Definitely NO!! In Western Australia it is illegal for anyone but a qualified electrical contractor to do any domestic wiring or house rewiring. Even if the work has been done to standard it will not pass certification which is bad news especially if you need to sell the property. It makes sense for safety to hire a qualified electrician to carry out all your household wiring. You also risk your personal safety and the safety of your family and friends.
ASH Electrical WA | Frequently Asked Questions
How does an electrical safety switch save lives?
On a normal power circuit, the current flowing to an appliance returns through the neutral wire. If the circuit is compromised, the electricity can leak to earth through a person in contact with the appliance, causing death or serious injury.
A safety switch detects the loss of power from the circuit, and cuts the supply of electricity in as little as 30 milliseconds – 0.003 seconds. Importantly, this response time is faster than the critical section of a heartbeat, and therefore significantly reduces the risk of death or serious injury.
What is an RCD?
An RCD is a residual-current device, also known as a safety switch. The device is designed to monitor the electrical current and disconnect the power when a leak is detected from a fault in wiring, an appliance or switch.
What is Smart Wiring?
Smart Wiring is an industry wiring standard that once installed allows you to access multiple telephone, Internet, fax, PAY-TV options, as well as security, audio, lighting home automation, and garden irrigation features.
When should I have an electrical safety check?
ASH Electrical WA recommend that you should have an electrical inspection carried out if:
- You are purchasing a property that has been occupied
- The property is more that 25 years old
- If it is more that 5 years since one has been done
- If you are concerned about how any of the equipment may have been installed
What is Test and Tag?
Test and Tag is a system where our electricians will test all the electrical equipment in a workplace for faults ensuring it is safe to be used by employees. The electrician will then attach a tag to the piece of equipment stating the date it was tested and when the next test is due.
When is it time to call an electrician?
When you are resetting circuit breakers or changing fuses too often. When you turn on your air conditioner and the lights dim in the room. When your lights flicker or go on and off. When you can smell electricity burning. When you have six electronic devices going into one outlet in back of your electronics center. When you have receptacle outlets overburdened by multi-plug strips. When a three-prong plug needs a two-prong adapter. If you have to run extension cords to plug in electrical devices.
What is a surge protector and should I get one?
Surges are created by lightning or from the local power station. Sometimes, a surge of electricity can flood out to the residents from the power station. A surge protector helps to protect your electrical devices from a power surge. Usually, surge protectors are used for electronic devices such as computers and flat screen televisions. If you appreciate your electronic devices and want them to perform efficiently without having to worry about replacing them, you may want to consider protecting your devices with a surge protector.
My smoke detector keeps chirping, what does this mean?
This could mean one of two things:
- An intermittent chirp is probably an indication of a defective smoke detector.
- A consistent chirp is probably an indication of a low battery condition and the smoke detector requires a new battery.
Do security lights work?
Installing security lights on the outside of your home is an excellent way to increase the safety of your home, due to the proven effect they have on deterring crime. Nothing increases the feeling of safety like light. Security lights can be activated by infrared sensors, which activate when movement happens in their range. Not only do they alert you to new movement in the area, they also allow you to see if anyone is lurking in the shadows nearby. To prevent security lights from activating every time your neighbour passes by or an animal wanders past the field of activation can be adjusted by a trained professional, which is why an expert should install your security lights.