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FAQ

Why should we choose Choice Electrical for our electrical work?

At Choice Electrical we have plans and procedures in place to provide you with a well organised, professional and a pleasant service. With 30 years experience in the electrical industry, we have experience in a wide range of fields and services.

How much does it cost for an electrician to wire my home?

We can give you a free quotation for your home electrical system. Things we need to know before we can give you a quote are-

  • Scope of works
  • Duration of works/ time frame
  • Electrical plans/ electrical drawings
  • Product and material specifications
  • A detailed description on exactly what electrical works you need quoting.

We can come to you if we can not determine a price through our website quotation service.

How do I know if my wiring is safe?

Usually if your home is older than 50 years old, you may need an inspection and a condition report. You should have periodic inspections every 5 years so that you have peace of mind in knowing you have a safe electrical system. Over the years your wiring can deteriorate, be tampered with and or be outdated. There could be a fire or accident waiting to happen. A condition report will tell you everything about your electrical system.

What areas do you service?

Our local area is Belmont/Warners Bay/Charlestown/Swansea. We service Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and the Central Coast. We are willing to travel for larger projects.

How can I save money on my electricity bill?

There are many ways to save money on your electricity bill. Vigilance is usually the first thing you need to have. There are many factors in which determines the amount of energy consumption. Call us now for a power efficiency assessment and report. We can outline a reduced energy proposal for you to get started.

How do I know if I have safety switches?

Don’t be confused between a circuit breaker and a safety switch. They both have different functions and are not the same. Circuit breakers protect your wiring from overloading and short circuits, safety switches do this as well as detect earth leakage. Safety switches can be identified with a reset button on the front of them, push this button and your circuit should trip. They are designed to protect you and your family from electrocution. In my opinion everyone should have them.

Do you do electrical inspections?

Yes, we do periodic inspections/ pre- purchase building inspections or just a safety inspection for your peace of mind. This is followed up by a detailed report outlining  your electrical systems-

  • non compliance’s to Australian Standards Wiring Rules
  • quality and efficiency
  • recommendations

We can also provide a energy efficiency report detailing a proposed lay out on ways to bring your electricity bills down.

How long does your quotation remain valid?

At Choice Electrical we give free quotations to everyone. They are usually valid for 3 months but can be extended if needed.  Due to rising costs of material and labour your quotation might have to be reassessed if it has expired.

Will upgrading my home lighting to LED save me money?

Yes, most definitely. LED lighting is the future and each year more and more people are switching to energy efficient LED’s.  You can save up to 70% from your lighting costs by installing LED.

Why do smoke alarms keep beeping?

There are a number of reasons why smoke detectors beep away. If your smoke alarm beeps all the time it is telling you something is wrong. Do not ignore this as you will find your detector will not operate properly in a fire situation. Most of the time you will find a flat battery needs replacing, however it is not as simple as you think. Smoke detectors need to be tested in a sequence to ensure they operate correctly.

Why are my power cables too hot to touch?

Too hot to touch means DANGER. Cables should not get to this temperature under normal conditions. When a cable heats up, cools down and heats up again continuously you will find that the cable will deteriorate rapidly. Either your circuit breaker is faulty or the wrong rating. And or your wiring has deteriorated or is the wrong size. You need to turn it off and call Choice Electrical.

Why won't my safety switch reset?

There is a good reason why your safety switch will not turn back on. Unless it is faulty, its probably doing its job by protecting your safety. Safety switches are designed to shut off your power when an inbalance occurs between your active and neutral conductors. This means that electricity is leaking to earth.( A bit like a leaking tap). You need a qualified electrician to test your wiring and rectify the problem.

Will surge protection protect me from lightning strikes?

Yes, lightning strikes are a common cause for power surges around the electricity grid. There are a few types of surge protection you can use on your home to protect your electrical appliances. Mains connected into your switchboard are good for protecting your whole electrical system from surges, or you can go for the optional power board outlet with surge protection.

Why do my lights flicker?

A flickering light could be a number of things. Loose connections can cause fires from arcing. It could be in the light fitting or in your switch. If all the lights are flickering its possible you have interference from other loads switching. No matter what it is you need to switch off your light circuit and call an electrician.

What size electrical system do I need for my home?

A typical home would usually have a 100 amp system (this is the minimum requirement in NSW) . But a few factors are taken into consideration and a maximum demand calculation will be done on your home with your pre-designed electrical system.

To save costs, can I buy the parts and hire you to install them?

Yes you may, if you know exactly what you want and need. When it comes to electrical materials,  we know the best wholesalers at a trade discount. Check with your electrician before purchasing electrical materials as this could save you a lot of heartache in the long run. We have to follow rules and regulations governing certain specifications in determining electrical materials.

What is a short circuit?

A short circuit is when there is very low resistance between the active conductor and the neutral or earth conductors or frame. Meaning both wires are touching somewhere directly shorting the system out. When this happens, because there is little resistance between the wires, the current increases dramatically and trips the protection device.

Are you fully insured and what is your warranty policy?

Yes we are fully insured with public liability and products liability to a value of $10 000 000. Our warranty policy is 10 years for all new wiring and installations. For faulty or defective products usually 5 years depending on the manufacturer.

How many smoke detectors do I need in my house?

Smoke detectors should be connected in every living area of the house. This includes bedrooms/ lounge rooms/ sleeping areas. Also each level of the house has to be protected. With multiple detectors we recommend them to be linked within the same building. Not forgetting that regular maintenance is required by law for your detectors, to continuously operate for your safety.

How can I stop my power from overloading and tripping?

What people have to understand is that a fuse and or a circuit breaker is installed in your meter box  to protect your wiring from overloading and burning. Generally, normal house power cable is rated at 20 amps. That is the cut off mark if a 20 amp circuit breaker is installed. The more appliances that are plugged in means more current. So if your circuit breaker keeps on tripping it means you have reached your limit.

Why does my light fitting keep blowing globes?

There are a few reasons why globes keep blowing. The number 1 reason is the heat coming off the filament can not escape from the light fitting easily enough. LED globes produce less heat and last a lot longer. It could be loose connections or power surges or even just an inferior globe.

How many power outlets am I allowed to have?

You can have as many power points as you want. It doesn’t necessarily mean they all have to be on the same circuit. You have to look at your load to calculate each circuit before we do anything.

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