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Why might I need to upgrade my switchboard?

Older switchboards simply weren’t designed to handle the workload that today’s average home needs. Many older switchboards also don’t contain safety switches, and may contain asbestos. For all these reasons, it’s usually worth getting your switchboard assessed or upgraded if it’s more than 10 years old – firstly to protect your property and its occupants, and secondly to future-proof it for years to come.

Why should I replace my halogen downlights with LED downlights?

Not only are old halogen downlights expensive to operate, potentially costing thousands of dollars each year, they can also be extremely dangerous. With a temperature range of up to 370 degrees, they can easily cause an electrical fire if there’s a fault. Upgrading to energy-efficient LED lighting is a great move for your finances – it can reduce the lighting portion of your electricity bill by up to 75% – and your peace of mind.

What else can I do to make my lights more energy efficient?

Consider installing dimmer switches, motion sensor switches or smart light switches instead of conventional light switches. All of these options help you reduce the amount of electricity your lights use: with smart lighting, you can even control the amount of light (and the mood) from your phone, and automatically switch lights on and off when you enter or leave a room!

Why should I get my smoke alarm professionally checked?

Even if you regularly test your smoke alarm, it’s a good idea to get them professionally checked once a year. They become less effective over time and a professional electrician will be able to identify if your alarms should be replaced.

What other electrical hazards should I be aware of?

Common hazards include:

  • Arc faults: Over time, the protective sheathing around cabling can be worn away, whether by natural causes or pests, causing an arc that can start a fire. If you notice an electrical cable making a popping, hissing or buzzing sound, there may be an arc fault in your system requiring professional attention.
  • Earth faults: whenever metal appliances in the home cause electric shocks, earth faults are usually to blame. These faults often result from insulation breakdown, allowing for contact between an energised conductor and the metal frame of your appliance. Having safety switches installed can protect against these faults.

Power outlets are a common source of electrical trouble, whether it’s due to overloading or lack of protection devices. Electrocution protection devices are your first line of defence against electric shocks, while overloaded power outlets or boards significantly increase the likelihood of short circuits and fires.

What’s the best way to identify whether we have any electrical hazards at home or at work?

We’re so glad you’re conscious of electrical safety – in the past two decades of providing electrical services all around the Sydney basin, we’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly of household and commercial electrics. The best way to ensure your property is electrically safe is to book an Express Tech Electrical Health Check.

What areas do you cover in Sydney?

While our operations centre is in Mascot, we have teams of electricians all over Sydney. This enables us to serve the entire Sydney basin from Vaucluse to Penrith, Berowra to Jannali.

Do you offer an emergency service?

Yes! We pride ourselves on having the best emergency response rate in the business. Our expert team of electricians provide emergency electrical services all over the Sydney region for both residential and commercial properties.  All our vehicles are ready and stocked with all the right parts and equipment to deal with most common emergencies on the spot.

I want to update my ceiling fans. What should I be thinking about?

Modern ceiling fans are a fantastic option for cooling (and heating) a room while reducing your energy consumption. You should think about the following when choosing a fan:

  • The size of the room. A large fan will be more powerful and circulate air more effectively. In contrast, a smaller fan can be sufficient for a smaller space.
  • The style of the fan. You’ll want to choose a design that complements your home’s existing décor.
  • A fan with good blade balance. This will ensure the fan runs smoothly and quietly.
  • Budget. Ceiling fans can range in price from around $100 to $500 or more.

If you need help with choosing the right fan, call us today.

I manage a number of strata properties. Can you help me keep on top of electrical safety and maintenance?

Yes! With more than 20 years of experience in residential, commercial, strata and multi-occupancy properties, we’re Sydney’s five-star electrician. Our fully licensed and insured electricians can handle all types of electrical work, including:

  • External security lighting
  • Emergency lighting
  • Testing and tagging
  • Smoke alarm installation, servicing and testing
  • Intercoms and doorbells 
  • Emergency repairs and maintenance
  • Body corporate maintenance
  • Property management maintenance

To find out more, get in touch with us today.

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