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Electrical Installations Health Check For Your Home

Most people aren’t aware that electricity is one of the main causes of fires on commercial as well as residential properties. Home-related electrical accidents aren’t as uncommon as people believe them to be. Modern homes have a large number of electrical appliances and devices and we depend on these to provide us the convenience and comfort we need.

For example, even up until a decade ago, most homes in Australia had only one radio and one TV, but all of that has now changed; and on an average most homes now have a minimum of two TVs. Home theatre systems are common as are gaming consoles, almost every room has air conditioning units and most homes have many large appliances too; computers, laptops, music systems… the list is almost endless.

This also significantly increases the risk of electrical fires. This is why it’s crucial to ensure that you get the electrical system in your home frequently inspected for defects, deterioration or damage. This electrical health check should be conducted at least once a year or more if you feel that something is amiss. When a potential electrical problem is caught early, it helps prevent any major problems in the future. Very importantly, it can help prevent the break out of an electrical fire that can cause extensive damage to your property and pose a risk to the lives of you and your family members.

Vital electrical checks

Just as you get your vehicle inspected and serviced regularly, it’s crucial that the electrical system in your home be inspected with regularity. Old sockets, plugs, outdated wiring and flexible cables can all cause damage to your property or also result in electrical shock. While it’s best to hire skilled professionals like the ones at Quick Connect Electrical for the job, there are some basic checks you can do as well, such as:

  • Check all the sockets and plugs for arcing sounds
  • Check these installations for burn marks
  • If you find that the circuit breakers are tripping too often that can mean there is excessive load on the electrical system.
  • Check electrical cables for wear and tear and get them replaced without delay
  • If you experience shock when you touch any appliance or electrical device call us in to get it checked

Hire the experts

We are the expert electricians that provide 24/7 emergency services. Since we are on call round the clock, you have the peace of mind that we will be at your location within the shortest possible time in case you are facing any type of electrical emergency. We use the latest technology in our work and visit your property in fully-equipped vans. This helps us to carry out the work quickly and efficiently.

We at Quick Connect Electrical can provide excellent power point installation, replacement, and repair services at very cost-effective pricing. To check if we serve your area, just enter your pin code in the box on the right of the page.

See what our customers are saying about our company & services. Regardless of what your requirement is, we can provide you the best services. For an emergency electrician in Sydney, any time of the day or night, call us at this number- 1300 725 894; you are assured of prompt and expert services at all times.

Different Lighting Concepts to Use in Your Landscaping

The summer months are perfect for spending time with family and friends in the outdoor spaces of your home.  While these areas are quite useable during the daytime, you can use them optimally in the evening or night only if  you have the right  type of lighting installed in the yard and garden area., Here are some  ideas and things to consider while installing  outdoor  lighting on your residential property:

The right types of lights

When it comes to lighting for outdoor spaces, homeowners often make the mistake of installing only a few floodlights in different areas of the property or along the exterior walls of their homes. While this type of lighting may provide illumination, it doesn’t do much for the aesthetics and ambience of your garden. Some of the different types of lights that we at Quick Connect Electrical can install in your yard spaces are:

  • Lamp posts
  • Floodlights
  • Paver lights
  • Boundary wall and gate post lights
  • Patio and deck lighting
  • Garden step lights
  • Recessed lighting
  • Underwater lights in ponds, fountains and waterfalls
  • Lights near outdoor living features such as  fireplaces, fire pits, pergola, outdoor kitchens
  • Poolscape lighting
  • Fairy lights around the trees and bushes in the garden
  • Solar lights for various areas in the landscape
  • Motion sensor lights
  • Security lighting

Energy-efficient garden lighting

While these different types of lights look great in the outdoor spaces, they can increase your energy bills substantially. This is why we recommend the use of LED bulbs. These are 80 percent more energy-efficient than standard lights. They emit cool light which means your plants and trees don’t get impacted by heat from the lights. LED light fixtures provide 30,000- 40,000 hours of illumination which makes them low maintenance features.

Some aspects we keep in view

  • When we handle outdoor lighting installations, you can rest assured that the work will be completed expertly.
  • The best outdoor grade light fittings and fixtures will be used and all we will make sure that the grounding is done well.
  • If extra power points are required for plugging in any appliances, devices or light features, we can handle that job for you too.
  • Our electricians generally position these on garden walls or the exterior walls of your home and ensure so that they don’t come into contact with water from the garden spaces.

We are the experts that handle every single outdoor lighting installation job in a customised and professional manner.  Quick Connect Electrical can provide excellent power point installation, replacement, and repair services at very cost-effective pricing. To check if we serve your area, just enter your pin code in the box on the right of the page. See what our customers are saying about our company & services. Regardless of what your requirement is, we can provide you the best services. For an emergency electrician in Sydney, any time of the day or night, call us at this number- 1300 725 894; you are assured of prompt and expert services at all times.

Aspects to Keep In View While Hiring a Commercial Electrician

Commercial establishments generally have a large number of heavy-duty equipment and appliances. Offices may have large servers and data rooms while restaurants and hotels have cool rooms, cold storage units, large electric ovens and a variety of other electrical appliances. This also means the systems and installations that support these appliances have to be built to bear the electrical load this equipment needs.

Tips to consider

Aside from this, it’s also important that when you are getting any additions, alterations or maintenance and repair work done on any of the electrical systems, you need to hire the services of skilled and experienced commercial electricians like the ones at Quick Connect Electrical for the job. Here are some tips to keep in view while hiring any commercial electrician:

  • Certification and licensing- Some commercial electrical jobs need special certification and that is something you should be checking while hiring a commercial electrician. They may require Level 1 certification to handle certain jobs and it’s important that they have insurance cover as well.
  • Reputation- In addition to this, you need to check how long they have been in business and whether their previous customers have good things to say about them. You can find out when the company was formed by looking at their website and read online reviews and testimonials to identify what customers are saying about the company’s services.
  • 24/7 emergency services There are times when you need an electrician’s services urgently and the company you connect with should be able to provide 24/7 services. This gives you peace of mind that you have expert help on hand in case an electrical emergency arises.
  • Local service providers- It’s always a good idea to hire a local company for the job. This is because you can be assured of a quicker response and they will be at your location in a shorter timeframe when you call them.
  • Guarantees- When you are hiring a commercial electrician look for a company that provides guarantees for its work. This shows they will be focused on doing the job right the first time around. These professionals will also use products that are covered with warranties and that improve the safety and efficiency of the electrical installations on your property.
  • Quotes- Once you have identified a few good local electrician companies, get quotes and compare them in the basis of price as well as all the other points mentioned above and then make your final choice.

We at Quick Connect Electrical can provide excellent power point installation, replacement, and repair services at very cost-effective pricing. To check if we serve your area, just enter your pin code in the box on the right of the page.

See what our customers are saying about our company & services. Regardless of what your requirement is, we can provide you the best services. For an emergency electrician in Sydney, any time of the day or night, call us at this number- 1300 725 894; you are assured of prompt and expert services at all times.

Mistakes that Can Occur in DIY Electrical Projects

Homeowners often embark upon DIY projects and in addition to painting, carpentry, and other small repair tasks, many people also try to handle electrical jobs themselves. While it may save you a certain amount of money, there are distinct risks to doing electrical work around your home.  These jobs should always be handled by a trained and licensed electrician with the right knowledge and tools. There are a number of things that can go wrong when you try to handle electrical tasks yourself such as:

  • Using wires and cabling of the wrong size-  There are many different types of wires and cables available and the gauge of wire you purchase would depend on the application and installation it’s going to be installed in. this makes it crucial to use wiring and cabling as well as devices of the right grade. Using the incorrect wiring can lead to an overload of the circuit and cause the circuit breaker to trip constantly.
  • Faults in the electrical box connections– The electrical box provides the connections protection from external conditions and it’s important that all the electrical connections are installed within it correctly. Aside from this, the boxes shouldn’t be overfilled either as that can result in overheating of the wires which in turn could result in a short circuit or fire.
  • Outlets and switches fitted incorrectly- If the outlets and switches have been installed improperly, that can cause a problem once you plug in an appliance. Loose wires can become detached from the terminals and result in arcing and overheating as well, which can potentially lead to a fire breakout.
  • Incorrect fuse replacement– This is quite a common cause of an electrical fire. If a fuse blows, you may end up replacing it with an incompatible fuse. If it trips with regularity, it’s important to find out what the cause of the problem is and then get it fixed by a skilled electrician. There are times when the connections within the fuse box may not be positioned correctly and fitted securely. If you find that the lights on a particular circuit are flickering or getting switched off too often that could indicate that the fuse connections are loose which can result in overheating and a fire.
  • Excessive load on the outlets– This is another mistake many DIY enthusiasts make. They tend to use more power outlets on a single switchboard than its capacity which results in an overload when various appliances are plugged in. If you exceed the amperage of the board that can cause problems too.

As you can see, there are a number of different things that can go wrong when a novice handles any electrical work. It’s never a good idea to handle any electrical jobs yourself. We at Quick Connect Electrical can provide excellent power point installation, replacement, and repair services at very cost-effective pricing. To check if we serve your area, just enter your pin code in the box on the right of the page.

See what our customers are saying about our company & services. Regardless of what your requirement is, we can provide you the best services. For an emergency electrician in Sydney, any time of the day or night, call us at this number- 1300 725 894; you are assured of prompt and expert services at all times.

Safety Switch Basics

Not many people realise exactly how common electrical accidents are; some of these accidents lead to hospitalisation while others can be fatal. The aspect to keep in view here is that most of these accidents are preventable and all it needs is the installation of safety switches. While it is now a requirement for all new build homes to have safety switches, older homes don’t have these features and it’s important that property owners have a better understanding about what these features are and how they help.  The experts at Quick Connect Electrical have put together this basic guide that will help you understand more about safety switches.

What are safety switches?

Safety switches are devices that are able to instantaneously detect when there is any electricity leakage and it cuts off the flow at the source at that very moment. This may occur when a person accidentally makes contact with the current or it detects that there is a potential threat of leakage. This device is simple but can prove to be invaluable in saving lives.

Understanding how many safety switches you need

Most people get these switches installed only on main power circuits. While that does provide a certain level of protection, it isn’t a guarantee of total protection. The one way to guarantee a higher degree of protection is to get safety switches installed in all circuits across the property; you need to have these fitted on your hot water system, lights and control panels etc.

Never turn safety switch installation into a DIY project

This job is a specialised one and it’s important that you don’t turn it into a DIY activity unless you have undergone some electrical training and have certification for it. Only a licensed electrician should handle safety switch installation; they will also provide advice on where these features need to be installed. Fortunately, safety switches aren’t expensive but the cost of the installation would be dependent on the number of switches that need to be installed and the size of the property as well.

How to test these switches

Once the switches have been installed, you can test whether they work or not.  While there are many different models and makes of safety switches, they all have a “test” button which can be pressed to check whether they function well. If the switch is working as it should, it should trip the electrical circuit it’s been connected to and then you simply reset the switch. If you find that it isn’t working, call us without delay.

We can provide excellent safety switch installation, replacement and repair services at very cost-effective pricing. To check if we serve your area, just enter your pin code in the box on the right of the page. See what our customers are saying about our company & services. Regardless of what your requirement is, we can provide you the best services. For an emergency electrician in Sydney, any time of the day or night, call us at this number- 1300 725 894; you are assured of prompt and expert services at all times.

Steps to Take In Case Of a Power Outage

Power outages aren’t a common occurrence in most cities or towns in Australia and the power supply is quite steady; and even when there happens to be a power outage in your area, it won’t last for very long time. But there are times when natural disasters and storms can affect the power supply and result in a longer power outage that may last for up to a week or more.

When there is a power outage in your area, you will not be able to use any electrical appliances or equipment or even systems such as the water heaters etc. As a matter of fact, it can also become difficult to charge devices such as laptops and mobile phones once their batteries drain out. Very simply, a power outage affects your day-to-day activities in a big way. If the power outage is restricted to your property, you would have to call in a licensed electrician like us at Quick Connect Electrical to identify what is wrong with the system.

Steps to take

We have been operating in this space for a number of years and know what it takes to provide prompt and reliable services. We understand that electrical emergencies can arise at any time and it’s why we offer 24/7 emergency services to residential and commercial customers across Sydney. Here are the steps to take in case of a power outage on your property:

  • It’s important that you don’t panic and check with any of your neighbours about whether they are facing a similar electrical problem.
  • If you identify that only your property has been affected, you should check whether any circuit breakers have tripped.
  • If that isn’t the problem, check if there is any damage to the main electrical wiring leading to your property.
  • In case you do notice some damage to these wires, it’s important that you immediately contact your electricity service provider.
  • In case other properties in your local area have been impacted, there are certain precautions you’d have to take.
  • Turn off all the switches and unplug all electrical appliances and devices from their sockets.
  • If you do have a generator ensure you don’t plug it straight into your home’s electrical system- but if you have the appropriate switchover facilities you can do this.

It’s never a good idea to take a power outage lightly. Call in a skilled electrician like us to get the installations inspected and checked. We would be able to give you a clearer picture about what the problem is and how it can be fixed.

To check if we serve your area, just enter your pin code in the box on the right of the page. See what our customers are saying about our company & services. Regardless of what your requirement is, we can provide you the best services. For an emergency electrician in Sydney, any time of the day or night, call us at this number- 1300 725 894; you are assured of prompt and expert services at all times.

Why It’s Never a Good Idea To Carry Out DIY Electrical Work

Many homeowners like to start small home improvement projects around the house and spend some of their weekends in the upkeep and overall maintenance of their home. While it’s perfectly fine to undertake some small DIY gardening, carpentry or painting projects in your home, it’s never a good idea to try to fix electrical problems or handle electrical upgrades on your or own.

One of the primary reasons why property owners try to tackle some of these jobs themselves is because they feel it can save them some money. But the fact is that electricity is never something you can experiment with and only a licensed and trained electrician should carry out electrical jobs. We at Quick Connect Electrical always recommend to our customers that they should hire professional electricians for these jobs.

Not only is it the safer but you will find that it’s also a cheaper option in the long term. This is because only experienced and skilled electricians can ensure that all the work is completed safely and is up to code. We provide excellent, prompt, professional and cost-effective electrical services to residential as well as commercial customers.

DIY electrical tasks can prove to be dangerous

Let’s understand why DIY electrical jobs can pose a danger to you and your property:

  • It’s not legal in Sydney to carry out any type of electrical work by yourself unless you’re qualified and have a license, and you risk being slapped with a fine or even being prosecuted if you attempt to handle these tasks yourself.
  • Incorrect techniques can result in electrocution and sometimes can be fatal too.
  • A large percentage of electrical fires are actually caused by individuals that have attempted to fix electrical problems on their property; and so when you try your hand at DIY electrical jobs, in effect you are putting at risk the lives of people that live in your home. Electrical fires can also cause a considerable amount of damage to your property.
  • If there is any electrical-fire related damage caused by wiring or any appliance installed by you, that can affect your property insurance coverage.

A novice isn’t aware of all the basic safety measures they need to take while handling the electrical job. Aside from this, many of these tasks can prove to be more complex than they seem on the surface; and only a skilled and experienced electrician would be able to assess and identify the root of the problem and provide a suitable fix. We can handle all types of electrical installations, repairs, and replacements to your 100% satisfaction.

To check if we serve your area, just enter your pin code in the box on the right of the page. See what our customers are saying about our company & services. Regardless of what your requirement is, we can provide you the best services. For an emergency electrician in Sydney, any time of the day or night, call us at this number- 1300 725 894; you are assured of prompt and expert services at all times.

How You Benefit From Using Programmable Thermostats

In the recent years, programmable thermostats have become quite a standard installation on residential properties across Australia. Many homeowners are now finding that making this simple change from manual thermostats to programmable ones offer numerous benefits to their wallet, home and comfort.

Some homeowners try to turn this into a DIY project, but that is never a good idea. If you want the warranty of the fixture to remain intact and want the system to function well, it’s best to call in expert electricians to handle the job. Adding programmable thermostats to your air conditioning, heating, and ventilation unit is a job that we at Quick Connect Electrical can handle for you. The older unit will be removed from its position on the wall and the wiring will be reconnected to the programmable thermostat.

When used in the HVAC systems, thermostats contain the equipment and the controls to sense the temperature of an area or room and turn the fan, AC, or heating on and off to ensure that the levels set by the user are maintained at all times. Whether you add this existing heating and air conditioning system or it’s a part of a new installation, a programmable thermostat is decidedly one of the most high-impact and cost-effective home improvements you can make. Not only does this have a positive impact on your indoor environment’s comfort levels, but helps reduce your utility bills as well.

Programmable thermostats- the benefits

There are a number of benefits to getting programmable thermostats installed, such as:

  1. Increased comfort
  • You can maintain the indoor temperature range to complement your comfort needs.
  • Your home will be comfortable whenever you walk in without having to waste any energy during the night or day.
  • If you prefer your room to be warm or cool while getting to bed or waking up, you can set your bedroom’s temperature to change during the hours just after you fall asleep, and before you wake up in the morning, or both.
  1. Convenience
  • Fewer trips to get to access your thermostat controls.
  • You can alter the settings as infrequently/often as you want.
  • There is a remote function and you can control the system from other rooms in your house
  • The smart models also provide the functionality for remote access via the internet or mobile phone
  1. Energy Saver
  • Allows you to locate & maintain the balance between energy usage and comfort, either when you’re away or present.
  • You can manage the overall temperature of the indoor spaces based on the time, as well as the temperature sensitivity. This decides how often and how many degrees your air-conditioning system adjusts to changes in indoor temperature.

To check if we serve your area, just enter your pin code in the box on the right of the page. See what our customers are saying about our company & services. Regardless of what your requirement is, we can provide you the best services. For an emergency electrician in Sydney, any time of the day or night, call us at this number- 1300 725 894; you are assured of prompt and expert services at all times.

Why You Should Avoid Using Double Adapters in Your Home

We live in a digital age and use a large number of electrical and electronic devices; our home also has many electrical appliances. And there are times when we find that the general purpose electrical outlets just aren’t enough for our needs. And we often just grab a double adapter to allow us to use the multiple devices we need in that space. This is something we all very commonly do in our home, not realising that it can be extremely risky to do so.

While these multi-adapters seem like an easy and quick solution and it meets your immediate needs, theY are pretty hazardous to use as a permanent or regular solution. At Quick Connect Electrical we never recommend the use of double adapters because:

  • These attachments don’t come with overload protection features.
  • Most adapters are angled and this increases the risk of electrocution and fire.
  • Incorrect use & poor maintenance increase these risks to you and your family.

The rise in electrical and electronic devices requiring very frequent charging means if your home has insufficient general electrical outlets, you would be compelled to use adapters. As mentioned earlier, these attachments don’t have any overload protection; if any one device that’s plugged into the double adapter draws additional current that can result in an overload which in turn can cause an electrical fire. Most of us aren’t aware of how much power each of the electrical devices needs; this is why we should never risk attaching too many devices to a single electrical outlet as that can compromise the electrical safety in our homes.

More problems

Most double adapters are designed very poorly and that also means there are many loose connections since the plugs enter the adapters at an angle. If the plug becomes a little dislodged that can pose a problem because the exposed pug pins are live. If any jewellery or even your finger comes into contact with these live pins accidentally that can result in a blowout or electrocution.

Some people also go to the extent of piggybacking adapters- they plug one adapter into the socket in the wall and then another double adapter into it. The idea is to provision for as many outlets as possible through a single electrical outlet. This can result in overheating when multiple devices are being charged which increases the risk of an electrical fire. As you can see, it’s never a good idea to use double adapters regularly or as a permanent solution to charge devices in your home. It’s best to call us in to get additional power points added in the location where you need to plug in more devices regularly.

We can provide excellent power point installation, replacement, and repair services at very cost-effective pricing. To check if we serve your area, just enter your pin code in the box on the right of the page. See what our customers are saying about our company & services. Regardless of what your requirement is, we can provide you the best services. For an emergency electrician in Sydney, any time of the day or night, call us at this number- 1300 725 894; you are assured of prompt and expert services at all times.

Why are Smoke Detectors Crucial?

Smoke detectors are a vital piece of equipment in any home and in NSW it is now required by law to have at least one smoke detector on each storey in your home. The fact is that electrical fires are quite a common occurrence and they cause a significant amount of destruction as well. In many instances, electrical fires result in this kind of extensive damage because the break out hasn’t been detected in time. This is why it is important to get smoke detectors installed on your property. If you already have these devices fitted, you should make sure they are maintained well and are in a working condition at all times.

Unfortunately even people that get smoke detectors installed on their properties eventually tend to forget these exist and just take them for granted. Poorly-maintained or incorrectly installed smoke detectors will not perform in the manner they should and can malfunction, rendering them useless in case there is an outbreak of fire on your property. We at Quick Connect Electrical offer excellent smoke detector maintenance solutions to both commercial and residential customers.

Some detector maintenance matters

There are some basic smoke detector alarm maintenance checks that you can perform yourself such as:

  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions on smoke detector testing and carry out these checks each month.
  •  If you find that the device functioning properly, contact us to ascertain whether a small fix will get it working again or it needs replacement.
  • Remove accumulated dust from smoke detectors in your home, using a vacuum hose.
  • If you have battery-operated smoke detectors, check whether the batteries have power in them. Most smoke detectors emit a chirp when they are low on power. Keep a few extra sets of batteries handy around the house and change the ones that need to be replaced.
  • Make sure that you replace smoke detectors well before their expiry date.

Expert electrical services

It’s a good idea to hardwire these devices into your electrical system as this ensures they will have constant power and will function as they should, in case they detect smoke or a fire. We provide excellent smoke detector installation, repair and replacement solutions. You will find that our services are very cost-effective and we carry out the work neatly, professionally and with the least amount of disturbance on your property. We also provide guarantees for our work and this means we focus on doing the work right, the first time around. Our experts are also available 24/7 in case any electrical emergency arises.

To check if we serve your area, just enter your pin code in the box on the right of the page. See what our customers are saying about our company & services. Regardless of what your requirement is, we can provide you the best services. For an emergency electrician in Sydney, any time of the day or night, call us at this number- 1300 725 894; you are assured of prompt and expert services at all times.

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