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Electricians in Downpatrick
There are plenty of good local electricians in Downpatrick who come well recommended by your neighbours.
We have two quick and easy ways to find a reliable local electricians near you:
The average electrician cost in Downpatrick is about £225 per day, depending on a number of factors including the type of work, the complexity of the electrical system involved, and the experience of the individual electrician.
Electrician call out charge
Depending on the nature of the work, some electricians will charge a call out fee for coming out to your property – which in Downpatrick is around £45, on average. Sometimes this call out charge will include a certain amount of inspection or repair work, but it’s worth confirming what the call out includes and what will be an additional cost.
Electrician emergency call out charge
If you need to call out an electrician for an emergency, you’ll most likely pay a call out charge as well as a higher hourly rate for any additional work. The average emergency electrician cost is around £80 per hour.
Whenever hiring an electrician for an emergency job, make sure you confirm any call out charges or increased hourly rates before booking them in – you don’t want to be surprised with a hefty bill after they come out to your home.
Electrician hourly rate in Downpatrick
The average electrician hourly rate in Downpatrick is around £45 per hour, depending on the type of electrical work and the individual electrician.
For more information about electrician prices, check out our guide to electrician hourly rates
Electrician cost to rewire a house in Downpatrick
One of the most common jobs that electricians hired for is to rewire a property, to make sure that all wiring is in good working order. Here are some of the average costs to rewire a house in Downpatrick:
1-bed flat – £3,000
2-bed flat – £3,500
3-bed flat – £4,500
1-bed house – £3,500
2-bed house – £4,750
3-bed house – £5,750
4-bed house – £7,500
5-bed house – £10,000
Electrician cost quotes in Downpatrick
For exact costs it’s always sensible to contact local electricians to get accurate quotes for the job. As with all home improvement projects, we always recommend obtaining at least three quotes from different tradespeople in your area. You'll want to shop around to make sure you're paying a fair and competitive price for the work. And, thankfully, we've got a tool that makes finding multiple quotes super easy.
You don’t want to take any risks when it comes to dealing with the electrics in your home. For the safety of you and your loved ones it’s important to hire a qualified, experienced electrician to carry out any electrical work.
One of the easiest ways to check if an electrician is qualified in the UK is to ask for their National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) ID card. The NICEIC is a national organisation that regulates electricians in the UK to ensure a competent level of training and qualifications.
You can also check if an electrician is registered by using the NICEIC find a contractor tool online. Being qualified through NICEIC means the electrician will have completed a series of assessments that will have covered a sample of their work, their premises, documentation, and equipment.
Check the Competent Person Register
The Registered Competent Person Electrical is another online search tool that lets you check if an electrician is registered on their scheme. Anyone on this register will have been authorised by the Government to self-certify that their work is compliant with Building Regulations.
As part of this scheme, electricians have to meet strict entry requirements and will have their work regularly assessed to ensure that they maintain a high level of professional competence and meet the correct standards.
Reasons to hire a qualified electrician
When dealing with electrical work, you want to make sure you aren’t putting yourself or your family at risk. Here are some of the reasons why you should always hire a qualified electrician in Downpatrick:
A qualified electrician is highly skilled in dealing with electrical systems and appliances to ensure any work is carried out to a high standard
It’s a legal obligation for some electrical work to comply with BS7671 wiring regulations and Part P of the Building Regulations, which a qualified electrician will be able to do
Formally qualified electricians know the best way to deal with electrical issues, which can save you time, money and hassle
It gives you peace of mind knowing that a qualified professional is carrying out the electrical work
Qualifications and accreditations are a sign that an electrician is dedicated to their trade and will have the appropriate level of knowledge to correctly carry out the work
Unsure about an electrician's credibility?
If you have doubts about the credibility of any electrician that you’re dealing with, don’t be afraid to take extra steps to ensure that they are indeed qualified and fit to do the job. You should never take chances when it comes to dealing with electrical work for your home. If they still can’t provide you with reassurance of their experience and abilities, move on and find an electrician who can.
For more tips and advice, check out our guide to finding a good local electrician.
Faulty wiring can put you and your loved ones at risk, so it’s important to look out for any signs that you might have a fault in your house wiring. Here are some of the common signs that you might need to hire an electrician to repair or rewire your home…
1. Your circuit breaker keeps tripping
In modern electrical systems, the circuit breaker is there to prevent electric shocks in the event of a power surge. When a surge happens, the circuit breaker will trip in order to stop the flow of electricity – and it’s totally normal for it to happen every once in a while.
However, if your circuit breaker is regularly tripping then it’s a sign that there’s an issue with frequent power surges. There are a number of reasons this could be the case, but the key is to get a local electrician in Downpatrick to come and inspect your home’s electrical system as soon as possible.
2. Electrical shocks from plugs
Any kind of electric shock from a plug outlet, switch or wire is a bad sign. No matter how small the shock might be, it shouldn’t happen and requires immediate attention. Not to be dramatic, but failing to deal with faulty electrics that are causing electric shocks can lead to serious injury or even death – so it’s no joke.
At the very least, it will most likely damage electrical appliances that are plugged into the outlet. If you notice that an outlet is sparking when you plug in or unplug an appliance then it’s time to call an emergency electrician.
3. Buzzing sockets or light switches
When you can hear a plug socket, light switch or any other electrical outlet making a buzzing noise (or any other sound), it’s a clear sign of a wiring or connection issue that needs fixing. You should immediately stop using any noisy outlets and call upon the help of a qualified local electrician near you.
4. A smell of burning
This is an obvious one, but if you notice the smell of burning or smoke coming from an electrical outlet, chances are there’s an issue. A new appliance might have a slight smell the first time you use it, but it shouldn’t be strong or last long. If you do notice a persistent smell of burning, call in an experienced local electrician to take a look.
5. Flickering lights
Lights that are constantly or frequently flickering are a sign that you may have a faulty wire or an overloaded electrical circuit in your home. A qualified electrician will be able to identify the problem and repair it, or alternatively rewire your home if needed.
The fact that your fuse box or circuit breaker keeps tripping is a sign that there’s any issue with your electrical system. Before we go any further, we’ll be talking about different wires in an electrical system so it’s worth noting that live wires are usually brown, neutral wires are usually blue, and ground wires are usually striped green and yellow.
Here are some of the most common reasons why the fuse box might keep tripping…
1. A short circuit
Some electrical faults will cause what’s called a ‘short circuit’, which is when the live and neutral wires come into contact somewhere in the circuit – and this is bad. When a short circuit occurs a huge amount of current will flow through the circuit, causing it to overload.
These high levels of electricity pose a risk because the large current can heat up the wiring and potentially start a fire. Thankfully, your fuse box or circuit breaker are there to prevent this from happening – either a fuse will blow or the circuit breaker will trip to cut power to the circuit until the issue can be resolved.
The common causes of a short circuit include a faulty electrical switch, outlet, appliance, plug or cord. If you’ve recently added or moved an electric appliance, start by checking if that’s causing the issue. Alternatively, look for visible signs of damage to wiring or outlets.
Whatever the reason is for the short circuit, you’ll want to hire a qualified electrician to come and fix the issue safely and efficiently.
2. A ground fault
A ground fault is when the live wire in your electrical system comes into contact with either the earth wire, or an earthed or grounded part of the junction box or appliance. When this happens, it causes a surge of electricity that will cause the fuse box or circuit breaker to trip.
The most common cause of a ground fault is faulty equipment, and they can cause serious and sometimes fatal electric shocks. If you think that you might have a ground fault, get it fixed immediately as you and your family could be at risk.
3. A circuit overload
Some households have a lot of appliances plugged in at any one time, and most of the time it’s not an issue – but sometimes it can cause a circuit overload. If you think about how many electrical appliances are currently plugged in and being used in your home, there’s a chance you could be overloading the system. This is particularly common when lots of appliances are plugged into a small number of sockets.
Extension leads are popular cuplirts for overloaded circuits, as they allow you to plug more appliances in than an individual socket is designed to support. If you have an overloaded circuit, first try distributing your appliances evenly across sockets throughout your home and see if the circuit keeps tripping.
If moving appliances doesn’t help, we recommend hiring a qualified local electrician to fix the problem or they may even need to replace your fuse box.
Wherever electrics are involved, the safety of your and your loved ones is the priority. And that means all electrical work should be carried out by a qualified and experienced local electrician. We would never recommend that you carry out any electrical work in your home, unless you have had suitable training and experience to do so safely and securely.
Making changes to your home’s electrical system requires expert knowledge and experience in order to safely and efficiently carry out any work. We would always recommend hiring a reliable local electrician in Downpatrick to do any electrical jobs in your home.
Your safety comes first
Electrical products should always be installed in line with local Building Regulations, to ensure that you and your home are not exposed to unnecessary safety risks. By hiring a qualified electrician you can be confident that they will carry out their work to a high standard and in line with all current legislation and regulations.
Part P of Building Regulations 2010 dictates that all work that involves adding a new circuit or carrying out any electrical work in kitchens and bathrooms must either notify Building Control with a building regulation application, or be carried out by a registered Competent Person. So when hiring an electrician, check that they’re registered as part of the Part P self-certification scheme.
How much does adding a plug socket cost?
The average cost of adding a single plug socket to a room is around £125, depending on the condition of your electrical system, the complexity of the installation, and the individual electrician.
For a double socket the cost is about £200, and if you want to add an outdoor socket then the average price is in the region of £110.
If you want to move a plug socket, rather than installing a new one, the average electrician cost in Downpatrick for the job is about £150.
The short answer is, yes. You don’t need an electrician to change a light fitting but, if you plan to do it yourself, you do need to be confident at dealing with an electrical outlet. Changing a light fitting requires you to handle wiring and so you need to be extremely careful, and always take safety precautions:
Turn off the power to the system before changing the light fitting
Handle all electrical elements with care
Wear protective gloves, if possible
Don’t turn on the power until the new light fitting is fully fitted
Why hire a local electrician in Downpatrick?
Changing a light fitting might sound like a simple job, but whenever you’re dealing with electrical equipment in your home there is a degree of risk to your safety. Here are some of the reasons why we always recommend hiring a qualified local electrician:
Qualified local electrician are trained to safely and securely carry out work on dealing with electrical systems and appliances
An experienced electrician will be able to change a light fitting quickly and efficiently, saving you time and hassle
Professional electricians can often source fixtures and fittings at a discounted price, so you’ll pay less for the new light switch itself
A qualified and reputable electrician will be insured to cover you in the event that any issues or damages arise from a poorly fitted or faulty light switch
How much does it cost to replace a light switch?
The average cost for replacing a light switch like-for-like is around £75, depending on the type of light switch and the individual electrician. If you have multiple light switches that all need changing, you can often benefit from a discounted rate. Replacing 5 light switches would cost around £100, so you can see it’s much more cost-effective to do multiple switches at a time.
If you want to move a light switch, the average cost is about £150. And if you want to add a new light switch in your home, you can expect to pay around £150.