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Safety Switch Basics

Safety Switch Basics
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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

Steps to Take In Case Of a Power Outage
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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

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

How You Benefit From Using Programmable Thermostats
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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

Why You Should Avoid Using Double Adapters in Your Home
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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?

Why are Smoke Detectors Crucial?
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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.

Why You Should Have Well-Planned Commercial Parking Lot Lighting

Why You Should Have Well-Planned Commercial Parking Lot Lighting
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If you run a business that is open even in after dark, you need to make sure you have well-planned parking lights. In addition to making your property look more attractive, they help make the area more secure and safer for your customers as well. Just simple floodlights aren’t sufficient and it’s a good idea to hire experts like the ones at Quick Connect Electrical to provide excellent commercial parking lot design and installation solutions.

If you have inadequate or improper lighting, it becomes easier for vandals and miscreants to operate in an unhindered manner in the darker areas on your property. Having the right kind of lighting is a great way to reduce the chances of vandalism and other crimes. We are the experts that can provide excellent commercial lighting solutions at very cost-effective pricing.

The aspects we take into account

Commercial parking lot lighting is a specialised job and there are a number of aspects we take into account while carrying out this job such as:

  • The lights in the parking lot need to throw sufficient illumination with less of a glare, as that can easily impact night vision.
  • We also check the consistency of the lighting and make sure there are no dark patches anywhere.
  • Installing lamps that emit clean white light makes it much easier to distinguish colours and details.
  • LED lights are an excellent option for showing colours correctly; both to cameras and witnesses.
  • We also make sure that the lighting fixtures and blubs don’t throw excessive glare and recommend solutions that are in line with local council regulations that govern outdoor lighting installations.
  • We ensure that the right kind of lighting is installed so that you get high-quality CCTV camera images, which helps in case you need to identify miscreants or if there is a crime.

Energy-efficient outdoor lighting

We provide various energy-efficient lighting solutions and recommend the use of LED lights. These are 80% more energy-efficient than halogen lights that are traditionally used in such applications. The upfront costs of these lamps is higher than standard bulbs; but they last for up to 50,000 hours which makes them a cost- effective option for commercial properties that have to run the lights at night for longer periods of time. These lights are available in a range of colours and hues and you can create the ambience you want on your property in addition to having the right kind of illumination as well.

When you hire us for this job you can rest assured that only the best quality materials and workmanship are used in the work. 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

Why It’s a Good Idea To Get a Centralised Surge Protector Installed in Your Home

Why It’s a Good Idea To Get a Centralised Surge Protector Installed in Your Home
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Today, every home has a number of electrical devices and appliances, and some of them are quite sensitive and expensive as well. This is why we install surge protectors for many of these appliances. However, depending on the number of devices or equipment you have, a centralised surge protector is a far more practical solution and it proves to be more affordable too; it extends protection to all the larger appliances on your property that don’t have an individual surge  protector installed.

Electrical surges can be caused due to many different reasons such as:

  • Lightning strikes that occur when there are thunderstorms.
  • When natural calamities like storms knockout the electricity on your property, there can be a surge of power through the entire system once the power is restored.
  • In some instances, these surges may occur if the power gets restored through your backup generator too.

In short, an electrical surge can occur at any time and this is why we at Quick Connect Electrical recommend to our customers that they install a centralised surge protector on their property. This is one of the best ways to protect all the appliances and equipment in your home.

Why is it important to prioritise surge protection?

If you notice the lights in any one area are flickering that is typically caused by electrical surges. These surges won’t really burn out the devices or appliances and devices; however, they do affect the lifespan of the latter and the only solution is to replace the equipment which can be a very expensive proposition.

The modern appliances we use in our home are technologically advanced, have sensitive components that function very closely with one another; and that means if one part gets affected, all the components within that circuit will also become impacted. This is the case with larger systems such as HVAC and hot water systems as well.

Even when these installations aren’t in used, a major electrical surge can cause significant damage to them and will take years off of their functional lives. Without realising it, this can result in literally thousands of dollars of losses during the time you live in that house. In some instances, a severe power surge can end up causing irreversible damage to the hot water or HVAC systems

Customised surge protector installation solutions

As you can see, the best way to protect the electrical devices and appliances in your home is to get a centralised surge protector installed on your property. These are specialised installations that are connected to the main circuits in your home and we can handle this job in an expert manner.  Aside from safety surge protector solutions we also handle all types of other residential and commercial electrical jobs and provide 24 Hour Electricians in Sydney  services.

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

Why are GFCIs important in outdoor electrical installations?

Why are GFCIs important in outdoor electrical installations?
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Many homeowners use electric-powered tools and equipment for DIY yard work like mowing, running, trimming or pressure-washing etc. This also makes it necessary to have a sufficient number of electrical outlets in the indoor areas of your property; it will help you complete these jobs in a stress-free way. And while it’s important to have electrical outlets, it’s also very important to have GFCIs installed there.

A GFCI outlet provides a protective layer for your equipment and appliances and protects them from electrical surges. Here are some tips from us at Quick Connect Electrical for installing electrical outlets and GFCI’s in yard and garden spaces.

  • Most homes come with a fixed number of electrical outlets and sometimes their positioning may not work well when you are using any electrical tools like mowers etc. The equipment cables are of a certain length and may not reach all the areas in your landscape. Before you get these GFCI installations, take detailed measurements of all the areas that you will need to use your electric-powered tools; this will help you identify where the GFCIs should be installed.
  • GFCIs can detect if there are any electrical surge problems in the particular circuit and will shut off the circuit immediately. This is a very important feature in outdoor areas as water and moisture may be present here and this increases the risk of electrical problems.
  • It’s also important to get outdoor switch covers fixed on the GFCIs and these provide an additional layer of protection to your electrical outlets. When you are plugging in any appliance or device into these outlets, you would have to first manually pull up these covers.
  • When you are installing additional outlets or GFCIs, you should make it a point to double-check whether the existing wiring is able to bear the load of the extended outlets and the equipment that is to be used there. If GFCIs or outlets are installed on circuits that already have a heavy load that can stress the system and result in trips or a fire hazard on your property.

It’s important to keep in view that GFCI installation isn’t something you should try to handle yourself as it isn’t a job for a novice. If you are planning on getting some outdoor electrical outlets and GFCIs installed, call us for these services. We will send out a skilled and experienced electrician over to your location; he will assess the existing electrical installations and provide solutions that work best for you.

We provide excellent, customised GFCI installation and replacement services to our customers at very cost-effective pricing. For any more information on circuit breakers, how they work and where you need to install them, call us today. 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. For an emergency electrician in Sydney, any time of the day or night, call us at this number- 1300 725 894.

Why do Circuit Breakers Trip?

Why do Circuit Breakers Trip?
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If all the appliances and lights along a single circuit go dark simultaneously, it’s likely that the circuit has tripped/burned out. Circuit breakers automatically shut off the power to the circuit wiring if something goes wrong. With circuit breakers, all you have to do is locate the one that has tripped on the main panel and reset it to the “on” position. However, it is vital to understand why the circuit breaker has tripped, to avoid it from happening again.

In very rare cases, the breaker itself may have become damaged and will need replacing. However, in most instances, the fitting is just doing its job when it trips. A circuit breaker is designed to trip and turn off the power in case any of the following situations occur:

  • Overloaded Circuit- An overloaded circuit is one of the commonest reasons for a circuit breaker trip. This happens when that circuit draws a higher electrical load than it is designed to carry. When you operate too many light fixtures or appliances at the same time, the wiring in the circuit heats up; the circuit breaker senses this and the mechanism trips, breaking the flow of electricity and shutting off the electricity.
  • Short Circuit– This is a far more serious than an overloaded circuit and can cause breaker tripping. When a hot wire touches a neutral wire it can cause a short circuit. However, there are times when the circuit wiring isn’t the culprit at all; it may be caused by a wiring problem in a device/appliance that has been plugged in a socket in that circuit; this is what makes it pretty challenging to diagnose and fix a short circuit problem.
  • Ground Fault– This is also a type of short circuit; It occurs when any hot wiring touches timber framing members or comes in contact with metal wall boxes. A ground fault can be pretty dangerous when it occurs in areas with that have high moisture levels like bathrooms and kitchens.

Customised electrical services

If you find that a certain circuit breaker is tripping all too often, it’s important that you call a company like ours for emergency electrical services . We at Quick Connect Electrical are one of the leading companies in the field and provide excellent electrical installation, maintenance and repair solutions. We will come and inspect the circuit breaker and the appliances and fittings along the circuit to identify what is causing the problem, and will fix it expertly and efficiently.

We provide excellent, customised services to our customers at very cost-effective pricing. For any more information on circuit breakers, how they work and where you need to install them, call us today. 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. For an emergency electrician in Sydney, any time of the day or night, call us at this number- 1300 725 894.

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