Regular electrical maintenance is important to ensure the proper functioning of your electrical system. This also helps to avoid potential higher costs and more damaging issues.
If you are confused about what needs to be done, we recommend that one of our trained electricians perform an
This will give you a complete overview of your electrical system – identifying any areas of problems that require repair.
ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE – COMMON ISSUES
Broken electrical socket?
Not to worry, we give fixed price electric socket replacements. We only use high quality materials, and we expect everything we have installed to last. All fixtures and fittings are guaranteed. If we install anything that is faulty then we will replace it free of charge. Don’t leave a cracked, broken or discoloured socket in place. It may cause an electric shock and is highly dangerous.
Do your switches or plugs feel warm?
Sometimes the simple act of adding extra lighting. Or even installing higher wattage bulbs can result in a circuit being overloaded. Fortunately, it can be a simple fix, and you can get away with upgrading the switch to a one that can handle the extra load, assuming everything else on the circuit is up to the job.
Warm plugs or sockets, however, are usually caused by a loose wire.
Still have an old fuse board?
We can swap that out for you, fast and with hardly any disruption to your day. swapping a fuse board for a modern BS 7671 compliant consumer unit is a fairly pain free task. You can usually expect a maximum of four hours without power while the job is being done but most fuse board replacements take much less time.
FUSES AND BREAKERS
Do circuit breakers keep tripping or fuses keep blowing?
This could just be a faulty circuit breaker in your consumer unit, but most likely there is a faulty appliance on the circuit. Sometimes the circuit breaker will refuse to switch on at all and this normally means the circuit itself has a fault somewhere. If you have this problem call our team and we can send out an experienced electrician to quickly diagnose the fault.
A loose circuit is also a common cause for repeated breaker tripping. Luckily, this can be fixed quite quickly through tightening the connections on the electrical breaker or fuse panel. However, this must only be performed by a qualified, trained electrician!
Fuses and circuit breakers are safety measures designed to break the power to a circuit when the electrical flow is too great for the circuit to manage.
FUSE: Electrical Service Panels installed before 1965 commonly use wire fuses to protect Electric or Lighting Circuits, these are literally thin pieces of wire inserted into the circuit which, in the event of more current being drawn than the circuit can handle, will melt necessitating the manual replacement of the piece of wire before the circuit can be put back into service.
CIRCUIT BREAKER: Unlike a fuse which must be replaced when blown, a Circuit Breaker is more of a mechanical switch that ‘trips’ in order to interrupt the offending circuit. A breaker that has tripped or switched off may be manually switched back on or replaced to resume power to the circuit once the problem has been resolved.
AFCI: (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters) These clever devices provide greater protection against additional Electrical Fire Hazards known as arc faults.
Fuses and circuit breakers perform the same task by interrupting power to the wires they are connected to for 3 main reasons:
- There is a short between wires somewhere on the circuit.
- The circuit is overloaded.
- The circuit breaker or fuse is faulty.
We provide repair and installation of circuit breakers and fuses.
Our Fuses and Breaker services include:
- Circuit breaker Replacement
- Control Panel Replacement
- Circuit Troubleshooting
If you experience fuses blowing or circuit breakers tripping on frequently then there is a problem somewhere and a qualified electrician should be employed to examine the circuits to determine where the problem lies.