When electrical work is required in your home or business, you’ll doubtless want the reassurance of finding a domestic electrician or commercial electrician who you can rely on. As such, you might have some queries about the work being done or want to know something more generally electricity related.

In this blog we look at three of the questions which are frequently asked of electricians, in the hope that you may be able to find some of the answers you need.

1. How do I know if my electrics are safe?

Ignoring electrical problems can lead to serious injuries and catastrophic fires, so it’s important to be vigilant around anything electrical. There are several ways to spot if your electrics are dangerous. These can include:

  • Burn marks around the sockets
  • Exposed wires
  • Lights dimming and flickering
  • Burning smells
  • Getting a shock from any of your appliances
  • Excessively warm switches
  • Switches making an unusual sound
  • Regularly tripping circuit breakers in the fuse board
  • Damaged plugs, sockets and light fittings

While it is important to regularly inspect the condition of your wiring, outlets and extension cords, if you are in any doubt whatsoever, it’s vital that you get a professionally qualified electrician to take a look.

Over many years Paine Manwaring electricians have been pleased to work with homeowners and landlords throughout Worthing, Chichester and the rest of Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire.
The team is made up of highly qualified, Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) registered, NICEIC approved contractors and all work is approved and accredited to industry standards, meaning high levels of safety and reassurance are guaranteed.

2. How do I save energy?

We are often asked about ways to save energy, both for the cost savings which can be made and the benefits that energy saving can bring to the environment. Cutting down on electrical energy usage is one way to save energy generally. Try the following:

  • Switch off all lights where you can
  • Don’t leave televisions and other appliances on standby
  • Use electrical appliances such as tumble dryers and dishwashers less
  • Unplug any devices not in use, such as phone chargers

3. How can I tell if a circuit is overloaded?

The advent of major new technology can sometimes mean that the wiring within older homes cannot cope with the demand for electricity and this can cause the circuit to become overloaded.

Overloaded circuits can be extremely dangerous, as they can cause electrical fires and severe damage to a property. You can notice if your circuits are overloaded if your lights start to flicker or dim, there is a buzzing sound coming from the switches or outlets, and/or they are warm to the touch or show burn marks. In such cases, it is vital to contact an experienced electrician who can help as soon as possible.

The solution may be as simple as relocating some plug-in devices to other sockets or, in more serious cases, that rewiring is required. Whichever the case may be, it’s always best to consult the experts.

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When you are in need of an electrician to carry out work within your home, business or as part of a major construction project, you’ll doubtless want the reassurance that they are fully competent. Poor electrical work can not only be highly inconvenient and costly, it can make things extremely dangerous for anyone who comes near it.

Paine Manwaring is an established, professional and highly experienced supplier of electrical services to domestic and commercial customers throughout Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire.

If you have any further questions, or, for more information about the electrical services which we provide for both homes and businesses get in touch with a member of our expert and friendly team today on 01903 237522 or enquiries@painemanwaring.co.uk (Worthing) or 01243 784711 or info@painemanwaring.co.uk (Chichester).