FAQ’s

Can I do the small electrical jobs in my house myself?

Definitely NO!!

In NSW it is illegal for any person but a qualified electrician to do any domestic wiring or house rewiring. Even if the work has been done to Australian Standards it will not pass certification which is bad news especially if something were to happen and your insurance or you need to sell the property. For safety, It makes sense to hire a qualified electrician to carry out all your household wiring. You also risk your personal safety and the safety of your family and friends.

What’s the difference between a circuit breaker (fuse) and a safety switch?

The older protection devices such as the ceramic fuses generally protect the wiring, they do not protect you.

Most consumers believe that when something goes wrong in the electrical system “The fuse blows” and protecting themselves from the risk of electrocution, THIS IS NOT THE CASE.

Fuses blow for 2 reasons. Firstly, a short circuit, when a live wire makes contact with an earthing system. Secondly, an overload on the circuit.

Safety switches are you and your family’s insurance against electric shock. They are designed to prevent injury or death.

On a normal power circuit, the current flowing to an appliance returns through the neutral wire. If the circuit is compromised, the electricity can leak to earth through a person in contact with the appliance, causing death or serious injury.

A safety switch detects the loss of power from the circuit, and cuts the supply of electricity in as little as 30 milliseconds – 0.03 of a second. Importantly, this response time is faster than the critical section of a heartbeat, and therefore significantly reduces the risk of death or serious injury.

How does an electrical safety switch save lives?

On a normal power circuit, the current flowing to an appliance returns through the neutral wire. If the circuit is compromised, the electricity can leak to earth through a person in contact with the appliance, causing death or serious injury.

A safety switch detects the loss of power from the circuit, and cuts the supply of electricity in as little as 30 milliseconds – 0.03 seconds. Importantly, this response time is faster than the critical section of a heartbeat, and therefore significantly reduces the risk of death or serious injury.

What is an RCD?

An RCD is a residual-current device, also known as a safety switch. The device is designed to monitor the electrical current and disconnect the power when a leak is detected from a fault in wiring, an appliance or switch.

When should I have an electrical safety check?

Dr.Watts Electrical Services recommend that you should have an electrical inspection carried out if:

  • You are buying a property that has been occupied
  • The property is more that 25 years old
  • If it is more that 5 years since one has been done
  • If you are worried about how any of the electrical equipment may have been installed
How does surge protection work?

The main job of a surge protector system is to protect electrical devices (televisions, computers, microwave ovens) from “surges.” So what are power surges?

A power surge is an increase in voltage significantly above the designated level. In normal household and office wiring the standard voltage is 240 volts. If the voltage rises above 240 volts, as may be the case during a lightning strike, there is a problem. A surge protector helps to prevent that problem from destroying your electrical devices.

A point to remember is that the greater the surge protector current rating, the longer the surge protector will last.

What are your hours of business?

Our normal operating hours are 8am-5pm Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours we are available for Emergency Electrical Services 24/7.

How do we pay you once the work is complete?

We invoice and take payment on site on completion of your job. We accept cash, cheque, Master Card, Visa and EFTPOS. All of our electricians carry portable EFTPOS terminals.

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Office: (02) 8544 3382(02) 8544 3382
Mobile: 041 22 66 0410412 468 041
Email: info@drwatts.com.au

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