It has never been more important than in today’s power-reliant world to be confident in your electrical system.
However, at some point everyone finds themselves in a sticky situation with their electrics.
Blown fuses, power outages, broken power sockets and the installation of alarms systems to keep us safe can give the everyday homeowner a genuine headache.
How do you know when the problems with your electrical system are signalling a bigger problem, though?
The best thing to do if you are worried about your electrics in your home or business is to call a Melbourne electrician to take a look for you.
A few warning signs to look out for include:
- Dimming lights
- Power failures
- Sparking electrical sockets
- Tripping circuits
Melbourne’s older homes were not built to withstand modern electrical needs
If you’re thinking about purchasing, or already own, one of Melbourne older houses then you might want to get the electrical system checked as soon as possible.
This is because when older homes were built, electricians couldn’t possibly foresee how reliant upon electricity humans would become.
With most homes powering multiple TVs, laptops, phones and Wi-Fi systems as well as the normal toaster, lights and fridge, electrical systems in older homes may begin to struggle.
Get a Melbourne electrician to update your electrical panel
If you’re circuit breakers have a tendency of tripping on a regular basis, or the lights aren’t as bright when you use other appliances then it could be a sign your electrical panel needs an update.
Additionally, if you’re a family that has to resort to extension cords and multiple adapters in order to power all your gizmos and gadgets, you could be overworking your electrical panel.
This could signal the need for a professional electrician to inspect your home’s electrical system, and determine whether or not you need to update.
Older circuit breakers should be checked by an electrician
Many older homes were designed with between 30 and 60 amps for an entire house, which by today’s standards is quite low.
It’s very easy for the circuits to become overloaded in this scenario when high power consumption appliances are being operated.
This is a particularly dangerous scenario in older houses because dated circuit breakers may not trip the system.
This means that the wires within the circuit will continue to distribute power even when overloaded, causing them to become hot, leading to a potential fire hazard.
This highlights the importance of seeking advice from a professional Melbourne electrician if you have any concerns at all.
Peace of mind can go a long way when it comes to the electrical system in your home or business!
Avoid the DIY temptation: call a professional Melbourne electrician
Electrical work is dangerous for an ametuer
There are so many risks involved with electricity that you just don’t want to take a gamble on a DIY project and end up hurting yourself.
If you’re not familiar with the appropriate safety protocols and technicalities of electricity you could very easily electrocute yourself, causing serious harm.
Not only is the DIY project an immediate danger while you are carrying out the work, it can also be a potential future hazard. If you mislay or incorrectly install wiring, you could be setting your system up for a fire hazard, putting your family at risk.
A DIY project could cost more than a Melbourne electrician
You might be trying to save yourself a little bit of money by doing what you think is a fairly straightforward procedure yourself, but in the long run that decision could cost you dearly.
An electrical system is invisible so if the repairs you make are incorrect, you aren’t likely to know.
This also makes it significantly harder and significantly more dangerous for a professional to come in and repair the damage you will potentially create.
Worse still, if you don’t realise you’ve done made repairs to your electrical system the danger may go unnoticed. This could result in a fire in your home and the cost of repair to the damaged part of your house is not something you will have considered.
Call Briggs Electrical today
The team at Briggs Electrics and Data Solutions have almost two decades’ experience providing electrical services to the city of Melbourne and its surrounds.
Whether you’re looking for someone to fit out your office with all its electrical requirements or to just have some maintenance done to your home, Briggs is the electrical team for you!
Briggs understand that the kind of electricians Melbourne need are ones that are always available: we’re proud to offer a true 24/7 emergency electrician service.
If you have an electrical problem that poses a potential hazard or needs to be rectified immediately, you can rely on Briggs to solve the issue and remove the hazard.
If you want to get in contact with the Briggs team you can do so by filling out the contact form on their website. Alternatively you can lodge a job with the online or call them on their 24 hour number to discuss their services further.