Fired up over Electrical Safety: Electrical Safety Service and Panel Test
[Messenger Newspapers article – appearing 31/01/18]
WHEN it comes to switchboard safety, experienced Sharpe Group technician Carl has seen it all.
From loose connections encouraging sparking to older switchboards overloaded by too many modern appliances, he has resolved many issues over the years.
Sharpe Group, one of Adelaide’s leading electrical specialists, gets a constant stream of calls from householders experiencing issues with their switchboards.
The main problem revolves around the safety switch being tripped.
The switch is there to both protect the household’s appliances and prevent fires breaking out when wiring is overloaded.
Resetting the switch is the first option but constant tripping points to more serious issues.
“I quite often come across switchboards with too few fuses servicing a large household,” says Carl.
“Overloading these circuits trips fuses and also wears out the cables as they are working at full capacity all the time.”
The simple message is don’t 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,” says Mr Hallam.
Older properties are also a potential source of problems.
“When I inspect a switchboard one of the first things I consider if it is more than 10 years old is whether it meets current standards,” Mr Hallam says.
Unseen risks include wiring chewed by rodents, circuits modified by previous owners and switchboard terminals coming loose over time, creating a risk of sparking and fires.
For a fixed fee Sharpe technicians will carry out a full electrical safety inspection, examining everything from downlights, power points and smoke detectors to earthing and testing load checks on the switchboard.
Book a Sharpe Group fixed-price Electrical Safety Service to identify issues before they become a problem.
For more information call Sharpe on 131 750.
Electrical Safety Service - Checks and Tests
A regular Electrical Safety Service and Inspection will help you avoid dangerous and costly damage to your property.
A Sharpe Electrician will conduct:
- Visual, Electrical & Thermal Testing
- Appliance Safety & Usage Testing
- Switchboard/Meter Board Inspection
- House Electrical Systems Inspection
We recommend these checks be done every few years at your home & work.