If you are having problems with your electrical wiring or circuits then you will need to call in a qualified electrical to inspect the systems and work out what is going wrong. This diagnostic visit can save you money in the long run and also ensure that your electrical wiring and any appliances that you are using are safe. Poorly-maintained electrics can be responsible for house fires and it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to having them maintained.
Part of what you are paying for when you call out an electrician to come to your home for fault finding is his or her expertise. The electrician will be able to identify any circuit or appliance that is causing problems, or be able to tell you if there are any problems with your wiring or your fuse box (consumer unit).
An electrician will initially make a visual inspection of your property and look at the most likely causes of any faults in the system, which are often the larger appliances, outlets and your wiring. They should be able to systematically test your systems and/or get you to recreate circumstances that cause problems or failures in your electrical system.
Your problem may be that your supply keeps cutting out or tripping, you have ‘dead’ electrical sockets, lightbulbs constantly blow or that you get small shocks when using the sink or bath. They can also find out what is happening if you are experiencing higher than normal electric bills.
Your electrician will bring testing equipment to your home and test earthing, insulation and the power supply. They will then be able to test individual appliances and sockets to isolate the problem and diagnose the actual cause. Their testing meters should give them the cause of the problem, but their expertise will allow them to find it all the quicker. In most cases the testing should not take more than two hours.
Once your electrician has carried out fault-finding tests and made a diagnosis they will tell you of their findings and talk you through them. At this stage they will give you any options for remedial work that will need to be carried out and explain the cost implications of this.
The remedy may range from simply rewiring some sockets or switches to the need for a complete overhaul of your electrical wiring. They may also diagnose problems with a consumer unit or with certain appliances. In all of these cases an experienced electrician will be able to let you know a timetable and price guide for work that must be done. They will also undertake any work that must be treated as an emergency and undertaken immediately.
If small jobs will solve the problem they will usually undertake these on the spot as well. Your electrician’s fault diagnosis should give you peace of mind and enable you to make clear decisions about how to go forward to ensure a safe and reliable electrical supply.
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