7 Tips for Choosing the Best Electrical Contractor

7 Tips for Choosing the Best Electrical Contractor

Finding the best electrician is supremely important in order to make sure your premises are safe. Whether it’s commercial or residential electrical work, an expert will have the required set of skills and equipment to make your life easier.

But with so many contractors to choose from, how can you narrow your options? Here are some tips that will help you find the best electrician for the job.

#1.  Look for Recommendations

The first step towards finding an electrician is to ask around if any other business owners, family, friends, or colleagues can recommend a trusted contractor they have worked with previously and were satisfied with the results.

#2. Ask for Insurance

Insurance is important not only because it’s required by law, but because it also gives you legal assurance. In case of accidents or injuries on-site, you will be protected from any liability and damages that happen during work.

#3. Assess the Experience Level With Similar Projects

As you may already know, commercial and residential projects are not the same, and therefore require electricians who have experience in a specific field. Don’t be afraid to ask the contractor about the experience of the workers or get a reference from local builders.

#4. Discuss a Time Frame for the Project

To make sure that the electrical system is ready by a specific date, it is vital to discuss and agree on a timeframe. A good contractor will provide you with guarantees of efficiency and adhering to an agreed deadline.

#5. Check the Credentials

Never forget to check the licenses and other credentials of the electricians. It’s important to make sure that they are legally qualified to do the job you want to hire them for.

#6. Verify Reviews and References

If we have learned anything in this day and age is to triple check and verify reviews. With many businesses creating fake reviews for their website, it won’t hurt to contact the reference providers to verify their authenticity.

#7. Customer Service Quality

One of the main signs of a respectable company is the quality of their customer service. Providing quick and efficient responses to requests and solutions to any problems that may arise is essential.

If you are in Wollongong or Northern Illawarra region and looking for reliable, trustworthy and highly experienced electrical experts for both residential and commercial projects – give us a call at (02) 4285 6101 or fill in our quote form here.

When to Upgrade Your Residential Switchboard?

When to Upgrade Your Residential Switchboard

The switchboard is an integral part of your home’s electrical wiring. All the electricity from the main supply is directed to various circuits using a switchboard. Usually, this is located in a safe place inside your house or near the meter box.

But just like any other equipment in your house, they need to get replaced or upgraded if you start noticing any faults.

It is crucial that you never undermine the switchboard’s electrical integrity to ensure the safety of your household. Fuses blowing up and circuit breakers tripping can also damage your electronic appliances. Let’s have a look at the clear signs on when to upgrade your residential switchboard.

We’ll look at a list of common issues that will highlight the need to upgrade a switchboard. Make sure you always speak to an experienced and reliable residential electrician in Wollongong and surrounding areas when thinking of replacing your dying switchboard. Call ATD Electrical today on 02 4285 6101, or get a service quote here.

#1. You’re living in an Old House

Most older houses have outdated power boards that are not designed to support the variety of appliances that we’re used to these days. There was a time when a single 60 amp electrical switchboard was enough to get the job done.

However, homes these days generally need single phase 80 amp or three-phase 80 amp switchboards. While your panel should have the specifications displayed on it, you can always get in touch with us and our electrician will take a look at it for you.

#2. Your Appliances Are Performing Poorly

Sometimes you can get a hint of a faulty electrical switchboard by noticing how your appliances are performing. Watch out for things like appliances cutting out, melting or corrosion around the unit itself and lights flickering. If you notice breakers tripping every time you use the dishwasher and washing machine together, it might be a good indication that something’s not right with your electrical switchboard.

#3. Frequently Tripping Breakers

Building up on the last point, circuit breakers tripping generally is a clear indicator of a fault with the electrical switchboard. This is because the circuit breakers trip whenever they detect any irregularity in the electricity flow.

They trip to protect the system from any harm an influx of current might cause, which can also cause a fire (hence the need to take this seriously). If you’re noticing that your system is tripping a little too frequently then that is a good indication of something wrong with the electrical switchboard. It could mean your electrical switchboard panel is unable to cope with the electrical draw in your house.

#4. Electrical Switchboard Using a Fuse

Before the 1970s, most homes used fuses. They are prone to blowing, melting, short-circuiting and even causing fires. While fuse based systems were sufficient for the power needs of homes 50 years ago, they can now easily become overloaded. I would recommend you to install a Residual Circuit Breaker if you still have a fuse based system.

#5. Purchased New Appliances or Renovating Home

Getting new, heavy appliances can impact and burden your system and cause overload. Similarly, if you’ve recently renovated your house, you might want to make sure that your electrical switchboard has the capacity to handle any new changes made to the circuit.

The last thing you want is your new appliance or fittings to go bad just because you overlooked upgrading your electrical switchboard.

Upgrading your electrical switchboard is a matter of convenience as well as safety. With over 14 years of 5-star electrical services in Wollongong and surrounding areas, you can be assured that you’re in safe hands when you deal with us.

Get in touch today to get a quote for your residential and commercial electrical needs.