensland Government demands than anyone doing any type of electrical work in Queensland is a licensed electrician, they must hold an electrical work licence or hold an electrical contractors licence.

  • All work must be done according to the technical standards and legislative requirements.
  • All work must have a certificate of test that includes the electrician’s details as well as details about the work done and equipment installed
  • All electrical contractors are required to have at least a minimum Public liability of $5 million dollars as well as a consumer’s protection component of $50,000
  • It is advisable to check the licence of your electrician’s to confirm that is valid and current before allowing them to work on your property, see electricalsafety.qld.gov.au
  • Contact the Electrical Safety Office if you think any completed work was not done correctly

Growing power demands

Most homes have over recent years, drastically increased the number as well as the quality of home appliances and gadgets used.

Unfortunately, if the wiring in the home is not upgraded and the old two pronged outlets replaced, then there is a danger that your system could become overloaded and dangerous.

Safety in Renovations

Before you start demolishing walls or drilling holes in them it is important to turn off all the circuits in those areas and turn them on again only when you are sure all switches and wires are well covered.

Even if you know what to do, you are not permitted to do any electrical work and can be heavily fined for doing so. All your insurance will become nullified and you will be criminally libel for any accidents or damage.

Modern household electrical circuits and switchboards have a variety of safety features including a proper earth stake that is able to dissipate static discharges such as lightning strikes.

Electrical Surges

There is a huge drain at times on the state’s power grid and this can cause power fluctuations and surges. These can damage all types of sensitive electrical equipment including TV, computers, projectors and sound systems. Ask your Electrician on the Gold Coast to install surge protectors when the replace the two pin outlets and upgrade your home’s wiring to comply with the latest Queensland safety standards.

Precautions

Even with all of the safety features, it is still wise during a storm to avoid using fixed line telephones or anything that is attached to sensitive electrical equipment such as wired in headphones. 

Having your home brought up to the latest safety standards is not only a sensible way to protect your family and property; it is a legal requirement in Queensland and the rest of Australia. The old two pin plugs had no earth connection unlike the new safety outlets that protect the user from electric shock.

Signs That Your Electrical Wiring Needs Upgrading

Almost a third of home electrical fires involve power outlets and interior house wiring. The old electrical system in your home can be a potential fire hazard and may need to be repaired or updated. Ask your friendly Electrician on the Gold Coast to give you advice and quote on making sure your home or business is safe.

Having a complete rewire of your home, including a new electrical switchboard may be a large expense, but that price is relatively small compared to the cost and possible loss of life or property that occurs during a fire. It’s important to keep your home and family safe.

Warning signs you may need help

Electricity is invisible, but there are often signs you can see when there are potential problems with your electrical system. If you do notice any of these warning signs, it is vital that you have, have an electrician inspect your electrical system:

  • If your fuses blow frequent or you often have tripped breakers
  • If you have an over- fused or amped electrical panel
  • If you experience the dimming or flickering lights of any lights, this indicates the circuit has a loose connection or is overloaded
  • If you have any hot or discolored switches, power cords or plugs
  • Do your light bulbs frequently burn out in their socket, this is a sign a fixture can’t handle the bulb wattage?
  • Do you ever get buzzing or sizzling sounds?
  • Do you ever have a burning smell?
  • Are there ever arcs or sparks from any electrical connections, especially when you plug or unplug a cord?
  • Are some of your switches or outlets lose or worn?
  • Does any of your electrical fittings have cut or broken insulation?
  • Have you ever felt an electric shock or a tingly sensation when you plug in or touch a cord?

Other reasons to check the wiring

Even if you have not noticed any warning signs that you might have faulty wiring, it’s a very good idea to make sure you have your home’s electrical system inspected periodically.

Electrical codes can vary depending on where you live, but in Queensland, there are a lot of common situations that really warrant you having an inspection by a qualified professional.

  • Is your home over 40 years old?
  • Do you rely on using extension cords for power?
  • Have you had major home improvements done or maybe just added a few major appliances, these could strain your existing electrical system?
  • Is your home properly grounded?
  • Does your home have aluminium instead of copper wiring?
  • Have you a problem with critters that have been sharing your home, rats, mice and other small animals love to chew the insulation away from electric wiring and ants build nests in junction boxes and switches.

Even if you don’t see any problem or any of these warning signs, It is far better to be safe than sorry so have an Electrician on the Gold Coast do an inspection soon.

There are many fires in Queensland that could have been prevented by having a properly qualified and experienced electrician check your home wiring ensuring the safety of your family and your possessions. Ask your friendly local electrician for a quote today

How To Improve Your Outdoors With Lighting

The way you plan your outdoor lighting can affect the amount of time and pleasure you get from your property. Overall, lighting needs can be broken down into two main categories. Security and aesthetics, but there is no reason that these cannot be combined so that your outdoor lighting is practical, cost-effective and provides a high level of security. Your local friendly Electrician on the Gold Coast can help you with deciding on the most appropriate types of lighting to install for your particular property so that you get the best and most cost-effective cover.

Security

Security is a much greater concern now than it has been in the past with many properties being entered or broken into. Security can be expensive and one of the best and affordable ways to stop intruders is to not allow them any natural cover to hide behind. Most vandals and intruders by nature do not want to be easily recognised so seek places where they cannot be seen in their nocturnal activities.

  • Installing motion lighting is a great way to deter unwelcome visitors and the same lights can be used for aesthetic reasons when you want to highlight your area.
  • They are also handy to have near entrance ways and windows to help you see when arriving home at night by just coming on as you approach to help you navigate the area safely. They also send intruders running when they are suddenly lit up and exposed
  • Floodlighting is also very effective for making areas safe because it reduces the problem of not being able to identify hazards in the dark and can give your area a nice warm appearance. On path flood lighting reduces the chance of accidents and mishaps, offering both safety and a pleasant outlook

Accent lighting has been used successfully to help with showing off the most gorgeous areas of landscaping on properties recently and your local Electrician on the Gold Coast is just the person to help and advise you of the most cost-efficient and energy efficient options

  • Highlighting different spaces around your property can help to make your home or business move hospitable
  • Drive and path lighting stops your place looking imposing and gives a touch of security at the same time
  • Up-lighting is a great way to highlight a feature in your landscape when done properly and tastefully
  • Pool and patio lighting can help make the most of your outdoor living and increase the enjoyment of your guests by providing a feeling of spaciousness and safety. It can be an impressive way to make your outdoor investment shine

Electrical connections and lighting, in general, is not something that people should do themselves and by law, it is necessary for everyone’s safety to have a qualified electrician do the work for you. Your local Electrician on The Gold Coast is experienced and qualified to help advise you in all aspects of outdoor lighting.

Outdoor lighting can give your home or business a warm comfortable feeling that makes invited guests feel comfortable while deterring intruders and burglars. Motion detecting lights and floodlights are also a great deterrent as well as a safety measure to help you move around your property in the evenings.