We rely on electricity for many of the things that make our day-to-day life easy, fun and enjoyable.  From heaters to coolers, to tech devices to baby night lights. And when we can’t power our appliances, a knee-jerk reaction can sometimes kick in. Rather than call a professional and licensed electrician in Brisbane, some are tempted to try to fix the issue themselves.

And there’s no shortage of DIY material online, with tips on how to carry out basic electrical work. There are self-help tricks for those trivial issues we tend to put off, like replacing fraying plugs.  Then, there’s simple tweaks that claim to make a huge difference, like replacing wall sockets.  The internet is full of ‘helpful’ advice.  However, DIY jobs are every licensed electrician’s worst nightmare. Here’s why:

The Dangers of Not Using a Licensed Electrician

Safety protocols for a reason

Unregulated online advice may come with helpful step-by-step demo videos, photos, and hands-on examples. But it’s important to bear in mind that not everything is a straightforward DIY job. Particularly when it comes to electrical work.  And even if it were, without following safety protocols, there’s always a risk of injury or death. This includes apparently “easy” DIY jobs like replacing your oven, light switches, or light fittings.

Risk of electrical fires

Electrical fires are the leading cause of Australia’s residential fires. If you live in an older house, it will be especially prone to electrical wiring problems. And a single fault in the wiring can have devastating consequences. But regular checks carried out by a professional and licensed electrician can protect you and your family from electric shock and devastating fires.

Overloaded circuits

How much has our electricity demand increased in recent years?  Can you count the number of devices that now need charged on a daily basis?   So, houses with a single power point per room struggle to power all the devices we use today. Using make-shift adaptors and connectors, and tampering with sockets and extension leads is dangerous.  It can cause overheating, shorting, and fires. Also, exposed wires, burned or discoloured power outlets, tripping, and power outs are tell-tale signs of bigger and more costly issues.

Tampering illegal

What’s more, tampering with any source of electricity is basically illegal in Australia. Aside from the risk to personal safety, DIY electrical work carries with it a penalty of up to $40,000. And exposing others to harm from unlicensed electrical work could land you in prison, says the Queensland Government.  Be sure to engage a licensed electrician for any and all electrical work.

The Disadvantages of Not Using a Licensed Electrician

Certificate of Electrical Safety

Cutting corners with your home or business electrical work is never a good idea. Firstly, it’s important to have a Certificate of Electrical Safety (COES) and an invoice for any type of electrical work performed in your home. A licensed electrician must provide this certificate within 30 days of carrying out the work, or face criminal charges. If you don’t have a certificate, your DIY work will need to be assessed and the electrician may need to do it all over again.

Insurance and guarantees voided

Secondly, without a certificate, you risk voiding your manufacturer guarantees and your insurance. The manufacturer of the device or appliance will be unwilling to replace or repair any damaged units. And your home and contents insurance provider will see this as an excuse not to cover any property damage.

Property resale value

Furthermore, consider the impact your DIY work may have on the resale potential and value of your home. Many buyers ask for a standard property report before they buy a house. It only covers basic requirements, like the existence of an electrical safety switch. But buyers can also ask for their building inspection report to focus on specific aspects like electrical wiring. This is called a ‘special purpose inspection’ and it’s very thorough.

Reasons to Insist on a Licensed Electrician

They’ve done the legwork. After finishing their apprenticeship and obtaining their license, Master Electricians need at least 3 full years of work in the field before they can qualify. And they have the insurance and guarantees to back it up.

They’re vetted. Aside from meeting stringent Queensland licencing requirements and undergoing a very thorough vetting process, professional electricians must also pass a colour test to use the colour-coded system safely.

They’re multitalented. Qualified professionals can inspect devices, circuits, and blueprints. They can test, mount, and maintain appliances. They’re good with tools and they’re logical thinkers. And some have very specific areas of expertise like rewiring old houses.

How to Check a License

It only takes a minute to check an electrician’s licence. Access the official Queensland Government electrical licence holder search page available here. First look at the type of licence an electrician should have to carry out the work you need. Then hit ‘Continue’ and enter their details on the online form.

Why to Choose JTB Electrical

For your safety, and that of your family and/or work colleagues, stick with the experienced professionals. At JTB Electrical, we only work with licensed electricians. So, you can rely on professional, safe, and certified work each time, every time. Get in touch with our friendly service team at JTB Electrical for a quick, no-obligation quote.