Despite our best efforts to keep our homes safe and free from danger, unforeseen circumstances and events can occur and may result in electrical faults which require the services of an electrician to attend your property and provide emergency electrical work to make the property safe again.

More often than not, electrical faults occur at the most unexpected or inconvenient time, such as during the middle of the night or on weekends and it is for this reason that it’s important you know what electrical faults require an emergency electrician and which can wait until the next business day.

What’s the difference between an emergency electrician and a routine electrician?

Before we go into example situations of when you may need an emergency electrician, it is important we explain the difference between an emergency electrician and a routine electrician.

Routine electricians are typically available between the hours of 7am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, whereas emergency electricians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days of the year. This availability of emergency electricians often means there is higher hourly rate.

Some examples of when you may need an emergency electrician include…

Loss of Power

Being without power can be extremely frustrating, your whole world just seems to stop and it sure can disrupt your day when the power is out. The first thing you need to check is if your neighbours have been affected, if they have then this is a sign that there is a bigger problem and it’s not just isolated to your property. If it appears that your property is the only one affected, then the first thing you want to do is to go around your home and unplug all the appliances from the wall, then try to reenergize the circuit. If this doesn’t work and the power keeps tripping, then it’s likely you have a bigger issue and it’s a good time to call an electrician.

Switchboard fires

Old switchboards catching fire is a common emergency we are called out to and this is definitely a time when an emergency electrician is required. If you notice smoke or flames coming from your switchboard the first thing you need to do is contact emergency services and then an emergency electrician.

Once emergency services have given the ok for the electrician to access the switchboard, the electrician will be able to ensure that the power supply to your property is safe. They will then conduct a thorough inspection of the switchboard and will most likely need to upgrade and replace the old switchboard to ensure it meets all current safety requirements.

Burning smell from switches/power outlets

A burning smell or smoke coming from a power point or switch is potentially very dangerous as it could lead to a house fire. But what causes the burning smell or smoke? There are several reasons why this may happen and some of those reasons include faulty or old wiring, overloaded outlets or faulty appliances.

So next time you suspect your electrical issue is an emergency you rest assured you now know what to do and when to contact us.