What Makes a Good Residential Electrician?

April 30, 2024

What Makes a Good Residential Electrician?

It is common to hear about people doing electrical work in their homes instead of calling for a residential electrician. It may seem like a good idea to use a DIY approach. However, it is potentially dangerous and also illegal.  

Western Australian law prohibits anyone other than a licensed electrician from doing electrical work, even if it is in their home. Significant penalties, including expensive fines, aim to serve as deterrents to DIY electrical work. Additionally, insurance companies can refuse payment for damages caused by electrical work that is done by anyone except by a qualified electrician. 

Key Take Aways: 

Attributes to look for in a residential electrician 

  • Highly Qualified 
  • Good Reviews 
  • Safety Orientated 
  • Excellent Time Mangement Skills 
  • Good Communication Skills 

What is a Residential Electrician? 

As the title suggests, a residential electrician is a professional who focuses on delivering electrical services for homes and apartments. Typically, he or she is responsible for the installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical systems in residential districts.  

This generally involves meeting the electric needs in an area, including, 

  • Wiring 
  • Circuit Breakers 
  • Power Outlets 
  • Safety Switches 
  • Lighting Fixtures 
  • Outdoor Lighting 
  • Landscape Lighting 
  • Fault Detection 
  • Electrical Maintenance 


Five Traits to Look for When Hiring a Residential Electrician 

  1. Safety-oriented- You will notice when a technician is committed to doing the job as safely as possible. Their training includes managing their safety as well as keeping you safe. 
  1. Problem solver- The complexities of the job do not put off a good electrician, but they see a challenge and learning opportunity if a task is difficult. 
  1. Team player- If your electrician is hesitant to work with other professionals, it can be a bad sign. On the other hand, if your electrician is eager to share ideas, it can make a significant difference in the time it takes to complete your project. 
  1. Excellent time manager- The ability to create a time frame for your project is vital to keep you from cost overruns. The skill is also helpful in planning life around the project in your home. 
  1. Communication skills- Excelling in communication is a sure way to build trust and rapport. Poor communication leads to confusion and misunderstandings. If your residential electrician is a great communicator, you can relax and know that a professional is running your project. 


Areas of Expertise for Residential Electricians 

Residential electricians often choose to concentrate their efforts on specialised areas of the trade. These include, 

  • General Household Lighting- This includes adding upgrades to the home electrical system.  
  • Household wiring which demands a thorough knowledge of electrical safety 
  • Switchboard installation and  maintenance 
  • Heating and cooling systems 
  • Maintenance of household appliances 
  • Extractor fans and cooking systems 

Level 2 residential electricians are accredited service providers (ASP) who can work on electrical service networks. Because of the extensive training they must complete, Level 2 Residential Electricians are highly specialised and skilled experts. The jobs residential electrical specialists do include 

  • Handle live wire connections 
  • Appliance monitoring and repair- because appliances are the most significant users of household energy, keeping them running at optimal levels saves energy and money 


PRF Electrical are Perth’s Expert Electricians 

Residential electricians are the first line of technicians to address issues in the home. While other electrical specialisations (such as emergency electricians, industrial electricians, and corporate electricians) are needed and exceptionally skilled, most people will interact with a residential electrician to ensure all is working safely and at peak performance. 

Whether you need electrical assistance for your home or apartment building, be sure to make the smart choice and contact PRF Electric. All of our team members are certified. You never need to wonder if a skilled technician is working on your electrical system; your satisfaction is guaranteed. 

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