We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: when it comes to electricity, DIY should be the very last thing on your mind!
Electricity is dangerous, plain and simple. If you want to keep yourself safe while also ensuring that your home isn’t left with lasting damage, you’ll want to get in touch with a professional for all your electrical needs.
Despite that however, many still try their hand at DIY electrical work.
In the best case scenario, this simply leads to a bigger problem, which our Melbourne electricians are then called in to fix (you’d be surprised how many of these calls we receive!)
In the worst case however… well, we’d much rather not talk about it!
Are these electrical myths stopping you from calling a pro?
Don’t be fooled, however: when it comes to electrical work, you need to call a pro, no ifs, ands, or buts.
And yet, despite this (and even laws prohibiting DIY electrical work), many do it anyway.
Sometimes this is motivated by a misplaced sense of one’s own abilities. After all, if the seemingly dysfunctional contestants on The Block can do it, why can’t you?
In other cases however, you hesitate to call a Melbourne electrician because you believe in one of these sparkie myths.
Needless to say, this isn’t ideal – hopefully by revealing the truth about your local sparkie and their work, you’ll know exactly why you need our Melbourne electricians on your side.
Myth 1: You can learn anything with a YouTube tutorial, include DIY electrical work
We get it, we really do – doing your own maintenance and repair work doesn’t just save you money, it’s also extremely satisfying (why do you think we decided to become sparkies?)
And thanks to the power of the internet, it’s easy to learn… or at least, in theory.
The truth is that electrical work is rarely that simple.
That’s because most homes and businesses aren’t brand-new – odds are, this isn’t the first time electrical work has been done.
This unique mish-mash of electrical equipment and fittings from different eras complicates electrical work, and requires hands-on experience and extensive training to work around.
Not to mention, YouTube tutorials won’t teach you about Victorian building codes either, meaning any DIY electrical work might violate regulations and leave you with a hefty fine… or worse!
Just another reason to call a Melbourne electrician instead!
Myth 2: Electricians are rude, dirty and messy
This myth doesn’t just affect us sparkies, either – it’s one that continues to dog all sorts of tradies.
And if you ask us, it’s one that’s completely undeserved!
We understand that it’s your home or business we’re talking about, and that it deserves the absolute best. That’s why we make it our mission to break this tradie stereotype!
Our Melbourne electricians are:
We make it our mission to provide you with customer service that isn’t typically associated with the trades..
Myth 3: Electrician will damage the structure of your home
Whether you are thinking of hiring an electrician in the onset of construction or you are in the process of renovating your home and you need to install or rewire, you’re no doubt worried about damage.
If you ask us however, you’re more likely to damage or break something when you DIY!
Even with online tutorials on your side, it isn’t uncommon for you to come up against unexpected issues, or to make a mistake.
Both of these are much more likely to damage your home than an experienced and qualified sparky who knows what they’re doing!
Myth 4: An experienced electrician is always qualified
You might be impressed by a sparkie’s claimed expertise.
Here’s the thing however: not all electrical licenses are made equal!
While most license holders will be able to perform domestic electrical services, for more advanced electrical work (such as the type needed during fit-out of a new factory, for example), a specific skill set is needed.
For example, high-voltage machinery that’s directly connected to the mains supply requires a Restricted Electrical Worker’s licence.
Click here to read up on all the different types of electrical licenses in Victoria.
But competence isn’t only seen in the work experience brought about by a claiming electrician.
Myth 5: Electricians charge a lot during emergencies
Most people hesitate to call electricians for help, as they are worried that their sparkie will bump up their charges during emergency situations.
At Briggs Electrical, we try our best to keep prices at a reasonable level. This applies to emergency electrical work, too.
As part of our commitment to customer service, our emergency electricians in Melbourne are upfront about pricing. When we give you a quote, we stick to it – no unexpected extra charges here!
Not to mention, resorting to DIY electrical work or ignoring the issue doesn’t mean it has gone away – on the contrary, it might still be there in the background, slowly getting worse and worse until you’re left with an even bigger problem.
And that can mean an expensive repair further down the line!
Need a Melbourne electrician?
You need Briggs Electrical!
So, there you have it: the truth about the electrical trade. Hopefully now that these myths and old wives tales about electricians have been busted wide open, you’ll be more open to the idea of calling an electrician near you!
And if you live in Melbourne’s south-east, that has to be Briggs Electrical.
Our Melbourne electricians do it all. In addition to installation, we can also help homeowners and businesses by:
- Sourcing materials
- Creating timeframes
- Applying for permits
- Upgrading and renovating old fixtures
- Disposing of old materials and appliances
- Providing 24/7 emergency service
And best of all, our knowledgeable and experienced Melbourne electricians do all this with unmatched customer service and a focus on safety.