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Electrical Wiring, Re-Wiring & Switchboard Specialist – Sutherland Shire
If you have any concerns about the Electrical Wiring in your Sutherland Shire home or planning a renovation, call the Sutherland Shire Electrical wiring specialists for a FREE safety inspection on 0423 562 257
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Aussie Owned & Operated by Aussie Sutherland Shire Locals – Based in Cronulla
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We Provide a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty for piece of mind. We Guarantee our work & will fix any workmanship faults for FREE!
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We offer Affordable, Fixed Price services before we begin work so there’s no surprises. Even cheaper with our Seniors Discount
Specialist Electrical Re-Wiring to the Sutherland Shire
True Local Electricians are specialist electrical Wiring & Re-wiring Electricians to all of the Sutherland Shire. Whether your home is 30+ years old and needs and update, or a brand new build we can help! Rewiring of a home can involve fixing faulty Power Point outlet wiring to updating your switchboard to modern day safety switches.
We provide electrical services to all areas across all the Sutherland Shire including Alfords Point, Bangor, Barden Ridge, Bonnet Bay, Burraneer, Caringbah South, Caringbah, Como, Cronulla, Dolans Bay, Engadine, Grays Point, Green Hills Beach, Gymea, Gymea Bay, Illawong, Jannali, Kangaroo Point, Kareela, Kirrawee, Kurnell, Lilli Pilli, Loftus, Menai, Miranda, Oyster Bay, Port Hacking, Sutherland, Sylvania, Taren Point, Wooloware, Woranora, Woranora Heights, Yowie Bay.
If you are concerned about your homes wiring, we offer FREE safety inspections to determine if the condition is safe. Phone us on 0423 562 257 to have your Sutherland Shire home inspected today.
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Why Do You Need Your Home Re-Wired?
Age of your home
If your home was built more than 30 years ago, it most likely will have its original wiring which was not made to handle the load requirements of electrical gadgets and modern appliances which can cause wiring to overload, heat up and cause a fire hazard. Older wiring can age overtime and deteriorate – this is especially more prevalent in the hot climate which can be experienced in the Sutherland Shire from Cronulla to Menai. If you have recently purchased a property with old electrical wiring or you are in the process of renovating, you should consider having your home rewired. Rewiring your home is often a task which may be overlooked as your wiring is out of sight and concealed in wall, however it is crucial that the wiring in your home is up-to-date with modern standards and complies with AS3000 Australian regulations to prevent electrical hazards, fires or shock. During a re-wire, it is also important to update your main switchboard and earthing system, replacement of old wiring, and replacing Power Points and Switches.
Experiencing Switchboard Issues & Hazards
If you have an older home which runs off fuses in your switchboard, you will have to have your switchboard upgrade to modern safety standards. The switchboard controls how all of the electricity is routed throughout your home, ensuring power can reach all areas of your home. However, the switchboards of the past weren’t designed to accommodate the higher electricity needs of modern appliances, as the technology didn’t exist at the time. If you have old & obsolete ceramic fuses, your switchboard may need to be upgraded to a newer model to give your appliances and other electronics the stable current they need to operate optimally. We will convert your ceramic fuses, or out dated circuit breakers to individual RCD/RCBO safety switches.
Switchboards with ceramic fuses present a fire hazard with modern day electrical demands, and as such should be replaced. Ceramic fuses could put you and your family at risk of electric shock and be a fire hazard to your home. True Local Electricians are Switchboard Specialists in the Sutherland Shire and can update your electrical panel to new circuit breaker/safety switch RCD’s. Ceramic Fuses & Old Wiring need to be replaced immediately. Hazards to look out for are signs of black smoldering or any melting around the ceramic fuse and cabling entering the fuse holder. If black smolder marks are present in any of your home wiring then you should consider having your switchboard upgraded immediately to safety switches which will provide you with protection. With modern appliances requiring more power draw wattage, your old switchboard was never equipped to deal with the new power consumption demands and over time new appliances will trip, overload and possibly short circuit resulting in damaged cabling which will add to your repair costs. Do your Lights Flicker or have you noticed the lighting socket is Black/Brown when you remove the old incandescent globe? You may have fluctuation in voltage issues which you need to have inspected. Over time your voltage is increased by your supply authority making it much harder for your old switchboard to handle the changes. Adding safety switches will prevent this problem and make you and your home safer and AS3000 compliant.
Switchboard Dangers to Look Out For
The dangers of ceramic fuses can be quite hazardous and some Sutherland Shire homes today still have these old hazardous fuses protecting their homes. These type of fuses only protect against short circuit and overload protection and do NOT protect against electric shock which can be fatal to the home occupants. They have a metal element which is has a small piece of wire wrapped around two screws and will heat up and melt when the circuit draws to much current from appliances or devices on an overload fault. When short circuit occurs the wire should break immediately and disconnect the circuit therefore cutting your power. Using oversized wire on a circuit could become catastrophe causing damage to your electrical wiring and even starting a fire. Some fuse sizes will be different and the correct wire size must be used and installed by True Local Electricians Sutherland Shire.
Over time as ceramic fuses age and become brittle, hot joints will form and loose connections will start appearing on the switchboard leading to power failure or even fire damage to your electrical circuits and home. Your switchboard is a very important part of your home and should be upgraded before its too late.
These are equally hazardous! Plug-in fuses are a silly step up invention from the ceramic fuse that allow you to easily switch back on the circuit when a fault occurs – which does not fix the problem. But like the ceramic fuse the plug-in fuse will only give you short circuit protection and overload protection which will provide limited protection to your home. The safest option is to have your switchboard upgraded knowing you have RCDs & RCBOs installed that will protect you and your family from a fatal electric shock.
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Benefits of Re-Wiring Your Home
Safety of Your Home
Many older Sydney houses have outdated electrical cabling with fabric-sheathed wiring, which is encased in a black steel conduit. Overtime this style of wiring will deteriorate and cause fuses to blow and may become dangerous, leading to fires if it is not tended to. Having up to date and refreshed electrical wiring and a working earthing system compliant with Sydney Standards is essential to the safety of you and your family. The unfortunate statistic in Australia is that the Fire Brigade respond to more than 300 residential electrical fires caused by faulty wiring each year. It is a necessity for every Sutherland Shire home to comply with Australian Standards and Wiring Rules to prevent any kind of electrical hazard, fire, or shock. Things to look out for include:
- Non-compliant smoke detectors which are not mains-powered smoke alarms compliant.
- No safety switches installed which prevent fatal electrocution and are mandatory in all new homes built in Sydney
- Frayed wires which can be a fire hazard and risk of injury.
- Electricity supply issues from only one circuit for power outlets and another for lighting which can overload with modern day appliances
One big benefit of having your home rewired is the ability to establish separate circuits for some of the more important electrical items in your home. These include your hot water heater, stove & oven, or security alarm system. This will provide some protection for important electrical items to remain on in the event of tripping circuits. Most old Sutherland Shire homes were built with only one circuit for all power outlets, meaning that all of your appliances are plugged in are powered on the one power circuit. If you are having problems with blowing fuses and tripping switches, rewiring and splitting the power circuits will eliminate tripping power by splitting your power outlets over multiple circuits so they do not overload.
Renovations & Layout Changes
Having your home rewired provides you with a great opportunity change and customise your kitchen and living space for convenience. You can make alteration to have all your powerpoint outlets moved to locations where they are needed.
Increase The Value of Your Home
Rewiring your home is not only a great way to ensure the safety of your family, it is also a great way to add value to your home. Often potential buyers will look for homes which are compliant to todays standards and do not require further investment. Having your home rewired is a great way to invest in one of your most important assets, so don’t wait for it to become a problem. If you have any questions regarding rewiring, or believe that your home’s wiring needs to be looked at, contact True Local Electricians Sutherland Shire today for a FREE safety inspection.
If you’re looking at re-wiring your home, one of the biggest factors is cost. Rewiring a home is not cheap exercise however is an essential spend for safety as more than 40% of home fires in Australia are associated with electrical faults caused by degraded wiring or overloading electrical systems. Rewiring an old home serves as a priceless upgrade that will make your home more efficient whilst adding a deal of value to your property when it’s time to sell.
Electrical Wiring & Re-Wiring FAQ
What brand of Switchboard Equipment do you use?
We use Hager switches and switchboard equipment. Hager are well known as as a premium & trusted supplier of switchboard Safety Switches and Circuit Breakers. Hager Switches also come with the largest warranty, so rest assure you are covered for any unlikely faults. We are extremely confident installing their products, to date we have not experienced a single failure, in comparison to the cheaper overseas variants. You can read more on their products by Clicking Here.
What Does a Home Rewiring Involve?
The reality is that rewiring a house is a big job. It involves pulling out all the old electrical wires in walls and roof spaces and replacing them with newer, safer ones. In most circumstances electricians can access the wiring from outside the house or without needing to damage existing walls, however in some cases we may need to remove cladding, drill through timber to install upgraded sockets, power points, switches, or a new switchboard.
When Should You Rewire Your House?
Some signs to look out for which indicate you should rewire your home:
- Your house is more than 30 years old
- Fuses blow often
- Lights flicker or dim regularly
- The electrical panel is over-fused
- Light bulbs need replacing often
- There are buzzing sounds or burning smells from electrical outlets
- There are sparks from an outlet when you plug in an appliance
- You receive tingling or a minor shock when you touch wall outlets
- Circuit breakers are constantly tripping
- Switchplates, cords, or plugs are hot or discoloured
- Plugs sit loosely in the outlets
- You have too many extension cords, power strips, and double adapters
- Your suspect the previous owner carried out incorrect wiring
How Much to Rewire a House in Australia?
It may not sound like a great way to spend your hard earned money, however rewiring a home is no doubt an important investment. The costs will depend on:
- The size of your house (or the job, which can range from rewiring a simple socket to rewiring the entire house)
- The location of your home
- The materials you need eg, the amount of cable, switchboard equipment, power points, light switches, and other electrical components
- Additional services (such as additional power point installations or home automation)
- How easily accessible the wiring is
Can I DIY My Home Rewiring?
No, In Sydney, homeowners are not allowed to conduct any electrical works without proper qualifications – it is illegal to do anything more than change a light bulb. Electrical Wiring projects that must be left qualified electricians only and include:
- Wiring any part of your home
- Installing or moving power points
- Installing or moving lights and switches
- Installing ceiling fans
- A complete home rewiring
Even if your work is checked by a qualified elecrician and deemed compliant with Australian standards, your DIY electrical work still cannot be properly certified.
How Long Does It Take to Rewire a House?
The length of time it takes to rewire a home will depend of many factors of size and amount of PowerPoints etc however as a general guide it can take anywhere from a few days to a week. On average, plan for 1 week.
How Often Should You Rewire Your House?
Once it’s done, it’s done and you will not need to worry about having it redone for decades. To be on the safe side, have us check your home every decade to make sure it still complies with Australian electrical standards.
True Local Electricians Service Your Area!
We provide electrical services to all areas, suburbs and localities of the Sutherland Shire Council. All of our team are Aussie Sutherland Shire Locals and have fully equipped vans ready to provide you with professional and on time service.
Frequently Asked Emergency Electrical Questions
Why Does My Safety Switch Keep Tripping?
If you have a repeated tripped switch, the most common issue is a faulty appliance. However, other issues may be nuisance tripping and faulty wiring. Contact True Local Electricians for a same-day electrician to fix your problem.
When Do I Need A Switchboard Upgrade?
You should consider a switchboard upgrade when your switchboard is overcrowded, your appliances trip, flickering lights, outdated Fuse, smell burning, or you can see sparks and melted or blackened fuses. Contact True Local Electricians for a switchboard upgrade today!
Can You Perform A FREE Electrical Safety Inspection?
True Local Electricians will provide you with a FREE electrical safety inspection on all of our jobs. Save hundreds of dollars for what other companies charge. This is to ensure that all of our clients have safe and clean electrical systems running 24/7.
I Smell Electricity Burning, What Should I Do?
If you smell electricity burning you should contact True Local Electricians for an emergency electricity. The reasons for this burning smell may be due to loose circuit breaker wires, overloaded wiring or faulty circuit breakers.
When Does My Electrical Equipment Need An Upgrade?
Your circuit breaker will need an upgrade when it becomes faulty due to wear and tear or an electrical issue. You should always get frequent electrical checks to ensure optimal performance. We proudly offer a FREE electrical inspection on each job.
How Long Will It Take For An Electrician To Arrive In An Emergency?
As we have 24 hr emergency electricians working around the clock. Our average dispatch time is approximately less than 60 minutes. In the meantime, if it is a serious emergency issue you can have a look at the SES’s top electrical safety tips while you wait for assistance.
Why Isn’t My Hot Water System Working?
The most common electrical issues are when your circuit breaker is tripped and will not stay back on and there is a problem with your thermostat. Regardless of the issue, True Local Electricians can do it all including the plumbing works to save you money.
Why Are My Lights Flickering?
If your lights are continuously flickering this may be due to a loose bulb, loose connection, voltage increase or the type of light. This potentially could be either a minor or a major electrical fault if not dealt with properly.
What Do I Do With A Beeping Smoke Alarm?
If your smoke alarm is continuously beeping than this may be a sign of it needing a battery replacement. However, this may also be due to a ended life span of 8-10 years. If you need an electrician to install a new one, contact True Local Electricians today!
What Is The Difference Between A Fuse Box And Safety Box?
Although they both perform the same function which is safety protection. A fuse box protected appliances from electrical spikes. Whereas a safety box protects people from general electrical hazards. True Local Electrician’s specialises in fuse box upgrades!
Fully Qualified and Insured – Call Out Electrician
True Local Electricians provide rapid emergency electrician services to residential and commercial electrical services throughout The Sutherland Shire. We’ve been the reliable electrician for home and business owners in Sydney for more than 15 years. This has allowed us to foster a strong reputation for quality, affordability and fantastic customer service. Electrical problems seem to always occur at times where you least expect them to. They can immediately impact bottom line or a seemingly smooth flowing weekend. Rest assured that just in case trouble occurs, we are always a phone call away as we have fully stocked vans in The Sutherland Shire.
Our team are fully qualified electrician with extensive industry experience. We always provide a rapid response and we offer every single electrical service. This varies from re-wiring, switchboard upgrades, power point installation, fault diagnosis, routine maintenance, LED lighting and Level 2 electrician services. If you are business experiencing electrical problems, leave it completely to our Sutherland Shire emergency electricians. We guarantee to have you back up and running in no time whatsoever. For instance, faulty wiring and repeated electrical failures indicate a significant issue. Don’t risk your safety or your family’s safety – call a local emergency electrician now.
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