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Our registered electrical contractors are experts in installation, upgrade, maintenance, testing, and repair of everything from the switchboard and wiring that feed power through your home, to the installation and maintenance of electrical connections for fixed appliances.
There when you need
Our standard hours of operation are 8am to 5pm weekdays: excluding the advertised public holidays of the state in which we are working. Outside these hours we are available for pre-booked after hours support.
Buying a new home, bought, or looking to renovate? Our licensed electrical contractors can attend your future or current premise to conduct an intensive electrical inspection. This fixed fee service is not dissimilar to a building and pest inspection that savvy buyers conduct when buying a new home. A licensed electrician will inspect and test your electrical circuitry, wiring and equipment, and you’ll be presented findings – along with any action items – in a comprehensive report.
Ensuring your safety underpins our promise of reliability
Whether its manufactured domestically or imported from overseas, all electrical equipment sold in Australia must comply with AS/NZS 3820 minimum safety standards. All products Direct Option Electrical installs will/must carry a Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM); and as qualified electrical workers registered and licensed by Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) we provide required Certificates of Electrical Safety (COES) for all installation work.
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Safety switches monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit and turn off the power in a fraction of a second if a leakage of current is detected.
Why do I need a safety switch installed to get new power points?
Regulations requires that all new power points be protected by a safety switch. Where Direct Option Electrical will be required to update an existing or install a new or power point for you, we will check for the existence, working status, and compliance your premises safety switch. If one does not exist, or should it require/update or maintenance we will be happy to quote on installation and/or update of a switch to ensure both your premises legal compliance and your safety therein.
Why is a safety switches amperage important, and what is ‘amperage’?
Safety switches have different amperage ratings (e.g. 30A, 60A, 100A, 200A, 400A and so on). The amperage ‘rate’ (e.g. 100A) simply denoting the strength of the electrical current that switch can manage. As a rule, the higher the amperage requirement of a point and appliance, the higher the amperage your switch needs to be.
If I have breakers do I need a Safety Switch?
Yes. They do different things.
What's the difference between a Safety Switch and a Breaker?
Safety switches monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit and turn off the power in a fraction of a second if a leakage of current is detected. For example, if a person came into contact with electricity and it began to direct through the person's body to earth, the safety switch can detect this occurring and switch off power to the home in as little as 0.3 seconds.
Vulcanised Indian Rubber (VIR) cabling is electrical cabling (a/the conductor) that is enclosed in tin, coated in rubber, and covered by cotton braiding. Installed in tens of thousands of Australian residential and commercial properties from 1910-1950, VIR cables have been proven to breakdown as they ages and once compromised present risk of fire, shock, and electrocution.
Will a pre-purchase building inspection of a new home tell me these are present?
Do you need to rewire a property that has VIR?
If electrical testing finds a fault or a visual inspection finds wires have degraded, you will need to rewire the property for your own and your property’s safety. Laws and regulations exist that may require an electrician to require or recommend this upgrade.
Can unrelated electrical work be performed on properties with VIR without rewiring?
Yes, if no faults or degraded wiring is found.
The electrician wants to install a Residual Current Device (RCD). What is this and why?
A RCD is a safety device that monitors current flowing in live and neutral wires in a circuit. Acting in a similar fashion to a Safety Switch, if the RCD determines current flowing in the circuit in unequal it will cut power to that circuit. RCD’s do not however protect against active to active faults.
The electrician wants to install an Arc Fault Detection Device (AFDD). What is this and why?
An AFDD is a safety device that protects against arc faults. Arc faults are sparking or arcing (when electricity jumps between one wire and another: active to active faults) and can occur in loose wire connections or corroded wires. Acting in a similar fashion to a Safety Switch and RCD, if the AFDD determines an arc fault in the circuit it will cut power to that circuit.
For more information see the National Electrical and Communications Association’s Vulcanised Indian Rubber (VIR) cabling FAQ's
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