Common questions about electrical services
Can I do the small electrical jobs in my house myself?
In Queensland it is illegal for anyone but a qualified electrician to do any domestic wiring or house rewiring. Even if the work has been done to standard it will not pass certification which is bad news especially if you need to sell the property. It makes sense for safety to hire a qualified electrician to carry out all your household wiring. You also risk your personal safety and the safety of your family and friends.
How do self cleaning ovens work?
Self cleaning ovens use heat to burn away any spills or splatters inside the oven. The oven will heat at around 480 degrees Celsius incinerating all spills turning them to ash which can be wiped out of the oven once it is cool. The oven will also be fitted with a self locking door mechanism to prevent access to the oven during the cleaning process.
Is your self clean not working? Contact our service department for the next available electrician.
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How does an electrical safety switch save lives?
On a normal power circuit, the current flowing to an appliance returns through the neutral wire. If the circuit is compromised, the electricity can leak to earth through a person in contact with the appliance, causing death or serious injury.
A safety switch detects the loss of power from the circuit, and cuts the supply of electricity in as little as 30 milliseconds – 0.003 seconds. Importantly, this response time is faster than the critical section of a heartbeat, and therefore significantly reduces the risk of death or serious injury.
What factors do I need to look at when choosing a ceiling fan?
A few factors to consider when choosing a ceiling fan are:
- Where it is to be installed
- The size of the room
- Is there need for a fan which includes a light
- The room decor
- Blade performance needed
- The location of your house
- Is a remote control fan needed.
What is an RCD?
An RCD is a residual-current device, also known as a safety switch. The device is designed to monitor the electrical current and disconnect the power when a leak is detected from a fault in wiring, an appliance or switch.
For more information on when to install RCD's .
What is Home Automation?
Clever home automation allows your family to enjoy greater convenience and security in your home by better designing, programming and integrating your electrical equipment. We help you create your dream home by making it easier for you to select and realise the home automation that best benefits you and your family.
Home automation benefits include 'future proofing', convenience, aesthetics or energy savings.
The scope of home automation can range from structured wiring for telephone, video-intercom, internet, LAN and video, through home theatre and multi-room audio, automated lighting control, security and keyless entry, to automated control of electric motorised blinds, motorised roller shutters, watering, air-conditioning , exhaust fans, ceiling fans, and other appliances.
What is Smart Wiring?
Smart Wiring is an industry wiring standard that once installed allows you to access multiple telephone, Internet, fax, PAY-TV options, as well as security, audio, lighting home automation, and garden irrigation features.
What is Tariff 31?
Tariff 31 is known as the Super Economy Plan and is the cheapest off-peak tariff available for water heating. This tariff is about 59% cheaper than your normal domestic tariff.
However, tariff 31 is only available at low electricity-demand periods, such as at night when generators would otherwise be idle.
Electricity supply is made available for a minimum of eight hours per day at times set by the network owner (Energex or Ergon, depending on where you live) at their discretion.
In most cases Tariff 31 will be available between the hours of 10pm and 7am . On some days electricity supply may not be turned off.
Tariff 31 is best suited to water heaters and can be a great way to reduce your power bill.
What is Tariff 33?
Tariff 33 is known as the economy tariff and is best suited to water heaters and pool pumps. Tariff 33 is up to 40% less expensive than the regular domestic tariff. According to Energex, the electricity network provider in South-East Queensland, Tariff 33 is available for a minimum of 18 hours per day.
The times of supply for Tariff 33 are completely up to the network providers (Energex or Ergon) but it is most likely that Tariff 33 will be switched off between the peak hours of:
- 4-9pm at night.
- 6-9am in the morning.
As you can see there is plenty of time to run your pool pump and hot water system outside of these hours.
It is important to remember that the times of supply are at the network provider’s discretion. On some days electricity supply may not be turned off at all.
What is Test and Tag?
Test and Tag is a system where our electricians will test all the electrical equipment in a workplace for faults ensuring it is safe to be used by employees. The electrician will then attach a tag to the piece of equipment stating the date it was tested and when the next test is due.
When should I have an electrical safety check?
Fallon Services recommend that you should have an electrical inspection carried out if:
- You are purchasing a property that has been occupied
- The property is more that 25 years old
- If it is more that 5 years since one has been done
- If you are concerned about how any of the equipment may have been installed
Who installs the Smart Wiring System and how are they trained?
Our installers are registered communication and electrical cablers who have also undertaken specific training for accreditation in the Smart Wired system. The system can only be installed by Smart Wired accredited installers .
Why is copper wiring better than optic fibre or wireless systems?
The copper wiring system meets all the Australian Standards and works for all systems. It can be installed cheaper, is more durable and reliable than any other system and can carry large amounts of data.
For more information on smart wiring .
Why should I use a Master Electrician?
A Master Electrician is trained to deliver professional, safe, reliable service at the highest standard. Master Electricians must carry out ongoing training to ensure they continue to be at the forefront of their trade.