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When it comes to all things electric, safety is the main priority. Faulty electrics can cause minor issues such as switch tripping. However, in serious cases, it can lead to an electrical fault or even a fire. From rewiring your home to fitting new lights or sockets, there is a wide range of tasks that only a qualified electrician can help with.

Whether your job is big or small, urgent or routine - we’ll connect you with the best local electricians that will be able to safely fix your problem.

FAQ

What does an Electrician do?

An electrician is a qualified individual who is responsible for designing, installing, maintaining and repairing electrical systems. Electricians usually specialise in a particular area that will either see them working within residential buildings, commercial buildings or for various industries such as the energy sector. The prime responsibility of an electrician is to ensure not only the electrical systems work correctly but that they are safe to use.

Common jobs for electricians in a residential setting include the installation or maintenance of lighting, sockets, extractor fans, CCTV and home appliances.

What to look for in an Electrician

First and foremost, ensure you are hiring a certified electrician from a reputable company. Do your research and look for reviews. The electrician you choose will be responsible for ensuring your safety, so prioritise experience and professionalism over price. It’s also important that they are reliable as if they don’t turn up as promised this could cause other building works to overrun or leave your home unsafe until the issue is fixed.

Different types of Electricians

The term ‘electrician’ is very broad and refers to engineers of all specialisms. Here are some of the most common electrician types, to help you decide which type of service you require.

  • Domestic Electrician - A domestic electrician carries out electrical works in a residential setting. It is their job to ensure all of the wiring and connections are functioning correctly and safely. You may hire a domestic electrician for things such as a power cut (not related to the national grid), faulty electrics or for rewiring. Domestic electricians are also used for building or renovating homes. For example, installing new power sockets or connecting an extension building to the mains.
  • Commercial Electrician - A commercial electrician is responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical buildings within a commercial setting. For example, in shops, office buildings or restaurants. Many of the aspects of their job are similar to a domestic engineer, but the work tends to be on a larger scale. They also work on electrical units and other equipment not typically found within a residential setting.
  • Installation Electrician - Installation electricians work to install electrical units. Usually, they work where no electrical connection currently exists. For example, the installation of new switchboards fuses or laying cabling.
  • Maintenance Electrician - Maintenance electricians are responsible for finding and diagnosing faults within electrical systems. For example, the cause of a power outage or to fix faulty wiring. They also develop preventative measures to avoid future problems with your electrics.

How to check if an Electrician is certified

Every electrician should have an I.D card that states their qualifications. They may also be registered with an official body such as the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA). Only certified electricians can carry out work in your home or commercial premises.

Can I get an Electrician online?

While an electrician needs to be onsite to help fix your electrical problem, it is possible to find one online. It can be extremely useful to search for reviews and find the best local electricians near you through an online search. Though, it’s good to note that they cannot assess the work until they physically inspect it, which may incur an additional charge depending on the contractor.

How do I know if I need Rewiring?

If your home has not been rewired for a considerable amount of time, then it’s a good idea to consult an electrician. Especially if you live in an older property, as your current electrics may fall below standard and pose a safety risk. Other signs you need rewiring include a persistent burning smell, scorched sockets or switches, fuses that regularly blow, flickering lights, electric shocks and exposed sockets. If in any doubt, always ask an expert!

Can I do the Rewiring myself?

In a word, no. Only qualified electricians can undertake a rewiring of a property. You should never attempt to ‘fix’ your own electrics, as it could endanger the lives of yourself and everyone else in the home. While the cost of rewiring can be expensive, it is still a better alternative than creating a safety risk.

What qualifications do you need to be an Electrician?

Every country will have its own regulations, and you should check these before you hire someone. In the UK, someone can only call themselves an electrician if they have had formal education or training. For example, a Level 3 Diploma in electrotechnical services.

How much does an Electrician cost?

Whether your electrician charges by the hour, a flat fee or a day rate will affect the cost of hiring one. If the electrician has had to travel a long way or if the call out is an emergency, then expect the figure to be much higher. The scope of the job will also impact the price, especially if a full rewiring is required.
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Glenfield Electrical - Domestic, Commercial & Industrial Electricians “Need A Safe, Reliable, Local Electrician?” Call us NOW We are here to help you with any electrical problems you may have at home or at work. The fully comprehensive guarantee that comes with your installation. -Parts covered by manufacturers’ 12 month guarantee. -Labour covered with a 5 year workmanship warranty. -Extended manufacturers’ guarantee on LED products. -Operatives are all fully qualified and experienced in their trades. -We will never carry out any work that has not been previously agreed with the customer. -All works comply with BS7671 Electrical Wiring Regulations. -Under no circumstances will any customer's details be shared, sold or in way passed on to any third party. ...And here’s the 7 reasons why people choose Glenfield Electrical. -You’ll get value for money because our pricing is competitive, yet we never cut corners. And all our pricing is clear and upfront, so the are no nasty surprises. -Returning Customers account for 74% of our work - that says it all about the quality of our work and the friendliness in our service. -We give you a five year guarantee on our labour. That’s industry leading and reflects our confidence in the work we do. But if you’ve got any complaints, we’ll just sort them out. -We’re NICEIC registered - so were assessed on a regular basis to ensure the highest standard of care are always met. -We never leave mess behind. Never. -All our team are smartly uniformed and we train them to always be prompt, polite and professional (and they smile a lot) -We’ll turn up when we say we will, both to assess any work you want done and to do the work.

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What do you love most about your job?

Giving 100% in every single job we complete to make sure our services are effective, safe and to the highest standard.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Tradespeople often have bad reputations, at Glenfield Electrical we want to change that. We take a huge amount of pride in turning up when we say we do and if we're running slightly behind, we'll give you a call to let you know.

Another big issue some people experience with tradespeople is they leave a mess! That's why we make sure we leave the location tidier than when we found it.

Why should our clients choose you?

- You'll get a free consultation as well as quote, if there's an easier or better value way to complete a job, we'll let you know
- You'll get an industry leading 5 year guarantee on our workmanship
- We leave your premises tidier than when we found it
- We'll provide you with a clear and easy to understand invoice which we itemise to male sure our costs are easy for you to understand

What changes have you made to keep your customers safe from Covid-19?

Our engineers are very happy to work alongside our clients in the safest way possible. They are very diligent when it comes to ventilation, mask wearing and hand washing.

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The average price of an Electrician is £3,250

Region Great Value
Average
Premium
Nationwide
£2,500
£3,250
£4,200
East of England
£2,500
£3,500
£4,000
London
£3,000
£3,250
£4,000
North West England
£1,500
£2,450
£3,200
Scotland
£2,300
£3,000
£4,000
South East England
£2,800
£3,500
£5,500
Yorkshire and the Humber
£2,350
£2,900
£3,500

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