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Frequently Asked Questions
Find the answers to the most common electrical questions here.
Are you a licensed and insured electrician?
Watts Next Electrical is a Level 2 Authorised Service Provider. Level 2 accreditation means we are certified to complete highly skilled jobs including alterations to your consumers mains, service cables and all aspects of switchboard upgrades without engaging a subcontractor. Watts Next Electrical offers lifetime insurance on all our electrical work.
Can I install new LED lights myself?
Electrical work can be inherently dangerous if you are not trained on the specifics and a simple mistake can lead to electrocution or can even cause an electrical fire. We recommend calling a professional electrician to install you new LED’s to avoid compromising your safety.
What are the advantages of LED lighting?
LED lights are 80% more efficient, which means they will save you time, money and the hassle of having to change your bulb frequently. Plus, LED lights are also safer, sturdier and better for the environment.
Why should I have my wiring checked?
If the electrical wiring in your home is old, it may not be able to handle the load placed on it by your modern appliances. Faulty wiring can also cause sparks or a burning smell, which can lead to a household electrical fire.
What is a safety switch, and what does it do?
Safety switches are your insurance against electrical shocks, injuries and household fires.In an event where your electrical circuit becomes compromised, the safety switch will cut the power within milliseconds. You should test your safety switches twice a year to make sure they’re working properly to prevent the deadly risks.
How do I know if my electrical problem requires a professional electrician?
The best advice to troubleshoot your electrical issue, without compromising your safety, is to have the problem inspected by a licensed electrician. They will be able to provide clarity on the extent of the problem and help you fix it quickly. Our team of experienced electricians practice electrical safety every day and can easily identify hazards that may be overlooked by another individual.
What should I do if I have an electrical emergency?
In the event of an emergency, such as a power outage, the Watts Next Electrical team is available 24-hours to provide electrical support. Please call us on 0416 796 614 and we will be happy to assist you immediately. In the event of an electrical fire, please contact Triple 0.
What areas does Watts Next Electrical cover?
Watts Next Electrical is available for all your electrical needs. Our services range from Strata/ residential, upgrades and renovations, troubleshooting, preventative and safety, emergency efficiency audit and commercial. Click here to view our full range of services.
Can I do the small electrical jobs in my house myself?
Even small electrical tasks are complex and can be dangerous for anyone not trained in the profession. Plus, hiring a qualified contractor to carry out your electrical work can be the difference between an average job and a job that shines. Based on past experience, my team believes DIY for even simple electrical tasks is simply not worth the time, stress and safety risk.
How do I know if I need a new switchboard?
Your switchboard is the control centre for all things electrical in your home. Upgrading your switchboard will not only ensure your electrical circuits are operating correctly, but will make sure your home is as safe as possible, meeting required Australian Electrical Standards. If you are unsure if your switchboard needs replacing, our team will be happy to provide clarity.
Are smoke alarms mandatory in NSW?
Yes and it’s critical that all smoke alarms are checked annually to ensure they function correctly. If they are not properly installed, they probably won’t work at a time you need them most. You need to ensure your smoke alarms are properly installed and that they meet the requirements of Annual Fire Safety Statement. It is the homeowners responsibility to change the batteries every 12 months.
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