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Switchboard Repairs

Written by Hall Electrical on September 10th, 2012.      0 comments

Switchboard RepairsElectrician for Switchboard Repairs: burning smell at the switchboard, electrical switchboard faults, switchboard not working, faulty switchboard, fault finding, and switchboard replacement.

First, it is important to mention; a faulty Switchboard can be extremely dangerous. If there is a burning smell at your Switchboard, please phone us urgently! Other faults may be less urgent; however, they can be very frustrating when they disrupt power to parts of your home or building.

Electrical Switchboards are one of the most vital components of electrical power circuits in both residential homes and commercial buildings. They are really the heart of the electrical circuit, distributing power through the home or building. In many multi-tenancy / multi-story buildings (both apartment blocks and commercial buildings) each floor or unit title will likely have a switchboard.

Wiring to, from and within the Switchboard
Power often runs through electrical wiring from the street to an outside Circuit-board, then to the inside Switchboard. In other properties power runs directly from the street to a single Circuit-board / Switchboard. Within the Switchboard, power is split into a number of different electrical circuits, each with its own circuit breaker or fuse. Electrical wiring then takes power through-out the property. Faults at the Switchboard can often be related to wiring either at the point of contact with other fittings or the actual wire itself. We can test the power supply to isolate the issue. Where possible we will repair the issue.

Circuit Breakers within the Switchboard
Switchboards normally contain many circuit breakers. Circuit breakers are a safety fitting within each particular individual electrical circuit that runs power through different parts of the home or building. Many switchboard repairs can turn out to be faults with circuit breakers.

Fuses within the Switchboard & time decayed Switchboard Units or Circuits
In many older homes and buildings, switchboards contain a number of fuses. Fuses were primarily used before circuit breakers. It is not uncommon for many of the electrical issues coming from the switchboard to be directly linked to older style fuse failures. Normally a straightforward and quick repair can be done to resolve such issues in the immediate term. However, overtime electrical components, fittings and wiring can decay. Switchboards are not immune to this issue. It is worth noting that at some stage it will become a necessary task to replace the switchboard, the individual components inside the Switchboard, and perhaps re-wire the property.

Our Auckland wide team of registered master electricians have experience resolving Switchboard faults and providing electrical repair services. We have also completed a number of Switchboard upgrades when the unit or circuit is beyond repair and a replacement switchboard needs to be installed.

Need an Electrician for your Switchboard Repair?


Hall Electrical can assist you with your electrical fault, repair and installation. Call us on 09 379 9198
 

Vanity & Bathroom Light Repairs

Written by Hall Electrical on September 3rd, 2012.      0 comments

Vanity   Bathroom Light RepairsElectrician for Vanity & Bathroom Light Repairs: vanity light repairs, bathroom lights not working, bathroom spot lights faulty, bathroom mirror lights not working, fault finding, wiring repairs, & bathroom light fitting replacement

We understand that when you are without full lighting in the bathroom, you really notice it. If your vanity light (bathroom mirror light) is not working correctly the fault needs to be diagnosed by an electrician who can then complete a repair or install a replacement.

Vanity & Bathroom Light Fault Finding
If the light fitting is not working at all, an electrician will test the operation to isolate the issue. The most common issue is the light fitting has over time reached the end of its safe and useful life. Other common issues in the bathroom include faulty electrical points and wiring around the fitting. Water and electricity do not mix. Less common, but not unheard of, are issues with the power supply at the switchboard or something else within the specific electrical circuit.

Vanity & Bathroom Light Replacement
Replacing the light fitting is often the best option with older bathrooms. New light fittings come in a wide range of styles, configurations and the options can seem endless. We can help recommend a fitting to work in your bathroom.

Vanity & Bathroom Light Repairs
If the fault is traced to the electrical points or wiring at the fitting, and the light fitting is still in safe operational condition, a repair can sometimes be untaken without replacement of the fitting. This will resolve the issue quickly and get you back to full bathroom lighting.

Our Auckland wide team of registered master electricians have experience resolving many bathroom lighting repairs. We have also completed a number of electrical installations for bathroom renovations.

Need an Electrician for your Vanity & Bathroom Lighting Repair?


Hall Electrical can assist you with your electrical fault, repair and installation. Call us on 09 379 9198



 

Power Point Repairs

Written by Hall Electrical on August 27th, 2012.      0 comments

Power Point RepairsElectrician for Power Point Repairs: Power Points not working correctly, fault finding, wiring repairs, power point replacement

Electrical components like power points and wiring don’t last forever. Over time the power point fitting itself may become faulty and require repair or replacement. In other cases the fault may be traced to no power arriving to that particular power point.

Power Point Fault Finding
An initial diagnostic and testing process will help to determine the cause of the fault and the action required to resolve the issue. An electrician will run through a series of checks to ensure than there is a stable power supply to the power point. If the initial diagnostic determines that there is power supply issue it could be the wiring, a fuse, a circuit breaker, the switchboard or something else within the specific electrical circuit.

Power Point Repairs
Replacement is normally a better option than repair for power point fittings. However, in some cases, where safety is not compromised, repair may be a fast and affordable option.

Power Point Replacement
When the fault is traced to the power point fitting, and it is not able to be repaired cost effectively or safely, replacement is the best option. Power points come in a range of sizes, specifications and colours. For more information on details regarding larger installation projects and upgrades for power points, sockets and outlets visit our specific webpage regarding this service offering.

Our Auckland wide team of registered master electricians are experienced with power point repairs and installations for residential property and commercial buildings.

Need an Electrician for your Power Point Repair?


Hall Electrical can assist you with your electrical fault, repair and installation. Call us on 09 379 9198



 

Interior Light Repairs

Written by Hall Electrical on August 20th, 2012.      0 comments

Interior Light RepairsElectrician for Interior Light Repairs: Downlights, Ceiling Lights, Wall Lights, Spot Lights, Hall Lights, Stair Lights, Bathroom Lights, Kitchen Lights, Halogen Lights, LED Lights

When your lights are not working correctly (or at all), and it’s not the bulb, you’ll need an electrician to test the electrical circuit and repair the fault. Common faults with interior lights include faulty light fittings and components. These can often be resolved by simply replacing part or all of the light fitting. Other issues may require more extensive repair and replacement.

The age of the components within the electrical circuit may also be a factor in identifying the fault. Within both residential properties and commercial buildings the age of the electrical wiring, switchboard, light fittings and fixtures all have an impact on the performance of lighting. It could be more cost effective and safer to replace a number of the components to ensure faultless operation of interior lights. Common interior light repairs include;

Downlight Repairs
Downlight repairs have become a rather common need in many homes and businesses. Often the fault occurs simply because of a downlight fitting failure. When building or renovation work is originally undertaken, average quality downlights are sometimes installed to keep the cost of the entire project down. Replacing with new fittings can quickly resolve and repair the issue. In fact, new downlight regulations came into effect in May 2012 which help improve the standard of downlight installations.

Spot Light Repairs
Kitchens are a common location for spot lights. Both wall and ceiling mounted spot lights come as single, double, triple and quad fittings. When the fitting has multiple spot lights, it is often easilier to see if it is the fitting or power supply causing the issue. If replacement is the best solution, there is the option to replace with newer style halogen spot lights.

Ceiling & Wall Light Repairs
Ceiling & wall lights depend on both the age of the fitting and the purpose of the light. Regardless of the light fitting (claw, fluorescent, surface or hanging) the process starts with testing the electrical circuit.


Our Auckland wide team of registered master electricians are experienced with interior lighting repairs and installations for residential property and commercial buildings.

Need an Electrician for your Interior Light Repair?


Hall Electrical can assist you with your electrical fault, repair and installation. Call us on 09 379 9198



 

Stove Repairs

Written by Hall Electrical on August 13th, 2012.      0 comments

Stove RepairsElectrician for Stove Repairs: Stoves, Ovens, Cooktops, Elements, Lights, Timer & Wiring

Stoves with an electrical fault can make cooking a frustrating experience. Stoves differ greatly in age, make, style and functionality. However, the faults people experience are quite common and often require an electrician to test the power supply, connection, switch, element, circuit breaker, fuse and operation.

Common Stove Faults
  • One element doesn’t work at all
  • All elements not going
  • Element not heating up
  • Oven isn’t heating up
  • Oven light not working
  • Oven timer not working
  • Stove clock isn’t working
  • Stove power outlet/socket not working
  • Oven temperature incorrect
Stoves are found in the home, rental property, business or workshop. Depending on your situation your requirements may be quite different to other peoples. Differing requirements demand a flexible approach to Stove repairs and servicing. This is where a team of electricians with vast experience in stoves repair, servicing, replacement and installation can help you.

Common Stove Brands we Repair
  • Fisher & Paykel
  • Simpson
  • ATLAS
  • LG
  • AEG
  • Westinghouse
  • Delonghi
  • Parmco
  • Indesit
  • All other brands...
Fisher & Paykel Stove RepairsSimpson Stove Repairs

Westinghouse Stove RepairsIndesit Stove Repairs
Delonghi Stove RepairsAEG Stove Repairs

Sometimes it is uneconomic to repair a stove. Furthermore, at times stoves simply can’t be repaired. When this is the case two replacement options present themselves; a brand new unit or a reconditioned unit. For people wanting an affordable option, a reconditioned unit can be an excellent choice as they often also come with a warranty. Those wanted the extra piece of mind of longer warranty terms, a brand new stove many be a better option. Stoves are wired to the power supply, so either option will require a registered electrician to install the stove.

Our Auckland wide team of registered master electricians are experienced with repairs and servicing a wide range of whiteware appliances; stoves, ovens and stove top elements.

Need an Electrician for your Stove Repair Requirements?


Hall Electrical can assist you with your electrical fault, repair and installation. Call us on 09 379 9198
 

RightLight

Written by Hall Electrical on August 6th, 2012.      0 comments

RightLight Energy Efficient LightingRightLight is a programme championed by the NZ Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). The initiative is designed to help people learn about efficient lighting.

The website www.rightlight.co.nz provides lighting efficiency tips for the home and business. The site contains information on the following areas:

Home Environments: How to Save Money, Why Change, Choosing the Right Light

Choosing the right energy efficient light will become an easier task with knowledge the website provides in these areas;
  • Replacing existing bulbs; how to choose, bulbs & fittings, what watt?, which white?, where to buy, case study
  • Types of bulbs; compact fluorescent lamps, halogen spotlights, new generation halogen globe, linear fluorescent tubes, light emitting diodes, specialist halogen bulbs
  • Building or Renovating; design tips, virtual designer, room by room, lighting control systems, style gallery
Business Environments: Office, Industrial, Retail, Education

Each business environment has specific considerations in the following areas;
  • The right light level
  • Types of light
  • Lighting controls
  • Things you can do
  • Next steps
The Rightlight website has so much information so people might find it a little overwhelming. If less is more, then go straight for the quick tips page if you’re interested in business environments. If your focused on the home then head to the resources section tips page. Here are a few selected tips from the website you might find useful;

Quick Efficient Lighting Tips for Business
  • Install occupancy sensors in office and car parks
  • Use table lamps or task lighting for desks/work areas vs entire room lighting
  • Install day light sensors to dim lights when not required in full
Quick Efficient Lighting Tips for the Home
  • Turn lights off (the simplest way)
  • Use CFLs (compact fluorescent lamp)
  • Light-coloured walls
  • Task specific lights (one solution doesn’t work in all areas)
  • Low watt lamps in bedroom
  • Additional conveniently located light switches
  • Outdoor security lights on sensors
     

Need an Electrician for your Efficient Lighting Requirements?


Hall Electrical can assist you with your electrical repair, faults, design, installation and maintenance. Call us on 09 379 9198



 

Security Lighting Repairs

Written by Hall Electrical on July 30th, 2012.      0 comments

Security Lighting RepairsElectrician for Security Lighting Repairs: Fault finding, rewiring, bulb, sensor & fixture replacement

When your security lighting is not working properly it can simply be an annoyance that you want fixed or it could be a serious security issue that needs to be resolved ASAP. Either way, security lighting faults are relatively common, and are normally straightforward to resolve. When you’re dealing with electrical power, using an Electrician is a must. Common security lighting faults are;
  • Bulb failure
  • Sensor not working
  • Timer not working
  • Light fixture damage
Repairing your security lights normally starts with quickly testing and tracing the fault. Once an electrician has identified the issue, they can then resolve by cleaning contact points and replacing the necessary parts or the full fixture if required. Once compete, the light operation is tested to ensure everything is working as per normal. Once again you will have security lights that provide you with convenience and security assurance.

Need an Electrician for your Security Lighting Repair?


Hall Electrical can assist you with your electrical repair. Call us on 09 379 9198
 

Hot Water Cylinder Repairs

Written by Hall Electrical on July 27th, 2012.      0 comments

Hot Water Cylinder RepairsElectrician for Hot Water Cylinder Repairs: Wiring, Elements & Thermostats

Many of the issues to do with hot water cylinder faults are typically a plumbers domain of expertise. However, electrical power and (re)wiring are of course an Electricians. Common hot water faults are;
  • No hot water at all
  • Water is too hot, or too cold
  • Noisy cylinder
Repairing your hot water cylinder will always be a priority. If it’s your own home you’ll want to enjoy trouble free and predicable hot water. If it’s an investment property you’ll want to resolve the issue for your tenants asap to keep them happy, and ensure you protect your investment by getting the hot water cylinder and system checked out. Common repair services include;
  • Power supply to cylinder check
  • Cylinder wiring & connectivity check
  • Rewiring
  • Element replacement
  • Thermostat replacement
However, not all hot water cylinders can be repaired. Eventually time can take its toll and a replacement unit will be required. When a new hot water cylinder is installed a registered electrician must wire up the cylinder to the power supply.


Need an Electrician for your Hot Water Cylinder Repair or Replacement?


Hall Electrical can assist you with your electrical repair call us on 09 379 9198



 

How much does an electrician charge / cost?

Written by Phil Hall on March 15th, 2011.      0 comments

How much does an electrician charge and cost?How much does an electrician charge / cost?
 
This is a question we are regularly asked when people phone us. 
An answer I like is:  How much will it cost you if you choose a bad one.
 
FACTS
  • Electrician’s hourly charge out rates vary between $40.00 and $90.00 per hour + gst (in Auckland).
  • Apprentice electricians are around $25 to $40 per hour + gst depending how far through their apprenticeship they are or how competent they are at the task they are doing. Quite often it is cheaper for you to have a tradesman and “boy” as they can achieve more in a quicker time.
  • Some companies have a minimum charge of between $75.00 and $120.00 + gst.
 
Electricity can kill you if done wrong. You only have loved ones and friends in your home so why would you risk using an electrician just because he or she is the cheapest? Surely you would pick one that has been recommended ** to you by a friend or comes with the qualifications and backing of a reputable company that has the resources, knowledge and experience to give you what you pay for.  At a fair and reasonable price.
 
If the difference in hourly rates is $10.00 then the cheaper electrician only has to sit under your house for 15 minutes or not be confident in what they are doing so it takes them longer to carry out the job and you are paying the same price. 
 
As in everything “you get what you pay for”. 
 
Our electricians are master electricians. That means they carry the $10,000.00 guarantee from The Electrical Contractors Association that the work will be done correctly and to the regulations.  
 
All our electricians regularly attend refresher and first aid courses and are highly competent in what they do. They also go to seminars and display shows to keep up with the latest things on the market so they can advise you on what is new and cool.
 
All our vans carry the correct testing equipment and parts required for most jobs. 

I don’t go to the cheapest doctor or the cheapest mechanic for obvious reasons. I hope this helps you when you come to choose your electrical professional.
 
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