Home Owners Guide To Electrical Contractors
Modern day life revolves around electric power. To ensure that our lives function adequately, we need a complete and continuous supply of electricity. For this to happen, electricians and other electrical skilled labor are required to transmit, distribute, and maintain our electrical systems and equipment. Being an electrician is, however, a risk due to electrocution cases, and thus caution must not be thrown to the wind. It is thus paramount to study electrical engineering courses from a credible college before getting into the field. People sometimes lie about their credentials when it comes to this area, and for that reason, countries across the globe have set up various regulating bodies that will look up electrician certifications before they repair any of your appliances.
In Australia, the Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) is one of them. Jeremy Highland, a local electrical contractor from Pro Electrician Melbourne stated in a recent interview that “the electrical industry in Victoria is highly regulated now and it is very hard to anyone without a license to perform electrical work. I haven’t heard of anyone being unlicensed for over 10 years” he added.
Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) is the regulating body in Victoria. They license and register all electrical personnel within and across Victoria. They have various types of licenses that they issue out;
- Electrician’s license (A)
- Registered electrical contractors (REC) & Restricted electrical worker’s license (REL)
- Switchgear worker’s license (SW)
- Supervised worker’s license (L)
- Licensed electrical inspectors (LEI)
- Electrician (Supervised) Worker’s (ES)
- Occupier’s license (O)
Common Domestic Electrical Services
Energy efficient light installation
- Installation of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) instead of Incandescent lamps
- Installation of energy-efficient fluorescent lamps in place of “conventional” fluorescent lamps
- Use of an automated device, such as a key tag system, to regulate electric power in a room.
- Add lighting controls such as photo sensors.
- Replace all signs with light emitting diode (led) signs.
- Copper Data Cabling
- Fiber Optic Data Cabling
- Serial cable
- Coaxial cable
- Ethernet Cables (Cat5, Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a)
- Re-Wiring & Switchboard Upgrades
- Additional Power points, switches, and sensors
- Wall Mounting TV’s
- Hard Wired Smoke Alarms
- New Lights and Fans
Heat detectors and smoke alarms
Heat Detectors are the oldest type of fire detection in this category.
There are three types of smoke alarms, a combination ionization/photoelectric, ionization and photoelectric.
Test and tag
- A person who carries out testing and tagging ends up;
Being able to distinguish between electrical equipment that is double insulated and electrical equipment that is protectively earthed.
- Understanding how the regulations and relevant guidance material apply to electrical equipment used in the workplace.
- Understanding the limitations of their training
- Knowing how to use the appropriate testing instruments accurately, interpret and record Results
- Carrying out a visual examination of electrical equipment
General electrical repairs
- AC and DC Drives & Motor Controls
- Motion Controls
- Distributed Control Systems
- Valve Controls & Actuators
- Safety Devices
How to choose a reliable electrician
- Make sure they have License and Insurance
- Make sure they are Qualified and have enough experience
- A recommendation from someone whose opinion you trust can be invaluable when choosing an electrician.
- Choose an electrician with the right attitude and proper communication skills.
The table can help you see the picture of some sample electric jobs and how much they charge per hour.
- Installing a ceiling fan – $200
- Installing an attic fan – $500 (includes the cost of fan)
- Inst Installing a bathroom exhaust fan – $350alling a light switch – $155
- Fixing a bathroom fan – $200
- Installing a whole-house “smart” system – $900
- Repair an Attic Fan – $ 295
- Setting a generator – $225
- Installing a light fixture – $195
- Electrical panel upgrade or installation – $1,000 to $1,300
- Repairing a light fixture – $165
DIY Electrical work Dangers
Do it yourself projects are not encouraged in electric appliances as there is not only the risk of electrocution, Incorrect fitting of outlets and switches, Use of wires and cables that are of the wrong size, Wattage of light bulbs, but the improperly installed wiring is the leading cause of house fires across the country.
- City of Melbourne CBD
- Carlton 3053 – Carlton South – Carlton North 3054
- Docklands 3008
- East Melbourne 3002
- Flemington 3031
Eastern municipalities and their suburbs
- City of Boroondara
- Solway postmark
- Ashburton 3147
- Balwyn 3103
- Balwyn East
- Stradbroke Park
Western municipalities and their suburbs
- City of Brimbank
- Albanvale 3021
- Albion 3020
- Ardeer 3022
- Brooklyn 3012
- Cairnlea 3023
- City of Bayside
- Beaumaris 3193
- Black Rock 3193
- Black Rock North
- Half Moon Bay
- Ricketts Point
- Brighton, Brighton Beach 3186
- Middle Brighton
- Brighton East 3187
- Cheltenham 3192
- Southland Centre
Always call a licensed electrician to carry out any electrical renovation or wiring work around the home. Don’t attempt to remove any rotted appliances where electricity gets connected without consulting with your electrician.…