When to call an emergency electrician

It’s unfortunate, but we cannot deny that we all rely heavily on the electricity in our homes. We need it to do almost anything, and when it is suddenly disrupted, it can cause significant inconvenience. Without properly looked after electrical systems in place, we may not access our favourite appliances/mechanisms. The only problem is that electrical faults that they experience are pretty common. They will happen to us all, and they can range from routine to matters of urgency. It may be hard to tell the difference, and so we’ve put together some helpful advice to help you know the difference and whether you should request a routine fix of your system or call an emergency electrician.

The difference between routine electrical fault services and electrical emergencies

Some electrical faults happen just because they require routine electrical services. A professional electrician on the Mornington Peninsula will usually schedule routine maintenance and often for regular clients during daytime hours. This can include a wide range of standard procedures, including but not limited to:

  • General light and power repairs
  • Inspections to search for faults
  • Smoke alarm installation and testing
  • Lighting installation, maintenance across the home

Emergency electrical work is different because it can happen any time of day. That means you need an on-call electrician 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to attend to any serious issues that may arise on your premises (urgent matters). Twenty-four hours call-out work typically comes at a higher charge rate considering the after-hours nature of the work.

When do I need an emergency electrician?

An electrical emergency is defined as an electrical issue that could threaten premises, along with the people located on them. Thankfully, emergencies have a way of making it evident that they’re about to arrive, which means we may be able to spot them. If any of the following happens, it may signify that you need to contact an electrician as soon as possible.

Signs of an electrical emergency
  1. Burning or heat radiating on wires
  2. Smoke or burnt smells at sockets and any wiring
  3. Zapping or cracking sounds from inside the wall whenever a switch is turned on
  4. Smoke coming out of a device, or its wiring
  5. Hot powerpoints
  6. Switchboard lights flickering
What to do in an electrical emergency

If you’ve spotted anything listed previously or see other signs of an emergency, the first thing you should do as soon as possible is to switch off the primary power source. This will prevent potential accidents (such as electric shocks) and further damage happening to the system or your property. If a fire breaks out that you suspect was caused by an electrical fault, DO NOT throw water on it. Use a fire extinguisher, vacate your premises and contact emergency services.

The next best thing to do is call an emergency electrician who knows exactly how to handle the issue and repair the electrical system to safety standards. We service the whole of the Mornington Peninsula, including the following regions and suburbs: Mornington Peninsula, Rye, Sorrento, Dromana, Rosebud, Portsea, Frankson, Mt Martha, Mornington, Langwarrin and Somerville

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