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5 Signs It’s Time To Hire An Electrical Contractor

When there’s a home maintenance situation, do you (like many homeowners) try to take a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach and get the solutions from YouTube or other online video tutorials? Whilst there’s nothing wrong with trying to solve them on your own, there are specific issues that require a level of expertise to resolve correctly. 

Electrical problems are an excellent example. If it’s just the regular light bulb changing, then perhaps you can do it yourself. However, if it involves the need to troubleshoot, use special equipment, and do complex electrical work, it’s best to engage the services of an electrical contractor. DIY-ing in such cases can lead to spending too much time and money trying to fix the issue and just ending up with shoddy work. What’s worse is running the risk of getting hurt in the process and putting other people and properties in danger.

5 Reasons To Hire An Electrical Contractor

Electrical Safety Issues

Although Australia has some of the most regulated and stringent electrical safety standards globally, residential and commercial incidents  relating to electricity are still fairly common all over the country. Property owners should not ignore these incidents as if they can cause undue hazards to the surrounding properties and the entire community if not set up correctly. 

It is our strong recommendation to call an electrical contractor IMMEDIATELY upon noticing any of the following electrical issues in your home:

  • Lights Flickering

It may be easy to disregard flickering lights as just a nuisance, but when this is happening excessively and continually, especially while using small appliances, it could be a warning sign of an electrical problem. Often, flickering lights are caused by deteriorating wires or an overloaded circuit

  • Outlets and Switches Heating  and/or a Burning Smell

Be aware of the danger signs that your outlets and switches are overheating. An indicator of this is when they feel warm to the touch, or if there’s blackening or melting of switch plates and wire ends, that is usually from constant sparking.

On the other hand, a burning smell coming from outlets could signal the start of an electrical fire. Turn off your home’s power immediately and call an electrical contractor when you notice a burning odour.

  • Main Fuse Constantly Tripping

Another sign to connect with a professional electrical contractor is when the main fuse or circuit constantly trips or blows up. Though breakers may require a hard reset every few months, needing to restart it almost weekly due to  malfunctioning is a sign of a more significant electrical issue.

Usually, the main fuse tripping results from excessive use of power on the circuit that has been assigned to your home. The circuit gets overheated, the electricity would cut down, and this can cause brownouts and blackouts.

Electric Bill Keeps Going Up

It’s normal to see an increase in electricity bills during Australia’s hot summer months. As the temperature increases, air conditioners are turned on for extended periods and usually on full blast. However, an energy bill that is higher than usual during winter could be a sign of an inefficient or faulty electric setup.

Compare your last year’s bill during the same period. If there are no other factors at play, such as increased consumption from other appliances, then it’s time for an electrical contractor to diagnose the issue and recommend a solution so you can start saving on electricity cost, moving forward.

Older House That May Need Rewiring

If you’ve been living in an older home, it may be time for an electric system upgrade or rewiring. Some wiring in older homes (if not updated) may have corrosion or are frayed. An outdated wiring system may not be as efficient or safe to power modern electronic devices.

In addition, older homes usually do not have enough wall outlets to power additional appliances. Relying heavily on powerboards and extension cords might sound like a good solution but they may cause appliances to short circuit over time and potentially be a source of electrical fires.

Moving to a New House / New Appliance Installations

It is beneficial to have an electrical contractor assess the property for faults in the wiring or spot other electrical hazards. Doing so helps safeguards your family and home,  as you’re getting any electrical problem fixed before moving into a new house.

Installing appliances is part of setting up a new home. Gas cooktops, dishwashers, fans, dryers, washing machines and others should be installed correctly to ensure they work as designed. 

Hire a professional electrical contractor, preferably someone accredited by the appliance brand.

Installing Residential/Commercial Automation System

A home or commercial automation system can make a property safer, more efficient and easier to manage. However, setting up a Smart system involves technical aspects from design, installation to maintenance. An electrical contractor has the skills and expertise to ensure the system is installed correctly for optimal use.

What To Look For When Considering Hiring Electrical Contractor

When choosing an electrical contractor, make sure they are licensed and prepared to show and validate their certifications. Having years of service and experience can also be a plus factor when hiring someone to work on your home. 

Conduct ample research about the company’s previous work, clients and reputation. Take a look at their online reviews and speak with people who have used their service in the past. An excellent electrical contractor will also have references to back up how they’ve handled other projects like yours before.

Detlev’s: Your Trusted Electrical Contractor

Detlev’s is a team of licensed and expert electricians. For almost 30 years, we have been supporting homes and businesses and providing exceptional service in the Canberra and ACT region. Among our services, we specialise in appliance repairs, end to end electrical work and setting up automation solutions for both residential and commercial properties. 

With over 80 years of collective experience and partnerships with major brands, we have available resources to provide you with an excellent, personalised service every time.

If you’re looking for help with the best electricians in Canberra, to help with all of your electrical problems, please feel free to get in touch with us

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Home Improvements: When to Hire A Licensed Electrician

Are you planning to spruce up your home? Although it’s tempting and exciting to do some DIY (it’s all in YouTube anyway, right?), some home improvement projects need the services of a licensed electrician for safety purposes.

Home Improvement Projects That Need A Licensed Electrician


Your lighting system not only adds aesthetic value to your home; but it is also functional and practical. It illuminates the inside and the outside of your home, making it one of the most used electrical systems.

Lighting Fixture Installation

Make sure you engage the services of a residential electrician if you decide to replace old light fixtures. When you take them out from the ceiling, expect to see lots of wires. For someone who is not an electrician, this can get confusing.

Outdoor Lighting

The challenge for upgrading the outdoor lighting system is to ensure it can withstand outside elements such as weather changes. To avoid safety hazards, a licensed electrician can install grounded outdoor wiring properly.

Home Theatre

Who doesn’t love a home theatre where you and your family can be couch potatoes during the weekends? A fantastic home theatre has features like surround speakers, huge mounted smart TVs, adjustable lighting, ethernet ports, additional cabling and many more.

Installing a new home theatre or upgrading one requires a licensed electrician to do proper lighting control and other electrical installations.


Are you tired of seeing extension cords around your house? They are a bit of an eyesore, especially if there’s too many of them.

Rewiring your home entire home allows you to install new plugs, outlets and sockets. As it is a very complex task, you would need a licensed electrician’s expertise to complete the job.

Home Automation

There’s no better way to make home improvement than upgrading to home automation! To get all your systems hooked up, make sure you hire accredited home automation installers who can also advise you of the most optimal way to use your new smart system.

Where To Find A Licensed Electrician

Detlev’s is a team of award-winning licensed electricians in Canberra. Our residential electricians provide a wide range of electrical services that you may need for making home improvements.

Here are some of our services

  • Lighting installations
  • Fan installations
  • Appliance installations
  • TV installation Canberra region
  • Home automation Canberra region
  • To view the complete list, please click HERE.

Avoid costly mistakes when making electrical upgrades and home improvements. Choose to hire a licensed electrician to do the work for you. We can help, please BOOK IN for a quote.

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What To Do During A Power Outage And When To Call A Residential Electrician

Imagine yourself sitting in front of your TV, watching your favourite crime series on Netflix. Suddenly, just when you’re about to find out who the real murderer is, the power goes out. Before you start calling your residential electrician to help turn the power back on, there are things you need to do to ensure your and your family’s safety.

How To Handle A Power Outage

Determine the Cause

There may be several reasons that blackouts happen. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Blown Fuse

Even a simple broken light bulb or any faulty appliance can blow up a fuse that can result in a power outage. Check your trip switch. If the fuse blew up or the trip switch is in the “off” position, it’s likely because of a faulty appliance or wiring.  

  • Scheduled power interruption 

Electrical companies sometimes schedule power interruption for maintenance purposes. Call your energy provider or visit their website and social media accounts for announcements you may have missed. 

  • Electrical Emergencies 

Fallen trees, lightning striking, vehicular accidents, fires, vandalism, and even birds or other animals messing with power lines can cause underground power cable damage and fallen power lines. When this happens, there will be a community blackout, and residential electricians need to do repairs.

What to do when there is a power outage

Switch Off Your Appliances

Except for keeping one light on (so you know if the power is back), manually switch off and unplug ALL appliances during the power outage. Doing so helps prevent device damage in the event of a power surge.

Most appliances wouldn’t have any issues switched off for hours. It’s a different case with your freezers and refrigerators as the food inside might start to thaw. So keep the fridge doors closed as much as possible during a power failure. When the electricity is back, check the state of your food and discard anything that has spoiled.

Be Prepared

Have a plan in place for any power outage. Have available sources of light and heat. Stock up on batteries, power banks, candles and matches. If you have a backup generator, use it as directed and with extreme caution. 

When To Call Your Residential Electrician During A Power Outage

Engage the services of a licensed electrician when: 

  • You have a faulty appliance that has caused the power outage
  • An appliance feels extremely hot and has a smell of smoke
  • Outlets are burnt or charred and have an odour of smoke
  • You’re not familiar with fuse boxes or trip switches
  • Fuses are blown, or you have a problem with the circuit breaker

Call A Trusted Detlev’s Residential Electrician

At Detlev’s, we have a team of qualified residential electricians and commercial electricians offering electrical services Canberra region. Our licensed electricians are highly skilled to handle emergency electrical cases. If you need help, please contact us.

Smoke Alarm Upgrades

Does My Property Need Smoke Alarm Upgrades?

Is your property due for smoke alarm upgrades? Installing working smoke alarms in all occupied homes and commercial buildings is a necessity. Equally important is using the type of device that meets the required Australian Government Standard AS3786. The two types commonly used in QLD homes: Photoelectric and Ionisation alarms. Currently, both can be legally purchased and used. 

Different Alarm Legislations By Different Australian States

For many years now, the Australian Fire Authorities and Fire Brigades have been recommending the use of Photoelectric Smoke Alarms. There is a global campaign for a total ban of Ionisation alarms, as this type is not interconnected and past their replacement date. Furthermore, studies show that Photoelectric alarms typically respond to smoky fires within about three to five minutes, while Ionisation alarms may take up to 20 minutes or more, by which time escape can be much more difficult.

The Northern Territory has led the way for legislating against the use of Ionisation smoke alarms, and other states are following suit. From the 1st of January 2022 in QLD, all residential properties still using Ionisation alarms will need to have a smoke alarm upgrade.

According to the placement guidelines, all residences must have hardwired 240-volt, interconnected Photoelectric smoke alarms installed in each bedroom, passageway and living areas. If it is not possible to wire a smoke alarm system in your residential property, a ten-year lithium battery-powered smoke detector can be used.

As of writing, New South Wales and the ACT region still follow that all smoke alarms installed in residential accommodation meet the  Australian Government Standard AS3786. Property owners and landlords can still opt to use either Photoelectric or Ionisation smoke alarms.

To find out what type you currently have in your home, get in touch with licensed electrical installers

Other Times You May Need Electrical Installers To Do Smoke Alarm Upgrades

  • When your smoke alarm is nearing the ten-year mark as typically, this is the time when the sensors start to weaken
  • When detectors are repeatedly setting false alarms
  • When they malfunction and do not react to alarm triggers

*If your smoke alarm is not ten years old, and is malfunctioning, contact licensed electrical installers. They will diagnose the issue and will provide you with the right recommendation.

Please call us if you need further information about smoke alarm upgrades. We can also help with other electric installation services, such as putting up a smoke alarm system, so your property can comply with the new legislation.

Building automation

How Your Business Can Benefit From Building Automation

Building automation allows all aspects of your commercial or industrial property to work smoothly. It can help create a comfortable environment conducive to carry out functions in your business’ day to day operations at a more optimal and efficient level. 

How Does Building Automation Work?

Building automation integrates your property’s software and hardware systems in a centralised system. These include heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, security, alarm fire safety, elevators, circuit television and many more.

Interconnecting these systems provides coordinated monitoring and control of all their functions in the building. Often referred to as Smart buildings, the entire system is typically hardwired, but now, it is going wireless with evolving technology. 

4 Benefits of Building Automation

Reduced Environmental Impact: Contribute To A Greener World

Traditional commercial and industrial structures tend to release greenhouse gases and cause resource wastage — both are harmful to the environment. Smart buildings have a way of controlling HVAC, water systems, and even plumbing for more efficient use of energy and water, reducing environmental impact.

Better Energy Management: Save On Electrical Cost

Usually, lights, heating and cooling are the primary culprits that energy consumption goes up. Building automation allows for efficient energy management. Monitor all areas in the building, making adjustments to lower energy usage without compromising comfort. 

Improved Security: Peace Of Mind

Smart buildings have connected security systems that you can set up the way you see fit for your business. Monitor all activities inside and outside the premises with CCTV cameras. Receive immediate alerts if anything suspicious is happening. You can even program doors to lock at specific times or lights to turn on using motion sensors.

Convenient Operations: Access Your Property Anywhere

Wireless technology allows 24/7 access, monitoring, and controlling your business from any location with an internet connection. Adjust security or HVAC systems even when you’re away on holiday.

Building Automation: The New Way To Operate Your Business

According to a Technavio report, the building automation and control systems market is expected to have a year-over-year growth rate of 8.45% until 2024. One of its primary growth drivers is its energy efficiency benefit.

Many businesses worldwide are already using building automation. With all its benefits, many more will surely upgrade. Customising your systems within your property to suit your business is not only practical, but it is the way of the future.

For more information about commercial automation, please contact us. We can help install smart systems that will help you improve your business operations.