Frequently Asked Questions - Electrician in South Yorkshire


You may find the answer below, if not then please feel free to contact me.


Why are my light bulbs blowing all the time?
The main reason for light bulbs blowing frequently is cheap bulbs. The element in a cheaper bulb is thinner than in a more expensive brand. This means that any surge in power will break the element of a cheaper bulb.

Loose connections in lamp holders and light fittings can also result in bulbs blowing more often. This is due to more heat being generated as the electricity arcs across the loose connection.

What is that fishy smell?
A fishy smell can be caused by a loose connection creating heat that then melts the PVC insulation. It is the PVC insulation melting that creates the fishy smell.

Do I need a rewire?
There are no set guidelines as to when a property should be rewired. Just because your wiring is old, it doesn’t mean it is unsafe. Many factors can affect the wear and tear of your electrical installation, including the materials used, the quality of workmanship during the initial wiring and how the property has been used over that time. As a very general guide if a property has not been rewired in the last 25-30 years, it’s worth having the wiring checked for safety. If you do not plan on any major internal alterations, or extensions and the wiring is in good condition and you are not experiencing any problems a safety check may be all that is needed for peace of mind. However, if you are planning on some major remodelling work that constitutes a material alternation as defined by the Building Regulations, it is likely that current building regulations will require you to update part, if not all of the property, including upgrading the consumer unit (fuse box). Similarly, the same applies if you intend to extend, convert an attic, or garage building.

Why does my fuse board / circuit breaker keep tripping?
There are several reasons why a circuit, or fuse may keep tripping. The most common being a light bulb blowing, which will inevitably cause the breaker to trip. Other causes are the overloading of circuits (too many lights or appliances on one circuit), damp getting into connections and faulty light fittings, sockets, or wiring.

Why does my socket, or light switch spark when I use it?
This could be down to a poor connection, or worn accessories.

Why are my light flickering?
If all the lights on a circuit are flickering it is likely that the MCB (miniature circuit breaker) could have a bad connection, or be faulty. If only one room is experiencing flickering, then it is going to be a local loose connection either at the switch, or the light fitting.

How far away from the sink should sockets be sited?
Wiring regulations do not currently stipulate a specific distance a socket should be sited from a sink. However, common sense should be used so that the socket cannot be splashed from the sink or taps.

How do I know if my electrical installation is safe?
The best way to find out if your electrical installation is safe is to have it inspected and tested by a qualified electrician.

Why use RCDs and MCBs?
Under fault conditions RCDs and MCBs can provide a high level of protection against an electric shock.

How much is it going to cost me?
This is by far the most frequently asked question I get. My quotes are competitively priced, based on using quality equipment and materials that comply with British Standards. All work is carried out to current regulations and is fully guaranteed. I will always provide a free quotation, making you fully aware of the costs involved before any work is undertaken.