Frequently asked questions

Electrical FAQ Edelman Electrics Northern Beaches Electrician

All the power has gone out, I have a blackout, do I need to call an electrician or the power company?

There can be a number of reasons that the power has gone out, 1st thing to check is do the neighbour’s still have power, if they don’t it’s clearly an outage in your area, so you can go to the Ausgrid website and check for status updates or call the number provided.
If you are the only home without power the first thing to do is check your meter box. There is usually a Main switch or circuit breakers, check these first and turn it fully OFF and then ON again, if it won’t stay on, it means you have something tripping it.
Check out our comprehensive checklist (on our News page) before you call the Electrician as it you may be able to fix this problem yourself;

My safety switch or circuit breaker keeps tripping, what do I do?

Usually this is the result of a faulty appliance, but it can also be a wiring fault or even a safety switch or circuit breaker that needs to be replaced. Check out our comprehensive checklist (on our News page) before you call the Electrician because it is often possible to fix the problem yourself;

My lights are dimmed, I have some power, it's like a brown out, what is this?

You are experiencing what is called a “Brown Out” as opposed to a Black out, a brownout is an intentional or unintentional drop in voltage in an electrical power supply system. Intentional brownouts are the result of a load reduction used in an emergency. The reduction can last for minutes or hours.
Check the Ausgrid website for outages in your area, or call the number provided on the website to confirm;

My oven is not heating, I lost power and now it is back on it won't work?

How many times I have fallen for this gem! Many ovens have a reset button or series of buttons you need to press to reset the automatic timer setup on your oven. So firstly check your manual or google your oven model to see if this is the case before you call an Electrician or Service Technician. If this does not work you will need to call an Electrician or Service Technician, make sure you check your oven is not under warranty if it is call the manufacturer for advice

Why are my light bulbs blowing?

Firstly check that all your circuit breakers are in the ON position, if this is the case, it is more than likely the result of a faulty power point or light switch, however it could be a wiring problem. If this is the case you will need to call an Electrician who has the equipment necessary to either replace the faulty power point or fix the wiring fault.will need to call an Electrician who has the equipment necessary to either replace the faulty power point or fix the wiring fault.

When I use an appliance the safety switch/circuit breaker keeps tripping?

This can be for a number of reasons, however overload on the circuit is usually the primary reason. The problem is generally caused from a number of appliances or electrical devices drawing power at the same time. The usual causes are heating appliances, such as toasters, kettles, slow cookers or microwave. The easiest way to fix this is to switch some off and have only 1 or 2 running at the same time. Of course this may not be practical long term and can be very annoying. Therefore the only way to fix this is to have an Electrician run another circuit and effectively spread the load. Of course you could also have a faulty appliance, check out our article on how to identify the culprit .

How much do I save if I change my lights to LED?

Around 12% of your total energy costs are lighting, so changing to LED’s globes can save you up to 85% on your lighting costs, therefore it is worthwhile making the change. Calculating how much involves a little maths, so copy and paste the following link. This is a good one for calculating potential savings in your home from a LED lighting upgrade.