Don’t risk winter power problems.
[Messenger Newspapers article – appearing 26/4/17]
The dark days of winter put a big strain on household electrical systems, so it is time to get ready now.
If your house has ongoing power fluctuations, call in a licensed electrician.
The same applies if the house is more than 25 years old and you don’t know if it has ever been inspected.
“We get a constant stream of calls from householders experiencing issues with their switchboard,” Sharpe Group spokesman David Sharpe says.
“The main problem revolves around the safety switch bring tripped.”
He says the switch is there to both protect the househol’s appliances and prevent fires breaking out when wiring is overloaded.
“Simply resetting the switch is the first option but constant tripping points to more serious issues,” Mr Sharpe says.
The simple message is not to take risks with your power supply.
“Switchboard standards have been upgraded in recent years, so it pays to get a licensed electrician to confirm that you have the latest type of circuit breakers and the best quality safety switches,” Mr Sharpe says.
The main safety switch is a lifesaver that keeps watch over the house 24/7.
Older houses are also a potential source of problems, as their wiring may have been chewed by rodents or modified by previous owners.
More modern houses may have been upgraded with heating-cooling systems that draw more current than existing wiring circuits can handle.
Mr Sharpe says another common issue is overloading power points by connecting multiple appliances to portable power boards. “It is very easy to overload a household electrical circuit doing this,” Mr Sharpe says.
Homeowners are encouraged to speak with the friendly staff members at Sharpe Group about their range of power outlet upgrades, including multiple outlets and combinations catering for USB charging, data and communications.
If there is any doubt about your home’s electric, contact Sharpe Group as soon as possible.
For a fixed fee, Sharpe Group technicians can do a full electrical test and safety check of a house, inspecting everything from downlights, power points and smoke detectors to earthing and load checks on the switchboard.
For more information call Sharpe on 131 750