Electrical Wiring, Re-Wiring & Switchboard Electrician – Sutherland Shire
If you Require House Re-Wiring in your Sutherland Shire home or are planning a renovation, call us for a FREE inspection of your home wiring on 0423 562 257
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House Re-Wiring and Wiring Electrician Sutherland Shire
True Local Electricians are specialist electrical Wiring & House Re-wiring Electricians servicing in the Sutherland Shire. If your home is 30+ years in age, it may be time to have your home electrics inspected for any electrical wiring issues caused by frayed cables or be damage by animals.
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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When do you need to Re-Wire Your Home Electrics?
Cotton Sheath Wiring
Cotton Sheath cable was commonly used in homes constructed during the 1950’s to 1970’s. Overtime Cotton Sheath cable commonly deteriorates with the outer cotton protective sheath falling apart. This can leave the internal metal conductor exposed allowing it to contact household items which pose an electrocution and fire risk. Cotton Sheath wiring is a common reason for electrical house fires and highly recommended to be replaced.
VIR / Vulcanised Indian Rubber Wiring
Similar to Cotton Sheath Wiring, Vulcanised Indian Rubber or VIR for short poses a similar risk. Overtime the outer rubber sheath can deteriorate leaving the internal metal exposed. If the internal conductor was to contact a household item, it could pose an electrocution and fire risk. VIR wiring is a common reason for electrical house fires and highly recommended to be replaced.
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 a professional electrician perform your house Re-Wiring. 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
Reasons to Upgrade Your Switchboard & Electrical Wiring
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 Electrics
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 Re-Wiring & Wiring Frequently Asked Questions
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 Rewire 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 does a House Re-Wiring cost 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 House Re-Wiring?
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 electrician and deemed compliant with Australian standards, your DIY electrical work still cannot be properly certified.
How long does it take for House Re-Wiring to be done?
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 House Re-Wiring be Done?
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.
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Frequently Asked Electrical Wiring Questions
Why Does My Safety Switch Keep Tripping?
If you have a repeated tripped switch, the most common issue is a faulty appliance. you should remove all appliances from the faulty circuit and try to reset the safety switch. If the issues still persists, you may have further issues as a result of damage to wiring by water or animals. If you are experiencing a tripping switch, call us for same day service to fault find and fix your problem.
If you do not have RCD safety switches installed in your switchboard, we recommend that your fuse box be upgraded to the latest AS3000 electrical standards. Other reasons to consider an upgrade include when your switchboard is overcrowded, your appliances trip the circuit breakers, flickering lights, outdated porcelain Fuses, smell burning, or you can see sparks and melted or blackened wires or fuses. Contact True Local Electricians for a switchboard upgrade today! Read more about our Switchboard Upgrade service by Clicking Here
Do you offer a FREE Electrical Safety Inspection on my electrical wiring?
True Local Electricians can provide you with a FREE electrical safety inspection on your home electrical wiring, switchboard, power outlets and lights. If you have any electrical concerns, have a professional inspect and give you piece of mind that your homes electrical standards are safe and up to date. Read more about our Electrical Inspection service by Clicking Here
I Smell Electricity Burning, What Should I Do?
Burning smells indicate a serious electrical wiring or switchboard fault in your home. If you smell electricity burning contact us immediately for an emergency electrical inspection to identify the source of the problem. Burning smells can result from loose wiring at connection points in power outlets or circuit breakers which create hot joints, undersized or overloaded electrical wiring or faulty circuit breakers.
When Does My Electrical Wiring Need To be Replaced?
If your home is 30+ years in age, you should consider upgrading to the latest in home electrical standards which include RCD safety switches and modern TPS cable. Overtime, your existing circuit breakers and fuses can deteriorate and become faulty – preventative home maintenance is the best way to prevent home fires and power outages. You should always get frequent electrical checks to ensure optimal performance. We offer a FREE electrical inspection on each job.
How Long Will It Take For An Electrician To Arrive In An Emergency?
We are emergency electricians based in Caringbah NSW. We provide emergency response to all the Sutherland Shire 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. Our average dispatch time is less than 60 minutes. Read more about our Emergency Electrician Service to the Sutherland Shire
Should Cotton Sheath Wiring be Replaced?
Yes, Cotton Sheath cable is an old type of electrical cable used in homes in the Sutherland Shire and presents a safety risk. Over time the outer cotton sheathing deteriorates and leaves the metal conductors exposed. We highly recommend replacing Cotton Sheath wiring.
If you have lights which are continuously flickering, this may be a sign of a loose connection, loose bulb, or switchboard related issue creating a voltage increase to your lighting. We are qualified fault finding electricians and can provide a free electrical inspection to find the root cause of your electrical fault.
Are You ASP Level 2 Electricians?
Yes, we are Level 2 qualified electricians and can provide any Level 2 electrical upgrades to your homes consumer mains, point of attachments (POA), Ariel Cables and Meter panel equipment. If you have received an electrical defect notice from Ausgrid, Endeavour or Integral Elengy, phone us for a quote on rectifying the issue. As part of our service, we lodge all rectification paperwork with the electricity supplier. Read more about our Level 2 Electrician services.
Should VIR Wiring be Replaced?
Yes, VIR Vulcanized Indian Rubber wiring is an old type of electrical cable used in homes in the Sutherland Shire and presents a safety risk. Over time the outer rubber sheathing deteriorates and leaves the metal conductors exposed. We highly recommend replacing VIR wiring.
What Is The Difference Between A Fuse Box And Safety Box?
A fuse box is the old terminology given to a homes electrical box which contains old outdated porcelain ceramic fuses. The modern day standard terminology is called a Switchboard which contains RCD safety switches. Although they both perform the same function, a switchboard offers greater protection against electrical fires and electrocution. A fuse box protected appliances from electrical spikes. Whereas a switchboard and safety switches protects people from electrocution. True Local Electrician’s specialises in fuse box upgrades! Read more about upgrading to RCD Safety Switches here
Fully Qualified and Insured Electrical Wiring Electrician
True Local Electricians provide rapid emergency electrician services to residential and commercial properties services throughout The Sutherland Shire. We’ve been the reliable electrician for home and business owners in Sydney for more than 15 years and have fostered a strong reputation for quality, affordability and fantastic customer service. Electrical problems seem to always occur at times where you least expect them to, which can impact bottom line or a seemingly smooth flowing weekend. Rest assured that if electrical issues should arise, True Local Electricians are always a phone call away and have fully stocked vans in The Sutherland Shire. Our team are fully qualified electricians with extensive industry experience. We offer many electrical services from re-wiring, switchboard upgrades, power point installation, fault diagnosis, routine maintenance, LED lighting and Level 2 electrician services.