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Switch Board Upgrade Adelaide

Switch Board Upgrade Adelaide An electrical switch board, sometimes called MSB (Main Switch Board), Fuse box, power box or power board controls the electrical supply to your house. Most importantly it should ensure any faults in wiring or appliances are stopped before injury or fire can occur. When this happens a circuit breaker ‘trips’, a fuse burns out or a safety switch (RCD) trips. Wiring faults occur for a number of reasons. Often rats and mice can chew through cables in a roof or under a house. Electrical cable can become degraded over long periods of time, especially if not protected.  Old cables such as cotton covered, vulcanized rubber (black insulation) or cable inside split conduit is notorious for faults and poses an extreme danger. In these cases, you want the safety equipment in your electrical switch board to do its job and prevent fire or injury. Sometimes the fault is human error. Such as cutting through an electrical cable, handling an appliance with wet hands or a faulty appliance. In these cases it is mandatory the circuit protection work, including the safety switch to prevent injury and possible loss of life. An increase in electrical demand may necessitate the need for an upgrade. Often old boards have undersized cabling supplying the circuit protection and even more worrying we find burned out bare wiring behind some of them! An upgraded switch board also poses some other benefits. Circuit breakers are much easier to reset than a rewirable fuse. With correct labelling of the switch board it makes the task even easier! Multiple safety switches rather than a single safety...

Electric Oven Not Working – Adelaide Check Guide

Electric Oven Not Working –  Adelaide Quick Check Guide Before calling out an electrician to repair your electric oven, I thought it would be a good idea to run through a couple of self help tips. This may save you some money and get the oven working again. Sometimes it is something simple and easily over looked. If you’ve tried these tips and still have no luck, then give us a call at Adelaide Electric. Has the circuit breaker tripped or fuse blown? If the oven isn’t heating, the fan, light and clock aren’t working there is a good chance that a circuit breaker has tripped or a fuse has blown. These are most commonly found in your switch board and labelled STOVE or RANGE. Try replacing the fuse with the correct type or resetting the circuit breaker. If it blows or trips again then there is a fault that needs to be checked and best to call an electrician. Do not repeatedly try to reset the fault as there could be a dangerous situation present that needs correct testing and repair. Some kitchens can have an isolator switch that turns power off to the oven. These can be a large isolator switch or a smaller one that looks like a light switch. It’s not something that we use very often and can completely forget that it is there! Make sure it is in the on position. Some electric ovens plug into a socket that is found in a cupboard or behind a draw next to or underneath the oven. Socket outlets can be accidentally turned off when taking...

Smoke Alarms in Rental Property SA

Smoke Alarms and Legislative information for Landlords and Rental Properties   Smoke Alarms Smoke alarms are designed to alert the rental property tenants of a fire. There are two main types of smoke alarms, the ionisation and photoelectric smoke alarms. The photoelectric smoke alarm is recommended by the South Australian MFS. Research reveals that most homes and rental properties in Adelaide contain ionisation smoke alarms which do not give early enough warning in the case of a smouldering house fire. A smouldering fire is the most common type of house fire. The type of smoke alarm fitted can be checked by opening the smoke alarm as you normally would to reveal the battery compartment. It should be written on the label, however the easiest way to check is that all ionisation smoke alarms have a yellow and black radiation symbol. Photoelectric smoke alarms do not have this symbol, although the actual alarm itself looks the same. The best practice is to replace all ionisation smoke alarms with photoelectric alarms when they are due for replacement. Rental properties include the following; detached houses, row houses, town houses, villa units, sole occupancy units, some boarding houses, guest houses and hostels. Smoke Alarm Requirements Rental Property purchased before 1 February 1998 At a minimum a battery powered smoke alarm must be fitted. Rental property purchased on or after 1 February 1998 A mains powered smoke alarm OR A 10 year long life lithium battery smoke alarm must be fitted. This is required by Development Regulation 76B under the Development Act. Rental property built on or after 1 January 1995 A mains powered...

Photoelectric or Ionisation Smoke Alarms?

Photoelectric or Ionisation Smoke Alarms? On Boxing Day in 2011 celebrity chef Matt Golinski lost his wife Rachel and three daughters Sage, Willow and Starlia to a fire in their house. Matt was badly burned. The fire was believed to have started from Christmas tree lights or a power board. The family received no warning from 2 ionisation alarms fitted to the house, indicating the alarms did not provide an early warning for escape. By the time both parents awoke and were alerted to a fire, the house was engulfed. Matt was unable to battle through the heat despite repeated attempts to save Starlia. Rachel tried to save twins Sage and Willow and perished in the fire with her daughters. Five years later the Coroner’s findings also makes mention of the Slacks Creek fire in which 11 people died in 2011 and the views of various experts. Within there is a clear mention of the need to amend legislation to enforce photoelectric smoke alarms to be the only type fitted to Australian homes. Photoelectric smoke alarms are the only type of alarm recommended by all Australian Fire Brigades since 2006, yet there is no legislation to impose this. What’s concerning is that most homes in Adelaide contain ionisation smoke alarms once thought to be safe. Even worse, they are still being installed in some homes because they are cheaper than photoelectric smoke alarms and installers either aren’t aware of best practice and recommendations or quoting cheapest possible prices. Let’s find out why. Ionisation smoke alarms work by detecting very small smoke particles. So small in fact that the particles...

Why Adelaide Electric for Smoke Alarms?

Why Adelaide Electric for Smoke Alarms and Your Adelaide Electrician? Simply, the safety of your family and loved ones. They’re important to you and just like a seat belt in your car, smoke alarms are there to protect you from unexpected accidents. As an Adelaide Electrician, it’s important to us as well. Smoke alarms give you an early warning and a chance to escape a fire and alert your family members. This can also give you a chance to call emergency services and possibly save your home and personal belongings going up in flames. You want the best smoke alarms available, when quality becomes more important than cost. At Adelaide Electric we install smoke alarms which are backed by local Adelaide support and Australian innovation and industry benchmarks. That’s important to us, so we’ve installed these products in our own homes. The picture you see in this blog is a photoelectric 10 year lithium battery smoke alarm I fitted just this week in my own living room that had no roof access to fit a mains powered smoke alarm. You want the earliest possible warning of a fire and peace of mind without nuisance alarms. We only install photoelectric smoke alarms which are the type recommended by the South Australian MFS as well as other Fire Authorities worldwide. There is currently a push to completely ban the common ionisation smoke alarm fitted and still sold and installed to most homes in Adelaide. In fact we still see the odd Adelaide Electrician fitting these smoke alarms! Although not legislation we choose to ONLY install the photoelectric type of smoke alarm....

Smoke Alarms – Replace your batteries Adelaide

  Smoke Alarms – Time to replace your batteries Adelaide At Adelaide Electric we are joining in the call with the South Australian MFS and other fire services to change your smoke alarm batteries. This Sunday, April 3 is the day Adelaide winds back clocks to mark the end of daylight savings. It’s also a good reminder to replace your smoke alarm batteries. Adelaide homes and businesses without working smoke alarms and correctly maintained smoke alarms are at risk of a house fire that can cause significant damage. Not only that, you are putting yourself and your family at risk of being seriously injured or killed in a fire. All too commonly we hear stories of house fires and deaths that have occurred due to no or not working smoke alarms. Every year it is recommended to change your smoke alarm battery even if the battery appears to be in working order. This also applies to mains powered smoke alarms with a backup battery. 10 year sealed long life lithium smoke alarms should not be opened or require a battery replacement. These units are sealed and cannot have the battery replaced for safety reasons. The end of daylight savings serves as a reminder date for us to replace our smoke alarm batteries. When you turn your clocks back, also replace the smoke alarm battery. It’s also important to press the test button and test the smoke alarm siren. At this time we recommend you perform your regular maintenance duties. This includes cleaning the smoke alarm with a light brush or a gentle soft brush vacuum cleaning. It’s a good...

Smoke Alarm and Detector FAQ Adelaide

Smoke Alarm and Detector FAQ What type of smoke alarm should I install in my Adelaide home? There are 2 main types of smoke detectors, the ionisation and photoelectric. Both types of smoke detectors will work however the photoelectric smoke detector is recommended by the MFS. This type of smoke detector is best suited to fires that occur in houses and will give the best early warning. I’ll take this opportunity to point out that most homes in Adelaide are fitted with the ionisation type as these were previously the recommended type. Another contributing factor is that the photoelectric smoke detector is more costly to purchase than an ionisation type. For this reason we are finding electricians in Adelaide are still fitting ionisation smoke detectors as they deliver the cheapest option for the customer. At Adelaide Electric we ONLY fit photoelectric smoke detectors in your home unless there is a specific requirement for another type of smoke alarm. If you are having a smoke alarm fitted by your electrician in Adelaide, please ask what type of smoke alarm they are fitting and why. Your family’s safety is important. How do I know what smoke alarm I have? With the cover of the smoke alarm open there should be a label inside indicate the type of smoke alarm. The other way to tell is that an ionization type smoke alarm will have a yellow and black radiation symbol. How often should I test my smoke detector? You should be checking your smoke detector once per month by pressing the test button and waiting for an audible alarm. If there is...

Why does my smoke alarm beep for no reason

Why does my smoke alarm beep or go off for no reason? I’m going to answer some questions here about why smoke alarms or smoke detectors may go off or beep for no apparent reason. Keep in mind here there is a difference between the smoke alarm actually going off and that annoying chirp or beep that sounds once every couple of minutes. My smoke alarm is beeping for no reason. My smoke alarm is going off for no reason. My smoke alarm will not turn off. There are two main culprits at work in this scenario. One possible cause is that there is dust or cobwebs on or within the smoke detector unit and this is causing it to false alarm. The fix here is to clean the smoke detector using the soft brush end of your vacuum cleaner. This should be part of you smoke detector maintenance routine for optimum performance. Check out my blog on maintaining your smoke detector here…..Maintaining Your Smoke Alarm The other issue is that the smoke detector is actually faulty, in which case it will need to be replaced. There are some cheap smoke detectors available on the market and in hardware stores. From my own experiences I’ve found they seem to suffer from false alarms a lot more often than some of the well-known and supported brands. My smoke alarm is chirping. My smoke alarm chirps every couple of minutes. If your smoke alarm is chirping or beeping once every minute or couple of minutes this is completely normal and a sign that the battery needs to be replaced. Smoke alarms...

10 Smoke Detector Alarm Tips

10 Smoke Detector Alarm Tips to Keep Your Home Safe Monthly checks – It’s a simple task, once a month press the test button and you will hear a loud audible alarm. Sometimes it will take a second or two before the alarm sounds. No alarm means a flat battery or faulty smoke detector. 93% of us don’t do these checks! Replace the battery – Once per year change the smoke alarm battery. Do this regardless of whether the battery is working or not. Choose a date – Choose a specific monthly and yearly date for the monthly test and yearly battery change. Perhaps first day of the month and first day of spring?     Clean Me – It’s out of sight up there on the roof but needs a quick dusting or run the soft vacuum nozzle over it. This will keep the sensor area free of dust and cob webs and ensure the smoke detector will work correctly. Not Paintable – Do not paint the smoke detector. The sensors for smoke can be damaged by paint. If you’re having the house painted be sure to mention this to the painter, unfortunately we come across painted smoke alarms regularly. Mains Powered – If you don’t have any mains powered smoke alarm and still relying on cheap battery only alarms, it’s time to upgrade! Mains powered alarms still have a battery backup for your safety.     10 Years Old – 10 Years is the recommended lifespan for a smoke alarm and at this stage it is a good idea to have it replaced. This is also a...

Ceiling Fan FAQ Adelaide

Ceiling Fan Frequently Asked Questions When it comes to ceiling fans I find my clients have a lot of questions, and are unsure about the many types of ceiling fans, installation techniques and what it all means for them. Here I have compiled FAQ’s that I get asked often, as well as some information that you will find informative. How much do ceiling fans cost to run? A Ceiling Fan is cheap to run at about 2-3 cents per hour. Here’s a great link for calculating any appliance costs in Adelaide Calculate Appliance Running Costs. A Ceiling Fan will also aid in saving cooling costs when used in conjunction with home air conditioners. What does the Summer/Winter switch do? This switch is found above the motor on the ceiling fan and sometimes labelled S and W. In the Summer position, the fan will blow cooling air down that you can feel. In the Winter position, the fan will turn in reverse. This blows warm air over the ceiling and down the walls. What does the number of blades mean? The most common are 3, 4 or 5 blade fans. There’s not a lot of difference in air flow. A 5 blade fan has more drag and will require more power to run the fan. A 3 blade fan is usually a metal blade fan designed to push a lot of air for its size and thus can be a little noisy. A 4 blade fan tends to be a good compromise for air flow and efficiency. Very large fans may have more blades due to design and aesthetics. Metal...