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We asked for the average price on the following:
Electrical Consumer Units
- Install a New or Additional Consumer Unit
- Replace an Existing Consumer Unit
- Relocate an Existing Consumer Unit for Fuse Box
Electrical Fault Finding
- Electrical Installation Condition Report
- Appliance Testing
Electrical Consumer Units
- Electric Hob
- Electric Shower
- Extractor Fan
- Extractor Hood (cooker)
- Heated Towel rail
- Induction Hob
- Light Fittings
- Light Switches
- Power Sockets/Outlets
- Water Heater
Electrical Repair & Maintenance
- Electric Hob
- Electric Shower
- Extractor Fan
- Extractor Hood (cooker)
- Heated Towel rail
- Induction Hob
- Light Fittings
- Light Switches
- Power Sockets/Outlets
- Water Heater
- Rewiring Rooms
“Electrical Consumer Units“
|Install a New or Additional Consumer Unit||€200||€500|
The consumer unit in your home is what most people still refer to as the fuse box (although it is a little different). It will sit under your stairs or high up on a wall in the hallway and you will only really think about it when there is a power cut or if an electrical appliance trips the supply. You will probably need a new or additional consumer unit if you have an old fuse box, which may be indicated by a wooden back board, iron switches or rubber-coated wiring.
Your electrician may discover this when they come to do other work or run a check on your electrical installation and wiring. The consumer unit is more sensitive than your old fuse box, so you may find that it trips more often than you are used to. But this makes the consumer unit (and therefore your electrics) safer and sturdier than your old fuse box when it comes to protecting your home.
You may need an additional consumer unit fitting if you have new circuits fitted in your home. This could be due to having more outlets fitted in a kitchen or even outside. It could also be down to an extension or a loft conversion.
The cost of installing a new or additional consumer unit
The job can take around a day to complete and is complex, as it requires a good deal of testing as well as hooking the new unit up to the supply. This is definitely a job for an experienced professional and there is a legal obligation for the work to be informed to the local authority.Your Part-P registered electrician will do this for you.
Your electrician will usually buy a consumer unit for the job and bring it with them, but do check at the start of the job. The size of your home can effect the size and cost of unit that you need, but they are fairly standard pieces of equipment where there is not a vast cost variation.
|Replace an Existing Consumer Unit||€200||€500|
If you have an ageing consumer unit or fuse box then it may need replacing. This may also be the case if you have had a lot of work done in the house, either adding lots of new outlets and circuits or having your home rewired. Your electrician will need to safely remove your old consumer unit and replace it with the new model before testing it for safety.
This kind of work must be reported to the local authority and your Part-P registered electrician will make sure that this is done on your behalf. The decision to change the existing consumer unit may also be the result of an electrical installation condition report and some rewiring may be required alongside the work to replace the old unit. Your electrician should advise you on which unit will best suit your home and in most cases they will purchase this and simply add this to the bill for the job.
|Relocate an Existing Consumer Unit or Fuse Box||€250||€700|
You may wish to relocate your existing consumer unit as its location is now impractical or you wish to use the space in your hallway or under the stairs more efficiently. You may also be having decoration, renovation or other work done in the house that makes it a good idea to move the location of the unit.
Relocation of the consumer unit could also be something that you are having done during rewiring or as the result of an electrical installation condition report. Your electrician will need to safely remove your old unit before relocating and connecting the new unit. The relocation of the unit could mean some mess as it will require drilling into your walls to locate the wires that need to go into the unit. Your electrician should tidy this up, but you may need some remedial plastering or decoration work to be done once the new consumer unit is installed.
“Electrical Fault Finding“
|Electrical Installation Condition Report||€100||€450|
The electrical installation condition report (EICR) is a basic safety and condition report of electrical supply that will need to be undertaken at various points during the life of your home. You may also hear this referred to as a periodic inspection report (PIR), which it was previously known as.
Your electrician will inspect the fuse box (consumer unit) at your home, look at some sockets and switches and inspect some fittings. The electrician will turn electrical items on and off in your house or flat to make sure everything is working as it should. They will also give the system the once-over to make sure that it is up to date and safe.
They will be able to advise you as to any remedial work that may need to be undertaken, such as rewiring or a new fuse box. Connections, insulation, earthing and polarity are all tested by your electrician. The system will also be tested for circuit breaking and faults.
Why your electrician will be carrying out an electrical installation condition report
It is recommended that you have an electrical installation condition report carried out at your home every ten years. But you will also need to have these tests carried out every five years if you are renting out a home. Whether you are buying, selling or letting a home it is advisable to have a report carried out by a qualified electrician. This will let you and any buyer or prospective tenant know if the electrical installation is safe and up to date.
Having a report in your hand will also show how recently the electrics were tested and confirm that they are safe. This will show that the electrical installation is not faulty and that any buyer will not have to pay out for a rewiring to be carried out at the property.
Wooden-backed fuse boxes, sockets in the skirting and iron switches in the fuse box are all tell-tale signs that your home will need rewiring after inspection. If you are the landlord of a house in multiple occupation (HMO) it is a legal requirement that you have a qualified electrician undertake an electrical installation condition report every five years.
Having an electrical installation condition report carried out
The cost of having an electrical installation condition report will usually vary based upon the size of your home. So, an inspection for a one-bedroom flat will cost a little less than one for a four-bedroom family home. This is down to the amount of work that your electrician will need to do in order to carry out the report.
They will need to inspect more circuits and test a larger system in order to declare your electrics safe or to advise any work that will need to be done. They will recommend the replacement of outdated wiring, switches or sockets as well as making safe any dangerous wiring or installation.
The report will advise you whether your system is safe and working fine or whether remedial work is required. Your electrician will be able to explain the marking system on the report as well as the next stages that will be required should your electrical installation not pass, be labelled dangerous or needs improvements to comply with safety standards.
Electrical appliance testing is usually something that is done in a business environment or in situations where you are letting out your home. But you may also want an electrician to give your appliances the once-over on a regular basis to ensure that they are working safely and efficiently. This is often something that is done in conjunction with having your home rewired or having an inspection of your electrical wiring and supply. It is a small extra job that does not cost much yet provides peace of mind about the safety of the equipment that you use in your home.
You may have seen tested appliances in your workplace or in public spaces. The tested appliances will usually have a small sticker on the plug to show they have been tested and have been passed as safe. The kind of appliances that can be tested fall into two categories: these are fixed appliances and portable appliances. Fixed appliances are ‘wired-in’ or ‘always-on’ appliances such as cookers, whereas portable appliances are anything that you can move around, from a hairdryer to a computer.
Fixed appliance testing
If an electrician comes out to test your fixed appliances then they will concern themselves with testing hardwired appliances that are permanently wired into your electrical system. These are usually things like cooker or heaters that you cannot simply unplug and move around. It is generally agreed that anything over 18kg (39.6lbs) in weight is a fixed appliance.
The test will first involve a visual inspection of the appliances to make sure that cables are not frayed and that the appliance itself is in good condition. The earthing on the appliance will then be tested, then the insulation and finally the functionality. In many cases they will also be able to repair any appliances that are found to be faulty in some way. These are definitely checks that you will want to have carried out if you are a landlord or intend to rent out your home.
Portable appliance testing
Having portable appliances tested will ensure that the electrical items you use on a daily basis are safe. Items such as televisions, microwave ovens and portable heaters are powerful appliances that can be responsible for fires if they are not functioning correctly.
If an electrician comes out to test your portable appliances then they will first carry out a visual assessment of the appliance and its wiring. They will then test the earthing on the appliance, the insulation and its function. Obviously the more appliances that you wish to have tested the more the job will cost, as you are paying for the labour and the expertise of your electrician.
These tests are often undertaken as part of a larger job, such as an inspection of your electrical installation and fuse box. Ask for your electrician’s advice as to whether he thinks that you should have these tests carried out. It is often a good idea to have appliance testing done if you are having problems with your electricity supply fusing regularly or any other problems with your electricity.
If you are having problems with your electrical wiring or circuits then you will need to call in a qualified electrical to inspect the systems and work out what is going wrong. This diagnostic visit can save you money in the long run and also ensure that your electrical wiring and any appliances that you are using are safe. Poorly-maintained electrics can be responsible for house fires and it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to having them maintained.
Part of what you are paying for when you call out an electrician to come to your home for fault finding is his or her expertise. The electrician will be able to identify any circuit or appliance that is causing problems, or be able to tell you if there are any problems with your wiring or your fuse box (consumer unit).
Having an electrician diagnose electrical faults in your home
An electrician will initially make a visual inspection of your property and look at the most likely causes of any faults in the system, which are often the larger appliances, outlets and your wiring. They should be able to systematically test your systems and/or get you to recreate circumstances that cause problems or failures in your electrical system.
Your problem may be that your supply keeps cutting out or tripping, you have ‘dead’ electrical sockets, light-bulbs constantly blow or that you get small shocks when using the sink or bath. They can also find out what is happening if you are experiencing higher than normal electric bills.
Your electrician will bring testing equipment to your home and test earthing, insulation and the power supply. They will then be able to test individual appliances and sockets to isolate the problem and diagnose the actual cause. Their testing meters should give them the cause of the problem, but their expertise will allow them to find it all the quicker. In most cases the testing should not take more than two hours.
Remedying the electrical faults in your home post-diagnosis
Once your electrician has carried out fault-finding tests and made a diagnosis they will tell you of their findings and talk you through them. At this stage they will give you any options for remedial work that will need to be carried out and explain the cost implications of this.
The remedy may range from simply rewiring some sockets or switches to the need for a complete overhaul of your electrical wiring. They may also diagnose problems with a consumer unit or with certain appliances. In all of these cases an experienced electrician will be able to let you know a timetable and price guide for work that must be done. They will also undertake any work that must be treated as an emergency and undertaken immediately.
If small jobs will solve the problem they will usually undertake these on the spot as well. Your electrician’s fault diagnosis should give you peace of mind and enable you to make clear decisions about how to go forward to ensure a safe and reliable electrical supply.
The cost of having an electrical hob installed in your home will largely depend upon the model that you choose, whether that is a freestanding model or fitted into your worktops. In most cases, people go for the fitted model and this may need some preparation work from your kitchen fitter or electrician to make sure that it fits in the space currently occupied by your hob.
If this is an entirely new installation (for example you are replacing a freestanding cooker or hob) then you will definitely need some prep work done on your worktops. Whether you are having a solid plate or ceramic hob installed, your electrician will need to connect the hob to the electrical supply and test that it functions correctly. This is a fairly simple process and an electrician will be able to provide you with a reasonable quote for his labour for the job.
Your electrician will also be able to fit any switches or sockets needed, or move any that will be impacted by the new hob. They will also make any necessary adjustments to your fuse box. Be sure you only use Part-P-registered electricians to carry out electrical work in your home, as this is a legal requirement for most kinds of domestic electrical work.
When considering installing an electric shower always make sure that you speak with an expert electrician or bathroom fitter first, as the types of shower are varied and the costs likewise. The shower unit itself will make up a significant part of the cost of installation, but the labour of your electrician will also be a major part of the cost. You will also need to consider whether you have costs such as shower pan, shower door or extra tiling to add as well.
If this is a simple installation over a bath then the cost can be kept to a minimum. Installing an electric shower is something of a specialist job, as even the simplest of installations will include an element of plumbing work. So make sure that your electrician is someone who is experienced with this kind of work so that you are guaranteed a safe, clean and timely installation.
Whether you have your shower hooked up to a water tank or your mains water supply will also influence the price. Installing a shower of this kind will take around half a day but could take far more if you are having fittings and doors installed at the same time.
A bathroom extractor fan is a simple device that vents some of the damp air out of your bathroom to cut down on condensation. This can stop damp problems, as well as making it easier to see yourself in the mirror after your shower or bath. The fan runs off a small motor and the blades draw the air out of the room via a vent.
If you do not already have venting from your bathroom then your electrician will need to fit a vent to allow the air to exit the room and your home.They will then need to fit the extractor fan and attach it to a switch. In most cases the fan will be fitted to turn on when you switch on the bathroom light, although you can have a pull switch fitted so that you can turn it on independently.
In many cases you will be required by law to fit an extractor fan if you are having extensive work done in your bathroom Your electrician or bathroom fitter will be able to advise you. Most extractor fans are fairly standard units that cost less than £50, so the main cost of the job will be the electrician’s labour. This could be as little as an hour for a standard fitting to half a day or more if vents need to be fitted.
|Extractor Hood (cooker)||€75||€200|
It is essential to have an extractor hood fitted in your kitchen to rid the room of fumes, smells and grease. These are available in a variety of models and styles, but most people go with one that comes from the same manufacturer as their hob or simply fits in with their kitchen design.
It is vital that the hood is installed properly, as the air needs to be filtered from your hob correctly. Some cooker hoods simply filter the air through filters before recirculating it, whereas others are ducted and take the air outside.
The ducted type requires more work to fit and will therefore cost more for installation. If you are in any doubt as to what type to fit or where to fit it then your kitchen fitter or electrician should be able to help. Suppliers of ducted hoods should be able to supply any ducting and fittings needed. Apart from the cost of the hood itself, you are paying for your electrician’s time and expertise. It should be fairly simple to put the hood into position and to connect it to the electricity supply and make sure that any switches work. If it is in a difficult to reach spot then this can take longer and cost more.
|Heated Towel Rail||€75||€250|
An electric heated towel rail is a very basic item to fit and any electrician should be able to install one in your bathroom in a couple of hours at the most. This device uses an element to heat a solution of antifreeze and water to provide heat for your towels and bathroom in much the same way as a conventional radiator. The towel rail will simply be connected to the electrical supply and tested by your electrician. They will also earth the heated towel rail
Induction hobs do tend to cost a little more than conventional models and this will obviously impact upon the final cost of an installation job. Many electricians will be happy to advise on types of hobs, energy efficiency and models, although most will simply work with the model you have decided to purchase.
Most hobs are non-standard in size and shape, so some preparation work may need to be done to fit the hob into your worktop. If the hob is to be placed in a new worktop then this will obviously need to be cut to fit the hob. Get your kitchen fitter to do this if you can, as this will save both time and money when it comes to installation by the electrician.
It should be a fairly simple task for the electrician to fit and set up your electrical induction hob. The main part of the job is hooking it up to the supply, adding any sockets and switches and making any adjustments to the wiring or fuse box. Always remember that only iron-based pans will work on an induction hob. You can test if your old pans will work by seeing if a magnet will be attracted to them. If the magnet sticks then the pan will work on your new induction hob.
Adding new light fittings to your home is a straightforward job for any professional electrician. The cost of the job, in labour terms and equipment costs, will very much depend on the kind of fitting that you wish to have installed. A basic pendant from the bedroom ceiling can be very simple, whereas fitting recessed lighting or track lighting in your kitchen requires far more preparation and installation time.
Having recessed spotlights in the ceiling can be very attractive, but do be aware that your electrician will have to drill out a hole for each spotlight and then connect the light to the power supply and the light switches. This will add to the labour time and therefore the cost of the job. Your electrician should be able to advise you on which light fittings will work best for your home, as well as how they will best interact with your switches.
When hiring an electrician to install new light switches do be aware that there will be some preparation time. Your electrician will need to make a space for the switch on your wall and that will usually mean that some measuring and drilling is required. This is so your electrician can install the switch mechanism, hook it up to the electrical supply and attach it to the light that you want to use it for.
The cost of labour should not be excessive and the price of the job overall will be as much down to the kind of switch you use as how much work is involved. Many electricians will carry standard plastic switches with them as they work, but they will also be able to advise you on more expensive switches or simply work with your choice. These are fairly standard items in terms of size and set-up, so your electrician should be familiar with whichever model of light switch you choose.
Fitting dimmers or multiple switches (such as ones that can turn your landing light on or off from the top or bottom of the stairs) is more complex, but this is a simple job that any Part-P registered professional should be able to complete in an hour or so. You may wish to have several switch installations or smaller jobs undertaken together to get value from your electrician’s visit.
One of the results of our growing reliance on computers, tablets and other gadgets is that it seems there are never enough sockets available to charge them all. Having more sockets or outlets installed is a great way to deal with the problem and should not require too much outlay.
Some preparation work will need to be undertaken to install new sockets or outlets, as your electrician will need to drill into the wall to make space for the socket and its connection to the electricity supply. It may be worth having a few sockets done at the same time, as this will make the visit from the electrician better value.
The type of socket that you choose to have installed will have an impact on the cost, as decorative metal sockets will cost more than standard white plastic models. You can ask your electrician for advice on which kind of sockets to use and where to install them, although they will also be happy to use sockets you have already purchased.
In some cases new sockets may require work on the fuse box and the addition of a new circuit, but your electrician should be able to advise you on this and any extra cost that will incur. It is essential that you use a Part-P registered expert for any work of this type undertaken in bathrooms or kitchens.
The main kind of water heater you are likely to have installed by an electrician is an immersion heater, which is an element that is fitted inside an existing or new water tank. There are water heater systems, a little like a gas combi boiler, that heat water over an element, but these are rarely used domestically nowadays.
The immersion itself is a standard piece of kit and the cost of the installation will largely depend on how much work there is to do. If this is a replacement water heater then all the other kit and connections should be in place. If this is a new heater, then a tank may also have to be installed and hooked up to the water supply, thermostat and timer.
Your electrician will have to drain an existing water tank to install an element for heating. He may place this in a protective sheath to make it last longer, as your water tank can cause the element to collect calcium build-ups in much the same way as the element in your kettle. You should always hire an electrician who is used to working with plumbing as well for this kind of job.
If your electric hob is losing power in one of the heating rings, is not heating up as fast as it should or is not functioning at all, you are best off calling out a professional electrician to take a look. Cookers are powerful appliances and a malfunctioning one is not only inconvenient but could also trip fuses in the rest of the kitchen.
With most modern electric hobs it is usually a malfunctioning element that will be causing the problem. But your electrician will be able to diagnose the problem quickly and decide whether the fault is down to a loose connection, faulty switch, timer, worn wire or a failing element that will need replacing.
In most cases the faulty part on your electric hob can be replaced easily and your electrician will be able to lay his hands on the part from one of his suppliers or order the part and come back later to complete the task. If they are a kitchen specialist then they will keep common parts for well-known brands with them when they come to a call out.
In very rare cases your electrician may find a larger fault with your home’s wiring to be the problem. This can prove to be expensive, but the ability to spot such dangerous faults is part of what your money buys when you hire a professional electrician.
If your electric shower is not delivering the hot water that you need for your morning shower then you will need to call out an electrician, or a plumber who works with electrics. These are certainly not items that you want to attempt DIY repairs on, although they can be fairly simple for a qualified professional to deal with.
The heating element that warms up your shower water is the part of these sealed units that most often goes wrong. This could be down to wear and tear, a faulty part or a problem with the wiring. In most cases these can be replaced and engineers who work with showers will carry common parts with them or be able to access spares quickly.
Repairing your electric shower
If the flow of water is not as strong as you are used to, then this could be a problem with the pump, which may need repairing or replacing. These items can be impacted by wear and tear over the years and your electrician should be able to swap it for a newer model.
Faults can also develop with the control panel and switches that control heat and water flow on your electric shower. There can also be problems with pipework, which connects the pump and heater to the water supply. For this reason it is always best to call out an electrician who specialises in dealing with showers, or a plumber who also works with electric showers.
Extractor fans are great at keeping our bathrooms condensation-free, but they do work very hard. The fan draws damp air out via a vent, but the fans will usually attract all kinds of dirt, which can clog them or stop them working efficiently. Cleaning them regularly can deal with the problem, but extractor fans are still liable to break down or malfunction on occasion.
If dirt or dust is clogging them then you should be able to take them down for a clean, but for anything else you will need a qualified electrician. They can deal with any problems that the motor may have developed and repair or replace this.
In many cases it will be cheaper to replace the extractor fan with a new one, but your electrician will be able to tell you if the unit can be repaired at a reasonable price. Other malfunctions can be down to the switch that turns the fan on. This is often connected to a light switch (so that the fan turns on when you switch your bathroom light on) and loose wires may need to be tidied up or a new switch installed.
|Extractor Hood (cooker)||€50||€125|
The extractor hood on your cooker is essential for ridding your home of cooking smells, especially where you have an open plan house or a kitchen-diner. The cooker hood also helps to remove grease from the air as you cook and light the hob as you cook, so a malfunctioning unit can be problematic.
If the light is not working then this could be simply a blown bulb. The instruction manual will show you how to replace the bulb and these are usually a standard item that you can buy at the supermarket or a DIY store. If this does not solve the problem then you should call out an electrician, as the switch or lighting unit may have failed.
These will be replaced in most cases and your electrician will probably have to order a unit in or go off to a supplier, as they vary greatly from model to model.
Repairing your cooker’s extractor hood
The most common extractor hood problem is a failure of the fans that remove smells and grease from the air as you cook. For this reason, it is always advisable to clean your extractor hood on a regular basis so that you avoid build-ups of grease. Your instruction manual will give you an idea of how to remove and/or replace the filters on your cooker hood.
If the fans fail then you will notice either a complete lack of noise from the hood, an increase in noise or a rattling noise In all these cases the fans will either fail to extract odours from the room or be less efficient at doing so. In some cases the problem will be with the wiring or switches, but in most cases the problem is simple wear and tear on the motor that drives the fans. This can easily be replaced by your electrician once he has established the cause of the problem. In other cases it may be that the fan or some fan blades have come loose. Your electrician will be able to tighten up and secure the fan unit to make sure that it works correctly.
|Heated Towel Rail||€50||€125|
The electric heated towel rail is a fairly simple piece of equipment, using an element to heat the liquid inside it (which is usually a heating solution consisting of water and an anti-freeze liquid) so that you can enjoy warm towels after your bath. The element can fail over time, but this can be replaced. In most cases the towel rail will need to be drained to be repaired, but your electrician will be able to fill it with the heating solution again.
The towel rail can also corrode and leak over time, which will also make it inefficient. Small leaks can usually be repaired and your electrical engineer will be able to advise whether this is a sensible course of action or whether fitting a new towel rail may be better. Where the towel rail has a heat control this may also fail over time. Your electrician will be able to repair this or fit a new one as needed.
Induction hobs are popular with some for the speed at which they heat up and the control they afford the user, but they can be more complex than traditional electric hobs when it comes to faults. For basic problems you should always turn to the troubleshooting pages in the user manual and run through any steps there that may solve the problem. You should also check that you have the right kind of pan for the hob. A fridge magnet will always stick to a pan that will work with your induction hob.
The main problems you will experience with induction hobs is heating rings not turning on or not turning off, rings not heating up sufficiently or the appliance not working at all. In most cases you will need an electrician to solve these faults, but an experienced electrician should be able to locate the fault quickly and replace switches, timers, bulbs, faulty wires or elements that are malfunctioning.
An electrician who specialises in kitchen work should have some basic brand name spares in the kit in his van when he calls and should know where to order or buy any more specialist parts that need replacing. The fault could be as simple as some worn or poorly-fitted wires within the induction hob, but more complex faults include a burnt out printed circuit board or failed internal fans. These fans can often be the cause of excess noise coming from your induction hob and an experienced electrician will be able to solve the problem swiftly by repairing or replacing the parts.
If your light fitting stops working then it is really worth calling a professional out to take a look at it. The nature of the fitting makes them a little more complex to deal with than a switch or socket, but an electrician should be able to spot any problems and repair them quickly.
Most light fitting problems are down to damaged or ageing wiring, with wires often becoming frayed or disconnected from the fitting. In most cases the repair will simply be a case of repairing and replacing some wiring. Although, where the fitting is damaged, your electrician may suggest the need for a new light fitting.
Access to the fitting is one aspect of the job that can influence price. In most cases the electrician should be able to access the fitting easily. But if they need to go up in the roof or beneath floorboards then the job may take longer and cost more.
Light switches are one of the most simple pieces of electrical equipment in your home, but that does not mean that they will not go wrong at some stage. The light switch may fail, become loose or the dimmer function may stop working. The most likely reason that you will have to call out an electrician to repair your light switches is simple wear and tear.
The switch mechanism can fail and wires may become worn or loosened. It is also possible that the light switch has been damaged or blown when fusing. This can be down to poorly-fitted switches, overloaded circuits or ageing electrics in your house. Your electrician should be able to use his expert knowledge to seek out the problem and either repair or replace the light switch.
You may also want to use the opportunity to have the electrician check other switches or do any other small electrical jobs around your home, especially if you have to pay a call out charge. You may, for example, want them to replace this or other switches with dimmer switches or have them give your fuse box and wiring the once over to ensure they are safe and functioning well.
Costs of the repair will mainly depend on the time taken, but if replacement switches are needed then the cost of these will also influence the cost of the job. Dimmers, multiple switches or decorative switches will obviously cost more than simple single white plastic switches.
Power sockets and outlets are fairly simple, so any failure will often be easy for your electrician to diagnose and repair. Malfunction is often down to wear and tear, damage from power surges or overloading and wires working their way loose over time. In most cases the electrician can do some simple wiring work to repair them, or fit a replacement if needed.
Repair and replacement costs will largely be down to how long the job takes and the kind of socket you have. Decorative or polished metal sockets will cost more to replace than a simple plastic one. A good electrician should have any parts needed with him or will know of a nearby electricians’ supplier who will have parts in stock.
In most cases the electrician will also check the fuse box and look at your wiring to make sure that both are in good order. Qualified electricians can easily spot any problems with the wiring in your home and will be able to tell you of any work that needs to be done for safety reasons or to save you further call outs in the future.
If your electric water heater or immersion is not working then the chances are that the element has failed. Common factors in this failure are the age of the element and build-ups of calcium that happen over time. Some electricians will fit a protective sheath for the element upon installation, but many are vulnerable to the kind of build-ups that your kettle suffers from. This means it may become less efficient over time.
In most cases, the water tank will need to be drained in order to effect a repair, which can take some time. The electrician can then assess the problem and see if a new element may be needed or if the current one can be repaired. Other problems with your water heater include a faulty thermostat or timer. In both of these cases your electrician should be able to find the problem quickly and replace the parts, often with standard pieces that he will have with him.
Having your home rewired is one of the largest domestic electrical jobs that your electrician will regularly undertake. It may seem like a daunting task to you (and can certainly be costly), but wiring a house is something that professional electricians do all the time on new homes or in older ones that need new wiring.
The cost of the job will depend upon the size of the task for your electrician, which will largely be based upon the size of your home. A one-bedroom flat will obviously take a lot less time to rewire than a seven-bedroom house, although the basics of the task will be very similar.
Most often, rewiring will involve installing new electrical sockets and a new fuse box. Cabling will be placed through the walls and under the floor, although encasing the cables in plastic conduit is a possibility in some homes where minor rewiring is being done.
Rewiring your home
There is little doubt that rewiring can be a large and sometimes messy job, as your electrician will be removing old wiring from inside your walls and replacing it with new. This means that there will be some drilling involved and plaster dust settling on any furniture you don’t put dust covers over.
In some cases your electrician may have to cut into walls or plasterboard to effectively rewire your home and there is a chance that you may need to arrange for redecorating or replastering work to be done once the job is finished.
Your electrician may have someone that you use for this work or simply suggest you hire the decorator or plasterer of your choice to carry out the work. Your electrician will do all they can to ensure that mess is kept to a minimum. But it is the placement of your wiring and layout of your home that will dictate how much work can or cannot be done without cutting into the walls, lifting up carpets and taking up floors.
Why does my home need rewiring?
The need to rewire your home may be identified by an electrician being called out to deal with a problem with sockets, switches or appliances in your home. It is usually simply a question of age (although poor installation may be to blame). If your home is over 25 years old then there is a chance that it will need rewiring to bring it up to modern safety standards and for the electrics to be safe.This is definitely something to look at when you are considering buying a new home.
Obvious signs that your home may need to be rewired include electrical sockets cut into the skirting board, wooden backing boards on the fuse box, iron switches in the fuse box and any unusual or messy-looking parts of the system.
Rewiring can bring your home up to date
Having your home rewired, no matter how many rooms you are having new wiring fitted for, can be disruptive. But you can use it as an opportunity to bring your home up to date and to future-proof it. This is the time to get any additional sockets and switches installed as well as to have things like computer or speaker cabling placed out of sight and through the walls.
Your electrician will be able to advise you on this as well as any jobs that he may think worth getting out of the way as you have this rewiring done. This could include running electricity to your loft for any potential loft conversion, or running circuits outside for garden equipment. Security measures, such as external sensor lights, can also be fitted and added to the supply.